12 April 2019 MDVA News and Announcements

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News and Announcements  -  April 12, 2019


Charlotte Hall Staff Providing a Resource Table at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC

Charlotte Hall logo

Carole Lewis, Marketing Director and Lisa Murphy, Director of Admissions at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home spent Friday, April 5, 2019 at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC. They provided an information table to share admissions materials with veterans and to answer any questions regarding Charlotte Hall.

Carol and Lisa will be at the VA Medical Center in DC every Friday for the next three months. If you are there stop by and say hello. They will be in the main lobby.

Carole was honored to present the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin and Certificate to Robert Levert, US Army. Mr. Levert appreciated being acknowledged so long after the war.

Carole Lewis

Carrol County Expo

Carole also had the opportunity to pin and Welcome Home, Mr. Vincent John Perticone, US Army, who served in Vietnam, while she staffed a Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Resource Table at the Carroll County Senior on the Go Expo.


Voices of Vets continues to support Veterans throughout the state and beyond.  The photo above was taken at the Hospice of the Chesapeake Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran event, but Voices of Vets are frequent and welcome visitors to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.  Shown in this photo are: Lauren Waller, MDVA Secretary George Owings, Kassie Sandacz and Missy Schwartz.

Dr. Gray

MDVA Secretary George Owings and Deputy Secretary Robert Finn met recently with the leadership of the American Minority Veterans Research Project. From left to right in photo:  Secretary Owings, Dr. Elwood Raphael Gray, Pastor C. Glenn Taylor, Dr. Donald Kelly, LTC Willie Rodney and MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn.

David Myers

MDVA Secretary George Owings and Mr. David Myers, Director of Program Development for the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program attend the Hospice of the Chesapeake Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event. 

For more "pinning" photos, please scroll to end of e-newsletter.

State Partner News

2019 Session of the Maryland General Assembly has Ended

The 2019 Session of the Maryland General Assembly drew to a close at Midnight on Monday, April 8, 2019.  This session ended on a somber note as General Assembly Members mourned the passing of their colleague, Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch.

As a service to the veteran community, information on legislation of possible interest to veterans is provided below:

2019 Legislative Information

You may may find additional information on legislation at:

Maryland General Assembly Website

Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism Now Accepting Nominations 
for 2019 Governor's Service Awards
New Small Business, Government Employee/Agency Category

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism announced the opening of the nomination period for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, marking the 36th year of the awards program. The awards will recognize Marylanders who have provided significant volunteer contributions to communities around the state during 2018. This year, the program will feature two new categories – Small Business and Government Employee/Agency. The categories are introduced to honor small businesses as an integral part of community prosperity across the state, and to extend appreciation to public servants across different levels of government.

“Through the Small Business category, we will honor a corporation or business with 50 employees or less for their service to Maryland communities,” said Van Brooks, director of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism. “Similarly, the Government Employee/Agency category will help us to recognize government employees at the local, state, or federal levels for their service to our communities.”

Nominations for the Governor’s Service Awards may be submitted in one of 14 categories, including AmeriCorps Alum, Corporate Business, Emerging Leader, Faith-Based, First Responder, Government Employee/Agency, Group/Team, Individual, Lifetime Achievement, Member of the Board, National Service, Nonprofit Volunteer Program, Small Business, and Veteran. Nominations will not be accepted for youth or youth groups in the Governor’s Service Awards; instead, a new youth awards program recognizing individual youth and youth groups will be announced separately.

The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards is Friday, June 7, 2019. To learn more about the awards programs and submit a nomination, visit gosv.maryland.gov/governors-service-awards.

Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

Small Business Events

Ready, Set, GROW! in Central Maryland

Our signature Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop will be held in Hanover at the Maryland Department of Transportation's headquarters on Maryland on Monday, April 22nd. Participants will learn how to do business with state agencies then meet with the buyers from 10 different agencies/departments. Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners are invited to attend this free event which includes access to a variety of small business resource partners who can help your small business grow. Seating is limited, so register today and join us.

Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop

Mark Your Calendar

Most business development takes place outside the office. We maintain a robust calendar of events on our website. It's updated regularly, so be sure to check back often. Here are just a few upcoming events:

04/18/2019 - WBO Network Building Luncheon
04/22/2019 - Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop
04/23/2019 - Understanding Prevailing & Living Wage Laws
04/23/2019 - Cash Flow Management
04/25/2019 - Quickbooks for Business

Check out our full range of small business events
online at goMDsmallbiz.maryland.gov.

University of Maryland Study

Have you experienced a traumatic event in your life? Do thoughts about this experience affect you now? Do you use alcohol to get relief? We are conducting a research study of a medication that may help people who have experienced a traumatic event feel better and drink less. Traumatic events are things like physical or sexual assault, war zone exposure, serious accidents, and natural disasters. To learn more, go to: http://www.rethinkyourdrinking.org/ or contact us by phone (667) 214-2111.

Eligibility Criteria    Flier


Spotlight on Education: Community College of Baltimore County

Now offering: Vet Arts Connect: Mindfulness & Photography  Read More Here

Develop a new lens on your health and well-being.

Free Tree Seedlings for Wicomico County Property Owners

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering free tree seedlings to Wicomico County landowners who have a creek, drainage ditch, stream or other waterway on or near their property through the Backyard Buffers program.

Trees and shrubs planted along waterways help improve water quality by absorbing excess nutrients, lowering peak water temperatures, reducing sediment and stabilizing stream banks.

Each bag contains approximately 25 native bare-root tree and shrub seedlings, including bald cypress, river birch, serviceberry, spicebush and winterberry.

Maryland Forest Service staff will provide information on tree maintenance and planting techniques, in addition to suggestions of other suitable native species at the time of pickup. 

Quantities are limited so reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders can be placed by calling 410-543-1950 by April 26. Pickup will be on April 27 at the Wicomico Extension Office at 28647 Old Quantico Road, Salisbury.

Free Trees for Somerset and Worcester County Backyard Buffers

The Maryland Department of Natural Resourcesis offering free tree seedlings to landowners in Somerset and Worcester counties who have a creek, drainage ditch, stream or other waterway on or near their property through the Backyard Buffers program.

Trees and shrubs planted along waterways help improve water quality by absorbing excess nutrients, lowering peak water temperatures, reducing sediment and stabilizing stream banks.

Each bag contains approximately 25 native bare-root tree and shrub seedlings, including bald cypress, river birch, serviceberry, spicebush and winterberry.

Maryland Forest Service staff will provide information on tree maintenance and planting techniques, in addition to suggestions of other suitable native species at the time of pickup. 

Quantities are limited so reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Order deadline is April 26.

Somerset County landowners should call 410-651-2004 to order. Pickup will be 10 a.m. to noon April 27 at the University of Maryland Extension Office, 30730 Park Drive, Princess Anne.

Worcester County landowners should call 410-641-4314 to order. Pickup will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 27 at Stephen Decatur Park, Tripoli Street, Berlin.

Federal Partner News

Senator Van Hollen Announces:

April 18, 2019 | Thursday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Join U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen for an event to honor Veterans of color and announce the introduction of the bipartisan World War I Valor Medals Review Act. The World War I Valor Medals Review Act will ensure that Veterans of color who served during WWI are honored and their stories are told. There will be community resources for veterans onsite.

Cambridge Empowerment Center 
615 B Pine Street, Cambridge, MD 21613


Questions: call (202) 224-4654
*Please RSVP. Space is limited.

75th Anniversary

What’s Your GI Bill Story?
Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill into law, changing the lives of generations of American Veterans and their families. Since 1944, an estimated 25 million American Veterans have used the GI Bill to pay for education, buy a home, and pursue vocational training.

We want to know YOUR GI Bill story!
As we celebrate this historic anniversary and recognize the important impact the GI Bill continues to have in Veterans’ lives, we also want to HEAR FROM YOU! Create and share your personal video of how the GI Bill helped you get an education, buy a house, or impacted your life. Videos will be posted daily to VA’s 75th Anniversary webpage.

