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Wyden Firsts: Standing With Our Military

Ron was the first to take up the cause of National Guard members when the Army began referring to those serving multiple tours of duty in combat zones as “weekend warriors.” Ron took on the Army leadership to end this unwarranted stigmatizing of our soldiers and discovered that Oregon National Guard soldiers were being sent home without adequate medical care after dangerous deployments. His efforts forced significant reforms in the Army treatment of our Guard soldiers.

Ron was the first to use a key Senate Committee assignment, his seat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, to make the case to the Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) Commission that removing the F-15 fighter jets from the Northwest skies would harm national security. Ron’s argument that the jets removal would give U.S. enemies a "free three hour shot at the Northwest" carried the day. Winning the battle also saved more than 1,500 Oregon jobs.

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Meet Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden & Jeff Merkley at a health care rallyRon Wyden is a champion for our progressive values -- standing up for consumers and the middle class, fighting for digital privacy and an open internet, protecting our planet and Oregon's special places, and always insisting on human rights and equality for all.

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