People Who Served Country Deserve Our Thanks
By Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills)
November 04, 2013
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During November each year, we are called on to recognize all that we have in our lives to be thankful for. This is commonly understood, considering that the holiday of Thanksgiving lands at the end of the month. But for Americans, we have a two-week head start in giving thanks to people who have undoubtedly provided comfort and security to our lives and families.

That is because November is also home to Veterans Day. Since 1954, November 11th has officially been dedicated to honoring the brave Americans who have served in the US Armed Forces, fighting for freedom all around the world. It is important to keep in mind that, while Veterans Day simply occurs just one day a year, we are indebted to our brave men and women in uniform year-round and should always keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

Of course our veterans are great patriots because of their service in uniform, but many veterans continue that service upon returning home, being active in their respective communities, sharing their accounts of American history and simply being upstanding citizens. Sharing such a strong love of country carries on for a lifetime, which is something that makes the United States the most special place on earth.

Being home to the sixth-largest veteran population in the country, Ohio’s opportunities to give back are abundant. A major part of this effort is informing veterans of available jobs and getting them connected to the potential benefits they have accrued.

Through what is called the “Ohio Veterans Bonus Program,” veterans can learn about the benefits that they qualify for. I want to encourage all veterans in the 6th District to look into this program, which is easily accessible at

The deadline specifically for Ohio veterans who served in the Persian Gulf conflict to apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus is December 31st of this year. My office is always available to answer questions or to provide additional information.

In a month in which we are reminded of the things we are thankful for, here in Ohio we are surrounded by brave men and women who forever deserve our gratitude.

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