Calls for Permanent Extension of the Hire A Hero Act

CONCORD As part of the ongoing "HonoringOur Veterans" tour, Scott Brown held a veterans roundtable discussion at the Barley House Restaurant and Tavern to discuss ways to improve employment opportunities for our veterans. Brown met with veterans to propose initiatives from his white paper policy, including the permanent reauthorization of the Hire A Hero Act, a law Brown co-sponsored to provide tax credits to businesses that hire veterans.

“The Obama-Shaheen economy has not given our veterans the job opportunities they deserve once they return home,” said Brown. “These are the men and women who fight for our freedom and they should not have to come home and fight to find job.”
Brown presented his policy ideas and listened to feedback from veterans and community members about experiences entering the workforce. In addition to the permanent reauthorization of the Hire A Hero Act, Brown highlighted the need for improved job training and programs to help veterans create small businesses. 
Along with the veteran attendees, Pamela Szacik, the Employment Service Bureau Director for the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security, joined the discussion to provide insight on the department's work on behalf of veterans.
New Hampshire has the fifth-highest concentration per capita of veterans population in the United States, underscoring the importance of having realistic solutions to the problems with the veteran health care system and employment.
“Veterans returning home and adjusting to civilian life is a difficult process, and finding employment in this economy is more challenging,” said Terry Negron, a member of the United States Air Force Reserves.  “I appreciate Scott Brown listening to what veterans are going through and finding solutions to the unemployment problem in the veterans community.”
Brown has made several stops across the state to meet with veterans and tour facilities, including the NH Veterans Home, Manchester VA Medical Center, and Harbor Homes in Nashua.  Brown also hosted a veterans town hall meeting at the Merrimack VFW.