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Linda L. Hart

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Linda L. Hart

Mr. and Mrs. Hart are first-time husband and wife inductees for the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. They both grew up in the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home and both served in the Vietnam War. After the war, Linda returned home and obtained her nursing degree while Richard continued to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force. He retired from active duty, with 23 years of service, as a Master Sergeant. Together they have been extraordinary supporters of troops around the world. The couple has hosted fundraisers every year since the Iraq War began in 2003 to pay for care packages, scholarships and postage, and have mailed care packages to overseas troops nearly every week since. The Harts host the Slippery Step N.C.O. Club in their basement with arcade games, food and old jukebox music in order to entertain troops at home and to raise funds for troops overseas. Together they have raised funds to help pay for a fellow Vietnam veteran's liver transplant. They adopted an entire platoon in Iraq and kept them supplied with everything they could not get in-theater, for the most part at their own expense. The Harts also raised ten thousand dollars in scholarship awards in the name of a Marine killed in Iraq. Linda and Rick work together to benefit veterans, opening their home to any soldier coming through their city and putting them up for as many nights as are needed.