1 March 2019 MDVA News and Announcements

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News and Announcements  -  March 1, 2019


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ALS meeting

Secretary George Owings and Deputy Secretary Robert Finn recently met with representatives from the ALS Association . Veterans are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with ALS than the general population, and research continues to determine the cause of this connection.  Shown in photo from left to right are: Secretary George Owings, Mr. Matt Solomon, ALS Association - DC/MD/VA Chapter, Mr. Roger Brannon, UCMC (Ret) who is an ALS patient & advocate, and Deputy Secretary Robert Finn.

Korean War Veteran Assoc

MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn (left) and MDVA Secretary George Owings (right) met recently with Mr. James Han, National President of the Korean Vietnam Veterans Association of the USA.

Ralph Simi

MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn (left) and MDVA Secretary George Owings present Mr. Ralph Simi with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin

State Partner News

2019 Session of the Maryland General Assembly has Convened

The Maryland General Assembly is currently meeting in Annapolis for the 2019 Legislative Session.  As a service to the veteran community, information on proposed legislation of possible interest to veterans is provided below:

2019 Legislative Information

You may check the status of proposed legislation by visiting the:

Maryland General Assembly Website

Spotlight on Education

Wor-Wic Community College has been selected a Top Ten Community College in America.  Read more about the Military Friendly program at Wor-Wic.

Link to Veteran & Military Services at Wor-Wic.

Maryland Department of Commerce Announces Groundbreaking for Veteran Owned Business in Southern Maryland

PATRIOT – a full-service facilities and infrastructure solutions provider – recently broke ground on its new headquarters in Dunkirk, Md. 

The veteran-owned small business is constructing a two-story, 14,000 square-foot facility at the corner of Ward Road and Ferry Landing Road. The new headquarters will provide the space needed to house additional administrative staff and increase the company’s footprint and dedication to Southern Maryland. 

Read More Here

Federal Partner News

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Charlotte Hall, Maryland

Charlotte Hall CBOC

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new CBOC was attended by many Dignitaries, including MDVA Secretary George Owings (fourth from left)

Sharon & Cong. Hoyer

Congressman Steny Hoyer and Sharon Murphy, Directror of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new VA CBOC

United States Supreme Court Hears Arguments on the Bladensburg Peace Cross

ConnectingVets.Com article



VA Video - The Unseen

VA helping Veterans deal with chronic pain without opioids

VA has a free anger management tool

Sign Up for Veterans National Wheelchair Games

VA video concerning the Burn Pit Registry

Are you struggling with gambling? VA may be able to help

Considering a VA Home Loan?

Sailor in Iconic World War II Photo Dies at Age 95, Fox 54 News story

Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program of the National Park Service for Post 9-11 Veterans

FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Application Opens March 1

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 News


March 21st - 24th, Annapolis Film Festival - See more details on Military-Related Films near the end of this e-newsletter.


April 4-5, Free Dental Care for Eastern Shore Veterans, Pre-Registration Needed, Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy


April 24th - Veterans in the Workplace, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Annapolis


Veteran Friendly Businesses Program of Howard County


Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program for Military Spouses


Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Expands Art Opportunities for Military Community at Walter Reed


Employment Opportunity: Veteran Navigator Position, Southern Maryland


Maryland Center for Veteran Education and Training

Save the Date: Sunday June 9th, 24th Annual MCVET 5K/10K Run/Walk

MCVET Announcement:

MCVET received notification of the award of a three (3) year CARF Accreditation for Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Treatment / Outpatient (OP) Treatment on 15 February 2019. 

Congratulations to MCVET IOP Clinical Director, Mr. Gregory Palmer, and the MCVET Clinical Treatment Staff.



