• Supporting Ohio's Military Families


    Approximately 35,000 students in Ohio are members of military families. Frequent moves and family separations through deployments, as well as reintegration issues make life especially challenging. Ohio offers a number of programs to assist military families.

    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

    Purple Star Award

    The Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display onsite. Learn More  Click here to view the Ohio Purple Star Educators Website

    Troops to Teachers

    Troops to Teachers is a national program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Department of Defense through an agency called the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). The program helps eligible military personnel begin new careers as teachers in PK-12 public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are needed most. Learn More

    Month of the Military Child

    In 1986, the Secretary of Defense designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child” and all branches of services provide special days and events to honor their children. This commemoration recognizes the contributions that military children make as their parents, guardians and families serve our nation. Because of their resilience and ability to deal with life-changing events, military children are an inspiration and a source of pride for our nation.

    Military Families Resources

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    Military Kids Connect - Life for military kids is full of ups and downs. From adventure and unique experiences, to frequent moves and family adjustments - you may face challenges that your friends at school don't know anything about.  Making connections with other military kids can help you build resilience and find friends who understand your life.
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    Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission - Ohio is one of 50 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 additional information, contact ODE staff members Pete Lupiba, the council’s state commissioner, at Pete.Lupiba@education.ohio.gov | Working with Ohio’s Military Kids: what educators need to know

    Veterans Executive Order Report - A comprehensive look at what state departments, boards, commissions and our institutions of higher education can do to support Ohio’s veterans and service members, and to make our state an ideal home for veterans seeking to launch their civilian careers.

    House Bill 488 - Revised Code to require state institutions of higher education to award credit for military training, to increase penalties for certain theft, deception, and identity fraud offenses when the victim is an active duty service member, to allow for a civil action for victims of identity fraud, to make other changes regarding state support and benefits for veterans and their spouses, and to clarify membership in the State Teachers Retirement System.
    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. 
    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
    Ohio Inter-service Family Assistance Coalition (ISFAC) - The ISFAC serves as a statewide “safety net” in support of Ohio military families. The ISFAC connects military families with national, state, regional and community resources as well as volunteer support services.
    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.
    Touching Base - Touching Base is a quarterly U.S. Department of Education newsletter for the military community.

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    Almost 1 out of every 3 Veterans seeking treatment for substance-use disorder also has PTSD. Studies show PTSD and substance-use problems are strongly related to people who served in the military and in civilians. Therefore, our organization is raising awareness of co-occurring disorders during May - National Military Appreciation Month. 

    Below are just some of our free resources available for veterans and military members suffering from co-occurring disorders and PTSD: 

    • State of Veteran Mental Health and Substance Abuse in America provides interesting infographics and statistics that relate to veterans' alcohol consumption and social/emotional/physical issues.  

    • PTSD & Substance Abuse in Veterans discusses what PTSD is and why it occurs, additionally how to get help to overcome the symptoms and struggles of living with PTSD

    • Veteran Drug & Alcohol Rehab gives statistics on U.S. veterans with substance addiction, how mental health and chronic pain affect addiction, and additional support groups for veterans.  

    • Resources for Veterans- offers multiple resources and guides for veterans and family members to navigate co-occurring disorders common in veterans and active service members


    For those hoping to find help in their local areas, use this free directory to locate the nearest treatment facilities, or they can use this free text line to start the road to recovery.