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Hire a Hero Act of 2011 (S. 367):
The unemployment rate among returning veterans runs higher than the national average. After serving their country on the frontlines, our soldiers should not have to wait in line for a job when they return home. Therefore, Senator Brown, along with Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), introduced bipartisan legislation to expand the Work Opportunity Tax Credit to give small businesses an incentive to hire our returning heroes. This expansion provides a tax credit to small businesses that hire veterans from all branches of the military, “including members of the National Guard and Reserves”. “Hire a Hero” was passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Obama on November 21, 2011. Senator Brown was proud to be at the bill-signing at the White House.
Arlington National Cemetery:
After learning of the outrageous mistakes made with the burials at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), Senator Brown introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 3860) with Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri to fix the problems and maintain the integrity of ANC. As soon as the president signed this legislation into law, the necessary congressional oversight was put into place for holding persons responsible for managing the cemetery, and making sure burials for America’s fallen heroes are conducted with the utmost respect.
Office of Service Member Affairs:
Senator Brown, along with Senator Jack Reed, introduced an amendment to the 2010 Wall Street Reform bill that created a new Office of Service Member Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Led by Holly Petraeus, this branch will help protect service members from financial deception and fraud.
Helping Our Homeless Veterans Act of 2011 (S. 411)
Introduced and co-sponsored by Senator Brown in February 2011, the Helping Our Homeless Veterans Act implores the Veterans Administration and the community to tackle the unique challenges faced by more than 75,000 homeless veterans. The legislation specifically focuses on homeless veterans who suffer from illness by providing services such as housing vouchers, counseling and job training.
VETERANS LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY SENATOR BROWN
The Veterans’ Small Business Opportunity Act of 2012 (S.3210):
Following the death of a veteran small business owner, the spouse should be allowed time to determine the best action to take with the business. Accordingly, Senator Brown recently challenged the status quo to fight for veteran spousal benefits during this transitional period; the new legislation would allow the “surviving spouse” to maintain the benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs for three years after a veteran small business owner dies.
Helping Massachusetts Veterans:
Vets Can Count on Brown
Sen. Scott Brown fights for war veteran allegedly denied housing by ‘peace activist’ landlord in Dorchester
Brown speaks at Troops in the Spotlight
Proposed Legislation to Help Veteran’s Spouses
Brown Joins Thousands At Run-Walk To Home Base
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