State / Territory Benefits - Ohio

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Summary: Ohio offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Veterans' Burial Expenses, Employment Assistance, Public Employment Preference, Compensation for State Active Duty, MIA/POW Orphans Scholarship, Civil Service Preference, Special Vehicle License Plates, as well as Hunting, Fishing license and State Park privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

State Taxes:

State Tax Benefit: Beginning on or after January 1, 2007, military pay and allowances received while stationed outside of Ohio can be deducted (to the extent that these amounts are included in federal adjusted gross income). However, the military pay and allowances of Service members who are residents of the state of Ohio and are stationed inside Ohio are subject to Ohio individual income tax and school district income tax.

Examples of military pay and allowances that do qualify for this deduction include the following amounts, but only if the taxpayer receives the amounts while he/she is stationed outside Ohio:

  • Military pay and allowances received while a member of the active component of the U.S. Armed Forces and assigned to a permanent duty station outside Ohio.

  • Military pay and allowances received while a member of the active component of the U.S. Armed Forces, who is assigned to a permanent duty station inside Ohio, only for periods of duty outside Ohio for purposes other than training, or periods of training greater than 30 days outside Ohio.

  • Military pay and allowances received while a member of the National Guard or the reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces in an active duty status outside Ohio, or for periods of training greater than 30 days, outside Ohio.

  • Military pay and allowances received by cadets at the US service academies (USMA West Point, the Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, and Naval Academy). Cadets serving on active duty under the provision of USC 38-101 (21) are eligible for this deduction. However, this deduction is not available for pay received for service in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

  • Military pay and allowances received while a member of a unit of the National Guard or the reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces under federal mobilization orders under which the unit mobilizes for training at a non-Ohio location followed by an operational deployment to any non-Ohio location.

Examples of military pay and allowances that do not qualify for this deduction include the following:

  • Military pay and allowances received while a member of the active component of the U.S. Armed Forces who is assigned to a permanent duty station inside Ohio and who departs Ohio for a period of temporary duty for unit or individual training of 30 days or less (e.g., training exercises, basic and advanced training courses, and additional skill training courses).

  • Military pay and allowances received while a member of the National Guard or the reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces in an active duty for training status who departs Ohio for a period of temporary duty for unit or individual training of 30 days or less (e.g., unit annual training, training exercises, basic and advanced training courses, and additional skill training courses).

  • Military pay and allowances received for service in a combat zone because that pay is not included in federal adjusted gross income (line 1 on Ohio form IT 1040).

  • Service members eligible for this deduction may request that the military exempt them from Ohio withholding only during the period of their service outside the state by submitting Ohio form IT 4 MIL to their military finance office.

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Military Retirement Pay State Tax Exemption: For taxable years beginning 1 January 2008 military retirement pay received for service on military active duty or the National Guard or Reserves is exempt from State of Ohio tax and school district income tax.

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Survivor Benefit Income: For taxable years beginning January 1, 2008, Survivor Benefits are treated as retirement income and is exempt from State of Ohio tax and school district income tax.

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Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: Pay received by a surviving Spouse through the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) is exempt from Ohio income taxes.

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Homestead Exemption: Provides additional property tax relief to qualified senior citizens and permanently and totally disabled Ohioans. The new exemption offers eligible homeowners, regardless of income, the opportunity to shield up to $25,000 of the market value of their homestead (the dwelling and up to one acre of land) from property taxation. Senior and disabled Ohioans who were not previously eligible must apply with their local county auditor in order to take advantage of the Homestead Exemption, which will save the typical homeowner about $435 per year. The exemption is limited to the homestead, which is defined as an owner's dwelling and up to one acre of land. The value of the exemption may not exceed the value of the homestead.
Eligibility: The new Homestead Exemption is available to all homeowners 65 years and older; or is certified totally and permanently disabled as of 1 Jan of the current tax year, regardless of age; or is the surviving Spouse of a qualified homeowner, and who was at least 59 years old on the date of their Spouse's death. The Homestead Exemption Application for Senior Citizens, Disabled Person, and Surviving Spouses must be filed with the county auditor after the first Monday in January and on or before the first Monday in June.

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Ohio Veterans Bonus: The Ohio Veterans Bonus applies to any Ohio resident Veteran of an armed military service who served on active duty for purposes other than training between Aug. 2, 1990 and March 3, 1991 or at any time since Oct. 7, 2001. Eligible Veterans will receive $100 for each month spent on active duty service in Afghanistan during these times, up to a maximum of $1,000. Veterans who served in other areas are eligible for $50 for each month of active duty service, up to a maximum of $500. Family members of Service members who lost their lives in these conflicts are eligible for a benefit of $5,000 plus the benefit the deceased Veteran would have received up to a maximum of $1,500. Families of missing or Prisoner of War Service members may be eligible for a bonus of $5,000. NOTE: New applications for service in Iraq have not been accepted since 31 December 2014; however, Soldiers or Veterans only with existing Iraq service applications have until June 1, 2015 to forward supporting documentation. Otherwise, the maximum of $500 applies to Soldiers currently assigned to duties in Iraq who meet all other criteria.

The Ohio Veterans Bonus is not taxable as part of either federal or Ohio adjusted gross income. Bonus recipients do not need to report it as income on either their federal or Ohio income tax return.

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Education Benefits:

Ohio War Orphans Scholarship: The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance to the Children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio Veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict. Click here for application. The application deadline is July 1 of each year.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the amount for the War Orphans Scholarship is:

  • Public Universities and Community Colleges: 77 percent of tuition/general fees

  • Independent (non-profit or for-profit) institutions: $6,694.00 (annual award)

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled for full-time undergraduate study at an eligible Ohio college or university pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree; be an Ohio resident; and must be under the age of 25. Also, Students must attend full-time, and prior recipients must meet appropriate cumulative GPA requirements (minimum 2.00).

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Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program: Eligible Ohio National Guard members may receive up to 96 educational credits (12 full-time quarters or 8 full-time semesters) of tuition assistance toward an undergraduate degree at a participating Ohio school during their enlistment. ONG members who possess a Bachelor's degree are not eligible; however, possessing prior college credits or possession of an Associate's degree does not affect eligibility. Scholarship applications are accepted and utilized during the ONG member's enlistment only. However, members deployed during their enlistment may apply to extend their benefits. Non-deployed ONG members with remaining Educational Units may extend their enlistment in order to use them.

Eligible ONG members in an active six-year enlistment with the Ohio National Guard are awarded a lifetime maximum of 96 Educational Units of tuition assistance. ONG members in an active enlistment of three years are eligible for 48 Educational Units; however, the member may re-enlist or extend their enlistment for a total of six years or more to qualify for an extra 48 Educational Units.

Eligibility: The following criteria apply:

  • Applicant must be an Ohio National Guard member in good standing, possessing a high-school diploma or GED. Applicants must remain in good standing with the Ohio National Guard or face recoupment of a portion or all of the awarded tuition assistance.

  • Applicant must enroll in a Bachelor's or Associate's degree-granting program at a participating school in Ohio. The ONGSP is not available for graduate degree programs.

  • ONG participants must apply for no less than three credit hours per application/school.

The suspense dates for enrollment into the ONGSP are as follows. Late applications will not be accepted at this time due to ongoing State budget challenges:

  • Spring Quarter - February 1

  • Summer Term - April 1

  • Fall Term - July 1

  • Winter Quarter/Spring Semester - November 1

Click here for the online application portal or to download forms.

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MIA/POW Orphans Scholarship: Benefits: Payment of instructional and general fees and reasonable and necessary expenses for room and board, books, and lab fees to maximum of four academic years of undergraduate education.
Eligibility: Applicants must be between the age of 16-21; attending Ohio public assisted institutions of higher education, eligible non-profit private institution of higher education or proprietary school, Ohio resident for 12 months prior to application or, if parent does not meet residence requirements, five years prior to application.

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Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund: This program provides tuition assistance to the Children and Spouses of peace officers, fire fighters and certain other safety officers who are killed in the line-of-duty, anywhere in the United States. It also provides assistance to the Children and Spouses of a member of the armed services of the US, who has been killed in the line of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom or a combat zone designated by the President of the United States. The Child is only eligible for this program if he/she is not eligible for the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship. The Fund will provide benefits which cover 100% instructional and general fee charges at public colleges and universities and $7,494.00 per year at private and proprietary post-secondary institutions. Funding is for ten semesters or 15 quarters, up to five years or until a Bachelor's degree is obtained. This includes terms that benefits are used and the recipient is not enrolled full-time.
Eligibility: Must be an Ohio resident. Children or Spouses of Service members killed in action must possess a birth or marriage certificate bearing the Service member's name, and a copy of the Report of Casualty.

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.

