Weather and water conditions do not allow for recovery efforts on Lake Erie today.
The City of Cleveland has been in contact with the family in regards to all search and recovery efforts.
Weather and water conditions are expected to accommodate search and recovery efforts beginning at first light tomorrow morning.
Unified Command has determined that three vessels will be on the water tomorrow. The vessels are from the Cleveland Division of Fire (a 27-foot boat), the U.S. Coast Guard (a 45-foot boat), and Underwater Marine Contractors (a 50-foot boat). Sonar technology will be used on all of these vessels.
All information regarding the U.S. Coast Guard’s search and rescue efforts from yesterday are available on their website. (www.d9.uscgnews.com).
Today, December 31, 2016, Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Captain Joseph S. Dufresne, US Coast Guard, Fred Szabo, Interim Director of the Department of Port Control, Khalid Bahhur, Commissioner of Burke Lakefront Airport and the City’s safety forces joined in extending deepest condolences to family and friends of those aboard the missing aircraft. They also discussed the transition from search and rescue to search and recovery.
Yesterday at 7:30 p.m., the Coast Guard suspended their search and rescue efforts after and extensive search by air, water and shoreline. Today, the City of Cleveland took over search and recovery operations for the missing aircraft. A Command Center for the operations has been set up at Burke Lake Front Airport. Search and recovery operations are dependent upon several factors including the wind, weather and water conditions. The City and its partners are working with highly trained and well equipped search teams to locate and then extract the aircraft.
If the public sees anything they think may be relative to the search and recovery efforts, they may contact the non-emergency number of the Cleveland Division of Police at 216-621-1234 or Burke Lake Front Airport at 216-781-6411.
The press conference can be viewed here.
Today, December 30, 2016, Mayor Frank G. Jackson spoke to media about the issues surrounding Public Square. You can read Mayor Jackson’s statement below.
“The City has been consistent since July 2016. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) must demonstrate operational and financial harm caused by the closure of Superior Avenue through Public Square. In addition, RTA must develop a risk mitigation plan to address all the safety concerns set forth by the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) rules and regulations as seen in recent terror attacks on civilians in Nice, France, Columbus, Ohio, and Berlin as well as threats to downtown residents and visitors to Public Square. Again, this has been and remains our position.” — Mayor Frank G. Jackson
In addition, the full content of the media availability can be viewed here.
Prepared and distributed monthly to Veterans and supporters of those who served
Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County Veteran of the Year and Officer Installation Luncheon – scheduled for 12 noon, Saturday, February 18, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Cleveland-Independence Hotel located at 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH
The program will honor the 2016 Outstanding Veteran of the Year
The social hour will begin at 11 AM with the program – including lunch, beginning at 12 noon. Tickets: http://jvcocc2017.eventbrite.com/
For further information, email email@example.com or call JVCOCC at 216-373-7799
See the following link for further information: M:\BSD_Veterans Service Commission Poster (3) (3).pdf
Attention Veterans: Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission Winter Clothing Program
Don’t get caught in the cold this winter. The Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commissioner Winter Clothing Program is here.
Read the offer and requirements here: M:\ATTENTION VETERANS!!!!! (3).pdf
My Christmas in Vietnam: Patrick M. McLaughlin
CLEVELAND — My best Christmas memory is 1967. My last day in the boonies as an infantry “grunt” after 111/2 months was Christmas Eve. Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry ( aka “Dogface Charlie”), was positioned off Highway 13, between the Big Red One’s base camp at Lai Khe and the town of An Loc located 90 kilometers (about 56 miles) north of Saigon. Highway 13 was dubbed by the troops as “Thunder Road” because of the numerous battles, skirmishes, and ambushes occasioned by efforts to Read the full story
Volunteers working to preserve war histories as the number of WWII vets diminishes
Time is running out. The youngest World War II veterans are in their 90s now, and many of them are well past the ability to articulate their experiences. That makes these moments all the more important for Suzanne Nichols as she sets up her video camera on a tripod, focuses the lens on Clyde Dye, then prompts him: “So you were telling me about that oil tanker …” Nichols records military stories and collects documents and photos for the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Read the full story
Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016
On December 16, 2016, H.R. 5015, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 became Public Law No: 114-292. The new law provides veterans medically separated, or retired from the military due to combat-related injuries another opportunity to recoup the taxed portion of their severance payments.
The law requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to identify veterans medically separated from military service due to combat-related injuries that were issued severance payments after January 17, 1991, and withheld amounts for tax purposes.
DOD will provide this group of veterans with a notice of the amount of improperly withheld severance payments, and instructions for filing amended federal tax returns to recover the withheld amount. The period for filing this IRS claim for a credit, or refund is extended to one year after DOD provides the veteran with the information required by this Act.
This law will be a significant benefit to this group of injured and ill veterans, and partially fulfills DAV Resolution 011 that calls for allowing all veterans to recover taxes withheld from their disability severance pay.
