Base Cleveland Veteran News – September 30, 2016

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Special Events 

Save the Date: Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation Awards Dinner scheduled for 6 PM Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 in downtown Cleveland’s Metropolitan at the 9.  More information will follow.

Cleveland Veterans Day Ceremony / Veterans Day Parade:   the City of Cleveland will host the annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 AM, Nov 11, 2016 in the Rotunda of City Hall followed by a Veterans Day parade, scheduled to step off at 12:30 PM.

All military Veterans are encouraged to participate in the ceremony and parade.  For more information on parade participation, contact Paul Tuggey by email at

Free Dental Care: North Ridgeville Family Dentistry will host a Veterans Appreciation Day on Friday, November 11,2016 and provide free dentistry services, including simple cleanings, extractions, fillings, and x-rays for Veterans.  Walk-in’s are welcome. . . . . a phone call is appreciated.  For more information contact North Ridgeville Family Dentistry at 440-327-0027 at 3411 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, Oh

Welcome to MyVA.COM. . . . getting it right from the start

Enrolling for VA care is a life-changing decision for Veterans. Choosing your health care provider is a leap of faith that will impact your entire life. “Welcome to MyVA” (W2MyVA) starts that relationship right with a welcoming call from an informed, service-oriented VA representative.

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.


Attention Military Veterans:  The Social Security Administration is awarding prior military service men and women credit towards their SSA earnings!  You don’t get it automatically, you have to apply.  For a certain period, you get $300 each quarter of a year you served in active duty or reserve.

Here’s the link: Retirement Planner: Special Extra Earnings for Military Service

21 photos that show just how imposing US aircraft carriers are

Aircraft carriers are the cornerstone of America’s naval capabilities. They’re able to project air power anywhere in the world without having to depend on local bases. And they are truly massive. At 1,092 feet long – three times the length of a football field – Nimitz-class warships like the USS George H.W. Bush are the largest aircraft carriers. Read the full story

Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery Suffers Engineering Casualty, Fifth LCS Casualty Within Last Year

THE PENTAGON — Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) suffered two unrelated engineering casualties during a transit in the Gulf of Mexico and is heading to Florida for repairs, the Navy told USNI News on Friday.

VA Awards $6.8 Billion for Medical Disability Examinations

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the awarding of 12 contracts between 5 firms totaling $6.8 billion to improve the Medical Disability Examination process (Compensation and Pension or Comp and Pen Examinations) for Veterans. The awards are intended to reduce Veterans’ wait times for examinations for service-connected benefits, thereby providing faster claims decisions in a more efficient and streamlined way.

Justice Dept.’s new $4M pledge to keep veterans out of jail
The Justice Department pledged to support more outlets in this growing court system, awarding more than $4 million to 13 state and local jurisdictions to develop their own programs.

According to data provided by Justice For Vets, an advocacy group that provides funding and training for court staff, two-thirds of veterans who go through the system successfully complete their regimens, and 88 percent of courts see a reduction in arrests.

After 15 years of war, America’s military has about had it with ‘nation building’

Most American military personnel are deeply skeptical of the United States’ nation-building missions overseas and would prefer to see leaders in Washington focus the country’s resources on less ambiguous missions like killing terrorists and protecting the homeland, according to a new first-of-its-kind survey

Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over

More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline’s former director. Read the full story


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




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

 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 Flight:

Honor Flight Cleveland:

 Veterans Crisis Line:  1 800 273 8255

 Women of Hope, Inc:

 Chase Bank Support for Veterans:

 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 County:

Equal Honor for All:

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:

My HealtheVet:

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 Benefits:

Ohio VFW

Ohio Legion News

National Marine Corp Business Network