  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Pete Lupiba, Ohio MIC3 Commissioner
Ohio Department of Education
Address: 25 S. Front St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Email: pete.lupiba@education.ohio.gov
Phone: 614-728-7728

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Employment Benefits:

Compensation for State Active Duty: Pay and Allowances: $75.00 per day minimum, plus allowance for rations and quarters, or the same pay and allowances for each day's service as provided to regular military Service members at the same pay grade and time-in-service, whichever is greater. Also, while performing training or on state active duty, Ohio National Guard members shall have the protections afforded to persons on federal active duty under the Servicemember's Civil Relief Act (SCRA).
Eligibility: Army National Guard Service member on state active duty.

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Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD): The Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) (formerly known as the Rehabilitation Services Commission) is a state agency serving Ohioans with disabilities. The Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) and Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) help people with disabilities get or keep a job. For those unable to work, the Bureau of Disability Determination (BDD) determines eligibility for Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income.

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Employment Assistance: State employee receives 22 workdays (176 hours) military leave per year with pay.

For periods of voluntary or involuntary active duty from 1-30 days, employees on duty may use any combination of the below:

  • Military leave with pay (176 hours).

  • While on paid military leave, employees accrue all forms of leave - sick, vacation, and personal. After the 176 hours of paid military leave expires, employees do not accrue any form of leave.

  • Can be leave without pay not to exceed 2 full pay periods.

  • Can use personal, vacation and compensatory leave.

For periods of voluntary or involuntary active duty from 1-180 days, if military leave with pay (176 hours per year) is already exhausted and vacation, personal and compensatory leave are not available, or the employee does not desire to use any portion of their available leave balances, employee may use military leave of absence without pay; however, it is not renewable or extendable past 180 days.

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Right of Reinstatement: An employee has the right to be reinstated to the same or similar position if the employee meets the following criteria:

  • Active duty service of less than 30 days - the request for reinstatement must be made immediately upon the employee's release from active duty;

  • Active duty service of 31 to 180 days - Employee has full reinstatement rights after release from active duty if the individual submits a written request for reinstatement within 14 days.

  • Active duty service in excess of 180 days with no known date of return - The request for reinstatement must be made within 90 days of the employee's release from active duty.

Health Care Benefits: Even though the employee will be covered by TRICARE while on a federal active-duty call-up, ORC 5923.51 allows the employee, the employee's spouse, or the employee's dependent(s) to maintain or reinstate health care benefits as if the employee was still at work. If health care benefits are maintained or reinstated under this provision, the employee remains responsible for the employee's share of such benefits and the appointing authority remains responsible for the state's share of such benefits.

(Note: Employees called to Federal Duty are eligible for the benefits provided in Amended Substitute Senate Bill 164 (Pay Differential and Health Care), while employees called to State Active Duty are not.)
Eligibility: State employee on orders for Annual Training or active duty.

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Pay Supplements: ORC 5923.05 allows an employee to receive a pay supplement from the appointing authority while on a federal active-duty call-up under certain limited conditions. This statue does not apply to a state-duty call-up.

The pay supplement for any month will be the difference between the employee's gross monthly wage or salary as a state employee and the employee's gross unformed pay and allowances for the particular month [ORC 5923.05 (C)]. An employee is not entitled to a pay supplement for any monthly pay period where the employee receives military leave with pay or the employee's gross uniformed pay and allowances exceed the employee's gross monthly wage or salary [ORC 5923.05(D)]

Eligibility: The criteria for an employee to be eligible to receive a pay supplement are as follows:

  • The employee must be eligible to receive military leave with pay [ORC 5923.05(A)(1) & (C)].

  • The employee must be called up or ordered to active duty for longer than one month. The term 'month' means 22 eight-hour work days or 176 hours, or for a public safety employee, seventeen 24-hour days or 408 hours, within one calendar year [ORC 5923.05 (A)(2)(b).

  • The employee's gross monthly wage or salary as a state employee must be more than the employee's gross uniformed pay and allowances for the particular month [ORC 5923.05(C)].

NOTE: If you have any questions regarding any of the topics in this particular section, please contact HRD/OCB Policy at (614) 752-5393 or DASHRD.HRPolicy@das.ohio.gov for more detailed information and assistance.

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Public Employment Preference: Veterans are entitled to 20% added credit on Ohio civil service exam. Current Service members of a Reserve Component (including the Ohio National Guard) who successfully complete Initial Entry-level Training receive a 15% added credit.
Eligibility: Veterans honorably discharged from active service or transfer to a Reserve Component, or current Service members in good standing of a Reserve Component or Ohio National Guard.

