November 24, 2017

Help! My Loved One Might Need Help

Approaching delicate subjects with friends and loved ones can be awkward. It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s choosing a restaurant, who’s hosting Christmas dinner, or any number of everyday topics that we navigate with others. But, what happens when we notice a sudden change in mood or someone close to us starts making risky decisions, or begins to question their will to live? Discussing the mental health of those around us can seem like taboo for sure. Part of the stigma surrounding mental health can include our own comfort levels of approaching the topic, and maybe also questioning our skills or qualifications to even bring it up with others. Just like physical illness, mental illness can have warning signs and is just as treatable. We can support those who are suffering invisibly the same way we can support those trying to watch their diet. When approaching out of care and concern for the other, while offering appropriate support, we can serve as a catalyst that could result in a changed life – or could even save a life. Being the one to bring up the topic is tough, but the reward can be well worth the risk. There are books and articles that can help educate you on how to broach the topic, and how to support loved ones long-term. Here are a few signs and tools that can help with the conversation:  (from PsychCentral) Warning signs that a loved one might need help These would all include changes […]
November 17, 2017

Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to hold hearing in Columbus Nov. 21

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced today (Nov. 17) that he is bringing the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to Ohio for a special hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library starting at 1:15 p.m. Brown is asking for input from Ohio veterans on issues affecting them. “Ohio veterans served their nation honorably, and they deserve the highest quality of support in return,” Brown said. “By hearing from veterans in their own communities, the Committee can better understand what is working well and what challenges still confront our veterans today,” he added. Several representatives from the VA and other veteran organizations have been invited to participate to include:  Chip Tansill, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS), Keith Harman, commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Ronald Burke, assistant deputy under secretary for field operations, Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Robert Worley, director of education service, VBA,  Robert McDivitt, director of Veterans Integrated Service Network 10, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Dr. Kameron Matthews, deputy executive director, Provider Relations and Services, VHA. The Columbus Metropolitan Library is located at 96 South Grant Ave. in downtown Columbus.
November 13, 2017

More Transcendental Meditation information sessions coming up

David Kidd, a Vietnam Veteran and Transcendental Meditation (TM) facilitator with 43 years experience will be offering a free four-day TM workshop for veterans at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dublin. Don’t know what TM is or if it’s the right thing for you? Kidd will be hosting two more information sessions at the Four Points Sheraton Polaris from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 21 and Dec. 5. Meet in the meeting room at the hotel, located at 8505 Pulsar Place, Columbus. The information sessions are also free and registration is not necessary. The sessions will explain what TM is, the benefits of TM, and how it works. TM is the most scientific method of self-development available today, with more than 600 studies proving its benefits. More than 3 million Americans have learned TM to date. More about TM can be found at This program is paid for by grants from the David Lynch Foundation and the Resurrecting Lives Foundation. The course normally costs about $720. Space is limited to 12 veterans for the October workshop. For more information, contact Kidd at or 330-417-3888 (cell).
November 9, 2017

Veteran Arts Initiative presents: OSU Theater Department’s ‘Beyond All Recognition’

On November 17 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a special showing of an original play by veterans, Beyond All Recognition at the Drake Performance and Event Center. The play is about veterans who have to negotiate the military/civilian divide as the bonds of friendship and honor are tested. There are showings throughout November, with specific dates and times found at:  The play is about a TV star,  Andy Stark, who has skyrocketed to fame in a new hit television show. Back home in Ohio, his sister Denise is struggling to readjust after military service. Beyond All Recognition is new play about brothers- and sisters-in-arms who have to negotiate the military/civilian divide as the bonds of friendship and honor are tested. Since January 2017, the nine actors in the department’s Master of Fine Arts program have been creating this piece, inspired by their experiences working with local veterans, active military personnel and their family members, and professional caregivers. During the development and creative process they have explored the experiences of war and its aftermath through individual research and by facilitating Shakespeare-based acting workshops for community partners. Immediately following the performance on Friday, November 17, join the cast and invited guests for discussion that centers on the Shakespeare and Veterans initiative. Heather Seymour, Creative Arts Coordinator/Social Worker, Columbus Veterans Administration. Zack Star, founder, VetConnect. Mike Carrell, Assistant Vice Provost, Ohio State Office of Military and Veterans Services. Kevin McClatchy, Project Supervisor, MFA Outreach and Engagement Project. Discounted Tickets for Veterans […]
November 7, 2017

Veterans Day freebies and discounts

Arranged by date Whole month of November Pro Football Hall of Fame Free Admissions for Veterans and Active Military Nov. 1-30. Through the generous support of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will provide free museum admission to all veterans and active military plus one guest during the month of November. Eat’n Park — All active and former military personnel will receive a 10% discount for the entire month of November at all locations. COSI – Veterans Day Special – Free COSI Admission for Active-Duty Military and Veterans November 8-12, 2017. COSI wishes to say thank you and recognize those in active, reserved and retired military service with free general admission to COSI, November 8-12. Immediate family members will also receive 50% off general admission. Simply show your military ID or mention that you are a Veteran to receive the discount! Newport Aquarium and Humana are honoring all the men and women who’ve served our country by offering them free admission from November 4th to 12th. If you’re an active or retired member of the military, a disabled veterans, military reservist, or anyone who has ever served in the Armed Forces, just show your Military I.D.* at the Newport Aquarium ticket window to receive your free admission. Family members can receive our military discount of $3 off adult tickets and $2 off child tickets. *To receive discounts you can show a Military I.D. card, VA membership or healthcare card, a state verified veteran status […]
November 7, 2017

Military Veterans Resource Center announces new appointment to board of directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CANTON, Ohio (November 7, 2017) – Military Veterans Resource Center welcomes the addition of Rod Strata of North Canton, Ohio to its board of directors. Strata’s has more than 35 years of experience in the transportation industry and technology sectors and has served in leadership positions with organizations such as i2 Technologies and SAP. Strata grew up in Canton, Ohio and is a former captain for the Michigan State University football team. While at Michigan State, Strata was a four-year starter as an offensive lineman. He received All Big Ten and All American honors, many team awards, and most notably the prestigious “Gerald Ford Up Front Award” exemplifying the characteristics of our former president. Strata’s greatest lifetime mentor was his line coach, Lt. Col. C.T Hewgley (Ret.), a Green Beret who served honorably in the WWII, Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Strata is the executive director of the Patriot Project which provides chiropractic care for active-duty service members, Gold Star families and veterans across the United States with more than 7,000 participating chiropractors. Strata has also volunteered with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Hands on Tokyo, Big Brothers and many other charitable programs. Strata’s appointment expands the MVRC board of directors from eleven to twelve 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. ###