Operation Tohidu Updates

From April 15 – 19 Operation Tohidu is hosting a women’s retreat for former or current Cultural Support Team and Female Engagement Team members in partnership with the Service Women’s Action Network.  This is a free program and we will pay for transportation to the retreat location in Southern Maryland.  There are currently 7 spots available.  To register go to www.operationtohidu.org.  Be sure to mention the CST / FET retreat in the “why I would like to attend” portion of the application.    For more information on the incredible contributions that these ladies made, please see this article: https://ndupress.ndu.edu/JFQ/Joint-Force-Quarterly-75/Article/577569/blurred-lines-cultural-support-teams-in-afghanistan/fbclid/IwAR04JCvGHAuOkrntmLHMSda3H_jpWauFm5Rcvmc0a0i5DFRA5nFQIJ24f00/

Operation Tohidu is running a pilot program for Male MST survivors September 9 – 13.  This is a free program that is open to veterans of all eras and most discharge statuses from across the country.  Please visit our website for more information or to register.  www.operationtohidu.org    This is still six months away, but we already have half the retreat filled, so there are 8 spots available.  This program could become a regularly scheduled offering….it will be based on the demand.

Please email Travis Rahill at trahill@melwood.org for more information.  For regular updates, please ‘like’ us on facebook:www.facebook.com/melwoodveterans




The Maryland Catholic War Veterans (CWV) invites you and your organization members to participate in the “CWV Congressional Centennial Memorial Mass” services.  We will be honoring the forgotten Veterans of World War l, Poland Centennial Anniversary, General Joseph Haller’s Blue Army Veterans; and all Servicemen/Servicewomen who have served and are serving America. 

The Mass will be celebrated Sunday May 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m., St. Casimir Church, O’Donnell St. & Kenwood Ave, Baltimore, MD. 21224. 

We ask you to encourage your members, Honor Guard Units and Pipe & Drum Corps units to participate in the Services.  

We ask that you help us promote the “Centennial Memorial Services” by sharing this information with your members, placing the information on your web-page, face book page or other department announcement system. We encourage all to participate in their uniforms.  

Please contact Irving C. J. Porter at 410-215-7744 or E-ail: cjhudson11@verizon.net or Maryland CWV, Commander Gilbert T Barker at 410-299-7283, E-mail: Bmore21222@aol.com, to confirm your organization participation or if you have any questions or suggestions.  Thanking you for your assisting in making the"Centennial Memorial Services" a success. 

All faiths are welcome to participate.

Community Calendar

March 2, 2019

2nd Annual Honoring Women Veterans Luncheon, Indian Head

March 5, 2019

KeyW Open House Hiring Event, Poly Required, Linthicum

March 12, 2019

Mid-Shore Veterans Network, Easton

March 13, 2019

Women Veterans Day at Maryland General Assembly, Annapolis

Lower Shore Veterans Network, Salisbury

March 14, 2019

TECHEXPO Poly Only Hiring Event, Linthicum

March 26, 2019

Access to Capital for Women Owned Businesses, Three-Day Workshop, Baltimore

March 28, 2019

Blind Veterans Association, Light Up the Darkness Concert, Falls Church, VA

Small Business, Developing a Loan Package for a Lender, Germantown

March 30, 2019

The American Legion, Randolph Furey Post 170, 100th Birthday Celebration, Accokeek

Save the Date: Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran Events in March and April


Saturday, March 2, 2019, Knights of Columbus Honors Those Who Served During Vietnam, Nottingham

Friday, March 29, 2019, Hospice of the Chesapeake's 5th Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, Linthicum

Saturday, March 30, 2019, Gilchrist's 2nd Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration, Baltimore County, Video of last year's event

Saturday, March 30, 2019, Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, Easton

Sunday, April 28, 2019, Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Era Veterans, Indian Head


Annapolis Film Festival - Military Related Films

Tickets go on sale March 1st: More Information

The Interpreters --- Filmmakers will be present
Directors: Andres Caballero, Sofian Khan
Synopsis: Local interpreters were key to the U.S. war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan, but now face danger in their countries because of their affiliation with the U.S. military. This is the story of three of these U.S. allies who are rebuilding their lives: a chain-smoking Iraqi code-named "Phillip Morris" who was able to make it to the U.S. with the help of an American soldier he befriended during his deployment, an Afghan called Malik who is still working as an active interpreter at the U.S. base in Kabul despite threats to his life, and another Afghan named Mujtaba who fled with his family as refugees to Turkey.
76 Minutes; Documentary/Refugee Immigration; USA; English language

Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? --- Filmmakers will be present
Director: Zachary Stauffer
Synopsis: An inquiry into the death of a Navy lieutenant who was in a crash of the controversial MH-53E helicopter model. Lt. Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old United States Naval Academy graduate and the married father of two young sons, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a 2014 training exercise. Motivated by her grief, his wife Nicole sought an explanation for the cause of the disaster. Her efforts spurred an investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings around the 53E helicopter – the model Van Dorn was piloting when he was killed, and the deadliest aircraft in the US military. This documentary won the Audience Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival.
80 Minutes; Documentary/Military; USA; English language

The View From Up Here – Claire decides to pay a visit to her upstairs neighbor Lila, a refugee from Syria who recently resettled in the US…a confrontation that will put their peaceful cohabitation at risk. Starring Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo. (18 min.; drama; USA; English language)

Bini – At the outbreak of the Kosovo War, six year old Bini is only thinking about his most prized possession, a piece of candy. When suddenly he and his family are packed into a crowded truck and faced with life threatening obstacles, Bini learns that candy may not be the only thing of value he loses that day. (20 min.; drama; USA/Kosovo; Albanian & Serbian with English subtitles).

Aleppo - Hanan, a successful Syrian-American doctor returns to Syria to help victims of war but when the hospital is bombed she suffers a traumatic brain injury that leaves her face blind. Unable to recognize the faces of even those closest to her, Hanan's world has been turned upside down and her identity lost. Now home in New York, Hanan has difficulty coming to terms with how her life has changed following the attack.  (20 min.; drama; USA; English & Arabic language)

Rebuilding in Miniature - A Syrian refugee spends his immigrant life constructing tiny models of worlds he has never seen rebuilding each detail as an elegy to the destruction that he witnessed in his beloved Syria which is now in ruins.

Calvert Hall College High School Announces Plans for a Veterans' Tribute


Brother John Kane, FSC, President, Calvert Hall College High School has approved plans to build a Veterans’ Tribute on the Towson campus.  The tribute will be in honor of all members of the Calvert Hall community who have served in the United States Armed Forces.  The tribute will also serve as a memorial for those who have died in the service of their country. A digital display inside the main entrance of the school’s Keelty Hall will include a history of Calvert Hall graduates and their military careers.

“Since our founding in 1845, thousands of Calvert Hall graduates have gone on to serve our country in the military and too many have given their lives in that service. Over the last 173 years, so many have found themselves in faraway places often in the most difficult of circumstances. This tribute to our graduates who have served and in particular those who gave their lives for our country is our way of saying thank you for all who have sacrificed and to recognize their service,” Brother John said.

The concept for the tribute was introduced to Calvert Hall by the Tribute Advocacy Group which currently consists of nearly 45 alums, family, and friends. The architectural design was completed by David G. Gaudreau, AIA, Senior Vice President/Principal, Gaudreau, Inc. and Daniel White, retired executive vice-president, Whiting-Turner has been consulted on the construction of the project.      

“Calvert Hall alumni have served in every branch and component of U.S. Armed Forces since 1845. We form a long line of service to the country in both war and peace. We are grateful to Calvert Hall for instilling in us a sense of duty and responsibility, and are proud to have answered the call. While our memorial honors Calvert Hall veterans, we salute our fellow veterans across the country and honor all who made the supreme sacrifice,” Nick Prevas, LTC, USA-Retired, Class of 1965.

For more information regarding the Veterans’ Tribute, please contact Joe Baker ’76, Director of Advancement, at bakerj@calverthall.com or 410-825-4266 ext. 163.