25 May MDVA News and Announcements

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News and Announcements  -  May 25, 2018


Charlotte Hall, Gold Star Mothers

Gold Star Mothers Gina Barnhurst, Paula Davis, Janice Chance (President, Maryland Gold Star Mothers), Deirdre McMahon and Cindy Lowman visited Charlotte Hall Veterans Home recently and brought gifts for residents, including this patriotic fleece blanket.

Memorial Day Events at MDVA Locations


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

Memorial Day Events

Cemetery and Memorials Program

Father David Russell

MDVA Deputy Director Bob Finn and Secretary George Owings, present Father David Russell (center) with the Vietnam Veteran Commemoration Pin and Certificate.  Father Russell enlisted in the Navy directly from high school, and while enlisted was recommended for the United States Naval Academy.  He graduated in 1968 and was Commissioned into the United States Marine Corps.  He served in Vietnam, and was also stationed at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and at Quantico.  After leaving active duty service, Father Russell trained as a Catholic Priest in Buffalo, New York.  Father Russell is now retired, but does assist, as needed at parishes in Anne Arundel County and Southern Maryland.

Lisa Terry Awar

Ms. Lisa Terry (center), Manager of the Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families, and Administrator for the Howard County Commission for Veterans and Military Families is presented with a Citation from Governor Larry Hogan for her dedicated service to Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and families.  Also shown are from left to right: Major General Howard Mooney (USA, Retired), Co-Chair of Commission, MDVA Secretary George Owings, Captain Wanda Riddle (USN, retired), Co-Chair of Commission and Mr. Ed Hall, Commander of American Legion Post 156.

State Partner News

Maryland State Government is Actively Looking to Hire More Service Disabled Veterans

Maryland Flag Waiving

In the 2017 Maryland legislative session, HB 1466 was unanimously passed in hopes of increasing the number of disabled veterans in state service. State personnel law now allows managers an alternative hiring process for Maryland’s veterans with 30% or greater service related disability.

Read More Here

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

As summer travel and recreation season begins, check out this information from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources:

Ft. Frederick State Park Hosts Summer Discovery Weekend - May 26th - 28th

26 Maryland Parks and Playgrounds Receive $2.5 Million in Funding

Boating Safety

Life Jackets for Kids

Maryland Park Services

Wounded Warrior and Veteran Outreach Program

Federal Partner News

Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen Announce Veteran Housing Funding in Baltimore County

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

Congressman Anthony Brown Hosts Small Business Workshop June 15th

VA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warn against home loan financing offers that sound too good to be true

Track Your Appeal on vets.gov video

VA Research Improves Lives

VA HUD-VASH Program - Helping Homeless Veterans

VA Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP) - NOTE: MDVA advises checking with your Service Officer/Veteran Service Organization before electing RAMP program

VA Funded, Clinical Trial for Veterans with Gulf War Illness

Navy Embedding Mental Health Teams with Submarine Squadrons - Military.com article

Air Force Mental Health Teams - Health.mil article

Service Members Demonstrate Grace Under Fire - Health.mil article

NIH Studies Spinal Cord Stimulation for Spinal Cord Injuries - NIH article

Mediterranean Diet May Slow Development of Alzheimer's Disease - NIH article


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 25, 2018

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

Women Veteran United Committee Wreath Laying, Vietnam Women's Memorial, Washington, DC

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

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in Easton through June 6, Attraction Magazine article

DAV - Recruit Military Job Fair, Baltimore

U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Military Spouse Hiring Reception, Bethesda

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 6, 2018

Upper Shore Hiring Event

June 9, 2018

Western Front Association Spring Symposium - World War I History, Lutherville

June 10, 2018

23rd Annual MCVET 5K/10K Run and Walk, Baltimore

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 15, 2018

AARP Fraud Protection Event, UMBC

Small Business Workshop, Hosted by Congressman Anthony Brown, Largo

June 16, 2018

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

VA Loan Homebuyer Class, Laurel

June 17, 2018

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

June 22, 2018

U. S. Customs & Border Protection Career Fair, Baltimore

June 26, 2018

U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Military Spouse Hiring Reception, Pax River

WMATA Employment Information Session, Waldorf

Community News

Project Opportunity Fall Entrepreneur Training, Eastern Shore Class Registration Open

MOAA September Gold Scramble Supporting Hospice of Frederick County

Trinity Health Care/Holy Cross Providing Health Care for Service members, Veterans and Their Families

Platoon 22 Offers Horse Experience, Platoon 22.org

Veterans Biz Up Conference in August


Changing Focus is designed for service members who will leave, or who have left, active duty within the next/past two years. All veterans, regardless of when they left active duty, are eligible to attend. Read More Here



Hiring Our Heroes is looking for career-minded military spouses as well as veterans who have recently separated from service (no retirees) to take part in a new Corporate Fellowship Program. The program aligns spouses and veterans, based on their skills and experience with companies/organizations for 6 week paid fellowships where fellows gain hands on experience, and are able to network themselves into meaningful employment roles.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact: egarcia@uschamber.com or go to http://www.hiringourheroes.org/fellowships for more information.

Hiring Our Heroes partners with Miltary Corps Career Connect (C3) which are funded by a US Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grant.  C3 offers free training for eligible trainsitioning service members, military spouses and recently separated veterans.  For more information visit: miltaryC3.org

Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program for Veterans

Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program for Military Spouses

Military Corps Career Connect (C3)

TALMAR Veterans to Farmers Training


TALMAR (Therapeutic Alternatives of Maryland) was pleased to celebrate its first veteran who graduated from our 10-month USDA aligned curriculum for Beginning Farmers, “Breaking New Ground." The course focuses on veterans who are reintegrating into civilian life by training them in an industry which largely parallels skills gained in military training. Many of these veterans have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Farming, with its rigorous schedule, physical activity and sense of purpose is a fit for many former military personnel. William Johnston received his diploma on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at TALMAR's non-profit farm in Parkville.

For More Information: Tracy Hauser, 410-825-2020 or tracyhauser@talmar.org