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As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Senator Sherrod Brown is in a unique position to deliver for Ohio’s veterans. Sen. Brown has fought to ensure the transition back to civilian life is as easy as possible for our veterans, working to encourage businesses to hire veterans, increase job training opportunities, and expanding educational opportunities. As a supporter of the largest increase in VA funding in U.S. history, Ohio’s veterans know that in Sherrod Brown they have a champion in the Senate fighting for them every day, just as they’ve always fought for us.
Senator Brown Is Working To Help Veterans Find Jobs When They Return Home.
In order to improve the transition to civilian life for our veterans Senator Brown cosponsored the Hiring Heroes Act which folded into the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and became law in 2011. The bill expanded education and training opportunities for veterans with up to 1 year of additional Montgomery GI Bill benefits, offered tax credits of up to $5,600 to businesses hiring vets and 9,600 for hiring disabled vets, and provided disabled veterans up to 1-year of additional benefits.
The bill would upgrade career counseling options and resume writing skills and allow service members to begin the federal employment process prior to separation in order to facilitate an easier transition from the military to jobs at VA, Homeland Security, or other federal agencies. It also required the Department of Labor to match military skills and training with civilian jobs and make it easier to get proper certification for jobs related to their service.
In addition to the Hiring Heroes Act, Senator Brown also helped launch the “Solar By Soldiers” program to train and employ veterans in the growing field of renewable energy.
Senator Brown Is Fighting To Provide Veterans With The Affordable Higher Education They Deserve.
Senator Brown cosponsored and voted for the post 9/11 GI bill which will make an estimated 2 million veterans eligible to receive full college tuition, or up to $17,500 in Ohio, as well as a funding for housing and books.
The number of veterans receiving GI benefits skyrocketed from 34,000 in 2009 to 555,000 in 2011, and in Ohio, Veterans receiving GI benefits went up 57% from 2001. One study showed veterans pumped $77 million into Ohio colleges in 2009-2010.
Brown Supported The Largest Increase In Veterans’ Funding In The History of the United States.
Senator Brown voted for the largest increase in veterans’ funding in history, including a $2.6 billion increase for veterans’ health care and medical research.
Senator Brown Supports Military Families By Supporting Our Troops In Combat And Lessening Bureaucratic Roadblocks That Arise From The Loss Of A Loved One.
Senator Brown has consistently voted to provide our men and women in uniform with adequate funding and has supported pay increases for military personnel during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Sen. Brown was responsible for legislation that required remains of fallen soldiers to be delivered to airports more accessible than larger hubs often hundreds of miles away.