Attorney General Mike DeWine warns Ohioans to beware of veterans' charity scams and those who make false promises about helping veterans.
DeWine says his office has handled six cases this year involving veterans-related charities. They include an agreement with two individuals to stop illegal solicitations on behalf of a legitimate charity.
There’s been a resolution proposed in the conflict over video raffle machines that veterans’ groups and fraternal lodges had been using to raise money for charity. The machines will be replaced by electronic games regulated by the state.
Some 1,200 so-called “next generation machines” will go out to those groups using raffle machines the Attorney General has ruled illegal. Danielle Frizzi Babb with the Ohio Lottery says the governor’s office approached her agency.
Services agencies across Ohio are spending an estimated $1.2 million a year trying to locate and get information to military veterans about benefits.
The Dayton Daily News reports that county agencies pay for billboards, newspaper ads and other outreach efforts as they struggle to find veterans. The president of Warren County's veterans service commission says it spends a lot of money on postage trying to reach veterans, but officials said a major outreach effort by mail in 2008 resulted in a response rate under 10 percent.
Veterans of a daring and costly World War II low-flying raid on Axis oil fields are gathering in Dayton this week for a 70th anniversary reunion.
Those participating in the Ploesti Raid reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will arrive today, gathering for dinner followed by private events Wednesday. On the raid anniversary Thursday, there will be a public memorial service at the museum, and a chance to meet veterans.
Members of Congress from Ohio are pushing for action to help veterans with disabilities. They have joined with other Republicans to ask the Department of Veteran's Affairs to address long waits for disability claims, and for accountability.
House Republicans have sent two letters to date. The first, back in January, demanding that something be done about the processing time for disability claims. Mike Turner of Ohio's 10th district says the average time is over a year-400 days-to file claims.