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Scott Brown, Jeanne Shaheen emphasize support for veterans

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (right) and her highest-profile rival, Scott Brown.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen (right) and her highest-profile rival, Scott Brown.

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and her highest-profile rival, Scott Brown, are competing for the support of veterans today, emphasizing their commitment to those who have served in the military.

Shaheen, a Democrat, was set to rally this morning with more than 100 veterans who, her campaign said, were coming together to endorse her. In a news release, it said the first-term US senator was “a tireless advocate for keeping our commitment to veterans.”

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Brown, a Republican, released a TV ad, backed by a slow military tune. In the spot, as images of him in uniform appear on screen, Brown notes his decades in the US Army National Guard, that he retired this year as a colonel, and that he’s proud of the men and women he served with.

“But the Obama-Shaheen economy is not working for them or anyone else. Veterans deserve better than long waits for patient care and national scandal,” he said, appearing to reference the ongoing controversy over many veterans experiencing long delays for care at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.

In the ad, which a Brown spokeswoman said will begin airing today on WMUR, WBIN and statewide cable, he also says he’ll focus on “more good jobs for everyone.”

Brown is also set to hold a vets event of his own today, kicking off an “Honoring Our Veterans” tour in Nashua this afternoon.

Shaheen, for her part, has already aired an ad focusing on veterans — her first television spot of the campaign. In it, a Vietnam veteran says she “gets the job done for New Hampshire.”

Brown, the former Massachusetts US senator, faces a GOP primary on Sept. 9. Should he be victorious, as Granite State insiders expect, he’ll face Shaheen, a former governor, on Nov. 4.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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