Base Cleveland Veteran News

15 March 2017

Vet News Masthead

Prepared and distributed monthly to Veterans and supporters of those who served

Special Events

  • Invitation:  Vietnam Veterans Day 2017

A Vietnam Veterans Day 2017 commemoration will be held Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Garfield Heights Civic Center at 5407 Turner Road, Garfield Heights, OH 44125.  The program will begin with a social hour at 6 PM followed by the 7 PM program.

The ceremony is sponsored by Equal Honor for All in partnership with Greater Cleveland Veterans Memorial Inc., Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County and hosted by the City of Garfield Heights and Mayor Vic Collova.

Although an RSVP is not required, it will be helpful for a refreshments count:  info@equalhonor.org or (216) 456-2220 with name, telephone, and number attending.

  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Events Calendar

http://www.cleveland.va.gov/calendar.asp

  • Ohio Veterans Memorial Park Events Calendar

http://www.ovmp.org/

  • 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 benefits, temporary financial assistance and transportation (bus tickets) for VA appointments.
    • North Olmsted Branch
    • North Royalton Branch
    • Solon Branch
    • South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

See the following link for further information: http://vsc.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/home.aspx

  • Cleveland Senior Day

The Cleveland Department of Aging presents the 28th annual Senior Day Wednesday, May 24, 2016 at Cleveland Public Hall.  For more information, www.cleveland-oh-gov/aging

  • Cleveland Tank Plant Homecoming Military Show and Swap Meet

The International Exposition (I-X) Center and the Military Vehicle Preservation Association announced the 42nd annual MVPA International Convention will be held in conjunction with the Cleveland Tank Plant Homecoming Military Show and Swap Meet June 22-24, 2017 at the I-X Center.

www.IXClevelandTankShow.com

  • Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade

The City of Cleveland will partner and host the annual Veterans Day ceremony and Parade on Friday, November 10, 2017

Job Opportunity

City of Westlake / Patrol Officer Examination:  an entry level examination for Patrol Officer will be administered by the City of Westlake April 1, 2017.  Please share the following with our fellow veterans. http://www.cityofwestlake.org/DocumentCenter/View/4487

Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Groundskeeper

C:\Users\mflask\Documents\March  2017 Posting for Grounds Keeper Position.doc 

News

Message from VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin

I am grateful to President Trump and to members of Congress for entrusting me with the privilege of serving Veterans and the dedicated employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs as your secretary. It is my highest professional honor.

Together, we’ll ensure our nation’s obligation to provide care and benefits to those “who shall have borne the battle” and fulfill our institutional I CARE Values: integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence.

That obligation and those values are sacred to me, first, as an American – a beneficiary of the service and sacrifices of Veterans and their families who defend our uniquely American freedoms and opportunities. They’re also sacred to me because my father served the nation as an Army psychiatrist, and both my grandfathers were Army Veterans. My paternal grandfather served as chief pharmacist at the VA hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, and as a young doctor, I trained in VA hospitals. So, serving the nation and serving Veterans is a family tradition.

It was a privilege to serve as VA’s Under Secretary for Health over the past year and a half. Now, I look forward to continuing our collective efforts across the department and our country to deliver the care and services our Veterans need and deserve. Among many critical efforts already underway, we will continue building on significant progress increasing access for Veterans, preventing suicide, addressing unique needs of women Veterans, supporting Veterans’ families and caregivers, continuing to drive down the disability backlog and Veteran homelessness, and pursuing necessary legislation to reform the outdated appeals process and for other critical legislative priorities.

With the support of the president, Congress, Veterans, their service organizations, and the American people, we – the dedicated employees of VA – will continue to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise.

