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Military Family Resources

Big Walnut Military Family Resources

Big Walnut is Committed to Supporting Our Military Families

In an effort to better support students of military members in our community, Big Walnut Local Schools works to identify and inform teachers of the military-connected students in their classrooms and the special considerations and resources they should receive.  Military family members can contact the military liaison for their child's school with any questions.  
Big Walnut Military School Liaisons
Each building has a military liaison that serves as the direct point of contact for their military connected families. Please contact the building military liaison with any questions regarding Big Walnut Military Families and the support that can be provided.
High School - Carol Burchett, Adam Farus, Michelle Sherbourne, James Hall
Middle School - Koby Donohue, Josh Frame
Intermediate School - Mike Wion, Danielle Lyons, Rob Firchau
General Rosecrans Elementary - Rebecca Pyles, Becky Jaeger
Prairie Run Elementary - Sarah Nealon, Heather Smith
Hylen Souders Elementary - Amy MIx, Matt Cox
Big Walnut Elementary - Lesley Cannell, Beth Zirillo, Melanie Gathers
Big Walnut Early Learning Center-Lauren Marter
District Coordinator-Matt Cox 


Military Connected Student Identification Form

Are you a military member that has a new student in the district or has not yet identified? Click on the link below to enter your information. Your student's teachers will be notified and you will be included in future communication to Big Walnut's Military Families.

Military Family Resources

2021 Youth and Family Events (click here)


General Resources


Ohio Family Readiness and Warrior Support Program


Our Family Readiness and Warrior Support programs are designed to teach Ohio’s Service Members and Families to be “good fishermen” – knowledgeable, aware of resources, adaptable, and networked to succeed and grow from the experiences unique to military culture.

In addition to providing information, our programs provide a platform to meet and relate to other Service Members and Families who understand the challenges and experiences of military life – and in particular, the challenges facing our geographically dispersed force.

Military One Source


Your search stops here – click around for answers to the military life questions you didn't even know to ask. Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community.

Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff – deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you'll always be in the loop.


Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission


The goal of the Compact is to replace the widely varying policies affecting transitioning military students. The Compact leverages consistency: It uses a comprehensive approach that provides a consistent policy in every school district and in every state that chooses to join.

The Compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation.

Children of active duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders, and members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year are eligible for assistance under the Compact

Note: The Compact applies to public schools only.




To support the youth of military families throughout the deployment cycle.


Create community support networks for military youth "in our own backyard" when they experience a loved one's deployment.

Educate the public on the impact of deployment on a service members' children, families, and communities through awareness building and educational trainings with schools and community organizations.

Deliver recreational, social, and educational programs for military youth in civilian communities geographically dispersed throughout the state.

Delaware County Veteran's Services


The Delaware County Veterans Service Commission exists to provide the following services to qualified veterans:

Assistance in making application for benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These benefits include VA Health Care, Service Connected Disability, VA Pension and many other valuable benefits. Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions.

Emergency financial assistance (through the Delaware County Veterans Service Commission). This is usually in the form of utility, food and rent payments on behalf of the veteran. Assistance is available for other emergencies on a case-by-case basis.

Information and guidance in obtaining aid from various federal, state and local organizations.

Referrals to other agencies for assistance as determined by counseling.

Assistance with dependents applications for benefits upon the death of the veteran.

Assistance with other matters as is possible based on the need of the claimant.


ODE - Supporting Ohio's Military Families


Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 18,000 Ohio National Guard members have been deployed to serve in the global war on terrorism. Altogether, more than 60,000 Ohioans have actively served their nation away from home. Approximately 34,000 students in Ohio are members of military families. Frequent moves and family separations through deployments, as well as reintegration issues make life especially challenging. Ohio offers a number of programs to assist military families.


American Red Cross


Emergency communication for military families, Financial assistance, Referral services, Deployment Support and Services

Veteran's Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255


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. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.



March 2 Success is a FREE website providing our users access to online study materials to help improve their scores on standardized tests such as state exit exams, college entrance exams, military entrance exam (ASVAB) and others. Our content includes self-paced study programs in Math, English and Science, with a focus of materials on grades 8-12. The High School Math and Verbal Skills course and College Readiness online course each start with a pre-assessment test, using the results to generate a custom learning path. The learning path includes interactive lessons, quizzes and additional practice tests. The High School Science Hub provides lessons and practice tests in Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

We provide 7 full-length practice tests for both the SAT and ACT as well as 25 decks of flashcards. Each section is timed and scored just like the real test. Each section can be reviewed to see if you were correct/incorrect along with a detailed explanation of the problem. You can also review the score to see the percentage, raw score and scaled score based on either the SAT or ACT scoring methods.

