|Military Medal of Distinction|
|Written by Submitted|
|Monday, December 03, 2012 8:16 PM|
The Ohio House of Representatives has passed legislation to make changes to the qualifications and circumstances through which a service member would receive the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction.
The medal was created during the 127th General Assembly to honor Ohioans who have died while serving their country, said State Rep. Lou Terhar, R-Green Township.
House Bill 532 expands the ability of families of fallen soldiers to obtain the Military Medal of Distinction, which is available to fallen soldiers who are residents of Ohio or who are stationed in Ohio.
HB 532 specifies the process for preparing the medal and who is to be presented with it, as well as requiring a joint convention of the General Assembly each year for the presentation.
The legislation also includes the ability of family members to request a duplicate medal under certain circumstances and creates the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction Fund.
“As a retired Navy commander, I understand the pain and suffering families go through when a loved one is lost serving our country. Saying that, it’s appropriate that they will now be able to obtain the Military Medal of Distinction,” said Terhar.
The General Assembly held a joint convention in November to present the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction to the families of 28 service members who died while serving their country in 2011.