Veterans Resource Guide

Upcoming events

Columbus Zoo "Welcome Home" event Saturday, July 2, 2016, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For veterans from all eras, Active Duty, Reserve & Guard, and all their family members. It's an opportunity for those who served and their loved ones to enjoy a free day at the zoo and receive some great information on the benefits that Veterans have earned through their service to our country. It really is a fun-filled day with tons of activities, music and entertainment. This year, there will also be a special commemoration marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Event is hosted by the Chalmers P. Wylie Columbus VA. Contact Gerardo Navarro at 614.822.9846 for more information.

Team RWB Eagle CHARGE - Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 8 a.m. - Team RWB and Walmart challenge you to ENGAGE for Veteran Enrichment and personal well-being. At events and gatherings across the Nation, Eagles and Walmart associates will join together with family and friends to Charge together and make positive life choices with deep impacts in throughout our communities. How do I register for the Eagle Charge? Go to the Team RWB Eagle Charge Event Page. As with most RWB events, you only need to pay if you want the gear. If you’d prefer to just show up and run with the group, that is great, too. You can always register for the virtual and run it at your race. You have from July 1 to 4 to run your 4 or 7 miles. It does not have to be with an official group run. It can also be accomplished on your own.

Shootout for Soldiers - July 16-17 at Thomas Worthington High School. Shootout for Soldiers is a 24 hour lacrosse game benefiting wounded American military members. The event is fun. It’s not a tournament, nor is it about recruiting. The event is all about supporting those who serve our country. Shootout for Soldiers Mission: To use the platform of Lacrosse to engage communities with their local veterans and support their healthy and successful transition into civilian life. More information:

GoRUCK Light Challenge - Saturday Nov. 12, 2016 at 2 p.m. Veteran’s Day is the occasion to honor those who signed a blank check to America. There is no better way to say “Thank You for your Service” than rucking around your city and thanking a Vet. Cadre and Ruckers are expected to bring a picture and bio of someone who served. Cadre will provide the opportunity for you to tell their story and honor those who have served. 4-5 hours. 7-10 miles. Light = Fun on a team. Average completion rate: 100%. The hardest part is signing up. Sign up now: Force multiply. Download a printable flyer here:


Local veterans groups

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2398, 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at the Sharon Memorial Hall, 161 and Morning Street, Worthington. For information call 614-888-6137.

American Legion Post 171, 7:30 p.m. and Auxiliary, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the post, 393 E. College Ave. Guests are invited. Call Mike Etling at 614-890-4050 or Kim Mann (Auxiliary) at 614-266-2695.

Westerville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7883, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the American Legion Building, 393 E. College Ave. Call Walt Mays at 614-330-2703.

Northwest AMVETS Post No. 911, 7 p.m. meets the first Thursday of each month in the VFW Hall, 2436 Walcutt Road. Call 614-876-4817.

American Legion Memorial Post 614, 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, in the Rice Room of the Safety Services Building, 5181 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard.

Raymond B. Austin American Legion Post 115, meetings at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at 485 Park Ave. in Delaware. For information, call 740-417-3586.

Delaware County Veterans Service Commission, 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month at the Wolf Building, 149 N. Sandusky St., Delaware. For more information, call 740-833-2010.

American Legion Col. Benson Hough Post 457, meets the fourth Thursday of the month, except November and December when meetings are on the second Thursday, at the post, 230 Otis St. Guests are invited. For information, call adjutant Gene Fuller at 740-965-2111 or email

Union County Military Family Support Group, 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month, American Legion Post 70, 500 Park Ave., Marysville.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6065, 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 W. Broad St. The Ladies Auxiliary meets at the same time. For more information, call Will Davis at 614-309-0171.

American Legion Galloway Post 799, 7:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at the Prairie Township Firehouse, 23 Maple Drive, Columbus. For information, contact Mike Winland at 614-209-6852.

Canal Winchester Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10523, 7:30 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Community-Senior Center, 22 S. Trine St., Canal Winchester. Membership is open to any military combat veteran, regardless of race, rank, gender, etc. This is a non-drinking post. For more information call Rick Williams at 614-735-0983 or Bob Taylor, 614-837-5119.

