In The News


The FBI, Cleveland Division, is inviting Ohio Wounded Veterans to Camp Perry for the 1st Annual Appreciation Day at the Range on August 28, 2014.  Space is limited, for futher details click here. (August 2014)


Please join us on Saturday, July 19th for Veterans Day at the Ottawa County Fair!  The Opening Ceremony begins at 10:30 am with a free lunch provided beginning at 11:30 am. (July 2014)


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced that Ohio State Parks are offering special discounts for active military and veterans. Discounts include 10% off any night and 20% off from October 31 to November 16, 20114 in honor of Veterans Day.  Click here to read the press release. (July 9, 2014)


Today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries join forces and launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. We salute those troops who endured significant feats and honor their service and dedication. (June 6, 2014)


The deadline to is December 31, 20114 to apply for Iraq War veterans to apply for the Ohio War Bonus.  For assistance in submitting an application, please contact our office at (419)898-2089. (May 2014)


The Department of Veterans Affairs is implementing a comprehensive national VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) to give enrolled veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries the opportunity to purchase dental insurance through Delta Dental and MetLife at a reduced cost. Participation is voluntary. Purchasing a dental plan does not affect veterans’ eligibility for VA dental services and treatment.  (May 2014)


The Ottawa County Veterans Office has teamed up with the Dental Center of NW Ohio to present Operation Open Wide which provides free dental treatment to Ottawa County veterans on August 11, 2014. (May 2014)


The 4th Annual VA2K is May 21, 2014 at teh Sandusky CBOC. (April 2014)


The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a new, secure identification card called the Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC).  New enrollees have been receiving the updated VHIC card.  The VA is putting forth the effort to automatically send an updated card to veterans previously enrolled in the healthcare system. (April 2014)


The Department of Veterans Affairs, Cleveland Regional Office is recruiting for Veterans Service Representatives (VSR).  The VSR is an advocate for VA claimaints.  Click here for more information along with position requirements. (April 2014)


Don't be a victim, be aware of VA Pension poaching scams. (January 2014)


The United States Postal Service has a limited number of City Carrier Assistant positions available throughout Ohio and they are looking to hire veterans to fill them.  An online application is required, followed by a postal exam. (January 2014)


The Department of Veterans Affairs has released 2014 COLA increase for Compensation and Pension benefits. (December 2013)


The Ohio Department of Veterans Services now has a mobile app!  For more information about this valuable resource, please read this release(November 2013)


The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a potential fraud alert when calling telephone numbers VERY similiar to VA telephone numbers. (November 2013)


There has been a Cyber Crime Alert bulletin posted by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.  Third party mobile applications are reference the DFAS myPay system for federal employees. (October 2013)


There are grants available through the US Labor Department to provide job training, employment services for 1,900 homeless female veterans, veterans with families.  For the direct link to apply, visit


The Ohio Attorney General announces agreement with charitable solicitors.


Veterans in need of legal assistance for a legal issue that occurred in Central Ohio now have an option thanks to the Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project.


The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it is implementing an initiative to expedite compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer.


The Catch a Lift Fund, was started to assist wounded post 9-11 veterans start and maintain their healing process through physical fitness.


Great Scot and Community Markets are offering a 5% discount everyday to veterans.  To get your veteran discount card, you must complete the attached military discount form and submit to your local store.


The VA, Social Security Administration and the IRS cut red tape for veterans and survivors by eliminating the need to complete an annual Eligibility Verification Report (EVR).


President Obama signed into law a 1.7% cost of living adjustment for veterans benefits effective December 1, 2012 and should first appear in January payments. 


The Ohio Veterans Bonus has tentatively issued a deadline to file for service in Iraq, the deadline date will be December 31, 2014.


On August 6, 2012, President Obama signed into legislation "The Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012".  The Act provides for treatment of service members and their families who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune as well as other provisions relating to privacy at military funerals, state care of veterans who are 70% service connected or greater, veteran sexual assault prevention and a pilot program for veterans with PTSD.


The VA is pleased to announce that they are on course to meet their goal with the Veterans Retraining Assistance ProgramApplications are currently being accepted.


Terra Community College and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) are partnering to provide education for veterans families on the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, acute stress or any other brain disorder.  For more information on meeting dates and times, click here.


Persian Gulf War era veterans need to apply for the Ohio War Bonus.  Applications must be submitted by December 31, 2013.  Contact the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office for assistance in completing the application at (419)898-2089.


The VA has introduced a new initiative to improve benefits delivery to veterans and their families.


The VA has announced an extension of the period for Gulf War veterans to file for disability benefits for five years, to December 31, 2016.  


Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as a teacher.  Click here for more information on Troops to Teachers.


Governor Kasich signed a Bill naming March 30th as Vietnam Veterans' Day in Ohio.  Click here to see event photos.


The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding their medical forms program to support faster claims processing.  They are adding 68 new forms in an effort to speed up the processing of disability compensation and pension claims.


Ohio War Bonus distribution update.


The VA launched personalized health benefits handbooks to be issued to all 8.5 million veterans who are enrolled in the healthcare system.  Click here for the press release and additional information.


A portion of State Route 105 and State Route 163 in Oak Harbor has been dedicated as Army Sgt Keith Kline Memorial Highway.  Click here for further information.


The VA has released a Foreclosure Avoidance Guide for VA-backed mortgages.


The Department of Defense has launched an online career transition training for service members.  Click here for more information.


An advisory from the National Guard Bureau (NGB) was issued regarding the Veterans Affairs Services (VAS).  Click here to read the advisory.


The University System of Ohio has established a statewide standard for recognizing military education.  Click here to read the press release.


The VA recently announced new and enhanced benefits for caregivers of veterans.  Click here for more information.


The VA has published final regulations to aid veterans exposed to Agent Orange in Korea.  Click here for more information.


The Department of Defense announced the launch of an interactive simulation designed to help those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Click here to read the press release.


The Department of Defense announces Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program.  Click here to read the press release.


New grants are available to assist homeless or low income veterans.  Click here for further details.


In November 2009, the voters of the State of Ohio passed legislation to approve a War Bonus for Persian Gulf, Iraq (OIF) and Afghanistan (OEF) veterans.  Please contact the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office for further details, (419)898-2089.


On the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, the President of the Republic of Korea would like to thank all Korean War Veterans for their achievements.  He would like to do so by sending a Letter of Appreciation.  Please contact the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office for further details, (419)898-2089 or click here to be redirected to the Letter of Appreciation website.


Operation Restore Honor




Veterans Memorial Building, 8444 West State Route 163, Suite 102, Oak Harbor, OH 43449
Phone (419)898-2089 - Fax (419)898-3067 - (800)610-8872 toll free within Ottawa County