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

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.

December 4, 2019 Press Release

DIXFIELD — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) held a town hall meeting at the Dixfield American Legion Monday evening to hear about the issues facing local veterans and their families. Golden answered questions about his work to improve health care for American veterans and to make sure vets receive the full benefits and services they’ve earned. The group also discussed ways to improve VA care and communication, education and job opportunities for veterans, and other veterans’ issues.

November 13, 2019 Press Release

BANGOR — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) travelled throughout Aroostook and Penobscot Counties last week and over the weekend meeting with his constituents and staying connected to communities across the Second District. 

October 14, 2019 Press Release

PHILLIPS — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) wrapped up a packed district schedule in Maine last week, capping two weeks spent back in the Second District meeting with constituents, working with small businesses, and discussing career, education, and housing opportunities for homeless veterans at the Garry Owen House.

August 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Jared Golden (ME-02) urged Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to address the absence of long-term mental health and substance abuse treatment care for veterans at VA facilities in Maine. VA Maine has no beds for such care. 

June 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) continued his listening tour throughout the Second District with a packed 10-day district work period. The congressman spent his time listening to local leaders, workers, small business owners, and constituents in Millinocket, Lincoln, Milo, Etna, South Paris, Bar Harbor, Bangor, Lewiston, and Turner.