WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) took to the Senate floor today to pay tribute to Jonathan Miller, a Macedonia native and staff member on Brown’s legislative team. Miller, a legislative correspondent in Brown’s office, is deploying with his Army Reserve unit. Miller is a graduate of Nordonia High School and Ohio University.
Sen. Brown’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:
I rise today to honor a member of my staff, Jonathan Miller, who has dedicated his life to serving his country and his state.
Not only does Jonathan serve the people of Ohio each day on our staff, helping Ohio servicemembers and veterans, but he also serves in uniform himself, first as a member of the National Guard, and now as a member of the Army Reserves.
Earlier this month was his last day in the office for a year – his unit is deploying to fight for our country.
Jonathan grew up in Macedonia, Ohio, and graduated from Nordonia High School and Ohio University. In 2011, while working toward his master’s degree, he enlisted in the National Guard.
Jon told me he enlisted, in part, because he was “inspired by the debate and repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the stories of veterans in my family.”
He said, “the Army seemed like the place for me to help my community and my country, and to experience new people, places, and ideas.”
Jonathan went through officer candidate school in 2013, and now serves with the 300th Chemical Company, Army Reserves, out of Morgantown, West Virginia.
Jonathan has worked in our office since 2015, and has impressed all of us with his dedication to both of his jobs. In the Senate, he handles veterans and military issues, along with energy and environmental policy.
He’s read thousands of letters from Ohio servicemembers and veterans over the years, and always works to make sure their views and concerns are heard, and that our office helps them whenever we can.
He’ll often call the families directly, to follow up and listen to their stories.
During a meeting with Gold Star wives in 2015, Jon learned that education benefits for some spouses who lost their loved ones in the earliest days following 9/11 would expire before they could make full use of this benefit their family earned.
He immediately brought this issue to my attention, and we worked to introduce the Military Spouses Achieving College Education for Survivors (ACES) Act. We passed this bipartisan legislation as part of a larger veterans package that will directly affect Ohio veterans and their families.
Jonathan has played a critical role ensuring that Ohio’s military installations have the support they need to perform critical national security missions – from the 180th in Toledo and the 910 in Youngstown, to Camp Ravenna, and Wright Patt.
And he often attends visiting Ohio Honor Flight ceremonies, representing our office and supporting Ohio veterans visiting the memorials built in their honor.
His love for the outdoors and for his home state has also shone through in his work on issues like protecting the Great Lakes, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and preserving the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, near his childhood home.
And at the end of the week, when others might look forward to a relaxing weekend with their friends and family, so often Jonathan heads out for drill with his unit.
He used to drive all the way from Washington to Illinois and later to West Virginia, for the weekend, as part of his service.
Now, Jon’s unit is deploying. And while we’ll all miss his expertise, his enthusiasm, and his unique perspective in the office this year, we are so grateful for his service to Ohio and our country.
One final note – before his deployment, last month Jon got engaged to his partner, Kevin. Jon and Kevin will join so many of Ohio’s military families who understand the unique challenges of having a family member serve far from home.
On behalf of everyone in my office, we congratulate Jon and Kevin on their engagement, we wish Jon well on his tour overseas, and we thank him for his sacrifice and his service.