Before we left Cincinnati, Charlie and I were very involved with Vic Garcia and others in bringing the CoreChange concept to bear on Cincinnati's urban ills. The concept is very basic, but in essence, brings all types of stakeholders together to identify problems and solutions for the city. And by all types, we had former drug dealer/gang members sitting in a room with heads of United Way, Children's Hospital, etc. It was a powerful experience.
During the three day workshop in 2012, many ideas were generated. Some have been implemented. Now the CoreChange folks need to get the word out and build momentum. You can help by taking this brief survey on three different campaigns they have developed to engage the broader community in this important work.
I appreciate your taking the time to further this effort! Feel free to share the link with others.
PhD students from Miami University – plus a cockroach named Alex – teach LMS students a lesson in science
LMS Student Zach Garner poses for a shot while Alex crawls on his hand.
Loveland, Oh. - His name is Alex, and Monday, Feb. 10, Loveland Middle School (LMS) eighth grade science students couldn’t get enough of him.
“Oh, he was a huge hit with the students,” said Katie Linz, LMS science teacher. “They would not put him down.”
Alex is a cockroach, by the way.
In Linz’s class he was also one of the teachers who traveled from Miami University to offer a lesson in genetics with an emphasis on the study of insects. Alex was joined by three doctoral students who guided the young LMS scientists in all three stages of metamorphosis: larvae, pupae, and adult.
“We are so appreciative of the doctoral students taking the time to assist us in this lesson,” said Linz. “My students worked with high-power microscopes, looked at insect collections, and – yes – played with Alex. The entire project got them excited about science, and that was thrilling for me.”
Plantar Fasciitis is a painful disorder of the foot that affects thousands of people everyday. Most people notice the pain when they get up and take their first steps in the morning. Others may notice it when they are at rest for long periods of time and then get up to walk. However, the symptoms tend subside when they are on their feet for a period of time.
Plantar fasciitis is common in people of all ages with the middle-aged population being the most affected. Patients that are on their feet a lot, like athletes and soldiers, also tend to exhibit the symptoms.
Straining of the ligaments that support the arch causes plantar fasciitis. Repeated strains can cause tiny tears in the ligaments and can lead to pain and swelling. Common causes of plantar fasciitis are excessively tight calf muscles, shoes that don't fit well, and being overweight. Additionally, if you have high arches or if you over pronate, you may be at a higher at risk of developing planter fasciitis.
It is important to have a doctor examine you if the pain continues for more than four weeks. The doctor will rule out any other pathologies such as arthritis, stress fractures or heel spurs.
Some home treatments that can be tried are: Stretching the calf muscles three times a day for three minutes with your toes on the step and your heels stretching to the floor. A Strasburg sock, which can be purchased at most running stores, can be worn at night to provide relief and keep the calf in a stretched position. A new pair of shoes with a good arch and a cushioned sole could also be a symptom reliever.
If none of these activities provide relief, our office has treated many patients with plantar fasciitis with a series of treatments including physical therapy modalities, trigger point treatments, and foot manipulation to help take the pressure off the inflamed ligament with great success. Though these methods are not 100% foolproof, it is good to do conservative treatment before going to further medical intervention such as steroid injections and surgery.
If you have any questions about this disorder or you would like additional information please do not hesitate to call our office at 513-677-6787.
Dr. Douglas. R. Portmann DC,CCSP,CSCS Wards Corner Chiropractic and Sports Rehab 550 Wards Corner Rd. Ste. 101 Loveland Ohio 45140
Willie Lutz on the left and Loveland Magazine Sports Director, Ricky Mulvey are indeed in, and ready for the Granny’s Garden Amaryllis challenge.
Much like the wizard world felt toward Voldemort, or he-who-must-not-be-named, The Loveland Herald is scared to mention Loveland Magazine. Except in this case Loveland Magazine are the good freedom fighters, and The Loveland Herald is Voldemort.
Mulvey to Loveland Herald: Say my name
by Ricky Mulvey
In an already heated Granny’s Garden Amaryllis Race, The Loveland Herald attempted to remove Loveland Magazine from the Local Media competition by omitting Loveland Magazine’s competitors in their mention of the Media Race in their article. They said WLWT meteorologist Randi Rico and their own reporter Marika Lee were contestants, however tried to erase the Loveland Magazine team with a delete and paste.