There is no nobler mission. There is no higher calling

VA Secretary: ‘It’s time to stop beating us up’

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shuklin said he’s tired of the constant “berating” of his department and thinks the negative reports may be hurting veterans access to care. “It breaks down their confidence in the system,” the new Cabinet secretary said in a department podcast released Friday morning. “I worry there are people who need help who don’t come to us because they hear this narrative in the community. “I’m looking for a fair and accurate balance, and I really believe Read the full story

VA to provide mental health care to Veterans with ‘bad paper’ discharges

The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin making mental health care services available to veterans with less-than-honorable discharges who urgently need it, VA Secretary David Shulkin told lawmakers Tuesday night. “We are going to go and start providing mental health care to those with other-than-honorable discharges,” Shulkin testified to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.   https://www.stripes.com/news/us/va-to-provide-mental-health-care-to-veterans-with-bad-paper-discharges-1.457504#.WMEac_0o7IW

VA needs a 10 percent budget boost to meet Vets’ needs

Veterans Affairs officials needs a 10 percent boost in funding next year to meet the medical and program needs on the department, according to a coalition of outside advocates. The fiscal 2018 Independent Budget for VA — budget recommendations for the department compiled annually by researchers from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans of America — calls for an $8 billion boost in the department’s budget next year.    http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/va-independent-budget-increase-fiscal-2018

U.S. military marches forward on green energy, despite Trump

President Donald Trump and his top advisors have often scoffed at government support of green energy. His chief strategist called it “madness.” Read the full story

Watch the Emotional Applause for a Navy SEAL Widow at President Trump’s Address to Congress

TIME: Caryn Owens was cheered by lawmakers Read the full story

Organization aims to help veteran’s spouses when they return home

http://www.cleveland19.com/story/34667549/shelby-saturday-pkg-web-script

Parma WWII veteran receives French medal of honor

A Parma veteran of the Second World War recently received the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal from the French government. Read the full story

What’s in the VA secretary’s 10-point plan to reform his department?

WASHINGTON — In appearances before veterans groups this week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin is outlining his 10-point plan for reforming department operations and offerings, with a heavy emphasis on VA medical improvements.The plan is separate from the 10-point VA plan President Donald Trump unveiled on the campaign trail last summer, but includes some of the same themes of accountability and a more customer-service focus for department employees. It also includes several Read the full story

Mansions  a tribute to our military

Freedom is not free. Too many in today’s society trivialize this truth.

http://worriersanonymous.org/Share/Mansions.htm

Ohio Legislation signed into law by Ohio Gov Kasich Dec 19, 2016

Am. Sub. SB 199 (Uecker, Gardner) specifies that an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces: (1) does not need a concealed handgun license to carry a handgun concealed if the member is carrying valid military identification and documentation of successful completion of specified firearms training; and (2) may be sold or furnished a handgun if the member has received specified firearms training; prohibits a business entity from having a policy that prohibits a concealed handgun licensee from transporting or storing a firearm in the person’s motor vehicle; modifies the prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun onto institutions of higher education, day-care facilities, aircraft, certain government facilities, public areas of airport terminals, and school safety zones; allows a sheriff to use concealed handgun license fee revenue to purchase ammunition and firearms; and authorizes certain children’s crisis care facilities to maintain firearms.

Service, not war, saluted at National Veterans Memorial & Museum being built in Columbus

Construction of the new National Veterans Memorial & Museum continues in downtown Columbus, with a 2018 opening anticipated for the facility designed as a salute to all U.S. veterans throughout history. Read the full story

Grieving Army Widow Meets Her Husband’s Coffin on Airport Tarmac in Emotional Video

The moment between a grieving military widow and her husband’s coffin was captured on camera Read the full story

Remembering Lt. Gen. Hal Moore: Read the moving eulogy delivered by his eldest son

Editor’s note: This is the eulogy for retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, as delivered by his eldest son, H. Gregory Moore, during services on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. H. Gregory Moore provided the text to Army Times. Before I speak about my father, on behalf of all of his children and grandchildren, we wish to say thank you to Auburn and to St. Michael’s Church for all your care, devotion, and support. This is perhaps our family’s one last time to embrace all of you in thanks. Read the full story

WWII Navy Officer Who Helped Rescue Kennedy Dies at Age 97

The WWII Navy officer who guided his warship into Japanese territory to rescue future President John F. Kennedy and his crew has died at age 97, his daughter said Sunday.   William “Bud” Liebenow died from pneumonia complications, said Susan T. Liebenow of Arlington, Virginia.

