Press releases

March 26, 2015

Military Veterans Resource Center announces two new board members

COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 26, 2015) – Military Veterans Resource Center announced today the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. The new members are Gayle Elliot and Brad Howard, who are set  to begin their term on April 9, 2015. They join a six-member Board of Directors that makes policy decisions and oversees MVRC operations. “Our newest board members are dedicated to our goal of helping Ohio’s veterans build strong, healthy lives. We are fortunate to have their guidance as we continue to grow in our mission,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. Gayle Elliot is a Career Facilitator with FastPath, a jobs training program at Columbus State Community College for Columbus residents living in poverty. She holds AAS degrees in Social Services and Human Resources Management and a Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Management. Before her current role at FastPath, Elliot worked at the United States Air Force Academy and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. She has over 24 years of combined experience in human resources and workforce development, with a focus on veterans’ employment. Brad Howard is a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting LLP where he leads the company’s Risk Transfer Advisory Services. Prior to his role at Deloitte, he was an Associate at Towers Perrin. Howard has over fourteen years of experience consulting with benefit plan sponsors, associated vendors and insurance providers. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Kent State University and is a Fellow of the Society […]
April 15, 2015

Girl Scouts donate 350 cases of cookies to Military Veterans Resource Center

COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 15, 2015) – On Tuesday, April 7, the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council delivered 350 cases of cookies to Military Veterans Resource Center’s Food Bank. The donation was made possible by their Operation Salute program, which sends cookies to organizations that support current and former military service members. “The cookies are a special treat for our veterans and especially their kids. We’re excited to partner with the Girl Scouts again and surprise our vets with the cookies,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. According to Jessica Martin, Product Program Operations Manager at the Council, Operation Salute started in 2013 when the girls’ expressed their interest in giving back to Ohio’s service members. The Council agreed to launch the program, taking care of all shipping needs and adding an option on the cookie form for customers to donate a box of cookies to Operation Salute. This season, customers donated a total of 28,442 boxes to the program–over 5,000 boxes more than last year. “The girls get very excited about the program, and it’s a great way for customers to be supportive of both the girl scouts and our military members,” said Martin. Military Veterans Resource Center’s mission is to provide comprehensive services and information that enables veterans who served honorably to become self-reliant in managing career and life decisions. MVRC is a non-profit organization based in Columbus and operates five centers throughout Ohio. About the MVRC Food Bank: Military Veterans Resource Center operates an emergency food bank for […]
May 21, 2015

Military Veterans Resource Center announces office relocation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HAMILTON, Ohio (May 21, 2015) – Military Veterans Resource Center’s Hamilton office has changed locations. Starting Wednesday, May 20, Military Veterans Resource Center will begin serving veterans out of their new office at 633 High St., Ste. 101 in Hamilton. It will be open to veterans for walk-in hours and appointments Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Military Veterans Resource Center’s mission is to help veterans who honorably served access the resources they need to become self-reliant in managing their careers and lives. MVRC was founded in 2000 and opened its Hamilton office in 2004. Prior to the move, the Hamilton office operated out of AMVETS Post 1983, located at 914 Ross Ave. “At the new location where we’re on the first floor, we can better serve veterans with disabilities,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. “We are grateful for AMVETS Post 1983’s support and partnership over the years, and we will continue to collaborate to help veterans.” The new office includes a computer lab with workstations and a training room for workshops and resume classes. For more information about the services MVRC offers veterans and their families, or to make an appointment, contact Veterans Services Specialist Dan Dunaway at 513-252-2395 or dan.dunaway@milvestrc.org. Military Veterans Resource Center is based in Columbus and operates five centers throughout Ohio.   ###
May 29, 2015

Slate Hill Elementary School awards donation to Military Veterans Resource Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 29, 2015) – On Thursday, May 28, Slate Hill Elementary School of Worthington, Ohio held their end-of-year assembly and awarded Military Veterans Resource Center a donation of $749.64. The donation was made possible through the students’ participation in Penny Harvest, a program of See Kids Dream, which asks students to collect pennies for causes in their communities. Slate Hill’s fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes started Penny Harvest at the beginning of the school year. The program required them to research issues in their community, research local non-profits that address those issues, and interview non-profit representatives in order to vote on how the money should be donated. According to Brenda Buchy, Program Coordinator at See Kids Dream, the students periodically give up their lunch and recess time throughout the year to work on the project. This year, the students raised $1,490.00 and decided to focus on organizations that help veterans and sick children. In addition to Military Veterans Resource Center, the Ronald McDonald House also received a donation at the assembly. “With the money you raised for Military Veterans Resource Center, we can provide 3,000 meals for hungry veterans and their families,” said MVRC Director of Operations Tim Taylor at the assembly. Military Veterans Resource Center’s mission is to help veterans who honorably served access the resources they need to become self-reliant in managing their career and life decisions. MVRC is a non-profit organization based in Columbus and operates five centers throughout Ohio.   […]
July 8, 2015

