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 the all 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 though these and make use of them.

eBenefits – helps veterans download VA documents, check appoints, 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 a 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 just about any VA form you may need.




More on Veterans

July 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed an appropriations package that includes the following four appropriations bills: State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. 


February 26, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. —Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), a senior Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, announced her nominations for candidates from Ohio’s 9th Congressional District to the nation’s leading service institutions: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.


December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the House passed two legislative packages that together comprise all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills – H.R. 1865, domestic priorities and international assistance appropriations minibus, and H.R.

November 8, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — In recognition of Veterans Day 2019, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement honoring those who have served our nation in uniform and encouraging all veterans across Northern Ohio to participate in the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project:


October 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced the National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act, a bill to authorize the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative coins will be used to maintain and repair the Memorial, as well as for commemorative and educational programming. Rep. Kaptur was the author of the legislation in Congress to establish the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall.

September 30, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), released the following statement after her bill H.R. 1271, the Veterans’-Specific Education for Tomorrow’s Health Professionals Act of 2019 (VET HP Act), was introduced on a bipartisan basis in the Senate by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC).


June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3055, an Appropriations package totaling $383.3 billion in discretionary spending that consists of five Fiscal Year 2020 funding bills, Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.


June 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement announcing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded two grants to the State of Ohio totaling $5,134,000 for renovations at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio. The first award includes $1,473,647 in federal assistance to renovate windows at the Ohio Veterans Home, which will help with the weatherization of the facility.

June 6, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) delivered the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day:


Rep. Kaptur:


Mr. Speaker,


I rise today to commemorate the historic 75th anniversary of D-Day – June 6, 1944 – the heroic, Allied invasion of Europe at Normandy, France. 


June 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), joined the Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) and the National Park Service (NPS) to pay tribute to all Americans who have sacrificed their lives in uniform. The Memorial Day Observance took place at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. and commemorated the 15th anniversary of the memorial’s dedication.