Veterans

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.

Miami University Student Veterans

May 24, 2013

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.

courtesy of Dayton History

The 4th Annual FilmDayton Festival is upon us. Check out all the nationally acclaimed films and filmmakers coming to Dayton this weekend. There's so much happening - don't miss out on that amazing film, fun, workshop, or special events everyone will be talking about.

 The Dayton African American Cultural Festival is on Saturday at the Dayton Riverscape MetroPark, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm and Sunday at the McIntosh Park Riverview St. at Edwin C. Moses Blvd from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Dayton VA Medical Center has a new director.  The Center that serves some A southwest Ohio medical center that serves some 37,000 veterans says Glenn Costie took over today.

The Dayton VA Medical center, which was rocked by dental clinic hygiene problems, says he is committed to delivering high quality and safe care to veterans.

Costie was the director at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO, the last two-plus years. He spent much of his 27-year VA career at Cleveland's VA Medical Center.

A small group of veterans has been getting some extra attention lately.  Their stories have been made into a comic book.  WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports on how it all started.

Charlie Bath enlisted in the Army in 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor.   For four years, he proudly served as a wire chief in the signal corps.  That job involved running telephone wire all over France and Germany.  Charlie was the guy who could climb, so that’s what he did – climbed poles, often checking for live wires by hitting them with a wrench.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for September 11, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney interviews veterans from American Veterans Post 2003 in Dayton about their memories of 9-11 and how they plan to commemorate the event.

-Juliet Fromholt interviews Dayton teacher P.F. Frank about his 9-11 memories.  Hear that interview and more in WYSO's special program, A Clear Day in September

The recent unemployment figure for military veterans is just under 11 percent - close to the rate for non-vets. But, for some service men and women - especially those who have experienced combat - there are other challenges in finding employment.

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