MANCHESTER – Scott Brown met with local veterans for coffee this afternoon to discuss the current challenges and issues facing our nation’s war heroes and their families.  Brown is a colonel in the Army National Guard and is retiring this month after 35 years of military service.

“New Hampshire veterans want representatives in Congress fighting to increase access to the health care and benefits that were promised—including a full-service VA hospital right here in New Hampshire,” said Real Pinard, a retired Guardsman from Manchester.  “After serving in the National Guard for 35 years, Scott Brown understands the challenges facing veterans and their families and has demonstrated that he will go to bat for us in Washington.  That is the type of representation we need and deserve.”
Scott Brown joined the Army National Guard at age 19 and was promoted to an officer, later becoming branch qualified as an infantry, quartermaster and Judge Advocate General.   Next week, he will retire after 35 years of service.  Throughout his career, Brown has worked tirelessly to support our servicemembers, guardsmen, veterans and military families to improve employment opportunities, job training, access to affordable housing and protect TRICARE. 

Scott Brown’s Record Supporting Our Troops and Fighting for Veterans:
Helping America’s Veterans Find Jobs:  In January 2011, Senator Brown introduced the Hire A Hero Act that provided incentives for small businesses to hire unemployed veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves. The bipartisan bill was signed into law by President Obama in November 2011.
Providing Support For Victims Of Sexual Assault In The Military:  Senator Brown was a lead co-sponsor of the bipartisan Support for Survivors Act of 2011 that protects victims of sexual assault by strengthening evidentiary standards and procedural requirements in military sexual assault cases. 
Fixing the Tragic Errors at Arlington National Cemetery:  In the wake of the egregious mismanagement at Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Brown introduced legislation to increase accountability and ensure our heroes get the respect they deserve.
Providing Support For Homeless Veterans:  Senator Brown worked on the Helping Our Homeless Veterans Act of 2011 that encourages the Veterans Administration to partner with local communities to tackle the unique challenges of homelessness among veterans. 
Fighting for a Fair Housing Allowance for the National Guard:  After learning of a flaw in the housing allowance formula while completing his National Guard training to Afghanistan in August 2011, Senator Brown introduced a bill to fix the problem and ensure Guardsmen get their full pay.
Ending Housing Discrimination Against Servicemembers and Veterans: After learning that a veteran was told not to apply to rent an apartment because he was a veteran, Senator Brown introduced the Ending Housing Discrimination Against Servicemembers and Veterans Act of 2012 to prevent discrimination in advertisements, offers, contract conditions and agreements for housing on the account of servicemember or veteran status.
Protecting TRICARE for Our Active Military Families and Eligible Veterans: In response to the Defense Department budget proposed cuts to TRICARE, Senator Brown criticized the Defense Department’s proposal to raise health care costs for our active duty military families, retirees and veterans.