U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee – honored Ohio veterans who have served as law enforcement officers today at the National Law Enforcement Memorial.
The group of Ohio veterans came to Washington with Honor Flight Tri-State for an inaugural Honor Flight specifically for veterans who have served as law enforcement officers. The trip was organized along with the Fraternal Order of Police. Honor Flight transports veterans from their home states to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments honoring their services.
“You all served your country with honor – and that would have been enough for us all to be forever grateful. But you didn’t stop there. You returned home, hung up your military uniforms, put on law enforcement uniforms, and continued your service to your communities,” said Brown in remarks to the veterans.
Brown has worked on bipartisan measures to honor both Ohio veterans and law enforcement officers.
In June, the President signed into law two bipartisan bills that Brown cosponsored to support law enforcement officers and their families. Brown’s bills would put pressure on the Department of Justice to speed up claims processing so families of disabled officers or fallen officers get the benefits they are owed more quickly, and authorize police departments to use certain federal grant funding to hire veterans as law enforcement officers.
Brown has also introduced legislation to help law enforcement agencies establish or enhance mental health care services, like peer mentoring pilot programs and crisis hotlines, for their officers, and to increase access to federal scholarship dollars for the children of public safety officers killed in the line of duty. Brown has also worked to make sure Ohio law enforcement are safe on the job when responding to calls involving deadly fentanyl. Brown also has legislation to ensure police and other public sector workers can keep their full Social Security benefits.
This year, the President also signed into law Brown’s bipartisan legislation to expand educational opportunities for post-9/11 student veterans and provide relief for veterans who attended now failed for-profit colleges.