Ohio turned the spotlight on military families in 2022, highlighting programs that help service members and their families, and working to connect veterans to military-friendly employers. JobsOhio published a guide that summarizes Ohio’s programs for active-duty service members, national guardsmen, reservists, veterans, and their families.
“Taking care of our service members, veterans, and their families has always been a priority for Ohio,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine when the guide was released. “As Governor, I want the Department of Defense to always know that Ohio will welcome and support our military and to be confident that they can place new missions in Ohio because our policies and talented workforce will ensure success. We are making Ohio the BEST state in the nation for our military and their families.”
The guide complements Governor DeWine’s page for military families. The interactive and mobile-friendly Ohio Military Friendly Guide covers everything from employment opportunities and small business support to healthcare and educational benefits. The guide also has a unique URL at https://ohiomilitaryfriendly.com/. Find Your Ohio a program from JobsOhio, also has a military landing page which connects transitioning service members to employment opportunities across the region, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, lining up meaningful career opportunities before separating from service.
In recent years, Ohio has passed a slate of measures to make it easier for military families to move to the state, including laws that facilitate the transfer of professional licenses for spouses, streamline school enrollment for their children, make military dependents eligible for in-state tuition and ease access to veteran benefits.
“We take great pride in how the Dayton Region welcomes the men and women who serve our country,” said DDC President and CEO Jeff Hoagland. “That goes beyond just saying thank you. We want them to see Ohio as place that cares for their families, supports their goals, and offers them opportunities after their military career ends.”
The DDC’s Hometown Heroes Program donated more than 3,800 tickets to Dayton Dragons baseball games, Military Appreciation Night at the Fraze, and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Air Force, JobsOhio released a three-episode series telling the story of Air Force families living and thriving in Dayton. The series follows the Mannings, the Tylochs, and the Navarras, exploring why they have chosen to stay in Ohio.
View the series here