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  • Keeping America’s Promise
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military

    During Operation Iraqi Freedom, I had the honor to serve alongside incredible soldiers who were prepared to make huge sacrifices for the United States and our freedoms. Men and women alike were willing to take on enormous risks for our cause, some of whom were not even U.S. citizens. Nonetheless, they stood, shoulder to shoulder, alongside one another to defend our liberties. Now, as a Member of Congress, one of my top priorities is to make sure that the promises made to my fellow veterans in ex... Read more

  • Recognizing National Obesity Care Week
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    This week, we recognize National Obesity Care Week. This is an epidemic that impacts more than 90 million Americans. It’s not a subject that’s discussed often, but we should support those who are striving to overcome obesity. Much like mental illness, obesity often carries a stigma that prevents people from seeking help. We can break down those barriers if we confront this nationwide challenge. It is an issue that is not going away. In fact, the obesity rate in 2016 was at an all-time high, acco... Read more

  • Providing Veterans with Tools to Heal
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    When I put on my uniform to serve as a Brigadier General with the Ohio National Guard, I see firsthand the various challenges that other brave men and women encounter while protecting our nation. Time and time again, the invisible challenges of post-traumatic stress (PTS) and other mental illnesses impact my fellow servicemembers, and it is our duty as Members of Congress to provide the specified care for our warriors that they need and deserve. As we recognize Suicide Prevention Awareness Mont... Read more

  • An Advanced Era in Health Care
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 29, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    I am incredibly proud to represent Central Ohio. It is the home to so many incredible innovations that impact not just Ohioans, but all Americans. Take, for example, the advancements made in biomedical research at institutions like Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University. I recently had the opportunity to meet with members of both organizations during the August District Work Period, and it only reinforced the importance of their work to finding... Read more

  • Standing Up for Women in the Military
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 29, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military , Veterans

    For over three decades, I have served alongside incredibly brave women in the Ohio Army National Guard who continue to put their lives on the line for our country. However, these women should not needlessly put their health on the line when we can prevent it. The number of women joining the military continues to increase; it is estimated that there will be over two million female veterans by next year. I am glad that more women are not only joining the military, but achieving more leadership rol... Read more

  • Leaving a Legacy Through the Veterans History Project
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    47,640. That is the number of veterans currently living in the 15th Congressional District. They have served our nation in the military, fighting for the principles, freedoms, and liberties we celebrate on the 4th of July. The stories of our veterans are the story of our nation, and I am incredibly grateful to the Library of Congress that documents the stories and memories of our nation’s heroes through the Veterans History Project. With over 110,000 accounts, the Project allows future generatio... Read more

  • Can We Find Bipartisan Solutions on Immigration?
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 1, 2019 | Preview rr

    When I served as a Battalion Commander in Operation Iraqi Freedom, I worked alongside countless courageous men and women – and not just Americans. Tens of thousands of Afghan and Iraqi individuals pledged their service to our missions, serving as interpreters and support staff, and they were absolutely critical to our success. Every day in Iraq, I had an interpreter with me. He stood, literally, by my side throughout my time deployed. Never once did he turn his back on me, and I will not turn m... Read more

  • Hope on the Horizon for Those Affected By PTS
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Addressing the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) is not an easy feat. Through over 30 years of service with the Ohio National Guard, I have had the opportunity to personally get to know individuals affected by PTS. I am committed to ensuring these courageous men and women have the access to the treatment they need to heal – both physically and mentally. Throughout June, our nation comes together to recognize National PTS Awareness Month. As individuals continue to join our nation’s armed... Read more

  • Investing in Our Students
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 31, 2019 | Preview rr

    As the son of a kindergarten teacher, and now as the father of a kindergartner and third-grader, I’ve seen first-hand the value of a well-rounded education. Every student should have access to high quality, effective education to prepare them for success. I have, and will, continue to place a high priority on education, so that children can grow up with properly trained educators, a well-rounded education, and effective technology. With these resources, children can focus on innovating and advan... Read more

  • Guest Column: Beyond Equal Pay Day
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 2, 2019 | Preview rr

    April 2nd is Equal Pay Day, marking how many extra days a woman must work in order to earn as much as her male coworker did in the previous year. It highlights the unacceptable pay disparity for women in our country, however, Equal Pay Day also gives us the opportunity to celebrate and lift up the ladies in our lives for the incredible things they do. And that is not something we should limit to one day. We should support and encourage women and girls each and every day of the year, and I want t... Read more

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