Base Cleveland Veteran News

January 16, 2017

Vet News Masthead

Special Events

  • Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County

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 info@jvcocc.org or call JVCOCC at 216-373-7799

  • The Veterans Service Commission will have a representative in the following Cuyahoga County Public Library branches on selected dates 9 AM – 3 PM to assist Veterans will filing for VA befits, temporary financial assistance and transportation (bus tickets) for VA appointments.
    • North Olmsted Branch
    • North Royalton Branch
    • Solon Branch
    • South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
  • 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. 

http://vsc.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_vsc/en-US/WinterClothingProgram.pdf

News

Navy to give Maine Sen. King its highest civilian honor

Military Times:  BATH, Maine — The U.S. Navy is presenting Maine Sen. Angus King with its highest civilian honor. The Navy is scheduled to present King with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The award was established in 1951 and is the highest honor the Navy can bestow on civilians who don’t work for the Department of the Navy. The award is designed to honor civilians for service to the Navy, the Marine Corps and the Department of the Navy. Rear Admiral Craig Faller is Read the full story

Rep. Sam Johnson, former fighter pilot and POW, won’t seek reelection

Military Times:  WASHINGTON — Longtime Texas Rep. Sam Johnson announced Friday that he will retire at the end of his term. Johnson, 86, was an Air Force fighter pilot in Vietnam and Korea before his election to Congress in 1990. He spent seven years as a prisoner of war in the notorious Hanoi Hilton but returned to his hometown of Plano to a hero’s welcome. On Capitol Hill, the Republican has been a stalwart conservative as a fierce defender of gun rights, an opponent of tax increases, and a hawk on military Read the full story

First female infantry Marines joining battalion

The Marine Corps will make history on Thursday when the first three female infantry Marines join their unit at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, officials said.  The women are headed to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, where they will serve in the following infantry military occupational specialties: rifleman, machine gunner and mortar Marine, said 1st Lt. John McCombs, a spokesman for II Marine Expeditionary Force.

The battalion has a team of women leaders consisting of a logistics officer, motor transport officer and wire chief to support the female infantry Marines, McCombs said.

http://www.wkyc.com/news/nation-now/first-female-infantry-marines-joining-battalion-on-thursday/382343936

New Army regulations let soldiers wear hijabs, turbans and religious beards

The U.S. Army has issued a directive on grooming and appearance regulations that allows observant Sikh men and conservative Muslim women to wear religious head coverings.  The policy, announced Tuesday, also permits Sikh soldiers to maintain their beards and female soldiers to wear their hair in dreadlocks.

“The Army has reviewed its policies to ensure soldiers can serve in a manner consistent with their faith so that we can recruit from the broadest pool of America’s best,” Army Secretary Eric Fanning said in a statement.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/06/new-army-regulations-let-soldiers-wear-hijabs-turbans-and-religious-beards.html

Report: VA employees received millions of dollars in unjustified incentives – News – Stripes

http://www.stripes.com/news/report-va-employees-received-millions-of-dollars-in-unjustified-incentives-1.447748

Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, takes over as Missouri governor

Military Times:  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens was sworn into office Monday as Missouri governor, pledging to bring an outsider’s perspective to a state that for the first time will be overseen by a GOP governor paired with supermajorities of Republicans in the Legislature. He quickly took his first action, issuing an order that bans executive branch employees from accepting lobbyist gifts and prohibits governor’s office personnel from lobbying his office if they later leave their Read the full story

US Air Force redraws tattoo policy to boost recruiting

CNN: The US Air Force is revamping its restrictions on tattoos to open the door to more recruits who would otherwise be barred from service because of their body ink. Read the full story 

Mental health resources available for local veterans

CLEVELAND – Here in the Cleveland area, we are fortunate to have a VA Medical Center ready to treat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental and substance abuse disorders.

WKYC Channel 3 Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins spent time with several area veterans who have sought help.

She met Ryan, who served six years in the Ohio National Guard, and spent a year in Iraq. When he came home, he just didn’t feel the same.

http://www.wkyc.com/news/health/mental-health-resources-available-for-local-veterans/385345575

Samuel Felton awarded Navy Cross in Vietnam, now helps other vets (photos, video)

LORAIN, Ohio – The situation was about as dire as it gets. On June 11, 1969, a Marine battalion dug in near An Hoa, Vietnam, was being overrun by enemy soldiers backed by a heavy barrage of rocket, mortar and automatic weapons fire. But fire team leader Samuel Felton Jr., of Lorain, had his eyes on a distant listening post where he’d previously sent three Marines to warn of the attack. All three had been wounded and were unable to make it back to the defensive perimeter. Pfc. Felton was told not Read the full story

Millions More Vets to Be Able to Shop at Exchanges Online

After two years of study and debate, the Department of Defense has made a policy change, effective next November, to allow 16 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online for discounted military exchange products.

http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2017/01/millions-more-vets-to-be-able-to-shop-at-exchanges-online/

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.

http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/30277/welcome-myva-getting-right-start/

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

Volunteerism

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 kimatsko@projectevergreen.org

  • 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 https:redcross.org/neo 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: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1NiwCZ_V-9iTF8wYXhqcE4yWm8/view?usp=sharing

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 www.gunnyret.com to schedule a “First Call”.

Ohio National Guard Employment Enhancement Supporthttps://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.govhttp://agency.governmentjobs.com/ohio/default.cfm?clearSearch=1

Cleveland:  http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/HumanResources/OpenPositions

USAJobshttps://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans

MilitaryJobs.comhttp://www.military.com/veteran-jobs

Ohio Federal Government Jobshttp://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

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 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

Read it here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1NiwCZ_V-9iQzJERUUwdThPaG8/view?usp=sharing

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 Flightwww.honorflightcolumbus.org

Honor Flight Clevelandwww.honorflightcleveland.com

Veterans Crisis Line:  1 800 273 8255

Women of Hope, Inc:  www.womenofhopeoh.org

Chase Bank Support for Veteranswww.ChaseMilitary.com

Justice for Veteranshttp://www.justiceforvets.org/

Google for Veterans:  http://www.googleforveterans.com/

Military Memorabilia Donations:  www.ohiohistory.org/militarycall

Ohio Veterans Memorial Parkhttp://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 Officehttp://www.benefits.va.gov/cleveland/

VetBiz.gov Homehttp://www.vetbiz.gov/

Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga Countywww.jvcocc.org

Equal Honor for Allwww.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 Centerhttp://www.cleveland.va.gov/?wvsessionid=fe802c6620da402484b74ac24a5f1650

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 this county has fallen in military service during time of war. Search the honor roll:   http://www.clevelandvetsmemorial.org/GCVM-honor-roll-search.asp

My HealtheVetwww.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

Locating Veterans and Service Membershttp://www.archives.gov/veterans/locate-service-members.html

National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics:  http://www.va.gov/vetdata/

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 Linkhttp://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 Benefitswww.explore.VA.gov

Ohio VFW: http://www.ohiovfw.org/

Ohio Legion News: http://ohiolegionnews.com/

National Marine Corp Business Network: http://www.nmcbn.com/

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