The next White House Press Secretary is a Navy officer
Military Times: The next White House press secretary will be a Navy commander with 17 years’ experience in the reserves, President-Elect Donald Trump announced Thursday. Sean Spicer, currently the Republican Party communications chief, was named the chief spokesman for Trump’s administration as part of a series of appointments to the incoming commander-in-chief’s communications team. The move is a natural transition for Spicer, who has been among the most visible surrogates for Trump in recent months, and one of Read the full story
Trump meets with Cleveland Clinic’s CEO for top VA position
WASHINGTON — Cleveland Clinic CEO Delos “Toby” Cosgrove interrupted vacation plans to fly to Palm Beach and meet with President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday. A Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman said Cosgrove and the Clinic would not discuss the meeting,…
President signs ‘Fairness for Veterans’ into law
WASHINGTON — With President Barack Obama’s signature of the annual defense policy Friday, the Fairness for Veterans provision becomes law. The Fairness for Veterans Act was featured in the TEGNA investigative docu-series, Charlie Foxtrot. The bill requires military discharge review boards to consider post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
More than 12,000 people signed a petition calling for Congress to pass the provision after watching the series. The provision was included in the National Defense Authorization Act.
Earlier this month, Charlie Foxtrot was shown on Capitol Hill as part of a discussion with participants of the docu-series, as well as several bills aimed at safeguarding veterans’ mental health.
As a result of the passage of this bill, the military will now be required to consider mental health conditions for troops who receive less than honorable discharges. If a service member does something the military considers undesirable, their mental health will now factor in to any discharge review. Now, thousands of veterans will now be eligible for at status upgrade and VA medical care.
Two key Senate chairmen call for new VA leadership
Beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs officials, still reeling from a 2014 scandal over the coverup of long patient wait times, should expect more unwanted attention after Donald Trump takes office.
Two Senate committee chairman are urging the president-elect to pursue reform at the VA, which they said has “an urgent need to improve veteran care, promote accountability, and protect whistleblowing within the VA.”
Veterans Crisis Line Improves Service with New Call Center in Atlanta
The Department of Veteran Affairs cut the ribbon today for its new Veteran Crisis Line (VCL) satellite office in Atlanta allowing the life-saving hotline to expand capacity by nearly 600 Veterans each day essentially doubling VA’s ability to help Veterans in need. As a part of the MyVA initiative, the largest restructuring in the Department’s . . . . read it here http://www.veteransresources.org/2016/12/veterans-crisis-line-improves-service-new-call-center-opening-atlanta/?utm_source=Feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Veterans+Resources+Feed#.WFqvE6Mo7jw
Veterans Groups Applaud New Rule Aimed at Decreasing VA Wait Times – Veterans Resources
CDC probes possible bias in Legionnaires’ investigation
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week it has launched an internal probe into how its staff investigated the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s Legionnaires’ outbreak, following a recent Post-Gazette series outlining the role bias may have played in reporting Read the full story
Pilot shot down in 2006 has been buried at Arlington 3 times
A decade after his plane was shot down over Iraq, Air Force Major Troy Gilbert has been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery—for the third time. Read the full story
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.
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
Here are some great opportunities to put your military experiences to work benefiting others in need.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.gunnyret.com to schedule a “First Call”.
Ohio National Guard Employment Enhancement Support: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6KQApfHm1pGbnByRGlTNEhyUlU/view?usp=sharing
Free, Unlimited Military Veteran Job Search Coaching: provided by www.gunnyret.com
VA JOBS Home: http://www.va.gov/jobs/
Ohio Federal Government Jobs: http://federalgovernmentjobs.us/job-location/ohio-oh.html
Stars and Stripes; Veteran Job Center: http://veteranjobs.stripes.com/
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
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 www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/29879/new-va-partnership-expands-power-of-peer-support-among-student-veterans/
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
VAntage Point: the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/subscribe/
311VET – new app answers general VA benefits questions http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/23378/311vet-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 www.Tri-C.edu/vub
Amputee Recreational Support Group of Central Ohio: http://www.arsgcoh.org/ 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 Amputee@columbus.rr.com
Department of Defense Media Center: http://www.dma.mil/
Veterans Business Support Center: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1NiwCZ_V-9iS0NiUjQ3cnFLTE0/view?usp=sharing
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. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1NiwCZ_V-9ibUNOOGo2S2gybWc/view?usp=sharing
USS COD: http://USSCOD.org
Columbus Honor Flight: www.honorflightcolumbus.org
Honor Flight Cleveland: www.honorflightcleveland.com
Veterans Crisis Line: 1 800 273 8255
Women of Hope, Inc: www.womenofhopeoh.org
Chase Bank Support for Veterans: www.ChaseMilitary.com
Justice for Veterans: http://www.justiceforvets.org/
Google for Veterans: http://www.googleforveterans.com/