Liebenow was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and was a new college graduate when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. He joined the Navy and volunteered for service on the fast, small and heavily armed attack vessels called PT boats.

http://www.newsmax.com/US/US-Obit-Kennedys-Rescuer/2017/02/26/id/775680/

Military exchanges will be open to honorably discharged veterans

Starting in November, honorably discharged veterans will be able to access the online stores of military exchanges like the one on Redstone Arsenal. The new benefit will not apply to the actual brick-and-mortar stores, but veterans will be able to shop at any service’s exchange website. The online benefit will be available on Veterans Day, November 11.

“AAFES is honored to offer this well-deserved benefit to those who raised their right hands, took the oath and served our Nation with honor,” said AAFES Director/CEO Tom Shull. “There are many generations of service members who have not been properly recognized for their sacrifices. The Veterans Online Shopping Benefit (VOSB) acknowledges their service and welcomes them home.”

The exchanges will use information provided by the Defense Manpower Data Center to verify whether or not a veteran is eligible. According to AAFES, if a veterans records are incomplete, they will need to register through the VA.

While an honorably discharged veteran will be able to use the benefit, there are no plans to extend it to their dependents. The benefit was the proposal of AAFES Director/CEO Tom Shull in 2014.

“AAFES, along with its sister exchanges, is ensuring America’s veterans are honored for their service and recognized as Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors for life,” he said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming our veterans home this Veterans Day and every day thereafter.”

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

Did you know

Joseph Wapner, a television personality and People Court Judge who died February 26, 2017 served our country in the Pacific during WWII and was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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 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.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

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/

Cleveland American Veterans Association:  http://www.cava4vets.org/

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) Memorialwww.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 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/

Vet News Masthead

 

Base Cleveland Veteran News

1 March 2017

Vet News Masthead2

Prepared and distributed monthly to Veterans and supporters of those who served 

Special Events:

  • Vietnam Veterans Dayonce again, Vietnam Veterans Day will be commemorated at the City of Garfield Heights Civic Center.  A social hour will begin at 6 PM with the ceremony at 7 PM.  More information will be forthcoming.
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Events Calendar

http://www.cleveland.va.gov/calendar.asp

  • Ohio Veterans Memorial Park Events Calendar

http://www.ovmp.org/

  • 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
  • Cleveland Tank Plant Homecoming Military Show and Swap Meet

The International Exposition (I-X) Center and the Military Vehicle Preservation Association announced the 42nd annual MVPA International Convention will be held in conjunction with the Cleveland Tank Plant Homecoming Military Show and Swap Meet June 22-24, 2017 at the I-X Center.  www.IXClevelandTankShow.com

  • Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade

The City of Cleveland will partner and host the annual Veterans Day ceremony and Parade on Friday, November 10, 2017

News:

Message from VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin

I am grateful to President Trump and to members of Congress for entrusting me with the privilege of serving Veterans and the dedicated employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs as your secretary. It is my highest professional honor.

Together, we’ll ensure our nation’s obligation to provide care and benefits to those “who shall have borne the battle” and fulfill our institutional I CARE Values: integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence.

That obligation and those values are sacred to me, first, as an American – a beneficiary of the service and sacrifices of Veterans and their families who defend our uniquely American freedoms and opportunities. They’re also sacred to me because my father served the nation as an Army psychiatrist, and both my grandfathers were Army Veterans. My paternal grandfather served as chief pharmacist at the VA hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, and as a young doctor, I trained in VA hospitals. So, serving the nation and serving Veterans is a family tradition.

It was a privilege to serve as VA’s Under Secretary for Health over the past year and a half. Now, I look forward to continuing our collective efforts across the department and our country to deliver the care and services our Veterans need and deserve. Among many critical efforts already underway, we will continue building on significant progress increasing access for Veterans, preventing suicide, addressing unique needs of women Veterans, supporting Veterans’ families and caregivers, continuing to drive down the disability backlog and Veteran homelessness, and pursuing necessary legislation to reform the outdated appeals process and for other critical legislative priorities.

With the support of the president, Congress, Veterans, their service organizations, and the American people, we – the dedicated employees of VA – will continue to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise.

