The first recipient of this award was Ms. Betty Gooten. I met Betty at the VA Hospital and her charisthma and 92 years of age seemed more like 42. I bestowed The Soldier of The Year award on her for her service during WWII, but especially because of her 22 years of volunteer work at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.


Betty joined The US Navy in 1944 went to boot camp at Hunter College in the Bronx, N.Y. and was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Farragut, Idaho. Betty also, worked as a pharmacists mate second class in the medical dispensary at Bremerton, Washington. 


Betty was recently nominated for the Martin Luther King Award. She is beautiful and full of life. America is safe with this veteran around.

Thank You Senator

Senator Joe Uecker was my guest speaker at the 2017 My GI Foundation Soldier of The Year Banquet. Senator Uecker has been kind enough to attend two events I have hosted for my veterans. He has represented the 14th District since 2013 as a Republican member of the Ohio Senate.

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