Lt. Governor Brown Hosts 'Coffee and Conversation' Meeting with Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business
ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 27, 2009) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown met this morning with members of Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses as part of his regular ‘Coffee and Conversation’ series. Lt. Governor Brown, joined by eight veterans from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force and several spouses of veterans, discussed concerns facing Maryland veterans and current initiatives.
“Maryland is committed to serving those brave individuals who have loyally served us,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “The health and well-being of our veterans will continue to be a top priority for the O’Malley-Brown Administration.”
Brown hosts regular ‘Coffee and Conversation’ meetings with various organizations, small business leaders, unions and other groups in an effort to engage Marylanders on a range of issues and better understand the concerns of communities from across the state.
“We are proud that Maryland can give back to our veterans through the veterans business loan programs,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “Especially in our struggling economy, it is more important than ever to create opportunities for small, minority and veteran-owned businesses.”
In 2006, then-Delegate Brown led the effort to create the Military Reservist and Service-Disabled Veteran No-Interest Loan Program. The Program is administered by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development in consultation with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs. The Program provides assistance to military reservists and National Guard members called to active duty, service-disabled veterans, and businesses that employ or are owned by such persons. The program is receiving $300,000 in the FY09 budget.
Lt. Governor Brown, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s veteran and military family efforts. During the 2009 Legislative Session, Brown has testified on behalf of an administration bill that seeks to add Maryland to the interstate compact and expand educational opportunities for military children.