8 November 2019 MDVA News and Announcements

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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  November 8, 2019


Veterans Day Events at MDVA Locations

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Throughout the weekend, and especially on Monday, November 11th - Communities across the state will be honoring Veterans with parades, ceremonies and events.  

Ceremonies organized by volunteer committees will be held at MDVA Cemeteries and Memorials.  All ceremonies at MDVA locations will be held on Monday, November 11, 2019.  We invite you to attend the following:


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


More Events Note: There is a link to more Community Veterans Day events in the State Partner News section below, and also some events in the Community Calendar section.

DNR Photo

MDVA Secretary George Owings was the keynote speaker this week at the Veterans Day 2019 Recognition Ceremony held by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  In this photo are some of the DNR employees recognized at the event. Photo Credit: Stephen Badger, DNR    More Photos

Military Museum photo

MDVA Secretary George Owings visited the Caroline County Historical Society's Museum of Rural Life, which has an interesting military collection.  Mr. J.O.K. Walsh, on the right showed Secretary Owings around the Museum.  Also welcoming Secretary Owings to the Museum, but not pictured were: Mr. Royce Ball and Ms. Kathy Mackel.

Tim Hutchins

President of the Calvert County Commission, Tim Hutchins, Ms. Elmyra Daniel and MDVA Secretary George Owings attended the 50th Anniversary of the Calvert County Nursing Center in Prince Frederick, MD. Ms. Daniel is the Administrator of the Calvert County Nursing Center.

NARFE luncheon

MDVA Secretary George Owings spoke at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Training Day, and in this photo, he is being presented with the NARFE Maryland Challenge Coin by Dr. Gary Roundtree, NARFE MD President.

Ft. Meade Veteran Appreciation Luncheon

On Saturday, November 2nd, a Veteran's Appreciation Day Brunch was held at Ft. George G. Meade.  In this photo are from left to right: MDVA Secretary George Owings, COL (RET) Ruth Hamilton, Kassie Sandacz with Voices of Vets, Lt. COL (RET) Alfred Shehab, Mrs. Marion Jordan, COL (RET) Erwin Burtnick and Maryland Delegate Mike Rogers.

A special mention regarding Mrs. Jordan - At age 104, she is Ft. Meade's oldest volunteer.  A beloved member of the Ft. Meade Community, she is known for her piety and active lifestyle. For decades, she has been a member of Ft. Meade's Retired Officers' Wives' Club and the Ft. Meade Garden Club, and participates in weekly lunches with the Protestant Women of the Chapel (Information courtesy of Ft. Meade Public Affairs).

Lt. COL Alfred Shehab, USA is 100 years old and saw action during the Battle of the Bulge.  See video here

State Partner News

On Veterans Day, MDOT MTA To Provide Free Rides for Veterans and Active-Duty Military

Read More Here

MORE Veterans Day Events


Army Veteran Provides Entrepreneurial Training for Maryland Business Owners

By Amanda Winters 

After retiring in 2014, Major Emmett Roberts began networking throughout the U.S. to gain insight into federal contracting and help develop his business. But he quickly noticed one key similarity in most of his discussions—the lack of resources available for veteran-owned businesses.

With this realization, Roberts decided to sacrifice the success of his business to support a larger group of veterans and launch the Maryland Veterans Chamber of Commerce (MDVCC) in May 2018.  Read More Here

Keep Maryland's Military History Alive
29th Division
Maryland soldiers who served in the 29th Infantry Division landed on D-Day, and decades later a new generation is serving in the Global War on Terror. The 29th Division Association is a veterans' organization dedicated to keeping the history of the 29th Division alive.   It is open to all veterans, currently serving soldiers, family members of those that served or anyone that wants to keep that history alive.   It is only $12 to join and you receive a monthly newsletter as well as the 40-page Twenty-Niner three times per year.  There are posts from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore, but there is no obligation to attend meetings.  Your membership will help all remember Maryland's long, proud military history.   Please Consider Joining Now.