Women Marines Association, Ohio-3 Florence Jelsma Fawley chapter, a veterans association specifically for women Marines, meets quarterly in the Columbus-Dayton area. For information, email

LCP/L Wesley G. Davids Post 800, Dublin American Legion, 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Iaconos on Dublin Road in Shawnee Hills. All veterans are welcome. For more information contact Jeff Noble at 614-214-6451.

Gahanna American Legion Post 797, 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4719, 75 W. Johnstown Road, Gahanna. All meetings are open to alleligible veterans. For more information on eligibility, call Malcolm Glasgow, post commander, at 614-476-3175.

Freebies and discounts for veterans

VetTix – Free Event Tickets for Military and Veterans. VetTix is an excellent organization that offers free tickets to current and former military members to concerts, shows, sporting events and more. You can learn more here


Resources for veterans

Active Heroes' strengthens active duty military, veterans and their families in order to provide the coping skills to manage the stress and the triggering points that lead to military veteran suicide. Active Heroes is dedicated to connecting with and helping America’s military families through physical and mental activities, trainings and challenges, community outreach and community reintegration to halt the triggering points and stress associated with the “hard times” that lead to military veteran suicide.

After Deployment - One stop shop courtesy of the Defense Centers for Excellence, of information geared towards military personnel in transition back home from deployment or to civilian life.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

American Legion Ohio - The Ohio regional office of the American Legionis located just outside the city of Delaware.

American Women Veterans Foundation believes that women have always been the catalyst for change within our homes, our communities and the world. We envision a society in which the legacy of America’s servicewomen, veterans and their families is celebrated and carried on to future generations of powerful and inspiring women. We strive to empower women from all branches of service with a continued sense of pride and service which enables them to reach their full potential and to contribute as they always have, in making America stronger.

Birdies for the Brave - Proudly supported by the PGA TOUR, Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach initiative dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation to the courageous men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Birdies for the Brave was originally created in 2006 by PGA TOUR player, Phil Mickelson, and his wife, Amy, to support combat-wounded veterans. The PGA TOUR subsequently adopted the program, and expanded it to include a wide variety of military outreach and appreciation activities during PGA TOUR events, as well as a series of fundraising events conducted at the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Players Clubs (TPCs) and partner courses across the nation – an effort that has raised more than $15 million for non-profit military homefront groups that are supported by PGA TOUR players, which provide direct support to military members, veterans, and their families ranging from financial aid, rehabilitation services, counseling and housing to educational scholarships and career development.

Blue Star Families - Blue Star Families was formed in April 2009 by a group of military spouses to create a platform where military family members can join with civilian communities and leaders to address the challenges of military life. Blue Star Families includes active duty, National Guard, Reserve, wounded, transitioning service members and their families from all ranks and services, as well as veterans and civilians who strongly support us.

Boulder Crest Retreat is the nation's first privately-funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to our nation's combat veterans and their families. We are committed to improving the physical, emotional, spiritual and economic wellbeing of this remarkable community of heroes, and ensuring they have the opportunity to succeed in their new mission - a life of passion, purpose and service - here at home.

Branches of Valor - Meeting the challenges of duty (service members, veterans and families) - from the front lines to the home front.

Brave Minds - Traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder have symptoms often misunderstood by the broader society. The wounded and their caregivers and family members shoulder profound challenges each day that expand across home, work and social settings. Caregivers often make huge sacrifices without support and resources. Peace of Mind Brain Injury Services, Inc. recognizes the wounded and their caregivers and family as an interconnected unit with currently under served needs.

Coming Home Project is a non-profit organization devoted to providing expert, compassionate care, support, education, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members, their families, and their care providers. We are an experienced team of psychotherapists, veterans and interfaith leaders committed to alleviating the unseen wounds of war. Our nationally recognized, evidence-based programs address the emotional, social, moral, and spiritual injuries and the family challenges experienced during all stages of deployment, especially reintegration.

Central Ohio Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services. Included in these services are housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.

Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) is a group which advocates for timely healthcare for veterans. The Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce with the mission of isolating existing challenges to veterans’ health care, identifying systemic solutions, and proposing concrete reforms that can dramatically improve health care delivery for our nation’s veterans. This bi-partisan taskforce included, and is co-chaired by, a top-notch list of former VA leaders, health care experts, and leading congressional voices.

DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is the most long-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in this country. We’ve watched this country change and grow, and we’ve grown along with it. However, DAV has never wavered in its core mission to fulfill our country’s promises to the men and women who served. We invite everyone, veterans and civilian, men and women, young and old, to join us as we stand up for those veterans who risked it all when they stood up for us, our country, and our ideals.

Driven With Purpose (DWP) gives the automotive community platform to raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in any form while helping to provide resources for those affected.

Fallen 15 was created to honor and celebrate the lives of Fallen Service Members who made the ultimate sacrifice in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We pay tribute to these heroes by Veteran Activation within the community and restoration of bonds and camaraderie forged through adversity. We want to honor our past, by impacting our future.

Family/Caregiver Support Resources - Connecting Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, Their Families and Caregivers with Those Who Support Them.

Feds Hire Vets - Gateway to US Government careers for veterans.

Eagle Cane - Specially-made wooden canes made for Post 9/11 veterans with leg injuries. If you know of a veteran with leg injuries sustained in post-9/11 service, contact Jack Nitz by phone (918) 299-2251 or e-mail Jack Nitz at or Stan Townsend at

Fatigues to Fabulous is working to assist military women make the "About Face" transition from military to civilian life. It is our mission to raise awareness of the challenges women face upon return, recognize the accomplishments of our nation's women in uniform, and harness resources to support them. F2F's goal, along with our partners, is to provide valuable job training skills including; resume building, interviewing skills and workplace attire advice. We are also dedicated to raising funds for continued research on health conditions women veterans face returning from service.

Half the Battle - This semester-long project, done in collaboration with WAMU 88.5, the Washington, D.C., area’s leading NPR member station, documents the experiences of young veterans as they transition from military service to civilian life.

Hearts of Valor - Hearts of Valor is a network of people caring for wounded, ill or injured service members, created and maintained by Operation Homefront.

Hope for the Homefront - Special retreats for military/veteran caregivers.

Healing Combat Trauma - Therapeutic resources for veterans with combat-based Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD"), focused on integrative medicine and hope. Healing happens. All material is copyright © by Lily Casura, all rights reserved, unless otherwise noted. Use with attribution.

Healing Warriors Program, presents a day of free non-narcotic therapy for pain and Post Traumatic Stress open to all service members and their spouse/partner.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America - Post 9/11 veterans advocacy group.

 - Post-traumatic stress disorder is a severe anxiety disorder with typical treatment being medications and/or psychotherapy. IRI and senior iRest teachers work with those experiencing trauma, their physicians and caregivers to navigate the symptoms of PTSD, and often associated conditions such as phobias, suicidal feelings, mood disorders, insomnia, fatigue, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, all of which can be debilitating. In working with traumas of the mind, as well as severe traumas in the body, iRest has helped navigate recovery and increase coping skills. iRest is integrative in that it heals the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind, and restorative in that it aids the body and mind in returning to a natural state of functioning. iRest fosters freedom from stress and trauma, and helps identify and heal destructive tendencies that otherwise can impede the healing process.

Just for Military - Everyday discounts for military personnel and veterans.

Lone Survivor Foundation is committed to providing support to service members and veterans struggling with invisible injuries such as combat trauma stress, mild traumatic brain injury, chronic pain management and military sexual trauma. These painful injuries have devastating effects on the individual as well as their family. LSF’s goal is to support both the individual and the family through education, coping skills and reducing their symptoms of stress. To that end, LSF conducts retreats throughout the year with a focus on wellness and therapeutic support. Retreats are conducted over a five day weekend (Thursday fly in, Monday fly out) at scenic facilities, allowing ample opportunity for the healing effect of nature and relaxation. We serve all military branches and backgrounds; Our focus is toward combat stress, mTBI and chronic pain issues, with an emphasis on service members and veterans from Operation New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Military OneSource is a central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Benefits, deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you'll always be in the loop.

