Press releases

April 26, 2016

LION awards $1,250 donation to Military Veterans Resource Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DAYTON, Ohio (April 26, 2016) – On April 7, LION Apparel Inc. awarded a $1,250 donation to Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) to help provide counseling services to veterans. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, LION designs and manufactures protective gear for firefighters and law enforcement agencies, provides training equipment and facilities for first responders, and manages clothing logistics for the U.S. military. Their donation was made possible by their Jeans Day Fund, an annual fundraiser that 55 employees participated in last year. “We believe in being corporate citizens. One of our important customers is the military, and many more of our customers are first responders who are also military veterans,” said LION CEO Steve Schwartz on why they chose MVRC to receive their donation. Accepting the award was Len Proper, MVRC Executive Director, Kelley Koons, Veterans Services Specialist who manages MVRC’s Dayton office, and Ryan Sargent, MVRC’s Licensed Professional Counselor. “We’re humbled by LION’s donation and grateful for their commitment to veterans in the community,” said Proper. “Because of their donation, we’ll be able to serve more veterans who need help.” For questions about MVRC’s counseling services, contact Ryan Sargent at 614-230-0401. 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. ###
May 4, 2016

Local leaders give back to Ohio’s veteran community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 4, 2016) – On Tuesday, April 26, members of Next Level Columbus delivered blankets, clothing, hygiene items, backpacks, an electric scooter, and food to Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC). These donations followed the $25,000 check they awarded MVRC at a Fundraising Brunch on April 23, held at VFW Post 7941 in South Bloomfield. Made possible by Next Level Columbus’s Veterans Impact Project (VIP), all donations raised for MVRC will support veterans who are homeless, unemployed, or experiencing mental or physical health conditions. “The goal was to raise $25,000, collect 10,000 items and make 100 connections with veterans in our community,” said VIP Co-Captain Jennifer Sconyers. “Our mentality was to do whatever it takes to accomplish our goal, and we surpassed it.” Due to the support VIP received, Next Level increased their fundraising goal to $40,000 by Friday, April 29 and to date has raised $41,198. Donations can still be made to their Fundly site, available at www.nextlevelgives.com. “We’re humbled by Next Level’s donation and their commitment to Ohio’s veterans,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. “Because of their donation, we’ll be able to serve many veterans who need help.” Next Level Columbus is a leadership program designed to help people reach new levels in the workplace and in their personal relationships. As part of their training to be leaders in the community, each graduating class must plan and complete a service project to positively impact the Columbus area. Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) helps […]
May 16, 2016

Benton Ridge resident recognized for service to local veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FINDLAY, Ohio (May 16, 2016) – On Friday, May 13, Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) presented Dawn Williamson with their Volunteer Service Award for her service to Hancock County’s veterans as a tax counselor. The recognition ceremony took place at 11 a.m. at AMVETS Post 21, located at 423 Trenton Ave. in Findlay. Military Veterans Resource Center partnered with the Ohio Benefit Bank during the 2016 tax season to offer free tax filing assistance to veterans and families. Williamson was one of eight MVRC tax counselors across the state that helped vets file their taxes free of charge. “Dawn completed 61 tax returns and helped veterans claim over $60,000 in refunds this year,” said MVRC Director of Operations Tim Taylor. “She also saved veterans in the Findlay area about $12,000 in tax filing fees, which is a lot of money back into the pockets of our veterans.” According to Williamson, her number of tax appointments doubled this year from 2015, but she’d like to see even more vets utilize the service in 2017. “I like doing taxes and I don’t think people should have to pay a $600 fee to get their taxes filed,” said Williamson. “Two of my appointments cried when they saw their refund, and that made me feel good because they weren’t expecting it when they walked in for their appointment.” A resident of Benton Ridge, Ohio, Williamson worked at H&R Block as an Enrolled Agent for 18 years before volunteering with MVRC.  2016 […]
May 17, 2016

