Local veterans honored by westside organizations

Steve Miller
John Ward

The Hilltop Historical Society and the Don Gentile Post 532 of the American Legion are proud to announce two veteran honorees for 2020.

Due to the novel coronavirus, the groups did not hold an in-person presentation.
The American Legion honoree is Stephen Miller, an Army veteran, who was wounded and lost his sight in Vietnam. Not to be deterred, he became a realtor for 20 years. Then, in 1988, he began a 16-year career as the veterans affairs coordinator for the city of Columbus, serving under three mayors, starting with Buck Rinehart.

Miller has received many awards and honors, including his induction into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2010. He is the founder and CEO of the Columbus Veterans Beneficial Board, which supports veterans’ programs in central Ohio.

The Hilltop Historical Society’s honoree is John Ward.

Ward served in the Army in Vietnam in the transportation corps, performing a variety of duties. He retired from the US Postal Service with 38 years of service. He has spent many years volunteering at the Columbus VA Clinic and Chillicothe Veterans Medical Center. Ward also is a volunteer with Veterans Standdown.

In addition, Ward has been active in presenting military history throughout central Ohio. He has provided historical displays and programs for more than 40 years to many civic groups, schools, and historical societies and at the Ohio State House. He is also a Civil War re-enactor.

Both men will be recognized formally at next year’s event, along with the 2021 honorees.

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