Military Family Support
The USO of Northern Ohio takes care of our Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserves and their families in the 31 Northern counties in Ohio. The USO of Northern Ohio provides support for all service members and their families in the service area. These include supporting unit events, offering Tickets for the Troops to sporting and entertainment events, United Through Reading, Daddy-Daughter Dances, Baby Sea Bags, and more!
Military OneSource - Wouldn’t it be great if children came with instructions? As a military parent, you have the next best thing to parenting instructions – a wealth of parenting resources, benefits and programs. Military OneSource is by your side through the journey of parenthood – through the early years and tricky teen years. Whether it’s finding quality child care, learning about adoption, helping your kids excel in school or connecting to resources, Military OneSource is here for you.
Educator License Fees Waived for Veterans and Those in the Military - The Ohio Department of Education is eliminating fees for educator licenses to recognize the contributions of military families. Beginning Jan. 2, 2015, the fees for any initial Ohio educator license, permit or certificate – or for a renewal – will be waived for candidates who are veterans or current service members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard or Reserves. Spouses of active duty services members also may receive a license free of charge. Learn More
Ohio National Guard’s Family Readiness Program - This program provides information and tools for Ohio families, including educational resources, youth camps and recreational opportunities.
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) - The Military Child Education Coalition’s work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition. | Voice for the Military Child: a newsletter for friends of the MCEC
Health Care Licensing for Military Members and Spouses - If you or your spouse is a current or retired member of the armed forces of the United States, or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard, the following information is provided to help you in obtaining licensure or certification by the Ohio Board of Nursing.
Army OneSource - Army OneSource, Army Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services works with parents, students and schools to mitigate the challenges resulting from children switching school systems because of family relocation or deployment of a parent.
Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission - Ohio is one of 35 states involved in the Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunities for Military Children, which is working to ensure that military children are properly enrolled in schools, have eligibility for school activities and have assistance in meeting graduation requirements. Learn about the compact on this website. For for additional information, contact ODE staff members Pete Lupiba, the council’s state commissioner, at Pete.Lupiba@education.ohio.gov
Touching Base - Touching Base is a quarterly U.S. Department of Education newsletter for the military community.
Here are some additional resources that may be useful:
Financial Resources and Discounts for Military Families
The Military Guide
Guide to Storage and Moving
Tips for Moving into Military Housing
Financial Assistance for Homeless Vets
Veterans Homebuying Guide
Community and Support for Veterans
Congratulations to Amherst parent Elizabeth Fought for being selected as the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Ohio National Guard Military Spouse of the Year! Elizabeth was nominated because of the immense support she gives to Ohio National Guard Military Families through her volunteer work as secretary of the Family Readiness Group (FRG) for Company A, 1st Battalion, 145th Armored Regiment, based in Newton Falls, Ohio. Elizabeth has contributed countless hours and helped coordinate several key events that helped strengthen Company A's Family Readiness Group. She's a caring parent and a fantastic supporter of the Amherst Schools!