Cincinnati Revolution to host Salute to Service Night on July 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CINCINNATI, Ohio (July 8, 2015) – The Cincinnati Revolution will host a Salute to Service Night on Saturday, July 11 at their game against the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds. Salute to Service is held in honor of military members, police and firefighters, and they will receive free entry to the game. Pre-game activities will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Cincinnati’s Sheakley Athletic Complex. Service members, veterans and first responders can claim their free tickets by contacting Dan Dunaway at 513-252-2395. For everyone else, the Revolution will accept a $10 gift card from Kroger in place of game admission. Or, a donation of one canned item will earn $2 off regular admission prices at the ticket booth. All gift cards and canned food items will be donated to Military Veterans Resource Center, a non-profit organization that helps veterans who served honorably access the resources they need to manage their career and life decisions. “We wanted to do something to give back and thought the Salute to Service Night would be a great way to honor our service members and help local veterans,” said Raymie Younkin, U.S. Army veteran and Managing Owner of the Cincinnati Revolution. Additional activities include a Color Guard ceremony, games for the family, giveaways, and food. For more information about Salute to Service Night, contact Abby Reynolds at 614-504-4357, or visit CincinnatiRevolution.com. The Cincinnati Revolution is a professional ultimate disc team in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL). One of the original 8 AUDL teams, […]
July 10, 2015

Operation: Tools for School available for veterans and families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 10, 2015) – This August, Military Veterans Resource Center will run Operation: Tools for School to help military families with their children’s back-to-school costs. Veterans, active duty service members, and spouses are eligible for this assistance when proof of service is presented at any of the four Military Veterans Resource Centers in Ohio. “For veterans who are in transition or between jobs, purchasing something simple like school supplies can be a burden. We wanted to do something to help veterans and their children have a positive start to the school year,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. Operation: Tools for School will run from August 3 until August 17. Donations are gladly accepted. Military Veterans Resource Center’s mission is to help veterans who served honorably access the resources they need to become self-reliant in managing their career and life decisions. MVRC is based in Columbus and operates five centers throughout Ohio.   ###
September 11, 2015

Feed Ohio collection will help veterans in need this September

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 11, 2015) – Over 100,000 Ohio veterans rely on food pantries and meal services to feed themselves and their families. This September, Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) is partnering with Feed Ohio to help veterans in need of food assistance. Feed Ohio is a statewide volunteer effort timed to coincide with the National Day of Service on Sept. 11, 2015. Every year, community organizations, churches, and businesses across Ohio volunteer to host food collections for Ohioans in need. From Sept. 1 until Sept. 30, Military Veterans Resource Center will collect monetary donations, non-perishable food items, and personal care items and distribute them to veterans and their families. Items can be dropped off at Military Veterans Resource Center, located at 1395 E. Dublin-Granville Rd. in Columbus. For more information about the food collection, contact Herb Jones at 614-636-4634. “Last year we collected enough food to deliver over 10,000 meals to veterans and families. We hope to serve even more this year,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. Military Veterans Resource Center’s mission is to help veterans who served honorably become self-reliant in managing career and life decisions. MVRC is based in Columbus and operates five centers throughout Ohio.   ###
November 18, 2015

