DUBLIN, Ohio - 

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) applauded the induction of local veteran Army Captain Holly Koester (Ret.) into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame with the class of 2017. Captain Koester was inducted along with nineteen other distinguished veterans of the nation’s armed forces.

Captain Koester, who was injured prior to Operation Desert Storm, has a long list of personal and athletic accomplishments that have followed her service in the United States Army. She is the first person, male or female, to complete a marathon in a wheelchair racer in all fifty states. She was even on a Cheerios cereal box in 2007.  She has also won numerous awards and medals at the National Veteran Wheelchair games including six gold medals at the 2016 games.  She was recognized in Washington D.C. this year as the first female to receive the highest national award by the Paralyzed Veterans of American (PVA), called the Speedy Award, alongside Senator Bob Dole.  It is in recognition of the significant contributions made to improve the lives of America’s paralyzed veterans.

“I was extremely proud to nominate my friend and hero, Captain Holly Koester,” said Rep. Anielski. “She has proven time and time again that a will to work hard and a belief in your own abilities can push you beyond any obstacle. Her motto is ‘no obstacle is too big.’ I was ecstatic that the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame recognized her achievements and included her among its distinguished members of the Class of 2017.”

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to recognize the accomplishments of veterans who served in the military honorably and have since continued to serve their communities. Each year, the organization’s committee selects up to twenty finalists who are formally inducted into the hall of fame in November.

“I do not have the words to thank all my friends and family that have supported me and helped me achieve goals that I’ve set,” said Captain Koester. “I’m grateful to State Representative Marlene Anielski for taking the time out of her busy schedule to nominate me for this prestigious honor. God has blessed me in so many ways.”

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