Summit for Soldiers and the the American Legion-Department of Ohio will receive a special commemorative resolution March 20 on the west steps of the Ohio Statehouse.

For the presentation, which begins at noon, both organizations will invite Ohio veterans, families and community members to join them as City Councilman Michael Stinziano presents the resolution "and for a show of solidarity, support and commitment to eradicate veteran suicides," according to C. Michael Fairman, the Clintonville resident who founded Summit for Soldiers.

The presentation will conclude with a group photo with the Summit for Soldiers national campaign banner.

"All veterans and service members in attendance will be invited to sign this banner as a personal commitment to eliminate the stigma and reach out to one another," Fairman wrote in his announcement. "Members of the Summit for Soldiers team will be traveling through cities across the state on a mission of outreach to other struggling veterans.

"This program will be repeated in each of the 50 states."

The goal is to collect 8,000 signatures across the country representing the 8,000 veterans who commit suicide each year.

Summit for Soldiers is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization.

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