Editor’s note: The Republican Caucus of the Ohio House of Representatives issued the following press release today.
House GOP Proposes Safeguard of Veterans’ Funding Loss
Those Who Serve Should be a Priority, Not an Afterthought
COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives Republican Caucus today unveiled a legislative measure that will transfer the Ohio Disabled Veterans Outreach Program from the Department of Job and Family Services to the Department of Veterans Services.
“When enacted, this legislation will be a more effective way to deliver the services that disabled veterans need,” said House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina). “Our caucus stands united in any effort to streamline government inadequacies or deficiencies, especially when it may negatively affect something so valued like Ohio’s veterans.”
Currently, the legislation is being drafted by the Legislative Service Commission and was created in response to the recently exposed costly oversight by the administration. The oversight cost the department more than half a million dollars in federal funding, which was lost due to the inaction and not hiring enough career counselors for the department. Furthermore, additional communications with former District Coordinator Terry Janke indicate that without action, the department is in danger of losing another $300,000.
“I am astounded at how little respect this administration has demonstrated for the welfare of Ohio’s disabled veterans,” said co-author of the legislation and U.S. Marine Corps veteran State Representative Danny Bubp (R-West Union). “Disabled veterans who have served our country deserve to be a priority, not an afterthought. I encourage my colleagues from both sides of the aisle and chambers to support this legislation.”
“Frankly, it only makes sense to have a veterans’ program under the watch of an agency created specifically for veterans,” finished House Republican Whip and U.S. Navy Seal veteran John Adams (R-Sidney).