MilitaryOneClick is the premier virtual resource for military families. Our dynamic, user-friendly website provides visitors with direct access to thousands of valuable resources including career tools, hiring fairs, educational scholarships, PTSD help, health insurance, buying or renting a home, financial assistance, and more! The site is free and does not require users to register or login.

Military Vets with PTSD - Shedding light and sharing knowledge on PTSD and MST.

Military Support Network -  A Connection Hub Uniquely for Military, Churches, Chaplains and Ministries. - An aggregate website with resources and news on everything military.

Military Veterans Resource Center opened for business on Pearl Harbor Day (December 7) 2000 and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in early 2003. For the first several years, we operated like a traditional jobs agency, helping veterans obtain training and work-related credentials, preparing resumes, teaching interviewing skills and helping veterans find employment. Locations in Dayton, Findlay, Hamilton, Chillicotheand Columbus

National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. We work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.

No Barriers Warriors - The organization empowers veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities as well as survivors of the fallen to break through barriers, find their inner purpose and contribute their very best to the world through various climbing, skiing, backpacking and oher adventure sports.

Northeast Ohio Veterans (NEOVETS) was born from the Veterans Strategy Initiative (VSI) in November 2013, and was spearheaded by the Northeast Ohio Region of the American Red Cross. The NEOVETS Strategy is to establish a foothold in the areas of EDUCATION and EMPLOYMENT as retention factors for veterans returning from overseas.

Ohio Dept. of Veterans Services - Ohio Department of Veterans Services helps with VA claims, other benefits, administers the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame snd more.

OEF/OIF/OND Combat Veterans can receive cost free VA medical care for any condition related to their service in the Iraq/Afghanistan theater for five years after the date of their discharge or release.

Operation Homefront connects the American donor community to our military families through a robust array of valued and life-changing programs that address the specific short-term and critical assistance, long-term stability and recurring support needs they experience, Operation Homefront is able to help military families overcome many of the challenges inherent in military life. The result: stronger, more stable and more secure military families.

Operation Second Chance - Veterans returning home from a "normal" tour in a warzone will tell you that returning to everyday life is not easy. Returning can be even more difficult for family members who are struggling to understand the changes that have occurred and continue to occur in their loved ones after a combat deployment. In the end, reintegration between warfighters and their families is very difficult. We offer two different types of retreats depending on the individual's injuries and their ability to get away. We provide short local overnight trips to those who need a quick getaway but do not have the ability to go very far from the care received at the hospital or from their chain of command. We also provide week-long retreats for those who are further along in their recovery and are able to get away for longer periods. During our retreats we offer many different activities for the individuals to choose from, as well as give wounded warriors and their families the opportunity to rest, relax and complete activities on their own. All OSC retreats are all-inclusive and have no cost to our recovering service members and their families.

Operation We Are Here is a one-stop HUB of resources for the military community and military supporters.

Project Sanctuary supports our military families by providing therapeutic retreats, enabling the families to reconnect and reintegrate into their communities through education, innovative services, supportive follow through…and FUN! Of the hundreds of families who have attended our retreats, 90% are still intact; we happily report ZERO SUICIDES, and all servicemen and women who want to have a job are working. Simply put, our program works.

Project Welcome Home Troops - Offer free meditation/mindfulness skills to veterans affected by trauma. The Power Breath Meditation Workshop empowers veterans with practical tools to relieve stress, anxiety and sleep problems.

Purple Star exists to strengthen the transition safety net for Veterans, their immediate and extended families and for the families of Veterans who are struggling to reintegrate into their families, communities, and the workforce, and for the families of Veterans who are not surviving homecoming due to suicide, accidents, drugs and alcohol. Veterans and Families

Real - The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.

Ride 2 Recovery, a groundbreaking Veterans program started in 2008, saves lives by restoring hope and purpose. Ride 2 Recovery now boasts five main programs – Project HERO, Challenges, Honor Ride, Special Events and Initiatives

Run Down the Demons - Raising awareness for veterans with PTSD and other anxiety disorders.

