WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement today to mark the founding of the first National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS) Chapter in northeast Ohio. A representative from Brown’s office will attend the ceremony today, which will be held at Club Our Space in Lorain.
“Last year, Clay Trotter, a black Civil War veteran who lay in an unmarked Ohio grave for nearly a century finally received a head stone. From the era when black veterans were denied burial in some cemeteries because of their race to the present day when black veterans salute a black Commander-in-Chief, America has come a long way.
“I am proud of the contributions that Black veterans continue to make to our country. The National Association of Black Veterans Chapter in northeast Ohio and, especially NABVETS Chapter President Samuel L. Felton, have earned the appreciation of a grateful state.”
Brown, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, has been an advocate for military families. Following reports of unlawful foreclosures for military families, Brown fought for Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) enforcement. Brown urged Attorney General Eric Holder to commence civil action against any person or company who engages in a pattern or practice of violating the SCRA or engages in a violation of the SCRA that raises an issue of significant public importance. The full text of the letter can be found here.
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