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Ohio National Guard Members Could Receive $1,000 Pandemic Bonus Through New Bill

In this March 24, 2020, file photo, members of The Ohio National Guard assist in repackaging emergency food boxes for food distribution at the Cleveland Food Bank in Cleveland.
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In this March 24, 2020, file photo, members of The Ohio National Guard assist in repackaging emergency food boxes for food distribution at the Cleveland Food Bank in Cleveland.

Some Democratic state lawmakers said the Ohio National Guard has helped keep Ohioans safe during the pandemic. So, some lawmakers have drafted a bill to give members $1,000 each as a thank you for their service. 

State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) said the guard stepped up to address key needs. She notes they helped with inmates in the state’s prisons during outbreaks of the virus, helped vaccinate Ohioans in nursing homes and more. 

“People would not have been able to get food on the table if the National Guard had not been helping in the food bank line," Sweeney said.

Sweeney’s bill would give guard personnel $1,000 in state money for their service. She said other first responders will be eligible for similar funds in new federal legislation but notes guard members are excluded. She doesn’t feel it is fair for them to be left out.  

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