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ohio warriors hockeyThe Ohio Warriors Hockey Program was founded in 2014 with the support of the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). The program is open to all injured and ill service members and disabled veterans, regardless of age or gender.

For more information, to see our practice schedules, or to donate, visit:

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Please attend the Wreaths Across America Wreath Laying event on December 13th!

Our mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. We also organize a week of events including international veteran's tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and a week-long "Veteran's Parade" between Maine and Virginia where we stop along the way to spread our message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms. The wreaths are placed on the graves this Saturday. If you are interested in supporting your local volunteers, please go to to learn more.

Fun family outing. USO supported organization!

Operation Military Kids Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo!

December 21st, 2014
5:00 - 8:00 pm
• Location: Water's Edge Plaza Pavilion 2
• Enjoy an evening out with the family at the Columbus Zoo!
• FREE refreshments and food, provided by the USO
• Get a FREE family photo, and enjoy multiple family activities.
• Discount available all day!
• $9 per Adult
• $5.00 per Child (3-9) & Senior (60+)
• Children 2 and under are FREE
• Parking is FREE
• You must bring your MILITARY ID or this flyer to receive the discount and free parking
• Open to ALL Military families and Veterans.


 First of all I would like to thank you for your service to your country and your interest in the Columbus State Veterans Organization (CSVO). We would like to hold a general information meeting on Thursday 15 Jan 2015 1400hrs 

The meeting will take place in Delaware Hall Room 156 (The Veterans Lounge) and if need be we can move to a bigger class room.
The CSVO is a recognized student organization by Columbus State and a National Chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA). As your chapter advisor I plan to work with you on addressing veterans issues, concerns and assist with raising awareness within the local community.

We will also be discussing how the CSVO will be involved in 2015 Veterans Events, here at Columbus State.

The heart of SVA is the student veteran led chapter. These local organizations are the "boots on the ground" that provide peer-to-peer support, which has been linked to academic success and an easier transition to campus for student veterans. Through this national network of affiliates, SVA impacts the lives of thousands of student veterans.

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VA Develops Mobile Application "Concussion Coach" To Help Support Treatment for Veterans Who Suffer From Mild to Moderate Concussions - To better meet the needs of Veterans and others who have suffered mild to moderate concussion associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed "Concussion Coach," a mobile application ("app") that provides portable tools to recognize symptoms and to identify and make use of coping strategies. (9/16/14)


Steps for "Getting Your VA BAH & Book Money" On Time:

1. Register for classes as soon as possible (Spring 2015 semester registration opened on Oct 20, 2014 and will continue through Jan 7th 10, 2015); LATE REGISTRATION FEES WILL BE ASSESSED AFTER JAN 7, 2015 (end of " On-Time" registration).

2. Immediately following registration, complete and submit the CSCC "Request for VA Certification" form - and return it to the Veterans Services staff. This form may be dropped off (Union Hall, Room 48), faxed or scanned/email to (Last Name, Cougar ID and TERM in the subject line of the email) that your registration is complete and you are requesting VA benefits.

3. Certification forms are now required for EACH TERM that you are requesting benefits! 

4. If any registration changes are made following notification of the Military & Veterans Services Dept. notification is required by contacting us at (as detailed above).

5. If you have changed your major (Program of Study), please ensure that your official major is changed with the Office of Records & Registration (614-287-5353), then complete the Columbus State "Request for VA Certification" form which can be downloaded from the Columbus State web site. The completed form must be returned (scanned/emailed, faxed or dropped off) to the G.I. Bill Office (Union Hall, Room 48) immediately following the completion of registration before VA enrollment certification can take place. Non-receipt of this form will delay or prevent benefit processing and payments.

Any changes to your registration for Spring 2015 term made on or after Wed, Jan 17th 2015 and following VA certification processing (receipt of the VA email notification that your enrollment has been certified) will delay benefits payments and may also cause over/under payments, being dropped from classes, and indebtedness to Columbus State and/or the VA.

Please make sure your account balances reflect paid (a zero (as detailed above).

Burn Pit Registry...
The VA is collecting info on service members who believe they experienced harmful environmental effects to their health from exposure to burn pits in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Currently, the VA says that research does not show evidence of long-term health problems from expo-sure to burn pits, in which a variety of waste from human to chemicals, petroleum and discarded food were burned. But it is also studying the issue and plans to continue doing so. To that end, the agency is seeking information from veterans who believe such exposure has compromised their health.
Veterans can also file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe were caused by exposure to burn pits. The claims will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

According to the VA, veterans who were closer to burn pit smoke or exposed for longer periods may be at greater risk. Health effects depend on a number of other factors, such as the kind of waste being burned and wind direction. Toxins in burn pit smoke may affect the skin, eyes, respiratory and cardio-vascular systems, gastrointestinal tract and internal organs. Most of the irritation is temporary and resolves once the exposure is gone. This includes eye irritation and burning, coughing and throat irritation, breathing difficulties, and skin itching and rashes. The high level of fine dust and pollution common in Iraq and Afghanistan may pose a greater danger for respiratory illnesses than exposure to burn pits, the VA said.
The online registry and additional information are at:



FRAUD ALERT: Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller's information is obtained. Note that VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. Before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are taking to.

The numbers to be avoided are:

800-872-1000 (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)

888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551)

VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation, and will provide additional information and guidance as necessary.


Attention G.I. Bill Students! The Ohio Residency Verification Sessions are conducted each semester to assist students in a redetermination of their current residency status with Columbus State Community College. A student's residency status is initially determined by information he or she provided on his or her application for admission to Columbus State Community College. Please be advised that fee payment deadlines cannot be waived or extended for a student whose residency status is being reviewed. Students must make full payment of all tuition (including non-resident of Ohio fees) by the appropriate deadline date to avoid being dropped for non-payment of fee.



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