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: The homestead exemption allows low-income senior citizens and permanently and totally disabled Ohioans, to reduce their property tax bills, by shielding some of the market value of their homes from taxation. The exemption, which takes the form of a credit on property tax bills, allows qualifying homeowners to exempt up to $25,000 of the market value of their homes from all local property taxes. For example, through the homestead exemption, a home with a market value of $100,000 is billed as if it is worth $75,000.  

The exact amount of savings varies from location to location. But overall, across Ohio, qualified homeowners saved an average of about $435 per taxpayer during the 2011 tax year. The tax exemption is limited to the homestead, which Ohio law defines 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. The 2015 income threshold is $31,000 and the 2016 threshold is $31,500.
Eligibility: The 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: Eligibility and compensation for the Ohio Veterans Bonus program is based upon where and when the Veteran or Service member served during active duty. The following calculations are applied in determining bonus awards:

  • $100 per month, not to exceed $1,000, for service in Afghanistan during the compensable periods.
  • $50 per month, not to exceed $500, for service anywhere else in the world during the compensable periods.

Service for a fraction of a month shall be paid at the rate of 1/30 of the appropriate monthly amount for each day of service. Compensation may not exceed $1,500 for combined service.
Eligibility: A person who served or is serving, greater than 90 days, on active duty service in the US Armed Forces, excluding dates for training, during the compensable time periods and meets requirements may be eligible for the Ohio Veterans Bonus. Some Family members may be eligible for compensation as well. The Veteran must have met the following conditions:

  • Served or currently serving in the US Armed Forces for periods:
    • Afghanistan Oct 7, 2001 through a date to be determined by President of the United States.
  • The person was separated from the United States armed forces under honorable conditions, is still serving in active duty or after serving on active duty remains in any reserve component of the United States armed forces or in the Ohio National Guard.
  • The person was an Ohio resident at the start of active duty service.
  • The person is currently an Ohio resident.
  • The person has not received a bonus or compensation of a similar nature from another state.

Additional Benefits for Family Members derived from the Ohio Veterans Bonus: Medically discharged or retired Veterans who meet all eligibility criteria above may be eligible for an in-country bonus of $1,000 (regardless of time served in-country), and may be eligible for anywhere else in the world service at $50 per month, excluding training time. The maximum bonus award is $500 for anywhere else in the world service. A medically discharged or medically retired Veteran may be eligible for a maximum bonus of $1,500.

The Family of an eligible Veteran whose death was not a result of injuries or illness sustained in Afghanistan service, may be entitled for the bonus the Veteran would have received if he/she were living in the following order of precedence: Spouse, Child or parents of Veteran, including a person or persons serving as legal guardian for at least one year preceding commencement of service in the United States armed forces. Applicant must ensure that deceased Service member met eligibility criteria noted above.

The Family of an eligible Veteran whose death occurred as a result of injuries or illness sustained in Afghanistan service, may apply for the bonus in the following order of precedence: Spouse, Child/Children or parents, including a person or persons serving as legal guardian for at least one year preceding commencement of service in the United States armed forces, may be entitled to compensation of $5,000. To be eligible, the Service member must have met eligibility criteria stated above. Family members are not required to reside in Ohio.

A Service member or Veteran who was declared Missing in Action or Prisoner of War or the Family of a POW/MIA (in order of precedence: Spouse, Child or Children or parents) who meets eligibility criteria stated above, may be eligible for $5,000.

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.

Click here for complete details, and how to apply. For assistance, contact 1-877-OHIO VET (1-877-644-6838) or visit your local County Veterans Service Office.

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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 following school year.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, the amount for the War Orphans Scholarship is:

  • Public Universities and Community Colleges: 100% of tuition/general fees
  • Private institutions: $5,667 (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). To qualify on the basis of disability, the Veteran parent must have a sixty percent or greater service-connected disability or must be receiving Veteran's Administration benefits for permanent and total non-service connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 

