10 May 2019 News & Announcements

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News and Announcements  -  May 10, 2019


Sharon Murphy, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Director Receives Prestigious AMVETS Award

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American Veterans Department of Maryland, also known as AMVETS held their annual luncheon recently, and presented Ms. Sharon Murphy, Director of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home with one of their most prestigious awards, the PNC A. Leo Anderson Memorial Free State Award of Excellence.  We here at MDVA are very proud of Sharon, and know the award is a well-deserved honor.


Sharon Murphy with Commissioners

In the photo above from left to right: LTC Glynn E. Parker, Commissioner, Maryland Home Commission, LTC Rod Azama, Commissioner, Maryland Home Commission, Ms. Sharon Murhy, Director, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home holding the PNC A. Leo Anderson Memorial Free State Award of Excellence, Mr. Edward W. McKinnon, AMVETS Commander, Department of Maryland and MDVA Secretary George Owings.

Sherwood Reynolds Dedication

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, representatives from the State of Maryland, the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Gold Star Mothers, Maryland Chapter, family members, a host of Veterans, friends and patriots gathered to honor and to participate in the dedication of Maryland Highway 506 (Sixes Road) as a place of honor for Sergeant Sherwood Reynolds. Sergeant Reynolds was killed in combat action during the Vietnam War on February 26, 1968. The music used in this slideshow is copyrighted and can be purchased on iTunes and other music sites.

Please view a video of the dedication.  Text and Video credit: Sam Reynolds

Pinning at VA Hospital

Carole Lewis Director of Marketing at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home was honored to present Dr. Ralph Wilson with his Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.   Dr. Wilson was very gratified to be acknowledged after so many years. He said "I never expected my visit to the DC Medical Center would be so rewarding". 

Daniel Lincoln

Mr. Daniel Lincoln receives the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin from MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn.  Mr. Lincoln served in the Marine Corps from 1965 to 1968.

Renee and Herb

While attending the 27th Annual Southern Maryland Caregivers Conference at The Southern Pines Senior Center in Lusby, Charlotte Hall Mental Health Coordinator Renee Nordstrom met this Vietnam Veteran who introduced himself as simply "Herb".  He was unaware that March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day or that there was a pin to honor our heroes.  This was Renee's first pining of the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin and she was very moved and honored to present it.

Dr. Osteman

Dr. Calvin Osteman, who served in the Army from 1966 to 1968 is presented with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin by MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn.

State Partner News


Small Business Events

05/13/2019 - Business Succession Planning
05/14/2019 - Doing Business with Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
05/17/2019 - Pathway to Growth Procurement Conference
05/21/2019 - Doing Business with Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel
05/21/2019 - WSSC's Technical Assistance Workshop
05/28/2019 - Doing Business with MGM National Harbor
05/28/2019 - Federal Contracting 101
05/28/2019 - Negotiation Strategies & Closing Techniques

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


The Maryland State Police is actively seeking active military, veterans and members of The National Guard to serve as Troopers. Read More Here

Federal Partner News

Dedication Ceremony - Brendan Looney

At a ceremony on May 7th held at the United States Naval Academy, a "reduced scale" sign was presented honoring Lt. Brendan Looney who was killed in Afghanistan on September 21, 2010.  The full scale signs will be posted at the Route 70 bridge over College Creek on Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis.  In the photo above, Lt. Looney's family and friends participated in the ceremony honoring him.


Today, May 10th is Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Carry the Load, the March to Memorial Day

VA - Innovative Treatment for Veterans with Type 2 Diabetes

Interested in Student Internships with the federal government? Virtual Student Federal Service

Follow the VA on RallyPoint:

1.6 million servicemembers, Veterans, family members, government civilians, caregivers, and survivors are engaging on this social network, and VA recently signed a MOU with RallyPoint. There are more than 425K Veteran-centric discussions on the platform. It's a great place to ask (or answer!) questions like "How do I get my Army Medical Records to submit a VA claim?" "When does the VA pay out travel pay?" and "When can I expect my first disability check?"

