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Military Connection

If you have questions or would like to partner with the Mount Gilead Exempted Village Schools on supporting our military connected students and their families present (or future) please reach out to our Primary Liaison - Dr. Zack Howard at 419-946-1646 or through email at

Looking at a military career? Check out the Military Page.


Resources for Military FamiliesMilitary representative seated talking with students

Military-Connected Youth include any children with an immediate family member currently serving in the Armed Forces. There are approximately 30,000 to 34,000 Military Connected Youth in the State of Ohio and chances are they are in all of the school districts in the state. 

The greatest challenge in serving the needs of Military-Connected Youth is identifying them. They often do not identify themselves as part of a military family. The ESSA military student identifier only designates active families. In Ohio, the National Guard and the Reserves greatly outnumber the active component of the military. Students may be identified by a checkbox on enrollment forms (electronic or paper), Emergency Medical Cards or surveys; identification during Veterans Day and other patriotic activities, class meetings, clubs or conferences; as well as through newsletters, bulletin boards, websites, and announcements.

This is a unique group of students with a unique set of challenges and needs such as dealing with the deployment of a family member or missing major family events like high school graduation. If they are part of an active-duty family, they will attend an average of six to nine different schools during their K12 experience. There are resources available for Military-Connected Youth to support their academic, social/emotional, physical well-being and help them connect with others with similar experiences. 

Local Resources:

  • Morrow County Veterans Services dedicates its time and services to providing timely, emergency financial assistance and be a professional, supportive VA benefit advocacy for all Morrow County Veterans who have honorably served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America and to their dependents.


Educational Resources:

  • A 24-hour live chat homework hotline for K-12 students in 150+ subjects.

  • March2Success is an interactive online test preparation system. It is an online, self paced course designed to improve student performance on standardized tests. March2Success is free for everyone.
  • eKnowledge is a leading provider of interactive e-learning products and services. At a much-reduced price for military families.
  • The Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission purpose is to facilitate timely enrollment of K-12 students in schools during any point in an academic year due to Active Duty assignments of the U.S. Armed Forces. The MIC3 looks to remove barriers due to variations in local school districts and states. Contact - Ohio Commissioner Pete LuPiba 
  • The mission is to educate, engage, and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world. As a part of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), the Non-Department of Defense Schools Program (NDSP) adopts the DoDEA mission and vision statement.
  •  The Post9/11 GI Bill allows service members to transfer unused education benefits to immediate family members (spouse & children) Transferred benefits may be able to pay for college, tuition, housing, books, and supplies after high school. Service members must transfer benefits before separation from the service.
  • The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) supports all military-connected children by educating, advocating, and collaborating to resolve education challenges associated with the military lifestyle. With programs for Parents, student’s and professionals.
  • The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State developed online learning modules for school personnel to increase understanding and awareness related to the unique challenges faced by military-connected students and families, and to provide school personnel with strategies and resources to support military-connected students. 

General Resources:

  • From first steps to toddler tantrums, or taking care of teens, you've got solid support to help you through each step of your parenting journey. Start here for ready resources that are used and approved by military parents for MilKids of all ages.

  • Ohio Military Kids (OMK) is a collaboration between the Ohio National Guard and The Ohio State University’s 4-H Youth Development Program. The goal of OMK is to create community support networks for military youth when they experience a loved one’s deployment. 

  •  Our Military Kids recognizes the sacrifice of children of deployed National Guard, deployed Reserve, or post 9/11 combat-injured service members by offering extracurricular activity grants that build the child's self-confidence, enhance family wellness, and strengthen a shared sense of community. Up to $300.00 grants for dependents ages 3 - 18 deployed out of country service members. 

  • Military OneSource is a Department of Defense program that provides FREE services to all members of the military regardless of branch or component and their family members.
  • Military Kids Connect is an online community where kids, tweens and teens can connect with other military kids their own age. The website helps military connected youth develop coping skills and build psychological health and resilience.
  • Sesame Workshop provides much-needed support and practical education through Talk, Listen, Connect, a multiphase outreach initiative to help young kids through deployments, combat-related injuries, and the death of a loved one.
  •  The USO is there to support service members and families in a variety of ways, from deployment and homecoming support to families of the fallen.
  • The families of our all-volunteer military make unprecedented sacrifices these days to serve our country. Blue Star Families was founded by military spouses in 2009 to empower these families to thrive as they serve. We're committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors – individuals and organizations – to create vibrant communities of mutual support. We believe we're all stronger when we take care of one another.
  •  Most Americans understand how important it is to support our troops. But NMFA believes it’s important to support their 2.8 million family members, too. 
  • A national organization of school superintendents with a higher concentration of military students. Provides useful links for military families and educator resources.
  • Connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. 

For the Fallen

  • To provide educational scholarship to spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled service members.
  • The Folded Flag Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides educational scholarships and support grants to the spouses and children of the U.S. military and government personnel who died as a result of hostile action or in an accident related to U.S. combat operations.
Veterans across the nation can use the new National Suicide Number 988, (Option 1) as a Veteran Crisis Line.