Twice Monthly Base Cleveland Veteran News (August 1, 2016)

Special Events:

  • Veterans Hiring Fair:  Veterans of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Guardsmen, Reservists and those transitioning from active duty are invited to attend 10 AM to 2 PM Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 at Woods-King Armory, 4303 Green Road, Highland Hills, OH 44128

Bring copies of your DD 214, resume and be prepared to interview on site.  For more information, call Dan Abraham (216) 308-8403 or Paul Lord (216) 701-3045

  • Law Enforcement Night at Progressive Field:  The Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball has teamed up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to show our appreciation for the men and women of Ohio who serve as law enforcement officers, corrections officers and first responders.

    Your 2016 Cleveland Indians and the Memorial Fund invite you, your friends, family and the general public to join us for the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at 4:10 PM as the Cleveland Indians battle the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field.

Special Priced Tickets start at just $18.00 and choose from 4 ticket options.

Arrive early for the pre-game ceremony as we honor area Ohio Law Enforcement personnel and organizations.

$5.00 from every ticket will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Additional questions or to purchase tickets for a group, contact Cleveland Indians Representative Matt Gay at

  • Fox 8 News Fox Trot Race:  scheduled for Sunday, August 28, 2016 in downtown Cleveland.  The funds raised will help support the VA’s efforts to provide services to our fellow Veterans that may otherwise not be available.    For more information on the event, please click here.
  • Cleveland Veteran Job Fair:  scheduled for 11 AM – 3 PM Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario, Cleveland


Here are some great opportunities to put your military experiences to work benefiting others in need.

  • Project GreenCare for Troops:  a national 10-year old program that provides free lawn, landscape and snow removal services for military families and veterans with a service-related disability needs your support.  There are more than 225,000 military personnel deployed in 150 countries and 3.6 million veterans with a service-related disability needing day-to-day household and lifestyle assistance.

Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops and SnowCare for Troops provides complimentary basic year maintenance, and snow and ice removal services to military families and disable Veterans.  For more information contact Ki Matsko at 888.611.2955 or

  • The American Red Cross’ unwavering commitment to members of the U.S. military, its veterans and their families continues to grow and develop more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army. Today, the Red Cross is meeting the needs of a changing military and expanding services to veterans. Red Cross support of military members and their families enhances morale and contributes to increased operational capability in several ways.  New volunteers: visit Click on “volunteer” tab.
  • Cleveland Municipal Court’s Veterans Treatment Docket needs volunteers – preferably military veterans to help Veterans transition to a successful life.  If you are interested in volunteering to help our veterans successfully re-enter civilian life, please contact Derek Moore at (216) 664-4712 or via email at moored@cmcoh.orgfor additional information.
  • Needed:  ‘A few good mentors’:  The Cuyahoga Common Pleas Veteran Treatment Court (VTC) is a judge-monitored treatment program for military veterans.  A key component of the program is volunteer Veteran Mentors who volunteer their time to help veterans re-adapt to civilian life.   For more information visit:

Employment Opportunities / Links:

Veteran Job Search Assistance:  If you know a Veteran or Military Spouse who could benefit from FREE, UNLIMITED job search coaching, please have them visit to schedule a “First Call”.

Ohio National Guard Employment Enhancement Support

Free, Unlimited Military Veteran Job Search Coaching:  provided by





Military Jobs.com

Ohio Federal Government Jobs

Stars and Stripes; Veteran Job Center:

USERRA:  The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects service members’ reemployment rights when returning from a period of service in the uniformed services, including those called up from the reserves or National Guard, and prohibits employer discrimination based on military service or obligation. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers USERRA

Information Links:

Get connected with V.E.T.S Program:  The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland is sponsoring a series of job preparedness, career development, financial literacy and computer training workshops.  The program is designed to help veterans overcome barriers in order to transition from military life, prepare to compete for jobs in the civilian labor force.

The VETS Program is in collaboration with the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET), Cuyahoga Valley Careers Center, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Veterans Program

Read it here:

VAntage Point:  the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

311VET – new app answers general VA benefits questions

The Top 100 Military Friendly Employers:

Cuyahoga Community College Veteran Upward Bound Program:  Since 1973, VUB has provided comprehensive educational support services to eligible U.S. military veterans interested in pursuing a college degree or certificate.  Services include academic enrichment classes, math and English tutors, assistance with applying for federal student aid, and transition into a college or university of their choice.  All services are no cost to the veteran.  For information call 216-987-4938 or visit

Amputee Recreational Support Group of Central Ohio: regularly schedules recreational activities for amputees – Veterans and non-Veterans, including Yoga for Amputees, shooting events, and recreational swimming.  For more information, contact Robert Hass at (614) 288-5105 or

Department of Defense Media Center:

Veterans Business Support Center:

Ohio National Guard Employer Advisory Council:  The ONG Employer Advisory Council was developed to provide military-friendly employers with useful resources and guidance to help them success with military retention and recruitment initiatives.


