State Rep. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) has been recognized as a "Legislator of the Year" by AMVETS Department of Ohio for the year 2012 for his work done in the 129th General Assembly as Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

As one of the four annual legislators to win the award, Johnson was deeply humbled as he received the award in his office in the Vern Riffe Center in Columbus.

“This award means a great deal to me, and I consider myself deeply privileged to be able to come to Columbus and serve those who have so bravely served our nation,” said Johnson. “We need to continue to work together to make sure that our brave heroes who have fought and died for this country get every benefit that they are entitled to as well as their families.”

Merle Pratt, State Legislative Chairman for AMVETS had this to say upon presenting the award: “AMVETS Department of Ohio was honored to bestow the Legislator of the Year Award to State Representative Terry Johnson, a fellow veteran, for his tireless devotion and support of Military and Veterans issues while serving as the Chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.”

AMVETS is a national volunteer-led organization that serves the needs of American veterans, as well as active military members, along with a long-standing tradition of community service initiatives such as blood drives, clothing drives and programs to combat hunger among many others.

2013 marks the 25th year that AMVETS has recognized distinguished legislators for this honor. Recipients of the AMVETS Legislator of the Year Award are chosen for their outstanding support and work on behalf of veterans.

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