25 September 2020 MDVA News and Announcements

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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  September 25, 2020


Visit Maryland Veterans Memorials

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Are you looking for an outside place to visit as the weather grows cooler?  Consider these Veteran Memorials:

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs manages several veteran memorials. The Maryland World War II Memorial is in Annapolis, and the Vietnam War and Korean War Memorials are located in Baltimore City. These memorials recognize the contributions of the men and women who fought for the principles of freedom, both abroad and at home.  They also serve to educate present and future generations about the sacrifices made by members of the Uniformed Services of the United States.

The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is located just north of the World War II Memorial in Annapolis. The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument was created by Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams to remember those families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

MDVA Cemetery and Memorials Program

Memorial Collage

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SP Dedication

On Friday, September 11, 2020 a dedication ceremony was held in Severna Park to honor four fallen Service Members.  The gazebo above, which is near the B&A Trail in Anne Arundel County, serves as a remembrance of PFC Eric Kavanagh, LCpl Eric Herzberg, LCpl William Wild and A1C Nathaniel McDavitt.

In the photos above are: Delegate Mike Rogers, MDVA Secretary George Owings, Delegate Brian Chisholm and Delegate Nic Kipke. Photo 2: Secretary Owings, Mr. Tom Lyndsey and Pastor Susan DeWyngaert. Photo 3: Audience and Gazebo


Spotlight on Maryland Veterans Commission

Commissioner Stan Seidel, of the Maryland Veterans Commission wrote a recent article for this newsletter, advising veterans seeking employment.  He would also like to recommend an organization, Serving Together for veterans, active duty service members and dependents seeking supportive services. More Information from Commissioner Seidel

Fields of Valor

Maryland Veterans Commission Chairman KT Tyler, Pete Scott, CEO and Founder of Fields 4 Valor Farms, who served in Afghanistan, Antoinette Laforce, Veteran Farmer who served in Iraq and MDVA Secretary George Owings.

Fields 4 Valor Farms:

Article by Commissioner Stan Seidel

Fields 4 Valor Farms currently provides at no charge - produce, fresh vegetables, eggs and honey to 25 - 30 veteran families on a weekly basis.  Furthermore, they provide saplings to veterans to grow their own food as well as provide therapy for individuals who can tend beehives.

Fields 4 Valor Farms began with a garden to provide seeds and saplings to fellow veterans to help them learn to grow their own fresh food. Due to the demand, Pete found an old farm in Brandywine, Maryland and rented the property to expand production. 

Antoinette Laforce, an Iraq veteran who has a degree in Horticulture joined the effort. These two individuals, with help from volunteers and other veteran farmers expanded their operation to include eggs, honey, tomatoes, arugula, peppers, beans, lettuce and more.

Despite the pandemic, Pete and Antoinette continued their plan to expand and grow the farm. They worked with several organizations including homeless shelters to provide fresh vegetables and other items to their fellow veterans and their families who needed these staples.  Fields 4 Valor Farms delivers the food to a central location on a weekly basis and the items are picked up.  

You can visit their website at www.fieldsforvalor.org 

State Partner News


Governor Hogan Declares September 25, 2020 as Disabled American Veterans Day in Maryland

Before It's Too Late


Before It’s Too Late is the state’s effort to bring awareness to the opioid crisis and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, enforcement, and treatment. Marylanders struggling with a substance use disorder can find help at 

BeforeItsTooLate.Maryland.gov; through our state's crisis hotline, Call 211, Press 1; or by texting their ZIP code to 898-211 or visit https://pressone.211md.org/




Join us for Maryland's first ever WALKTOBER, a month where the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other partnering agencies will promote and host events and webinars spotlighting Maryland pedestrians' safety, health, and commuting options in current walk programs and Initiatives.  Read More Here

Governor Hogan Announces Day to Serve in Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation declaring September 11 through October 10 as Day to Serve month in Maryland, and encourages all Marylanders and state employees to choose at least one day to participate in or host a volunteer activity. The Day to Serve initiative unites Marylanders in their volunteer efforts and recognizes the exceptional community service that occurs year-round in the State of Maryland. In response to this year’s public health challenges, for the first time, opportunities to volunteer will be available both in person and remotely.

Read More Here

Preservation Maryland Provides Video Series on Antietam History

As America confronts the history and legacy of its Civil War, Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding recently visited the Antietam Battlefield, located in Sharpsburg, Maryland, to chronicle just a few of the site’s untold stories and unique layers of history.

More Information


The Governor's Office of
Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs


Empowering Women Entrepreneurs:

Unlock Your Path to Purpose, Profit & Prosperity 

October 15, 2020


Information From Maryland's Attorney General -

Community Forums

To help Marylanders address their civil legal issues, the Task Force is hosting a series of Virtual Community Forums, both in English and Spanish. They will take place every Wednesday between September 23 and October 28, and discuss different civil legal topics. The Spanish language ones will occur at 4 pm, the English language ones at 6 pm.

Upcoming Community Forums:

  • September 30: Housing

  • October 7: Surviving Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

  • October 14: Unemployment Benefits​

  • October 21: Life and Health Planning

  • October 28: ​Economic and Food Security

More Information

Federal Partner News

Federal News

VA Video: We are all within REACH

New Federal Benefits Site - Check It Out

VA: A Flu Shot Can Save Lives

VA: Free Flu Shot for Veterans

VA Notifies Veterans of Compromised Personal Information

Veteran Wellness Guide

About Face - PTSD Resources

Live Whole Health #45, Eating for Whole Health: African Sweet Potato Stew

Federal Government Procurement Conference

The Federal Government Procurement Conference (GPC) will take place virtually on October 14-15, 2020. This is a national conference fostering business partnerships between the Federal Government, its prime contractors and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, HUBZone and women-owned businesses. Join hundreds of small businesses, prime contractors and government agencies who are looking for new business and partnership opportunities!

Read More Here

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.

Voices of Vets

Voices of Vets recently held a Facebook Live Telethon Concert.  In this photo, Cassie Sandacz, CEO talks with MDVA Secretary Owings prior to the concert.  Voices of Vets provides entertainment to veterans in Assisted Living and Nursing facilities, including Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, but more recently, the Concerts have been in a virtual format or Voices of Vets provided DVDs to be shown in the facilities.

Community News

Blue Star Welcome Week 2020


Save the Date: November 7, 2020 Eastern Shore Stand Down


MCVET Veterans Day Virtual Run/Walk


Warrior Canine Connection Names Future Service Dog after Senator Peters, Maryland Matters Article

Blue Star Families’ research is making changes in programs and policies. And we want YOU to be a part of that change through our 2020 Military Family Lifestyle Survey
TAKE THE SURVEY NOW: bluestarfam.us/Survey20email

Community Calendar

September 25, 2020 TODAY

VA's Virtual Women's Health Training on Facebook Live

Women Veterans United Committee, Inc. Workshop (9/25 through 9/27), Heir to the Crown

October 2, 2020

Virtual Services & Claims Presentation by Silver Spring Vet Center and Wounded Warrior Project

October 3, 2020

Veterans Symposium and Suit Drive

October 15, 2020

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs