GOP congressman replaces veteran’s stolen flag: ‘You don’t mess with our flag!’

Credit this congressman for taking care of constituents.

After an Army veteran John Miller had a 3-by-5 foot flag stolen from outside his home in Portland, Ore., in March, his son placed an ad on Craigslist, the local television did a story on him, and Rep. Greg Walden decided to do something about it.

The Oregon Republican had a flag flown briefly over the United States Capitol in Washington, then sent it to Miller to replace the stolen stars and stripes.

“The idea that someone would disrespect this veteran and our flag this way is shameful,” Walden told KATU, Portland’s ABC affiliate.

“I was so offended when I learned about this that I called up Mr. Miller and offered to fly a flag over the U.S. Capitol in his honor and send it to him to replace the one that was stolen. We need to send a strong message: you don’t mess with our veterans and you don’t mess with our flag.”

Miller was more than happy with the replacement he received this week.

“I was dumbfounded when I heard from him. I almost couldn’t believe it at first. I can’t thank him enough. I’m proud that he’s done this,” Miller told KATU. “I wish everybody would fly a flag.”

Flags that have flown over the Capitol are available through the Capitol Flag Program, which allows senators and members of Congress to obtain flags for constituents. To get a piece of D.C. history, contact your senator or representative”s office.


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