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Veterans' Programs

The Wright Memorial Chapter of the AFA continues to improve and expand our support to the Dayton Veteran Administration (VA) Hospital as well as publicize information of interest to all our veteran members. AFA representatives attend the quarterly VA Voluntary Services (VAVS) quarterly meetings. George Simons, (937) 429-9466, is the Representative and Vita Eonta, (937) 429-5642, is the Deputy Representative to the VAVS.

In February our chapter sponsors an activity to honor veterans for Valentine’s Day, during the Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week, at the Dayton VA Medical Center. In June, the AFA cosponsors a Summer Picnic and in December cosponsors a Christmas Party with the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) at the VA nursing home for all the patients at the VA Medical Center. The Wright Memorial Chapter also provides support to the Dayton VA by annually donating additional funds to purchase items from their Unfunded Needs List and the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program. Beginning in 2006, the Wright Memorial Chapter began to support The Ohio Department of Veteran Services Advisory Committee on Women Veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs by cosponsoring their Women Veterans Conference.

For more information on the Dayton VA Medical Center and map of the campus go to the following link:
For information regarding other Health and Veteran Services go to:
For the Center for Women Veterans, go to:
For information regarding Burials and Memorials, go to The Ohio Department of Veteran Services: also has a comprehensive list of veteran benefits.

2016 Benefits for Veterans & Dependents

Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act

Veterans Crisis Line

VA's Medallion Benefit

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. More about the Veterans Crisis Line.


Afghanistan Veterans Encouraged to Apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus

The payment is $100 a month to veterans who served during the eligible periods in Afghanistan up to a maximum of $1,000. For veterans who served in other parts of the world during these times, the payment is $50 a month up to a $500 maximum. Veterans medically discharged as a result of combat service can receive $1,000, regardless of how much time they spent in theater, plus up to $500 for months of service elsewhere. Family members of those killed in action or who died from disease as a result of their in-theater service can receive a bonus of $5,000 plus whatever the service member was eligible for, up to $6,500. To apply for the bonus, visit, or any County Veteran’s Service Office (see for an interactive map of the county offices). Veterans and military families can also call toll-free to 1-877- OHIO VET (1-877-644-6838).

College Scholarships For Military Veterans

In April 2015 the Marines' Memorial Association will award over $100,000 in scholarships to our U.S. Military Veterans from all branches.

The Hammer Family Scholarships are available in the amount of $5,000 each to eligible U.S. Veterans who wish to study in the fields of Math, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering.

The Memorial Tribute Scholarships are available in the amount of $2,500 each for military personnel leaving full time service and entering an undergraduate college program.

The link to the Hammer Family Scholarship Application and the Marines Memorial Tribute Scholarship online Application is:

Ohio Women Veterans License Plate

There is an effort to establish an Ohio Women Veterans License Plate. If you would like to purchase this license plate, please download and sign the petition and fax this petition to:
Karen J. Kish | Events and Women’s Program Coordinator
Ohio Department of Veterans Services
77 South High Street, 7th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215
(614)752-8941 | (614) 728-9498 (Fax) | Facebook

Ohio Department of Veterans Services

Fellow Veterans,
Below is the link to the latest editions of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services electronic newsletter. We hope it is both interesting and useful to you. Please share it with other veterans:
Ohio Department of Veterans Services Monthly Newsletter

Also, please take the time to check out our social media pages at and encourage other veterans to subscribe to our news updates.

Thank you for your interest in the Ohio veterans’ community.

The Ohio Veterans Bonus

All Ohio veterans who served on active duty with U.S. armed forces, including the Ohio National Guard, anywhere in the world during specified periods of time. could be eligible for The Ohio Veterans Bonus. The active duty must be for purposes other than training and applicants must have been legal residents of Ohio when they went on active duty and also must be Ohio residents when they apply for a bonus. To apply for the bonus, applicants should go to, and complete the online application. Ohio’s public libraries are prepared to assist with the online application if applicants do not have Internet access. In addition, staff at Ohio’s County Veterans Service Offices is available to assist in the application process.

Governor, State Leaders Launch Ohio Veterans Bonus Program
Bonus Facts
Attorney General Cordray Supporting Ohio Veterans Through Bonus Notarization
Ohio Department of Veteran Services - Veterans Bonus Program Application - Veteran
Ohio Department of Veteran Services - Veterans Bonus Program Application - Family

Women Veterans Advisory Committee

Since 1994, the Ohio Department of Veterans Services' Advisory Committee on Women Veterans has served to “locate, educate and advocate for all women veterans who served in the United States military.” The committee is dedicated to outreach through various initiatives including the creation of an informational Web site, the organization of a statewide women veterans conference and the promotion of benefits and superior health care for women veterans. The committee serves as a focal point of information for all women veterans. The committee acts as a liaison and advocate on behalf of women veterans with state legislators, veterans affairs administrators and county veterans service offices. Members of the committee ensure the programs and policies of the Department of Veterans Affairs remain open to women and are mindful of those elements of the veteran experience unique to women. To register as a woman veteran or to volunteer with an outreach program in your region, go to:

Online Resources

College Guide for Veterans and Service Members

College Guide for Veterans and Service Members

Social Security Disability Benefits Guide

Social Security Disability Benefits Guide

Quit Smoking Community Guide to tobacco addiction

How to Quit Smoking - Veterans and Tobacco Addiction

A Helpful Resource for Veterans Struggling with Substance Abuse

Veterans and Substance Abuse: The Many Sides of the Problem

Military Connection offers the most comprehensive online directory of military resources and information. They provide education information including military schools, military education and federal schools. They also provide some excellent tools such as Military Pay Charts, Salary Calculator, Cost of Living Calculator and the Military Pay Calculator. There is information on military loans and military insurance too. They offer a Virtual Job Fair featuring top jobs for military, Veterans and those seeking federal employment, a Directory of Employers featuring thousands of employers, Job Postings and Live Job Fairs. There is a database of Military Commissaries & Exchanges and Free Coupons that you can print to obtain outstanding savings. The Virtual Mall offers lots of values too.

Q&A About VA's Medallion Benefit

VA's Medallion Benefit

The VA is offering bronze medallions to Veterans not buried in a national or state Veterans cemetery, or those without a government grave marker. Each service has its own medallion that is attached to existing, privately purchased headstones or markers, signifying a deceased's status as a Veteran. The VA is pleased to offer this option that highlights a veteran’s service and sacrifice for our country. For more information go to or

Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs: What You Need to Know

This guide will identify legal and financial resources available to citizens, seniors, and veterans, offer tips to hire the right home remodeler, and suggest modifications throughout the home to make the space as accommodating as possible. Go to to read the guide.

A 2016 Guide to Veteran Education Benefits recently published this guide to make veterans aware of all the grants, scholarships and education resources that are available to them. This is a user-friendly guide that includes features like our GI Bill calculator, grants and scholarship directories, You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

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Upcoming Events

The Wright Memorial Chapter supports numerous events each year. As new events approach, please check here for information.

Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP)
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Please call (937) 257-0580 or use our online calendar.

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