It’s easy to provide a video. Just visit https://fs9.formsite.com/gibill75th/fizrlbbyvo/index.html and follow the simple instructions. We’ll be featuring stories through June 22, 2019 as VA celebrates this important milestone.

Veterans Benefits Administration


April 24th - Veteran and Family Community Job Resources Fair, Perry Point VA Medical Center

Carry the Load National Relay

Veterans for Housing Initiative, Job Training for Veterans in the Housing Industry

Department of Veterans Affairs Welcome Kit

New Security at Baltimore VA Medical Center

How Exposure to Mold and Lead May Impact Your Health, Health.mil article

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Shop the VA's Veterans Canteen Service (VCS)

Veterans Join Together to Help Restore Monocacy Battlefield, Frederick News-Post Article

On behalf of the National Park Service (NPS), we’re writing to let you know about a unique apprenticeship for post 9/11 military service veterans: The Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP). TTAP provides an immersive, six-month experience for veterans to develop historic preservation trade skills as they maintain and care for monuments, memorials, and structures in our national parks.

We would appreciate the opportunity to share information to veterans through your network as we are still working hard to place candidates as soon as possible for apprenticeships that will commence in April 2019 at Manassas National Battlefield Park (Manassas, VA) and the Historic Preservation Training Center (Frederick, MD).

By participating in TTAP, program participants:

  • Make a meaningful impact on our national parks and historic communities that will last for generations.
  • Develop highly-marketable job skills for the construction trades industry.
  • Receive a National Center for Construction Education and Research graduation certificate.
  • Work with a team of individuals who share a similar passion for history and craftsmanship.
  • Have a fun, paid experience.

This six-month apprenticeship with the NPS Historic Preservation Training Center is offered in partnership with Conservation Legacy's Stewards Individual Placement Program. Applicants must be 18-35 years of age, a United States citizen or legal resident, and be in possession of a certificate of release or discharge from active duty with a discharge status of honorable or general under honorable conditions. Program information, additional qualifications, and instructions on how to apply can be found on the TTAP website     go.nps.gov/ttap  

We would be honored if you could let your network know of this opportunity. The direct links to the job announcements are pasted below -

Historic Preservation Training Center

Manassas National Battlefield Park

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

Today is Opening Day for the Famous MCVET Car Wash!  Flier


Free Acupuncture for Active Duty Military, Reservists, Veterans and their Families, Owings Mills


Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program for Caregiver's, UMUC


Save the Date: May 17, 2019, 

The Anne Arundel County Detachment of the Marine Corps League and the Marines Helping Heroes Foundation are proud to announce our 14th Annual Marines Helping Heroes Charity Golf Tournament. The event is on May 17th at the Walden Country Club. All funds raised will benefit the Semper Fi Fund and TreatNOW Coalition. These organizations work with veterans with TBI and PTSD.  Flier
Cisco is excited to be offering FREE scholarships available for veterans interested in the Cisco Cyber courses for our upcoming June cohort.   Flier
Save the Date: May 23, 2019, Grant Writing Lunch and Learn, Salisbury

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


Save the Date: June 20 - 27, 2019 The Mission Continues, Mass Deployment 2019, Operation Charm City Charge


Touchstones Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Expand Innovative Programs for Veterans

Community Calendar

April 13, 2019

Anne Arundel County Caregiver's Conference, Hanover

Veterans Housing Summit, Crofton

Run as One, sponsored by Team Rubicon, The Mission Continues, Team Red, White and Blue and more... Multiple locations

Team River Runner Southern Maryland Chapter Meet and Greet, Charlotte Hall

April 17, 2019

50th Anniversary of Susquehanna Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, Edgewood

TechExpo Hiring Event, Linthicum, Must have CI of Full-Scope Poly to attend

April 18, 2019

Ft. Meade SFL-TAP Hiring Event, McGill Training Center, Ft. Meade

Southern Maryland Veterans Collaborative, Charlotte Hall, The Southern Maryland Veterans Collaborative is intended to be a forum for discussion for any organization that serves veterans or service members in the Greater Southern Maryland area.

