Providing Veterans With Key Services
A Guest Column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

Independence Day was a great reminder on how this great nation was founded.  Our Founders demonstrated courage and determination by forming a nation based on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  We thank all those who have taken up the call to defend this great nation to honor its traditions, its values and its people.  The sacrifices men and women have made in the name of freedom are truly admirable.  While it is impossible to fully express our gratitude, Ohio has been continually working on measures that seek to honor our veterans while also easing the burden on them and their families.
The Ohio Department of Veterans Services offers several resources and programs.  You may find all of these resources on their website.
Ohio Means Veteran Jobs has the top careers, employers and tools to help ease the transition from active duty to a new career. To get started, visit to begin your job search.
Troops for Teachers helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public and public charter schools where their experience and knowledge are most needed.  To teach in Ohio, you must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Education.  Eligible veterans may complete a traditional teacher education program or may meet the requirements through a non-traditional route via Ohio’s Alternative Educator License.  Federal funding may be provided to eligible individuals through stipends to help pay for teacher certification costs or as bonuses to teach in a high-needs school.
For Ohio Veterans who served in Iraq, the application deadline for bonus compensation is December 31, 2014.   You may submit an application electronically or mail a hard copy to the Ohio Veterans Bonus program.  The Department strongly encourages veterans to use the on-line application as it reduces application processing time.  Please visit to submit your application today.
Stark County Veterans Service Office is located in Canton at 110 Central Plaza South, Suite 424.  They may be able to provide financial assistance to eligible veterans and family members who demonstrate a need; provide assistance in dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs; provide burial benefits; and provide transportation to and from the Parma Clinic or Wade Park Medical facilities.  The office may be reached by phone at (330) 451-7457. 
Finally, please don’t hesitate to contact my office if ever I can be of assistance or connect you with the state agency that deals solely with veterans issues.

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