Governor Signs Budget which Strengthens Ohio’s Status as a Veteran Friendly State: RLF gains Ohio Support for “Invest in Vets” Employment Initiative.
FOR GENERAL RELEASE
Governor John Kasich signed Ohio’s new biennial budget into law the evening of July 30, further strengthening Ohio’s veteran-friendly status, starting with a 6.3 percent income tax cut that will put more money in Ohioans’ pockets.
Soon, many small businesses will pay no income tax, making it easier to hire more workers, including veterans. The new budget cuts income taxes for the first $250,000 earned by Ohio’s small businesses by 75% in the first year of the budget and 100% in the second, allowing them to hire more and reinvest in their businesses and communities. This budget also supports veteran-friendly businesses by giving them a competitive advantage when bidding on state contracts.
Building on the free college credit for military experience established in House Bill 488, this budget provides new tuition freezes at all public universities and requires that public schools credit students’ associate degrees towards a four-year degree so they can graduate more quickly and affordably. New budget language also ensures veterans can expedite their training when certifying to become a civilian paramedic.
The War Orphans Scholarship fund for the children of wartime disabled or deceased veterans will see a nearly 30 percent increase to $7,124,141. This is especially important as we see an increase in applicants from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Ohio is now better positioned to attract talented veterans from across the nation by offering in-state tuition rates at Ohio’s public universities for veterans and their dependents and spouses, even if they have not lived in Ohio previously.
I am proud to share that Governor Kasich and the General Assembly reaffirmed their commitment to Ohio’s military installations by creating the Ohio Military Facilities Commission, which will receive $2.5 million per year to support job creation and capital improvement projects at Ohio’s military installations.
This budget broadens the progress we have made together for Ohio’s military families and it will help ensure more veterans are connected to the resources and economic opportunity they have earned.
Col. Tim Gorrell
Ohio Department of Veterans Services
NOTE: Resurrecting Lives Foundation will be working with the Ohio Department of Veterans Services to launch the Invest in Vets Employment Initiative as well as well as a Community Training Program to increase awareness about Traumatic Brain Injuries. The Ohio budget allocated $90K over 2 years for these initiatives.
Resurrecting Lives Foundation announces our 2015 Employment Initiative:
“INVEST in VETS” Program
Providing employment for our returning heroes with TBI with employers interested in a long term commitments and opportunities for advancement, education, and growth.
Resurrect a HERO – Strengthen a Nation
1. 2.5 million men and women have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 13 years, and it is estimated that nearly 450,000 suffer from mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a result of their service. Rand Corporation predicts TBI in 20 % of our military. www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9336/index1.html
2. TBI is manifested by memory problems, processing difficulties, and, at times, difficulty learning new information without proper training. However, the treatment through cognitive retraining and vocational initiatives utilizing military discipline and skills will retrain the brain for civilian employment. – In these young brains, retraining is key, and connecting the hero with TBI with an employer willing to take a few extra weeks of training, is, our 2015 mission. Employment is key to resurrecting these warriors.
3. Unemployment rates among our heroes remain high, higher than the non-veteran, or, around 9% for post 9/11 Veterans. www.adn.com/2014/03/20/3384751/higher-jobless-rates-for-iraq.html
4. More Discharges with military draw down will increase the need for employment. mashable.com/2014/02/24/proposed-u-s-military-budget-cuts/
5. Our mission in 2015 is to connect our heroes with mTBI to an employer with positions matching the Veterans skills and aptitudes and to continue the long term relationship for reintegration and advancement.
6. We will enlighten employers of the many benefits in employing Veterans. www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/4-key-reasons-to-hire-veterans.html
7. We will seek to provide employment for heroes and their families by starting a model in OHIO which can be replicated throughout the nation. We will partner with national companies with the opportunities of hiring men/women of multiple skill sets.
WON’T YOU JOIN US?
Resurrect a Hero – Strengthen YOUR company.
Chrisanne Gordon, MD
Founder and Executive Director
Resurrecting Lives Foundation