Every day, our great nation is protected by thousands of dedicated men and women in uniform. Our military members make countless sacrifices so those of us here at home can live safely and freely. 

The month of August was designated as “Ohio Military Family Month” in 2009 by the Ohio General Assembly. This annual month-long commemoration gives us the opportunity to express our gratitude for those here at home who support our service members on a daily basis. The continuing and unwavering support from their loved ones gives our military members the strength and hope they need to serve our nation to the best of their ability. As Ohioans and as Americans, it is important for us to express our appreciation for their sacrifices and to remember, acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifices also made by their loved ones.

Spouses, children and parents of our military members proudly support their loved ones every day and make significant contributions. These families abandon their own precious time with their loved ones so we can peacefully cherish time spent with our own loved ones. Military family members often must relocate across the country or the world, leaving behind friends and careers. The children of service members must often transition between schools, working hard to maintain friendships and keep on track in the classrooms. These families welcome home our servicemen and women when they return, and care for them as they make the difficult transition back to civilian life.

Here in the Ohio General Assembly, we are working to ease some of these burdens carried by Ohio's military families. My colleagues in the Ohio Senate recently introduced Senate Bill 116, which would allow a person who discontinues their employment to accompany their spouse on a military transfer to become eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. I am a proud co-sponsor of this legislation because I believe that we ought to support our military families during such a difficult point in their lives, and to ensure that they do not have to make the difficult choice between losing income and distancing themselves from their loved ones.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all of our military men and women for their service to our nation and commitment to their families. This month, please join me in honoring our state's military service members and their support systems: Ohio’s military families.

As always, please feel free to contact my office with questions or if I can ever be of any assistance to you or your family. Correspondence may be written to the attention of Senator John Eklund, Ohio Statehouse – Room 128, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215. I can also be reached by email me at Eklund@OhioSenate.gov, or by phone at (614) 644-7718.

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