Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame accepting nominations

| April 18, 2018

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting nominations. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 1.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was founded in 1992 to recognize those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and continue to contribute to our communities, state and nation through exceptional acts of volunteerism, advocacy, professional distinction, public service or philanthropy.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame includes captains of industry, professional educators, political champions and civic supporters. Their honorees include some of Ohio’s most recognized citizens including astronaut Neil Armstrong, actor Paul Newman, business entrepreneur and philanthropist R. David Thomas, and surgeon and inventor Dr. Henry Heimlich.

Unlike most military halls of fame, the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame focuses solely on achievement after service, although all Medal of Honor winners from the state of Ohio are automatically recognized and eventually enshrined.

To be considered, the veteran must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a past or current Ohio resident
  • Have received an honorable discharge
  • Be of good moral character

They encourage submissions from all over the state and nearly all of Ohio’s 88 counties are represented by inductees. Those enshrined come from all types of backgrounds, all walks of life and all branches of service.

The Hall currently includes 61 women veterans out of 854 total inductees and the percentage is growing annually. Many women veterans are doing exceptional things in the community and are equally deserving of consideration.

You can nominate a former service member who has gone on to volunteer in the community, excel in his or her profession, advocate on behalf of fellow veterans, make a difference as a public servant or simply has demonstrated a willingness to be generous with his or her time, talents or financial resources.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame can induct someone posthumously.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Executive Committee reviews nominations and selects up to 20 candidates each year. The person you have in mind just may end up being among the Class of 2018, which will be honored at their Induction Ceremony in November and permanently enshrined next year.

Guidelines, a sample nomination and more information are available on the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame website, OhioVets.gov.

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