The Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) recognizes the importance of privacy to our website and mobile application visitors. Therefore, visitors should be aware of the following information.
Visitors should be aware that, subject to certain statutory exceptions, most documents and records maintained by the state of Ohio, including but not limited to electronic data, are public records under Ohio law. Therefore, information submitted through this website and/or mobile application may be subject to public disclosure pursuant to a public records request.
In order to generate usage statistics to help us improve our website and/or mobile application, the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) automatically collects certain information on every visitor to the website and/or mobile application. However, this information does not disclose "personal identifiers" (such as name, address, telephone number, email address, etc.). Each time a request is made to view a page within this website and/or mobile application, the website and/or mobile application creates a log file capturing generic user information. Examples of this type of information include the type of Internet browser or computer operating system you are using, the date and time you accessed this site, the Internet protocol address of the individual computer (or proxy server) making the request, and the Internet address of the site from which you may have linked to this site.
All information collected by way of server log files is used in aggregate form only, and may be analyzed for trends and statistics.
Online Forms & Email
This website and/or mobile application will not collect personally identifiable information (such as name, address, telephone number, etc.) unless you provide such information voluntarily. You are free to provide or not to provide the requested information. If you choose not to provide this type of information, you can still visit most of the website and/or mobile application, but you may be unable to utilize certain functions. Any personal information voluntarily provided by visitors, including personal information submitted on online forms and email, will be used for the purposes stated on the webpage and may also be shared with other agencies as required by law or pursuant to agency authority. Information submitted through this website and/or mobile application also may be subject to public disclosure pursuant to a public records request.
Visitors who submit information via this website and/or mobile application should be aware that data linking your computer to this website and/or mobile application (a "cookie") may be created. Temporary cookies may be used when necessary to complete a transaction, to process data submitted online or to facilitate ongoing Internet interaction. Information collected on the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) website and/or mobile application, including cookies, may also be subject to public disclosure pursuant to a public records request.
We take very seriously the integrity of the information and systems that we maintain. Therefore, the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) has instituted security measures for all information systems under its control. These security measures are designed to identify attempts to tamper with this website and/or mobile application. Information collected through these security measures may be used in connection with a criminal prosecution or other legal proceedings.
Confidential Personal Information
Ohio Revised Code 1347.15 requires the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) to adopt administrative rules regulating access to the confidential personal information the department keeps, whether electronically or on paper. See administrative rules here: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/5902-5.
Access and Dispute of Information Rights
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Sections 149.43, 1347.08 and 1347.09, users have rights to their information given to this site with respect to inspection, correcting and disputing. This is applicable to any information collected, used or maintained on the ODVS website and/or mobile application.
Residents and Family Members of the Ohio Veterans Homes
Residents and Family Members of the Ohio Veterans Homes – Please read and become familiar with the Ohio Veterans Homes HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices. This Notice describes our legal duties and privacy practices under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This Notice applies to uses and disclosures we may make of all health information whether created or received by us.
Written correspondence may be sent to:
Ohio Department of Veterans Services
3416 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
ATTN: Privacy Officer
The Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) complies with applicable State and Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, military status, gender identity or expression, and parental statuses (parent of young child, foster parent or parent during pregnancy and immediately after child birth). Individuals eligible for, receiving services from, or benefiting from programs funded through the ODVS are protected by various laws, regulations, rules and policies against unlawful discrimination.
If you believe that ODVS has failed to provide services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex, you can file a grievance with:
• ODVS Equal Employment Opportunity Manager at (614) 728-3084
• Department of Administrative Services, Office of Diversity & Inclusion at (614) 466-8857
• Ohio Civil Rights Commission at (614) 466-2785
Reference to any non-state resource, including non-state websites linked to this site, does not constitute an endorsement by the State of Ohio or the Department of Veterans Services. The Department of Veterans Services is not responsible for the contents of any non-state websites linked to this site, and any views expressed on such websites do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Veterans Services or the State of Ohio. You assume any and all risk associated with the use of any non-state website linked to this site. The Department of Veterans Services and the State of Ohio do not guarantee or warrant any information, services or products advertised or offered on non-state websites. Internet usage by children should be under the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian.