Government Relations

The first responsibility of the AFA Wright Memorial Chapter's Vice President for Government Relations is to maintain a close liaison with the Government Relations Office at AFA National Headquarters and also an effective liaison with local government organizations (WPAFB, Springfield Air National Guard, the Air Force Reserve unit at WPAFB, the Dayton Development Coalition, and the Military Affairs Committee of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce).

Another responsibility is to develop a liaison with the U.S. Representative/Senators and their local staffs. Forwarding current legislative news to WMC members and responding to AFA "Call to Action" requests is another key responsibility.

Contact Information and related sites

Please use the following telephone numbers, or e-mail via the following web sites, to contact the five major congressional members who represent a majority of the Air Force Association members affiliated with Wright Memorial Chapter #212.

Acronym Finder Air Force Biographies



Sen. Sherrod Brown Sen. Rob Portman



Phone: (202) 224-2315
Fax: (202) 224-6321


District Office: Columbus

District Office: Cincinatti

District Phone: (614) 469-2083

District Phone: (513) 684-3265

Rep. Michael R. Turner - 3rd District THOMAS - U.S. Congress on the internet



Phone: (202) 225-6465
Fax: (202) 225-6754


District Office: Dayton

State Rep. Rick Perales

District Phone: (937) 225-2843

77 S. High St
13th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 644-6020
Fax      (614) 719-3970

United States Congress

Mr. Joseph Zeis - Military Liasion to Gov. DeWine


ROTC Programs

Develop Quality Leaders for the Air Force


Air Force ROTC offers two educational programs – the Air Force ROTC Program and the Air Force Junior ROTC Program. Air Force ROTC's headquarters is at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL.

The Air Force ROTC Program is designed to recruit, educate and commission officer candidates through college campus programs based on Air Force requirements. Units are located at 144 college and university campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Students from schools near Air Force ROTC host institutions can attend classes through 1025 separate crosstown enrollment programs or consortium agreements.

The Air Force Junior ROTC Program provides citizenship training and an aerospace science program at the high school level. Units are located at over 750 high schools across the United States and at selected Department of Defense dependent schools in Europe, the Pacific and Puerto Rico. More units are projected to open in each of the next three years.

ROTC Programs in the Dayton, OH Region

Air Force ROTC Detachment 643


Air Force ROTC Detachment 643 is hosted out of Wright State University and serves the Greater Dayton Area.

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a leadership program for college students interested in earning a commission and entering the active duty Air Force, as an officer, after completing a bachelor or masters degree. AFROTC instructs students in military heritage, the development of air and space power, military ethics, drill and ceremonies, communication, human relations, and leadership theory and techniques.

High School Junior ROTC Programs

Bellbrook High School Air Force JROTC OH-20061

East High School Air Force JROTC OH-871

Fairborn High School Air Force JROTC OH-031

Laurel Oaks Career Development Center Air Force JROTC OH-941

Lebanon High School Air Force JROTC OH-771

Miami Valley Career Technology Center Air Force JROTC OH-20053

Paint Valley High School Air Force JROTC OH-20054

Springboro High School Air Force JROTC OH-081

Tecumseh High School Air Force JROTC OH-881

Wayne High School Air Force JROTC OH-091

Walter E. Stebbins High School Air Force JROTC OH-022

Community Programs

Education Programs

WMC actively participates in the Teacher of the Year program developed through our National AFA office. Each chapter is eligible to choose a winner for their chapter and submit the teacher's package for consideration at the state level. In recent years, WMC has been fortunate to have three state winners, and two of those were considered nationally. WMC is looking forward to submitting another teacher for state and hopefully national consideration again this year.


Help a child succeed in school!

  • We are working with Fairborn schools to support the school system outside the fence of WPAFB.
  • Time and grade levels or subjects are flexible. We will accommodate the tutor's schedule.
  • For more information, contact Shiela Wallace via 
    e-mail or phone at (937) 429-2473.
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WPAFB Educational Outreach

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Educational Outreach

Facilitates partnerships with the K-12 educational community, and increases student awareness and excitement in all fields of Math, Science, Aviation and Aerospace.

Veterans Programs

The Wright Memorial Chapter of the AFA continues to improve and expand our support to the Dayton Veteran Administration (VA) Hospital as well as publicize information of interest to all our veteran members. AFA representatives attend the quarterly VA Voluntary Services (VAVS) quarterly meetings. George Simons, (937) 429-9466, is the Representative and Vita Eonta, (937) 429-5642, is the Deputy Representative to the VAVS.

