6 November 2020 MDVA News and Announcements

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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  November 6, 2020


Veterans Day 2020 Edition

Secretary Owings at Charlotte Hall

On Sunday, October 25, 2020, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home residents and staff were surprised by a parade of 40 vehicles, including Police, Fire and Rescue equipment, a motorcycle, and classic cars and trucks. MDVA Secretary George W. Owings, stood in the back of a pickup truck in the rain, saluting the residents as the parade traveled around the entire facility. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the Commissioners and staff of Leonardtown, who coordinated the parade.

More photos at Charlotte Hall website

Charlotte Hall 2020 Holiday Wish List for Residents

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In honor of Veterans Day, the following Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs ceremonies will take place on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Ceremonies are limited to under 250 guests, all guests must wear face coverings and comply with COVID-19 Executive Orders and CDC guidance on health safety.


11:00 AM
Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery – 11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, Maryland 20623

Crownsville Veterans Cemetery – 1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville, Maryland 21032

1:30 PM
Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery – 6827 East New Market Ellwood Road, Hurlock, Maryland 21643

No ceremonies are scheduled at:
Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery
Rock Gap Veterans Cemetery
World War II, Vietnam Veterans, Korean War, or Gold Star Families Memorials

For locations of the cemeteries and memorials visit:
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery and Memorial Program

*Community Veterans Day events are listed below in the Community News Section.

Please Welcome the Newest Member of MDVA Service and Benefits Staff, Miguel Sapp

Miguel Sapp photo


Lt. Colonel Miguel Sapp (Ret) has joined MDVA as the newest member of the Service and Benefits program.  He will be staffing the MDVA office in Montgomery County.

Miguel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Speech Communication, a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a Juris Doctor from the College of Law all at Syracuse University.   More on his very interesting biography may be found here.

MDVA Service and Benefits program contact information

Harry Chambers Birthday photo

Celebrating the 100th Birthday of veteran, Harry Chambers: MDVA Secretary Owings, Mr. Chambers holding a Proclamation from the Governor and Mrs. Chambers.  Dr. and Mrs. Allen Reynolds are in the car in the front, participating in the drive-by celebration.

VFW Post 160

Life Scout Ilea Wesley organized a Veterans Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Fair at VFW Post 160 in Glen Burnie held on November 1st for her Eagle Scout project.  Also part of her project is a Virtual 5k Run or Walk, and you may still participate in the Virtual 5K, More Information Here.

Shown in this photo from left to right: Denise Nooe - MDVA Outreach & Advocacy program, Ilea Wesley and Rick Reed - Maryland's Commitment to Veterans,  in front of Colonel Harry L. Cooper VFW Post 160.

Spotlight on the Maryland Veterans Commission

Maryland Veterans Commission

Happy Veterans Day from the Maryland Veterans Commission and Guests


In other Commission news, Commissioner Stephen Clagett, who serves on the Maryland Home Commission was recently appointed to the 2020-2021 Class of White House Fellows. Read More Here

World War II Memorial

Just in time for Veterans Day, Mr. Tim McLane with East Coast Drones shared this photo of the World War II Memorial in Annapolis, taken by a drone.  Thank you to Mr. McLane for his generosity in granting permission for MDVA to use this photo. 

MDVA Cemetery & Memorials Program


Happy Veterans Day! 

Some of our Community Partners are preparing Veteran's Day Messages and this link will be updated when more videos are submitted:  See videos here.


MDVA Website

State Partner News

World War II Clean-up Flier

Individuals can sign up to volunteer at http://bit.ly/WWII_Cleanup

MDOT MTA Providing Free Rides for Veterans and Active-Duty Military on Veterans Day, November 11

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will offer free transit rides for all U.S. military veterans, active-duty military, and members of the National Guard and Reserves on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Offering a day of free, unlimited transit rides is a way to honor the commitment and service of America’s military personnel.

“For the second year in a row, MDOT MTA is proud to have veterans and military personnel ride for free on the day that recognizes their service to our nation,” said MDOT MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn. “Now more than ever, we want to show our gratitude for their sacrifice and commitment to our country.

