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News and Announcements  -  July 6, 2018


Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Launches New Electronic Communication System

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the electronic communication system at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.

 Touchtown allows more effective communication with residents and staff via TV's throughout the facility, including bedrooms. The program provides information on daily activities, menus, and important announcements, in addition to real-time date and weather information. There's also an audio feature to help those who are visually-impaired. The channel can easily switch to watch live activities in the Main Multipurpose Room for those who are unable to leave their rooms.

MDVA would like to thank the American Legion Post 82 and Masonic Lodges throughout Maryland for sponsoring this wonderful project, valued at almost $20,000!

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

Cruisin Southern Maryland

In the photo above, another large donation of $20,000 was made by Cruisin' Southern Maryland to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. The 7th Annual Car Show, sponsored by Cruisin' Southern Maryland to benefit Charlotte Hall was held on Memorial Day weekend and the proceeds were donated to Charlotte Hall on June 12th.  Over the last seven years, Cruisin' Southern Maryland has raised over $102,000 for Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Thank you to all the members, friends and supporters of Cruisin' Southern Maryland for your generous, ongoing support! 

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Stacey's Dad

Mr. William E. Murray recently stopped by the MDVA office in Annapolis to visit his daughter, Stacey Crawford who is a MDVA employee.  Secretary Owings discovered that Mr. Murray served as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Air Force, and pinned him with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.  Shown in the photo from left to right: MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn, Mr. William Murray, MDVA Secretary George Owings, and Mr. Chris Piscitelli, Director of the MDVA Cemetery and Memorials Program.

Women Business Conference

Ms. Portia S. Wheatley is a veteran and organizer of the annual Maryland Military and Veteran Women Business Conference.  In this photo, Denise Nooe of the MDVA is presenting Ms. Wheatley with a citation from the Governor, commending Ms. Wheatley for her dedication and support of women entrepreneurs.  This event was the 5th Annual Conference and was held at the War Memorial Building in Baltimore.  Watch for the 6th Annual event in 2019!

State Partner News

Maryland Lottery Works With Veterans Service Organizations


The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency is pleased to introduce a high earning gaming product especially designed to benefit Maryland Veterans’ organizations.

The instant ticket lottery machine (ITLM) is a modern gaming vending machine with spinning video reel animation that brings fun and excitement to your members. Currently, 84 Veterans’ posts in Maryland have ITLMs installed in their locations. As of May 30, 2018, the ITLM Program has contributed over $13,600,000 in total profits to the participating Veterans’ posts.

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Fishing Rod Loan Program Expanded

June 28, 2018

 Library Patrons Can Check Out Gear and Tackle in Four Counties

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has partnered with libraries in four counties to enable their patrons to borrow fishing gear free of charge.

The Aquatic Resources Education Program has provided five libraries in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick and Harford counties with rods and reels, tackle, and fishing books, specifically geared toward children.

The following libraries are currently participating in the department program: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library and Mountain Road Community Library in Anne Arundel County; Westminster Branch Library in Carroll County; Brunswick Branch Library in Frederick County; and Joppa Branch Library in Harford County.

“This program is an exciting new way to equip families with the tools and knowledge they need to enjoy a day of fishing in our cherished waterways,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “By engaging the next generation of anglers, we can foster a passion for outdoor recreation and sports, and cultivate an appreciation and love of nature that will last a lifetime.”

The success of a 2017 pilot program at Mountain Road Community Library in Anne Arundel County prompted the department to expand the program to four additional libraries, which are all in close proximity to public fishing areas. These libraries have partnered with local fishing clubs and enthusiasts to ensure proper inventory levels and maintenance of the equipment. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration Program helped fund the innovative program.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Rod Loan Program

Federal Partner News

Women Veteran Suicide - Connectingvets.com article

Vet Center Offering Services on Mondays at Gaithersburg Library

Information on Agent Orange "Presumptives"

VA Home Loans - One veteran's story

VA Adaptive Home Grants for Disabled Veterans

VA Fact Sheet on Mission Act

US Department of Agriculture Information for Veterans Interested in Farming

Summer Safety: Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning - Health.mil article

AARP Information for Veteran Caregivers

Native American Veterans Memorial Planned for 2020 - WAMU 88.5 American University Radio

Korean War Veterans’ Ambassadress Hannah Kim

To Visit Korean War Memorials in Frederick County & Hagerstown, Saturday, July 21, 2018

 Frederick County & Hagerstown, MD At 11:00 AM on Saturday July 21, 2018, Hannah Y Kim, a woman with a mission, will visit the Korean War Memorial in Frederick County and present a commemorative wreath. Following the ceremony at 4:00 PM, Hannah will participate in a motorcycle run down Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway starting in Mt. Airy. Bikers and veterans are due to arrive at the Korean War Memorial in Hagerstown at 6:00 PM, just in time for the ceremony at 7:00 PM.

