Ohio Veterans Update

Winter 2018
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2017 accomplishments 2017 accomplishments Members of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) staff made a concerted effort in 2017 to set lofty goals, and we are proud to report that the year’s hard work and dedication resulted in increased service to thousands of Ohio’s veterans. Staff members, particularly Director Chip Tansill and Assistant Director Mark Cappone, also ventured far and wide across Ohio in 2017 to honor the commitment and accomplishments of veterans, and recognize the businesses and organizations that deeply value men and women of service.
In the calendar year, the Director and Assistant Director presented OhioMeansJobs Challenge Coins to top administrators at 17 Ohio employers that have shown significant efforts to recruit and retain veterans. They participated in community events, county fair veterans’ celebrations, student veteran roundtable discussions, homeless veteran stand downs, military ceremonies and workforce training events.
For a peek at the wide variety of activities 2017 included,
check out our
Year in Pictures album
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Apply to the Women Veterans Advisory Committee!

ODVS wants to elevate the input of women veterans – a group that is more than 67,000 strong in Ohio! Currently, our department is seeking applicants for the
Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee. This committee, which meets quarterly and reports to Director Tansill, is comprised of voting board members and non-voting members including those of emeritus status. Among other initiatives, the committee collaborates in the organization of the biennial Ohio Women Veterans Conference.
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ODVS wants to hear from women with military backgrounds who can provide leadership and insight.
Let your voice be heard. Contact WomenVets@dvs.ohio.gov.
The application deadline is Feb. 2.
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Veterans Workforce Team now SHRM Certified

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The ODVS Veterans Workforce Team continues to educate Ohio businesses on best practices for hiring and retaining veterans as well as how to identify and ideally make use of their unique skill sets. In December, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certified our Workforce Team’s free training programs, meaning employers who work with our consultants can be awarded professional development credits from a nationally recognized organization.
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ODVS’s Regional Workforce Consultants connect with businesses of all sizes across the state to relay information to recruiting and hiring managers regarding understanding military culture and stereotypes about veterans, how to review their resumes and interview them, and how to create a veteran hiring process. In its first year, the ODVS Workforce Team conducted nearly 100 trainings for more than 1,500 attendees representing nearly 800 Ohio employers, and established programs to hire and retain veterans at 15 businesses.
Learn more about the Veterans Workforce Team.
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Putting the Spotlight on Women Veterans’ Artwork

military artwork military artwork The Ohio Department of Veterans Services is encouraging Ohio's women veterans to submit their artworks for a special showcase as part of Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich's quarterly program, Spotlight: Featured Artists at the Ohio Governor's Residence.
The application will be posted at the beginning of February with a due date of March 9. Please spread the word – and help put the accomplishments, expressions and creativity of women veterans in the spotlight.
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Join Forces at ApprenticeOhio Event

ApprenticeOhio ApprenticeOhio On Nov. 15, the Director enjoyed a unique opportunity to meet with transitioning veterans and tour a facility that allows them to learn valuable carpentry skills.
  As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Director Tansill and Cynthia Dungey, Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, sat down with a room full of vets at the Southwest Ohio Carpenters’ Training Center in Monroe to discuss their military service and career goals. The group then toured the workshop areas to see how former service members are utilizing their training.
  It was a great day to interact with and honor hardworking young veterans.
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Take Charge Ohio Tackles Prescription Abuse

Take Charge Ohio Take Charge Ohio Ohio has launched a new resource to help prevent opioid abuse:
Take Charge Ohio. The initiative hosts information and tools on responsibly managing pain for patients, prescribers and the public. By educating ourselves,
we can all play a role in creating a healthier future for our community.
  Please visit the Take Charge Ohio website – or visit its Facebook page for more information.
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Military Families Prosper in
Buckeye State

soldier kisses son soldier kisses son Ohio has an array of resources and benefits that are advantageous for service members and their families. These programs include a family support network, financial assistance, home loan programs, health care options, legal aid and even discounts on recreational activities and entertainment.
  Information regarding benefits for military families can be found at any of Ohio’s 88 County Veterans Service Offices, by downloading our Benefits Resource Guide or by going to the Veterans Benefits home page at OhioVets.gov.
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Why Ohio? – Here Are Several Reasons

Why Ohio? Why Ohio?
Ohio continues to rank sixth in the nation in terms of veteran population with nearly 800,000 former service members residing throughout the state. Each year, thousands of men and women who served honorably return home or move to Ohio and begin a crucial new phase of their lives in which they may endeavor to...
  •  delve into a new career
  •  learn a skill
  •  seek certification
  •  pursue higher education
  •  start a family
  Fortunately, Ohio is an ideal home for transitioning veterans with multiple benefits and resources at their disposal such as fast tracks to licensing, paid apprenticeship programs, the Ohio Veterans Bonus and comprehensive medical care.
  To learn more about these programs and other advantages for transitioning veterans, go to our Why Ohio webpage.
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