Base Cleveland Veteran News – August 12, 2016

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Special Events

Last Call:  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.

15th Anniversary Never Forget 9/11:  Sunday, Sep 11, 2016.  Refer to :

Cleveland Veteran Job Fair:  scheduled for 11 AM – 3 PM Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario, Cleveland

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Events Calendar

Ohio Veterans Memorial Park Events Calendar



Career Connection is a unique opportunity for those who would like to improve or ignite their career by establishing a connection with lead IT security organizations and engaged practitioners. Students, Veterans and all who seek to enhance their job status are encouraged to pre-register for a half-day of security insight, involvement, and introduction.

If you are entering the civilian information security industry after graduation, military service, or a non-encouraging career, you MUST attend this event for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with the area’s top IT security professionals. The 14th annual Information Security Summit convenes N.E. Ohio’s largest gathering of visionaries and practitioners and has asked this collective leadership to donate their insights for the career betterment of their next potential cohorts.

Within the afternoon of Wednesday, October 26th many of the Information/ Security Summit Week’s vendor partners will volunteer a half-a-day of their time to discuss career paths and possibilities with those interested in a role in IT security.

Attendance is by Pre-registration only, there is a $29 Registration Fee—scholarships monies are being pursued and will be available based on achieved corporate donation.

Veterans may secure a FREE resume and networking skills review ahead of the Career Connection from GunnyRet Consulting LLC. Bryan A. McGown, “Gunny”, is a successful Veteran job search coach, and is very involved in several non-profits that serve Veterans and military families.

The Veteran’s pre-registration and FREE resume-building site is:

College seniors, those who have recently graduated or who are looking to IT security as a new career, will have on-site support, are asked to bring ten copies of their resume and a multitude of business cards to share, need to pre-register by going to:

A networking ‘Pit-Stop Cafe’ will be accessible to aid all career-building attendees to sharpen their connection abilities during the event. The evening will close with an Xceptional Networking Reception open to all 21 years of age and older.



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

 VA JOBS Home:




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

 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.

Free Parking:  The Veterans Service Commission reserved parking spaces in the lot just East of our building (on Prospect Avenue).  The lot has signs posted noting they belong to the Veterans Service Commission.  This will allow veterans to park for free.

Peer Advisors for Veteran Education:  Representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities have come together to learn ways to support student Veterans who face two significant changes simultaneously: transitioning from the military to civilian life and the transition from the military to academia. Neither of these is easy.  Read more at

 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: