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State and Community Programs and Services
Yellow Ribbon Support Center
The goal of the Yellow Ribbon Support Center is to raise the morale of all troops. The center is maintained by very dedicated hard working volunteers, and all visitors are welcome to drop by to lend a hand or just say hello. For more information visit www.yellowribbonsupportcenter.com.
OHIOCARES is a community-based behavioral health program that provides treatment to service members in need. It offers a safety net for those who cannot or will not seek treatment at the VA. It is a partnership between the Ohio National Guard, the Ohio Department of Mental Health, the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addictive Services, and County Behavioral Health Providers. For more information call (800) 761-0868.
Camp Kelley's Island
The 4H, in partnership with the Ohio National Guard, The Ohio State University, and Operation Military Kids, offers a youth camp for children of Ohio National Guard Families. The camp offers children the opportunity to discuss issues associated with having parents who serve in the military while allowing them to enjoy the benefits of a rustic camp on a resort island. For more information call (419) 746-2794 or visit www.ki4hcamp.org.
Military Spouse Residency Relief Act
On November 11, 2009, the President signed into law the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. This Act, among other things, provides that when a service member leaves his or her home State in accord with military or naval orders, the service member's spouse may retain residency in his or her home State for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that State to accompany the service member. In the State of Ohio an exemption from Ohio withholding tax may be claimed if an employees spouse is a member of the US Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not Ohio. For more information visit www.tax.ohio.gov.