Tag: Honoring our Veterans

VA legislation could increase staff, lower waits for care

The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and others across the nation, could have an easier time filling vacancies under a new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate Tuesday. And that could mean shorter waits for veterans seeking care. The Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act was introduced by Oregon Democratic

Merkley Awards Military Service Medals to Veteran’s Family

Salem, OR – In a ceremony at the VFW Veterans’ Memorial in Salem today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today presented the Crom family with long-lost service medals earned by Petty Officer Ronald Crom during his service in the U.S. Navy. Petty Officer Crom served in the Navy during the Vietnam

Merkley Statement on Memorial Day 2015

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day: At a Memorial Day Ceremony 57 years ago, when he was still a young Senator, President Kennedy said, “Their sacrifice is a constant stimulus to us on the long road forward – they didn’t die in vain…but

Following Institute of Medicine Study Confirming Agent Orange Exposure, Bipartisan Group of Senators Calls on VA Secretary to Ensure Post Vietnam Air Force Veterans Receive Proper Benefits and Compensation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan group of senators led by Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today called on VA Secretary Robert McDonald to ensure that veterans long denied care for exposure to Agent Orange receive timely and proper benefits and compensation. The letter follows a

Senators call for VA benefits for post-Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange

Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange on contaminated C-123 aircraft after the Vietnam War deserve compensation and benefits, and the Veterans Administration should stop denying them, a bipartisan group of senators led by North Carolina’s Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon wrote in a letter on