Veterans official: New law 'will elevate Ohio as 'veteran-friendly state'


Veterans will have an easier time getting certain state licenses, and crooks will face stiffer penalties for stealing the identities of Ohio’s military men and women, under legislation signed in to law recently by Gov. John Kasich.

Backers say House Bill 488 will help Ohioans who have served in the armed services as they make the transition back to civilian life and seek out jobs and educational opportunities.

“This elevates Ohio’s status as a veteran-friendly state and as a place all veterans can be proud to call home,” Tim Gorrell, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, said.

Among other provisions, HB 488 will enable veterans to earn college credits and certain state licenses to account for their military training. It also provides a means for connecting private employers who want to hire veterans with military men and women looking for jobs.

Read more about the measure in Saturday's Vindicator or on

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