WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded the groundbreaking of the Valor Home, a new 30-bed facility that will provide temporary and transitional housing for Summit County-area veterans.  A member of Brown’s staff will be present at the groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow in Akron. In March 2010, Brown wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in support of the Valor Home project to help secure vital federal funding.

“The Valor Home will be more than just a housing facility for veterans—it will be a lifeline for Ohio veterans who have sacrificed for our nation.  As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee, I’ve been honored to work with Ohio’s veteran service organizations, county veteran service officers, the VA’s network of facilities, and advocates who serve our veterans to ensure they receive the benefits they have earned and deserve,” Brown said. “Too often we hear of the hardships and barriers veterans face, including poverty and homelessness.  That’s why today’s groundbreaking is so important – and why the Valor Home will help will strengthen families, communities, and the very fabric of our nation. 

“By leveraging federal resources, the Valor Home will be able to provide the transitional assistance to empower veterans to become self-sufficient and independent, while providing them with dignity and respect at the same time. Veterans deserve our nation’s deepest gratitude for their service to our country and for the sacrifices they and their families have made on our behalf,” Brown continued.

Earlier this week, Brown visited Cleveland State University to discuss the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, a new bill that is the first of its kind to ensure broad job skills training for all service members returning home and helps ensure that more jobs are available for veterans as they transition to civilian life. In May, Brown presented overdue or replacement military medals to nearly 30 northeast Ohio veterans or their family members in a ceremony at the Summit County Veterans Service Commission in Akron.