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About Us

Our Vision

The Trusted Voice for Veterans.

Our Mission

Provide opportunities and resources for our veteran community through advocacy, collaboration and partnerships.

Our Values

Respect. Compassion. Integrity. Teamwork. Excellence.

ODVS, What We Do and What We Don’t Do

What We Do

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services …

  • Conducts outreach to veterans and provides training and oversight to the 88 County Veterans Service Offices (CVSOs).
  • Coordinates programs and operations with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which provides benefits to Ohio veterans.
  • Works with the Ohio General Assembly and Congressional representatives to craft legislation in support of veterans and their families at the state and federal levels.
  • Communicates and coordinates with other state agencies concerning veterans’ programs and support to veterans.
  •  Administers the Ohio Veterans Bonus for veterans of the Persian Gulf War era and post-9/11 era conflicts, a program which is funded by bonds approved by Ohio voters.
  • Operates the Ohio Veterans Homes in Sandusky and Georgetown which are open to Ohio-resident veterans who served in periods of armed conflicts.
  • Manages one federal education-related program: The State Approving Agency.
  • Hosts several veterans’ ceremonies each year including the Governor’s Wreath-Laying Ceremony which honors Ohio's killed in action and the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
  • Maintains custodianship of more than 1.9 million veterans’ records dating back to World War II.

What We Don’t Do

  • While we do maintain a working relationship with the VA, we are not directly affiliated with the VA and its operations.
  • While we conduct training for County Veterans Service Officers and Commissioners and communicate with them regularly, we do not have autonomy over the 88 County Veterans Service Offices found in Ohio.
  • We are not able to directly allocate state funds to veterans as well as most veterans organizations, programs and initiatives. This is why we often refer individuals in need to their local CVSO.
  • While we oversee the process of selecting members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame classes, we do not nominate or select individuals under consideration for that honor. The Hall of Fame Executive Committee reviews all nomination packets and selects up to 20 veterans for each year’s class of honorees.
  • While we do have custodianship of records for Ohio veterans, we generally do not possess records for Reserve or Guard personnel. Guard personnel can request records through The Ohio National Guard by writing, faxing (614) 336-7305 or calling (614) 336-7038 for assistance. Reserve records are submitted to the Defense Personnel Records Information Retrieval System (DPRIS).
  • Also, our office is prohibited from providing a copy of a DD214 without the written consent of the veteran who is the subject of the document. There is no provision for veterans who are deceased or unable to sign. However, our office can provide a Certification of Military Service, which is a certified document containing some details of the veteran’s service. This document can be used to apply for benefits based on eligibility.

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