Today we show our appreciation to our living veterans for the sacrifices they and their families have made, and are making, to defend our nation and to defend our sacred Constitution and our way of life. We are grateful that they are finally getting the recognition they deserve, and the medical treatment they deserve, from a grateful nation.
 
In 2016 for the first time, the Gulf War veterans became the largest veterans group, though the total number of veterans is expected to fall from 20 Million to 13 Million over the next 20 years. Ohio has the sixth most veterans of all 50 states with 817,840 as of 2015. While nationally only 7.88% of citizens are vets in Ohio 9% of our adult population are vets.
 
Be sure to reach out to all the veterans you know today and thank them for protecting your rights and your way of life. Every citizen owes our veterans a debt of gratitude.