WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 7, 2011) – Today, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown attended a press conference in the White House Rose Garden where several leading veterans service organizations joined President Obama to announce their support for the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits, two provisions in the American Jobs Act that Congress is scheduled to consider this week. The President also announced three new executive actions that will help veterans find jobs. Following the announcement, Lt. Governor Brown released the following statement:
“I thank the President for his leadership and sense of urgency towards addressing unemployment among Veterans and I join him in urging Congress to act now. It is unacceptable that so many of those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are unable to find the jobs they need to support their families. These tax credits and new initiatives will help decrease the high unemployment rate among veterans by incentivizing businesses to hire veterans, while simultaneously giving veterans the resources and tools they need to streamline their job search strategies. Our veterans have bravely sacrificed in service to their country, and we can’t wait to provide them the support and resources they have earned.”
Lt. Governor Brown, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq, leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to provide veterans with better services and resources.
Since taking office in 2007, Lt. Governor Brown championed successful efforts to pass the Veterans Behavioral Health Act that expanded services to veterans in rural parts of the state, protect veterans business loans programs and fully fund the Iraq and Afghanistan Scholarship Program. Earlier this year, the Lt. Governor launched the Mil2FedJobs web portal, located on the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWEjobs.maryland.gov), the first of its kind in any state to directly match transitioning servicemembers with careers in the Federal Government.