courtesy of Clark State

The efforts of a local Iraq war veteran to create something special to honor the memory of our nation’s fallen soldiers will be on display today in Springfield, as a student driven art memorial project will be officially dedicated today on the campus of Clark State Community College.

Clark State student Scott Cody is an Iraq war veteran. Last year, he brought the idea of an art memorial to the school's President Jo Alice Blondin, as a way to help veterans on campus feel embraced by the college community. She thought it would be a great gift to veterans on and off campus.

The rock facade of the Veteran and Military Center will feature five bronze medallions — one for each of the five branches of the U.S. armed services.
Wright State University

A new Veteran and Military Center for students opens Thursday at Wright State University. 

The 4,500 square foot facility on Wright State’s Dayton campus will feature a lounge and kitchen space, private study areas, and computers. Veteran and Military Center Director Dr. Seth Gordon says the center is an important part of the university’s outreach to vets on campus. 

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.

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.

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.