Summit for Soldiers - A group whose focus is to utilize outdoor adventure programs to provide camaraderie, support, education, encouragement as a therapeutic approach to healing and recovery for veterans, service-members and family members who are living with or suffering from service-related mental health injuries or loss to suicide. We call our proactive approach “Adven-therapy” which works on assisting participants to enroll into applicable external services, as well as, providing guidance and liaison to other veteran services organizations, resources and programs that may be more specific to their immediate and long-term needs. Additionally, we exist to educate and draw attention to the prevalence, issues and resources surrounding Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and Veteran Suicides through a National Awareness Campaign throughout our communities, the 50 States and points beyond.

Team RWB - Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Traumatic Stress Education and Advocacy at the Sidran Institute. The Institute helps people understand, manage, and treat trauma and dissociation.

US Department of Veterans Affairs- Gateway for healthcare, benefits, employment and educational assistance and more.

US DOD Warrior Care Office- The mission of the Office of Warrior Care Policy is to proactively support wounded, ill, and injured Service members in their recovery and reintegration or transition to civilian life. The office was established in November 2008 under the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD P&R) within the U.S. Department of Defense. Responsibilities of the office include Recovery Care Coordination and Transition Policy.

USO Transition 360 Alliance - The USO Transition 360 Alliance is an initiative to help U.S. military personnel and their families successfully transition back into civilian life after their service ends. The USO Transition 360 Alliance leverages the USO’s global resources and the programmatic expertise of additional nonprofit organizations to provide a broader range of impactful programs and services to support troops and military families.

Veterans of Foriegn Wars - The VFW strives to do good things for deserving people - our veterans, their families and their communities. From local grassroots ideas to national influence, we work every day to make a difference. It's our strength as an organization. And, with each individual membership, we only grow stronger.

Veterans Info - One stop shop of general veteran information.

Vets for Vets- Vets 4 Vets provides domestic and international veterans of military service an organization to transition to student life at The Ohio State University, while providing them resources to succeed and share their unique and similar experiences through community involvement, academics, and a social network.

Veterans Recovery - Veterans and others helping combat veterans and their families through the unique problems of life at home after deployment.

Veterans Support Organization was started in Rhode Island in 2001, and is now a nationwide resource. Provides military transition assistance through its work and education programs.

Vets is a health and wellness website geared toward veterans health. Offers online health advice, quizzes and more.

Vietnam Veteran Wives - A group for wives of Vietnam veterans.

Veterans’ Outreach is a non-profit charitable organization since 1994. We are registered through the IRS with a 501(C)3 determination, the Department of State, and other government agencies as required by law. We are registered to do business in 8 states including Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, New York, and Alabama. We are active in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, and Florida. Our main office is located in Liberty Ohio. We have full service offices in Sarasota Florida, Grayson Kentucky, Lexington Kentucky, and Decatur Alabama.

Vietnam Veterans of America - Vietnam War veterans advocacy group.

The Warrior Connection's residential and experiential retreats are successfully resolving loss, repairing moral injury and easing post-traumatic stress in combat veterans and military sexual trauma survivors across the country.

Warriors at Ease brings the healing power of yoga and meditation to military communities around the world, especially those affected by combat-stress, PTSD, and trauma. We do this by training and deploying certified mind-body professionals to settings where they can enhance the health and well-being of servicemembers, veterans, families, and healthcare staff.

Words After War is dedicated to building a community of thoughtful, engaged and skilled veteran writers. Through high-quality literary programming, we provide veterans, their families and civilian supporters with the tools they need to tell their stories.

Wounded Warrior Project - To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.To help injured service members aid and assist each other. To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Women veterans will take September trip

Nearly a century after some women broke barriers and convention by leaving their homes to serve their country, Honor Flight Columbus plans to take women military veterans on a historic ride.

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M.A.S.H. Pantry caters to veterans, their families

In her work at the Veterans Administration, Amber Hudson often has heard anecdotes from the people she assists about fellow veterans who go hungry.

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Painting salutes Marine's walk

History of a fairly recent kind was recognized earlier this month at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

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'A place of honor'

A recently dedicated memorial plaza gives Delaware County residents a new, peaceful space to reflect on the sacrifices made by military veterans throughout the history of the United States.

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Memorial Day 2016

The following is a list of 2016 Memorial Day observances, events and activities for central Ohio communities.

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Marker given 'visible' home off Broadway

The Grove City Gold Star Families Memorial Monument has an official location.

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