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Summary of Ohio Military and Veterans Benefits : 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.

What are my Ohio Military and Veteran State Tax Benefits?:

Deduction for Military Stationed Outside Ohio State Tax Benefit: Military Service members who are stationed outside Ohio are eligible for the deduction of military pay received for active duty service while stationed outside the state, if the military pay is included in federal adjusted gross income (see division (A)(24) of Ohio Revised Code 5747.01. Service members must still file an Ohio individual, and if applicable, school district income tax return in order to qualify for the deduction. This deduction applies to taxable years beginning on and after Jan. 1, 2007.

Under the November 2009 amendment to the Service members Civil Relief Act, please note that an Ohio resident who accompanies his/her military Service member Spouse to a duty station in another state remains subject to Ohio income tax and school district income tax.

The term “stationed” refers to an Ohio resident Service member’s permanent duty station. For purposes of this exemption, "permanent duty station" has the same meaning as specified in Ohio Revised Code 5103.20, Article II, Subparagraph (U), that is, it means the military installation where an active duty Service member – or, concerning this exemption, an Ohio resident Service member in the National Guard or military reserve forces – is currently assigned and is physically located under competent orders that do not specify the duty as temporary. Periods of training in which a Service member, either individually or as part of a unit, departs from his/her permanent place of duty and then returns following the completion of the training, is not included in the definition of “stationed.” However, periods of active duty outside Ohio for purposes other than training, or periods of training greater than 30 days outside Ohio, as described below, qualify a Service member for this exemption.

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 U.S. 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 Ohio State Tax Exemption: Retirement pay received for service on military active duty or the National Guard or Reserves, as well as pay received by a surviving Spouse through the Survivor Benefit plan, has been exempt from the Ohio income tax since 2008. Beginning in taxable year 2013, taxpayers who receive retirement income related to uniformed services in the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) are allowed a deduction for the entire amount of such pay to the extent it is included in federal adjusted gross income.

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Ohio Income Tax Exemption for Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Annuity: Retirement pay received for service on military active duty or the National Guard or Reserves, as well as pay received by a surviving Spouse through the Survivor Benefit plan, has been exempt from the Ohio income tax since 2008. Beginning in taxable year 2013, taxpayers who receive retirement income related to uniformed services in the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) are allowed a deduction for the entire amount of such pay to the extent it is included in federal adjusted gross income.

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Military Disability Retired Pay Ohio Income tax Exemption: 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.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Ohio Income Tax Exemption: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

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Ohio Senior Citizens, Disabled Person, and Surviving Spouses Homestead Property Tax 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 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, the 2017 threshold is $31,800 and the 2018 threshold is $32,200.
Who is eligible for the Ohio Senior Citizens, Disabled Person, and Surviving Spouses Homestead Property Tax Exemption? The homestead exemption is available to any Ohio resident homeowner who:

  • Qualifies under the income thresholds for the tax year; and

  • Is at least 65 years old or turns 65 in the year for which they apply; or

  • Is totally and permanently disabled as of January 1 of the year for which they apply, as certified by a licensed physician or psychologist, or a state or federal agency; or

  • Is the Surviving Spouse of a person who was receiving the previous homestead exemption at the time of death, and where the Surviving Spouse was at least 59 years old on the date of 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 for manufactured and mobile homes, and filed with the county auditor by Dec 31 for real property.

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What are my Ohio Military and Veterans 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, or has been declared Missing in Action, a prisoner of war or was a former prisoner of war, who served in the Armed Forces during a period of declared war or conflict. The application deadline is May 15th of each year for the following school year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the amount for the War Orphans Scholarship is:

  • Public Universities and Community Colleges: 84% of tuition/general fees

  • Private institutions: $6,435 (annual award)

Who is eligible for the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship? Applicants must be enrolled for full-time undergraduate study at an eligible Ohio college or university pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree and be an Ohio resident. Also, Students must attend full-time, and prior recipients must meet appropriate cumulative GPA requirements (minimum 2.00). In order to be eligible for consideration of a scholarship, the Child of an eligible person must meet the following requirements:

  • At the time of application, have attained his or her sixteenth but not his or her twenty-fifth birthday;

  • At the time of application, if a Child of a Veteran who entered the armed services:

    • (a) As a legal resident of Ohio, have resided in the state for the last preceding year;

    • (b) Not as a legal resident of Ohio, have resided in the state for the year preceding the year in which application for the scholarship is made and any other four of the last ten years;

  • Be in financial need, as determined by the Board.

