Panel OKs veteran bills co-sponsored by Sen. Brown

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BOSTON (AP) -- Two veteran bills introduced by Democrats and co-sponsored by Massachusetts Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown have been approved by the Veterans' Affairs Committee and are heading to the full Senate for a vote.

One bill would help homeless veterans suffering from illness by strengthening an existing federal program that provides housing vouchers and services such as counseling and job training.

The bill was introduced by Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. The Veterans Administration estimates that there are more than 75,000 homeless veterans.

A second bill is designed to improve job training for members of the military as they transition to civilian life. The bill was introduced by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.

Brown serves on the Veterans' Affairs Committee.