Current 29th Divison

29th Division Members at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore. Photo Credit: Maryland National Guard

Mark Your Calendar - Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs Calendar

Most training and business development programs take 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:

11/14/2019 - Construction Prime/Sub Networking Event
11/14/2019 - Veteran Focused Training: GSA's Global Supply Program
11/18/2019 - 17th Annual SMART PROC
11/19/2019 - SWOT Analysis for Contracting Readiness
11/19/2019 - Financial Education Economic Equity Tour
11/20/2019 - Construction Prime/Sub Networking Event
11/26/2019 - Proposal Writing Basics
11/26/2019 - Federal Contracting 101

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

Census in Maryland: Complete Count Committee

MVA Reminds You of Real ID Countdown

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 marked the one-year countdown to the federal REAL ID deadline. The REAL ID Act is a federal law that establishes specific minimum federal standards for state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards to be accepted for certain federal purposes, like entering a federal building or boarding a domestic commercial flight. Enforcement of the REAL ID Act begins on October 1, 2020. For more information on REAL ID visit www.mva.maryland.gov/realid.

Federal Partner News


2019 National Veterans Day Official Sites of Observance - Two are in MARYLAND

Veterans Day Discounts - 2019

Hiring Our Heroes helps veterans, military and mil spouses find jobs

Registration Open for Student Veterans of America at NatCon2020

Virtual Yoga sessions for Veterans

Together We Served: A website to help you find old service friends

Next Week is: National Apprenticeship Week  

Census 2020


The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy, and safe for all participants. Here are some tips to help you avoid scams and fraud.


Avoiding Scams Online

To protect yourself from phishing and other scams, remember that the 2020 Census will never ask for:

Your Social Security number.

Your bank account or credit card number.

Money or donations.


Staying Safe at Home

If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:

  • Check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
  • If you still have questions about their identity, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

Reporting Suspected Fraud

If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department.

Learn more about how to avoid fraud and scams during the 2020 Census.

Learn More


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

The Maryland Center for Veterans Employment and Training. Read the MCVET Story

MCVET Winter Coat Drive


Local Veteran and Entrepreneur, John Way of the VA Way is a Finalist for the Changemaker Challenge.  The Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland sponsor this event, "focused on sparking innovation and fresh thinking". The Awardees will be announced on Monday, November 11th. Learn More Here

Community Calendar

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

Ceremony at Maryland Women Veterans Memorial, Chesapeake House Travel Plaza, North East

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

VA Collaborative Community Outreach Event, Glenn Dale

Blind Industries & Services of Maryland, 3rd Annual Veterans Day Concert, Belcamp

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

Howard County Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony, Columbia

November 11, 2019

UMUG (Formerly UMUC) Veterans Day Celebration, Adelphi

Bowie State University Honors Veterans Day, Bowie

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

Veterans Day Ceremony, Bladensburg World War I Memorial (Peace Cross), Bladensburg

Special Screening of the Save the Peace Cross Documentary, Greenbelt

November 12, 2019

Movie Series: Above and Beyond, Arnold

Celebrating Small Business Week: Doing Business with the Veterans Health Administration, Arbutus

November 13, 2019

Community & Veterans Job Fair, Ft. Meade

Job Fair, Randallstown Liberty Center Hiring Event, Randallstown

Caregiver Appreciation Celebration, Towson

Lower Shore Veterans Network, Salisbury

November 14, 2019

VA Resource Fair, Fort Meade Post Exchange

November 15, 2019

5th Annual Stand Down, Randallstown

DC Hires Vets, Veterans & Spouses Hiring Event, DC Armory

November 17, 2019

JobZone Job Fair, Lexington Park

November 18, 2019

Government Contracting 101 Workshop, Baltimore

November 19, 2019

JobZone Job Fair, Joint Base Andrews

November 20, 2019

MOAA Military Caregivers: An Overview Webinar


Photos from Around the State


French Soldiers & Sailors photo

The Thomas Stone Chapter of the Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution, held a wreath laying ceremony on October 17th, at the French Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Annapolis.