There is no nobler mission. There is no higher calling

VA Secretary: ‘It’s time to stop beating us up’

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shuklin said he’s tired of the constant “berating” of his department and thinks the negative reports may be hurting veterans access to care. “It breaks down their confidence in the system,” the new Cabinet secretary said in a department podcast released Friday morning. “I worry there are people who need help who don’t come to us because they hear this narrative in the community. “I’m looking for a fair and accurate balance, and I really believe Read the full story

Ohio Legislation signed into law by Governor Kasich December 19, 2016

Am. Sub. SB 199 (Uecker, Gardner) specifies that an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces: (1) does not need a concealed handgun license to carry a handgun concealed if the member is carrying valid military identification and documentation of successful completion of specified firearms training; and (2) may be sold or furnished a handgun if the member has received specified firearms training; prohibits a business entity from having a policy that prohibits a concealed handgun licensee from transporting or storing a firearm in the person’s motor vehicle; modifies the prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun onto institutions of higher education, day-care facilities, aircraft, certain government facilities, public areas of airport terminals, and school safety zones; allows a sheriff to use concealed handgun license fee revenue to purchase ammunition and firearms; and authorizes certain children’s crisis care facilities to maintain firearms.

Service, not war, saluted at National Veterans Memorial & Museum being built in Columbus

Construction of the new National Veterans Memorial & Museum continues in downtown Columbus, with a 2018 opening anticipated for the facility designed as a salute to all U.S. veterans throughout history. Read the full story

Grieving Army Widow Meets Her Husband’s Coffin on Airport Tarmac in Emotional Video

grieving-wife

The moment between a grieving military widow and her husband’s coffin was captured on camera Read the full story

Remembering Lt. Gen. Hal Moore: Read the moving eulogy delivered by his eldest son

Editor’s note: This is the eulogy for retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, as delivered by his eldest son, H. Gregory Moore, during services on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. H. Gregory Moore provided the text to Army Times. Before I speak about my father, on behalf of all of his children and grandchildren, we wish to say thank you to Auburn and to St. Michael’s Church for all your care, devotion, and support. This is perhaps our family’s one last time to embrace all of you in thanks. Read the full story

WWII Navy Officer Who Helped Rescue Kennedy Dies at Age 97

The WWII Navy officer who guided his warship into Japanese territory to rescue future President John F. Kennedy and his crew has died at age 97, his daughter said Sunday.   William “Bud” Liebenow died from pneumonia complications, said Susan T. Liebenow of Arlington, Virginia.

Liebenow was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and was a new college graduate when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. He joined the Navy and volunteered for service on the fast, small and heavily armed attack vessels called PT boats.

http://www.newsmax.com/US/US-Obit-Kennedys-Rescuer/2017/02/26/id/775680/

Military exchanges will be open to honorably discharged veterans

Starting in November, honorably discharged veterans will be able to access the online stores of military exchanges like the one on Redstone Arsenal. The new benefit will not apply to the actual brick-and-mortar stores, but veterans will be able to shop at any service’s exchange website. The online benefit will be available on Veterans Day, November 11.

“AAFES is honored to offer this well-deserved benefit to those who raised their right hands, took the oath and served our Nation with honor,” said AAFES Director/CEO Tom Shull. “There are many generations of service members who have not been properly recognized for their sacrifices. The Veterans Online Shopping Benefit (VOSB) acknowledges their service and welcomes them home.”

The exchanges will use information provided by the Defense Manpower Data Center to verify whether or not a veteran is eligible. According to AAFES, if a veterans records are incomplete, they will need to register through the VA.

While an honorably discharged veteran will be able to use the benefit, there are no plans to extend it to their dependents. The benefit was the proposal of AAFES Director/CEO Tom Shull in 2014.

“AAFES, along with its sister exchanges, is ensuring America’s veterans are honored for their service and recognized as Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors for life,” he said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming our veterans home this Veterans Day and every day thereafter.”

Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/305/

Text at:  https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/s305/BILLS-115s305rfh.pdf

Cleveland Auto Show Northern Ohio Hero’s Day:  Honoring America’s Warriors, Veterans and First Responders

February 24 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, opening day of the 2017 Cleveland Auto Show, active military personnel, reservists, veterans and fire, police and other safety and security personnel will be admitted to the show free of charge with a valid I.D.