Columbus Honor

Honor Flight

Veterans Crisis Line:  1 800 273 8255

Women of Hope, Inc:

Chase Bank Support for

Justice for Veterans

Google for Veterans:

Military Memorabilia Donations:

Ohio Veterans Memorial Park

Cold War Recognition Certificate:  the Cold War Recognition Certificate is a recognition certificate awarded by the Secretary of Defense to all U.S. Armed Forces personnel and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991.  Anyone who served in the military or the Federal Government during this period is authorized to receive the certificate.

Congress established the Cold War certificate in Section 1084 of the fiscal 1998 National Defense Authorization Act.  The Department of Defense designated the Department of the Army as the executive agent for the Cold War Recognition Certificate program.

Veteran Resources:

Cleveland VA Regional Benefit Office Home

Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga

Equal Honor for

Greater Cleveland Fisher House:  The Goal of the Greater Cleveland Fisher House Organization is to raise $7,000,000 for the construction of a Fisher House (there are currently 62 houses in operation across the US, Germany, and England) that will be located on the grounds of the Louis Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland, the third largest VA hospital in the US.

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

Greater Cleveland Veterans (GCVM) Memorial:

GCVM Honor Roll:  The Citizens of Cuyahoga County have served the nation well, and paid a heavy price.  When America needed defenders the men and women of Greater Cleveland have answered the call. From 1899 to 2014, a span of 115 years, 5,552 patriots of the county have fallen in military service during time of war. Search the honor roll:


Rewards for Justice Website:  The Rewards for Justice program continues to be one of the most valuable U.S. Government assets in the fight against international terrorism. Established by the 1984 Act to Combat International Terrorism, Public Law 98-533, the Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

Locating Veterans and Service Members

National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics:

Military News:

The American Legion:

Veterans of Foreign Wars USA:

Stars and Stripes Veterans Link

Air Force Times:

Army Times:

Marine Corps Times:

Navy Times:

Defense News:

Veterans Benefits Administration:

GI Bill website:

Veteran Resources:

Explore VA

Ohio VFW:

Ohio Legion News:

Veteran Service Commission Meetings – are open to the public.   The Commissioners encourage members of the Veteran Community to come and see how the Cuyahoga County Veteran Commission works and the benefits available to our Veterans. The meetings are held at the Commission offices at 1849 Prospect Avenue, Suite 150, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 at 9:30 AM the first and third Wednesday of each month.

National Marine Corp Business Network:

Cleveland: We are open for business – Mayor Frank G. Jackson

For two years, Clevelanders from all walks of life worked together to prepare our city to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. In one short week, their collective efforts paid off in ways that will benefit our region for years and years to come.

As a Fortune correspondent wrote, “…there does seem to be one thing that all of the delegates (and even media members) seem to agree on: Cleveland has been a fantastic host city. Cleveland’s walkability, cleanliness, friendliness, and even its weather have drawn nothing but rave reviews.”


Despite the critics who challenged our city’s selection and the countless questions about our readiness, we were ready. And we performed.

Thank you to the citizens of Cleveland. Your hospitality and energy charmed every one of our guests and set the stage for them to return. You also managed the necessary inconveniences that come with hosting a convention with class. There are many others I want to thank – including the nonpartisan Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, the Republican National Committee’s Committee on Arrangements, the Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, GCRTA, Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland and all city staff, and many other organizations tasked with ironing out countless details… to the hotel, restaurant and transportation workers and volunteer ambassadors who were on the front lines of welcoming our 50,000 guests and showcasing our great city.

I also want to thank every RNC delegate and visitor, the scores of media that covered the event and even the protesters and demonstrators who came to the city to express their views in a peaceful and respectful manner.

I want to specifically thank the men and women of the Cleveland Division of Police, who performed in an excellent manner under the calm and effective leadership of Chief Calvin Williams and his entire Command Staff.

Supported by and working in close cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies from across the country, our safety forces consistently demonstrated professionalism and restraint in protecting the First and Second Amendment rights of protestors and demonstrators, just as importantly, protecting the safety of all citizens and de-escalating several tense situations. This was an example of the engaged community policing that is becoming a part of the DNA of our police division.


Many visitors talked about how surprised they were by what they saw and experienced in Cleveland, but Clevelanders know that this is who we are and what we do. Just as we worked hard for two years to prepare for the RNC, all of us are working hard every day to create a greater Cleveland together.

