11 May MDVA News and Announcements

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News and Announcements  -  May 11, 2018


Memorial Day Events at MDVA Locations


Memorial Day Observances will be held at MDVA locations around the state.  Please see list below for more information on scheduled events at MDVA locations, including date and time.  

Cemetery and Memorials Program


 Please use this link to the MDVA website for the latest updates on MDVA and Community sponsored Memorial Day events.

Monday, May 28, 2018

10:30 am

World War II Memorial, Annapolis 

(Baltimore Sun Article regarding Keynote Speaker, Heather Shreve)


11:00 am

Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, Anne Arundel County

Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Prince Georges County

Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery,  Baltimore County

Korean War Memorial, Canton (Baltimore City)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Baltimore City


 Wednesday, May 30, 2018

11:00 am

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

1:30 pm

Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Dorchester County


Please Note: No Memorial Day observance will be held at Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery in Allegany County due to construction.  The construction will be completed and a Veteran's Day Ceremony will be held in November 2018.


WWII Memorial cleaning
A group of 25 active duty Airmen and Naval Academy Midshipmen volunteered recently to clean the World War II Memorial in Annapolis. Photo Credit: Russ Ware

AL Post donation to Charlotte hall

American Legion Post 274 located in Lusby presents a "large" check to provide for comfort items for the residents at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.  Thank you to everyone associated with American Legion Post 274 for your generous donation!

Leonard Brown

MDVA Secretary George Owings pins Mr. Leonard Brown with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.  Mr Brown served in the Marine Corps from 1966 until 1972.

Sons of Union Veterans

MDVA Secretary George Owings recently presented eligible members of the Sons of Union Veterans Garfield Camp No. 1 with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.

Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day was observed this week. Shown in this photo are the employees who work in the MDVA Annapolis office.  Back Row: MDVA Secretary George Owings, Dana Hendrickson, Stacey Crawford, and Maryland Veterans Commissioner Joe Smith, who volunteers in the office.  Front Row: Denise Nooe, Katie Sonntag and MDVA Deputy Secretary Bob Finn.  Annapolis staff not shown: Peter Pantzer, Lori Pinson and Kim Coburn

Charlotte Hall

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home was the setting for another Employee Appreciation Day event.  From left to right: Tom Johnson, Angela Quade, Sharon Murphy, Director of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Dinah Sigmon and Mike Farr, Deputy Director.

State Partner News

Maryland Public Television - Free Screening of Served Like A Girl

About the Film

Served Like a Girl provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran America” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope.

Free Screening at MPT on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm -  RSVP and More Info

Bill Signing

Governor Hogan signed many pieces of legislation on April 24th, including an exemption from vehicle registration fees for the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran (CH0157)

Photo Credit: Executive Office of the Governor

State Partner Updates:

Disabled American Veterans - Department of Maryland Announces Summer DAV Mobile Service Van Schedule

Governor Hogan Proclaims May “Gold Star Family Recognition Month” 
Unveils New “Gold Star Next of Kin” License Plate

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan was joined by Secretary of Veterans Affairs George Owings III, Administrator Chrissy Nizer of the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA), and Gold Star families to officially proclaim May "Gold Star Family Recognition Month."

In addition to presenting the proclamation to Rear Admiral Charles W. Rock, Commandant of Naval District Washington, Governor Hogan, in conjunction with MDOT MVA, unveiled a new “Gold Star Next of Kin” license plate. Since 2008, MDOT MVA has issued a Gold Star license plate to families in honor of service members who gave their lives in armed conflict dating back to World War I. The new Gold Star Next of Kin license plate is provided for families of service members who died while on active duty.

Individuals or families that are eligible for the plate may visit the MDOT MVA website at http://www.mva.maryland.gov/vehicles/licenseplates/gold-star.htm for more information.Click to edit this placeholder text.

Gold Star II
Photo Credit: Executive Office of the Governor

Federal Partner News

National Institutes of Health "All of Us" Research Program - Veterans Answering the Call Again

VA 2018 National Compliance and Ethics Week

VA Video Connect Expands Veterans' Access to Health Care

Check Out the New Vet360 Profile

VA Working to Prevent Veteran Suicide

VA Hospital in Baltimore Hosts Veteran Baby Shower, Baltimore Sun Article

Baltimore VA Hospital Seeks Volunteers

VA Resource Fair Held at Ft. Meade Post Exchange - June 14, 2018 (Post Access Required)

Healthy Habits Can Lengthen Life, National Institutes of Health

DoD Releases Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, Health.Mil Article

Wounded Warriors Welcomed to White House - Wounded Warriors from Maryland included: CW3 Joseph Berdis (Army), SSG Paul Gfeller (Army), Sgt. Daniel Luna (Marine Corps), SFC David Mathis (Army), Sgt. Major Leo Varos (Marine Corps), SPC Bailey Waters (Army), SSG James White (Army), PO3 Brieanna Salmon (Navy)

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

May 12, 2018

Military Retiree Appreciation Day, Aberdeen Proving Ground

May 14, 2018

Veterans Writing Project, Washington, DC

May 15, 2018

7th Annual Southern Maryland Hiring Event

May 16, 2018

CRAB - Recovering Warrior Sailing Clinic

May 18, 2018

Women Veterans Brain Storming Summit Part II, Bowie

Marines Helping Heroes Charity Golf Tournament

May 19, 2018

Patriots Day Festival at the Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park, Newburg

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 21, 2018

Montgomery County Dedication of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

May 23, 2018

Ft. Meade Community Job Fair

May 25, 2018

Congressman Steny Hoyer - Medal Presentation & Kick-Off of Maryland's 5th Congressional District Vietnam War Commemoration

May 26, 2018

Cruisin' Southern Maryland Car Show - to Benefit Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

A Salute to Vietnam Veterans, MCVET, Baltimore 

May 30, 2018

4th Annual Veterans Job Fair - Perry Point VA Medical Center Gymnasium

May 31, 2018

DAV - Recruit Military Job Fair, Baltimore

June 1, 2018

Veterans' Legal Assistance Conference, Baltimore

Veterans Job Fair - Aberdeen

June 2, 2018

We Honor Veterans Veteran Health & Wellness Expo - Annapolis

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

MCVET Homeless Veterans Stand Down (Also on June 3rd)

June 3, 2018

World War I Centennial Concert & Centennial Memorial Gardens Dedication, Odenton

June 13, 2018

Empowering Veterans to Find Their Purpose Health & Information Fair, Washington, DC

June 14, 2018

VA Resource Fair, Ft. Meade Post Exchange

June 16, 2018

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

June 17, 2018

Dedication Ceremony: Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, Havre de Grace


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

Dog Tag Bakery and Starbucks Announce New Pastry for Military Appreciation Month

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easter Seals, Silver Spring

Global Good Fund Veterans Leadership Program

Lamky Luther Whitehead Veterans Memorial in Essex damaged by storm - GoFundMe 

Equine Therapy Services for Veterans, Worton

Patuxent Habitat for Humanity Veteran Critical Home Repairs

Visit the Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park, Newburg