19 July 2019 MDVA News and Announcements

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News and Announcements  -  July 19, 2019


Maryland's First Lady, Yumi Hogan Hosts Korean War Veterans for a Welcome Home Reception

Maryland Flag Waiving

On Monday, July 15, 2019 First Lady Yumi Hogan hosted Korean War Veterans, their spouses and family members at an event held in Annapolis.

Other guests included Brigadier General Pyo Se Woo, Defense Attaché to the United States for the Republic of Korea Army, and Dignitaries from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

The purpose of the gathering was to thank the Korean War Veterans for their service and Welcome them Home. 

Governor Larry Hogan addressed the audience, and General John H. Tilleli, Jr., USA (Ret), who is the Chairperson of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation also participated in the program.

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First Lady photo

Mrs. Yumi Hogan, First Lady of Maryland greets Korean War Veterans and thanks them for their service.  Mrs. Hogan is the First Korean-American First Lady in the United States. Photo credit: Executive Office of the Governor

Korean Veteran event photo

More photos of the Korean War Veteran Welcome Home may be found herePhoto credit: Executive Office of the Governor

Crusin' Southern Maryland photo

Our friends from Cruisin' Southern Maryland made another huge donation to support the residents of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.  Thank you to all who help support Crusin' Southern Maryland's efforts to provide for those extra items so appreciated by the residents of Charlotte Hall..

Charlotte Hall Prom

This photo was taken at the Prom, held each year for the residents of Charlotte Hall.  This Prom brings back memories for the residents of the dance they attended as teenagers, or it may be their first Prom, if they did not attend their High School dance.  The theme this year was "A Night in Paris".

State Partner News

Three Maryland Veteran-Owned Businesses Receive $50,000 in Financing

Companies plan to create a combined 75 new jobs in Maryland
The Maryland Department of Commerce announced that three Maryland veteran-owned businesses have each received $50,0000 in financing through the Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program (MPVSBLP). The companies will use the funding to support expansions and infrastructure upgrades and equipment purchases, and plan to create 75 in total.  
The businesses receiving financial assistance include SRL Total Source, LLC, a Waldorf company that provides medical, cyber, and healthcare staffing services for federal government agencies; Samson Protection Services, LLC, an Upper Marlboro security and property protection startup specializing in executive protection, security officers, and investigating; and PLAYLive Nation-Annapolis, a family entertainment center that operates a gaming lounge for video game enthusiasts.
“Our military and veteran loan program has helped dozens of entrepreneurs expand their business ventures here in Maryland,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “We’re proud to support our men and women in uniform and we look forward to seeing what they do next.”
“Military careers provide men and women with the skills necessary to become leaders and successful entrepreneurs,” said Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary George Owings. “We wish these newest loan recipients the best of luck in their professional endeavors.”
The Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program was created in 2006 and is administered by Commerce in consultation with the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs. Veterans, military reservists, and National Guard members who own a business are eligible to apply. The program also accepts applications from small businesses that employ military reservists and National Guard members called to active duty, as well as companies owned by or employing service-disabled veterans.

Applications for the state’s veteran loan program will be accepted through August 30, 2019. To learn more about the program, please visit our website.

Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program 
Complete Survey to Better Serve Small Business Community

Maryland$aves is a new low-cost, hassle-free service for businesses that do not currently offer a retirement plan. The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) has partnered with the Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program (Maryland$aves) and The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew), a non-partisan, non-profit research organization, to distribute an important survey to collect feedback from Maryland’s small business community. The survey will provide input about the potential advantages and disadvantages of participating in a retirement savings program.

The data collected from the survey will allow improvements to the program and enhance the incentives for thousands of businesses and their employees to participate. 

Upon completion of this survey, Pew will send a $10 e-gift card to participants.

This e-gift card incentive offer is authorized, administered and fulfilled solely by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a private survey company that has no association with the State of Maryland. Pew is wholly responsible for determining eligibility. SDAT merely acts in an informative capacity by including information about Pew's e-gift card incentive offer and does not endorse any privately offered incentive program, nor does it assume any liability whatsoever for fulfilling the terms of such offer.

Participation is voluntary, survey responses are undisclosed to the public, and responses are not linked to any organization. Survey results will only be reported at the aggregate level.