In order for the Child to be eligible either parent must have met the following requirements:

  • The “Veteran” parent must be deceased or disabled at the time application is made, or considered MIA or POW. If the “Veteran” parent served only in the Ohio National Guard or organized reserves, the “Veteran” parent must have been killed or permanently and totally disabled while at a scheduled training assembly, or a field training period of any duration or length, or active duty for training pursuit to bona fide orders issued by a competent authority.

  • The “Veteran” parent must have entered the armed services of the United States as a resident of Ohio.

  • If disabled, but not as a member of the Ohio National Guard or organized reserves, 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.

Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Application

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Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program : Eligible Ohio National Guard (ONG) 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.
Who is eligible for the Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program?
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.

Former ONG Members who have completed their Ohio National Guard enlistment obligation with an honorable discharge may continue their Scholarship Program benefit for the time they were unable to attend school due to deployment.

  • ONG Member must have received an honorable discharge after completion of their three-year, six-year, or more enlistment in which they were deployed with the Ohio National Guard.

  • ONG Member may take classes for terms missed during deployment only (number of terms determined from their DD214).

  • ONG Members must have Educational Units available in order to apply for a scholarship.

The Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program provides a maximum of 48 Educational Units for a three-year enlistment, or lifetime maximum of 96 Educational Units regardless of reenlistments.

  • ONG Member has five years from their discharge date to use their remaining Educational Units.

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 Semester/Quarter - April 1

  • Fall Semester/Quarter - July 1

  • Winter Quarter/Spring Semester - November 1

Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program Online Application Portal
List of Institutions where the Ohio National Guard Scholarship may be used

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Ohio Jobs and Family Services MIA/POW Orphans Scholarship: 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.
Who is eligible for the Ohio Jobs and Family Services MIA/POW Orphans Scholarship? 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 U.S., who has been killed in the line of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom or a combat zone designated by the President of the United States. The Child is only eligible for this program if he/she is not eligible for the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship.

The Fund will provide benefits which cover 100% instructional and general fee charges at public colleges and universities and $7.334 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.
Who is eligible for the Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund? An applicant 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.

Applicants should provide a copy of their marriage certificate or birth certificate and a copy of the Report of Casualty to the participating institution and they will contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

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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

Secondary Points of Contact
Chip Merkle, Youth Specialist
Address: Beightler Armory, 2825 W. Dublin-Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Email: william.j.merkle5.ctr@mail.mil
Phone: 614-336-7456 or 614-296-7694

Danny Eakins, Policy Administrator Ohio Department of Veterans Services
Address: 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Email: daniel.eakins@dvs.ohio.gov
Phone: 614-728-4925

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What are my Ohio Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

Ohio National Guard 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. (Ohio Code 5923.12)
Eligibility: Ohio 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) , Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) , Division of Disability Determination (DDD) and the Employer and Innovation Services (EIS) 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.

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Leave for Military Duty for Ohio State Employee for Reserve Component Service: State employees receive 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 for Ohio State Employee for Reserve Component Service: 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.

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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Ohio State Employee may Maintain/Reinstate Health Care Benefits during/ after Military Service: An Ohio State Employee that serves in a Reserve Component of the Armed Forces employee will be covered by TRICARE while on a federal active-duty call-up, state law 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: 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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Ohio State Employee Pay Supplements for Reserve Component Service: State law allows a Reserve Component Service member that is an Ohio state 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. 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.
Who is eligible for Ohio State Employee Pay Supplements for Reserve Component Service Members?
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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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Ohio State Employment Veteran Hiring Preference: Veterans are entitled to 20% added credit on Ohio civil service exam. Current Service members of a Reserve Component (including the Ohio National Guard) who successfully complete Initial Entry-level Training receive a 15% added credit.
Who is eligible for Ohio State Employment Veteran Hiring Preference? 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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Ohio Educator License Fee Elimination: The Ohio Department of Education has eliminated 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 .

Download the Department of Veterans Affairs Application for Reimbursement of Licensing or Certification Test Fees (VBA-22-0803-A).

Learn more about Educator Licensing Fees and Fee reimbursement for Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and their Spouses

Ohio Licensed Occupations for Veterans: The Ohio Department of Job and Family has created a tool to help Veterans map a pathway to earn a license or certificate required for a civilian occupation in Ohio from their Military Occupation Code or Specialty. They have a link where you can select your Military Occupational Specialty and a list of occupations, licensing agencies and websites will populate. You can find more information on how to obtain a state-issued license or certificate and additional benefits offered to Veterans and their Spouses by visiting these websites.

