25 October MDVA News and Announcements

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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  October 25, 2019


MDVA Opens New Service & Benefits Office

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On Wednesday, October 23rd MDVA opened the newest Service & Benefits office - located at the Motor Vehicle Administration Headquarters in Glen Burnie.  The office is located on the ground floor, and is staffed by Veterans Benefits Specialist, James Wilkes.  This is the first MDVA Service & Benefits office located in Anne Arundel County and there is ample, free parking at this site.


Immediately after the ceremonial ribbon was cut, the first veteran walked through the door seeking assistance with filing a claim for benefits.  Mr. Cornelius Robinson, Jr., a Vietnam Veteran who served in the United States Army, was the first veteran to seek claims assistance at the newest MDVA office, and several more veterans visited opening day requesting information and claims help.

If you have questions or concerns about your eligibility for benefits or need help with your application for benefits, please call or stop by any of the MDVA Service & Benefits offices.

WMAR2News video

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The MDVA office in Glen Burnie is officially open.

Veteran's Day Ceremonies at MDVA Sites Around the State

All Ceremonies will be held on Monday, November 11, 2019 and are open to everyone.

10:30 am - World War II Memorial, Annapolis

11:00 am - Vietnam Veteran Memorial, South Baltimore

11:00 am - Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Prince Georges County

11:00 am - Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, Anne Arundel County

11:00 am - Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, Baltimore County

1:30  pm - Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Dorchester County

2:00 pm - Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery, Allegany County

For more information on locations: Cemetery & Memorials Program

A Veteran's Day Ceremony will also be held at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home at 11:00 am

Paul Faulkner

Mr. Paul Faulkner, the Grounds Supervisor at the MDVA Eastern Shore cemetery, has retired after serving with MDVA for over 39 years. The Administration Building at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery has been dedicated to Mr. Faulkner, and he is shown here in the center of this photo holding the plaque that will be placed on the building honoring him.

Pat McCoy photo

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home celebrated the 244th Navy Birthday with volunteers and residents. Special visitors from American Legion Post 206, in Chesapeake Beach included Post Commander Les Griffith, and serving on the American Legion National Executive Committee, Patricia McCoy who presented Charlotte Hall Veterans Home with $5,000 in Amazon Gift Cards. The gift cards will be used to purchase resident items such as shoes, clothing, winter coats and personal care items.  Also on the right in this photo is: LCDR A. C. Nelson-Williams, USN who attended to support residents who served in the Navy.

Fred Shinbur

Chairman Fred Shinbur, Chair of the Maryland Veterans Commission attended the celebration for Mr. Robert Mauck, a World War II veteran who recently turned 100 years old.  The ceremony was held in Williamsport, MD and Chairman Shinbur presented a Governor's Citation to Mr. Mauck recognizing his service.

CSM William Dade, USA (retired) is the owner of Our Happy Hill Coffee in Charlotte Hall, MD.  Carole Lewis, Director of Marketing at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, met with CSM Dade recently to inquire about the cafe catering an event at Charlotte Hall.  Carole discovered he was eligible for the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin and Proclamation, and presented it while he was at the Veterans Home.

Carole Lewis photo
American Legion with Carole Lewis

Carole also attended the Fifth Annual Veterans Stand Down at American Legion Post 82 in LaPlata.  While there, she presented Mr. Maurice Scott (USA) on the left and Mr. Emory Baldwin (USA) on the right with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.

State Partner News

Veterans Town Hall

Federal Partner News

Congressman Brown's Veteran event


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VA Center for Women Veterans invites you to the 25th Anniversary Commemoration, Invitation

Free Video Games for Veterans and their Families

VA Winter Sports Clinic - VA Video

How to Help Homeless Veterans - VA Video

VA Tips for Identity Theft Prevention

The Benefits of a Vegetarian Meal

More Limitations for Arlington Burial Possible, FEDweek article

Census is Hiring  Video

Veteran Focused Training: GSA's Global Supply Network

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

Travis Manion Foundation - Operation Legacy in November.  Baltimore, Rockville and other locations


Looking for physical and social activities with other veterans?  Check Out Team Red, White and Blue.  There are several Chapters in Maryland.  