We are a community with diverse, friendly people who are proud of their city and have a new, winning attitude… a region blessed with a diverse economy with particular strengths in health care, education, research, financial services and manufacturing… a place where businesses want to locate and people want to live… one with a thriving food and entertainment scene… and a city that is working together to provide quality education for its children and provide economic growth and wealth creation for its citizens.

That is the city we worked so hard to show off to the world this week. And our guests felt the real Cleveland and took notice, constantly remarking about their positive impressions of the city and the kindness and class of our citizens.

Our 50,000 guests have now gone home to every corner of the country and to locations throughout the world, taking with them new perspectives of our city that they will share with others.

Many, I am sure, will be back.  Maybe to experience more of our outstanding restaurants and entertainment venues… or to receive care from our world-renowned health care resources… perhaps even to live and work or to locate their business and create jobs for our citizens. Whatever their reasons, we are prepared to welcome them with just as much Cleveland charm as we did this week.


The Republican National Convention took place at a crucial time in the growth of our city. We are experiencing significant momentum in economic growth, brick-and-mortar construction, major projects, downtown housing,neighborhood development and real steps forward on social and cultural issues. We are excited that the world had an opportunity to see and feel the results of that momentum.

But as I travel throughout our city and talk to our people, I am reminded that we still have a ways to go to become a great city.  A truly great city will be measured by the condition and well-being of its people, in particular, the least of us.  Not in terms of welfare or charity, but where all are able to participate in the prosperity and quality of life that we create as a community.  In our striving for greatness, this is the challenge that we embrace and the struggle and fight that we accept.

That’s what we are committed to achieving and The RNC was a step in the right direction, opening even more opportunity to the city. We are excited about the new friends and partners who will return in one way or another as a result of how they saw our city perform.

Our city….all of us can all be tremendously proud of what we accomplished this week – together.  We demonstrated to the world that we are a first-class city on a road to greatness.

We are Cleveland – and we are open for business.

—Mayor Frank G. Jackson

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It’s a wrap – RNC Final Media Update July 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.


Watch Final Media Update for the RNC

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams provided the media with a final overview of actions that transpired in the event zone as it related to the Republican National Convention (RNC).  A brief summary follows.

Final Wrap-up:
Mayor Jackson and Chief Williams gave many thanks to all Cleveland employees from Officers to Public Works and everyone in-between, as well as partner organizations and agencies, local businesses, visitors and the community for their overwhelming support this week.

This was a collaborative effort that took hard work, commitment and forethought from the beginning. It took a couple of years for the City to earn the position of host site for the 2016 Republican National Convention. The planning process for the Convention began about 18 months ago. There were many moving parts behind the scenes from inception to execution. Law enforcement coordination involved, planning, logistics, Intel and training; City efforts were vast covering utilities, public works (street maintenance, waste removal, clean up); and countless man hours from so many area partners.

Many of the assets acquired by the City for the Convention will remain. The Bicycle Unit proved to be particularly invaluable during the convention. The Division of Police will keep the bikes and reinstitute the bike patrols in neighborhoods. Community policing efforts will remain a main priority of the division and the city will continue to institute, sustainable, lasting and meaningful reform.

All-in-all, it was a great week that was successful on every level from planning and execution to partnerships and community engagement. The overall view of our city was positive. We got our chance to show everyone what Cleveland is all about and why we are a great city.

To sum it up, Mayor Jackson said, “We were accused of not being prepared, but I think the proof is in the pudding.” Chief Williams followed up by saying, “Don’t doubt Cleveland. Never doubt Cleveland.”

Total number of arrests for the week related to the RNC: 24

Total External Law Enforcement Support: 2,800

After the audit is complete the City will release information relating to the National Special Security Event (NSSE) Grant Funds, including equipment costs, personnel and housing. Much of the cost to the city in regards to safety forces for the RNC will be reimbursed through this federal grant. City made financial contribution of $2.5 million to Host Committee for the event.

City of Cleveland Daily Media Update & Summary – July 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

This evening, Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Sergeant Jennifer Ciaccia from the Cleveland Division of Police and Assistant Chief Prosecutor Kimberly G. Barnett provided the media with an overview of actions that transpired in the event zone as it relates to the Republican National Convention. Click here to view the briefing in its entirety.

A brief summary follows.

