Golden Holds Veterans Town Hall in Dixfield

December 4, 2019
Press Release
Golden talks with veterans about health care, services, and benefits

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.

The event was free and open to the public. The town hall was moderated by Dixfield’s Town Manager, Dustin Starbuck. This is Golden’s sixth town hall-style event since taking office in January.

Golden has made veterans issues a priority. Since January, he’s focused on:

Improving Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care at Togus

  • Golden is working with the VA and Togus to bring inpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment beds to Maine. Additional treatment beds for this important long-term care prevents Maine veterans from being sent far from home to other states to receive treatment
  • He also helped to increase funding for this purpose for all veterans in VA facilities by successfully sponsoring an amendment that the full House approved as part of the VA Appropriation Bill (H.R. 3055). 

Protecting Veterans’ Families

Improving Housing Opportunities for Homeless Veterans

  • Golden moved to expand eligibility and give more veterans access to housing opportunities for the HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program, signing on to H.R. 2398.

Expanding VA Benefits for Service-Connected Illnesses

Modernizing Veterans Care and Benefits

To view a summary of Golden’s work with veterans, you can click here.