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Warren council president Bob Dean honored at Hall of Fame ceremony

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WARREN, Ohio - Council President Bob Dean was honored at an Enshrinement Ceremony for the Ohio Veteran's Hall of Fame class of 2012.

Dean was honored for 50 years of continuous community service. The ceremony took place at the Vern Rife Building in Columbus on Wednesday. The cabinet of Ohio Veteran's Affairs, members from the Ohio Veteran's Board, state lawmakers including State Representative Tom Letson were there to honor Bob Dean and the 11 other veterans selected for this honor.

Dean was recognized for the annual Coats for Kids Giveaway where he has helped provide coats for 30,000 children in Warren. In his Gifts for Veterans iniative, Dean began a program to provide gifts for all Ohio veterans in nursing homes so they are not fogotten at Christmas each year.

Dean has also worked to make an impact on teens in trouble by pursuading Warren Family Court judges to let the incarcerated youth help clean up violent crime scenes. He hopes the experience will lead them to make better choices for thier futures. 

The council president has been active in anti-bullying programs, advocating for bullied kids and speaking out about his own experiences as a kid.

In Houston, Texas, Dean founded the Job Plus Inc. program for inner city youth.

During his three years of operating the program 15,000 inner city teens were placed in jobs. He also received a National Presidential Volunteer Award from President George H. Bush for that program.

Dean was honored with the National Jefferson Award for his volunteer work.

Council President Dean says this is not about one person, it is about all men and women who have served our country in the military.

He says they have earned our respect and admiration and should be remembered on more than just a single day.

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