7 June 2019 MDVA News and Announcements

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News and Announcements  -  June 7, 2019


State and Federal Partners Meeting

20th Logo

Recently, Russell Ware, Director of the MDVA Cemetery and Memorial Program met with Michael Brophy, Director of the Historic Baltimore National Cemetery Complex to compare best practices and share information to better serve veterans and their families.

There are future plans for a staff shadowing program, so that the state and federal partners may learn from each other.

Photo of Michael Brophy and Russell Ware

Mr. Michael D. Brophy, Director of the Historic Baltimore National Cemetery Complex and Mr. Russell C. Ware, Director of MDVA Cemetery & Memorials Program

Crownsville Veterans Cemetery Memorial Day Photo

Memorial Day at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery - the day dawned partially cloudy and warm, but the previous night a storm rolled through Anne Arundel County, knocking down five trees in the Veterans Cemetery, which blocked a road and covered some of the graves.  Thank you to the fast work of staff and volunteers, the trees were cut up and removed.  Shown in this photo are Pat Ritter, Cemetery Superintendent, Dean Arcoraci, Assistant Superintendent, Robin Arcoraci who celebrated her birthday by volunteering to assist with the clean-up, and not shown, because he was directing traffic within the cemetery is Alexander Chase, Cemetery Foreman.  The work of these individuals who made sure the cemetery was ready for visitors is appreciated.

Nam Knights at Crownsville Photo

The Memorial Day ceremony at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery was very well attended, and included members of the Nam Knights who rode together to honor and support the veterans who gave all.

Naval Sea Cadets Photo

The United States Naval Sea Cadets assisted with the ceremony held at the World War II Memorial In Annapolis.

Kenneth McKisset at Garrison Forest Cemetery

Memorial Day at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery: Superintendent Kenneth McKisset and MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn. Mr. McKisset has served as the Superintendent at three of the Maryland Veterans cemeteries during his career: Cheltenham, Crownsville and Garrison Forest assisting Maryland Veterans for 30 dedicated years.

Pinning of Mr. Alvin Monshower

Secretary Owings presented Alvin C. Monshower, Jr. with the Vietnam Veterans Lapel Pin at Charlotte Hall.  In the photo are Former Delegate John F. Wood, Jr. who serves on the Maryland Veterans Home Commission, Mrs. Monshower,  Alvin Monshower, Jr., MDVA Secretary George Owings,  and Chairman of the Maryland Veterans Home Commission Warner I. Sumpter.  Captain Monshower was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam.  He served in-country from August 1970 to August 1971.

American Legion Post 120 Photo

MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn recently attended an event at American Legion Post 120 in Taneytown.  While there he pinned all these veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.

Carole Lewis and Ms. Terry Hardy Photo

Carole Lewis, Director of Marketing for Charlotte Hall Veterans Home attended the Prince George’s Senior Health and Fitness Day in Largo, Maryland. The attendance was estimated to be 1200+.  While there, Carole was able to meet with and distribute Charlotte Hall information to many of the attendees. In this photo, Carole presented Ms. Terry Lewis with the Vietnam Veterans Lapel Pin.  Ms. Hardy served in the United States Navy.

State Partner News

Maryland Workforce Expressway

This site contains information on workforce development throughout Maryland and its offerings of various education, training, employment, and regulatory services to connect business with a skilled workforce.  These services provide both employers and employees with the opportunity to improve their performance and thrive in Maryland.  Read More Here

Maryland Offers License-Free Fishing Days

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites anglers to experience our state’s myriad waterways during license-free fishing days on June 1, June 8 and July 4. These annual events allow everyone the chance to test their fishing skills or reinvigorate their love of fishing without needing a license, trout stamp or registration. 

Maryland hosts this opportunity annually on the first two Saturdays in June and on the Independence Day holiday. An individual may catch and possess finfish in any tidal and nontidal waters of Maryland, as long as it’s for recreational purposes.

“We are lucky to live in a state where you can fish in fresh, brackish and salt water — often all in the same day if you want,” Recreational Fishing Outreach Coordinator Erik Zlokovitz said. “This opportunity allows recreational anglers to try their hand at something new before committing to a license.”

All anglers must follow current size and catch limits. An online guide is available and a printed version can picked up at many service centers or local bait-and-tackle shops. Anglers are encouraged to submit their catches to the Maryland Angler’s Log or compete in the new  FishMaryland competition. The department also has dozens of other resources to help new or experienced anglers, including angler access mapsClick Before You Cast and fish identification charts

Anglers who decide to get or renew their license can do so either online, on the department’s mobile app, by phone or in person at any Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration licensing center.  

Federal Partner News

June 28, 2019 - Ft. George G. Meade Red, White and Blue Celebration

VA Mission Act, Read More Here

Women's Health Care at the VA

June is PTSD Awareness Month

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

Save the Date: The Mission Continues Mass Deployment 2019 Prep Days & Project Days

 More info can be found here: https://missioncontinues.org/service-platoon/Baltimore-platoons


Community Calendar

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)

June 8, 2019

The Mission Continues, Goat Play Date and BBQ

Run for Justice, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Lutherville-Timonium

June 9, 2019

24th Annual MCVET 5K/10K Run/Walk Baltimore

June 12, 2019

Smithsonian Museums Permanent Employment Opportunities for Veterans, Washington, DC

June 13, 2019

Flag Day Salute to Veterans, Salisbury Wicomico Senior Center

Swing to Salute, Golf Outing benefiting Veterans, Upper Marlboro

June 15, 2019

Forgotten Heroes, The Robert Hartsock Story, Allegany College, Cumberland

Benefit Dinner & Dance to support Veteran Housing, Dewey Loman Post 109, Arbutus

June 18, 2019

75th Anniversary of the GI Bill, Baltimore

June 20, 2019

Annapolis Vet Center Open House, Annapolis

June 22, 2019

2019 Veterans Summer Claims Clinic, Waldorf

June 27, 2019

Veterans Job Club, Linthicum

June 28, 2019

Ft. Meade Red, White and Blue Celebration

June 29, 2019

Veterans Benefit Seminar, Ft. Washington


Photo: War Memorial in Cambridge, Maryland

Memorial Day at War Memorial in Cambridge, MD.  From left to right: Mr. Tom Anderson, Commander of American Legion Post 91, Mr. Robert Tieder who served as Master of Ceremony for the program and Commissioner Robert Hanson of the Maryland Veterans Commission

Commissioner Ronald Holcombe Presenting Proclamation

Commissioner Ronald Holcombe of the Maryland Veterans Commission presents the Governor's Memorial Day Proclamation to American Legion Post Commander Zachary Strausbough of Glenn W. Eyler Post 282.

Commissioner Holcombe presents three Proclamations

Commissioner Holcombe presented three more Governor's Proclamations on Memorial Day to: 

American Legion Fort Cumberland Post 13 Commander Charles Fisher, 
Veterans of Foreign Wars Hart Post 1411 Commander John Yarnall and Herny Gulf 
War Memorial Association Representative: Jeff Davis Sr.