Honoring Our Veterans And Service Members
A Guest Column by Senate President Larry Obhof
November 11, 2017
 
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Veterans Day provides a special opportunity for us to recognize the bravery and service of the men and women who protect our freedom.  Ohio is home to almost 800,000 veterans, the 6th largest veteran population in America. They come from diverse backgrounds, walks of life and points of view, but all share one trait in common: a commitment to a cause higher than self.  They have defended our country’s values and freedoms, and their remarkable contributions to both country and community are a primary reason that America remains the great country that it is today.

Honoring our veterans also means finding ways to support and assist them as they return home and reenter civilian life. In the Ohio legislature, we’ve worked hard to remove barriers and create opportunities for our veterans to continue their education and provide ways for them to receive college or licensure credit for their military training and experience. We’ve directed resources to connect veterans with employment opportunities and encouraged Ohio’s employers to hire veterans and recognize the important contributions they can make in the workplace.

To all the men and women who have served and those who continue to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States, we salute you today and every day. We greatly respect the contributions you have made across the world and back home in your communities. We also recognize and honor the sacrifice and patriotism of the spouses, children and other family members you left behind to shoulder the burden of your service.

I hope every Ohioan will join me in taking the opportunity this Veterans Day to pause and thank a neighbor who served many years ago; to stop a stranger in uniform and shake their hand; to listen to the stories of those who have served; or to help connect a veteran with resources available to them. But please remember, this goes well beyond November 11. We should do these things every day. Our veterans deserve nothing less.
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