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Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: 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, Surviving Spouses, 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 Surviving Spouses) 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.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences

Ohio Licensed Occupations for Veterans: The Ohio Department of Job and Family has created a tool to help Veterans map a pathway to earn a license or certificate required for a civilian occupation in Ohio from their Military Occupation Code or Specialty. They have a link where you can select your Military Occupational Specialty and a list of occupations, licensing agencies and websites will populate. You can find more information on how to obtain a state-issued license or certificate and additional benefits offered to Veterans and their Spouses by visiting these websites.

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Veteran Employment Services: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Veteran Employment Services 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 .

The targeted services are for 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.

Contact your local OhioMeansJobs Center for more information and specific eligibility requirements.

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What are my Ohio Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Ohio 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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What are my Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Military and Veteran Benefits?

Armed Forces Designation on Ohio Driver License or Identification Card: At any time, any Veteran, active duty or reservist of the Armed Forces of the United States may have an ‘Armed Forces’ emblem added to the bottom right-hand corner their Ohio driver license or identification (ID) card.

Applicants may visit any OHIO Deputy Registrar License Agency in Ohio and provide their Ohio driver license or identification (ID) card and one of the following:

  • DD214

  • Active or retired military ID

  • Veteran Identification Card

  • A copy of current orders

Learn more about Armed Forces Designation on Ohio Driver License or Identification Card

Ohio Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates: The State of Ohio offers 50 distinctive military/ Veteran service license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of Veterans, retirees, active Service members and Family members. A short description of some of these plates can be found below. There are no additional fees for these license plates, unless the individual wishes to purchase a personalized license plate (if available for the design desired) which is $50 or to request an initial reserve license plate which is $25. Please note that supporting documentation will be required to determine eligibility for the desired license plate.
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Fees
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Personalized License Plate Guidelines
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Request for Special License Plate Application BMV Form 4705

Honorably Discharged Veteran Plate : Any Veteran with an Honorable Discharge or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces may apply; applicant must provide a DD214 or discharge certificate for verification. 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 Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle 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.

Gold Star Family Plate: Any immediate Family member of a Service member who died in a combat zone while a member of any branch of the armed forces may apply. Applicants must fill out and submit a BMV Form 4635 verifying the relationship to the Service member. Personalized plates are available. Click here then select the Gold Star Family tab for specific information.

Medal of Honor Plate: Recipients of the Medal of Honor may apply. Applicant must complete and submit Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle 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.

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.

Learn more about Connecticut Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates

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What are my Ohio Military and Veterans 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. Resources can be accessed by calling our non-emergency resource information line at 1-800-761-0868.

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U.S. Department of 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 )

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

Ohio National Guard Association Group Insurance: The Ohio National Guard Association offers $1,000 free life insurance to all active members. $10,000 coverage is free for the first year for all new members. This is a premium based "term" coverage available for all active members, Spouses and Children through Ohio National Guard Officer and Enlisted Associations. Service members can also opt for additional coverage for themselves, their Spouse and their dependents.
Eligibility: Ohio National Guard Service member and eligible dependents.

Learn more about Ohio National Guard Association Group Insurance

TRICARE Reserve Select 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.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

Ohio National Guard Death Benefits: The Adjutant General shall pay a $100,000 death benefit to the designated beneficiary of a National Guard Service member that dies while in an active duty status.
Who is eligible for the Ohio National Guard Death Benefit? Any Service member in the Ohio National Guard who dies while serving on federal or State active duty.

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What are my Ohio Military and Veteran Parks and Recreation Benefits ?

Ohio Disabled Veteran and Former POWs, 5-Year Free License Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Resident former Prisoners of War or 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.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Disabled Veteran and Former POWs, 5-Year Free License Application, Ohio Form DNR9032-B

Military Service Members Ohio Hunting and Fishing License Benefits: 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 may purchase a resident Ohio hunting or fishing license and other applicable permits before fishing, 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 for Certain Ohio Veterans: 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.

  • 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.

Procedure: Complete "Section I - Information" of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Registration Application, Watercraft Affidavit of Ownership and send it along with the necessary proof to:

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 for Military and Veterans 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 for Former Prisoners of War and 100% Disabled Veterans 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 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stating they qualify for free camping are eligible. This offer is not applicable to getaway rentals. Reservations using this discount are only available through the reservations call center. Please call 866-644-6727 for reservations.

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What are the Ohio Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

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.
Who is eligible for the Ohio Veterans Bonus? A person who served or is serving, greater than 90 days, on active duty service in the U.S. 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 U.S. Armed Forces for periods: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.

    • Afghanistan Oct 7, 2001 through a date to be determined by President of the United States.

  • 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.

Ohio Veteran Bonus for Service Members Medically Discharged: 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.

Ohio Veterans Bonus for Family Members of Service Members whose Death IS Attributed to Illness or Injury in Afghanistan: 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.

