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April 13, 2003 - U.S.-led forces announced the capture of Watban Ibrahim Hasan, a half-brother of and adviser to Saddam Hussein
 
April 14, 1865 -  In one of his last legislative acts before being assassinated, President Abraham Lincoln green-lighted a proposal to create the Secret Service on this day in 1865.
 
April 15, 1970 -  As part of the third phase of U.S. troop withdrawals announced by President Nixon, the 1st Infantry Division departs Vietnam
 
April 16, 1947  - Multimillionaire and financier Bernard Baruch, in a speech given during the unveiling of his portrait in the South Carolina House of Representatives, coins the term “Cold War” to describe relations between the United States and the Soviet Union.  
 
April 17, 1961 - The Bay of Pigs invasion begins when a CIA financed and trained group of Cuban refugees lands in Cuba and attempts to topple the communist government of Fidel Castro.
 
April 18, 1988 -  The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II. 
 
April 19, 1995 -  Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Institute and a Coast Guard reservist respond to the Alfred P. Murrah bomb scene soon after the explosion and helped set up security zones, directed traffic, searched for survivors, and whatever else was needed. 

 

 

 

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Veterans' Outreach participates in annual veterans' rights forum with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown

   On January 25, 2011, Veterans’ Outreach participated in an annual open forum to discuss veterans’ problems as well as the House Committee of Affair’s “Veterans Opportunity to Work Act” (VOW) with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.

   Among the heads of numerous other veteran’s organizations, VO president John Ely and program service director Robert Julian joined the discussion, expressing their concerns and intent to keep the VO at the frontline in the fight for vets’ rights.

   “How can we, as a non-profit, best fit into helping with this program?” Ely asked Senator Brown. “We want to help as much as possible starting with the very vets we presently help!”

   In addition, Julian asked “why it takes so long, still to process vets’ claims” - an issue plaguing service members and their families for years. 

Veterans’ Outreach’s inclusion in Senator Brown’s conference call is a direct result of increased aid and successful efforts to improve the rights and lives of vets across the  nation. 

   Among those present for the conference were other various American Legion and VFW Post Commanders, as well as several with the Military Order of the Purple Heart and community leaders from across Ohio. With directions to call at 5 p.m. and present individually assigned identification numbers, the group discussed how Congress’ “Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011” will benefit Ohioans directly.

   Mentioned directly in President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act will work to ease the transition from military to civilian life. In earlier correspondences, Senator Brown further explained how the act will impact small businesses and vets.

   “[It] will provide tax credits to businesses that hire veterans who have been looking for a job for more than four weeks. It also expands education and training opportunities for older veterans by providing 100,000 unemployed veterans… with up to 1-year of additional Montgomery GI benefits.

   “During this challenging economic climate, it is extremely important that veterans and service members have access to training and educational programs… [This] will enhance a veteran’s skill set and expand his or her employment opportunities in a competitive job market,” Brown wrote. 

   Among a large number of technical questions and clarifications, the conference call also served as a connecting point for Ohio veterans organizations. After a Summit County constituent indicated she planned on hosting a “Stand Down” in her area, Julian pledged the VO’s assistance with sleeping bags, food, toiletries, and volunteers- an act of charity essential to the fight for veterans’ rights.

   This call is not the first among Senator Brown’s actions to create a community of business owners, civilians, and service members working towards the soldier’s cause, having supported various different pieces of legislation surrounding veterans’ rights.

   “[Hopefully] it can turn into a ‘think-tank’ kind of forum,” Ely said. 

   With an intention of continuing the conversation with Senator Brown and other state representative’s in the future, Veterans’ Outreach will continue to actively participate in the interpretation and execution of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act. 

   Ely is eager for the VO’s continued participation. “[This] will hopefully get [Veterans’ Outreach] into the national spotlight so we can propagate our successes through our constituent agencies as well as present and future regional offices.”