Angus S. Jr. King

02/02/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/02/2018 17:54

King Talks Support for Veterans with Leaders of Tilson Technology and Boots2Roots

Friday, February 2, 2018

PORTLAND, ME - Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) visited Tilson Technology Management, Inc., a veteran-owned national network deployment and technology professional services company based in Portland, to discuss Tilson's Veteran and Guard/Reserve (VGR) Support Program and the importance of broadband infrastructure. Senator King also met with Jen Fullmer, a 24 year Air Force veteran who currently serves as the Executive Director of Boots2Roots, a Portland nonprofit that helps provides support to people exiting the military and resettling to Maine.

'Our nation's veterans made immense sacrifices to protect our nation, and deserve our gratitude, our respect, and our support,' said Senator King. 'These responsibilities are especially sacred in Maine, which has one of the highest percentages of veterans in the nation. Both Tilson Technology and Boots2Roots are living up to these important duties through their work to help military members readjust to civilian life, and their efforts to ensure Maine's veterans have access to the benefits and care they have earned.'

Since arriving in Washington, Senator King has been a strong advocate for veterans issues, and recently highlighted the important place of veterans in Maine by devoting his November and December podcasts to the subject. In December, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will fund three new positions in Maine to better serve justice-involved Maine veterans confronting homelessness, mental health or substance abuse issues - a move that came following Senator King's February letter to the Department urging additional resources. He is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Jobs for Our Heroes Act, legislation that would exempt qualified active-duty military members and reservists from certain requirements to obtain a state commercial driver's license (CDL) if they have the proper military experience. In the Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA, Senator King cosponsored a bipartisan amendment authored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) that would encourage cooperation and integration between the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense with their electronic health care record systems to improve the transition from active duty to veteran status and ensure that veterans won't have to wait to gain access to the health care services they have earned. In November, Senator King also announced his support for two bills that would protect veterans credit ratings and educational opportunities respectively.

Tilson is a national network deployment and IT professional services company helping build America's information infrastructure. With nearly 400 employees across 16 national offices, Tilson both helps communities and government agencies plan for their broadband future. The company's employees are nearly fifty percent veterans, and it is committed to supporting veteran, guard, and reserve employees in finding the right team environment, accessing veterans services, and supporting ongoing service in the reserve/guard component.

Boots2Roots is a Portland nonprofit that aims to provide support for men and women exiting the military and looking to transition into civilian life in Maine. Taking shape in 2014, Boots2Roots has slowly transitioned from an informal support service to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that focuses on providing a smooth and successful transition to life outside of the military in Maine.

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