LTE: Mandel deserves respect for his military service, but Brown deserves Ohioans’ votes for his service to veterans

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LTE: Mandel deserves respect for his military service, but Brown deserves Ohioans’ votes for his service to veterans

The Plain Dealer – As a veteran, I respect Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s service. However, it takes more than military experience to be an engaged and successful U.S. senator like Sherrod Brown; it takes strong and consistent advocacy for middle-class Americans, active-duty service members and veterans alike. Sen. Brown, in his service to Ohio’s veterans and military, has maintained a strong record of fighting for pay raises for the military and veteran programs.

Currently, Brown is a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. In 2011, he co-sponsored the Hiring of Heroes Act, now called the VOW to Hire Heroes Act. The law expanded education and training opportunities for veterans. It provided tax credits to businesses for hiring veterans. He has also co-sponsored the post-9/11 G.I. Bill, sending 2 million veterans to college. And he voted for a $2.6 billion increase in funding for veterans health care and medical research at a time when our heroes need it most.

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