COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction) today announced the passage of the Senate's biennial budget bill, highlighting significant investments in programs for Ohio veterans.
“The freedoms we have in this country wouldn’t be possible without our veterans. This budget will improve the lives of those who fought for this great nation, and that is what matters most," said Senator Hoagland.
Focused on ensuring veterans have the care and resources they need, the Senate's proposal provides $12 million to maintain a critical treatment program for veterans suffering from PTSD and expands the program to help treat first responders and law enforcement. It also provides an additional $740,000 for 13 veterans groups across Ohio, appropriates $200,000 to provide temporary housing for homeless female veterans, and allocates $100,000 in each fiscal year for Save a Warrior to provide PTSD rehabilitation services.
During today's Session, the Senate also unanimously passed the standalone version of the budget amendment, Senate Bill 153, to rename and expand the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Pilot Program, which has proven effective in aiding veterans who struggle with PTSD.
"The bottom line is that this program saves lives, and should be available for any of the brave men and women who have served this great nation," added Hoagland.