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A Day to Honor the Service and Sacrifice of Our Veterans
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Some of my fondest childhood memories are of listening to the stories of my father and grandfather’s military service. In fact, it was these stories that instilled in me a desire to serve and largely inspired me to follow in their footsteps and join the Navy in 1972, the first step on my path to public service.

During my time in the Navy I had the privilege to meet some of the most courageous and self-sacrificing men and women. While my shipmates and I came from different backgrounds and walks of life, we all shared a common goal to dedicate our lives to serve and protect our country’s freedoms.

Veterans Day presents an opportunity for us to recognize and thank those who have nobly served our country so that we are able to enjoy the liberties that we sometimes take for granted. As a third generation veteran, I understand all too well the sacrifices of our servicemen and women, but I also know the sacrifices made by their families back at home.

While our veterans do not serve for recognition or acknowledgement of their service, it is important for us to honor their courage. Every freedom that we have, we owe to them and their willingness to defend this country we are so blessed to call home. During this Veterans Day weekend, I hope that you will pause and thank a neighbor who may have served many years ago, stop a stranger in uniform and shake their hand or listen to the stories of those who have served.

To all my fellow veterans – past, present and future – thank you. Serving alongside you has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life. We are grateful for you, and we honor you today, and always.
 
Promoting Ohio's Trails
On Wednesday, October 25 the Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus hosted an event in Columbus to promote its mission of creating a statewide network of trails. As Co-Chair of this bipartisan group, I’m proud to help raise awareness of the many recreational, health and transportation benefits that our trails provide.
 
Keeping Prescription Drugs Out of the Wrong Hands
Law enforcement and pharmacists across Warren and Hamilton counties recently took part in the annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The goal of this event is to provide a safe and responsible means of disposing expired and unused prescription drugs, while raising awareness about the dangers of addiction and abuse of medications. October's Take Back Day resulted in the national collection of nearly 456 tons of prescription medications. 
 
As this growing epidemic continues to plague our state and our county, I remain committed to exploring all possible ways to protect and save Ohioans from this deadly public health crisis.  
 
Strengthening Insurance Standards to Protect Ohio Travelers
I am proud to announce the unanimous Senate passage of my legislation that adopts nationally recognized industry standards for those selling travel insurance in Ohio. Addressing the current problems of regulatory inconsistencies by updating the licensing process will bring Ohio up-to-speed with the overwhelming majority of the country and provide for additional consumer protections. 
 
Warren County Business Leaders Visit the Statehouse
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to the Warren County Chamber Alliance at the 3rd Annual Warren County Capitol Drive. As a former banker, I appreciate hearing a business perspective on important issues facing Ohio and enjoyed the opportunity to share what I am doing in Columbus to make our communities better places to live, work and raise a family. 
 
 
Senator Steve Wilson represents Ohio’s 7th Senate District, which encompasses all of Warren county and portions of Butler and Hamilton counties. To learn more, go to www.OhioSenate.gov/Wilson
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