April 22, 2019

Ready, Set, Grow Training for Small Business Procurement, Hanover

April 23, 2019

Job Zone Job Fair, Lexington Park

April 25, 2019

Homerun for Recovery, benefiting The Baltimore Station, Baltimore

Job Zone Job Fair, Joint Base Andrews

April 27, 2019

Annual Disabled Veterans Fishing Outing, Cumberland

Military Veterans EXPO2019, Annapolis

Black Diamond Disaster - The Forgotten Tragedy on the Potomac, Coltons Point

April 28, 2019

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Era Veterans, Indian Head


Reprinted from: Community Connections, News from Prince George's County Government

The Office of Veterans Affairs is Open and Ready to Serve


Veterans Affairs Officer Dr. James Dula (Center) The National Association of Black Veterans partnered with the Department of Commerce to educate veterans on the Federal Veteran Employment Initiative.

60,000 veterans and their families call Prince George’s County home.  Additionally, the County has the largest contingency of veterans in the State of Maryland.

Prior to being elected, County Executive Alsobrooks received valuable feedback regarding how the County’s veterans services had a long way to go.  Many veterans shared profound circumstances that they were dealing with as well as how the County could improve upon their service delivery, especially in the areas of supporting families whose loved ones are on an extended tour of duty, benefits and post-military employment. 

We are proud to announce this will no longer be the case because a newly created Veterans Affairs Office is now open for business Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM that is ready to serve you. 

We are fortunate to have Dr. James Dula heading up this office in the capacity of Veterans Affairs Officer.  Dr. Dula is retired from the United States Air Force, where he honorably served our country. 

In addition, he has an extensive leadership and professional background in Health and Human Services and has been working around the clock to connect our County to relevant services and resources.

We also heard your comments about the added layer of stress, frustrations and numerous people to call without getting results.  Our goal is to collapse the many silos and provide a one-stop shop for resources and services, as well as keep you abreast of events that are relevant to veterans and their families.

The Office of Veterans Affairs is underway with establishing partnerships with the military, non-profits and the faith-based community to aid in outreach efforts.

The County Executive charged Dr. Dula with moving the Office of Veterans Affairs forward. Dr. Dula heeded the charge and coined the mission of the office as Operation Forward March, with the sole priority of always being accessible and of service to veterans and their families.

The goal of the Veterans Affairs Office is to provide stellar services, evolve with the unique needs of veterans and receive a high ranking of approval from the veterans being served. Please call 301-780-8260 or 301-780-8267, or email jadula@co.pg.md.us with your concerns or ideas. Please feel free to stop by the office located at:  14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Suite L-023, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.

March 29th was National Vietnam Veterans Day and March 30th was Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day in Maryland

There were many events to welcome home Vietnam Veterans.  We hope you enjoy these photos from around the state.

Hospice of the Chesapeake pinning

MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn and Secretary George W. Owings III pin Vietnam Veterans with the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary commemorative pin. Both Finn and Owings are Vietnam War veterans. Photo by Pat Holle

Mr. Meuse

Mr. Barry Meuse, a United States Air Force Academy Graduate who served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam from September 1969 to June 1970, was "pinned" by MDVA Secretary George Owings with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.  Also shown in photo are Mr. Wayne Quick and MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn.

Allen Haines

Mr. Allen Haines was pinned by MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn.

Chief Keller

Chief Master Sergeant James C. Keller, USAF, Retired is pinned at Fort George G. Meade.

George Franklin Duvall

Mr. George Franklin Duvall, who served in the 79th Transportation Company in Vietnam is pinned by MDVA Secretary George Owings.  MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn is also in photo.

Brothers Pinning

Mr. George Franklin Duvall, returned to MDVA and brought his brother Mr. Charles Duvall (center), to be pinned by MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn.