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Mary E. Hanna

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Mary E. Hanna

Following her time in the military, Mary embarked on a stellar career of service to veterans and the community, producing many “first-in-the-state” initiatives. As Executive Director of the Wood County Veterans Assistance Center, Mary was one of the first nationally accredited veterans service officers in Ohio and the first woman in the state named Executive Director. Under her leadership, the Wood County office was first to computerize, offer veterans photo ID cards, and pilot a Tele-Mental Health initiative. As an appointee to the first Governor’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, she conducted public hearings across Ohio that revealed many women veterans were uninformed about their veteran status and the benefits they had earned. She advised the Governor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, offering testimony in 1994 before the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives to remove gender-biased language from Ohio veterans’ laws, ensuring change in the Ohio Revised Code. Mary served two terms on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Ann Arbor Healthcare System Executive Quality Leadership Board. She currently serves on the VA National Task Force for Whole Health, which consults VA healthcare facilities. Mary was Founding Chair and Managing Director of The D.O.V.E. Fund and helped the nonprofit raise more than $600,000 for projects in Quang Tri, Vietnam, including construction of schools, water wells, and medical clinics. She received the Congressional Commendation for her efforts to reconcile the people of Vietnam and the United States. Mary enters the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame at 69.

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