Senator Jordan: In Honor Of Our Veterans
By State Senator Kris Jordan
November 07, 2011
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This week marks another observance of Veterans Day and I wanted to take the opportunity to share some thoughts regarding the importance of November 11. Originally celebrated as 'Armistice Day' in 1919, President Eisenhower signed legislation 35 years later that changed it to its current name. More than just a typical holiday, we are reminded each Veterans Day of the high cost of freedom, as well those who dared to sacrifice for it. Since the start of the 129th General Assembly, I have had the distinct honor to serve as Chairman for the Senate State and Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. One of the primary purposes of the panel is to oversee and consider the crucial issues that affect Ohio's veterans. In this capacity, I often have the pleasure of visiting with current and past members of the military. Tales about their time overseas, as well as life here at home, regularly help in navigating our work. Two particular bills passed by our committee this year are certain to provide a positive impact on the lives of Ohio's service members and veterans. In effect since June, House Bill 121 brought about much needed reforms to custody procedures pertaining to military personnel and their children. More recently, the passage of House Bill 224 has created easier and more efficient practices for military members stationed overseas to vote by absentee ballot here in Ohio. Veterans groups played a valuable role in the crafting of both measures, and each bill passed our legislative chambers with bipartisan support. Currently, our state has the great fortune of being home to more than 890,000 veterans. From teachers and lawyers to laborers and doctors, those who at one-time served in our nation's armed forces continue to impact our lives in various fields and occupations. Their contributions to our state and nation are priceless and truly worthy of our gratitude. There is no greater tribute to the Founding Fathers than that of the courage and selflessness displayed by our armed forces. It is only right that we all set aside a few moments this Veterans Day to recall the memory of those who sacrificed in the name of freedom and to thank the men and women who continue to protect us today
Jordan represents Ohio's 19th Senate District, which includes Delaware, Knox, Morrow, Richland, and part of Ashland counties. Prior to serving in the Senate, he served as a State Representative and as a Delaware County Commissioner. He is a proven advocate for spending restraint, lower taxes, and family values. He lives in Powell with his wife, Melissa.
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