Veteran’s Resources

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Online Resources for Veterans

Veterans Benefits Administration
VA administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Service members, Veterans, their dependents and survivors.

Oral History Digital Program
The Youngstown State University Oral History Collection, begun in 1974, collects and preserves first-person narratives of northeastern Ohioans who have participated in, or closely observed events which have significantly affected both the state and nation. The Oral History Collection houses over eleven hundred interviews including personal narratives focusing on World War II, Vietnam, Youngstown College (University), Greek, Puerto Rican, Romanian, Russian and Italian culture, industry (steel, pottery, brick, labor relations, coal, and railroads), politics, the Holocaust, and religion.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio
If you and your family are struggling with challenges in your daily life, Help Network of Northeast Ohio is here for you. We administer or refer to a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency assistance programs that can get you the help you need.

Operation We Are Here
Resources for the Military Community and Military Supporters

We Honor Veterans
We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), invites hospices, state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment.

2018 Veterans Day Poster Competition Winner

Veterans Health Administration
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,243 health care facilities, including 172 medical centers and 1,062 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.

Veterans Administration – Voluntary Service
VA Voluntary Service (VAVS) has joined the United We Serve initiative.  VAVS is committed to engaging American citizens in service during the summer months and provide lasting benefits to the veterans and communities in which they live through volunteer service

Veterans Resource Locator
Find local support.  This website uses your zip code to help you find local resources and make the connection.

National Veteran’s Day Concert – Washington National Cathedral
Register for free to receive a link to enjoy the concert honoring the men, women and families who have served our country in the Armed Forces.  The Washington National Cathedral Choir, together with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra, presents an evening of patriotic and contemplative music, with stories from our returning service members and their loved on

Veterans Crisis Line
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The most comprehensive site for veterans information

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors

Local Agencies

Veterans Service Commission of Mahoning County
345 Oak Hill Avenue
Entrance A, Suite #100
Youngstown, OH 44502
Phone: 330-740-2450
Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Columbiana County Veterans Service Commission
7989 Dickey Drive Suite 1
Lisbon, OH 44432
Phone: 330-424-7214

Trumbull County Veterans Service Commission
253 E. Market St.
Warren, Ohio 44481
Phone: (330) 675-2585 or (330) 675-2586
Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Veterans Outreach
Corporate Office
7 Belgrade Ave.
Liberty, OH 44505
Phone: 1-888-2VET-NET or 330-755-5930

Youngstown VA Outpatient Clinic
2031 Belmont Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44505
Phone: 330-740-9200
Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Columbiana County – East Liverpool VA Outpatient Clinic
15655 St Rt. 170, Suite A
Calcutta, OH 43920
Phone: 330-386-4303

Trumbull County – Warren VA Outpatient Clinic
1460 Tod Ave NW
Warren, OH 44485
Phone: 330-392-0311

Reference Material in print (available through Information Services)

Encyclopedia of the Veteran in America. Two volumes. Call # R 355.1 En195.

Veterans Benefits Manual. Call # R 355.1 V6416

Federal Veterans Laws, Rules, and Regulations. Call # R 355.1 F3176.

Print Resources

CLICK HERE to download a list of Veterans Day books for Children & Teens


Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home
Joe Klein
Call # 355.1 Klei
In Charlie Mike, a true account that “reads like a novel” (Publishers Weekly) and “explodes like a thriller” (The Huffington Post), Klein tells the dramatic story of Eric Greitens and Jake Wood, larger-than-life war heroes who come home and use their military values to help others.

D-Day Bombers: The Stories of Allied Heavy Bombers During the Invasion of Normandy
Stephen Darlow
Call # 940.933 D249d
In this vivid and dramatic look at World War II in the air, eight different aircrews–three American and five British–tell eye-opening and heart-racing stories of operations before, during, and after D-Day. These bombing missions helped pave the way for the success of the Allies’ invasion of Normandy, disrupting German transportation, destroying various installations, and spreading fear and panic.