The offer is open to current and former U.S. Military personnel, including: reservists and retired members of the Coast Guard, National Guard, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Navy and the Department of Defense.

Must provide proof of service with a valid photo I.D. Veterans can show the U.S. Armed Forces designation on their driver’s license, a DD214, or a VA Medical Card, but it must be accompanied with a valid photo I.D.

Fire and police personnel who qualify for free admission include: firefighters, EMTs, police officers, state troopers, investigators, evidence technicians, firearms examiners, crime lab technicians, 911 dispatchers and correction officers and other employees of the aforementioned organizations.

The offer is also available for those working for national security organizations such as: the F.B.I., Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, National Security Administration, U.S. Customs, or U.S. Border Patrol.

Local, state and national safety and law enforcement personnel must show an identification card from their place of employment, along with a valid photo I.D. Badges, uniforms and fraternal and lodge cards will not be accepted as proof of service nor identification.

Free admission is limited to the Northern Ohio Hero with valid identification and will not be extended to spouses, children or friends of the Northern Ohio Hero. However, there is no geographic limitation to Northern Ohio Hero’s Day.  No matter where you served, when you served, or currently live, you are free to take advantage of the offer

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:

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/

Cleveland American Veterans Association:  http://www.cava4vets.org/

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 Center:

http://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 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 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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Center Street Swing Bridge Closure

Note: The Center Street Swing Bridge is now open.

The Center Street Swing Bridge over the Cuyahoga River will close today, Sunday, February 26, 2017, 10 a.m. for repairs.   The closure is necessary to perform repairs on the bridges mechanical system.

center-street-bridge

Alternative Routes – Alternative routes – Center Street Eastbound will proceed westbound on Lower Main Ave then southbound on West 25 Street, then eastward over the Detroit Superior Bridge and Center Street westbound will proceed southbound on Columbus Road, then eastbound at Abbey Ave, then northward on West 20th Street to eastbound Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.

The City will notify the public once the bridge reopens.

Base Cleveland Veteran News

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Prepared and distributed monthly to Veterans and supporters of those who served 

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

  • Vietnam Veterans Dayonce again, Vietnam Veterans Day will be commemorated at the City of Garfield Heights Civic Center.  A social hour will begin at 6 PM with the ceremony at 7 PM.  More information will be forthcoming.
  • 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.
  1. North Olmsted Branch
  2. North Royalton Branch
  3. Solon Branch
  4. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

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

  • Cleveland Auto Show honors military, veterans and first responders

The Cleveland Auto Show will host its inaugural Northern Ohio Hero’s Day, an event that honors America’s Warriors, Veterans and First Responders. Read the full story

  • Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade

The City of Cleveland will partner and host the annual Veterans Day ceremony and Parade on Friday, November 10, 2017

Job Opportunity

Seasonal Job Opportunity:  The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission advertised for a temporary seasonal groundskeeper position for the period of May 1st through Sept 16, 2017.  If you or a fellow veteran are interested in applying, contact Tim Daley at tdaley@cuyahogacounty.us

Did You Know? 

News

Base Cleveland Co-Chair Marvin Rogers recognized for excellence in Public Health and Preparedness

Cleveland Public Health’s Marvin Rogers will receive the 2016 BioWatch Award for Excellence in Public Health and Preparedness.  This award will be presented at the national BioWatch conference to be held in Washington, DC later in 2017.  Marvin has also been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the US Secret Service for his outstanding contributions to public health during the 2016 Republican National Convention.

In addition to his Public Heath duties, Marvin is co-chairman of Base Cleveland Veterans Committee Marvin.  He is a proud graduate of the United States Naval Academy and retired from active service prior to joining the Cleveland Department of Health.

Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/305/

Text at:  https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/s305/BILLS-115s305rfh.pdf

Joint Veterans Council salutes Tom Sweeney and Fisher House campaign at annual banquet

The Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County will honor Tom Sweeney as its Outstanding Veteran of the Year and local efforts that he led to get a Fisher House for veterans’ families created in Cleveland. Read the full story

Cleveland Auto Show Northern Ohio Hero’s Day:  Honoring America’s Warriors, Veterans and First Responders

February 24 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, opening day of the 2017 Cleveland Auto Show, active military personnel, reservists, veterans and fire, police and other safety and security personnel will be admitted to the show free of charge with a valid I.D.

The offer is open to current and former U.S. Military personnel, including: reservists and retired members of the Coast Guard, National Guard, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Navy and the Department of Defense.

Must provide proof of service with a valid photo I.D. Veterans can show the U.S. Armed Forces designation on their driver’s license, a DD214, or a VA Medical Card, but it must be accompanied with a valid photo I.D.

Fire and police personnel who qualify for free admission include: firefighters, EMTs, police officers, state troopers, investigators, evidence technicians, firearms examiners, crime lab technicians, 911 dispatchers and correction officers and other employees of the aforementioned organizations.

The offer is also available for those working for national security organizations such as: the F.B.I., Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, National Security Administration, U.S. Customs, or U.S. Border Patrol.

Local, state and national safety and law enforcement personnel must show an identification card from their place of employment, along with a valid photo I.D. Badges, uniforms and fraternal and lodge cards will not be accepted as proof of service nor identification.

Free admission is limited to the Northern Ohio Hero with valid identification and will not be extended to spouses, children or friends of the Northern Ohio Hero. However, there is no geographic limitation to Northern Ohio Hero’s Day.  No matter where you served, when you served, or currently live, you are free to take advantage of the offer

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 

            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/

Cleveland American Veterans Association:  http://www.cava4vets.org/

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 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 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/

City of Cleveland Releases 2017 Pavement Management Study

February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the City of Cleveland released the Pavement Management Study and announced plans to implement the results of the study focused on worst first initially and then transitioning to the fix it first strategy.

The City hired Michael Baker International to conduct a pavement management survey of every road in Cleveland. The company, which started the survey in late-spring 2016, provided a grade for each road from A to F.

Although 60 percent of the streets received a passing grade, nearly 40 percent of local streets received a D or F grade. Based on the results of the study Chief of Operations, Darnell Brown said, “Michael Baker International has recommended the city continue with the worst first approach, fixing every F rated street first. Over the next 3 years, as these F streets are resurfaced, we will begin transitioning to the fix it first philosophy placing an emphasis on bringing the overall status of the City’s streets to a 75 PCR (Pavement Condition Rating).”

Report is linked cleveland-pavement-management-survey-2015-jan-2017

To view the press conference go to: https://youtu.be/FPQlxYo-ghM

Cleveland Division of Animal Care and Control Receives Grant for Lifesaving Work from Petco Foundation

February 10, 2017

Grant of $75,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Cleveland

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Division of Animal Care and Control has received a $75,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to hire three part time Canine Enrichment Specialists. Duties of the position include rotating dogs through daily play group, completing behavioral assessments, walking dogs, and more.

“I am pleased that the Petco Foundation has recognized the great work of the Cleveland Division of Animal Care and Control in not only saving the lives of animals but placing these animals in good homes,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “The Petco Foundation’s financial support is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Animal Care and Control program.”

“Since Dogs Playing for Life trained us to run play groups in May 2016, we’ve seen a huge reduction in kennel stress and negative behaviors. We’ve been able to make better matches for adoptive families, which is the goal of our CITY DOGS program,” said Ed Jamison, Chief Animal Control Officer. “This generous grant will allow us to hire individuals whose sole focus will be running these play groups. They will also help with other needed enrichment for the dogs and work in conjunction with our very dedicated volunteers. The quality of life for the animals in our care has increased tremendously since we implemented Dogs Playing for Life programming.”

Dogs Playing for Life, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization, was founded in 2013 by renowned dog trainer Aimee Sadler. Dogs Playing for Life programming uses play groups to help socialize, evaluate, and change the lives of shelter dogs by hosting mentees at their partner shelters and by traveling around the world teaching shelters how to implement play groups.

The positions are expected to be posted for applicants in March of this year.

