23 October 2020 MDVA News and Announcements

View as a webpage.

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  October 23, 2020


MDVA Bel Air Service & Benefits Office Relocates

Primary Logo

On Wednesday, October 15, 2020 the MDVA Service & Benefits Office opened to the public in a new location.  This is the third MDVA office that has moved to a Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration building to improve accessibility and parking for visitors.

The office is located at: 501 W. Macphail Road, Bel Air, Md. 21014

Phone: 410-638-6507   Fax: 410-638-6549

*Please call to schedule an appointment.

Photo of Taryn and Mike

Moving Day for the MDVA Bel Air office: Taryn Hope, Office Secretary II and Michael Cantrell, Veterans Benefits Specialist II ready the new Bel Air office for visitors.  Please call the Bel Air office staff on 410-638-638-6507 to discuss your claim or schedule an in-person appointment.

MVA Photo  Front of Building

Taryn and Mike at the new location for the MDVA Bel Air office, inside the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Building.

MDVA Website

Spotlight on the Maryland Veterans Commission

Commissioner Cynthia Izuno Macri, who serves on the Maryland Veterans Commission will be a guest speaker tomorrow as a contributor to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial Monthly Virtual Education Series.  You may read more about Dr. Macri and register for the free program at the link below:

Link to Program


DAV Proclamation Presentation

At the recent meeting of the Maryland Veterans Commission, MDVA Secretary Owings presented the Governor's Proclamation which declared September 25, 2020 as Disabled Veterans Day in Maryland, to DAV Department Commander Charles Clark.  

Shown in this photo left to right: Bill Fisher, DAV Department Adjutant, Lamarr Couser, DAV National Service Officer Supervisor, Commander Charles Clark, DAV Department of Maryland, Secretary Owings, Chairman KT Tyler, Maryland Veterans Commission, Commissioner Elton Stokes, DAV representative on the Maryland Veterans Commission, MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn and seated to the far right is Vice Chairman Leroy Thornton, Maryland Veterans Commission

State Partner News

Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise (VSBE) Program

VSBE program image

Are you a veteran entrepreneur? This session of our Technical Training Classroom takes a look at Maryland's VSBE Program's eligibility standards and 3-step certification process. We'll also explore common procurement practices and examine tactics for mining the state's open and transparent procurement pipeline. 

Who should attend? Veteran small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to assess the state contracting arena and gain a better understanding of Maryland's VSBE Program.

This class is being presented by Alison Tavik, Director of Communications & Outreach, Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs on November 10, 2020..


SAVE THE DATE: Maryland's Commitment to Veterans will be hosting a FREE virtual training event entitled "The Military Life Cycle: Understanding and Working with Veterans and their Families" on Thursday, November 12th from 8am to 4:30pm.  This training will be conducted by the Center for Deployment Psychology.  Participants will earn 6.5 CEUs (Social Workers/Psychologists/Counselors) upon completion of the full day of training.  Registration 


Maryland Finishes in Top Ten for Census Responses

Governor Larry Hogan announced that Maryland finished ninth in the nation for response to the 2020 Census. More than 2.2 million households were counted, representing a total of 99.9 percent of the state’s population.

“Our administration is proud that even amid all of this year’s challenges, Marylanders stepped up with one of the country’s leading response rates to the 2020 Census,” said Governor Hogan. “The participation of 2.2 million Maryland households will mean critical federal funding for our state over the next decade for services used by our citizens every single day—from meals to Medicare and health care to highways. I want to sincerely thank all of the community leaders and volunteers who helped make this a successful Census for the State of Maryland.”

Read More Here

Federal Partner News

Federal News

DVIB Blood Plasma Study Assist in TBI and PTSD Diagnosis, Health.mil article

National Veterans Small Business Week - November 2 - 6, 2020

VA Solid Start Program Helps Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

How Veterans Can Reschedule a Cancelled VA Health Appointment

VA Cyber Tips for Your Next Telehealth Appointment

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, #WhiteRibbonVA

Free Audio Books for Veterans with Disabilities

Live Whole Health #46 - Acupressure for Head and Neck Relief


Gulf War Exposures & Health Concerns is a free, virtual class to help Gulf War Veterans understand potential exposures and health effects, steps to manage symptoms, research findings, and available resources. Join this class on Thursday, October 29, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET. You can attend through your personal computer, smart phone, or tablet.

To register and receive participation information, call VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Center at 1-800-248-8005 or email NJWRIISCEDTEAM@va.gov. Learn more about the class at http://go.usa.gov/xGz49.

Caregivers will now be included in Veterans' health care teams, VA Secretary Wilkie announced on October 19 as part of the Inclusive Care Program.

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation also offers no-cost, short-term aid from at-home care professionals to help with bathing, cooking, exercising, transportation, and companionship, among other tasks. Caregivers in every state can now apply for no-cost professional caregiver support made possible through the cooperation and donations of CareLinx, Wounded Warrior Project, AARP, and VA.  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

Maryland Veteran, Ms. Vivian "Millie" Bailey, celebrated her 102nd birthday by jumping out of an airplane, WJLA Channel 7 article


MCVET Veterans Day Virtual Run/Walk


Upcoming Events at the Steven A Cohen Clinic at Easterseals


Galilee Community Development Corporation Veterans Support Program


PREVENTS will be hosting a virtual town hall entitled "Overcoming Roadblocks and Barriers" on Thursday, November 12th from 12:30p to 2p.  Register at https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/prevents.  You can also view previous recorded sessions on the same website.

Major Jason Main (Ret) shared his story of recovery in the Military Officers Association of America's (MOAA) on line publication and he has requested that MDVA also share his story, in the hope that it will help others. MOAA article

Major Main would also like to support others working on recovery.  You may email him at: jason.j.main@gmail.com 

Community Calendar

October 25, 2020

Update: Women Veterans United and DAV Breast Cancer Awareness Event

November 7, 2020

Eastern Shore Stand Down

Baltimore Station - Stars, Stripes and Chow: Chili Edition

November 9, 2020

DVNF Veterans Grab & Go Event

November 10, 2020

VSBE Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise Program

Howard County Recovery Oriented Systems of Care Presentation

November 11, 2020

Dedication: District Heights Veterans Park

MCVET Virtual Run/Walk