Miller Coors employees make series of donations to help local veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HAMILTON, Ohio (May 17, 2016) – On Monday, May 16, employees of the Miller Coors Brewery of Trenton, OH awarded Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) a $1,000 donation to help veterans in Butler County. This donation follows the $1,000 donation in gas cards and 200 lbs. of food Miller Coors employees already delivered to MVRC in 2016. Accepting the donation was Veterans Services Specialist Dan Dunaway of MVRC’s Hamilton office, which is located at 633 High St., Ste 101. The Hamilton office is open Monday through Friday to help veterans and families and can be contacted at 513-252-2395. “We’re humbled by the generosity of the Miller Coors employees and grateful for their commitment to veterans in the community,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. “Because of their donation, we’ll be able to serve more veterans who need help.” The Trenton brewery opened in 1991 and is one of eight Miller Coors breweries in the United States. As of 2015, 510 employees brew up to 11 million barrels of beer each year. Many employees of the Trenton brewery are veterans, and giving back to vets is an important cause to the team. 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.   ###    
June 24, 2016

Military Veterans Resource Center announces new location for Ross County center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (June 24, 2016) – Military Veterans Resource Center’s (MVRC) Ross County Resource Center has moved to a new and larger location. Starting Monday, June 27, Military Veterans Resource Center will serve veterans out of their new office at 631 Central Center, Chillicothe, Ohio. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with earlier and later appointments available at the request of the veteran. 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 provides veterans and families employment services, food assistance, transportation assistance, confidential counseling and other supportive services. “We needed to expand our office space so that we can better serve Ross County veterans,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. “The new location has private offices that provide more confidentiality when we meet with veterans and offers a larger, more comfortable space where vets and families can mingle. For more information about Military Veterans Resource Center, or to make an appointment, call Brandon Taylor at 740-835-5145 or Dennis Lambert at 740-571-4555. Military Veterans Resource Center is based in Columbus and has served Ohio veterans since 2000. It operates four centers throughout Ohio.   ###
June 24, 2016

Operation: Tools for School Available for veterans and families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 24, 2016) – Starting Aug. 1, Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) will run Operation: Tools for School to help veteran and service member families with their children’s back-to-school costs. From August 1 until September 15, veterans, service members, and their spouses can receive assistance when proof of service is presented at Military Veterans Resource Center’s Columbus resource center, located at 1395 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Ste. 350. “Operation: Tools for School helps vets and families make a positive start to the school year,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. “We want children to feel excited about school. It’s a joy to see them begin the school year with bright eyes and happy smiles.” Donations to Operation: Tools for School are always welcome and can be made at milvetsrc.org/tools. For more information about this program, contact Abby Reynolds at 614-504-4357. 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 resource centers throughout Ohio.   ###
July 12, 2016

Free counseling now provided for vets, spouses at Military Veterans Resource Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 12, 2016) – Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) is pleased to announce that Ryan Sargent, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), has accepted a full-time position and will be providing free confidential counseling to veterans, service members and spouses. Sargent specializes in personal and social counseling, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, and career and educational counseling. He is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with earlier and later times available at the request of the veteran. The service is offered at all four MVRC locations. “Bringing a counselor on the team has been a goal for a long time, and we’re grateful to have Ryan here as another resource for veterans going through a tough time,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. Sargent is an Army veteran, a former firefighter, and has 16 years of experience working in a corporate business environment. He graduated with his licensing credentials from the University of Dayton in May 2015. Before joining Military Veterans Resource Center, he practiced for two years at Zeller & Associates, LLC EAP. For questions about the counseling service or to make an appointment, contact Ryan Sargent at 614-230-0401, or send him an email at ryan.sargent@milvetsrc.org. 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. ###  
August 15, 2016

Back-to-School Day to provide clothing, school supplies for veteran families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Aug. 15, 2016) – On Saturday, Aug. 20, Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) is partnering with CRM Ministries to host a Back-to-School Day to provide school clothes and school supply assistance to veteran and service member families. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Military Veterans Resource Center, located at 631 Central Center in Chillicothe. Clothing options will be available for children entering kindergarten through middle school. The Back-to-School Day is part of Military Veterans Resource Center’s Operation: Tools for School program, which provides school supply assistance to veterans and their families. If families cannot attend the Back-to-School Day event, they can still receive school supply help through Thursday, Sept. 15. Donations to Operation: Tools for School are always welcome and can be made at milvetsrc.org/tools. For more information about this program, contact Dennis Lambert at 740-571-4555 or Brandon Taylor at 740-835-5145. 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 resource centers throughout Ohio. ###
August 24, 2016