Sources at the Loveland Herald claimed the mistake was a case of copy and paste gone awry.
In response to the "mistake", Loveland Magazine issued a press release that stated, “We are relatively certain we did not just fall of the turnip truck. In fact, we maintain we have never fallen out of any kind of truck, and while Sports Reporter Willie Lutz owns a truck, he assured us that it has never been filled with turnips.” Lutz said, "We're harvesting amaryllises here not turnips!"
When questioned why Loveland Magazine was omitted in the article, another unnamed source associated with the Herald said “Because Loveland Magazine is stupid and I hate them and I want them to go away, and they’re stupid idiots okay?”
The Loveland Herald will ice skate on the pond at Symmes Park on March 20th.
The source also added that on March 20th at Symmes Park, the Loveland Herald will host an Amaryllis Race Party. “The party is going to be so much fun, and everyone is invited. We are going to have ice skating on the pond and cake and ice cream, and everyone is invited to be there except anyone involved in that stupid Loveland Magazine, because they are stupid and we hate them.”
Critics are also speculating that The Herald’s tactic may have been out of revenge as well. In recent months, The Loveland Herald, unable to find any news or reporters of their own, attempted to swipe new Loveland Magazine sports reporter, Willie Lutz.
“You’re dang right we wanted to steal that Lutz boy,” the unnamed source said. “And we were going to get away with it too if it weren’t for that Mulvey wiseacre."
“It’s no wonder the Herald acting irrational in this race,” said Loveland Magazine publisher David Miller. “They have been out to get us for years now, and now they are upset that they could not take Willie. Those folks must be drunk on revenge. ”
When the contestants from Loveland Magazine (myself, Willie Lutz, and Helen Davidson) discovered that the Loveland Herald had omitted our names we all gathered to each take down a pint of ice cream. The air was also really dusty at the ice cream shop too, so our eyes may have watered up a bit, but that was solely because of our allergies. In no way were we crying and eating away our feelings.
After the ice cream, we gathered at the Loveland Magazine studio, and Lutz shared an alternate theory on the Loveland Herald’s tactics.
“I think I know why The Loveland Herald did not mention us,” Willie said. “It’s because they are afraid of us. They are afraid of the competition. They are so afraid that we will win that they refuse to say our names.”
So my challenge to The Loveland Herald is quite simple. Stop being craven.
As I approach my second month as mayor of Loveland, I want to thank the voters for electing me, as well as my colleagues on City council and City staff for their support and the confidence they have placed in me.
I have enjoyed the ceremonial mayoral duties including officiating at parades and ribbon cuttings, performing weddings, and presenting the key to the City to the Loveland Tigers for the state football championship.
I look forward to working with council and the community to address important issues facing our City including economic development, the budget, and maintenance of basic City services.
Although things are going well for our City, over the next year we will have to make some tough decisions. For example, in May we will ask voters to approve a levy to continue the City’s contract with the Loveland Symmes Fire Department and to maintain our excellent fire and paramedic services.
On January 18th City council and staff met for a full day strategy session led by Interim City Manager Dave Duckworth. We identified the major opportunities and challenges facing the City and initiated discussions to address these challenges and capitalize on our opportunities.
Another task of the mayor is to appoint members to the various committees of council. I want to thank those who agreed to continue serving, as well as the new volunteers who are stepping up to serve the City. I will soon be appointing a Public Relations and Communications Committee. There are so many positive things going on in Loveland, and it is important that we tell our story to our residents and businesses as well as the general public.
Your suggestions and views are important to me. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or by leaving a message with Clerk of Council Misty Cheshire at 707-1437.
Youth athletics have exploded over the years with the advent of select, AAU and Junior Olympic level play. When I was a kid, I played three sports a year and had the summer to strength train for the next year. Currently, if a child wants to excel at a sport we see them participating in the same sport almost all-year round with little to no break.
