COLUMBUS -- Mission: Readiness Ohio this week honored Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) with the "National Security Leadership Award" for his support of historic investments made in early childhood care and education in the state's operating budget, signed into law last July.
“I am honored to receive this award from those who have served our country,” said Obhof, whose district includes Richland and Ashland counties.
“Together we recognize that investments at the earliest stages of our children’s education set an important foundation for success throughout their lives," Obhof said.
“Fewer than 30 percent of young adults qualify for the military. This is a national security challenge. Research informs us that high quality programs focused on infants and toddlers as well as pre-school can significantly improve their life outcomes and prepare them for service in the military or workforce," said Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul J. Sullivan of Mission: Readiness. “We thank the legislature for addressing this issue with historic investments in critical early childhood programs.”
Mission: Readiness Ohio is part of a national military leadership organization comprised of retired Admirals and Generals. The organization began in response to a Pentagon statistic that approximately 71 percent of young adults are ineligible for the military due to fitness, education or legal qualifications.