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Veteran Employment Services: Veterans representatives are located throughout Ohio. They are experienced in Veteran employment issues, and provide one-on-one assistance with career guidance, job referrals, interview preparation, and job development. With their assistance, Veterans can learn about military-friendly employers, job fairs, skills training, and supportive services. The Veterans representatives also work closely with a variety of other local, state, and Federal agencies to provide Veterans the support they need to reintegrate into the workforce.

Click here for locations and specific eligibility requirements.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Compensation: Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services, Office of Unemployment Compensation administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI), providing temporary assistance to unemployed Ohio workers.

Ohio has TWO WAYS to file for unemployment compensation benefits:

To register for unemployment benefits, you will need:

  • Your Social Security number,

  • Your driver's license or state ID number,

  • Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address,

  • Name, address, telephone number, and dates of employment with each employer you worked for during the past 6 weeks,

  • The reason you became unemployed from each employer,

  • Dependents' names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth,

  • If claiming dependents, your Spouse's name, Social Security number, and birth date,

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, alien registration number and expiration date,

  • Your regular occupation and job skills.

  • If you had out-of-state employment, have worked for the federal government, or are separated from military service, more information is required, including:

    • Form DD-214, member 4 copy (for military service)

    • SF-8 or SF-50 form (for federal government employment)

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Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Benefits:

Special Vehicle License Plates: Ohio offers 38 different military-related license plates for Service members, Veterans, and retirees. Eligibility and basic fees are listed; for more detailed information, please click on the desired plate. If a personalized plate is available, please click here for personalization guidelines, and click here for the application. Additional fees will apply for personalized or reserved plates.

Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard Plates:

US Armed Forces Active Duty Plate: Any U.S. Armed Forces active duty personnel may apply; applicants must have a current military ID and a Commander's letter on unit letterhead verifying status. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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US Armed Forces Reserve Plate: Any U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service member in good standing may apply; applicant must have a Commander's letter on unit letterhead verifying status. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Ohio National Guard Plate: Any active member of the Ohio National Guard in good standing may apply; applicant must have a Commander's letter on unit letterhead verifying status. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Veteran & Retired Plates:

Honorably Discharged Veteran Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran of the US Armed forces may apply; applicant must provide a DD214 or discharge certificate for verification. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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US Armed Forces Retired Plate: Any retired Veteran of the US Armed Forces may apply; applicant must submit a DD214 indicating retirement, a Certificate of Retirement, or a military ID card marked 'Retired'. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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National Guard - Retired Plate: Any retired Veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard may apply; applicant must submit a DD214 indicating retirement, a Certificate of Retirement, or a military ID card marked 'Retired'. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Veteran Motorcycle Plate: Any Veteran who has been honorably discharged or retired may apply; applicant must provide a DD214, Certificate of Discharge or Retirement indicating status, or a military ID card marked 'Retired'. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Disabled Veteran Plate: Any Veteran who has a 100% service-connected disability and/or have been awarded funds for the purchase or modification of a vehicle may apply. Applicant must complete BMV Form 4507 and provide a current letter from the Veterans' Administration stating 100% disability or receipt of a monetary allowance. There is no fee for this plate, and this plate cannot be personalized.

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Military Campaign & Award Plates:

World War II Veteran Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran who served during WWII between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946 may apply. Applicant must provide proof of service (DD214 or other paperwork reflecting eligibility) and type of discharge. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Harbor Plate: Any Veteran who served at Pearl Harbor during the attack on December 7. 1941 may apply. Applicant must submit a copy of certification from the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Korea Veteran (during conflict) Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran who served in Korea from June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955 may apply. Applicant must provide proof of service (DD214, or other certifying document) indicating dates and location served. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Korea Service Medal Veteran Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran who received the Korea Service Medal from service in Korea between June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955 may apply. Applicant must provide proof of service (DD214, or other certifying document) indicating award or dates and location served. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Korean Service Medal with Service Star Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran who received the Korea Service Medal and Service Star from service in Korea between June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955 may apply. Applicant must provide proof of service (DD214, or other certifying document) indicating award or dates and location served. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Vietnam Veteran (during conflict) Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran or active-duty Service member who served from August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975 may apply. Applicant must provide proof of service (DD214, or other certifying document) indicating dates and location served. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Vietnam Service Medal Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran or active-duty Service member who received the award by serving in Vietnam from August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975 may apply. Applicant must provide proof of service (DD214, or other certifying document) indicating award or dates and location served. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Vietnam Service Medal with Service Star Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran or active-duty Service member who received the awards by serving in Vietnam from August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975 may apply. Applicant must provide proof of service (DD214, or other certifying document) indicating award or dates and location served. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Grenada Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran or active Service member who participated in the invasion of Grenada between Oct 23, 1983 - November 23, 1983 may apply. Applicant must submit proof of service (either DD214 or Commander's statement verifying dates and location). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Lebanon Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran or active Service member who participated in the invasion of Lebanon between Aug 25, 1982 and February 26, 1984 may apply. Applicant must submit proof of service (either DD214 or Commander's statement verifying dates and location). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Panama Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran or active Service member who participated in the invasion of Panama between December 12, 1989 - January 31, 1990 may apply. Applicant must submit proof of service (either DD214 or Commander's statement verifying dates and location). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Persian Gulf (Southwest Asian Service Medal) Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran or active Service member who served in Kuwait or Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm may apply. Applicant must submit proof of service (either DD214 or Commander's statement verifying dates and location). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Southwest Asian Service Medal with Service Star Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran or active-duty Service member who received the awards by serving in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Applicant must provide proof of service (DD214, or other certifying document) indicating awards or dates and location served. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Global War on Terrorism Afghanistan Medal Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran or active-duty Service member who received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with award indicated or award certificate). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Global War on Terrorism Iraqi Medal Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran or active-duty Service member who received the Iraq Campaign Medal may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with award indicated or award certificate). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Non-Campaign Award Plates:

Gold Star Family Plate: Any immediate Family member of a Service member who died in a combat zone while serving may apply. Applicants must fill out and submit a BMV Form 4635 verifying the relationship to the Service member. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Medal of Honor Plate: Recipients of the Medal of Honor may apply. Applicant must complete and submit BMV Form 4507, and also submit documentary evidence of receiving this award. NOTE: These plates can only be issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Upon receipt of the application, plates will be mailed directly to the address indicated on registration. These plates cannot be personalized. There is no fee for this plate.

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Silver Star Plate: Any recipient of the Silver Star Medal may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with award indicated or award certificate). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Bronze Star Plate: Any recipient of the Bronze Star Medal may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with award indicated or award certificate). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Purple Heart Plate: Any recipient of the Purple Heart may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with award indicated or award certificate). There is no charge for this plate unless personalization is desired, in which case a $37.50 fee will be applied.

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Former Prisoner of War (POW Medal) Plate: Only members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were imprisoned by an enemy of the United States may apply. Applicant must complete and submit BV Form 4507 and one of the following: (a) Documentary evidence of POW status, (b) Telegram advising family of POW status, (c) Letter from the War Claims Commission, or (d) Letter from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. NOTE: These plates can only be issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Upon receipt of the application, plates will be mailed directly to the address indicated on registration. There is no fee for this license plate. This license plate cannot be personalized. The surviving Spouse may apply for the license plates by submitting a copy of the death certificate.

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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Plate: Any recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with award indicated or Commander's memorandum authorizing award). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Service Star Plate: Any recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Service Star may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with award indicated or Commander's memorandum authorizing award). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Plate: Any recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with award indicated or Commander's memorandum authorizing award). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Plate: Any recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with award indicated or Commander's memorandum authorizing award). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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National Defense Medal Plate: Any recipient of the National Defense Medal may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with award indicated or a memorandum verifying active duty since September 11, 2001). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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National Defense Medal with Service Star Plate: Any recipient of the National Defense Medal may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with awards indicated or a memorandum verifying receipt of awards). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Combat Action Badge Plate: Any recipient of the Combat Action Badge may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with award indicated or award certificate). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Combat Infantryman Badge Plate: Any recipient of the Combat Infantryman Badge may apply. Applicant must provide proof of award (DD214 with award indicated or award certificate). There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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U.S. Armed Forces Paratrooper Plate: Any US Armed Forces Paratrooper may apply. Applicant must provide a copy of their DD214 indicating service as a Paratrooper. There is a $31.00 license tax for passenger cars; other rates apply for different vehicle types. A personalized plate is available.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

OHIOCARES is a collaboration of state and local agencies supporting the behavioral health of returning OIF/OEF Veterans and their Families. Although the VA is the primary source of services for Veterans, this partnership identifies community-based resources also available to Veterans and their Families. OHIOCARES purpose is to enhance the "safety net" community of behavioral health services available for military personnel and their Families and to complement the services available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and Vet Centers by linkages with county alcohol, drug and mental health boards and behavioral health care providers.