In February our chapter sponsors an activity to honor veterans for Valentine’s Day, during the Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week, at the Dayton VA Medical Center. In June, the AFA cosponsors a Summer Picnic and in December cosponsors a Christmas Party with the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) at the VA nursing home for all the patients at the VA Medical Center. The Wright Memorial Chapter also provides support to the Dayton VA by annually donating additional funds to purchase items from their Unfunded Needs List and the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program. Beginning in 2006, the Wright Memorial Chapter began to support The Ohio Department of Veteran Services Advisory Committee on Women Veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs by cosponsoring their Women Veterans Conference.

For more information on the Dayton VA Medical Center and map of the campus go to the following link:
For information regarding other Health and Veteran Services go to:
For the Center for Women Veterans, go to:
For information regarding Burials and Memorials, go to The Ohio Department of Veteran Services also has a comprehensive list of veteran benefits.

2016 Benefits for Veterans & Dependents

Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act

Veterans Crisis Line

VA's Medallion Benefit

The Veterans Crisis Line 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. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. More about the Veterans Crisis Line.


Afghanistan Veterans Encouraged to Apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus


The payment is $100 a month to veterans who served during the eligible periods in Afghanistan up to a maximum of $1,000. For veterans who served in other parts of the world during these times, the payment is $50 a month up to a $500 maximum. Veterans medically discharged as a result of combat service can receive $1,000, regardless of how much time they spent in theater, plus up to $500 for months of service elsewhere. Family members of those killed in action or who died from disease as a result of their in-theater service can receive a bonus of $5,000 plus whatever the service member was eligible for, up to $6,500. To apply for the bonus, visit, or any County Veteran’s Service Office (see for an interactive map of the county offices). Veterans and military families can also call toll-free to 1-877- OHIO VET (1-877-644-6838).

College Scholarships For Military Veterans


In April 2015 the Marines' Memorial Association will award over $100,000 in scholarships to our U.S. Military Veterans from all branches. 

The Hammer Family Scholarships are available in the amount of $5,000 each to eligible U.S. Veterans who wish to study in the fields of Math, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering. 

The Memorial Tribute Scholarships are available in the amount of $2,500 each for military personnel leaving full time service and entering an undergraduate college program. 

The link to the Hammer Family Scholarship Application and the Marines Memorial Tribute Scholarship online Application is:

Ohio Women Veterans License Plate


There is an effort to establish an Ohio Women Veterans License Plate. If you would like to purchase this license plate, please download and sign the petition and fax this petition to: 
Karen J. Kish | Events and Women’s Program Coordinator 
Ohio Department of Veterans Services
77 South High Street, 7th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215
(614)752-8941 | (614) 728-9498 (Fax) | Facebook 

Ohio Department of Veterans Services

Fellow Veterans,
Below is the link to the latest editions of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services electronic newsletter. We hope it is both interesting and useful to you. Please share it with other veterans: 
Ohio Department of Veterans Services Monthly Newsletter

Also, please take the time to check out our social media pages at and encourage other veterans to subscribe to our news updates. 

Thank you for your interest in the Ohio veterans’ community.

The Ohio Veterans Bonus

All Ohio veterans who served on active duty with U.S. armed forces, including the Ohio National Guard, anywhere in the world during specified periods of time. could be eligible for The Ohio Veterans Bonus. The active duty must be for purposes other than training and applicants must have been legal residents of Ohio when they went on active duty and also must be Ohio residents when they apply for a bonus. To apply for the bonus, applicants should go to, and complete the online application. Ohio’s public libraries are prepared to assist with the online application if applicants do not have Internet access. In addition, staff at Ohio’s County Veterans Service Offices is available to assist in the application process.

