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Jason Kander Hosts Listening Session with Veterans and Military Families in Joplin

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Location: Joplin, MO

Jason Kander this morning met with veterans and military families from the Joplin area to hear about veterans' experiences returning home from service and how Congress can play a more active role in addressing the challenges they face upon return. Jason, who in August released his key military records, is a former Captain in the Missouri Army National Guard and Officer Candidate School instructor at Fort Leonard Wood. He volunteered to serve in Afghanistan as a military intelligence officer.

"Congress is broken and there are too many folks on both sides of the aisle who are more concerned about their re-election chances than working together on the issues that matter to Americans," Jason said. "As Senator, I'm not going to be afraid to take a stand because I know nothing is going to be asked of me that is harder than just an average Tuesday in the Army."

"Serving in the armed forces, we learned we needed to put our differences aside and work together to accomplish our goal. I know Jason Kander learned the exact same thing as a military intelligence officer in Afghanistan," said Doug Brooks, a retired marine veteran. "He'll make the tough choices and work across party lines to make sure the Senate is working for Missouri families."

Jason has worked to make sure every veteran has an opportunity for gainful employment upon finishing their military career. 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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