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Worker's Compensation: Same as State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.

Group Insurance: The Ohio National Guard offers $1,000 free life insurance to all active members. $10,000 free first year for all new members. Premium based "term" coverage available for all active members, Spouses and Children through Ohio National Guard Officer and Enlisted Associations.
Eligibility: Ohio National Guard Service member.

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Injury/Death Benefits: $100,000 death benefit while on active status; Reimbursement for SGLA premiums while on active status.
Eligibility: Injury/Death occurs while serving on State Active Duty.

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Veterans displaying license plates with the international wheelchair symbol, as well as certain other permanently disabled Veterans, may apply by mail for free hunting and fishing licenses, fur-taker permits, deer permits, wild turkey permits and wetlands habitat stamps from the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Former Prisoners of War may also apply for free hunting and fishing licenses, fur-taker permits and wetlands habitat stamps. Click here for the free hunting license application.

Hunting and Fishing License Exemptions: Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty, while on leave are not required to purchase a hunting license, Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, or fur taker permit. All other licenses and permits are required.

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Ohio, but NOT on leave are required to purchase a resident Ohio hunting license and other applicable permits before hunting deer, turkey, or hunting/trapping furbearers and an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp for waterfowl before hunting any migratory waterfowl.

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Free Registration of Watercraft: Veterans who are 100% service connected or receiving VA disability pensions, former Prisoner of War, Medal of Honor Recipients and Veterans Car Assistance Program Participants are eligible for free registration of watercraft.

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Camping Discounts at Ohio State Parks: Active military and Veterans are entitled to 10% discount. The discount may be used for only ONE campsite, getaway rental unit, cottage, or lodge room per visit. Military ID or Veteran identification must be presented to receive discount.

Free Camping at Ohio State Parks: Free camping for Ohio residents who are former Prisoners of War or who are honorably discharged Veterans with a permanent and total disability as determined by the Veterans Administration. Qualified individuals with either a Disabled Veterans or Former POW license plate or a letter from the Veterans Administration stating they qualify for free camping are eligible. Not applicable to getaway rentals.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Ohio Educator License Fee Elimination: The Ohio Department of Education is eliminating fees for educator licenses to recognize the contributions of military families. The fees for any initial (or a renewal of an) Ohio educator license, permit, or certificate will be waived for candidates who are Veterans or current Armed Forces Service members, including the National Guard or Reserve. Spouses of active-duty Service members may also participate.

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Ohio Veterans First Time Homebuyer Program: The Ohio Housing Finance Agency Veterans Program provides fixed rate financing for households in which at least one member served in the military. To qualify, homebuyers must also meet established income limits and home purchase prices limits. Purchase price limits vary according to whether a home is new or existing, or if it is in a target or non-target area.

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Ohio Heroes Product: Through OHFA's Ohio Heroes product Ohio's heroes can receive all the benefits of our First-Time Homebuyer program at a .25% lower interest rate. The Ohio Heroes product is available to Active Military, Active Reserve, or a Veteran. Qualified Veterans include military members honorably discharged from any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Eligibility: Applicants must meet OHFA's income and purchase price limits, be creditworthy, and have qualified for the loan being requested. Military Veterans are exempt from the three-year Primary Residence Ownership Interest requirement. 

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Reimbursement of Federal Life Insurance Premiums: If an active duty member of the Ohio National Guard chooses to purchase life insurance pursuant to the " Service members' Group Life Insurance Act," 79 Stat. 880 et seq. (1965), 38 U.S.C. 1965 et seq., the Adjutant General shall reimburse the member in an amount equal to the monthly premium paid for each month or part of a month by the member pursuant to the act while being an active duty member.
Eligibility: Active duty member of the Ohio National Guard (Ohio Revised Code 5919.31) pursuant to an executive order of the President of the United States under Title 32, or a proclamation of the governor, but does not include a member performing full-time Ohio national guard duty or performing special work.

