22 June MDVA News and Announcements

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News and Announcements  -  June 22, 2018


MDVA Cemeteries and Memorial Program


Each veteran who is interred at one of the five state veterans cemeteries served with honor in the United States Uniformed Services.  Some veterans may have served during peace time, some veterans were in support roles and others participated in multiple combat missions.  When reading the markers, you will find all ranks from Privates to Flag Officers.  You will learn that Maryland veterans received the highest of honors, including a Medal of Honor recipient.  At MDVA it is our privilege to serve those who served.

At a recent ceremony held at Crownsville Veterans cemetery, Staff Sergeant Eddison Hermond, who served on active duty in the United States Air Force and then joined the Maryland National Guard, was laid to rest.  Staff Sergeant Eddison Hermond lost his life while valiantly trying to save another individual during the Ellicott City flood.

MDVA Cemetery & Memorials Program


Under overcast skies, a large United States flag was placed at the entrance of Crownsville Veterans Cemetery prior to the arrival of the funeral motorcade for Staff Sergeant Eddison Hermond.

Funeral procession

Other MDVA News

Buffalo Soldier

Tuskeegee Airman Colonel Charles E. McGee is presented with a Governor's Citation at a recent event held by the East Coast Tuskeegee Airman, Inc.  Colonel McGee retired from the United States Air Force, after serving in three wars: World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War.  Colonel McGee flew a total of 409 Combat Missions during his career, and retired with 6,308 flying hours. In the photo from left to right: Jerry Burton, East Coast Chapter Tuskeegee Airman, Inc. President, Colonel Charles McGee, Denise Nooe, MDVA, Maryland Veterans Commissioner Frank Killibrew and Rajah Hilliard, who served as Master of Ceremony for the event.

Dorchester Veterans Court

Dorchester County is the location of a Veterans Court serving the lower eastern shore.  Shown in this photo taken at the opening ceremony are: Maryland Veterans Commissioner Robert Hanson, The Honorable Judge Melvin Jews and Secretary Stephen Moyer, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.  ABC Channel 47 News article

Flag Day

On Flag Day, MDVA Secretary George Owings visited the MDVA office in Baltimore, the United States VA Regional Office in Baltimore, and while at the federal building also visited the AMVETS National Service office.  In this photo, Secretary Owings is presenting the Governor's Citation recognizing the observance of Flag Day to Mr. Dana Bolton, AMVETS National Service Officer.

In Memorium: It is with sadness we report the passing of long time MDVA employee, Mr. Russell James Makle.  Mr. Makle was a veteran of the United States Air Force, and he continued his public service, by working at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery.  He is survived by Rachel, his wife of more than 60 years, as well as three daughters and many family members and friends.  Funeral services were recently held for Mr. Makle and he is interred at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery.  The sincere condolences of the entire MDVA staff go out to Mr. Makle's family and friends.

State Partner News

Small Business Assistance offered by the Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs - Technical Training Classroom

Governor's Office of Small, Minority 

& Women Business Affairs 

invites you to reserve a seat for our upcoming trainings

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Governor's Coordinating Offices

First Floor Training Room

Technical Training Classroom

100 Community Place

Crownsville, MD 21032

Small Business Bookkeeping


Procurement 101

Spotlight on Education - Community College of Baltimore County

The Accelerated Stackable Credentials Series supports cybersecurity professionals currently or those planning to work in government positions or as government contractors on jobs requiring the DoD 8570.1 certifications. 

 Information about the series follows:

 ·         Designed for cybersecurity professionals to rapidly obtain several industry certifications required for work on government networks and for those wishing to receive industry certifications within a particular area of knowledge.

·         The four courses leading to industry-recognized certifications in Cybersecurity include Network+, Security+, Operating Systems Security (SCMP), and Ethical Hacking & Systems Defense.

·         Courses are delivered in four-week blended formats (two evening per week in the classroom, with additional online studies).  The entire four-course series may be completed in 16 weeks

·         Individuals successfully completing the series will earn 15 college credits and be eligible to take industry certification examinations at the Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center conveniently located at CCBC Essex.

·         EARN Grant funding is available to help Veterans with the cost of taking industry certification exams following the successful completion of each course through the Pearson VUE Testing Center at CCBC Essex.

Cybersecurity Institute


For More Information Contact: Ed Roberts, 443-840-4526 or eroberts@ccbcmd.edu

Maryland Emergency Management Agency Launches "Know Your Zone" Hurricane Preparedness Campaign

 With the record-setting 2017 hurricane season still fresh in most American’s minds, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in conjunction with local emergency managers, is rolling out a new hurricane and severe weather evacuation system as a result of the Maryland hurricane evacuation study which concluded earlier this year.  The study identified 3 large areas in Maryland subject to tidal flooding. Know Your Zone aims to bring awareness of the evacuation zones to the forefront of Marylanders’ summer plans and make evacuation notices easier to disseminate. 

Read More Here

Federal Partner News

LinkedIn Adds Military Spouses to Free LinkedIn Premium Program

Five Tips to Improve Men's Health - Health.mil article

Frank Gaylord, Korean War Memorial Video

The "Wall" Memorial Video

Hurricane Preparedness from the VA 

VA Burn Pit Registry

VA Research Into Dust Mites

VA Facebook Live Event - Learn About VA Home Loans, June 28

Find VA Approved Schools Where You May Use Your VA Educational Benefits

Summer Skin Protection - Health.mil article

National Institutes of Health Launches HerbList

TBI Study for Service Members and Veterans

TBI Study for Caregivers

Community Partner News

For Your Information

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Operation Tohidu® is a free, 5-day retreat program provided by Melwood Veterans Services.  It is for veterans or service members that have been diagnosed with or are self-identifying with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury or other service-related issues. 

Operation Tohidu® Dates for Q3-4 2018:

 September 10 – 14                           Couples

September 24 – 28                           Women

October 8 – 12                                   Men

October 22 – 26                                TBD

November 5 – 9                                 Women (MST focused)

December 3 – 7                                 TBD

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 26, 2018

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

Women Entrepreneurs Conference

Small Business Bookkeeping

Procurement 101

WMATA Employment Information Session, Waldorf

June 28, 2018

2018 Military Spouse Employment Summit, Washington, DC

VA Home Loan Info, Facebook Live Event

June 30, 2018

Free Concert at 3:30pm, Six String Soldiers (US Army Field Band Ensemble), Chesapeake Beach Veterans Memorial Park

July 12, 2018

Southern Maryland State Procurement Training, Prince Frederick

July 14, 2018

VA Health Care Open House & Enrollment Fair, Glen Burnie

Fish Fry for the Homeless, Baltimore

July 21, 2018

American Legion Riders, Celebrating 15 Years in Maryland, Clinton

July 27, 2018

Free Dental Clinic, Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy (Also July 28th)

July 28, 2018

Welcome Home Veterans Claims Clinic, VA Medical Center, Washington DC 

August 5, 2018

S.S. John Brown Visit to Cambridge,  (August 4th to 11th)

August 18, 2018

Free Concert at 3:30pm, Quantico United States Marine Corps Band, Chesapeake Beach Veterans Memorial Park

Community News

Anne Arundel County Library offering VetNow from Brainfuse 

Project Opportunity - Free Entrepreneur Training for Veterans, now enrolling for Fall class in southern Maryland: Flier

Platoon 22: 2018 and Beyond

Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run Open for Registration

World War II Veteran Rides in Vintage Bi-Plane, Maryland Independent Article