WASHINGTON, D.C.— A representative from the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today greeted veterans from the Northwest Ohio area traveling to Washington, D.C. as part of the Honor Flight program. Today, 75 veterans departed from Toledo Express Airport to visit the World War II and Korean War memorials, along with several other national memorials, and will return to Northwest Ohio tonight. A representative from Brown’s office presented each Ohio veteran with a personalized certificate welcoming them to the capital and thanking them for their service.
“Ohio’s warriors have earned the respect of a grateful nation. The Honor Flight Network program helps bring our veterans to visit their memorials—memorials built in honor of their service and sacrifice,” Brown said. “As a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, it is an honor to fight to ensure that these veterans have access to the resources needed to heal, recover, and continue to enrich the Ohio communities that they live in today.”
The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization that helps transport America's veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. According to the organization, top priority is given to America's most senior veterans — survivors of World War II and any veteran with a terminal illness who wishes to visit their memorial. The June 20th flight was the third of five in 2012, and the 25th flight overall since the program began in April 2008. Honor Flight Northwest Ohio has taken more than 1,000 veterans to Washington, D.C.
Brown, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, has convened field hearings around Ohio to examine how the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) can better serve veterans in rural areas and cities across Ohio. He is the author of several legislative initiatives that would strengthen our nation's commitment to veterans by improving education reimbursements and expanding employment protection for former service members. Brown has held more than 200 community events since being sworn into office in 2007—holding at least one roundtable discussion with community leaders in each of Ohio's 88 counties. Many of Brown's legislative priorities, including his jobs initiatives, originated from these discussions.