Walbridge Mayor Dan Wilczynski is asking for families and friends of military personnel who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan to contact the village with the names of the personnel so they can be recognized for their service.
The mayor said a local woman recently told him about her fiancé, an Army specialist who will be returning from duty in Iraq, and asked him whether there could be some show of community support for the returning service men and women.
“The idea is to try to identify everybody from around here who is serving over there and have some kind of recognition for them,” the mayor said. “We’re going to try and pull something together. I’m not sure what it will be yet.”
The mayor said he plans to contact Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts for some ideas.
Military personnel from the unincorporated areas of Lake Township as well as the villages of Millbury and Walbridge will be recognized.
“We want them to see there is an appreciation of their service when they come home,” he said. “It may be an on-going thing where we recognize them at village council meetings or something. I’m not sure what the ideas are yet. We need to have some brainstorming.”
Families of veterans who’ve served in Iraq or Afghanistan should contact the village administration with the information: (419) 666-1830.
Ohio Helps Its Own
Town hall meetings to discuss ways to assist families of deployed Ohio military personnel have been scheduled for April and May by the Ohio National Guard.
Operation: O.H.I.O. (Ohio Helps Its Own) is intended to help individuals and organizations learn how best to assist the existing network of family support organizations
A town hall will be held May 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater and Gallery in Hanna Hall at Bowling Green State University.
“We have built a substantial support network for military families in Ohio,” said Lt. Col. Robert Bramlish, director of the National Guard’s family readiness program. “But we always have unmet needs, and we know that the citizens of Ohio want to help. We hope that through these town hall events, we will be able to match the enthusiasm for providing assistance to the military with the needs of our families.”
Of nearly 29,000 reserve component service members in Ohio, almost 16,000 are in the National Guard. In the years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Ohio National Guard alone has deployed more than 13,000 men and women somewhere in the world, according to the Guard’s Web site.
The town hall events are being organized by the Guard’s Family Readiness and Service Member Support Program.