Article provided by TALMAR:

Veterans Reap the Benefits of Training and Behavioral Care

The name TALMAR has been synonymous with therapeutic gardening in the Baltimore area for more than 20 years.  When the Veterans Affairs Health Care System of Maryland was selected for a groundbreaking new program that supports veterans developing job skills while being treated for a service-related illness, a partnership between the VA and TALMAR was born. 

TALMAR is honored to be one of only 10 host sites for the the Veterans Affairs Farming and Recovery Mental Health Services (VA FARMS) project in the United States. In 2019, we worked closely with the Baltimore and Perry Point VA Medical Centers to provide the VA Farms program to 30 local veterans. In 2020, TALMAR's program will expand to include more veterans and more learning opportunities.

The program combines classroom instruction and hands-on activities with the goal of providing participants with new vocational skills, community relationships, and healthy ways of coping with mental health challenges. 

“Even when I am having a bad day, I look forward to heading out to the farm,” says one participant. “There’s something about having my hands in the dirt and face in the sun that makes me happy. And I didn’t even know I’d like it when I signed up!”

In addition to group instruction each veteran completes an independent project over the course of the season. 2019 projects include building season-extending cold frames, calculating cover crops, and building permaculture beds. 

The cohort of veterans who’ve been engaged with the program for nine months will graduate next month. When they graduate from the program veterans leave with a working knowledge of farming, from planning to harvest to distribution. They also take away business planning and grant writing skills to help them move forward into the future. 

We're so proud of all that our program participants have accomplished in the past nine months and we are so excited to bring this experience and opportunity to more people. 

Community Calendar

October 26, 2019

Veterans Leadership Meeting, Annapolis

2019 Buffalo Soldiers Fall Event, Waldorf

Veteran Homebuyers Bootcamp, Annapolis

Diffusing Anger Workshop, Silver Spring

Veterans and Dependents Information Seminar, Lexington Park

October 27, 2019

Introduction to Hero Dogs, Location TBD

October 29, 2019

Home Education & Literacy Program (HELP), Ft. Meade

November 1, 2019

Liberty American Job Center Career Fair & Resources, Randallstown

Military Mental First Aid Training, Baltimore

VA Disability Claims Service, Annapolis

November 2, 2019

Eastern Shore Stand Down, Salisbury

5th Annual Stars, Stripes & Chow, (Chili Edition) Benefiting Baltimore Station, Baltimore

Prince George's County Veterans Stand Down, Landover

The Veterans Show, An Exhibition of Artworks by Veterans (continues to 12/1), Frederick

November 3, 2019

4th Annual Memorial Celebration Honoring Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton, Belcamp

November 4, 2019

Washington County Veterans Wellness Fair, Hagerstown

November 7, 2019

Veterans Resource Fair, Silver Spring

November 8, 2019

We Honor Veterans Breakfast, Westminster

Veterans Resource Day, California

Veterans Resource Fair, Hosted by Congressman Anthony Brown, Landover

Prince George's County Veterans Celebration, Greenbelt

Veterans Appreciation Event. Washington, DC

November 9, 2019

Military Appreciation Day, Morgan State University, Baltimore

HeroHaven Homeless Veteran Stand Down, Martinsburg VA Medical Center

Veterans Resource Fair, Bel Air Armory

November 10, 2019

Fourth Annual Jewish War Veterans Post 692 Veterans Day Program, Rockville

Take a Vet to the Movies, Silver Spring

Veterans Day Service, Ridgely Ministries, Upper Marlboro

November 11, 2019

UMUG (Formerly UMUC) Veterans Day Celebration, Adelphi

Veterans Day Ceremony at War Memorial Building, Baltimore

Annual Veterans Day Prayer Service, Middle River

Veteran's Day Program, Memorial Circle, Annapolis

Veterans Day at Mount Clare, Baltimore

November 12, 2019

Movie Series: Above and Beyond, Arnold

November 13, 2019

Community & Veterans Job Fair, Ft. Meade

Job Fair, Randallstown Liberty Center Hiring Event, Randallstown

Caregiver Appreciation Celebration, Towson

November 14, 2019

VA Resource Fair, Fort Meade Post Exchange


Photos from Around the State


Women Veterans Organization

Ms. Mojisola Edu and Ms. April Harris attend a Women Veterans Conference in Annapolis.