The Ohio Department of Veterans Services is trying to get the word out about cash bonuses available to vets who have served since September 11, 2001.
A spokesman for the department says 81,000 Ohio vets have already received bonuses totaling tens of millions of dollars, but an important deadline is approaching: This is the last year for veterans who served in Iraq between March 2003 and December of 2011 to apply for the bonus.
A veterans center in Dayton is planning a $5 million renovation of the dementia unit of its long-term care facility.
Officials at the Dayton VA Medical Center tell the Dayton Daily News that the project calls for modernizing the 40-bed unit with updated safety and technology features, and "quality-of-life" enhancements.
Hospital officials say the renovation is part of $84 million in upgrades already approved for federal funding.
The medical center provides medical care to more than 35,000 veterans a year at its campus, west of downtown Dayton.
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.