We also include information to help students with the entire college application process. This information includes guides to admissions, financial aid and scholarships, and a planning guide to walk you through the details of applying to and being accepted at college.

National Military Family Association


NMFA is the voice of military families because, for 46 years, we have proven that we stand behind service members, their spouses, and their children. Our Association is the “go to” source for Administration Officials, Members of Congress, and key decision makers when they want to understand the issues facing our families. They know we have “boots on the ground” with military families and understand better than anyone that “military families serve, too.” Through the support and programs we provide, and our respected voice on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and Veterans Administration, our Association always looks out for the families who stand behind the uniform and for those who serve.

Pets for Vets


Healing Vets and Saving Pets

At Pets for Vets, we believe our country owes military veterans a debt of gratitude. Our soldiers have been brave but many of them have returned with physical and emotional injuries that have made it difficult to transition back to civilian life. Some estimates state that as many as 20% of returning military veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

ODE - Supporting Ohio's Military Families


Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 18,000 Ohio National Guard members have been deployed to serve in the global war on terrorism. Altogether, more than 60,000 Ohioans have actively served their nation away from home. Approximately 34,000 students in Ohio are members of military families. Frequent moves and family separations through deployments, as well as reintegration issues make life especially challenging. Ohio offers a number of programs to assist military families.


Our Military Kids


Our Military Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to provide support and recognition to military children. This may include children ages 3 years through the 12th grade of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members, along with children of Wounded and Fallen Warriors from all branches of service. The grants to children pay for fees associated with athletic, fine arts, and tutoring programs. Our Military Kids’ grants keep military children engaged in activities of their choosing, helping to relieve the stress of separation from a parent by providing a positive distraction, minimizing emotional destabilization, building self esteem, and enabling academic achievement.

Sesame Workshop


When we think of war and deployment, we rarely think of the youngest members of our military families. They often have a difficult time understanding why Mom or Dad needs to leave home, or how things might be different upon their return.

For these children and their families, Sesame Street provides much-needed support and practical education with Talk, Listen, Connect, a multiphase outreach initiative to help kids through deployments, combat-related injuries, and the death of a loved one. Videos, storybooks, and workbooks especially created for this program guide families through these tough transitions by showing how real families — as well as furry monsters — deal with similar circumstances.

In the first installment of Talk, Listen, Connect, families learn about ways to be together, even when they’re apart. When Elmo’s dad, Louie, is deployed, he creates a new bedtime ritual: No matter where they are, the family will say good night to the same moon.


Real Warriors


The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds. Launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) in 2009, the campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to encourage warriors and families to seek appropriate care and support for psychological health concerns.

To reach the broadest audience possible, the campaign features a variety of strategies including outreach and partnerships, print materials, media outreach, an interactive website, mobile website and social media. The campaign features stories of real service members who reached out for psychological support or care with successful outcomes, including learning coping skills, maintaining their security clearance and continuing to succeed in their military or civilian careers. These Real Warriors are proving through example that reaching out is a sign of strength that benefits the entire military community.

In addition, the campaign encourages use of the DCoE Outreach Center, a 24/7 call center staffed by health resource consultants to provide confidential answers, tools, tips and resources about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. The Outreach Center can be reached by calling 866-966-1020, connecting through live chat or emailing [email protected]

Ohio Higher Education (for Veterans)


In an effort to help veterans, service members and their families achieve college degrees, the University System of Ohio has taken proactive steps to better serve those who have served our country.


ESGR - Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve


ESGR, a Department of Defense office, is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers and staff. We will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.


NCDA: Sites for Career Planning


Scroll to the bottom of this page and click "Military" for a list of websites.

Military Impacted Schools Association


*This site has many, many useful links for military families and educator resources!

Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) is a national organization of school superintendents. Our mission is to serve school districts with a high concentration of military children. MISA is also part of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS).

Folds of Honor
Folds of Honor Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has carried forth this singular, noble mission: To provide educational scholarship to spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled service members.  

365 Pet Insurance-Resources for Military Members
We compiled a list for pet parents who are in the military or are military veterans. If this is you, you may find these resources useful. 

Purple Star Designation

Purple Star Award Designation
The Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. 

The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and the Adjutant General selected Big Walnut High School, Big Walnut Middle School, Big Walnut Intermediate, Big Walnut Elementary, General Rosecrans Elementary, Hylen Souders Elementary, Prairie Run Elementary and the Big Walnut Early Learning Center as Purple Star designees.