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AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown made a stop in the valley Monday to announce a new plan aimed at reducing unemployment among returning military veterans.

At American Legion Post 301 in Austintown, Senator Brown visited with local veterans before outlining new legislation he calls The Troop Talent Act.

Brown, who is a senior member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee says the act would establish new resources for veterans to apply their skills and ease the transition to civilian life.

"We've got to make sure that the skills that someone learns in the military can match up with what people need" said Brown.

The Senator says veterans who serve their country and protect our freedoms deserve every opportunity to find work when they come home.

"If you're a truck driver in the military, if you're a mechanic, if you're I-T, if you do health care, you can match up those skills and get a job in Youngstown or in Boardman or in the Mahoning valley somewhere" Brown said.

The Senator was joined by Youngstown native Sergeant Bryant Jackson, a Marine and Purple Heart recipient who says too many returning veterans are struggling to find work.

"People my age, 26, or even younger or older are having problems with finding gainful employment, it's going to help them" said Jackson.

Brown expects the Troop Talent Act to receive bi-partisan support in Washington.

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