8 June MDVA News and Announcements

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News and Announcements  -  June 8, 2018


MDVA Cemetery & Memorials Program


Recently, Chris Piscitelli, Director of the MDVA Cemetery and Memorials Program was interviewed for the television program Veterans Forum.

Please use the link below to view the video and learn more about the MDVA Cemetery and Memorials Program.



Memorial Day Eastern Shore

The Vietnam Veterans of American, Post 648 in Easton served as the Honor Guard at the Memorial Day observance held at the MDVA veterans cemetery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. MDVA Secretary George Owings (4th from left) joined the Honor Guard for a photo. Star Democrat Article

Eastern Shore Cemertery Volunteers

Secretary George Owings joins the Maryland Veterans Cemetery Committee at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery.  From left to right: Secretary Owings, Becky Dunn, Ruth Higgins, Mary Griffith, John Smith, Connie Erdell and Ron James.  Recently, the Cemetery Committee re-furnished the Honor Guard Building.  Thank you to the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery Committee for your donation and your support!

Commissioner Holcombe

Maryland Veterans Commissioners and MDVA staff attended Memorial Day observances across the state.  In this photo, Commissioner Ronald Holcombe is presenting the Governor's Memorial Day Proclamation to Commander Robert L. Baker of American Legion Gold Star Post 191 in Mt. Airy.

Annapolis Memorial Day

This photo was taken at the Memorial Day Ceremony in Annapolis.  From left to right: Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, Maryland Veterans Commissioner Penny Collins, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Shipmate Valerie Toulette, Dr. JoAnn Fisher who was the Keynote Speaker, FRA Shipmate John Bocchicchio and FRA Shipmate Kim Biggs.

Delegate bell pinning

Secretary George Owings recently pinned former Maryland Delegate J. Ernest Bell with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.   Delegate Bell served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 - 70.  Shown in photo from left to right: Secretary Owings, Delegate Bell and former Maryland Delegate John F. Wood, Jr., who now serves on the Maryland Veterans Home Commission

State Partner News

Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor's Service Awards. In its 35th year, the Governor's Service Awards honor individuals and groups for exemplary service and contributions to Maryland's communities. Special categories include Veteran, focused on individuals who have served or are serving in the armed forces and volunteer in a Maryland community in a capacity outside of paid employment. The nomination deadline has been extended to Wednesday, June 13 at 11:59 p.m. EST. To submit a nomination or to learn more, visit http://gosv.maryland.gov/governors-service-awards.

Federal Partner News

June is PTSD Awareness Month

Dealing with Trauma - National Institutes of Health

Breaking Down Anxiety One Fear at a Time - Health.Mil article

2018 Warrior Games Happening Now in Colorado - Health.Mil article

VA Coaching Into Care

Adapted Home Grants to Disabled Veterans

VA Foster Care - Washington Post article

Veterans Seeking Emergency Treatment - Who Pays?

Armed Forces Medical Examiner DNA Lab Helps Identify the Fallen

Study Reveals Gaps in Follow-Up Care After Concussion, National Institutes of Health

VA - Three Signs of Good PTSD Care

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.

The Global Good Fund Veteran Leadership Development Program supports veteran entrepreneurs who are striving to make a significant positive change to social issues, including those within the veteran community.  Our 12-month program provides leadership skills feedback through a specifically designed Mirror 360 Review, leadership development coaching, executive mentors, and $10,000 to support personal leadership development. The program is provided almost entirely virtually allowing us to support veteran entrepreneurs across the United States.

The 2019 Global Good Fund Veteran Entrepreneur Leadership Development application consists of a two-phase process.  Phase I online application questionnaire is available June 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018. Phase II is by invitation only and consists of a personal interview.  All applicants will be notified via email of their application status.

The open application period for the 2019 Global Good Fund Veteran Entrepreneur Leadership Development program is June 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018. Apply now http://www.globalgoodfund.org/

Community Calendar

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 12, 2018

Ready, Set, Go! The Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Business, Burtonsville

June 13, 2018

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

June 14, 2018

VA Resource Fair, Ft. Meade Post Exchange

Smart Start Your Business, College Park

June 15, 2018

Stress Resiliency Workshop (Six Friday Sessions), Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals, Silver Spring

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

Women Entrepreneurs Conference

WMATA Employment Information Session, Waldorf

June 28, 2018

2018 Military Spouse Employment Summit, Washington, DC

Community News

Save the Date - Saturday, August 18, 2018 for VeteransBizUp Conference and Read More Here

Charles County Forms Commission for Veterans Affairs - Seeking Commission Applicants

Southern High School Oral History Project, Bay Weekly Article