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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. Active duty Prior-Service Members with an enlistment of three-or-more years, but less than six-years, with the ONG can receive a maximum of 48 units (6 full-time quarters or 4 full-time semesters). Non-Prior Service 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. Application: Ohio Board of Regents, State Grants & Scholarships, PO Box 182452, Columbus, OH 43218-2452.
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 $9,020 per year at private and proprietary post-secondary institutions. Funding is for 10 semesters or 15 quarters, up to 5 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: When ordered to state active duty by the governor, for which duty federal basic pay and allowances are not authorized, members of the organized militia of Ohio shall receive the same pay and allowances for each day's service as is provided for commissioned officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, and enlisted personnel of like grade and longevity in the armed forces of the United States, together with the necessary transportation, housing, and subsistence allowances as prescribed by the United States department of defense pay manual, or an amount not less than $75 per day as base pay for each day's duty performed, whichever is greater.
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. OOD works with partners in business, education and non-profit organizations to facilitate customized employment plans for Ohioans with disabilities; help Ohio companies recruit and retain employees with disabilities.  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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Employment Preference (State): 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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Veterans Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or
  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Veteran Employment Services: Services are program-specific with eligibility requirements defined by law.  We provide a full range of employment and training services with the primary focus of meeting the needs of Veterans and eligible Spouses who are unable to obtain employment through basic services provided through OhioMeansJobs Centers.Target services are fo Veterans with educational and economical disadvantages. This includes, but is not limited to: homelessness or at risk of being homeless, disabilities, criminal record, long-term unemployment, and underemployment.

Trained Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists 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 DVOP Specialists work closely with a variety of other local, state, and Federal agencies to provide Veterans the support they need to reintegrate into the workforce.

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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 of employment,
  • 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 military license plates to honor the sacrifice and accomplishment of those who serve in the military. 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. Licensing fees vary based on vehicle type; please see the full listing of fees here.

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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. Personalized plates are available.

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. Personalized plates are available.

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. Personalized plates are available.

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. Personalized plates are available.

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'. Personalized plates are available.

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'. Personalized plates are available.

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'. Personalized plates are available.

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.

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. Personalized plates are available.

Pearl 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. Personalized plates are available.

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.  Personalized plates are available.

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. Personalized plates are available.

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. Personalized plates are available.

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. Personalized plates are available.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. Personalized plates are available.

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. Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.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). Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.

Southwest Asian Service Medal with Service Star Plate: Any honorably discharged Veteran or active-duty Service member who received the award with service star by serving in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait. Applicant must provide proof of service (DD214, or other certifying document) indicating awards or dates and location served. Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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. Personalized plates are available.

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.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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.

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.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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). Personalized plates are available.

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. Personalized plates are available.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

OHIOCARES: 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.

Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection (TSGLI)
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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Group Insurance: The Ohio National Guard offers $1,000 free life insurance to all active members. $10,000 coverage is free for the 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 and eligible dependents.

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Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders
  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Injury/Death Benefits: The Adjutant General shall pay a $100,000 death benefit 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: Resident 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: Ohio resident Service members on active duty, while on leave or furlough are not required to purchase a fishing license, hunting license, Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, or fur taker permit. All other licenses and permits are required.

Non-resident Service members 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: Ohio boat registration fees may be waived for boaters meeting these requirements:

  • Disabled Veteran: Proof of 100% service-related disability in the form of a letter from the Veterans Affairs Administration stating 100% service-related disability.
  • Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient: Written documentation of the presentation of the award.
  • Former Prisoner of War: Written evidence in the form of a record of separation or a letter from one of the branches of the Armed Services stating that you were a prisoner of war and that you were either honorably discharged or are on active duty with one of the branches of the Armed Services of the Unites States; or were captured, separated, and incarcerated by an enemy of the United States at any time; and that you are a resident of Ohio. The Department of Veterans Affairs Administration can certify status in most instances.
  • Veterans Car Assistance Program Participant: Written documentation of having been awarded funds by the Department of Veterans Affairs Administration for the adaptation/purchase of a motor vehicle.
ATTN: Stacie Stone
Ohio DNR Division of Watercraft
2045 Morse Road, Building A-1
Columbus, OH 43229-6693

If you need further assistance, please contact Stacie Stone at (614) 265-6494.

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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 also may receive a license free of charge.

The department also is offering means of streamlining the licensure process for educators involved with the military.

