During the course of our busy lives, taking a moment to reflect on the things that are really important to us can be a steep challenge. That is one of the most important aspects of annual events like Veterans Day. While our brave military men and women should always have a place in our thoughts and prayers, Veterans Day can give us that needed reminder to slow down and say thank you.

Ohio is home to the sixth-highest population of veterans in the country. So the issues that are addressed in Columbus are taken very seriously. I have the privilege of serving as vice-chairman of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. I was also extremely grateful and humbled to receive the Legislator of the Year award by the Vietnam Veterans of America Buckeye State Council in October. I will never be able to repay what so many brave military members have done for me, but I am committed to doing what I can to help them when they return home.

While Veterans Day 2013 has come and gone, our commitment to making sure our veterans receive the attention they deserve—both medically and professionally—must remain a top priority.

The Ohio Veterans Bonus Program provides information to Ohio’s veterans about some of the potential benefits they have accrued during their time of service. Any one of Ohio’s veterans can look into this program by logging onto https://veteransbonus.ohio.gov. I would like to point out that the deadline specifically for veterans who served during the Persian Gulf conflict to apply is December 31st, the last day of this year.

In another area, the Ohio House recently passed House Bill 98, which allows professional licensing agencies to take into account a veteran’s skill set that was developed during service when applying for a job. Often is the case where a person has an occupational license, but is unable to renew it because he or she is serving our country. I proudly supported HB 98 because I believe it removes one of the unneeded barriers that some veterans face when seeking employment.

The United States was founded on freedom, and every person who has put on a uniform to defend it has done so to preserve things that many individuals throughout the world can only dream about.

Yet, while our veterans have preserved our ability to be different and express varying views, their presence, sacrifice and courage all bring us closer together as Americans. 

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