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Stops Include Jobs Summit On Martha?s Vineyard, Discussion With Veterans At American Legion In Sandwich & Tour Of Otis Air Base
U.S. Senator Scott Brown's (R-MA) jobs tour continued today with stops across the Cape and Islands.
The day began with a jobs summit at the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, where Brown highlighted the importance of the Commonwealth's vibrant tourism industry.
"Tourism is one of the engines that will lead Massachusetts out of this economic downturn," said Sen. Brown."I recently joined the Senate Tourism Caucus to better advocate for policies at the federal level that will help this job-creating industry."
According to the U.S. Travel Association, of the 57,000 private-sector jobs created in June 2011, 12,000 -- or more than one in five -- were added in the travel industry.
Next, Brown dropped by the American Legion in Sandwich where he met with veterans, their families and support groups, highlighting his work as a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Specifically, he mentioned two pieces of bipartisan legislation that he co-sponsored that passed out of the Committee: the Homeless Veterans Support Act, which encourages the Veterans Administration to partner with local communities to tackle the unique challenges of homelessness among veterans, and the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, which is aimed at improving job training for members of the military as they transition to civilian life.
"Our American heroes are serving with courage and skill in every corner of the world and I'm tremendously proud of their work," said Senator Brown."I am committed to working across party lines to ensure that returning veterans receive every advantage we can provide when they come home from their service to our country."
Brown was briefed by Captain David Throop, Commander, Coast Guard Air Station on the Cape, and also toured the Otis Air National Guard Base at the Mass Military Reservation, which received $7.8 million under the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MILCON) Appropriations bill that recently passed the Senate with the support of Brown.
"Otis Air Base makes very meaningful contributions to our nation's defense, and I was pleased to get an update on the state of the unit's readiness," said Brown.