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All Veterans have the right to Priority of Service at the OhioMeansJobs Center-Gallia County. Priority of service means that covered persons are given priority over non-covered persons for the receipt of employment, training and placement services funded in whole or in part by DOL, including Wagner-Peyser, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Senior Community Service Employment Program, Indian and Native American Programs, and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers. A covered person is entitled to priority of service under any qualified job training program if the person otherwise meets the eligibility requirements for participation in such program.  Priority of service gives veterans and eligible spouses the right to take precedence over non-covered persons in obtaining services. Depending on the type of service or resource being provided, taking precedence may mean:

  1. A veteran or an eligible spouse either receives access to a service earlier in time than a non-covered person, or
  2. If the service or resource is limited, the veteran or eligible spouse receives access to the service instead of or before the non-covered person.

Caregiver: With respect to an eligible veteran, an individual who provides personal care services to the veteran.

Covered person:  A veteran or his/her eligible spouse.

Disabled veteran: A veteran who is entitled to compensation (or who, except for the receipt of military retired pay, would be entitled to compensation) under the Department of Veteran Affairs, or a veteran who was discharged or released from active duty, because of a service connected disability.

Eligible spouse: An individual who is one of the following:

  1. The spouse of any person who died of a service-connected disability.
  2. The spouse of any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for assistance, is listed in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for a total of more than 90 days:
    1. Missing in action
    2. Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force
    3. Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power for a total of more than 90 days, or
    4. The spouse of any person who has a total (100%) disability permanent in nature resulting from a service connected disability or the spouse of a veteran who died while a disability was so evaluated was in existence.

Family caregiver: With respect to an eligible veteran, a family member who is a caregiver of the veteran.

Homeless individual:

  1. An individual or family
    1. Who lacks a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence,
    2. With a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings,
    3. Living in a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter
    4. Who resided in a shelter or place not meant for human habitation and who is exiting an institution where he or she temporarily resided
  2. An individual or family
    1. Who will imminently lose their housing including housing they own, rent or live in without paying rent, are sharing with others
    2. Has no subsequent residence identified, and
    3. Lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing, or
  3. Unaccompanied youth and homeless families with children and youth defined as homeless who
    1. Have experienced a long term period without living independently in permanent housing,
    2. Have experienced persistent instability as measured by frequent moves over such period, and
    3. Can be expected to continue in such status for an extended period of time because of chronic disabilities, chronic physical health or mental health conditions, substance addiction, histories of domestic violence or childhood abuse, the presence of a child or youth with a disability or multiple barriers to employment.
  4. Notwithstanding any of the provisions above, the definition of homeless shall include any individual or family who is fleeing, or is attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions in the individual’s or family’s current housing situation, including where the health and safety of the children are jeopardized and who have no other residence or lack the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing.

Offender: An adult or juvenile who

  1. Is or has been subject to any stage of the criminal justice process, and for whom services under WIOA may be beneficial, or
  2. Requires assistance in overcoming artificial barriers to employment resulting from a record of arrest or conviction.

Recently separated service member:  Any veteran during the three year period beginning on the date of such veteran’s discharge or release from active duty

Service connected disability:  A disability resulting from disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.

Special disabled veteran:  A veteran who is entitled to compensation under laws administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs for:

  1. Disabilities rated at 30% or higher, or
  2. Disabilities rated at 10 to 20%, if the individual has a serious employment disability, or
  3. A veteran who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

Transitional service member:  An individual in active duty status (including separation leave, who registers for employment services and is within 24 months of retirement or 12 months of separation.

Veteran:  (for priority of service) Any person who served at least one day in the active military, naval or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than “dishonorable”.  Active service includes full-time federal service in the National Guard or a Reserve component, other than full-time duty for training purposes.

Veteran Questionnaire: http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/file.asp?id=665&type=application/pdf

This questionnaire is available at OhioMeansJobs Center-Gallia County Center or you may print a copy to complete before you come to the Center.  In the main lobby, go to the desk and identify yourself as a veteran and either ask for a questionnaire or hand a completed form to the staff.

They will guide you to a staff member that can assist you.

VETERAN SERVICES

OhioMeansVeteranJobs -  www.ohiomeansveteranjobs.com

ODJFS Veterans Workforce Services- http://jfs.ohio.gov/veterans/index.stm

Ohio Department of Veteran Services- http://dvs.ohio.gov/

Department of Higher Education, Ohio GI Promise- https://www.ohiohighered.org/node/258 (training, financial aid, scholarships)

Department of Veteran Affairs- https://www.va.gov/

Department of Labor, Jobs for Veterans Act- https://www.doleta.gov/programs/vets/

OTHER IMPORTANT VETERAN SERVICES

Veteran Crisis Hotline -  https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/About/AboutVeteransCrisisLine.aspx

Veteran Crisis Line-Suicide Prevention- https://activeheroes.org/get-help/

Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline- https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/veterans/