October 27, 2017


More than 810,000 veterans live in Ohio. Including family members, over 2,000,000 Ohioans are part of veteran families – including more than 140,000 children. There seems to be an innate drive in veterans to serve our nation and be part of something bigger than themselves. They feel proud of their service, but sometimes the road home is dark and difficult. 130,000 Ohio veterans live in poverty; 140,000 have difficulty feeding their families. 120,000 struggle with service-related mental health issues. Military Veterans Resource Center is an Ohio 501(c)(3) nonprofit that for nearly 20 years has helped struggling veterans regain their self-reli-ance and independence. Each year, we serve over 3,500 Ohio veterans by providing assistance with employment, shelter and transportation. We provide thousands of meals to hungry veterans and their families, deliver school supplies to the children of veterans and offer free, confidential mental health counseling services. The Road Home is dedicated to increasing awareness of the sacrifices men and women make in service to America, and the struggles many face when they come home. Sergeant First Class (Ret.) Michael Schlitz, who is our guest speaker, enlisted in the Army in March 1996 and served as a rifleman and Platoon Sergeant. While in Baghdad, Iraq on February 27, 2007, Schlitz and his crew were on a road clearing mission when their vehicle was struck by an improvised ex-plosive device (IED). His gunman, medic and driver were killed. Schlitz was ejected from the vehicle. He lost both hands and his eyesight in his left […]
October 12, 2017

Veterans Food Drive underway

Did you know? More than 140,000 veterans go hungry in Ohio each year. This number doesn’t include spouses and children. You can help alleviate hunger among veteran populations by donating to our food bank during our annual fall food drive. The Veterans Food Drive is a volunteer effort to gather canned and non-perishable items to fill the Veterans Food Bank which provides food/hygiene items/clothes and more to veterans who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families during periods of unemployment or career transition. This year’s drive ends on Nov. 30. 700 pounds of food collected translates into roughly 583 meals. Conversely, raising and donating $700 translates to 2100 meals. That’s because the Veterans Food Bank is a Mid-Ohio FoodBank partner and can secure large amounts of produce below retail cost. Acceptable items include canned and boxed items, as well as any other shelf-stable products.  We are in need of hygiene items such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, tooth brushes, razors, shaving cream etc. We have several community partners collecting food for us through local food drives. Drop off locations are: Columbus MVRC Columbus, 1395 E. Dublin-Granville Road Egan-Ryan Funeral Homes Bishop Hartley High School (collecting items to assemble care packages) Overbrook Presbyterian Church St. Luke Lutheran Church in Gahanna Delaware County Air Force JROTC (Drop off food at Delaware Hayes High School) The Ohio State University Military and Veteran Services Columbus State Community College Dublin Coffman High School VSP Ohio The neighborhood of Worthington Hills Chillicothe Logan Elm […]
October 4, 2017

The ROAD HOME Gala to help at risk veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (October 4, 2017) — More than 130,000 Ohio veterans live in poverty and about 140,000 have difficulty feeding their families each year.  On Saturday, November 4, Military Veterans Resource Center is hosting THE ROAD HOME Gala at the Columbus Athenaeum from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is dedicated to bringing increased awareness to the struggles that some veterans face when navigating the road home from military service. Guests at the event will hear from several local veterans tell their stories of service and sacrifice. U.S. Army veteran Mike Schlitz will deliver the keynote. Schlitz was critically injured in Iraq in 2007 when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by a improvised explosive device (IED). His gunman, medic and driver were killed. Schlitz lost both hands and his eyesight in his left eye and sustained burns on 85 percent of his body. He now lives with his mother, Robbi, in a specially adapted home in Columbus, Ga. “I’m happier now than I’ve ever been, Schlitz said. “Before I was injured, my life was about me, and now I get to make my life simply about others. Don’t feel sad or apologize for what happened to me. This experience made me stronger. If there’s one thing to take away, it’s this: The American service member’s spirit cannot and will not be broken.” Guests at the inaugural event will enjoy a seated dinner, silent auction, raffles, military-themed presentations, and will witness the Missing Man Table […]