Protest Safety and Security Updates:

  • Two officers, one a Georgia State Trooper and one with the Cleveland Division of Police, were treated for minor skin irritation. They are doing well. The incident is still being investigated, but it is confirmed that no needles or syringes were used. It is possible that it was coming from irritant on a sticker.
  • As a precaution, police are advising that if you received a sticker from a person that you don’t know, wash the area with soap and water. Do not take any items from anyone you don’t know.
  • Syringes have been banned as a precaution, illustrating that the City is monitoring and reacting to incidents.
  • Barriers will be removed when deemed possible by the United States Secret Service.
  • 24 total arrests since Sunday, July 21st.

Processing of arrestees from Wednesday’s incident at East 4th and Prospect:

  • To ensure the rights of the individuals, once police reports were completed, each case was reviewed by the prosecutor’s office. Their review was presented to Judge Ronald B. Adrine of Cleveland Municipal Court, who then confirmed the charges.
  • Some cases required additional information from officers on scene, who had gone off duty.
  • Burning a flag is not illegal, two individuals were charged with assault for harming the people around them with a burning flag.

The last scheduled media briefing will be July 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Beat the Heat in CLE

It is a beautiful week in Cleveland. Temperatures are expected to rise and could reach the mid-90s.

Here are some tips to Beat the Heat:

  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty. Remember to avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Don’t forget sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses.
  • Stay indoors – air conditioning is the best way to prevent heat related illness, especially for those who are 65 years or older, infants and children, and those with chronic medical conditions.
  • Schedule outdoor activities outside of peak hours or rest often in the shade
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Do not leave children or pets in vehicle
  • Check on animals frequently. Make sure they have water and shade


Treating Heat Related Illness:

  • Move to a cooler place (indoors to air conditioned space or shade)
  • Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin
  • Sip small amounts of cool water
  • Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, dial 9-1-1.

Heat stroke (also known as sunstroke) is a life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself.

  • Signs of heat stroke include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature.
  • Heat stroke is life-threatening. Dial 9-1-1 immediately.







City of Cleveland Daily Media Update July 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.



CLEVELAND – This morning, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams provided the media with an overview of actions that transpired in the event zone as it relates to the Republican National Convention. Watch the press conference in its entirety A brief summary follows.

Safety and Security Updates:

  • No security updates from last night. It was a quiet night.
  • Arrest records for all RNC related arrests.
  • Safety is our first priority.
  • We support lawful expression of first and second amendment rights.
  • Open carry has not been an issue, but has required additional resources.
  • A total of 18 arrests were made during the incident bringing the total of RNC event related arrests to 23.

 Hot Weather:

  • Temperatures expected to reach the mid-90s
  • Stay hydrated, drink water, seek shade, wear lightweight, loose and light colored clothing.
  • If you experience signs of Heat Exhaustion (heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; dizziness or fainting) or Heat Stroke (high body temperature (above 103°F)*, hot, red, dry or moist skin, rapid and strong pulse or unconsciousness), seek medical attention. City’s EMS staff is stationed around the city.
  • Cleveland Water has four spigots to fill water bottles:
    • Willard Park on the north side near Lakeside Avenue
    • Perk Plaza on the south side
    • Mall A on the south side near Rockwell
    • Settlers Landing
  • Cleveland Water’s buggies are at four locations:
    • West Sixth Street and Frankfort
    • Kirtland Park
    • Sumner Court (first aid village)
    • Public Square

The next media briefing will be Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

City of Cleveland Daily Media Update Summary Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

This evening, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams provided the media with an overview of actions that transpired in the event zone as it relates to the Republican National Convention.

Safety and Security Updates

  •  Cleveland Fire and multiple law enforcement agencies were on scene as demonstrators lit the United States Flag at East 4th and Prospect.
  • Flag burning is not illegal.
  • A demonstrator also lit himself on fire and those around him due to the close proximity.
  • At that point, police and fire engaged.
  • Firefighters extinguished it immediately and confiscated the flag.
  • Two demonstrators were injured trying to put the fire out but refused treatment.
  • Two law enforcement officers, one Cleveland Police and one Ohio State Highway Patrol, were assaulted and have minor injuries; as a result, two demonstrators were arrested for felonious assault.
  • Following the incident, police issued an order to disperse to secure the area and keep people safe.
  • Police also worked to separate members of the media for their protection.
  • Demonstrators refused dispersal orders and 15 arrests were made for charges including failure to disperse and resisting arrest.
  • No pepper spray was used by law enforcement during this demonstration. A fire extinguisher was used to put out the fire.
  • A total of 18 arrests were made during the incident bringing the total of RNC event related arrests to 23. (A total of 17 were reported at the 7 p.m. briefing.)
  • We are working to provide additional details on these arrests as quickly as possible and will issue updates using @CLEPolice and @CityofCleveland on Twitter.

The next media briefing will be July 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.