Veterans

Maine has a long, proud tradition of military service. More than one in ten Mainers is a veteran, and Jared is one of them. He understands the sacrifices veterans and their families have made for our country and he’s working hard to make sure they receive the benefits they’ve earned. In Congress, Jared’s focused on improving the health care veterans receive at the VA, helping them transition from active duty to civilian life, and connecting them with resources they can use to get a good job, receive an education, and start a business. 

When he returned home from deployment, Jared was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress. He was lucky: he had a support system and was able to get the care he needed. Jared knows that for many veterans with mental health challenges, that isn’t the case. He’s committed to strengthening mental health care for all veterans in Maine. That’s why he’s leading efforts to expand mental health care at Togus to allow long-term mental health patients to stay in Maine to receive treatment rather than be sent out of state. Earlier this year, he successfully passed a provision through the House to increase the amount of funding provided for veterans’ long-term mental health care across the country. 

Jared believes the VA provides critical services to Maine veterans and that the VA should not be privatized and handed over to big corporations looking to squeeze out big profits. He knows that the VA isn’t without significant problems, but he believes that those problems are best solved by conducting effective oversight and providing the agency with necessary resources. Earlier this year, Jared helped pass a bill through the House to expand the services available to Vietnam war veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange while serving off-shore. Jared will continue to hold the VA accountable and ensure Maine veterans receive the high quality care they’ve earned.

Some of the most important work Jared and his staff do is to help Maine veterans and their families solve problems with the VA and other federal agencies. He and his staff have helped dozens of Maine veterans resolve claims and access education, health, and other federal benefits. If you or a loved one needs help dealing with the VA or accessing other veterans’ benefits, contact one of our offices here: https://golden.house.gov/contact

More on Veterans

March 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — After complaints from Maine veterans of significantly extended wait times for travel reimbursement, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) led a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough, joined by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), about the reported holdups.

December 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Following unanimous passage by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the State Veterans Homes Domiciliary Care Flexibility Act will be sent to the President to be signed into law.  The legislation was ultimately passed as part of a broad veteran benefits improvements package, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D.

December 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — The conference report of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) — the final version of the legislation — passed the House last night. The legislation contained a number of Congressman Jared Golden’s (ME-02) priorities for American national security, Maine shipbuilders, and servicemembers and their families. Golden was a member of the conference committee that produced the report and secured the important provisions over nearly a year of work on the House Armed Services Committee. 

September 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Maine congressional delegation announced that the VA has approved the construction of a new 24-bed program requested by the members of Congress to provide residential substance use disorder rehabilitation and treatment to Maine veterans. The announcement comes after dogged work from Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), along with Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), to advocate for the creation of the program.

August 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Republican Congressman Don Young (AK-AL) introduced the bipartisan State Veterans Homes Domiciliary Care Flexibility Act today. The bill would allow more veterans, particularly those with early onset dementia, to receive affordable residential care at veterans homes across the country.

August 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Continuing his mission to improve mental health care for his fellow American veterans, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) introduced legislation today that would create a new pilot program to pioneer mental health telemedicine services for veterans in rural areas. Golden introduced the bill with a Republican Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03). 

July 13, 2020 Press Release

Relying on volunteers rather than employees, many VSOs can only receive $1,000 from disaster relief program

May 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — As more veterans in rural Maine seek routine VA care online or by phone due to COVID-19, Maine’s congressional delegation wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today in an effort to improve telehealth services. In their letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) requested the VA provide them with information Congress can use to ensure that veter

May 4, 2020 Press Release

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden wrote to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie, urging him to continue to prioritize providing additional testing kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) at the VA Maine Healthcare System and across the entire Veterans Health Administration.

March 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Senator Angus King (I-ME)  announced today they are introducing bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate to provide Gold Star Families with free access to National Parks and other federally managed public lands. Gold Star Families are the immediate family members of servicemembers who have died while serving.