Below you will find a number of online resources that can be helpful for Lorain County Veterans and their families. Please check back often as we are always reviewing and adding new sites!

Federal & State Veteran Benefit Books and General Information Sites for Veterans

These are booklets that every veteran be able to access. They cover everything from VA health care issues, to educational issues, and service connected disability ratings among other issues. The first link is the VA’s general website and the final link will help veterans better understand how the Affordable Healthcare Act will impact those veterans using the VA healthcare system.

Web site for Veterans Affairs
Federal Veteran Benefits Booklet
Veteran Health Care Overview
Veteran Health care eligibility
Other VA Benefit Guides – education, pension, life insurance home loans, disabled vets, etc.
State of Ohio Benefit Guide


VA Lewis Stokes Medical Center

The Lewis Stokes Medical Center, located in Cleveland, is the VA medical center that works to provide medical services to all veterans living in Lorain County.

Lewis Stokes Medical Center

Lorain County Community Based Outpatient Clinic

VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (also called CBOC’s) are smaller medical facilities that have been established in smaller communities so that veterans do not have to travel to the larger medical centers to receive some of their basic medical care.

Lorain CBOC
Parma CBOC

Parma Vet Center

The purpose of the all Vet Centers around the nation is to assist three main groups: combat veterans, families that have lost family members in service, and veterans who have had to deal with Military Sexual Trauma. The closest one to Lorain county is located in Parma Ohio.

Parma Vet Center
National Vet Center Homepage

For Veteran Homelessness or in Crisis

VA National Website for Homeless
VA Homeless National Hotline: 1-877-424-3838
Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) to talk with someone NOW
Veteran Crisis Line Website

State of Ohio Veteran Services

Here you will find useful links that will help veterans better connect to services and benefits available to them from the state of Ohio Department of Veteran Services.

Ohio Department of Veteran Services
Ohio Department of Veteran Services (for Women Veterans)
Ohio Veteran Home
Ohio Veteran Hall of Fame

 VA Educational Issues

There are many avenues available for veterans, and in some cases their dependents, to obtain assistance from the VA when/if they decide to further their education. However, some of these opportunities do have time limits on them, so a veteran (or dependent) should not wait to long too go back to school.

Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
National Call to Service Program
Vocational Rehabilitation and Education

Post 9/11 GI Bill

Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill to dependents

On the Job Apprenticeship

VA Chapter 35 Dependent education 

Veteran Employment Websites

Department of Labor Veterans Website
Feds Hire Vets
Veteran Affair Job Opportunities
Ohio Jobs Website

Small Business Administration (veterans page)

Other VA Regional Offices and Contact Information 

These links will help Lorain county veterans connect to the offices that handle the majority of VA cases for veterans and their dependents.

Cleveland Regional Office – handles veteran service connected disability claims
St. Paul Debit Management Center – handles debts that occur from any VA benefits
Milwaukee Pension Center – aid and attendance, burial, and pension claims
Find the closest VA facility to you
Toll free phone numbers for contacting the VA
Veteran Benefits Administration

Veteran Helpful Websites and General Benefits Links

Here are some websites where veterans and their families might find help in a number of different areas. Please look though these and make use of them.

eBenefits – helps veterans download VA documents, check appoints, and access other important information on a number of different issues
My Healthevet – Allows veterans to better manage there own health care and allows them to then make better decisions
DFAS – Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Information about benefits for returning OIF/OEF/OND veterans
Service Connected Disability Information
VA Home Loan Information
VA Life Insurance
Veterans and Dependents Pension
VA Burial Benefits
Helping veterans that are dealing with PTSD

VA Mission Act

Blue water Navy agent orange fact sheet 

Camp Lejeune water contamination fact sheet

VA Fact Sheets– all posted VA Fact sheets


Current Federal and State legislation that is pending concerning veterans

If you are curious about legislation the US House or US Senate is considering concerning veterans, please feel free to visit this site.

House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs

State of Ohio Veterans legislation

 Resources For Women Veterans

VA Center for Women Veterans

 Ohio Department of Veteran Services (for Women Veterans)

VBA page for women veterans

Dept. of Labor and women veterans 


Veteran Recognition and Memorial Websites

It is important to remember all those who have served in uniform, just not on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, but throughout the year. To make that a little easier we have uploaded a several websites that have been regularly requested.

World War II Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Korean Veterans Memorial
American Battle Monuments Commission
Arlington National Cemetery
National Cemetery Locator

 Veteran Historical Interest/Research

Here you will find links for veterans or family member interested in doing a little research on themselves, units, or family members.

National Archives – for Military/Veteran issues
The Institute of Heraldry – find out about this history of military awards, unit crest, etc.
Navy Ships that were exposed to Agent Orange in Viet Nam
Veteran History Project
Law Authorizes Veterans’ Salutes during National Anthem
Military Awards

VA Form Library

The VA form library that will allow you to easily type in the form number you are looking for and download the form you may need.

VA Form Library – This link will help you just about any VA form you may need.

Lorain County Resources

Employment & Education Assistance
Ohio Means Jobs for Lorain County
Phone: 440.324.5255
Address: 42495 North Ridge Rd.
Elyria, OH 44035

Valor Home
Lorain County
Phone: 440.387.4293
Address: 221 W 21st
Lorain, OH 44052

County Veteran ID Card
Lorain County Recorder’s Office
Phone: 440-329-5148
Address: 226 Middle Ave., Elyria, OH 44035

Second Harvest Food Bank                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Phone: (440) 960-226                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Address 55510 Baumhart Rd., Lorain, OH 44053