A message of gratitude: Honoring all who served this Veterans Day
This Veterans Day, OCSEA salutes our nation's veterans! We are especially humbled by and want to extend our gratitude to our OCSEA brother and sister veterans, as well as those who continue to serve, not only for their dedication to our nation but also for their public service that keeps our country moving forward!
Hundreds of OCSEA members are veterans or active military personnel. Our veteran brothers and sisters, from their work as public employees to their service in the military, are the truest of public servants and embody everything that this great nation represents. And a special shout out to our ODJFS members who protect the employment rights of veterans and transitioning service members through Veterans employment and training services and those who care for our aging veterans at our two Ohio Veterans homes in Georgetown and Sandusky.
Did you know? Under the OCSEA State Contract, employees that are called to active military service by the federal government continue to be eligible for full health care benefits during their tour of duty. Their dependents also continue to be eligible for health care benefits during their active duty service. Many employers don't provide this, making it essential that unions provide the rights for our nation's heroes. This is just one of so many ways unions are looking out and fighting for our service members–our future veterans! They fight for us. Unions fight for them!
Union Veterans Council stay on top of IMPORTANT veteran issues
The Union Veterans Council of the AFL-CIO brings working-class veterans together to speak out on the issues that impact veteran union members most, especially the need for good jobs and strong public services for those who have served their country. Learn more about getting involved with the Union Veterans Council at UnionVeterans.org.
Additional veterans resources
Union Plus Mortgage Program: If you’re a veteran and you purchase a primary residence, you may be eligible for a one-time grant of $1,000 from Union Plus after you close on your home purchase. You must submit your application for a Veteran’s Grant no later than 90 days after the closing date of your Union Plus mortgage. This grant is from AFL-CIO MBF. Learn more about the program at UnionPlus.org or download the application HERE.
Ohio Veterans Discounts: Check out some national and Ohio-based discounts and free offers honoring veterans this year HERE.