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Jason Kander Hostos Listening Session with Veterans and Military Families in Columbia

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Location: Columbia, MO

Jason Kander joined with Columbia veterans and military families this afternoon to hear about veterans' experiences returning home from service and the unique challenges they face.

A former Army Captain and Officer Candidate School instructor at Fort Leonard Wood, Jason volunteered to serve in Afghanistan as a military intelligence officer.

"We're in a unique time in American history where despite the deep respect for veterans, there is still a misunderstanding of how their skill set transfers to the workplace," Jason said. "Currently, Congress has the fewest number of veterans since WWII and as the next Senator from Missouri, I promise to make sure we never forgot the promise we made to the men and women in uniform who gave so much."

Rich Grant, a retired Army National Guard Sergeant Major said, "I am proud to support Jason Kander for the U.S. Senate. Jason promises to be a Senator who will put country before party and who isn't afraid to make the tough calls when it comes to fighting for working families."

Jason has worked to make sure every veteran has an opportunity for gainful employment upon finishing service. As Secretary of State, Jason successfully pushed through his Startups for Soldiers Act, which waived business start-up fees for members of the Missouri National Guard and active duty military members returning to Missouri. He also created a first-of-its-kind website to allow deployed members of the military to request an absentee ballot online, and made it possible for deployed service members to file for elected office by proxy.

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