Military Memorabilia Donations: www.ohiohistory.org/militarycall
Ohio Veterans Memorial Park: http://www.ovmp.org/
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. http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/genmedals/ht/coldwar.htm
Veteran Resources: http://www.veteransresources.org/
Cleveland VA Regional Benefit Office: http://www.benefits.va.gov/cleveland/
VetBiz.gov Home: http://www.vetbiz.gov/
Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County: www.jvcocc.org
Equal Honor for All: www.equalhonor.org
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. http://greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org/
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center:
Greater Cleveland Veterans (GCVM) Memorial: www.clevelandvetsmemorial.org
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: http://www.clevelandvetsmemorial.org/GCVM-honor-roll-search.asp
My HealtheVet: www.myhealth.va.gov
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. http://www.rewardsforjustice.net/english/most-wanted/all-regions.html
National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics:
Military News: www.military.com
The American Legion: http://www.legion.org/
Veterans of Foreign Wars USA: http://www.vfw.org/
Stars and Stripes Veterans Link: http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans
Air Force Times: http://www.airforcetimes.com/
Army Times: http://www.armytimes.com/
Marine Corps Times: http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/
Navy Times: http://www.navytimes.com/
Defense News: http://www.defensenews.com/
Veterans Benefits Administration: http://www.vba.va.gov/
GI Bill website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
Veteran Resources: http://www.veteransresources.org/
Explore VA Benefits: www.explore.VA.gov
Ohio VFW: http://www.ohiovfw.org/
Ohio Legion News: http://ohiolegionnews.com/
National Marine Corp Business Network: http://www.nmcbn.com/
The Cleveland Energy$aver® Energy Efficiency Program is an affordable way to save money and keep warm this winter. The City encourages homeowners, landlords and renters to prepare their properties for winter.
The Cleveland Energy$aver® program is now providing rebates of up to $500 and a pay-as-you-save no interest financing to eligible single-family unit homeowners and landlords.
“Winter can be a particularly difficult time for residents as utility bills tend to be higher in the colder months,” Anand Natarajan, Energy Manager, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability explained. “Homeowners who prepare for the winter by making their homes more energy efficient can see a dramatic reduction in their heating costs, with an improvement in comfort. We encourage City residents to take advantage of the Cleveland Energy$aver program, its rebates and financing options, to help keep their utility costs manageable.”
Empower G&E, the selected service provider of the City’s Cleveland Energy$aver program, will provide homeowners with free, 1-hour energy assessments to determine cost savings opportunities. If the homeowner then decides to move forward, the energy efficiency package can be installed within weeks. This package includes insulation, air sealing, LED light bulbs and a smart thermostat. “Poor insulation and air sealing are the primary culprits to people spending more on their heating bills than necessary. Plus, installing LED light bulbs provide year round savings regardless of weather,” said Jason Berdine, Director of Sales for Empower G&E. “By fixing these problems, we are seeing homeowners save about $400 per year on average. Those savings can have a profound impact on a family’s budget.”
The new rebate program is applied to the total cost of the energy efficiency package and tiered based on these installation costs:
|Package Cost Before Rebate||Instant Rebate Amount|
|$1,501 or higher||$500|
Additionally, regional utilities may be offering its customers rebates for energy efficiency upgrades. The Cleveland Energy$aver program team will work with your utility to secure available rebates.
Homeowners can also take advantage of a variety of financing options regardless of income. The Empower PAYS program (Pay-As-You-Save) is a unique, no-interest, no money up-front financing that pays for the installation of your energy efficiency package through your savings. “The Empower PAYS program is a way to improve the comfort and efficiency of your home with no or very low out of pocket costs for the package, Berdine continued. “Your savings of up to 30% on your energy bills actually pays for the package without needing to spend much, if any, additional money.”
To start the process, homeowners should visit www.ClevelandEnergySaver.com or call 855-343-7884 to schedule a free, 1-hour energy assessment.
Lower income homeowners could be eligible for free energy efficiency upgrades through the Cleveland Housing Network and should visit http://www.chnnet.com/weatherization.aspx to see if they qualify for their free weatherization programs.
About Cleveland Energy$aver
The Cleveland Energy$aver® program provides energy efficiency services to the City of Cleveland. The City of Cleveland selected Empower G&E to run the Cleveland Energy$aver® program, which is overseen by the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability.
Learn more about the Office of Sustainability – http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/OfficeOfSustainability
About Empower G&E
Empower G&E is an energy services company dedicated to helping energy users decrease the costs of their energy bills through innovative products and services. Empower G&E is the official energy services provider for the Cleveland Energy$aver® program.
Visit www.EmpowerSaves.com to learn more.
The City of Cleveland wishes you all a very happy and safe holiday weekend.
The holidays are a time to celebrate, but please Don’t Drink and Drive.
Holiday meals will be served throughout the city:
Sunday — Dec. 25 — Christmas Day
Monday — Dec. 26
Tuesday — Dec. 27
If you are in need of other social services, please dial 2-1-1 to speak with the United Way.