In my own household, I have two very active daughters who play multiple sports at school and advanced levels. As parents, we try to find the balance between having our athletes compete at the highest level they are capable of, and also preventing them from getting injured. When a child is injured, it becomes very frustrating for the athletes, parents, coaches, and others involved, not being able to be on the court, field, pool etc. It is at that point when parents tend to do anything possible to get the athlete rehabilitated and back in their activity.
As a Chiropractor, I think the piece we are missing is enforcing more preventative preparation. We will spend as much time and money as we can afford to get the young athlete back to top form, but when it comes to prevention, we tend to think, “If it isn’t broken then don’t fix it”. When it comes to high-level youth sports injuries, it is not a matter of “if” but “when,” most of the time.
In my practice, I am seeing more and more overuse injuries. Adding these practices listed below can prevent such injuries:
Flexibility: The majority of young athletes take very little time to warm up or stretch on their own or as a team. When they arrive in my office and I test them for range of motion, they are so limited that they were predestined to these types of injuries. Yoga is a great way to start flexibility and have fun in the process. Getting a team or a group together in a yoga class would be a great bonding experience for athletes, while improving their flexibility.
Strength: As a child enters adolescence, it is a good time to start some strength and conditioning exercises. For the pre-pubescent athlete, body weight exercises such as push-ups, air squats, and calestitics are a great way to increase strength without putting stress on the maturing growth plates. As the child matures through puberty, weight training can begin by starting lightly with bands and dumbbells, then gradually working their way up, as they are able to handle more weight. As the athletes progress into their later teens, functional exercises are a really important way to tie in multi-joint movements for the given sport. It is extremely important that a professional supervises the young athletes while going through the different stages of training.
Chiropractic care: The wear and tear on joints can be a major cause of acute injuries in youth athletes. Additionally, joint wear and tear seems to show up in my office in the aging population that were heavily involved athletics in their youth, at a higher rate than some other populations. Sports, much like car accidents, can cause an imbalance of the alignment of our joints. This, in turn, can cause the early degenerative changes in them. Getting Chiropractic care as a preventative measure can help protect athletes by preventing the body from putting the joints and ligaments into an improper position. This will also take the strain off the tendons and muscles, preventing them from working harder and keeping the joints protected.
Our office now offers Yoga and Pilates to go along with our preventative holistic approach to keeping our athletes at their fullest potential. You can find the class times at www.wardscornerchiro.com and look on the “About us” page. Please call our office at (513)-677-6787 if you would like your athlete checked for spinal and extremity joint misalignments.
Dr. Douglas R. Portmann DC is a certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, and Certified Strength and Conditioning specialist
By Art Jarvis, Loveland City School District Board of Education President
A show choir that captured a national championship trophy; a football team that brought home a state championship title; a high school that just this year congratulated 50 students recognized as AP Scholars and three seniors named as National Merit Scholars.
Excellence – at Loveland City Schools it’s the way we do business.
On behalf of the Loveland Board of Education, I want to thank each and every member of the Loveland City School District for supporting the teachers, staff and – most of all – the more than 4,700 exceptional students who call themselves Tigers.
The Board takes pride in all this group has accomplished; we also – unanimously – feel it is time to move the district forward.
January 21 the Board voted for a resolution to place a 5.6 mill operating levy on the May ballot for your consideration (the equivalent of $196.00 annually per $100,000 home valuation). The 5.6 mills would generate an additional $4,222,401 amount of revenue per year for the district.
The district’s last levy was passed in 2011; the 3.5 mill levy was intended to be a bridge to 2014 with the district making a strategic decision to utilize the district’s cash balance to assist with revenue during the economic recession. Because of conservative fiscal management, that promise made in 2011 was kept.
This 5.6 mill levy would allow the district to rebuild the cash reserve we were forced to utilize during the recession, and add additional revenue to continue to make strides in providing advanced academic opportunities for our students – money the district would use to further expand the excellent education provided to students – especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
In the upcoming months, we will continue to share additional information on the May operating levy via the district website (www.lovelandschools.org), through community forums and the media. Superintendent Chad Hilliker and Treasurer/CFO Brett Griffith are available to take your questions. Contact information is available on the district website. We also encourage you to attend our Board meetings; meeting details are available on the district website.
We are blessed to live in Loveland; we appreciate your support of the district. Together, we can move forward and continue our tradition of excellence.
On December 20, The Loveland Initiative held its 16th Annual Christmas Toy Store program. We received overwhelming toys, gifts and monetary funds towards this program during the holiday season. This program served well over 200 children. Our goal was to make sure that we raised enough funds to offer two scholarships which assist a student to further his or her education. Thanks to our generous supporters we have succeeded in reaching that goal; and will award two scholarships to Loveland graduates in August of this year.
The Loveland Initiative is committed to making life better for families whose lives are affected by poverty. We feel that one of the ways to empower people is through education and this is the way to break the cycle of poverty. With the assistance of our supporters, we have been able to make a positive impact on the lives of children and families in our community. Their generous support towards the organization has helped to continue its important work to achieve our mission; which is to educate and assist low-income children and their families.
Many thanks to our donors— Loveland City Schools, Saint Columbian Church, Tina Pickle - Loveland Zumba Gold, Epiphany United Methodist Church, Miami Trails Neighborhood Network, General Electric Credit Union, Fraternal Order of Eagles Loveland #3c, Jay and Andrea Batchelor, Union Savings Bank, Anytime Fitness, CoCo Bites, Loveland Moose Lodge, LCNB, Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce, American Modern Insurance Company, Zoey Kidwell, American Legion, Bond Furniture, the Duell, Denne, McNett, and Fouts families and many others. We also thank our hard working volunteers who participated in the event.
Thank you again for your commitment and support towards the Christmas Toy Store program. We appreciate your efforts and all that you have done to ensure the success of this program.
Terri Rogers is the Executive Director of the Loveland Initiative and can be reached at 513-677-1057 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Loveland Initiative is a 501 (c)3 public charity, has served the Loveland community since 1996, and is located at 901 Mohican Drive, Loveland Ohio 45140. With a mission to educate and assist low-income children and their families, it currently provides support to families living within the Loveland City School District.
Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or ten months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do -- babysit!
We can get that for less than minimum wage.
That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and planning -- that equals 6-1/2 hours).
So each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585 a day.
However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.
That's $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).
What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6-1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.
Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! There sure is!
The average teacher's salary (nationwide) is $50,000.
$50,000/180 days = $277.77 per day / 30 students = $9.25 / 6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student -- a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)
WHAT A DEAL!!!!
Make a teacher smile; repost this to show appreciation for all educators.
Over the past few months, I have had a number requests to offer a new Perfect on Your Own series, a group for women finding their way through difficult relationships. I'm writing to let you know that a new group is forming this month.
Perfect on Your Own --
WHEN: Five weekly meetings beginning at the end of January
Perfect on Your Own is for women who are coming to terms with a painful relationship -- trying to decide whether to stay, in the midst of leaving, or who have already left and are beginning to reclaim themselves and their lives. It's a dynamic format that has really helped participants feel grounded and able to move forward -- and feel positive about it.
You can read more about the Perfect on Your Own group here and you'll find a post about what I mean by "feeling perfect on your own" here.
Once again, if you'd like to participate, here's what to do:
Make sure to mark every possible time that you would be able to participate -- even the less desirable times. If you want to also let me know your top preference, please feel free to do that in the comment section. Scheduling is by far the biggest challenge to offering this group -- so again, please mark every feasible time on the chart.
If you know of other women who might want to participate, please forward this by using the "Share This" button below, so that they can participate in the scheduling poll.
Perfect on Your Own is far more than a “divorce support group” although some of the women who join the group are in the midst of divorce or coping with the aftermath. But it’s been equally powerful as a safe space to come to terms with a difficult relationship in order to decide whether to recommit to it or separate. The idea of feeling perfect on your own applies, whether or not you choose to be in a committed relationship. It’s about feeling whole so that being in a relationship is a choice and not a matter of survival. Read more about Perfect on Your Own...
If Perfect on Your Own speaks to a need that you have, I hope you'll join this dynamic group. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.
