Ohio puts veterans and military families first


By Col. Chip Tansill (U.S. Army Retired) - Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services



In the military, veterans and their families put our nation first, making sacrifices to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. Ohio continues to put our veterans and military families first.

In his 2014 State of the State Address, Governor John Kasich said, “One of the best kept secrets in our state are our veterans. Not only do they deserve our thanks for the sacrifices they’ve made for our freedom, they deserve our help to transition back into civilian life.”

Taking those words to heart, Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly implemented several reforms that now make it easier for veterans and their spouses to obtain a state license or certificate for jobs in Ohio. And, Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities are building a system to better apply military experience toward free college credit.

The state launched the OhioMeansJobs Veteran Business Support Center making it easier for employers to connect with veteran talent. In the first 17 months since opening, 544 veterans have been hired into jobs averaging $14.95 per hour.

Today, more than 1,400 employers are registered as military-friendly on www.OhioMeansVeteranJobs.com

For the veteran community, www.OhioMeansVeteranJobs.com gives veterans, service members and their families one easy entry point to find information about jobs, building civilian resumes, professional licenses, benefits, and how to obtain free college credit for their military training.

The hard work and collaboration of Governor John Kasich’s Administration and the Ohio General Assembly is paying off. Ohio’s veteran unemployment rate went from 11% at the end of federal fiscal year 2013 to 3.1% at the end of federal fiscal year 2014.

Ohio’s workforce system is placing a greater priority on the veteran community. For individuals, the state is able to better connect Ohio’s veterans with the job training and tools they need to compete for Ohio’s in-demand jobs.

For employers, Ohio is better positioned to assist them in identifying and connecting with qualified job-seeking veterans. Together we are helping more Ohio veterans find rewarding careers.

Employers, please make a New Year’s resolution to hire more highly skilled, dedicated veterans through OhioMeansJobs.

Veterans, please use the military skills translator on www.OhioMeansVeteranJobs.com to build and post your resume to ensure employers receive it first. If you know someone currently serving in the military, send them to www.OhioMeansVeteranJobs.com and encourage them to see for themselves how much Ohio Values Veterans.

By Col. Chip Tansill (U.S. Army Retired)

Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services

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