Free transit rides will be available on MDOT MTA Local Bus, Metro SubwayLink, Light RailLink, MARC Train and Commuter Bus. To qualify for a free ride, active and retired military members will need to show an ID under one of three classifications: 

·       U.S. Department of Defense issued ID (Armed Forces/Uniformed Services/Military Retiree);

·       U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued ID;

·       Maryland MVA Veteran designation on a driver’s license or state ID.

“Men and women who serve in the military help protect the freedoms and opportunities Americans hold dear,” said MDOT Secretary Greg Slater. “We’re proud to give them a lift on Veterans Day. It’s a small way to say thanks for the lift they give us all.”

While military personnel can ride for free, the CharmPass mobile ticketing app provides convenient ticketing solutions for all riders. For schedule information and to plan a trip, visit mta.maryland.gov. Riders can also download the Transit app for free in the Google Play or App store to see real-time bus arrival information.

MDOT MTA is one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. MDOT MTA operates LocalLink and commuter buses, Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train service and a comprehensive Mobility (paratransit) system. MDOT MTA’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service. To learn more, visit mdot.maryland.gov or mta.maryland.gov, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.

Veteran Small Business Owners, Mark Your Calendars

In this new environment of social distancing, everyone is adapting. Today's seminars are webinars, Zoom meetings, Facebook Live events, Google Meets, and more. If you have a smart phone or a computer, you have what you need to tap into these valuable training and information sessions. Capacity can fill quickly, so sign up early when required to do so.

11/10/2020 - Technical Training Classroom: Maryland's Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise (VSBE) Program
11/10/2020 - MBE/DBE Application Assistance Workshop
11/10/2020 - The Dark Web: Protecting Your Most Important Assets
11/19/2020 - Understanding the Gig Economy
11/19/2020 - A Decade of Difference: Celebrating 10 Years of EmpoweHERment
11/23/2020 - Holiday e-Commerce for Small Retailers
11/24/2020 - BWI Contracting: Win More

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


Understanding and Working with Veterans and their Families

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 


Federal Partner News

New VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic Opens in

Charlotte Hall, Maryland

Charlotte Hall Ribbon Cutting

VA and community leaders have cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially mark the opening of the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s newest community-based outpatient clinic located in Charlotte Hall, Maryland.

The ceremony includes participation by Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen; Congressman Steny Hoyer, Maryland’s 5th Congressional District; and Secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, George W. Owings III.

Veterans are invited to virtually tour the facility and the ribbon-cutting ceremony by visiting the following link:  https://youtu.be/QGav-AM26sA

According to Maryland Senator Chis Van Hollen, “Even though we are gathering virtually, this is a very real accomplishment.”

Read More Here

Ribbon-Cutting ceremony photo above for the Charlotte Hall VA CBOC: Pictured from left to right: Rachel Jones, Field Representative, Office of U.S Senator Ben Cardin, Maryland; Congressman Steny Hoyer, Maryland's 5th Congressional District; Michael S. Heimall, DC VA Medical Center Director; Dr. Narasimham Iswara, Lead Physician, Charlotte Hall VA CBOC; George W. Owings III, Secretary of Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs; and Sharon Murphy, Director of the Charlotte Hall State Veterans Home

Maryland Vet Centers

VA Vet Center Program

Federal News

Center for Women Veterans - Calling All Women Who Served for Veterans Day - submit a photo

National Cemetery Administration: Find a Veteran, Post a Tribute

Congressman Steny Hoyer Tours new VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic at Charlotte Hall

Veterans Day 2020 Virtual Events

Veterans Day 2020 Discounts

Veterans Day Deals and Discounts, American Legion Update

Gold Star Families and Military Veterans Granted Free Entrance to National Parks

Library of Congress Veterans History Project 20th Anniversary Events

Beneficiary Financial Counseling

VA VetBiz News

VA Partners with OnStar to Prevent Veteran Suicide

Baltimore VA Medical Center to begin COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

