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 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: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office. 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 $420 per year.
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 is not taxable as part of either federal or Ohio adjusted gross income. Bonus recipients also do not need to report it as income on either their federal or Ohio income tax return. 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 the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan or Iraq 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. Click here for complete details, and how to apply.

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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 2013-2014 academic year, the amount for the War Orphans Scholarship is:

  • Public Universities and Community Colleges: 93 percent of tuition/general fees

  • Independent (non-profit or for-profit) institutions: $6,628 (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.

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Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program (ONGSP): The ONGSP will pay 100% of the tuition charges of state-assisted colleges and universities. For approved private or proprietary degree-granting institutions of higher education, the program will pay 100% of the average tuition charges of all state universities. The scholarship is available for up to twelve (12) full-time quarters or eight (8) full-time semesters. ONGSP is not available for courses not applicable to or leading to an Associate or Baccalaureate degree. Scholarship program recipients must maintain good attendance at their unit drills; excessive absenteeism is cause for discharge from the Ohio National Guard. In such cases, Ohio law provides for recoupment of a pro-rated amount of the tuition paid plus interest.
Eligibility: The only individuals eligible for this program are Ohio residents who have a high school diploma or GED certificate and who enlist, re-enlist, or extend their current enlistment for a total commitment of six years in the Ohio National Guard.

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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 $6,618.00 per year at private and proprietary post-secondary institutions.
Eligibility: Must be Ohio resident. Funding is for ten semesters or 15 quarters (up to five years or until a bachelor's degree is obtained).

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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.
Eligibility: Army National Guard Service member on state active duty.

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 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 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, though it is not renewable or extendable past 180 days total

  • 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.

(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.)

For periods of voluntary or involuntary active duty of unknown duration that will obviously exceed 180 days with no known date of return:

  • Employee has full reinstatement rights after release from active duty if the individual submits a written request for reinstatement within 90 days.

  • Employee may retain health care insurance by paying their share of the premium. The State of Ohio will continue to pay the employer's share.

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
Eligibility: State employee on orders for Annual Training or active duty.

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Public Employment Preference: Veteran's are entitled to 20% added credit on Ohio civil service exam.
Eligibility: Veterans honorably discharged from active service or transfer to a Reserve Component.

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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 ONLY TWO WAYS TO FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS:

  • File online at http://unemployment.ohio.gov, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Service may be limited during nightly system updating. Check the website for available services. Please be sure to follow the instructions.

  • Call toll-free 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-888-642-8203, (excluding holidays) Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

    To file a new unemployment claim or to reopen a previously filed claim, you must call on the day associated with the first letter of your last name:

    For last names beginning with A through I, please call on Monday.
    For last names beginning with J through L, please call on Tuesday.
    For last names beginning with M through S, please call on Wednesday.
    For last names beginning with T through Z, please call on Thursday.
    If you have missed your filing day, please call on Friday.

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

You may also have to provide:

  • 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:  

Honorably Discharged Veteran Plate: Any Veteran who is an honorably discharged Veteran of any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States may apply. The Veteran must submit documentation showing an honorable discharge. Veterans must submit a copy of his/her DD 214 showing an honorable discharge or a copy of the Certificate of Honorable Discharge. No Plate fee, however the License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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Veteran Motorcycle Plate: Any Veteran who is an honorably discharged or retired Veteran of any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States may apply. The Veteran must present documentation showing an honorable discharge or retirement. Veterans must submit a copy of his/her DD 214 showing an honorable discharge or a copy of the Certificate of Honorable Discharge or evidence of disability retirement, or a copy of the Certificate of Retirement, or any equivalent documentation such as a military I.D. card marked "retired." No additional cost for this license plate, however, the License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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U.S. Armed Forces Retired Plate: Any Veteran who is retired from any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States may apply. The Veteran must submit proof of retirement from the specific branch of the United States Armed Forces. Veterans must submit a copy of his/her DD 214 showing an honorable discharge and be retired from a specific branch of the United States Armed Forces or evidence of a disability retirement, or a copy of the Certificate of Retirement, or any equivalent documentation such as a military I.D. card marked "retired." No additional cost for this license plate, however, the License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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National Defense Plate: Any branch of service personnel may apply. Applicant must submit a copy of his/her DD-214 showing receipt of the award or a copy of the award certificate with the applicant's name identified as the recipient of the specific military medal or proof of active duty status either with an ID card that specifically states " active duty" (cards issued after April 1, 2005, will not indicate status so applicant must provide a letter) or a letter from a commanding office indicating that the applicant is in active duty status, as the award has been given to all Service members since September 11, 2001, and will continue until further determined. No additional cost for this license plate, however, the License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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U.S Armed Forces Active Duty Plate: Applicant must submit a letter from the individual's commanding officer (on letterhead) certifying that the applicant is on active duty status or a copy of the applicant's Armed Forces identification card that shows active duty status (cards issued after April 1, 2005, will not indicate status so these applicants will have to provide a letter proving their active duty status). No additional cost for this license plate, however, the License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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National Guard Member Plate: These plates may be issued to any person who is an active member of the Ohio Air or Army National Guard. An Ohio Guard member must submit a written certificate from the commanding officer on company letterhead, verifying their status as an active member in good standing with the Ohio National Guard. No additional cost for this license plate, however, the License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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Medal of Honor Plate: Any Veteran who received a Medal of Honor may apply for these plates. The Veteran's DD 214 must show that a Medal of Honor was awarded. Applicant must submit documentary evidence of receiving this award. There is no initial plate, license tax, or renewal charge.

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Purple Heart Plate: Any Veteran who received a Purple Heart medal may apply for these plates. The Veteran's DD 214 must show that a Purple Heart was awarded. Veterans must submit a copy of his/her DD 214 showing award of a Purple Heart. There is no initial plate, license tax, or renewal charge.

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U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Plate: Any person who is a member of the reserves of the Armed Forces of the United States may apply. Reservists must submit a written certificate from the commanding officer on company letterhead, verifying the reservist's status as an active member in good standing. No additional cost for this license plate, however, The License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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Persian Gulf Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran and/or active duty Service member of the Armed Forces of the United States who served in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield during the dates set by Congress may apply for combat plates. An honorably discharged Veteran and/or active duty Service member must submit either a copy of the DD 214 or a statement from the commanding officer verifying date of in country service either in Saudi Arabia or in Kuwait between August 2, 1990 and a date to be set by law or presidential proclamation. Medals on DD 214 proving in country service: Southwest Asia Service (SWA, SWASM); Kuwait Liberation Medal (KLM). If no medal(s) indicated on DD 214, the DD 214 must show the established in country dates set by Congress. No additional cost for this license plate, however, the License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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Grenada Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran and/or active duty Service member of the Armed Forces of the United States who served in Grenada during the invasion between the dates set by Congress may apply for combat plates. An honorably discharged Veteran and/or active duty Service member must submit either a copy of the DD 214 or a statement from the commanding officer verifying date of in country service in Grenada during October 23, 1983 - November 23, 1983. The DD 214 must show the established in country dates as set by Congress. No additional cost for this license plate, however, the License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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Korea Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran and/or active duty Service member of the Armed Forces of the United States who served in Korea during the conflict between the dates set by Congress may apply for combat plates. An honorably discharged Veteran and/or active duty Service member must submit either a copy of the DD 214 or a statement from the commanding officer verifying date of in country service in Korea from June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955. The DD 214 must show the established in country dates as set by Congress. No additional cost for this license plate, however, The License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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Vietnam Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran and/or active duty Service member of the Armed Forces of the United States who served in Vietnam during the conflict between the dates set by Congress may apply for combat plates. An honorably discharged Veteran must submit either a copy of the DD 214 or a statement from the commanding officer verifying date of in country service in Vietnam between August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975. Medals on DD 214 proving in country service: Vietnam Service Medal (VSM, VNSM, Vietnam Campaign Medal (VCM, RVCM RVNCM). If no medal(s) are indicated on the DD 214, the DD 214 must show the established in country dates set by Congress. No additional cost for this license plate, however, the License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate: Any Veteran who served during specific time within a specific area of Pearl Harbor, which is determined by the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, may apply for these plates. Veterans must submit a copy of certification from the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. No additional cost for this license plate, however, the License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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World War II Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States who served during World War II between the dates set by Congress may apply for combat plates.
Eligibility: A honorably discharged Veteran must submit either a copy of the DD 214 or a statement from the commanding officer verifying date of service between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946. The DD 214 must show the established WW II dates set by Congress. No additional cost for this license plate, however, the License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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Gold Star Family Plate: Any member of the immediate Family of a person who died in a combat zone while a member of any branch of the armed forces may apply. Registrant Eligibility BMV 4635 Affidavit form verifying the relationship to the military Family member. No additional fees are charged for system assigned plate number Gold Star Family plates; however, the License Tax for a Passenger Car is $31.00. Click here for additional fees.

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Click here for other Military License Plates that are 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 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.

Active members of the United States Armed Forces are not required to purchase licenses for hunting or fishing, or wetlands habitat stamps, while they are on leave.  

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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 and Medal of Honor Recipients are eligible for free registration of watercraft.

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Camping Discounts 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 will either have one of the licenses plates shown below or a letter from the Veterans Administration stating they qualify for free camping. Not applicable to getaway rentals.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

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 

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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 any of our 131 national cemeteries with available space, 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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Disability Compensation: Disability Compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10% disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. A disability can apply to physical conditions, such as a chronic knee condition, as well as a mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Veterans Pension Benefits: VA helps Veterans and their Families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension benefit. Veterans Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans.
Eligibility: Generally, a Veteran must have at least 90 days of active duty service, with at least one day during a wartime period to qualify for a VA Pension. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty (with some exceptions), with at least one day during a wartime period.

In addition to meeting minimum service requirements, the Veteran must be:

  • Age 65 or older, OR

  • Totally and permanently disabled, OR

  • A patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, OR

  • Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, OR

  • Receiving Supplemental Security Income

Your yearly family income must be less than the amount set by Congress to qualify for the Veterans Pension benefit. Learn more about income and net worth limitation, and see an example of how VA calculates the VA Pension benefit.

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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, 1230 Lake Ave, 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, 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
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, 1024 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
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, 4100 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

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Resources

http://ohio.gov/

http://www.nationalguard.com/

https://www.ohiohighered.org/veterans

http://www2.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: 31 March 2014