COLUMBUS— Mission: Readiness Ohio this week honored State Senator John Eklund
(R-Munson Township) 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 earlier this year.
"I have a great deal of respect for those who have dedicated their lives to ensuring that children are prepared to succeed in life," said Eklund. "I am pleased that my colleagues and I made it a priority to invest in early childhood care and education so that young Ohioans have as many opportunities as possible to be successful."
“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 Major General (Ret.) Paul J. Sullivan. “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% of young adults are ineligible for the military due to fitness, education or legal qualifications.