27 April MDVA News and Announcements

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News and Announcements  -  April 27, 2018


Charlotte Hall Honors Volunteers at Annual Event

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The annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet was held recently for the many volunteers who give so much of their time, talent and treasure to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.  More than 220 invitations were sent to individual and group volunteers.  In 2017 volunteer hours exceeded 18,000 hours.

Thank you to all the individuals, groups and organizations who helped brighten the days for the residents at Charlotte Hall!

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

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Many of the Charlotte Hall Volunteers who attended the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
Cassie at Charlotte Hall
Taken at the Charlotte Hall Volunteer Appreciation event, from left to right: MDVA Deputy Secretary Bob Finn, MDVA Secretary George Owings, Kassie Sandacz, CEO of Voices of Vets, Inc. who often performs at Charlotte Hall, Ashley Radano, Director of Recreational Services at Charlotte Hall, and Sharon Murphy, Director of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

MCVET Donation

The Maryland Veterans Commission meeting was held last week at the Maryland Center for Veterans Employment and Training (MCVET).  During the Commission meeting, Commissioner Thomas Kimball presented a donation to MCVET from VFW Wicomico County Memorial Post 10159.  In the photo above, Mrs. Jacqueline Kimball is presenting a very generous donation from the VFW Auxilliary Department of Maryland to Mr. Jeffrey Kendrick, Executive Director of MCVET.  Please see a list of upcoming events held by MCVET in the Community Partners section below.

Rex Smith

Retired Captain Rex Smith (USA), receives the Vietnam Veteran Commemoration Pin from MDVA Secretary George Owings.  Captain Smith was also a former Director of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.

State Partner News

Governor Larry Hogan Honors WWII Veteran 

At Peace Cross

Vows to Keep Nearly 100-Year-Old Memorial 
Honoring Local Veterans Standing

Governor Larry Hogan was joined by Secretary of Veterans Affairs George Owings III to honor Second Lieutenant John Robert Pedevillano - a World War II veteran, Prisoner of War, and Purple Heart recipient - with an official governor’s citation recognizing his military service and dedication to Maryland and the United States. The event took place at the Peace Cross monument in Bladensburg, Maryland, which was constructed in 1925 by local families and the American Legion to honor members of the community who fought in World War I.

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Peace Cross
Shown from left to right: Ms. Barbara Pedevillano (daugher), MDVA Secretary George Owings III, Mr. John Robert Pedevillano, a World War II veteran, and Governor Larry Hogan at the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland. Photo Credit: Executive Office of the Governor

AMVETS motorcycles
Governor Hogan joins some of the AMVETS members who rode to the ceremony. Photo Credit: Executive Office of the Governor

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Governor Hogan Honored by American Veterans

Receives AMVETS Maryland Freestate Award of Excellence

Governor Larry Hogan today joined the American Veterans (AMVETS) Department of Maryland for a luncheon event, where he received the Past National Commander A. Leo Anderson Memorial Freestate Award of Excellence. The governor was joined by First Lady Yumi Hogan, Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs George Owings, AMVETS Maryland Department Commander Ed McKinnon, Auxiliary President Donna Tolland, Sons of AMVETS Commander Joe Forrest, and many other veterans.

“There are no words adequate enough to express our sincere gratitude, our respect, and our deep appreciation to all of our military veterans,” said Governor Hogan. “I am humbled to receive this award, and I pledge that our administration will remain committed to the brave men and women who are currently serving and who have served.”

The Hogan administration has worked to ensure that all veterans can continue to live, work, raise a family, and retire in Maryland. The first piece of legislation ever signed by Governor Hogan established March 30th Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, and since then, he has pushed for and enacted legislation to provide tax relief for retired veterans, encourage employers to hire veterans, provide assistance for housing, and more. 

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First Lady Korean War Veterans

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First Lady Yumi Hogan Appointed as Honorary Ambassadress Ex-officio by the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc.

First Lady Yumi Hogan was appointed as an Honorary Ambassadress Ex-officio by the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc. (KWVMF) in the Rayburn Room on Capitol Hill. Colonel William E. Weber, USA-Ret., Chair of KWVMF, thanked the First Lady for her support of Korean War Veterans. Congressman Andy Harris and members of the Executive Committee for the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation also attended today's ceremony.

Mrs. Hogan is the first Asian-American First Lady in Maryland’s history and the nation’s first Korean-American First Lady. She grew up in a rural village in South Korea before immigrating to the United States several decades ago.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization originally entrusted with the responsibility to ensure that the Korean War Veterans Memorial in our Nation’s Capital will be maintained in perpetuity and to assist with ceremonies at the Memorial honoring all those who have served. 

Federal Partner News

Construction Updates at DC Medical Center - Including Parking Info

What is Your Health Age?

VA to Host Nationwide "Baby Shower" in Celebration of Mother's Day

VA Make the Connection - Veteran Stories

Fighting Global Health Threats - Health.mil article

VA Check -in for Medical Appointments at New Kiosks

VA Updates Briefing for TAP Program

Small Business Week - April 29th to May 5th

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

April 29, 2018

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans & Vietnam Era Veterans - Indian Head

Free VA Loan Homebuyer Class, Annapolis

May 1, 2018

Military Spouse Job Fair - Ft. Meade

May 3, 2018

Maryland Apprenticeship Career Fair - Randallstown

Workshop: The Federal Hiring Process, Waldorf

May 5, 2018

Military Appreciation Fair and Fun Run - UMUC, Upper Marlboro

Veterans Hike Across Maryland - Series of Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

American Legion Honors Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers - Indian Head

May 6, 2018

Military Mother's Recognition Banquet - Waldorf

May 9, 2018

Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Summit - Washington, DC

May 15, 2018

7th Annual Southern Maryland Hiring Event

May 18, 2018

Marines Helping Heroes Charity Golf Tournament

May 19, 2018

Veterans Hike Across Maryland - Series of Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Commemoration, Sharpsburg

May 20, 2018

Massing of the Colors - Ft. George G. Meade

May 23, 2018

Ft. Meade Community Job Fair

May 26, 2018

A Salute to Vietnam Veterans, MCVET, Baltimore 

June 1, 2018

Veterans' Legal Assistance Conference, Baltimore

MCVET Homeless Veterans Stand Down (Also on June 2nd)

June 2, 2018

Veterans Hike Across Maryland - Series of Hikes on the Appalachian Trail


Maryland Center for Veteran Employment and Training (MCVET)

Has several upcoming events, and invites the public to attend:

A Salute to Vietnam Veterans - Saturday, May 26th

MCVET Homeless Veteran Stand Down - Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and June 3rd

23rd Annual 5K/10K Run and Walk - Sunday, June 10th

MCVET "Famous" Car Wash - Fridays & Saturdays, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Visit MCVET for More Information

Community News

Military Corps Career Connect (C3) - Employment Assistance for Transitioning Service Members and Military Spouses

Free Cyber Career Training