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Army OneSource introduces Money Matters Mobile!

Money Matters Mobile is available now! Access the new financial readiness application through your SmartPhone browser today and begin taking steps to save money, reduce debt and build wealth.Full Story

The Army OneSource Community in Second Life® announces the arrival of the Virtual Resiliency Campus.

The Army OneSource Community in Second Life is the next generation of innovation for virtual world services and resources designed to serve Soldiers and Families worldwide.Full Story

DoD changes child care fee policy

The Department of Defense announced today the school year 2010/2011 child care fee policy. The policy will adjust fee ranges in child care programs across the services and will be implemented no later than Sept. 30, 2010. Changes will impact families who have children enrolled in DoD child development centers and school age care programs.Full Story

Guard Soldier trades guitar for gun

Seven years ago, then-18-year-old Nicholas Raia of Altoona, Pa., brought his trumpet to an audition for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard band. He aced the audition and until last summer was a member of several performance groups within the band. Full Story

Employment Opportunities
There are many employment opportunities in Ohio. Many organizations prefer hiring Soldiers and Veterans.
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Post 9/11 GI BILL
Soldiers who served at least 90 days on active duty on or after 11 September 2001 are eligible to take advantage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill which provid...
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The Community Covenant
The program is designed to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships with the Army to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and...
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Welcome to Ohio Community Support!

Army OneSource is an excellent tool for information, resources, and training. Army OneSource is enhancing unit readiness by addressing needs through existing Family programs. Army OneSource addresses the needs of the Active Army, National Guard, and Reserve Soldiers and Families regardless of where they live by linking and synchronizing support service delivery through all components. The purpose of the Ohio page is to address issues facing geographically dispersed Soldiers and Family Members and to ensure that they have access to the services they need and deserve.

"Welcome Home Joe" from JC Penny and Joseph Abboud
JC Penney Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

IAVA has partnered with JCPenney and Joseph Abboud to launch “Welcome Home Joe,” a national campaign that provides Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with $1 million in certificates to purchase professional attire as they transition to the civilian workforce.

With over two million servicemen and women who deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Welcome Home Joe seeks to honor and help support America’s next generation of veterans as they pursue career opportunities after their military service. The Welcome Home Joe program materials feature real veterans and IAVA members who describe their military experiences in a video diary filmed during a photo shoot for JOE Joseph Abboud apparel. You can view footage from the shoot and read more about some of the military servicemembers who served overseas by visiting http://www.jcp.com/welcomehomejoe.



Education encouraged for Soldiers, Family

In today's highly competitive world, education plays a crucial role in the success of our Soldiers and Families. Many institutions of higher learning are expressing there dedication to military members by catering to the special needs of military members and their Families.

Colleges, universities, and trade schools are not only offering Soldiers and Families a top-notch education, but the organizations have Veterans Assistance Officers that specifically assist former and current military members. When determining what school is a perfect fit, conducting online research and speaking with the School Veterans Representative, is the best way to answer any questions that may exist, in order to make an informed decision.

Below are links to some of the colleges that go the extra mile to aid the military:



Discharge and Separation Forms (DD 214)

If you are unable to locate discharge and separation papers, duplicate copies may be obtained by writing the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. Specify that a duplicate separation document or discharge is needed. The veteran's full name should be printed or typed, and the request must contain the signature of the veteran or the signature of the next of kin, if the veteran is deceased. Include the veteran's branch of service, service number or Social Security number (whichever is appropriate), and the exact or approximate years of service.

If possible, use Standard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records, which is available from VA Offices, County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO), and most veteran service organizations. A copy of the DD214 is sent to the state veterans affairs office of the home state of each veteran upon discharge or separation from active duty or initial active duty for training (IADT).

Ohio veterans may contact the Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs to see if a copy of their DD-214 is on file in Columbus (614-644-0898 or toll free at 888-387-6446).



In-State Tuition for Military Members and their Families

For periods of enrollment that begin after July 1, 2009, members of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) on active duty for a period of more than 30 days and his or her spouse, or his or her dependent children will be eligible to receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed. Once a Service member or their family members are enrolled and paying in-state tuition, they will continue to pay the in-state tuition rate as long as they remain continuously enrolled at the institution even if the Service member is reassigned outside the state.

This change is included in section 135 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (H. R. 4137) (HEOA) which was signed into law on August 14, 2008 and amends and extends the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA). This requirement applies to all public institutions that receive funds under a program authorized by the HEA.

The Department of Education has worked with the institutions of higher education and is confident they are aware of the changes in the law and are fully implementing the policy. However, as we all know, there is always the chance that someone just doesn't get the word. If this happens, you should contact the financial aid or registrar's office at the institution. You can also contact the Veterans Affairs office at the institution. Even though you are active duty, these offices should be able to assist you.

In the rare cases where these steps don't resolve the situation, please contact the Department of Education’s Ombudsman's office (toll-free at 877 557-2575) or via the internet. The online Ombudsman Assistance Request Form can be found at the Office of the Ombudsman website. Both links access complaint information.



Ohio National Guard Family Assistance Centers

The Ohio National Guard has 6 regional Family Assistance Centers (FAC) and 4 Wing Family Readiness Program Centers. These centers provide support to all military members & their Families, especially during deployments.

FACs provides information resources, referrals and assistance on a variety of issues including:

  • Emergency Family Assistance
  • Education Resources
  • Mobilization Information
  • Reintegration Services
  • Youth Programs
  • Family Readiness Group Assistance

Download the Ohio National Guard Family Assistance Center Regions PDF containing coverage areas and contact information.



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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.



The Ohio Military Family Leave Act

The Ohio Military Family Medical Leave Act provides qualifying Ohio employees the opportunity to take unpaid leave linked to the military service of certain family members of the employee. The law became effective July 2.