WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will be taking Army Staff Sergeant Tammy Brown as a guest to the State Of The Union address on Tuesday.
According to a press release from Kaine's office, Staff Sgt. Brown is "a machinist and welder with tactical knowledge and experience in metal fabrication who has served on active duty for more than 15 years, including tours in Kosovo and Iraq, is now stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia."
Kaine visited Fort Lee this year before introducing the Troop Talent Act of 2013. The legislation helps active duty military members "transition to the civilian workforce by providing them information about acquiring credentials, like those Staff Sgt. Brown has earned," according to Kaine's office.
"Over Staff Sergeant Brown's many years of service to our country, she has gained vital skills that will be highly valuable to employers in the private sector," said Kaine in a written statement. "Unfortunately, many employers don't understand how specialty skills obtained in the military translate to the civilian world, which has contributed in the past to a high unemployment rate among veterans. Thanks to recent passage of key provisions of the Troop Talent Act, more servicemembers will have the tools to receive credentials as Staff Sergeant Brown has, easing their transition into the civilian workforce."