  • The one-year out-of-state educator license - Incoming licensed teachers from other states - including Service members, Spouses of Service members and Veterans of the U.S. armed forces - may obtain this license soon after applying if they meet all requirements. This license simplifies interstate mobility and employment since it allows someone to teach for a year in Ohio while they are meeting any additional requirements they may need for full licensure in Ohio, such as passing a licensure exam.
  • Military extensions to Ohio licenses - State law permits a member of the National Guard or a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States who is called to active duty and who, at the time of deployment, holds a valid educator license in Ohio, is entitled to have the license extended for a period of time commensurate with the length of active duty service, provided the educator is honorably released from that active duty service. (Ohio Revised Code 3319.284). To inquire about an extension, contact educator.licensure@education.ohio.gov.
  • Alternative routes to Ohio licensure - The Ohio Credential Review Board assists individuals who are pursuing an alternative educator license by taking into consideration factors such as successful experience, academic qualifications and professional accomplishments that may serve as a basis for meeting licensure requirements through alternative means. 

Veterans may seek reimbursement for educator licensure tests: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a reimbursement program for educational expenses, which can include the cost of taking the Ohio Assessments for Educators.

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Ohio Heroes Product Veteran's Home Loans: The Ohio Housing Finance Agency's (OHFA) Ohio Heroes product rewards Ohio residents who serve the public with a discounted mortgage interest rate. Through the OHFA Ohio Heroes product, Ohio's active Military and Veterans 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 home purchase price limits, which vary by county. To determine eligibility, use the OHFA eligibility questionnaire. Military Veterans are exempt from the three-year Primary Residence Ownership Interest requirement. Learn more about the loan process or contact a participating lender to apply.

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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. and if the Adjutant General determines that the Service member is ineligible for reimbursement of associated premiums under federal law, 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. Admission information and forms

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Veterans' Burial Expenses: Veterans and authorized dependents may be eligible for burial in one of the National cemeteries either in the Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, or the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. They may also be buried in the state cemetery, the Ohio Veterans Home Cemetery located in Sandusky Ohio. 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. Eligibility requirements

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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), uncontested divorce and dissolutions, wills, advanced directives and matters regarding VA benefits.

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Legal salute Ohio: For active-duty Service members (rank E-6 and lower) who may not be eligible for OLHO because they do not meet the low-income requirements, Legal Salute Ohio (LSO) offers a pool of volunteer attorneys who may be willing to offer representation in civil matters for greatly reduced legal fees.

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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 Multi-Specialty 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 Multi-Specialty Outpatient Clinic, 2031 Belmont Ave, 330-740-9200 / Fax: 330-740-9249

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Akron: Akron Multi-Specialty 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 Multi-Specialty 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 Multi-Specialty 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 Multi Specialty Outpatient Clinic, 1025 South Trimble Rd, 419-529-4602 / Fax: 419-529-4664
Marietta: Marietta Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 27843 State Route 7, 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: 440-357-7906
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 St, 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 11500 Northlake Dr, Suite 200, 513-247-4610

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
Cleveland: Cleveland Regional Benefit Office, 1240 East Ninth St, 800-827-1000

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

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Cleveland: Woodland Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, 6901 Woodland Ave, 330-335-3069 / Fax: 330-335-5087
Columbus: Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery, 2900 Sullivant Ave, 937-268-2221 / Fax: 937-268-2225Dayton: Dayton National Cemetery, 4400 W Third St, 937-268-2221 / Fax: 937-268-2225
Sandusky: Confederate Stockade Cemetery, Johnson's Island, 330-335-3069 / Fax: 330-335-5087
Seville:  Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd, 330-335-3069 / Fax: 330-335-5087

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Military Installations in Ohio

Please see the Ohio Resource Locator for additional information.

Active 

Air Force
Wright-Patterson AFB 

National Guard 

Ohio Army National Guard

Ohio Air National Guard
180th Fighter wing
121st Air Refueling Wing
178th Wing
179th Airlift Wing



Resources

http://ohio.gov/ 

http://www.nationalguard.com/ 

https://www.ohiohighered.org/veterans

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?dnum=ALL&STATE=OH  

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

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

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

http://bmv.ohio.gov/index.aspx 

http://www.tax.ohio.gov/ 

http://dvs.ohio.gov/ 

http://dvs.ohio.gov/BENEFITS 

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://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/menu.htm 

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Document Review Date: 31 March 2016