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NASHVILLE – Believe in Service, a political action committee founded by Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler to support federal candidates who will protect and expand vital national service programs, today endorsed U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in his reelection campaign. Senator Brown, a co-sponsor of the “America’s Call To Improve Opportunities Now (ACTION) for National Service Act,” has been a longtime advocate of public service programs and is a member of the bipartisan National Service Congressional Caucus.

“Senator Sherrod Brown believes in service and has spent his career advocating for Ohioans,” said James Mackler. “While the majority in Washington prioritizes serving special interest donors over service to our nation, we need Senator Brown’s voice in the U.S. Senate to protect and expand our vital national service programs like AmeriCorps that provide so many opportunities for service here and abroad. We’re proud to support his reelection.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Believe in Service,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown. “James Mackler is a friend and inspiration — a combat veteran who risked his life for this nation and dedicated his career to the public good. Service unifies us as Americans, and reminds us of the power we carry when we work together. Protecting and expanding national service programs is vital to our country’s future, and I am proud to stand for them in the Senate.”

Unlike the majority in Congress, voters do not view national service as a partisan issue. A survey conducted by Republican polling firm TargetPoint found that 83% of voters want Congress to maintain or increase federal spending on national service programs. The strong bipartisan consensus includes support from 78% of Republicans, 84% of Independents and 90% of Democrats. Economists have found that each dollar invested in national service generates $3.95 in terms of higher earnings, increased output and other community benefits.

Learn more about Believe in Service at www.BelieveInService.com.