16 March MDVA News and Announcements

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News and Announcements  -  March 16, 2018


Charlotte Hall Director Receives Governor's Citation

Charlotte Hall logo

Governor Larry Hogan held a Cabinet meeting in southern Maryland this week. MDVA Secretary served as Master of Ceremonies for the Program and Sharon Murphy, Director of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home received a Citation from the Governor.  The Citation reads:

Governor of the State of Maryland, to Sharon Murphy, Greetings:  Be it known that on behalf of the citizens of this State, in recognition of a grateful tribute to honor you for your commitment and leadership as Director of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, with more than three decades of devoted service to our veterans – exemplifying the highest standards of customer services; and as our citizens join in expressing our admiration, great respect and gratitude for your contributions to our state and nation, we are pleased to confer upon you this  Governor’s Citation Given Under my Hand and the Great Seal of the State of Maryland the 12th day of March Two Thousand and eighteen. 

We here at MDVA are very proud of Sharon and congratulate her on this honor.

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

Sharon receiving Governor's Award

From left to right: MDVA Secretary George Owings, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Sharon Murphy, Director of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and Governor Larry Hogan.

Photo Credit: Joe Andrucyk, Executive Office of the Governor

AL Post 220

Following the southern Maryland Cabinet meeting, Governor Hogan enjoyed lunch at American Legion Gray Ray Post 220.  While there, Governor Hogan pinned Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Era Veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.

View Additional photos of the event.  Photo Credit: Executive Office of the Governor

Auxiliary President Banquet

Recently the American Legion Post in Greenbelt was the site for a banquet honoring the National American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) President, Ms. Diana Duschek.  Shown in the photo above are Ms. Joyce Brown, ALA Past State President, MDVA Deputy Secretary Bob Finn and Ms. Anselma Obremski, AKA Past State President.

State Partner News

Maryland Higher Education Commission

Changing MD for the Better

​The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) serves as the official State Approving Agency (or SAA), an approving authority for the U. S. Department of Veterans.

The SAA has approved and supervises over 400 postsecondary institutions that are legally operating in Maryland, including public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, training academies, high schools and private career schools.

Check out new information and new video at MHEC website.

Changing MD for the Better

Maryland Department of Aging encourages 

you to plan ahead.

During the week of April 16th plan ahead for health care decisions related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves. Advance directives  and living wills  can help communicate these important healthcare decisions. 

National Healthcare Decision Week

Hogan Administration Announces New Maryland Business Express Website

Multi-Agency Collaboration Makes it Easier to Plan, Start, Manage, and Grow a Business in Maryland

Inspired by Governor Larry Hogan’s Regulatory Reform Commission recommendations, the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) today unveiled Maryland Business Express, a new website that will make it easier for Maryland’s small business owners and entrepreneurs to plan, start, manage, and grow their business. Accessible at businessexpress.maryland.gov, the new site combines information previously spread across many state agencies into one, easy-to-navigate site, while also providing a clear outline of the steps involved in starting a business.

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2018 Session of the Maryland General Assembly has Convened

The Maryland General Assembly is currently meeting in Annapolis for the 2018 Legislative Session.  As a service to the veteran community, information on proposed legislation of possible interest to veterans is provided below:

2018 Legislative Information

You may check the status of proposed legislation by visiting the 

Maryland General Assembly website. 

Federal Partner News

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month - Stars and Stripes Article

Facebook Live Event: VA Health Care for Women Veterans - March 20th

National Vietnam War Veterans Day - March 29th

VA Women Veterans Health Care

Veterans Competing in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

Caring for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

Burn Pit Registry

DOD Podcast Series Promotes Better Health - Health.mil article

VA Continues Research to Improve Care for Gulf War Veterans

VA Launches Telehealth Program for Rural Veterans with PTSD

Forever GI Bill - Updates

VA Vocational Rehabilitation - Vet Success on Campus

Improve Your Health by Lowering Sodium in Your Diet - Healthfinder.gov

Vietnam Vascular Registry Helps Veteran Reunite with Doctors Who Saved Him - Health.mil article

National Health Care Decision Day - Advice on Advance Care Planning

April 7, 2018

Special Event at the National Colonial Park at Piscataway Park

A Veteran Resource Fair will be combined with the popular Lattes with Lambs event.  Veterans are invited to bring their families, enjoy the day at the park and visit Veteran resource providers.


Community Partner News

For Your Information

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs does not endorse the organizations sponsoring these events, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.  The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of MDVA.  The information provided is intended for your general knowledge only, and serves solely as a MDVA community outreach effort.

Community Calendar

March 20, 2018

For Employers: Creating a Military-Ready Workplace Culture, Columbia

Free Acting Ensemble Workshop for Veterans - Baltimore, 10-week course starting March 20th

March 21, 2018

Ft. Meade Technical Job Fair

March 22, 2018

CCBC Job Fair, Dundalk

March 24, 2018

Free VA Loan Homebuyer Class, Owings Mills

March 29, 2018

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, Sponsored by Hospice of the Chesapeake

March 30, 2018

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, Sponsored by Gilchrist Hospice

April 7, 2018

Veteran Resource Fair and Lattes with Lambs Event, Accokeek

Women Veterans Legislative "Brain Storming Summit", Bowie

Free VA Loan Homebuyer Class, Hanover

April 10, 2018

2018 Veterans Resource Fair, Howard County

April 14, 2018

Free VA Loan Homebuyer Class - Laurel

April 20, 2018

Career Fair - Sponsored by Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, Baltimore

April 21, 2018

Veterans Housing Summit, Upper Marlboro

April 25, 2018

Second Chance Hiring Fair - For Those Formerly Incarcerated, Annapolis

April 26, 2018

CCBC Job Fair, Catonsville

April 27, 2018

Maryland Military and Veteran Women Business Conference

April 29, 2018

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans & Vietnam Era Veterans - Indian Head

Free VA Loan Homebuyer Class, Annapolis

Community News

Travis Manion Foundation - Lead a Service Project