31 January 2020 MDVA News and Announcements

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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  January 31, 2020


Maryland Veterans Joint Commission Summit

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On January 17, 2020,  a Maryland Joint Veterans Commission Summit was held.  The event, planned by Dana Burl, Director of the MDVA Outreach & Advocacy Program brought together for the first time, the four Maryland State Commissions concerning veterans and also included representatives of the County and Local Veterans Commissions.

Participating Commissions included: Maryland Veterans Commission, Maryland Home Commission, Maryland War Memorial Commission, and the Maryland College Collaboration for Student Veterans Commission.  In addition, County Veterans Commission members or representatives from county governments attended from:  Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Charles County, Frederick County, Howard County, Mid-Shore and Lower-Shore Networks, Montgomery County and Prince Georges County.

The Summit included briefings by the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the Maryland State Commissions and also included time for regional discussions and networking.

MDVA is proud to take the lead in connecting the state and local Commissions working to support Maryland Veterans.

Sec. Owings

MDVA Secretary George Owings addresses the Commissioners from state and local veteran Commissions.

Cate Conroy

Cate Conroy, a Commissioner on the Maryland War Memorial Commission briefs the audience at the Maryland Veterans Joint Commission Summit.

Commissioners participated in work groups following the presentations.

Commission Work group II

MDVA Annual Report

The MDVA 2019 Annual Report has been submitted to the Governor and members of the General Assembly.  We here at MDVA appreciate the opportunity to serve Maryland Veterans and we hope you will take a few minutes to review the report which presents the work we have done over the last year.

MDVA 2019 Annual Report

Veterans Claims Clinic and Resource Fair

Mark Your Calendars: On March 19, 2020 MDVA will join the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the Chesapeake Veterans Alliance, Carroll County Government and Carroll County Community College in hosting a Veterans Claims Clinic and Resource Fair in Westminster.  For More Information:


State Partner News

Governor Hogan Commemorates 175th Anniversary of
United States Naval Academy

Naval Academy event

Governor Larry Hogan hosted a ceremony to kick off the year-long celebration of the 175th anniversary of the United States Naval Academy, one of the nation’s most historic and distinguished institutions. The governor was joined by Vice Admiral Sean Buck, the 63rd Superintendent of the Naval Academy, Captain Thomas Buchanan, 88th Commandant of Midshipmen, and Naval Academy midshipmen and personnel as he presented an official proclamation recognizing this milestone.

Read More Here

Maryland Higher Education Commission Announces the 2020-2021 Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts (VAIC) Scholarship program application is now available:

For More Information

2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly has Convened

The Maryland General Assembly is currently meeting in Annapolis for the 2020 Legislative Session.  As a service to the veteran community, information on proposed legislation of possible interest to veterans is provided below:

2020 Legislative Information

You may check the status of proposed legislation by visiting the:

Maryland General Assembly Website

Federal Partner News

Federal News

Veterans Must Remain Vigilant Online

Veterans Have Options for Seeing Vietnam Memorial Wall

Learn More About Becoming a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner

Board of Veterans Appeals Update - Video

VA Telehealth

Flu Season Information from the VA

Census Statistics Used to Plan Healthy Food Programs for Low-Income Households

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

Gilchrist's Third Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration

Gilchrist’s third annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration is a day to honor and thank the men and women in our community who served during the Vietnam War. This Welcome Home celebration honors the veterans in our care as well as all of the veterans and their loved ones in our community. This celebration is one of the many ways Gilchrist recognizes the unique needs of veterans and thanks them for their sacrifice and service to our state and our country.
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Glen Burnie High School is planning the unveiling of a Memorial Mural and Wall of Honor to commemorate former Glen Burnie students who lost their lives in service to our country.  The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th.  If you are the family member of a former Glen Burnie High School student who will be honored, are interested in more information or want to make a donation to help support the event, please contact Bryan Burns: bmburns@aacps.org or 443-623-1161  More Information

Operation Tohidu® is a free, 5-day experiential retreat program for veterans or service members that have been diagnosed with or are self-identifying post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, moral injury or military sexual trauma. The program is open to veterans from across the country, from all eras and most discharge statuses.
“Tohidu” is a Cherokee word meaning peace of mind, body, and spirit and Operation Tohidu® retreats continue to promote “Peace with the past through power in the Present” for hundreds of veterans each year.
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MCVET is extremely proud to announce that the members of the Gold Star Mothers, Maryland Chapter, Inc.; has formerly agreed to be the Race Marshalls for the 25th Annual MCVET 5k 10k Race.


Frederick County has a Veterans Advisory Council and has posted the 2020 Calendar of EventsCalendar of Events in pdf format

Save the Date: March 19, 2020, Veterans Claims Clinic & Resource Fair, Westminster


Save the Date: March 13 - 15, 2020 Veterans Wellness Retreat, Mercersburg, PA More Information


Save the Date: April 18, 2020, DAV Veterans Information & Benefits Seminar, Essex


Save the Date: April 30, 2020, Veterans Benefits Fair, Havre de Grace


Call for Artist Entries - "Expressions" - an exhibit capturing the perspectives of the veteran experience from both veterans and civilians.  Read More Here Deadline for submissions is Feb. 7th.  Location: Rockville

Community Calendar

January 31 and February 1, 2020

VA Claim Assistance, Frederick

February 1, 2020

National Montford Point Marines Association Flapjack Breakfast Fundraiser, Reisterstown

February 4, 2020

Ready, Set, Grow, Silver Spring

February 8, 2020

Intro to Mindful Resilience Yoga, Suitland  (Multiple Dates) Flier

February 11, 2020

NAMIWalks Maryland Rally, Baltimore

Ready, Set, Go - Nuts & Bolts of Starting a Business, Silver Spring

February 18, 2020

Project Opportunity - Free Entrepreneur Training, "Record Keeping for Small Business", Columbia, Flier

February 22, 2020

2020 Marathon Bluegrass Jam Maryland

Shrimp & Barbeque Fundraiser to benefit local Veteran assistance programs and home ownership efforts in Annapolis

February 26, 2020

Top Secret Hiring Event & Networking Reception, Linthicum