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

MCVET 5K/10K is only a month away! Registration

Operation Tohidu is now enrolling for fall retreats: Learn More Here

Save the Date: June 8, 2019 The Mission Continues, Goat Play Date and BBQ

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

Save the Date: Wednesday, June 12th, Smithsonian Museums Permanent Employment Opportunities for Veterans, Washington, DC

Save the Date: Saturday, June 15th Benefit Dinner & Dance to support Veteran Housing, Dewey Loman Post 109, Arbutus

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


Save the Date: The Mission Continues Mass Deployment 2019

Save the Date: June 29, 2019 Veterans Benefit Seminar, Ft. Washington

Greetings! American Legion Post 156, in partnership with Honor Flight Maryland, has the unique opportunity to host Honor Flight Maryland bus trips for Veterans living in the Maryland/Delaware area. This program will commence with a trip on Saturday, May 11, 2019 starting at the VFW Post 7472 in Ellicott City, MD. 

Honor Flight Maryland is a non-profit organization created to honor America’s Veterans from the surrounding Maryland and Delaware areas for all their sacrifices by transporting our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit THEIR memorials. If you are a WWII, Korea or Vietnam Veteran, and will like to visit the memorials in Washington D.C., then this is your chance!! There is no cost to you. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. 

What do you need to do? Access the Honor Flight Maryland website at https://honorflightmd.org/md 

On this website you can open and electronically complete an application for either a Veteran or Guardian. You can either mail the application or send in electronically. Instructions on the form are provided. 

If you know of someone who is a World War II veteran please meet with them and assist in filling out an application for them. Send it in on their behalf. Please contact Randy Bohn at Pinnochle@aol.com or call the Communications Director for Honor Flight Maryland, Chelsea Taylor, at 1-443-873-0874, if you have any questions. We stand by to assist!! 


Randy Bohn

Honor Flights Committee Chair

AL Post 156

Ellicott City, MD 21043

Community Calendar

May 13th - May 17th

Armed Forces Week at Mission BBQ

May 15, 2019

Maryland's Commitment to Veterans Southern Region Conference, Nanjemoy

May 16, 2019

Job & Resource Fair, Baltimore

Bridges Polygraph Only Hiring Event, Hanover

May 17, 2019

AMVETS CODE Career Center 1st Quarterly Community Partner's Day, Lanham

Lawyers Serving Warriors Legal Clinic, Upper Marlboro

Queen Anne's County Senior Summit, Centerville

Anne Arundel Detachment of Marine Corps League 14th Annual Marines Helping Heroes Golf Tournament, Crofton

May 18, 2019

2019 Armed Forces & National Police Celebration, National Cryptologic Museum, Annapolis Junction

May 22, 2019

Ft. Meade Community Job Fair, Ft. Meade

May 23, 2019

Grant Writing Lunch and Learn, Salisbury

May 26, 2019

Centennial Memorial Mass, Sponsored by the Catholic War Veterans, Baltimore

June 7, 2019

11th Annual Veterans' Legal Assistance Conference & Training

VA Disability Claim Service at Fleet Reserve Club, Annapolis (held on First Fridays except October)


Updates from TALMAR:

TALMAR’s veteran training program is in full swing, with 13 military veterans learning vocational farming skills in a therapeutic setting.  The veterans come from a wide range of backgrounds and have a variety of interesting goals. While some are here to learn the skills necessary to start their own farms, some are looking to find employment in greenhouses or with sustainable landscaping companies. Others are most interested in increased self-sufficiency by learning to produce their own food, while others simply want the enjoyment of days spent making crops grow here at TALMAR.  One thing they all have in common is that TALMAR is lucky and happy to have them with us!

The veterans joined us back in mid-February, with a typical day consisting of classroom studies and caring for our hoop houses and greenhouse.  Time in the classroom meant discussions on topics such as soils and season extension , while greenhouse tasks included seeding transplants for the spring.  We have been fortunate enough to have some wonderful speakers join us, as well, allowing the veterans to learn more about urban farming and organic pest management.  In addition, we’d like to thank Veterans Compost for kindly giving us a tour of their wonderful facility.

Now that the weather is warmer, our veterans have hit the fields and planted cool season crops such as lettuce, spinach, carrots, and beets.  A big thank you to the hard-working CityFam volunteers who donated their time and hard work to help us out for a Saturday volunteer day! We are very grateful for all of your support.  The veteran farmers will be with us through the rest of the season, and we’re looking forward to many great harvests!

ATTN: VETERANS! Inquire at the VA about our upcoming 14 week paid training program for those interested in employment in the agricultural industry. Session begins May 28, 2019