March 2017 Newsletter

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March 2017 Newsletter

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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

Performance Oversight Hearing 

On Friday, February 24, 2017 Director Ely S. Ross testified before the Committee on Government Operations.  It was an excellent opportunity to talk about the state of MOVA and the direction the agency is heading.  If you missed the hearing - check out the archived video!  

Thank you to all of the local veterans who came out and supported MOVA at the hearing.  We appreciate all of your support and your input!  

If you have a great idea for MOVA - swing by and let us know! 

Veteran Resource of the Month

CDL Road Skills Test Waiver

If you are an active duty service member who is currently licensed and who is or was employed within the last 90 calendar days in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a CMV, you do not have to take the road skills tests to obtain a Class A or B DC DMV CDL. You do have to take and pass all knowledge tests.  Click here for more information and eligibility requirements.  

March is an Important Month!

Women's History Month

The Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs is proud to thank women veterans for their service and dedication to the United States armed services!  

There are more than 2 million women veterans in the United States and women are the fastest growing group in the veteran population.  In the District, over 13% of our local veterans are women veterans.  If you want to know more about the  District's veteran population - check out our break down of veterans data by Ward.  

Women veterans can always reach out to the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs or the Mayors Office of Women's Policy and Initiatives!  We are here to serve! 


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Awareness Month


March is designated LGBT Health Awareness Month at VA, a month-long observance to bring awareness to the unique health needs and disparities of the LGBT community.  If you are in need of medical assistance, please reach out to our local VA Medical Center

LGBT veterans can always reach out to the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs or the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs! We are here to serve those who have served us! 


Brain Injury Awareness Month

Our local Washington D.C. Medical Center has designated March as Brain Injury Awareness Month.  For a great number of veterans, recovering from a TBI can be an arduous and complicated process. Veterans shouldn't hesitate to get the help that they need.  Out local VA Medical Center is making great strides in TBI treatment.  Click here for an update on all of the progress our VA Medical Center is making.

Do you need additional Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) resources? Click here for a list of available resources! 

Share Your Story About Brain Injury

The Defense and Veteran Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is recruiting TBI Champions to raise awareness about TBI and advocate for safety and treatment.  The best advocates are veterans who have experienced TBI and the recovery process first hand.  Click here for more information and to get involved!  

Military Saves Week


February 27 - March 4 is designated as Military Saves Week.  This is a national initiative designed to encourage good savings behavior and a chance for individuals as well as service members and families to assess their own saving status.

The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) is reminding District veterans of the tools that are available to help them plan for their financial future.  Click here for more information about the tools DISB has available.  

Pre-Need Burial Certification

Pre Need

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented the pre-need burial eligibility determination program to assist anyone who would like to know if they are eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery. VA is promoting pre-need eligibility determinations to encourage Veterans and their eligible family members to plan in advance to use VA burial benefits that Veterans have earned through their military service. Planning in advance for a Veteran’s or loved-one's final resting place can eliminate unnecessary delays and reduce stress on a family at a difficult time. Veteran families will have increased confidence that their loved ones are eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery at their time of need.  Click here for more information. 

From The Mayor

District Minute

This week's District Minute features stories about the Mayor's nomination of Peter Newsham as the next Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police, the Fisheries and Wildlife Omnibus Amendment Act of 2016, and improvements at DC's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. 

Connect with your Mayor!

Mayor Muriel Bowser

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

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Featured Jobs, Fellowships, and Interships

Dog Tag Inc. Summer Fellowship Opportunities

Dog Tag Inc. seeks to provide a transformative opportunity for veterans with disabilities, spouses, and caregivers by offering an education through Georgetown University and experiential learning in our small business venture, Dog Tag Bakery. The application deadline is April 19.  Click here for more information!

The Mission Continues Fellowship

A Mission Continues Fellowship involves 20 hours of service per week for 26 weeks at a local nonprofit organization. Fellows are encouraged to choose a nonprofit organization to serve based on their own personal passions.  Click here for more information!

University of the District of Columbia Community College Workforce Development 

The UDC Community College Division of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning (WDLL) provides District of Columbia residents with job skills training leading to employment. The industries focused on are those where jobs are available in the District and in the metropolitan area. 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 vacant 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

Upcoming Events

Mayor’s Advisory Board on DC Veterans Affairs Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 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.

GWU Veterans Day of Service

On March 25, 2017, the Veterans Service Initiative of George Washington University’s Honey Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service and our Office of Military and Veteran Student Services will call upon GW students, faculty and staff and local community partners to participate in the 2017 Annual Veterans Day of Service (VDOS).

This signature event centers on serving those who have served the armed forces through projects geared towards improving the quality of life for the veteran community. 

When: March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00am
Where: Kogan Plaza at George Washington University (H Street between 21st and 22nd St.)

If you have any questions or plan to participate in VDOS 2017, please contact the GW Veterans student organization at

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MOVA Budget Hearing 

Tuesday, April 11, 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.  Persons wishing to testify may contact Keiko Yoshino by calling 202-724-8062. 

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