The Maryland$aves program is overseen by the Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program Board. The board members include the Maryland State Treasurer, the Secretary of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation, and 3 members each appointed by the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Delegates. The Maryland$aves program is expected to launch in early 2020.

To find out more about the study, please go to “Why Participate in the MarylandSaves Employer Survey.” If you have any questions, please call (202) 540-6840 or email mhines@pewtrusts.org to reach a study representative.

To complete the survey, please click here.

Maryland Black Bear Lottery Now Open
Application Deadline Aug. 31; Drawing Sept. 3

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for the 2019 black bear hunt lottery. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the five-day hunting season, taking place Oct. 21-25 in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties. Read more.

Federal Partner News


Wayne Miller of the Silver Spring Vet Center Celebrates Life 50 Years Later, WUSA9 article

US Department of Agriculture assists Veteran Farmers

Joint VA/DOD Suicide Prevention Conference, August 26-29, 2019

Code of Support Foundation offers free access to Veteran Resources

Looking for Federal Employment in or near Maryland? You may search usajobs.gov by location:  More Information

Blue Water Navy Agent Orange Exposure Update

Did you know you may shop the Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) on-line? More Information

Hurricane Season Tips for Veterans and families

Tom Hanks urges everyone to "Be There for Veterans"

Baltimore VA Health Care System films interviews with Vietnam Veterans.  Watch Video


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

Check Out Easter Seals of DC, MD & VA Calendar of events for Veterans


Voices of Vets is going to give a FREE concert for veterans and the community on Tuesday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Elks Camp Barrett in Annapolis.  They have a large outdoor pavilion and plenty of room for parking. This concert will be interactive and feature songs from WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as, many patriotic songs.  


Save the Date: September 12, 2019 Veterans Claims Clinic & Resource Fair, Stevensville


Maryland's Commitment to Veterans is Hiring.

Outward Bound is enrolling for two fully funded Veterans Expeditions:

7-day/6-night expeditions meant specifically to serve Veteran populations for over 30 years (active duty and retired) and you are invited to join and/or pass on this information to your community. 

Chesapeake Bay Sea Kayaking Expedition (September 7-13, 2019)

Appalachian Trail Backpacking & Rock Climbing (September 7-13, 2019)

Project Opportunity has scheduled Late Summer/Fall classes. Enroll now:

Baltimore Free Entrepreneur Training for Veterans, Baltimore City

Eastern Shore Free Entrepreneur Training for Veterans, Salisbury

Prince George's County Free Entrepreneur Training for Veterans, Largo

Southern Maryland Free Entrepreneur Training for Veterans, Hughesville


Save the Date: September 20, 2019 - Small Business Innovation Road Tour, College Park

Community Calendar

July 20, 2019

Veterans Benefits Workshop, Hosted by Congressman John Sarbanes, Linthicum Heights

July 21, 2019

Introduction to Hero Dogs,You must register for this event.

July 23, 2019

VA Women's Health Transition Training, Gaithersburg

Small Business Contract Cost & Price Analysis, Crownsville

Small Business State Procurement 101, Crownsville

July 27, 2019

2019 Welcome Home Veterans!, Washington DC

August 2, 2019

VA Disability Claims Service, Fleet Reserve Club, Annapolis

August 9, 2019

Southern Maryland Veterans Collaborative, Charlotte Hall

August 13, 2019

JobZone Job Fair, Lexington Park

August 15, 2019

JobZone Job Fair, Joint Base Andrews

August 24, 2019

Fleet Reserve Club Open House, Annapolis

More Photos From Around the State

Lou Shott Photo

MDVA Secretary George Owings and COL Lou Shott, (Ret).  Colonel Shott is a member of American Legion Post 156 in Ellicott City.  This photo was taken at the American Legion Department of Maryland Convention.

Carol Lewis, Director of Marketing for Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, presents Mr. Donald W. Hunter with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.  Mr. Hunter served in both the United States Army and the United States Air Force.

Donald Hunter Photo
Mr. DeVaughan Moore photo

Carol also presented the Vietnam Veterans Lapel Pin to Mr. Devaughan Moore.  This photo was taken at the Washington,  DC VA Medical Center.