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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

On Saturday, the Department of Ohio Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) presented Ohio Senator Joe Uecker (R–Miami Township) with its “Legislator of the Year” award at its annual Council Administration meeting in Columbus.

“Veterans are grateful for Senator Uecker’s commitment to our issues,” Bill Seagraves, director of VFW of Ohio Charities, said. “His work in the legislature and his family’s service in the armed forces are greatly appreciated by the VFW and all veterans groups.”

Uecker recently sponsored an amendment to increase the veterans hall tax exemption cap from $10,000 to $36,000 in House Bill 59, the state’s biennial budget.

“In these tough economic times many veterans organizations are struggling to keep their doors open,” Uecker said in a previous news release. “Expanding the veterans property tax exemption cap will allow many organizations to continue serving our communities and offer those who have served our county so bravely a place to congregate.”

Uecker’s two sons, daughter and a daughter-in-law are currently serving as officers in the U.S. Air Force.

The Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition (OVFCC) was formed in 2003 as an association to represent veterans and fraternal organizations on state government policy matters, particularly those issues relating to charitable fundraising. The OVFCC is the voice of more than 2.1 million members and their families who are active in more than 1,700 posts and clubs throughout the State of Ohio. OVFCC member organizations include: VFW of Ohio Charities, Inc.; Department of Ohio VFW; American Legion Department of Ohio; AMVETS Department of Ohio; Fraternal Order of Eagles of Ohio; Ohio State Moose Association; Ohio Elks Association; Ohio Council of Fraternal Veterans and Service Organizations, Inc.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.

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