VA Poster

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

Active duty Navy Officer and Annapolis resident, Jordan Foley, started a nonprofit helping military veterans and spouses start careers in the culinary arts - VIDEO (meet the founders and their mission). His company, Chow, gives veterans and spouses the opportunity to own and operate food trucks. They bridge the gap between a veteran leaving the service and entering the culinary industry through their Food Truck Training Program (FTTP). The FTTP sets up veterans/spouses with a food truck, menu, branding, supply chain support, food safety training, and Chow's logistic support. The goal is once the veteran/spouse has learned enough about the food truck industry, they are free to pursue their own business venture, perhaps opening a truck or restaurant of their own - view the 90 second FTTP video here. They are $35,000 away from purchasing their first truck, which will be their flagship mobile training unit. They accept donations online and you can contact info@letschow.org about mailing in donations. Chow is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and all donations are tax deductible. Learn more about Chow's other initiatives below:
  • Chow has relationships with Anne Arundel Community College's culinary arts program. Currently, they help veterans/spouses apply for a full scholarship in entrepreneurial and culinary arts studies. The veteran/spouse receives up to $12,000 to pursue their educational goals.
  • Chow serves food out of their Cheverly kitchen monthly to partons and periodically to the homeless community in Silver Spring. These events provide opportunities for veterans and military spouses to get vital kitchen service experience. They encourage veterans/spouses to volunteer to get valuable restaurant experience. If you are a donor, for $400 you can provide over 200 meals for the homeless community. Donate here.
  • Purchasing cookware as a gift for the holiday season? Use this Pampered Chef link to buy your gifts for loved ones and Chow receives 15% of all purchases. Chow also supports cookware donations directly to veterans and military spouses interested in starting businesses in the culinary arts. Learn more about their veteran of the month and how you can buy him cookware to start his business here.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with Chow fill out their contact form. For donation and support inquiries, please email info@letschow.org.

MCVET Veterans Day Virtual Run/Walk  and Style Magazine article


Cohen Clinic Anniversary and Veteran Day Events


Veterans Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Virtual Run and Walk


Women Veterans United, Inc. hosts two upcoming Veterans Day Events - Nov. 7th and Nov. 11th


NABVETS October Claims Clinic a Success

Veteran Compost - From Combat to Compost

Compost, Topsoil and Arbor Chip orders of 4-10 cubic yards are 20% off and orders of 11+ cubic yards are 25% off through November 30th.  Email us at info@veterancompost.com for more information or to set up a delivery!

Community Calendar

November 7, 2020

Rally to the Cross, a Motorcycle Ride and Rally for the Peace Cross, Greenbelt

12th Annual HeroHaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down 2020, Martinsburg, WV

Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Pinning Ceremony, New Windsor

NABVETS Veterans Claims Clinic, Camp Springs

Eastern Shore Stand Down,  Salisbury

Baltimore Station - Stars, Stripes and Chow: Chili Edition

November 9, 2020

DVNF Veterans Grab & Go Event

Veterans Day Virtual Celebration Summit

November 10, 2020

VSBE Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise Program

Life as an Older Adult, Virtual Agency Expo

Howard County Recovery Oriented Systems of Care Presentation

*November 11, 2020

Glenarden American Legion Post 275, Glenarden

Free Virtual or In-person Veteran Yoga Classes, Columbia

Virtual Concert Hosted by Silver Spring Town Center

Silver Spring Vet Center and Rosensteel Counsel #2169 Knights of Columbus, Silver Spring

Dedication: District Heights Veterans Park

MCVET Virtual Run/Walk

November 12, 2020

Washington, DC/Baltimore Virtual Career Fair for Veterans

TechExpo Virtual Top Secret Hiring Event

November 14, 2020

Introduction to Hero Dogs

November 17, 2020

NAMI Virtual Veterans Mental Health Forum

Pax River Virtual Job Fair

November 19, 2020

Joint Base Andrews In-Person Job Fair

Photos From Recent Events


Charlotte Hall Parade

Photo taken at the Leonardtown parade to honor residents at Charlotte Hall: Will Fisher, Al Kincaid, Sharon Murphy, Director, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, MDVA Secretary George Owings and Andrew McCorison

Senator Pam Beidel

Ilea Wesley and Maryland Senator Pam Beidel at VFW Post 160

Delegate Mike Rogers

Maryland Delegate Mike Rogers, Rick Reed - Maryland's Commitment to Veterans and

Denise Nooe (MDVA) at Veterans Resource Fair.

Mr. Bill Collins

Mr. Bill Collins and Denise Nooe (MDVA) at VFW Post 160