Wishing you all the best,
Fran Hendrick, PCC
About Wildflower House
Located in downtown Loveland Ohio at 210 W. Loveland Ave., Wildflower House is a cozy studio to support your personal development, a place to bloom.
COFACE marks the Universal Children’s Day with a video to help parents, teachers and teenagers to identify Cyberbullying, and to provide advice and tips for a way out.
Children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physically or mentally, they have a right to privacy; all this is enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We all share a collective responsibility to guarantee that these rights are enforced and enable children and young people to play, learn, develop, and participate, both offline and online.
Check out our brand new video: ‘Cyberbullying: there is a way out!’
Loveland City School District superintendent, Chad Hilliker, praised the "Tiger Family" last Sunday during a celebration at the High School of the State Champion status of the football team.
By Chad Hilliker, Loveland City School District superintendent
The year was 2003; the event was the first week of class for Loveland Middle School. I was transitioning from teacher to building administrator – and I was as nervous as a freshman at high school. But, you calmed my fears. You made me feel welcome. You helped me understand that I was a Tiger, and part of a community that wants the best for its students and strives to continually improve.
On Sunday, Dec. 15, together we had the opportunity to celebrate a milestone for this community. We recognized the accomplishments of our 2013 Division Two State Championship Football Team, our Loveland Tigers! A band of brothers who we all watched grow from Tiger cubs into Tiger men.
I remember when I had those students as building principal at Loveland Intermediate School. Memories of flag football games, student of the month celebrations, award days, concerts, pizza with the principal, and working together.
Working together – as a team, as a school, as a district, as a Tiger Family.
It is the Tiger way.
Our students achieved a history making win in the Division Two State Championship Game, because you believed. You – who understand what it means to be a member of the Tiger Family. I’m so blessed to call myself a member.
As the educational leader, I couldn’t be more proud to call Loveland home.
From academics, to arts, to athletics – our students excel. Our goal at Loveland is to make sure they are successful in life beyond our school.
And for this past football season, to all of you who braved the weather conditions, traveled great distances, lined the streets, filled the stands and cheered for our students, I have one message: thank you.
Loveland Presbyterian Church will present it's Christmas Pageant Sunday, December 22 at 10:30AM. It will be a Youth Service with the sermon being the pageant titled "A Night In Bethlehem!". All are welcome. There will be costumes available and at a point in the pageant invite all visiting children to put on an angel or manger animal costume and join the Youth. This is a pageant more from a Youth perspective.
There will be a Coffee Fellowship after the service to meet and greet the actors.
While we have much to be thankful for this year, our country is also at a critical turning point in our history. We face challenging times, but the challenges we face are never as great as the blessings bestowed upon us.
As your Representative in Congress, I am committed to helping make the United States a better place and a beacon of opportunity in the 21st Century. Like most parents, I ask myself, will my child be better off than I am? In the history of our great nation, each generation has strived to improve and move our country forward so that the next generation will be better off.
This week, families will gather to celebrate and give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon them. Like many, I will pray that our families have a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving. This year, I have many things to be grateful for, but I am most thankful to spend time with family and friends, and my wife and newborn son.
Each year, Connie and I look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday as a chance to spend time with our family and friends. It gives us a chance to reflect on the blessings that are too often overlooked.
President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863 in the midst of the Civil War. Through the darkest days of war and gravest moments in our nation’s history, Lincoln saw the need to acknowledge our blessings.
Nearly 150 years later, we continue to honor this tradition.
We are blessed in Ohio to have colleges and universities that attract talent from across the country and across the globe. Ohio is home to dedicated teachers who educate our children and first responders who run towards danger when everyone else turns away.
We are also blessed to have thousands of servicemen and women who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our freedoms. To those spending the holidays far away from your loved ones, thank you for your service. On behalf of a grateful state, we wish you a safe and quick return home.
For all our blessings, we know there are challenges. We’re in the midst of rising rates of poverty and income inequality. Last year’s donors to food banks are today’s recipients.
It’s that middle class squeeze that we see most acutely during the holidays – with rising energy, food, and shelter costs undermining any sense of financial security.
