Last week, U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., was joined by a fellow congressional freshmen to hold a roundtable on military and veterans issues in Lakeland.

U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., appeared at the event with Spano. Green graduated from West Point and served in the Army, including interrogating Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Green is the president of the freshman class of representatives.

Spano stressed the important role veterans play in Central Florida and talked about his efforts to help them on Capitol Hill.  This includes combating veteran homelessness, focusing on the constriction of a VA clinic in Lakeland and his “Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act” which the congressman defines as creating a “‘Boots to Business‘ program which educates veterans and their families on how to start and run their own businesses.”

“Every November, our nation celebrates veterans, but it is important to me to honor these individuals who have done so much for our great nation every day of the year,” Spano said. “I have dedicated my first year in Congress to improving the quality of life for veterans. Our community is lucky to have such a large population of people willing to give everything for our country, and it is an honor to serve them in Congress. Rep. Green has a stellar record of military service, and I was proud to introduce him to some of Florida’s finest.”

“I can see firsthand how much Ross cares about this community, and as a veteran, I’m grateful to him for putting these fine men and women first,” said Green.


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