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Ohio Veterans Homes: The Ohio Veterans Home Agency is a State of Ohio establishment comprised of three facilities -a nursing home located in Georgetown, and a nursing home and a domiciliary located in Sandusky. Each one offers a quality of life which emphasizes privacy, encourages independence, provides comfort and security, and meets social needs. The Georgetown Home offers 168 beds for nursing home care, including a 21-bed hospice unit. Two levels of care are offered: standard care for Veterans in need of any intermediate level of care, and special care for Veterans with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.). The Sandusky Home is a 427-bed nursing home facility. Two levels of care are offered: standard care for those Veterans in need of any intermediate level of care, and special care for Veterans with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. The Sandusky Domiciliary is for eligible Veterans who need medical care but are capable of living independently have the option of living in the "Dom" at the Ohio Veterans Home - Sandusky. The "Dom," short for "Domiciliary," offers 293 beds, a dining facility, and necessary medical care to eligible Veterans. Dom residents each have their own room, with cable access, and a shared bath. The wing features two reading lounges, a computer lounge, recreational facilities, clubs and regular and special activities.
Eligibility: To be eligible for admission, an applicant must:

  • Have been an Ohio resident for one year.

  • Have served on active duty during a time of war or armed conflict or be the recipient of the Purple Heart, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, or Southwest Asia Service Medal.

  • Have received their most recent discharge under honorable conditions.

  • Be disabled by disease, wounds, or otherwise and, by reason of such disability, incapable of earning a living. Individuals who are current drug and alcohol abusers, psychotics, or have active tuberculosis are not eligible for immediate admission.

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Veterans' Burial Expenses: Burial benefits for Veterans may include a gravesite in the Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, or the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. These benefits include opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a grave liner for casketed remains, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the Family. VA can pay a burial allowance of $2000 for Veterans who died of service-related causes. For other Veterans receiving VA benefits, VA can pay $300 for burial and funeral expenses and a $300 plot allowance.

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Operation Legal Help Ohio: The Operation Legal Help Ohio (OLHO) is set up to connect low-income Service members and Veterans with volunteer lawyers willing to represent them free of charge in the following legal actions: landlord/tenant evictions, credit card debt and other consumer issues, employment and reemployment challenges (as defined under USERRA), and uncontested divorce and dissolutions. OLHO is an evolving project: the initial pilot focuses on legal issues arising in Franklin and contiguous counties; however, OLHO is actively expanding services throughout the state of Ohio.

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Ohio

Veterans Health Administration

VA Medical Centers
Chillicothe: Chillicothe VA Medical Center, 17273 State Route 104, 740-773-1141 / 800-358-8262
Cincinnati: Cincinnati VA Medical Center, 3200 Vine St, 513-861-3100
Cleveland: Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Wade Park Campus, 10701 East Blvd, 877-838-8262 / 216-791-3800
Columbus: Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center, 420 N James Rd, 614-257-5200 / 888-615-9448
Dayton: Dayton VA Medical Center, 4100 W Third St, 937-268-6511 / 800-368-8262

Outpatient Clinics
Canton: Canton Outpatient Clinic, 733 Market Ave South, 330-489-4600 / Fax: 330-489-4684
Gallipolis: Gallipolis Outpatient Clinic, 323A Upper River Rd, 740-446-3934
Youngstown: Youngstown Outpatient Clinic, 2031 Belmont Ave, 330-740-9200 / Fax: 330-740-9249

