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.
Federal grants totaling more than $10.3 million have been awarded to Ohio agencies to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.
Agencies in 36 Ohio counties will use the grants to serve more than 3,000 homeless and at-risk veteran families.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that $300 million in homeless prevention grants were awarded to 319 community-based groups in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Over the last year, journalism students at Miami University have been interviewing a misunderstood population at their school - student veterans. As returning soldiers transition back into civilian life with few options in the ever-shrinking job market, going back to school has become a growing national trend across the country. As the first class attending college on the 9/11 GI Bill graduates this month, student producers set out to capture the more personal and intimate human stories they felt were missing from coverage on war and veterans’ issues.
A call center to start this month in central Ohio will help low-income veterans and active military personnel and their families find free legal assistance.
The joint project of the Ohio/Military Veterans Legal Assistance Project and Capital University Law School will pair up those who are eligible with volunteer lawyers to represent them free of charge in noncriminal cases such as divorces and landlord-tenant disputes. Legal experts say the center is part of a growing effort across the United States to meet the legal needs of those who have served their country.
The Ohio Departments of Aging and Veterans' Services is commemorating Pearl Harbor Day with a special installment of their War Era Story Project, including 19 stories written by current and former Ohioans about where they were and what they were doing on December 7, 1941.
The Department of Aging's Story Projects solicited stories of life during the Great Depression of the 1920s and 1930s from Ohioans who lived through it. More than 300 individuals sent in their recollections and lessons learned so that people of all ages today might get some perspective on our current economic situation.