COLUMBUS, OH —Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) brought the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to Ohio. Brown brought VA officials to the hearing in Columbus to hear directly from Ohio veterans.
“Hearings like this one are so important, because the best ideas don’t come out of Washington – they come from conversations like the ones we had today, with the women and men who serve our country, and the VA officials who serve them,” said Brown.
Ahead of the hearing, Brown solicited stories and input from Ohio veterans on the questions they would like VA officials and the Senate committee to address. Brown also invited Ohio veterans to attend today’s hearing and provide witness testimony on their experience with VA services in Ohio.
“There is nothing more important than gaining insight from customers; in this case, actual Veterans. Having state or regional hearings to gain this valuable information can only lead to the betterment of the entire VA program from educational services, healthcare access, and all entities in between. In addition, these hearings afford a collaborative bridge between Veterans and their law makers,” said Ohio Veteran Melissa Twine.
Earlier this year, President Trump signed Brown’s bipartisan legislation to improve education benefits for student veterans into law. Brown helped secure a provision of the bill that would restore GI benefits for veterans who attended ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges, both of which failed and left veterans with meaningless degrees or without a degree to show for their time. Brown has been working to restore benefits for veterans who were defrauded since last year.
The bill also allows veterans to use their GI benefits for life, ending the current 15-year limit imposed on veterans to use the benefits they earned.
Brown is the longest serving U.S. Senator from Ohio on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.