Since 1918, the 11th day of November been set aside to recognize the service and sacrifice made by members of America’s armed forces.  These brave men and women have time and again stood in the pathway of those forces who would do harm to our citizens and challenge our way of life.
The Buckeye State is home to over 900,000 veterans.  My colleagues in the General Assembly and I have made it our priority to honor their service by helping them transition from soldier to citizen.  Part of that transition is appropriately rewarding veterans for the skills they acquired and training they received while in service of our country.  This year we passed legislation to both standardize college credits awarded to veterans for their service and provide a pathway to professional licensure for veterans who have already been trained in the military. 
In addition, we are working with Governor Kasich to provide resources to each of Ohio’s 88 county-level veterans affairs offices.  Here, former service members can find the resources that will give them an edge in finding their next career.
Our efforts are working.  By moving these heroes into stable, well paying careers, we are creating framework for a robust workforce that will drive our state’s economy for years to come.  Today, Ohio has nearly 89,000 vet-owned businesses operating within its borders.
As we do our part to show Ohio’s heroes our gratitude and support, let us never take for granted the blessings of life and liberty that have come through their sacrifice.

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Senate Passes $2.62 Billion Capital Budget, Eklund Highlights Local Projects


COLUMBUS - State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) today announced the Senate passage of the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure and local community projects.


Eklund Announces House Passage Of Bill To Establish Ohio Ataxia Awareness Day


COLUMBUS - State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) today announced the House passage of legislation he sponsored to officially designate September 25 as International Ataxia Awareness Day in Ohio. 


Eklund Commends USDA Secretary For Decision To Make Disaster Relief Available For Area Residents


COLUMBUS - State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) issued the following statement today in response to the declaration issued by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, which assigns Ashtabula and Geauga counties as primary disaster designation areas following damages inflicted from a tornado, excessive rain, flooding, high winds and lightning that occurred November 5, 2017.


Eklund Touts Senate Passage Of Bill Strengthening Ohio's Criminal Justice System


COLUMBUS - State Senators John Eklund (R-Munson Township) and Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) recently announced the Senate passage of bipartisan legislation that would make a number of comprehensive improvements to Ohio's criminal justice system.