Governor, State Leaders Launch Ohio Veterans Bonus Program
Bonus Facts
Attorney General Cordray Supporting Ohio Veterans Through Bonus Notarization
Ohio Department of Veteran Services - Veterans Bonus Program Application - Veteran
Ohio Department of Veteran Services - Veterans Bonus Program Application - Family

Women Veterans Advisory Committee

Since 1994, the Ohio Department of Veterans Services' Advisory Committee on Women Veterans has served to “locate, educate and advocate for all women veterans who served in the United States military.” The committee is dedicated to outreach through various initiatives including the creation of an informational Web site, the organization of a statewide women veterans conference and the promotion of benefits and superior health care for women veterans. The committee serves as a focal point of information for all women veterans. The committee acts as a liaison and advocate on behalf of women veterans with state legislators, veterans affairs administrators and county veterans service offices. Members of the committee ensure the programs and policies of the Department of Veterans Affairs remain open to women and are mindful of those elements of the veteran experience unique to women. To register as a woman veteran or to volunteer with an outreach program in your region, go to:

Online Resources

College Guide for Veterans and Service Members


College Guide for Veterans and Service Members

Social Security Disability Benefits Guide


Social Security Disability Benefits Guide

Quit Smoking Community Guide to tobacco addiction


How to Quit Smoking - Veterans and Tobacco Addiction

A Helpful Resource for Veterans Struggling with Substance Abuse


Veterans and Substance Abuse: The Many Sides of the Problem

Military Connection offers the most comprehensive online directory of military resources and information. They provide education information including military schools, military education and federal schools. They also provide some excellent tools such as Military Pay ChartsSalary CalculatorCost of Living Calculator and the Military Pay Calculator. There is information on military loans and military insurance too. They offer a Virtual Job Fair featuring top jobs for military, Veterans and those seeking federal employment, a Directory of Employers featuring thousands of employers, Job Postings and Live Job Fairs. There is a database of Military Commissaries & Exchanges and Free Coupons that you can print to obtain outstanding savings. The Virtual Mall offers lots of values too.

Q&A About VA's Medallion Benefit


VA's Medallion Benefit

The VA is offering bronze medallions to Veterans not buried in a national or state Veterans cemetery, or those without a government grave marker. Each service has its own medallion that is attached to existing, privately purchased headstones or markers, signifying a deceased's status as a Veteran. The VA is pleased to offer this option that highlights a veteran’s service and sacrifice for our country. For more information go to or

Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs: What You Need to Know


This guide will identify legal and financial resources available to citizens, seniors, and veterans, offer tips to hire the right home remodeler, and suggest modifications throughout the home to make the space as accommodating as possible. Go to to read the guide.

A 2016 Guide to Veteran Education Benefits recently published this guide to make veterans aware of all the grants, scholarships and education resources that are available to them. This is a user-friendly guide that includes features like our GI Bill calculator, grants and scholarship directories, You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

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Upcoming Events

The Wright Memorial Chapter supports numerous events each year. As new events approach, please check here for information.

Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP)
  Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Please call (937) 257-0580 or use our online calendar.

Wright Memorial Flyer

Wright Flyer Memorial

  • In late 2001 the ASC Commander and senior staff decided to pursue the placement of a full scale replica of the 1909 Flyer at the renovated Gate 1B.
  • The Flyer would serve as the entry to the “Field of Dreams”, an array of aircraft models positioned in front of the Acquisition Management Complex. It would also commemorate the 100th anniversary of powered flight in 2003.
  • The bulk of the funding for the Flyer was to come via a fund raising project involving the sale of commemorative brick pavers to current and former base personnel. After the project commenced, corporate support was added.
  • To insure the Flyer was in place for the Dayton, 2003, 100th anniversary of powered flight celebration, the courtyard and statues of Orville and Wilbur needed to be funded via the brick sales.
  • The Wright Memorial Chapter of the Air Force Association was asked by the ASC Commander to be the financial conduit for contributions.
  • The role of the AFA grew as they became deeply involved in the corporate fund raising drive, contracting with the architect, working with the sculptor and paying the bills.
  • The AFA successfully raised the funds necessary to have the courtyard in place for an August 2003 ribbon cutting. The courtyard was officially accepted as a gift by the Secretary of the Air Force.
  • Fund raising continued and contracts were let for bronze statues of the Wright Brothers. The statues were placed at the Memorial in May 2005; Orville seated in the aircraft and Wilbur standing on the ground.
  • The AFA project’s final major contribution was in 2015; the placement of a monument commemorating Lt Benjamin Foulois, whose test flight with Orville Wright led to the purchase of the world’s first military airplane.
  • The Wright Memorial Chapter and Wright Patterson Air Force Base salutes the ceaseless fund raising efforts of Mr. Sam Greenwood, USAF SES Retired and Chairman of The Greentree Group for making the memorial possible.