Today more than 1.8 million Ohioans live in poverty. One of six Ohio families doesn’t know from where their next meal will come.
Alleviating hunger in America – including hunger for food, work, and a fair shot at providing for loved ones – means eliminating the challenges many working- and middle-class families face. This is a burden we all share and must work together to eliminate.
Ohio is blessed to have communities from Dayton to Youngstown that are dedicated to helping those hit the hardest get back on their feet. Your activism has provided a lifeline to the millions of our friends and neighbors in need, and for that, I thank you.
We know there’s still work to be done, and I encourage all Ohioans to address the issues in their communities.
Volunteer at your local shelter. Teach a child to read. Plant a community garden.
We are never too old, too young, too rich, or too poor to serve.
A Mississippi civil rights leader in the 1960s said: "Don't tell me what you believe. Show me what you do, and I will tell you what you believe." We should strive to show our fellow men and women what we do in the quest for social and economic justice.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our own blessings and work to ensure others may have the same.
Connie and I wish all of you a safe Thanksgiving holiday.
The resignation of Tom Carroll and the makeup of the new City Council should bring a fresh, positive look to the way the City of Loveland conducts its business. It can only be a merry merry holiday season.
Thanks to Loveland Magazine for always reporting the facts! And.....Go Tigers!
Please drop off donations for the Loveland Initiative’s Annual Toy Store, at Bond Furniture 113 Karl Brown Way, through December 15. You may also drop off items at any of the Loveland School District buildings during school hours.
Ohio’s heroes who fought for our country shouldn’t have to fight for a job when they return home. Unfortunately, many do. And it’s not right.
Recently, at the SuperJobs Center in Cincinnati, I met Marianne Linardos, a Hamilton native and a Navy veteran who struggled to find full-time employment after returning from serving our nation in the military. Following eight years of unsuccessful job searching, Linardos took things into her own hands -- quite literally. She made herself a sign that read, “Hire Me” and walked through the streets of her hometown, with the hopes that a potential employer would see the sign and offer her an opportunity to prove that the skills she developed while serving could be translated into a civilian job.
Unfortunately, Marianne’s struggle to find work is not unique. In fact, after spending a week traveling throughout Ohio, I met with veterans who spent months and in some cases like Marianne’s – years – looking for work after returning home to their communities.
That’s because in our state, the unemployment rate among Iraq-Afghanistan era veterans is 13.9 percent -- almost twice Ohio’s unemployment rate. And the number of veterans across the country receiving unemployment benefits has more than doubled since 2002.
Just as we invest in and train our servicemembers while they serve, we should continue to do so when they return to their communities, hang up their uniforms, and embark on the next phase of their lives.
I’ve held many hearings across the state where we have discussed how veterans could fill in the skills gap that so many emerging industries are concerned about – like advanced manufacturing. While the economy is beginning to show signs of recovery, many industries are facing a shortage of qualified workers. Our veterans have technical and leadership skills that easily translate to the workforce. Iraq-Afghanistan era veterans combine technical mastery with proven leadership skills that are extremely valuable to the workforce.
That’s why I’m fighting to pass the Troop Talent Act of 2013. This bill would ensure servicemembers are updated throughout their military careers about how their specialized military training can lead to a credentialed or licensed job back home. Our servicemembers would get a head start on their careers, easing their transition from military service back to civilian life.
The Troop Talent Act would also expand government programs that match veterans with credentialed positions in high-growth occupations.
It’s also important to reward the businesses who put our unemployed veterans back to work. That’s why I support more funding for programs through the VOW to Hire Heroes Act -- which gives businesses a tax break when they hire veterans.
Our servicemembers and veterans deserve our nation’s full support. They deserve elected officials who are willing to put partisan battles aside to ensure that returning veterans have jobs to ease their transition into civilian life.
In previous generations, Ohio veterans returned to their hometowns and started small businesses or became firefighters, astronauts, factory workers, or police officers. Half a dozen became President of the United States. For Ohio’s returning veterans today, we have much work to do to ease their transition into civilian life. The Troop Talent Act of 2013 is a great first step. Putting veterans to work will create the stronger economy and better communities we all want.