This whole day is part of an ambitious three-month journey visiting Korean War memorials in all 50 states, to honor and remember those who served in that long ago, faraway conflict, 1950-53, and to help promote peace on the Korean Peninsula. Given the current peace talks in the region today, her mission could not be timelier.

Hannah also hopes that her journey will raise awareness about the Wall of Remembrance, the long-overdue addition to the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Wall was approved by Congress in 2016, but a lack of funding has delayed its construction for two years. As a result, the names of the nearly 37,000 Americans who died in Korea are still waiting to be inscribed for posterity.

Hannah’s devoted activism on behalf of Korean War veterans began in 2008, when she was a 24-year-old graduate student in Washington, D.C. and established Remember727, an organization dedicated to honoring veterans of the so-called “Forgotten War.” Hannah lobbied Congress to enact legislation, signed by President Obama in 2009, that established July 27 as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.

She subsequently worked for Congressman Charles B. Rangel, a decorated Korean War veteran, as his communications director and later as his chief of staff. When Congressman Rangel retired in 2017, Hannah embarked on an epic journey around the world, visiting every country that was part of the UN effort during the war. She interviewed 200 veterans to memorialize their stories, because, as she told them, “If you hadn’t fought in Korea, I wouldn’t be here.”                                

Several representatives from veterans organizations will be present for the ceremonies, which are open to the public and the media. Following the ceremonies, Hannah Y Kim will be available for media interviews. 

What: Hannah Y Kim Visit to Korean War Memorial -- Part of Her Three-Month National Tour

When & Where: Saturday, July 21, 2018

11:00 AM - Frederick County Korean War Memorial, 201 N Bentz St, Frederick, MD 21701

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Motorcycle Run towards Hagerstown (beginning right off I-70 in Mt. Airy)

7:00 PM - Hagerstown Korean War Memorial, 1203 Potomac Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21742

For additional information, contact:                   

Symone Gosby, Volunteer

Remember 727




Military Women's Coalition

Women have served and fought in every conflict since the American Revolution, yet despite their critical contributions to our national security they continue to face barriers within the military and when accessing the VA benefits and services they have earned while defending our nation.

An advisory group of military women's organizations, convened by the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), have joined forces to reach out to and connect with other military organizations across the country that primarily support military women. Whether you are a formal or informal organization, a social group or a Facebook group for service women and women veterans, we are asking you to join us in Atlanta on September 7, 2018 to participate in an inaugural meeting to form a Military Women's Coalition. The coalition will elevate the voices of the current 2.2 million U.S. service women and women veterans and unite them to become a powerful force for change. All military women and women veterans groups, including grassroots groups, social groups, Facebook groups, nonprofit groups and similar organizations are invited to join the Coalition. Register here.  A limited number of travel stipends are available. 

Make sure you have a chance to shape the agenda for the Coalition meeting and training workshops! Please complete this survey that will help us answer the questions: Can U.S. service women’s organizations benefit by participating in a coalition of organizations? If so, what benefits, shared expertise, and topic areas would organizations like addressed through a coalition? Results of this survey will be reported back to you and will be discussed at the inaugural convening on Sept. 7 in Atlanta. 

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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

July 11, 2018

Veterans Resource Day at Frederick Senior Center, 1440 Taney Avenue, Frederick from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  $5.00 donation requested for lunch. Please RSVP to 301-600-1048 or dayers@frederickcountymd.gov

Free Yoga at Cohen Clinic, also on July 13th and 14th, Silver Spring

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 17, 2018

Military Consumer Protection Awareness Webinar

July 18, 2017

Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Apprenticeship Opportunity, Frederick

July 21, 2018

American Legion Riders, Celebrating 15 Years in Maryland, Clinton

July 25, 2018

Baltimore Military Spouse Hiring Event

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 14, 2018

Patuxent River Job Fair

August 16, 2018

Joint Base Andrews Job Fair

August 18, 2018

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

Community News

Project Opportunity - Free Entrepreneur Training for Veterans, now enrolling for Fall class in Southern MarylandFlier

Project Opportunity - Free Entrepreneur Training for Veterans, now enrolling for Fall class in Baltimore - Flier

Read about MCVET - the Maryland Center for Veterans Employment and Training - U. S. Veterans Magazine article

Apply for Armed to Urban Farm in Washington, DC

Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run Open for Registration

Travis Manion Foundation Encourages Registration for Marine Corps Marathon -25% off registration June 26th through July 10th, use Code: MCM25

Calvert Hall Plans to Build Veteran Tribute


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/