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Federal & State Veteran Benefit Books and General Information Sites for Veterans

These are booklets that every veteran be able to access. They cover everything from VA health care issues, to educational issues, and service connected disability ratings among other issues. The first link is the VA's general website and the final link will help veterans better understand how the Affordable Healthcare Act will impact those veterans using the VA healthcare system.

Web site for Veterans Affairs
Federal Veteran Benefits Booklet
Veteran Health Care Overview
Veteran Health care eligibility
Other VA Benefit Guides – education, pension, life insurance home loans, disabled vets, etc.
State of Ohio Benefit Guide

VA Medical Centers of the 9th Congressional District

VA Ann Arbor Medical Center in Michigan and the Lewis Stokes Medical Center, located in Cleveland, are the two major VA medical centers that work to provide medical services to all veterans living in the 9th Congressional District.

Ann Arbor VA Hospital
Lewis Stokes Medical Center

Community Based Outpatient Clinics in the 9th Congressional District

VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (also called CBOC's) are smaller medical facilities that have been established in smaller communities so that veterans do not have to travel to the larger medical centers to receive some of their basic medical care.

Sandusky CBOC
Parma CBOC
Lorain CBOC
Toledo CBOC

Vet Centers in 9th Congressional District

The purpose of all the Vet Centers around the nation is to assist three main groups: combat veterans, families that have lost family members in service, and veterans who have had to deal with Military Sexual Trauma.

Toledo Vet Center
Cleveland Vet Center
Parma Vet Center
National Vet Center Homepage

For Veteran Homelessness or in Crisis

VA National Website for Homeless
VA Homeless National Hotline: 1-877-424-3838
Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) to talk with someone NOW
Veteran Crisis Line Website

State of Ohio Veteran Services

Here you will find useful links that will help veterans better connect to services and benefits available to them from the state of Ohio Department of Veteran Services.

Ohio Department of Veteran Services
Ohio Department of Veteran Services (for Women Veterans)
Ohio Veteran Home
Ohio Veteran Hall of Fame

Veteran Service Commissions within the 9th Congressional District

Each of Ohio's 88 counties has a Veteran Service Commission (VSC) that is charged with assisting veterans with everything from VA claims, to certain financial assistance to assisting with burials, etc. To find out more about how these commission can be of assistance to you, please contact your own county's VSC.

Cuyahoga County Veteran Service Commission
Erie County Veteran Service Commission
Ottawa County Veteran Service Commission
Lorain Country Veterans Service Commission
Lucas County Veteran Service Commission

VA Educational Issues

There are many avenues available for veterans, and in some cases their dependents, to obtain assistance from the VA when/if they decide to further their education. However, some of these opportunities do have time limits on them, so a veteran (or dependent) should not wait to long too go back to school.
Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
National Call to Service Program
Vocational Rehabilitation and Education

Post 9/11 GI Bill

Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill to dependents

On the Job Apprenticeship

VA Chapter 35 Dependent education

Veteran Employment Websites

Department of Labor Veterans Website
Feds Hire Vets
Veteran Affair Job Opportunities
Ohio Jobs Website

Small Business Administration (veterans page)

Other VA Regional Offices and Contact Information for 9th Congressional District Veterans

These links will help veterans connect to the offices that handle the majority of VA cases for veterans and their dependents living in the 9th Congressional District.

Cleveland Regional Office – handles veteran service connected disability claims
St. Paul Debit Management Center – handles debts that occur from any VA benefits
Milwaukee Pension Center – aid and attendance, burial, and pension claims
Find the closest VA facility to you
Toll free phone numbers for contacting the VA
Veteran Benefits Administration

Veteran Helpful Websites and General Benefits Links

Here are some websites where veterans and their families might find help in a number of different areas. Please look through these and make use of them.

eBenefits – helps veterans download VA documents, check appointments, and access other important information on a number of different issues
My Healthevet – Allows veterans to better manage their own health care and allows them to then make better decisions
DFAS – Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Information about benefits for returning OIF/OEF/OND veterans
Service Connected Disability Information
VA Home Loan Information
VA Life Insurance
Veterans and Dependents Pension
VA Burial Benefits
Helping veterans that are dealing with PTSD

VA Mission Act

Blue water Navy agent orange fact sheet

Camp Lejeune water contamination fact sheet

VA Fact Sheets- all posted VA Fact sheets

Current legislation pending in the US House of Representatives concerning veterans

If you are curious about legislation the US House is considering concerning veterans, please feel free to visit this site.
House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Resources For Women Veterans

VA Center for Women Veterans

Ohio Department of Veteran Services (for Women Veterans)

VBA page for women veterans

Dept. of Labor and women veterans

Veteran Recognition and Memorial Websites

It is important to remember all those who have served in uniform, just not on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, but throughout the year. To make that a little easier, we have uploaded several websites that have been regularly requested.
World War II Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Korean Veterans Memorial
American Battle Monuments Commission
Arlington National Cemetery
National Cemetery Locator

Veteran Historical Interest/Research

Here you will find links for veterans or family member interested in doing a little research on themselves, units, or family members.
National Archives – for Military/Veteran issues
The Institute of Heraldry – find out about this history of military awards, unit crest, etc.
Navy Ships that were exposed to Agent Orange in Viet Nam
Veteran History Project
Law Authorizes Veterans' Salutes during National Anthem
Military Awards

VA Form Library

The VA form library that will allow you to easily type in the form number you are looking for and download the form you may need.
VA Form Library – This link will help you about any VA form you may need.

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