Veteran of the Year

The Veteran Service Commission of Putnam County will be hosting the seventh Annual Putnam County Veteran of the Year Recognition. This event will recognize a Putnam County Veteran that has been nominated and selected for “Veteran of the Year.” This award was established to highlight exemplary achievement by a Putnam County Veteran beyond the call of duty with their accomplishments out of the uniform. The Veteran of the Year Award recognizes and honors an exceptional veteran who through their character, spirit and exceptional public service sets an example and makes extraordinary difference in their community, for their comrade veterans and for awareness of essential military and veteran issues.

Between 1 August and 1 October 2021 we are welcoming nominations for the selection of the 2021 Putnam County Veteran of the Year.


The prerequisites for nominating are:


  1. Nominee must reside in Putnam County, Ohio.

  2. Nominee must be an Honorably Discharged Veteran of any era, any age, race, or gender that served in the Military for other than training purposes.

  3. Veteran whose recent personal experience and achievements embodies the spirit of professional excellence, personal sacrifice and resilience that make the military great.

  4. Nominee shows significant off-duty community service work that highlights the commitment to public service.

  5. Veteran nominated does not have to be a member of any veterans post and/or chapter.

  6. Veteran nominated must be willing to participate in recognition dinner held in October. The recognition dinner for 2021 will be held on October 16, 2021 at the American Legion in Ottawa.


Potential nominees may be individuals who do prominent volunteer work for veterans and civic programs in Putnam County and all of Ohio. The distinguished service does not necessarily means hours spent at the Veterans Administration or local veteran’s post or chapters but, rather the selfless serving of thyself through any community service to better the lives of veterans and citizens of Putnam County and the state of Ohio.


The Veterans Service Commission of Putnam County will sponsor this event. Nominations will be reviewed by the Commissioners and Staff who then select the Putnam County Veteran of the year for 2021 (Present Putnam County Veterans Commissioners and Staff are ineligible for nomination).


The Veterans Service Commission of Putnam County MUST receive all nominations no later than 4:00 pm Friday, October 1, 2021. There will be no exceptions.


If you have any further questions or need to determine eligibility of a veteran please feel free to call our office.







For Vietnam recognition photos see our facebook page Here.

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For Vietnam recognition photos see our facebook page Here.

For News coverage click Here.





This picture was taken at Putnam County Veteran of the Year dinner of 2015 Veteran of the Year Walter Trenkamp, and fellow nominees; Alvin “Dick” Schroeder, Thaddeus Schroeder and (back) Daniel Swick, Paul Vaughn, Thomas Rosenbauer and Gary Baxter. Also included in the picture is the guest speaker chief operating office of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services Timothy Espich.