Ohio State Veteran's Benefits

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The state of Ohio provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

Ohio Veteran Housing Benefits

Ohio Veterans Home
The Ohio Veterans Home Agency is a State of Ohio establishment comprised of two facilities, a home located in Sandusky, Ohio (approximately 60 miles west of Cleveland) and a home located in Georgetown, Ohio (approximately 45 miles east of Cincinnati).

The Georgetown Home is a licensed nursing home providing two levels of nursing care -- standard care and special care (Alzheimer/ Dementia). The Sandusky Home, in addition to offering standard care and special care in its licensed nursing home, also offers Veterans Hall (DOM), a domiciliary for those who are able to function in an independent living situation, and DOM+ for those requiring very limited assistance (supervised care) but who do not require the level of care provided to nursing home residents.

You must be an Honorably discharged wartime veteran and have been a resident of the State of Ohio for one year anytime during lifetime (does not have to be consecutive) and are disabled and unable to earn a living. The financial assessment is based on the resident’s monthly income and assets. Maximum cost is approximately 1/3 the cost of private care.

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Ohio Veteran Financial Benefits

Ohio Veterans Bonus Program
Generally, anyone who served honorably, anywhere in the world for more than 90 days (not for training) on or after October 7, 2001 is eligible. Applicants must have been Ohio residents at the time of entry onto active duty, and be current Ohio residents. It pays $100 per month for service in Afghanistan, and $50 per month for service elsewhere, up to a maximum of $1,500.

Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available through your County Veterans Service Office on a short term basis to eligible veterans and their dependents.

Ohio Heroes Home Loans
The Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Ohio Heroes program rewards Ohio residents who serve the public with a discounted mortgage interest rate, available for first-time homebuyers with a credit score of 640 or higher.

State Tax Exemptions
Retired military pay is exempt from Ohio state taxes. Ohio residents who are stationed outside the state do not pay Ohio state income taxes on any income received out-of-state.

Homestead Exemption
Veterans rated by the VA as 100 percent disabled due to a service-connected disability and surviving spouses who occupy the same home are eligible for the expanded Homestead Exemption, the rate varies by location.

Military Injury Relief Fund
Ohio grants money to individuals injured while in active service as a member of the armed forces of the United States and while serving under operation Iraqi freedom or operation enduring freedom. Effective August 21, 2008 MIRF is exempt from State Taxation.

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Ohio Veteran Employment Benefits

State Employment
Veterans are entitled to 20% added credit on Ohio civil service exam. Current service members of a Reserve Component (including the Ohio National Guard) who successfully complete initial entry-level training receive a 15% added credit.

Ohio Educator License Fee Elimination
The Ohio Department of Education is eliminating fees for educator licenses for any initial (or a renewal of an) Ohio educator license, permit, or certificate for Veterans or current Armed Forces Service members, including the National Guard or Reserve. Spouses of active-duty Service members also may receive a license free of charge.

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Ohio Veteran Education Benefits

Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program
Eligible Ohio National Guard members may receive up to 96 educational credits (12 full-time quarters or 8 full-time semesters) of tuition assistance toward an undergraduate degree at a participating Ohio school during their enlistment. ONG members who possess a Bachelor's degree are not eligible; however, possessing prior college credits or possession of an Associate's degree does not affect eligibility. 

Ohio War Orphans Scholarship

  • What is it? The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict.
  • Who is eligible? To receive War Orphans Scholarship benefits, a student must be enrolled for full-time undergraduate study and pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree at an eligible Ohio college or university. Ohio residency is required. Applicants must be under the age of 25.
  • How much aid is available? Scholarship benefits cover a portion of instructional and general fee charges at two and four-year public institutions and a portion of these charges at eligible private colleges and universities.
  • How do I apply? Application is made to the Ohio Board of Regents/State Grants and Scholarships Department.

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Ohio Veteran Recreation Benefits

Recreational Benefits
Ohio offers the following recreation benefits for totally disabled veterans, Medal of Honor recipients, and former POWs:

  • Free Hunting & Fishing Licenses
  • Free Boating Licenses & Registration
  • Free Camping at Ohio State Parks

Hunting and Fishing License Exemptions
Ohio resident service members on active duty, while on leave or furlough are not required to purchase a fishing license, hunting license, Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, or fur taker permit. All other licenses and permits are required.

Non-resident Service members on active duty stationed in Ohio, but NOT on leave can purchase a resident Ohio hunting license for hunting deer, turkey, or hunting/trapping furbearers and an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp for waterfowl.

Camping Discounts at Ohio State Parks
Active military and Veterans are entitled to 10% discount. The discount may be used for only ONE campsite, getaway rental unit, cottage, or lodge room per visit. Military ID or Veteran identification must be presented to receive discount.

Free Camping at Ohio State Parks
Free camping for Ohio residents who are former POWs or who are honorably discharged with a permanent and total disability as determined by the VA. Not applicable to getaway rentals.

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Other Ohio State Veteran Benefits

Burial Benefits
Burial Benefits are available for eligible veterans. (Contact your County Veteran Service Officer).

Transportation to Medical Appointments
Many of the organizations and County Veterans Service Offices across Ohio free transportation to local VA facilities. (Contact your County Veteran Service Officer)

Ohio Veterans Home Cemetery
Located in Perkins Township, Sandusky, it is also known as The Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Cemetery, and Soldiers' Home Cemetery.  It has been located on the grounds of the Ohio Veterans Home since 1888, supporting the Ohio Veterans Home with the motto: Serving those who served.

Veterans residing in the Ohio Veterans Home can request burial in the cemetery. Approximately 24 veterans are buried at the site each year.

Visit the Ohio Department of Veterans Services website for more information on any of these programs.

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