D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II
Stephen Ambrose
Call # 940.933 Am18d
D-Day is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination—what Eisenhower called “the fury of an aroused democracy”—that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged. Drawing on more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans, Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion had to be abandoned, and how enlisted men and junior officers acted on their own initiative when they realized that nothing was as they were told it would be.

Every Day Is Extra
John Kerry
John Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life—from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Secretary of State for four years—a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history.

Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit
J.R. Martinez
Call # B M3663a3
A former U.S. Army soldier who suffered severe burns while serving in Iraq relates how he triumphed over many obstacles to become a hero, motivational speaker, and media sensation via his appearance on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II
Lou Potter
Call # 940.9334 P8531
A companion book to the television documentary under the same title presented by Public Broadcasting System as part of its “American experience” series, Veterans Day, 1992.

Living with No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier
Noah Galloway
Inspirational, humorous, and thought provoking, Noah Galloway’s LIVING WITH NO EXCUSES sheds light on his upbringing in rural Alabama, his military experience, and the battle he faced to overcome losing two limbs during Operation Iraqi Freedom. From reliving the early days of life to his acceptance of his “new normal” after losing his arm and leg in combat, Noah reveals his ambition to succeed against all odds.

Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War
Kayla Williams
Call # B W6733a6
Brian, on his way back to base after mid-tour leave, was wounded by a roadside bomb that sent shrapnel through his brain. Kayla waited anxiously for news and, on returning home, sought out Brian. The two began a tentative romance and later married, but neither anticipated the consequences of Brian’s injury on their lives. Lacking essential support for returning veterans from the military and the VA, Kayla and Brian suffered through posttraumatic stress amplified by his violent mood swings, her struggles to reintegrate into a country still oblivious to women veterans, and what seemed the callous, consumerist indifference of civilian society at large.

Tough As They Come
Travis Mills
Call # B MILLS
During his three combat-filled tours of duty in Afghanistan, former college sports star and skilled paratrooper U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills never once backed down from the hardest challenges that came his way. The big, likable guy literally woke up every morning proudly singing the 82nd Airborne song to encourage and motivate the men he led. But late one afternoon in April 2012 while Travis and his men were on a routine mission near a remote village in southern Afghanistan, the unthinkable happened. While patrolling for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the minesweeper missed one IED, and Travis Mills’s world changed forever.

Vets Under Siege: How America Deceives and Dishonors Those Who Fight Our Battles
Martin Schram
Call # 355.1 Sch69v
After members of our armed forces bravely serve their nation, they sometimes come home to find themselves battling another enemy—within their own government. Using decades of case histories, statistics, and firsthand accounts, award-winning Washington journalist Martin Schram exposes a shocking culture of antagonism toward veterans by the very agency—the Department of Veterans Affairs—that was formed to serve them.

The Wall: A Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Peter Meyer and the editors of Life
Call # 959.70436 W1545
Contains vivid photographs taken on a single day in anticipation of the monument’s tenth anniversary, documenting the visitors, the pain, the joy, and the memories that embody the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.


American Sniper
U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield.

American War Generals
Call # DVD 355 AMER
Reveals many never-before-heard stories and opinions from the legendary leaders of the modern U.S. Army. Their accounts reveal the big changes that have transformed the U.S. military from the first troops to enter Vietnam to the last combat troops to exit Afghanistan, explaining the critical personal experiences that shaped their lives and the way they approached modern warfare.

Hacksaw Ridge
World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Last Flag Flying
Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

Served Like a Girl
Call # DVD 355.1 SERV
Five women veterans who have endured unimaginable trauma in service create a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of stranded homeless women veterans by entering into a competition that unexpectedly catalyzes moving events in their own lives to bring them full circle in a quest for healing and hope.

Why We Fight
Call # DVD 956.70443 W6225
Winner of the 2005 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Eugene Jarecki’s groundbreaking documentary dissects the political, economic and historic reasons behind our increasingly aggressive military strategy since the end of World War II.