City to Train, Equip All First Responders to Prevent Opioid and Heroin Overdoses

Mayor Frank G. Jackson Addresses Northeast Ohio Opioid Epidemic

Mayor Frank G. Jackson held a press conference Friday to address the City of Cleveland’s efforts to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic.

The Division of Police is holding trainings on how to use the life-saving drug Narcan (Naloxone), which prevents opioid overdose. When police training is complete, all front line officers, paramedics and firemen throughout the city will be equipped and trained to administer Narcan and prevent citizen overdose.

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Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and the Division of Fire are already administering the drug. Cleveland also is the first city in Ohio to collaborate with Project Dawn and dispense Narcan to citizens for personal use.

The City of Cleveland is committed to the safety of its residents, and is exercising a proactive, holistic approach to combating the opioid epidemic. The most effective method to combat overdoses is to administer Narcan. Mayor Jackson and the administration recognize the need to have the drug readily available for all first responders.

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Video: Mayor Jackson Delivers 2017 State of the City Address

In front of a packed room at the Cleveland Public Auditorium, Mayor Frank G. Jackson delivered his annual State of the City address on March 9, 2017.

Mayor Jackson touched on issues ranging from crime prevention to youth intervention to job creation at the event, organized in collaboration with the City Club of Cleveland. Audience members also had the opportunity to ask the City of Cleveland Mayor about arts and culture, immigration and more.

See the TV 20 video below to watch the Mayor’s full address.

Click here to read highlights from the Mayor’s address.

Click here to view the #StateofCLE on Twitter.

Mayor Jackson Opposes 2018-2019 Ohio Budget, Proposed Tax Changes Will Hurt Clevelanders

This week, Mayor Frank G. Jackson formally voiced opposition to Gov. John Kasich’s proposed 2018-2019 Ohio Biennial Budget. The proposed budget will lessen the amount of dollars allocated to the City of Cleveland and tax away more of the city’s “home rule” authority.

Here’s why Mayor Jackson opposes Governor Kasich’s proposed budget:

  1. Attack on Cleveland’s “home rule” powers by centralizing business tax collection to a newly created State Agency – Currently, cities in Ohio collect business taxes on earnings generated within their city limits. The proposed change in the State of Ohio budget would shift municipal business tax collection to a state agency – eliminating the city’s ability to oversee an integral part of its tax base. Centralizing business tax collection would be yet another diminishing of local governance power and would ultimately result in less dollars for Clevelanders.
  1. More Cuts to Local Government Fund dollars – The State wants to again change the Local Government Fund distribution model. Under the proposed new model, if the City of Cleveland is deemed able to “raise revenue” via tax increases, then it will receive less state dollars. The money lost would go to other state municipalities deemed “in need.” In other words, if Cleveland were deemed to be “prosperous,” its Local Government Fund monies would be allocated to a different municipality though Cleveland itself is in need. This has the net effect of redistributing tax dollars earned in cities like Cleveland to rural areas.
  1. Sales tax increase harms Clevelanders – The state proposes to raise the sales tax rate from 5.75 percent to 6.25 percent and expand its tax base. The expanded base includes purchases like cable television, certain surgeries and landscaping. This tax increase is considered “regressive” because those with lower incomes spend a larger portion of their income on sales tax relative to those who are wealthier. This new tax increase would push the tax burden onto those with lower incomes more than those with higher incomes.
  1. Tax cuts for the richest Ohioans hurts Clevelanders – The budget would reduce the number of tax brackets from nine to five and allow for a tax cut for the top bracket. The City of Cleveland opposes tax breaks for the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class. Income tax cuts for only the highest tax bracket, no cut for middle class or low income Ohioans.

Cleveland Mayor Jackson’s Letter of Opposition to Ohio FY 2018-2019 Budget- March 2017

Be Safe: Never Touch Exposed or Downed Wires

Protect yourself and others, recognize and report potentially unsafe conditions.

High winds throughout the city and surrounding areas today have left a number of trees, limbs and wires down. A high wind warning is still in effect until 7pm and wind gusts are currently approaching 60 mph at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The City of Cleveland reminds all residents and visitors to be safe. Please never touch exposed or downed wires, watch for loose debris in roadways while driving, and report potentially unsafe conditions to authorities immediately.

Cleveland Public Safety and Cleveland Public Power crews are working to find and make safe any exposed or downed electrical wires. Their training and equipment keeps them safe while they work. Most residents and visitors, however, don’t have the same protection so it’s especially important to remember the following when you see exposed or downed wires:

  1. Never touch exposed or downed wires no matter where they are or what you believe they are.
  2. Report the exposed or downed wire immediately.
  3. If possible and safe to do so, block access to the area to keep others, like curious children or pets away.

This includes wires hanging from a pole or on the ground as well as those inside the poles that may be exposed. These hold very dangerous voltages that can result in severe injury.

As with any safety concern we ask residents and visitors, “If You See Something, Say Something!” To report exposed or downed wires in Cleveland, please call 9-1-1 or CPP’s 24-hour Trouble Line at 216-664-3156.

Base Cleveland Veteran News

1 March 2017

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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

  • Ohio Veterans Memorial Park Events Calendar

  • 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.

  • 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


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


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.

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

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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


Here are some great opportunities to put your military experiences to work benefiting others in need.

Project GreenCare for Troops:  a national 10-year old program that provides free lawn, landscape and snow removal services for military families and veterans with a service-related disability needs your support.  There are more than 225,000 military personnel deployed in 150 countries and 3.6 million veterans with a service-related disability needing day-to-day household and lifestyle assistance.

Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops and SnowCare for Troops provides complimentary basic year maintenance, and snow and ice removal services to military families and disable Veterans.  For more information contact Ki Matsko at 888.611.2955 or

The American Red Cross’ unwavering commitment to members of the U.S. military, its veterans and their families continues to grow and develop more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army. Today, the Red Cross is meeting the needs of a changing military and expanding services to veterans. Red Cross support of military members and their families enhances morale and contributes to increased operational capability in several ways.  New volunteers: visit Click on “volunteer” tab.

Cleveland Municipal Court’s Veterans Treatment Docket needs volunteers – preferably military veterans to help Veterans transition to a successful life.  If you are interested in volunteering to help our veterans successfully re-enter civilian life, please contact Derek Moore at (216) 664-4712 or via email at moored@cmcoh.orgfor additional information.

Needed:  ‘A few good mentors’:  The Cuyahoga Common Pleas Veteran Treatment Court (VTC) is a judge-monitored treatment program for military veterans.  A key component of the program is volunteer Veteran Mentors who volunteer their time to help veterans re-adapt to civilian life.   For more information visit:

Employment Opportunities / Links:

Veteran Job Search Assistance:  If you know a Veteran or Military Spouse who could benefit from FREE, UNLIMITED job search coaching, please have them visit to schedule a “First Call”.

Ohio National Guard Employment Enhancement Support

Free, Unlimited Military Veteran Job Search Coaching:  provided by






Ohio Federal Government Jobs

Stars and Stripes; Veteran Job Center:

USERRA:  The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects service members’ reemployment rights when returning from a period of service in the uniformed services, including those called up from the reserves or National Guard, and prohibits employer discrimination based on military service or obligation. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers USERRA

Information Links:

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.

Cleveland American Veterans Association:

Veteran Service Commission Meetings – are open to the public.   The Commissioners encourage members of the Veteran Community to come and see how the Cuyahoga County Veteran Commission works and the benefits available to our Veterans. The meetings are held at the Commission offices at 1849 Prospect Avenue, Suite 150, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 at 9:30 AM the first and third Wednesday of each month.

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

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

Get connected with V.E.T.S Program:  The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland is sponsoring a series of job preparedness, career development, financial literacy and computer training workshops.  The program is designed to help veterans overcome barriers in order to transition from military life, prepare to compete for jobs in the civilian labor force.

The VETS Program is in collaboration with the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET), Cuyahoga Valley Careers Center, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Veterans Program

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VAntage Point:  the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

311VET – new app answers general VA benefits questions

Cuyahoga Community College Veteran Upward Bound Program:  Since 1973, VUB has provided comprehensive educational support services to eligible U.S. military veterans interested in pursuing a college degree or certificate.  Services include academic enrichment classes, math and English tutors, assistance with applying for federal student aid, and transition into a college or university of their choice.  All services are no cost to the veteran.  For information call 216-987-4938 or visit

Amputee Recreational Support Group of Central Ohio: regularly schedules recreational activities for amputees – Veterans and non-Veterans, including Yoga for Amputees, shooting events, and recreational swimming.  For more information, contact Robert Hass at (614) 288-5105 or

Department of Defense Media Center:

Veterans Business Support Center:

Ohio National Guard Employer Advisory Council:  The ONG Employer Advisory Council was developed to provide military-friendly employers with useful resources and guidance to help them success with military retention and recruitment initiatives.


Columbus Honor

Honor Flight

Veterans Crisis Line:  1 800 273 8255

Women of Hope, Inc:

Chase Bank Support for

Justice for Veterans

Google for Veterans:

Military Memorabilia Donations:

Ohio Veterans Memorial Park

Cold War Recognition Certificate:  the Cold War Recognition Certificate is a recognition certificate awarded by the Secretary of Defense to all U.S. Armed Forces personnel and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991.  Anyone who served in the military or the Federal Government during this period is authorized to receive the certificate.

Congress established the Cold War certificate in Section 1084 of the fiscal 1998 National Defense Authorization Act.  The Department of Defense designated the Department of the Army as the executive agent for the Cold War Recognition Certificate program.

Veteran Resources:

Cleveland VA Regional Benefit Office Home

Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga

Equal Honor for

Greater Cleveland Fisher House:  The Goal of the Greater Cleveland Fisher House Organization is to raise $7,000,000 for the construction of a Fisher House (there are currently 62 houses in operation across the US, Germany, and England) that will be located on the grounds of the Louis Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland, the third largest VA hospital in the US.

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center:

Greater Cleveland Veterans (GCVM) Memorial:

GCVM Honor Roll:  The Citizens of Cuyahoga County have served the nation well, and paid a heavy price.  When America needed defenders the men and women of Greater Cleveland have answered the call. From 1899 to 2014, a span of 115 years, 5,552 patriots of the county have fallen in military service during time of war. Search the honor roll:


Rewards for Justice Website:  The Rewards for Justice program continues to be one of the most valuable U.S. Government assets in the fight against international terrorism. Established by the 1984 Act to Combat International Terrorism, Public Law 98-533, the Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

Locating Veterans and Service Members

National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics:

Military News:

The American Legion:

Veterans of Foreign Wars USA:

Stars and Stripes Veterans Link

Air Force Times:

Army Times:

Marine Corps Times:

Navy Times:

Defense News:

Veterans Benefits Administration:

GI Bill website:

Veteran Resources:

Explore VA

Ohio VFW:

Ohio Legion News:

National Marine Corp Business Network:

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Traffic Pattern on East 152nd to Change March 6

Beginning March 6, 2017, a new traffic pattern will be implemented along East 152nd Street between Woodworth Avenue and Waterloo Road as a part of the ongoing road improvements and upgrades. Traffic will be moved to the east side of the roadway and two-way traffic will be maintained. We ask that motorists remain alert for lane shifts. Barrels will be used to indicate the direction of traffic. The direction change will remain in place until August 2017.

East 152nd Street Improvement Project:

This project extends along a 1.60 mile section of East 152nd Street from Woodworth Avenue to Waterloo Road.  The improvements include asphalt milling, pavement base repair, asphalt resurfacing, installation of Americans with Disabilities Act compliant ramps, curb and sidewalk replacement as needed, water main installation, and new pavement markings. The construction cost is $5.6 million and is scheduled for completion in December 2017.

Questions can be directed to the City of Cleveland Chief Inspector, Traci Hartnett-Mercado at 216-244-5636.

14 Cleveland Police Officers Promoted

The City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Division of Police held a ceremony this week to honor the 14 police officers who were promoted to the positions of captain, lieutenant and sergeant.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Police Chief Calvin D. Williams, Safety Director Michael McGrath and City Councilman Matt Zone were all on hand to congratulate the officers and thank them for their service.

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The officers promoted include:

  • Officer Renee Kane was promoted to captain
  • Officer Johnny Hamm was promoted to lieutenant
  • Officer Patrick Petranek was promoted to lieutenant
  • Officer Mark Pesta was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Michael Keane was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Jose Torres was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Terrance Smith was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Kyle Freeman was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Ronald Weber was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Steven Zeisel was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Jarod Schlacht was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Michael Schwebs was promoted is to sergeant
  • Officer Kimberly Davis-Gill was promoted to sergeant
  • Officer Michael Urbania was promoted to sergeant

For more information on the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Division of Police, visit online at