Veterans Day Food Drive will serve Central Ohio veterans and families this Thanksgiving season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (Nov. 18, 2015) – Last week, Egan-Ryan Funeral Service hosted a Veterans Day Food Drive to collect food for veterans, active military members, and families in need of food assistance. Thanks to the Egan-Ryan team’s hard work and a network of Columbus-area churches, businesses, and individuals that contributed, the food drive raised $2,325.00 in donations and over 550 lbs. of food. On Friday, Nov. 13, Egan-Ryan presented the donations to Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC), a non-profit organization based in Columbus that provides employment and supportive services, including food assistance, to veterans and families. According to MVRC Executive Director Len Proper, with the donations collected, Military Veterans Resource Center will be able to provide about 9,850 meals to veterans and families. “Generations of the Ryan family have served in the military, and we wished to provide, at this time of year when many reflect with thanksgiving on their blessings, an opportunity to thank some of those who helped defend our way of life,” said Robert Ryan, co-owner and president of Egan-Ryan Funeral Service. This is the first year for the food drive, and the Egan-Ryan team agreed they will bring it back again next year to support veterans in the community. About Egan-Ryan Funeral Service: Egan-Ryan Funeral Service is a committed, full-service, family-owned home that prides itself on providing outstanding services to those in need. They are dedicated to providing services to the families of the Columbus area with care and compassion. They are now […]
January 8, 2016

Military Veterans Resource Center’s 3rd annual career fair set for Thursday, Jan. 14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DAYTON, Ohio (Jan. 8, 2016) – All job seeking veterans, active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and spouses are invited to attend the 3rd annual New Year, New Career job fair on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Hosted by Military Veterans Resource Center, the career fair will feature over 60 military friendly employers from the Dayton and Miami Valley areas. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, located at 10823 Chidlaw Road. “The unemployment rate is down and a lot of companies are hiring this time of year,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. “If you’re a veteran searching for a new job, now is the time to be proactive and attend events like New Year, New Career.” Veterans should remember to dress for success, bring copies of their resumes, and be prepared to speak with employers about their skill sets and experiences. For more information, contact Kelley Koons at 937-329-9559. Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) helps veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage life transitions. MVRC is based in Columbus and operates five centers throughout Ohio.   ###
January 29, 2016

Free income tax assistance for veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 29, 2016) – This tax season, Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) is partnering with the Ohio Benefit Bank to offer free income tax filing assistance to military veterans and spouses who meet the income requirements. The requirements are that veterans and spouses filing jointly must have an adjusted gross income of $95,000 or less and everyone else must have an adjusted gross income of $65,000 or less. The free tax filing service is available until April 18 at all four Military Veteran Resource Center locations. Those who do not bring the necessary documentation will not be able to file. Veterans will need to bring a photo ID, their DD-214 (or other evidence of military service), and their income tax records. The Ohio Benefit Bank is a program of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Through this program, MVRC can also help veterans apply for education benefits and health coverage, and help their families access food, healthcare, childcare and home energy assistance. Military Veterans Resource Center helps veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage life transitions. MVRC is based in Columbus and operates five centers throughout Ohio. ###
March 28, 2016

Girl Scouts return for third year to make cookie donation to veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 28, 2016) – On Thursday, March 24, the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council returned for a third year to donate 350 cases of cookies to Military Veterans Resource Center’s Veterans Food Bank. The donation was made possible by their Operation Salute program, which collects donations from customers and sends cookies to military and veterans organizations. According to Jessica Martin, Product Program Operations Manager at the Council, the program started three years ago when the girls’ expressed interested in sending cookies to troops overseas. “Many girl scout troops will make special collection boxes and signs for their cookie events to encourage customers to donate to Operation Salute,” said Martin. “It’s a great way for the girls and the customers to give back to our veterans and service members.” In 2016, Operation Salute collected more donations than ever, with a total of 41,176 packages being donated to veterans and service members this season. “Girl Scout cookies are a special treat for our veterans and especially their kids. We’re excited to partner with the Council again and surprise our vets with the cookies,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. Military Veterans Resource Center helps veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage life transitions. MVRC is based in Columbus and operates four centers throughout Ohio. ###
April 11, 2016

Free tax filing assistance available for veterans until April 18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 11, 2016) – Tax filing season ends Monday, April 18, but until then veterans, service members and families can file their federal and state income taxes free of charge with Military Veterans Resource Center. The only requirements are that veterans and spouses filing jointly must have an adjusted gross income of $95,000 or less and everyone else must have an adjusted gross income of $65,000 or less. The free tax filing service is available at all four Military Veterans Resource Center locations. Those who do not bring the necessary documentation will not be able to file. Veterans will need to bring a photo ID, their DD-214 (or other evidence of military service), and their income tax records. A full list of required documents is available at milvetsrc.org/taxes. Military Veterans Resource Center helps veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage life transitions. MVRC is based in Columbus and operates five centers throughout Ohio. ###
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