Ohio Veterans Bonus for Family Members of Service Members whose Death is Not Attributed to Illness or Injury in Afghanistan: 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.

Ohio Veterans Bonus for Family Members or Service Members declared Missing in Action or Prisoners of War: 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.

For assistance, contact 1-877-OHIO VET (1-877-644-6838) or visit your local County Veterans Service Office.
Ohio County Veterans Service Office Locations
Ohio Veterans Bonus Instructions and Online Application

Please send your completed application and required documents to:

Ohio Department of Veterans Services
Veterans Bonus Program
Post Office Box 373
Sandusky, OH 44871

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Ohio Housing Finance Authority Ohio Heroes Veteran's Home Loans: The Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s (OHFA) Ohio Heroes rewards Ohio residents who serve the public with a discounted mortgage interest rate. You can choose to include down payment assistance in your Ohio Heroes loan. Down payment assistance is forgiven after seven years. If you sell or refinance your home within seven years, you must repay all of the assistance provided.

Applicants must purchase a qualifying property that is limited to two acres within a municipal corporation and five acres outside a municipal corporation, unless additional acreage is required by local health or safety code. Qualifying properties include the following:

  • Existing homes: single-Family dwellings, conforming condominiums, duplexes, and up to four-unit properties.

  • Newly built spec/nearly completed homes: one-unit single-Family dwellings.

  • Modular homes; one-unit single Family dwellings.

Who is eligible for the Ohio Housing Finance Authority, Ohio Heroes Home Loan? You may qualify for an OHFA Ohio Heroes loan if:

  • you have not owned or had an ownership interest in your primary residence in the last three years

  • your credit score is 640 or higher / 660 or higher for an FHA Loan

  • you meet income and purchase price limits*

And, you are a:

  • U.S. Veteran, active duty military or member of the reserve components

  • police or correctional officer

  • firefighter, emergency medical technician or paramedic

  • licensed or certified direct patient caregiver

  • K-12 teacher or administrator

  • college professor teaching 12+ hours per semester or quarter

Qualified buyers are required to complete free homebuyer education.

Information on OHFA’s streamlined education program is available on their website or, you may complete a course offered by any U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved counseling agency in Ohio.

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 an OHFA participating lender to apply.

Visit the OHFA website for tips to help you with the application process or call toll-free at 888-362-6432.

Learn more about Ohio Housing Finance Authority, Ohio Heroes Veteran's Home Loans

Reimbursement of U.S. Veterans Affairs Life Insurance Premiums for Ohio National Guard Service Members: 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.
Who is eligible for Reimbursement of U.S. Veterans Affairs Life Insurance Premiums? 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.

Learn more about Reimbursement for U.S. Veterans Affairs Life Insurance Premiums for Ohio National Guard Service Members

Ohio State 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 206 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.
Who is eligible for care at Ohio State Veterans Homes: To be eligible for admission, an applicant must:

  • The applicant must have been a resident of Ohio for one year during their lifetime

  • The applicant’s most recent discharge must show that he/she is an honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions Veteran of the United States Armed Forces

  • The applicant must have served on active duty (other than for training) during a period of war or declared armed conflict OR have been a recipient of the Purple Heart, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, or the Vietnam Service Medal

  • The applicant must have a disability due to disease, wounds or otherwise, and are, by reason of such disability, incapable of earning a living.

Ohio Veterans Homes Admission Information and Forms

Learn more about Ohio State Veterans Homes

Ohio State Veterans Cemetery: The Ohio Veterans Home Cemetery is located in Perkins Township, Sandusky, Ohio in Erie County. It is also known as The Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Cemetery, and Soldiers' Home Cemetery. It has been located on the grounds of the Ohio Veterans Home since 1888, supporting the Ohio Veterans Home with the motto: Serving those who served.

Burial is available to Veterans of active federal military service, their Spouses, and dependent minor Children. Provided at no cost to the Family, a state cemetery burial includes:

  • The gravesite and grave-liner.

  • Opening and closing of the grave.

  • A headstone or marker.

  • Perpetual care as part of a national shrine.

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.

To be eligible, Family must provide a DD-214 to prove the Veteran’s active federal military service. Visit your local Ohio County Veterans Service Office to receive further info on the requirements for burial and memorial benefits and for assistance with properly completing all applications for related benefits. 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.
Federal Veterans Cemetery Burial Eligibility Requirements

Learn more about the Ohio State Veterans Cemetery

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 issues and evictions;

  • Credit card debt and other consumer issues;

  • Employment and reemployment challenges (as defined under USERRA);

  • Uncontested divorce and dissolutions;

  • Expungement of criminal records;

  • Driver’s License reinstatement;

  • Wills, advanced directives; and

  • Matters regarding VA benefits

Who is Eligible for Operation Legal Help Ohio? To qualify for legal assistance through Operation Legal Help Ohio, individuals must:

  • Be a Veteran (with an honorable or general discharge) or current service-member (or an immediate Family member).

