Wood County woman inducted into Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame

Mary Hanna

DUBLIN, Ohio (WTVG) - A Wood County woman was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame on Thursday in suburban Columbus.

Mary E. Hanna, a United States Air Force Veteran, was one of 20 Ohio veterans introduced as the new class of Hall of Fame members.

Hanna is the executive director of the Wood County Veterans Assistance Center. She was one of the first nationally accredited veterans service officers in Ohio and the first woman in the first woman in the state named executive director.

She was also an appointee to the first Governor's Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, where she conducted public hearings across Ohio.

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.

Hanna served two terms on the Department of Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System Executive Quality Leadership Board. She currently serves on the VA National Task Force for Whole Health.

She 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.