February 2017 Newsletter

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February 2017 Newsletter

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Veteran Crisis Line - Chat

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Click here for more information about the Washington D.C. VA Community Resource and Referral Center. 

Click here for more information about the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center.

In Case You Missed It

Operation We Care!

On December 2, 2016, MOVA joined with U.S. Vets to distribute 214 care packages to District veterans living in transitional homes in Wards 7 & 8.   

Operation We Care 1

Opening of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence at North Capitol Commons

On January 12, 2017, Mayor Bowser joined US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, US Secretary of Veteran Affairs Bob McDonald, and a host of public and private sector partners highlighted the District's progress in ending veteran's homelessness and the opening of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence at North Capitol Commons.  The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence includes 60 units of permanent supportive housing for veterans experiencing homelessness and 64 units for District residents who meet the income requirements for affordability.  For more information click here.

Conway House Photo

Pictured right to left:  Mayor Muriel Bowser, Coucilmember Anita Bonds, Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, DHS Director Laura Zeilinger, MOVA Director Ely S. Ross. 

The Mission Continues Democracy Prep Community Service Project

On January 16, 2017, MOVA joined The Mission Continues' 3rd Washington D.C. platoon for a national day of service at Democracy Prep Congress Heights in Ward 8.  Over 100 volunteers sorted hundreds of books and curriculum materials, removed the outdoor classroom, painted the stalls in 8 bathrooms, painted outdoor benches, build a garden shed and a compost bin, and refinished the the stage. Click here for more information on The Mission Continues and how veterans are making a difference in the District!

The Mission Continues

Winterhaven Homeless Veteran Stand Down 2017

On January 27, 2017, MOVA teamed with volunteers from the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center to help set up for the annual Winterhaven Stand Down.  Check out all of the seabags (duffel bags for those of you who served in the U.S. Army or Air Force) the volunteers unloaded! 

Winterhaven Setup

All of the hard work the volunteers put in paid off!  On January 28, 2017, the Winterhaven Stand Down was a huge success.  A lot of great community partners pulled together to help homeless and at-risk veterans.  

Winterhaven Operations

Veteran Resource of the Month

Are you a veteran, spouse, or family member?  Are you considering heading off to college?  Check out the new Scholarships for Service tool provided by the Fisher House that lets you sort through all of the scholarships that might be available to you!  Find your pathway to the middle class!


From The Mayor

Apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program

Summer Employment

On Friday, January 27, at 12:00 p.m., online applications for the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) went live at summerjobs.dc.gov. Applications will be available for youth who want to apply for a position as well as employers who want to get involved with MBSYEP.

MBSYEP is a locally-funded initiative that provides District youth ages 14 to 24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and public sectors. In 2015, Mayor Bowser expanded the program so that District residents ages 22-24 can participate in MBSYEP and gain meaningful work experience. Due to the overwhelming demand for opportunity, Mayor Bowser has asked the Council to make the expansion permanent. 

This year, MBSYEP will begin on Monday, June 26, 2017 and end on Friday, August 4, 2017. 

A District Minute

District Minute

This week's District Minute features stories about the swearing in of outside law enforcement officers for the 58th Presidential Inauguration, the MLK Day Peace Walk and Parade, and the Women's March on Washington. 

Connect with your Mayor!

Mayor Muriel Bowser

John A. Wilson Building | 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW | Washington DC, 20004

(202) 727-2643

muriel.bowser@dc.gov | mayor.dc.gov | @mayorbowser

Featured Jobs, Fellowships, and Interships

Mayor's Office of Talent and Appointments

Mayor's Office of Talent and Appointments (MOTA) is seeking diverse and passionate individuals to work in DC Government. Candidates must submit their resume and any additional eligibility materials. Management level positions-Please click here for more information and how to apply.

Careers with the D.C. Government

The D.C. government is looking for a few good candidates.  Click here to find out more about the opportunities we have to offer.  

Need Employment Help?

The D.C. Department of Employment Services is here to help veterans who need assistance finding employment.  Check out their veterans services page to learn more about the veteran employment services DOES offers.  Don't hesitate to reach out to them. 

The Washington Center 

Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative 

Sponsored by the Prudential Foundation, the Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative is designed to cultivate veterans’ career advancement and workforce preparedness. Twenty-five (25) qualified student veterans from around the country will be selected to participate in the VET Initiative in Washington D.C., from May 24 – August 5, 2017. This 10-week professional immersion program serves as a platform for increasing veterans’ access to quality jobs and preparing them to transition from university life to the civilian working world.  Click here for more information. 

Want Your Vacant Position Featured in the Newsletter?

Each month the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs compiles a list of vacation positions.  If your government agency or nonprofit organization in DC would like to promote employment, or internship opportunities for D.C. Veterans please send an email message to ova@dc.gov.

Upcoming Events

Mayor's Advisory Board on D.C. Veterans Affairs 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

441 4th St. NW, Washington DC 20001

One Judiciary Square 

1114 South Conference Room

Monthly meeting of the Mayor's Advisory Committee. The meeting is open to the public. 

Council Performance and Oversight Hearing 

Friday, February 24, 2017 10:00 am

1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20001

John A. Wilson Building

Room #412

Director Ely S. Ross will present testimony to the Committee on Government Operations regarding the work of the office and the state of the District's veteran population. 

Boots to Business Reboot

The Veterans Business Outreach Center in conjunction with the American Legion will be conducting a FREE 1-day Boots to Business Reboot workshop as part of the American Legion's Washington Conference. This 1-day introduction to entrepreneurship is open to all all members of the military community (active duty, Veterans, National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses.   

Seating is limited to 40 so only register

 if you are certain to attend!


When: Friday, February 24, 2017  

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm 

Where: Washington Hilton 

1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington DC 20009 


Click Here for Details & Registration!

D.C. Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars 

Hiring our Heroes Job Fair

The D.C.  Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States will host the “Hiring Our Heroes” event on Saturday, March 11, 2017 (12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. EST) at: the D.C. Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Headquarters Building at: 1601 Kenilworth Avenue N.E., Washington, D.C. 

Directions: ‘Use Metro, exit at Deanwood Metro Station. Walk 3 blocks NE on Minnesota Ave NE, turn left on Eastern Avenue NE. Turn left on Kenilworth Ave NE. Walk approx. 1 block SW on Kenilworth Ave N.E. (PARKING IS AVAILABLE)

Want Your Event Featured in the Newsletter?

The Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs Newsletter is distributed to over 2,000 subscribers every month. If you would like your event to be featured in our calendar, please submit the following details: what, when and where the event will take place. If available, please provide a link to direct readers to more online information.  Please send all inquiries and posts to ova@dc.gov.

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Director Ely S. Ross