WHITE CITY, Ore. — Representative Greg Walden toured a Southern Oregon facility on Friday and spoke at a town hall meeting. Walden toured the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics before the meeting.
Representative Walden is working on three different issues in the veteran health care community. He talked about those issues in a town hall style meeting to a small audience full of people eager to chat with him. Walden said he’s working on legislation to improve access to health care for veterans living in rural areas and focus more on mental health issues.
“Clearly, when you see the suicide rate among active duty and those who have come back, when you see the unemployment rate, when you see the sort of ridiculous bureaucratic road blocks to accessing health care, all of those need to be addressed,” Rep. Greg Walden said.
Those bureaucratic road blocks to accessing health care were a hot topic among the audience members at the meeting. A Klamath Falls doctor drove in to voice complaints about getting the run around with her veteran patients. Walden also spoke with a veteran resident in White City who said he had some unresolved issues as well.
Another topic Walden mentioned at the meeting Friday was technology. Walden says he wants to take advantage of mobile health care, or telemedical care, in the future.