About CITY DOGS Cleveland

CITY DOGS is a program of Cleveland Animal Care and Control. The CITY DOGS mission is to increase adoptions from the City Kennel by changing the image of the pit bull-type dogs who make up the majority of the kennel population, by preparing all adoptable dogs in the kennel for lives in loving homes and by creating as many opportunities as possible for the public to meet and get to know our dogs for the terrific pets they are meant to be. CITY DOGS ready for adoption can be viewed at www.petango.com/cacc. Meetings can be arranged by emailing citydogs@city.cleveland.oh.us. Adoption includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, a microchip, license, and a month of free pet health insurance.

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About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $157 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 4.9 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

Northern Ohio Trauma System (NOTS) Expands Network

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New Network Includes University Hospitals and Hospitals in
Summit, Portage and Geauga Counties

Mayor Frank G. Jackson was joined by Dr. Robert Wyllie of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Bernard Boulanger of MetroHealth System and Dr. William Annable of University Hospitals to announce that University Hospital is joining the NOTS team.

Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals have joined together to create a new Northern Ohio Trauma System (NOTS), which will provide coordinated trauma care to patients throughout Cuyahoga County and the seven-county Northeast Ohio region.

As part of this enhanced trauma network, University Hospitals is adding its trauma expertise to NOTS. The NOTS network was originally formed in 2010 between MetroHealth and Cleveland Clinic, and NOTS assisted the City of Cleveland public safety forces to get the right patient to the right place at the right time for their care.

Building on the collaboration among Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals during recent public health events including Flu and Ebola responses and the Republican National Convention preparation, the three health systems with the full support of Cleveland Mayor, Frank G. Jackson, strengthened their work together to enhance trauma service coordination across the region.

NOTS members will coordinate with public safety forces and network hospitals to ensure patients are rapidly triaged and taken to the appropriate level of care within the network. The NOTS network has expanded to include three regional Level I Adult Trauma Centers – Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital, MetroHealth main campus Emergency Department and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. The most severe patients will be treated at these locations and at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Level I Trauma Center.

Less severe trauma patients will be taken to one of Northeast Ohio’s Level II Adult Trauma Centers including, Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview and Hillcrest hospitals, or the Pediatric Level II Trauma Center at MetroHealth’s main campus. Other trauma patients will be treated at University Hospitals’ Level III trauma centers – including UH St. John Medical Center, UH Geauga Medical Center and UH Portage Medical Center as well as Southwest General Health Center, a joint-venture hospital with UH.

“As Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals work collaboratively to provide enhanced services through NOTS, it is the city of Cleveland and our surrounding communities that will benefit most from the sharing of this expertise across health care systems,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “This expanded network will improve our hospitals’ ability to respond to the need for increased access to high-level trauma services.”

“Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals have formed a new regional trauma organization to benefit the people of Northeast Ohio,” said Robert Wyllie, MD, Chairman, NOTS and Cleveland Clinic Chief of Medical Operations. “The three trauma systems will coordinate the services of pediatric and adult trauma victims to maximize and improve trauma services in the region.”

“The heartbreaking effects of traumatic injuries impact both patients and their families, and improving outcomes is the most important part of expanding NOTS,” said Bernard Boulanger, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of MetroHealth. “The inclusion of additional trauma centers in NOTS will help ensure that more patients receive the proper care they need at a most crucial time.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with MetroHealth and Cleveland Clinic to enhance trauma service coordination throughout Northeast Ohio,” said Jeffrey Peters, MD, University Hospitals Chief Operating Officer. “Throughout the country, coordinated regional trauma networks have become important vehicles to improve outcomes for trauma patients. We believe this new, expanded network will be a significant resource for our community.”

NOTS is governed by an advisory board which will appoint a medical director and a pediatric medical director to serve two-year terms.

About NOTS: NOTS’ mission is to improve outcomes for Northern Ohio trauma patients and develop best practices. Through NOTS, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals collaborate to share quality data and jointly coordinate trauma care among facilities. They have an established advisory board, a medical director and pediatric medical director, and have implemented rules for the transfer of patients. NOTS has also created a coordinating agency for trauma transport and developed field triage protocols.