CLEVELAND, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion with student veterans at Cleveland State University’s Veteran and Military Resource Center. Brown will take the student veterans’ priorities back to Washington, where he sits on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
“These roundtables are among the most important parts of my job – the best ideas don’t come out of Washington, they come from conversations like these. All of you have sacrificed so much for our country already. We need to offer you more than just our gratitude – we need to ensure you can all get the quality education and the job opportunities and the health care you’ve earned,” said Brown.
Brown’s office has held several veterans’ roundtables this year across the state as Brown continues to push legislation to improve the lives of Ohio veterans.
In September, Brown successfully pushed the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to hold a hearing on burn pits and toxic exposure. Brown continues to advocate for Ohioans who have been harmed by environmental and other toxic exposures, including toxic burn pits and has introduced legislation, the Burn Pit Accountability Act to help study the effects of burn pits on servicemembers’ health.
Earlier this year, Brown also introduced legislation to prevent the VA from charging veterans for its own accounting mistakes. These overpayments are often a result of the VA’s own accounting errors, but VA puts veterans and their families on the hook for repaying the debt.
Annually, VA sends as many as 200,000 overpayment notices totaling thousands of dollars to veterans and their families, sending them into crippling debt and withholding future benefits payments until the debt is paid.
Last year, Brown secured provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law, to better connect servicemembers with resources to secure quality education and good-paying jobs as they transition from military service to civilian life.
Brown is the longest-serving U.S. Senator from Ohio on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.