MillerCoors Brewery to host bike run to benefit local veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TRENTON, Ohio (Aug. 24, 2016) – On Saturday, Sept. 10, motorcyclists are invited to join MillerCoors at their 12th annual UAW 2308 Motorcycle Bike Run to support local veterans. The Bike Run spans 90 miles, during which riders will be escorted by the Oxford Police Department and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. Riders will be asked to donate $20 per motorcycle, with all proceeds benefitting Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) of Butler County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides services to veterans, service members and their families. “$20 will provide 80 meals for hungry veterans and their families,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. “We’re grateful to MillerCoors for their commitment to helping veterans in their community.” Riders interested in participating in the Bike Run can register at MillerCoors Trenton Brewery on the morning of Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bike run will start at 1 p.m., with a party at the Indian Creek Tavern in Reily, Ohio to follow, including food, door prizes, music and a raffle. “We’re proud to support service members through Military Veterans Resource Center,” said Denise Quinn, MillerCoors Trenton Brewery Plant Manager. “We’re happy to have the opportunity to give back to the community in which we live and work.” For more information about the bike run, contact Denise Quinn at 513-844-4601. The MillerCoors Trenton Brewery opened in 1991 and is one of eight Miller Coors breweries in the United States. As of 2015, 510 employees brew up […]
September 1, 2016

Veterans Food Drive kicking off Labor Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2016) – Over 100,000 Ohio veterans rely on food pantries and meal services to feed themselves and their families. This fall, Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) is running the Veterans Food Drive to help veterans and their families in need of food assistance. From Labor Day through Thanksgiving, Military Veterans Resource Center will collect non-perishable food items and personal care items and distribute them to veteran and service member families. Items can be dropped off at MVRC, located at 1395 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Ste. 350. Monetary donations are also welcome and can be made at milvetsrc.org/donate. “Last year, we provided over 32,000 meals to Ohio veterans and their families,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. “Food has become one of the most important services we provide veterans and running the Veterans Food Drive this fall will help us help more vets.” For more information about the Veterans Food Drive, contact Military Veterans Resource Center at 614-230-0662. 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 resource centers throughout Ohio.   ###
September 2, 2016

Military Veterans Resource Center announces new appointment to board of directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (Sept. 2, 2016) – Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) announced today the addition of Andrea Werner-Cassidy of Huber Heights to its board of directors. “Andrea is dedicated to our goal of helping Ohio’s veterans build strong, healthy lives. We are fortunate to have her guidance, especially as we continue to expand the services we provide veterans,” said Len Proper, MVRC executive director. Werner-Cassidy is a substitute teacher in the Huber Heights City School District. She attended Shawnee State University and graduated with dual bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice. She brings a broad spectrum of experience as a veterans’ advocate to the board, including her role as a corrections officer in the United States Army and her experience as a member of the Ohio Governor’s Women Veterans Advisory Committee. Werner-Cassidy was also the first director for Women Veterans of the Student Veterans of America, which involved traveling the country giving speeches and presentations in regards to veterans’ educational and mental health needs, as well as participating on multiple panels. Werner-Cassidy’s appointment expands the MVRC board of directors from nine to ten members. Military Veterans Resource Center is a non-profit organization that helps veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage their lives. The organization is based in Columbus and operates four centers throughout Ohio. For additional information, please visit www.milvetsrc.org. ###
December 7, 2016

Military Veterans Resource Center’s fourth annual career fair will feature Dayton’s top military friendly employers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DAYTON, Ohio (Dec. 7, 2016) – Military Veterans Resource Center invites all job seeking veterans to attend the fourth annual “New Year, New Career,” military career fair, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The career fair is free of charge for attendees and will feature more than 40 of Dayton’s top employers. The event will take place at the Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, located at 10823 Chidlaw Road adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Companies across industries will be looking for qualified veterans to fill immediate openings,” said Len Proper, executive director of Military Veterans Resource Center. “Last year, more than 200 military job seekers attended. “Many received interview invitations on the spot and were quickly hired.” Participants should bring their resume and be prepared to speak with potential employers about their skill sets and experiences. Professionals will also be on hand to review resumes and help attendees with their interview skills. Veterans interested in attending the career fair can pre-register by contacting Kelley Koons at 937-329-9559, or kelley.koons@milvetsrc.org. Military Veterans Resource Center is a non-profit organization that helps veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage their lives. The organization is based in Columbus and operates four centers throughout Ohio. For additional information, please visit www.milvetsrc.org. ###
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