Veterans Day: Legislation and initiatives to honor those who served locally


By Rep. Jim Buchy



This undated photo provided by the Ohio House of Representatives shows Rep. Jim Buchy. he Ohio House is expected to consider a bill that would shield the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs. Buchy is one of the bills sponsors. The bill is among several the House planned to vote on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 as lawmakers finish work for the two-year legislative session. The Senate passed it last week. (AP Photo/Ohio House of Representatives)

This undated photo provided by the Ohio House of Representatives shows Rep. Jim Buchy. he Ohio House is expected to consider a bill that would shield the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs. Buchy is one of the bills sponsors. The bill is among several the House planned to vote on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 as lawmakers finish work for the two-year legislative session. The Senate passed it last week. (AP Photo/Ohio House of Representatives)


America is the greatest country on earth and we live in the greatest state in this country. Our values and lifestyle could not be sustained without the sacrifice of the men and woman of our armed forces. The presence of the American military is felt in every community from Main Street to Wall Street. Those who serve and protect the United States should be supported and recognized for their efforts.

Honoring veterans for their service has always been a priority of mine. There are over 866,000 veterans in Ohio, 293,000 of these solders served in the Vietnam War. Historically, Vietnam veterans returned home to a nation that was divided about the significance of the Vietnam Conflict and those who served. This reality is a travesty, as properly recognizing all service men and women is an important part of our nation’s responsibility.

As a result of the hard work and dedication of families and veterans in western Ohio, a bill has been introduced to recognize two fallen service members from the Vietnam conflict and their brigade, specifically, the 196th Light Infantry Brigade of Darke County. Robert L. Fowble Jr. and Jack E. Beam, both from Darke County, belonged to the brigade and paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War.

If the bill passes, State Route 571 from the southeastern corporation limits of Union City onward to Greenville would be known as the “196th Light Infantry Brigade SP4 Robert L. Fowble Jr. and PFC Jack E. Beam Memorial Highway.” This legislation is a just way to commemorate their sacrifice and remind Ohioans of the significance of sacrifices made in the Vietnam conflict.

The families of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade have been very helpful in this process. Including all the members of this brigade in this process is important. However, a number of the veterans have been hard to reach as they may have relocated or have unlisted numbers. If anyone has any contact information for these men or their families, please call my office at 614-466-6344.

I will continue to support our military and our veterans. I encourage all Ohioans to reach out to a military member not only on Veterans Day, but every day. Thank you to those who serve, and happy Veterans Day.

Please give me your opinion on this topic and other important issues by completing a brief online survey at tinyurl.com/buchynovember2015

This undated photo provided by the Ohio House of Representatives shows Rep. Jim Buchy. he Ohio House is expected to consider a bill that would shield the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs. Buchy is one of the bills sponsors. The bill is among several the House planned to vote on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 as lawmakers finish work for the two-year legislative session. The Senate passed it last week. (AP Photo/Ohio House of Representatives)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2015/11/web1_18f02dca703f7e31680f6a7067004435.jpgThis undated photo provided by the Ohio House of Representatives shows Rep. Jim Buchy. he Ohio House is expected to consider a bill that would shield the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs. Buchy is one of the bills sponsors. The bill is among several the House planned to vote on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 as lawmakers finish work for the two-year legislative session. The Senate passed it last week. (AP Photo/Ohio House of Representatives)

By Rep. Jim Buchy

Rep. Jim Buchy can be reached by emailing rep84@ohiohouse.gov or calling 614-446-6344. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

Rep. Jim Buchy can be reached by emailing rep84@ohiohouse.gov or calling 614-446-6344. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.