  • Be a resident of the State of Ohio.

  • Gross yearly income no more than the amounts listed below, based on Family size.

    • 1 Family member, less than $24,280

    • 2 Family members, less than $32,920

    • 3 Family members, less than $41,560

    • 4 Family members, less than $50,200

    • 5 Family members, less than $58,840

    • 5 Family members, less than $67,480

*Yearly income includes spouse’s income unless facing divorce/dissolution. These figures represent 200% of the federally determined poverty levels for 2018 and are subject to change.

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Ohio National Guard Family Readiness and Warrior Support Programs: The Family Readiness and Warrior Support programs are designed to teach Ohio’s Service members and Families to be “good fishermen” – knowledgeable, aware of resources, adaptable, and networked to succeed and grow from the experiences unique to military culture.

In addition to providing information, the programs provide a platform to meet and relate to other Service members and Families who understand the challenges and experiences of military life – and in particular, the challenges facing Ohio’s geographically dispersed force.

Their website provides links to resources in the following areas:

  • Family Readiness Groups;

  • Deployment;

  • Seminars and Retreat;

  • Veterans Benefits;

  • Employment Resources; and

  • Youth Programs.

Learn more about Ohio National Guard Family Readiness and Warrior Support Program

Ohio Military Injury Relief Fund (MIRF): The Military Injury Relief Fund grants a one-time, $500 tax-exempt monetary payment to military Service members injured in active service as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States serving after October 7, 2001, and to individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress while serving after October 7, 2001. All applicants must be an Ohio resident at the time of application. Military Injury Relief Fund application .

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 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 , 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 VA Clinic , 323A Upper River Rd, 740-446-3934
Toledo: VA Ann Arbor - Toledo Annex , 2595 Arlington Ave
Youngstown: Youngstown VA 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, 330-724-7715
Ashtabula: Ashtabula County VA Clinic , 2044 Lambros Lane, 866-463-0912 / Fax: 440-964-8067
Athens: Athens Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 510 West Union St, 740-593-7314 / Fax: 740-594-2804
Calcutta: East Liverpool/Calcutta Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 15655 State Route 170, Suite A, 330-386-4303 / Fax: 330-386-4485
Cambridge: Cambridge Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 2146 Southgate Pkwy, 740-432-1963 / Fax: 740-432-5143
Cincinnati: Clermont County Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 4600 Beechwood Rd, 513-943-3680
Cleveland: McCafferty Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 4242 Lorain Ave, 216-939-0699 / Fax: 216-939-0276
Georgetown: Georgetown Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 474 Home St, 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
Mansfield: Mansfield Community Based 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 Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 1260 Monroe Ave, Suite 1A, 330-602-5339 / Fax: 330-602-4388
Newark: Newark Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 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
Sheffield Village: Lorain Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 5255 N. Abbe Rd, 440-934-9158 / Fax: 440-934-9163
Springfield: Springfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 512 S Burnett Rd, 937-328-3385 / Fax: 937-328-3387
St. Clairsville: Belmont County Outpatient Clinic , 103 Plaza Dr, Suite A, 740-695-9321 / Fax: 740-695-6212
Toledo: VA Ann Arbor - Toledo Community Based 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
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: 614-224-0485-5551
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 Vet Center , 5310 1/2 Warrensville Center Rd, 216-707-7901 / Fax: 216-707-7902
Norwood: Cincinnati Vet Center , 4545 Montgomery Road, 513-763-3500 / Fax: 513-763-3505
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: 937-268-2225
Dayton: 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

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Ohio

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Military Installations in Ohio

Please see the Ohio Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active

Air Force
Wright-Patterson AFB

National Guard

Ohio Army National Guard

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

Army Reserve

88th Readiness Division

Resources

http://ohio.gov/

https://www.nationalguard.com/

https://www.ohiohighered.org/veterans

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

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

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

https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job-seekers/veterans-preference/#content

http://bmv.ohio.gov/index.aspx

https://www.tax.ohio.gov/

http://dvs.ohio.gov/main/home.html

http://dvs.ohio.gov/main/Benefits.html

http://dvs.ohio.gov/main/library/benefits/BenefitsGuide.pdf

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

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

http://www.mic3.net/ohio.html

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

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Document Review Date: 16 August 2018