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Akron: Akron Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 55 West Waterloo Rd, 330-724-7715
Ashtabula: Ashtabula County VA Clinic, 2044 Lambros Lane, 866-463-0912 / Fax: 440-964-8067
Athens: Athens Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 510 West Union St, 740-593-7314 / Fax: 740-594-2804
Calcutta: East Liverpool/Calcutta Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 15655 State Route 170, Suite A, 330-386-4303 / Fax: 330-386-4485
Cambridge: Cambridge Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 2146 Southgate Pkwy, 740-432-1963 / Fax: 740-432-5143
Cincinnati: Clermont County Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 4600 Beechwood Rd, 513-943-3680
Cleveland: McCafferty Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 4242 Lorain Ave, 216-939-0699 / Fax: 216-939-0276
Georgetown: Georgetown Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 4903 State Route 125, 937-378-3413
Grove City: Grove City Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1955 Ohio Dr, 614-257-5800 / 888-615-9448 x5800 / Fax: 614-257-5801
Hamilton: Hamilton Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1750 South Erie Highway, 513-870-9444
Lancaster: Lancaster Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1703 North Memorial Dr, 740-653-6145 / Fax: 740-653-6250
Lima: Lima Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1303 Bellefontaine Ave, 419-222-5788 / Fax: 419-222-9504
Lorain: Lorain Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 205 West 20th St, 440-244-3833 / Fax: 440-244-3834
Mansfield: Mansfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1025 South Trimble Rd, 419-529-4602
Marietta: Marietta Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 418 Colegate Dr, 740-568-0412 / Fax: 740-568-0413
Marion: Marion Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1203 Delaware Ave, Corporate Center #2, 740-223-8809 / 888-615-9448 x5920 / Fax: 740-223-1023
Middletown: Middletown Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 4337 N Union Rd, 513-423-8387 / Fax: 513-423-3309
New Philadelphia: New Philadelphia Clinic, 1260 Monroe Ave, Suite 1A, 330-602-5339 / Fax: 330-602-4388
Newark: Newark CBOC, 1855 W Main St, 740-788-8329 / 888-615-9448 x5900 / Fax: 614-257-5903
Painesville: Painesville Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 7 West Jackson St, 440-357-6740 / Fax: 440-357-0506
Parma: Parma Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 8787 Brookpark Rd, 216-739-7000
Portsmouth: Portsmouth Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 840 Gallia St, 740-353-3236 / Fax: 740-353-4803
Ravenna: Ravenna Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 6751 N Chestnut St, 330-296-3641
Sandusky: Sandusky Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 3416 Columbus Ave, 419-625-7350 / Fax: 419-625-6660
Springfield: Springfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 512 S Burnett Rd, 937-328-3385 / Fax: 937-328-3387
St. Clairsville: Belmont County Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 103 Plaza Dr, Suite A, 740-695-9321 / Fax: 740-695-6212
Toledo: Toledo VA Outpatient Clinic, 1200 S Detroit Ave, 419-259-2000 / Fax: 419-259-2008
Warren: Warren Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1460 Tod Ave (NW), 330-392-0311 / Fax: 330-392-0323
Wilmington: Wilmington Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 448 West Main Street, 937-382-3949 / Fax: 937-382-6249
Zanesville: Zanesville Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 2800 Maple Ave, 740-453-7725 / 888-615-9448 x5751 / Fax: 740-454-7866

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Canton: Stark County Vet Center, 601 Cleveland Ave N, Suite C, 330-454-3120 / Fax: 330-454-3106
Cincinnati: Cincinnati Vet Center, 801B W 8th St. Suite 126, 513-763-3500 / Fax: 513-763-3505
Cleveland: McCafferty Vet Center Outstation, 4242 Lorain Ave, Suite 203, 216-939-0784 / Fax: 216-939-0276
Columbus: Columbus Vet Center, 30 Spruce St, 614-257-5550 / Fax: 614-257-5551
Dayton: Dayton Vet Center, 627 Edwin C. Moses Blvd, 6th Floor, East Medical Plaza, Phone: 937-461-9150 / Fax: 937-461-4574
Maple Heights: Cleveland Maple Heights Vet Center, 5310 1/2 Warrensville Center Rd, 216-707-7901 / Fax: 216-707-7902
Parma: Parma Vet Center, 5700 Pearl Rd, Suite 102, 440-845-5023 / Fax: 440-845-5024
Toledo: Toledo Vet Center, 1565 S Byrne Rd, Suite 104, 419-213-7533 / Fax: 419-380-9583

Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN)
Cincinnati: VISN 10: VA Healthcare System of Ohio

Veterans Benefits Administration
Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, VA/DOD Transition Office, 4881 Sugar Maple Dr

Regional Loan Center
Cleveland: Cleveland Regional Benefit Office, 1240 East Ninth St, 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Dayton: Dayton National Cemetery, 4400 W Third St, 937-262-2115 / Fax: 937-262-2187
Rittman: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd, 330-335-3069 / Fax: 330-335-5087

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Military Installations in Ohio

Active

Air Force
Wright-Patterson AFB

National Guard

Ohio Army National Guard
Ohio Air National Guard

Resources

http://ohio.gov/

http://www.nationalguard.com/

https://www.ohiohighered.org/veterans

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/allstate_flsh.asp?isflash=&dum=ALL

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-new-york-wyoming#OHIO

http://www.defense.gov/specials/outreachpublic/oh.html

http://jfs.ohio.gov/veterans/index.stm

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/

http://bmv.ohio.gov/

http://www.tax.ohio.gov/

http://dvs.ohio.gov/

http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/hunting-trapping-and-shooting-sports/hunting-trapping-regulations/licenses-and-permits

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/59

http://mic3.net/pages/contact/Map/ohio.aspx

http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/stateinfo.htm?state=OH

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Document Review Date: 17 March 2015