Ohio Democratic Party Statement on Veterans Day

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement today honoring Veterans Day.

“Ohio is home to more than 866,000 veterans, including nearly 68,000 women who have served in our nation’s armed forces,” said Ohio Democratic Party Veterans & Military Families Caucus Co-Chair and former state Rep. Connie Pillich. “On this Veterans Day, we offer heartfelt gratitude for their service and sacrifice. We also say thank you to the spouses and family members of those who serve because we recognize they are called on to make tremendous sacrifices, as well. One of the most important pieces of legislation that President Barack Obama has signed into law has been the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, which helps severely wounded warriors and their family caregivers with a monthly stipend, access to health insurance, mental health services and counseling, specialized residential care and rehabilitation services for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI), and comprehensive VA caregiver training and respite care.”

“President Obama has also been working hard to address veteran homelessness and suicide,” said Ohio Democratic Party Veterans & Military Families Caucus Co-Chair and Adams County Commissioner Paul Worley. “It is heartbreaking to know that every single day in America more than 20 veterans choose to end their own lives. Hundreds of thousands of veterans struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other mental health disorders. There are effective treatments, but the VA needs more resources to reach and care for this population. There is still much work to be done to ensure that those who have served our country with honor receive the care and support they need — and deserve — when they return home. We must honor our veterans with more than words. We must take action.”