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  • In The Face of Adversity, We Remain #BuckeyeStrong
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military

    At 9:56 a.m. on Monday, November 28, The Ohio State University (OSU) Emergency Management and Fire Prevention Twitter Account sent an alert they hoped they would never need to use: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.” Read more

  • 21st Century Cures Act Will Unleash American Ingenuity & Save Lives
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    Frequently, I get letters from my constituents who either are struggling with or have a loved one fighting a disease or illness for which we do not yet have a cure. The diseases are wide ranging -- Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, celiac disease, fibromyalgia, among many others -- but their pleas are the same – they are asking for more support so that we can develop life-saving or life-changing treatments. Read more

  • This Holiday Season, Consider How You Can Give Back
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    From the beginning of our nation’s history, Thanksgiving has been that annual tradition where we set aside time to reflect and give thanks for the past year. For many, this marks the beginning of the holiday season in which family and friends look forward to gathering and celebrating with one another. Unfortunately, for too many of our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet, the holidays can also be a very difficult time. Read more

  • Honoring a Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    On New Year’s Eve 1862, then-First Lieutenant Frederick Phisterer, while under heavy fire in the Battle of Stones River (Tennessee) during the American Civil War, conveyed information to a battalion commander and ultimately protected the unit from capture or annihilation. Read more

  • Preventing Homelessness for our Former Service Members
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military , Veterans

    The men and women who have worn a military uniform have made incredible sacrifices to preserve our freedoms and keep us safe. Unfortunately, these same men and women have been particularly vulnerable to homelessness once their service is complete. Read more

  • Addressing the Growing Threat from North Korea
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 6, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military

    During the Korean War, the United States came to the defense of our allies in South Korea who were being invaded by the oppressive government in North Korea. Over six decades later, North Korea remains a great threat to the entire region. Read more

  • Suicide Prevention Month: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in the Veterans Community
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care, Veterans

    We face a devastating mental health crisis in our country, one that affects thousands across the country. The veterans community has been particularly affected by this issue. In fact, a new study from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shows an average of 20 veterans per day died from suicide between 1979 and 2014. Unfortunately, we have also heard stories of veterans who seek mental health care, but are turned away at VA hospitals. Our veterans make incredible sacrifices to fight for our freedoms and we must improve the mental health care system so they can receive the care they deserve. With September being Suicide Prevention Month, I want to highlight some of the action Congress has taken to address this issue. Read more

  • Are You Prepared for Medicare Enrollment?
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Medicare

    The “Baby Boomers” generation of Americans born in the years following World War II represent one of the largest generations in our nation’s history. With this generation becoming older and reaching the age of 65, the number of new enrollees into Medicare continues to rise. In fact, since 2011, an estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers per day turn 65, and this statistic is expected to continue through 2030. Many of the employees in the Social Security Administration are also part of the Baby Boomer generation, meaning these offices are also losing some of the most experienced staff. More than ever before, it is necessary to ensure you keep track of deadlines and prepare if you are turning 65 in the near future or are already enrolled in Medicare. Read more

  • Honoring Those Who Served On 9/11 and Every Day in Our Communities
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military

    For many of us, when we think of September 11, 2001, we can remember exactly where we were when we learned of the terrorist attacks. Even today, we can still hear the news broadcasts. We can still see the images of the planes colliding into the towers, and the buildings tumbling down. We can still feel the emotions of that day. The memories reverberate for each of us, even fifteen years later. Read more

  • More Progress in the Battle Against Opiate Abuse
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Drug Abuse and Treatment

    The drug abuse epidemic is devastating communities and schools all across our country. In fact, overdoses from prescription painkillers and heroin are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Even closer to home, the most recent data for Ohio shows that over 2,500 lives were lost to drug overdoses in 2014 alone. It is important we begin taking steps to break the cycle of drug abuse and crime in our communities – an effort that will take collaboration and a complete strategy at local, state and federal levels. Read more

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