29 January 2021 MDVA News and Announcements

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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  January 29, 2021


Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Receives Important Donation


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Charlotte Hall Veterans Home has received a specialized PPE sterilization unit that was custom-built by Southern Maryland entrepreneurs and manufacturers and donated by the Saint Mary’s County Health Department which utilized CARES funding. The modular “Hot Box” unit, which functions as a dry heat oven can heat and sterilize 24,000 masks per day.  The sterilization process takes one hour and can also be used for clothing, mattresses and gowns.  The value of the unit is $150,000.

More Information Here

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MDVA Secretary George Owings said, "The Charlotte Hall staff work tirelessly to keep our residents safe and the sterilization unit is another important tool in our efforts to fight COVID-19.  On behalf of the Department, I extend our sincere appreciation to the St. Mary's County Health Department for the donation and the developers for their ingenuity."


Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Updates Donation List

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The season of giving brought many new donations to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.  The veterans and spouses who reside at Charlotte Hall truly benefited from the generosity of Veterans Service Organizations, community groups and donations by individuals across Maryland.  As a result, the donation list for Charlotte Hall has been updated and also includes items that cannot be accepted.


Please view the Donations List Here  


If you have any questions regarding donations to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, please contact Ashley Radano on 301-884-8171, ext. 5144.


MDVA Anniversary of Note: 


Charlotte Hall Veterans Home opened the doors and welcomed veterans as residents for the first time on January 29,1985.  Two male veterans and one female veteran became the first residents of the Domiciliary Unit, which would now be considered an assisted living program, thirty-six years ago today. 

The current Director of Charlotte Hall, Sharon Murphy was one of the very first hires, starting on July 9, 1984.  Sharon began in an administrative role, helping to hire staff and to prepare for opening the Home the following year. She was there to welcome the new residents on their first day. Her experience and dedicated service over the years resulted in her promotion to Director of the Home.  Sharon and the entire Charlotte Hall staff continue a proud history of Serving Those Who Served.


MDVA Website

Maryland Live Donation

The Maryland Veterans Trust Fund received a very large check from Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel.  Mr. Anthony Faranca from Maryland Live! presented the check virtually to MDVA Secretary George Owings. A Maryland law, Chapter 450 passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Hogan in 2017, required casinos in Maryland to provide a donation box for the collection of coins and small donations from patrons cashing out their winnings.  These donations are collected and contributed to the Maryland Veterans Trust Fund.

More Information on the Maryland Veterans Trust Fund

State Partner News

MNG Briefing

Governor Larry Hogan visited Maryland National Guard soldiers deployed at the U.S. Capitol, and received a briefing on security operations for the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies by Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead.

General Birckhead was selected to serve as Commander of National Guard Task Force Capitol Grounds, which conducted area security operations for the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress buildings in support of U.S. Capitol Police.  

Photo Credit: Executive Office of the Governor

MNG Vaccination efforts

Members of the Maryland National Guard are also helping with the COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Maryland.

Photo credit: Executive Office of the Governor

National Guard donation

The Military Family Relief Fund and the Members of the 175th Infantry Association donated items to the Maryland National Guard Members serving in Washington, DC.  Items donated included hand warmers, hats, gloves, socks and toiletries. 

2021 Session of the Maryland General Assembly has Convened

The Maryland General Assembly is currently meeting in Annapolis for the 2021 Legislative Session.  As a service to the veteran community, information on proposed legislation of possible interest to veterans is provided below:

2021 Legislative Information

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

Maryland General Assembly Website

From the Maryland Department of Commerce:

Maryland's Federal Agencies & Military Installations at the Heart of Covid-19 Research

As the world combats COVID-19, researchers and scientists have been working tirelessly to understand the virus and its implications on health, the economy, and everything in between. In addition to universities and private companies, there’s a critical force behind so much COVID-19 research: federal agencies and military installations. And with 75 federal research labs, 60 federal facilities, and 20 military facilities, Maryland is at the heart of research that will help the world overcome COVID-19. Here are just a few ways Maryland’s federal agencies and military installations are helping us conquer COVID-19. 

The FDA is the last stop for vaccines 

Over the past nine months, various companies, including several in Maryland, have been racing to produce a COVID-19 vaccine. The world enthusiastically accepted the news that companies produced effective vaccines at record speeds. All eyes are on Maryland-headquartered FDA now as vaccines are being approved. In addition to the important job of reviewing and approving a vaccine, the FDA has responded to COVID-19 in several other ways, including: making it easier to mobilize 3D printing for PPE production and accelerating COVID-19 treatments. 

NASA is researching environmental, economic and societal impacts of the pandemic

NASA is funding and conducting research in its Earth Science Division to study the environmental, economic and societal impacts of COVID-19. Currently 17 studies are underway, five of which are led by Maryland investigators. Studies of nighttime light data to assess the social and economic impacts of the pandemic, and visualization and analysis of the pandemic’s effects on the interconnected components of the agricultural sector are among the NASA research taking place here in Maryland. 

Read More Here

Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Youth, Veteran, and Military Waterfowl Hunting Day Feb. 6

Special Day to Share Maryland’s Time-Honored Traditions

Hunters 16 years of age or younger, military veterans of any age, and members of the Armed Forces on active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training) may hunt ducks, geese, and coots on public and private land during the special hunt day. Read more.

Federal Partner News

Federal News

Walk-In COVID Vaccine Clinic at Baltimore VA Medical Center - January 30 & 31st

VA to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to caregivers of Veterans in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

One question could save a life. Would you ask it?

VA making extra effort to connect with female veterans

Women Veterans Rock - Women Veterans Civic Leadership Institute

Washington, DC VA Medical Center holds Winterhaven "Lite"

Live Whole Health #56: The First Step

Live Whole Health #57: Work Posture

Live Whole Health: Music & Movement

Live Whole Health: Acupressure for Stress Relief

Congressman David Trone (MD06) is recruiting for an open position in his District Office for the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program. For more information:



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

Free Yoga for Veterans and Service Members   Link to Register 


Easterseals Serves Veterans

Cohen Clinic at Easterseals Upcoming Events: Events Page


6-Session Teen Resiliency Building Workshop

Dates: Tuesdays from February 16 to March 23, 2021

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Registration: Contact the Cohen Clinic at 240-847-7500 or info.mfc@eseal.org

*Initial phone call and evaluation appointment required to enroll.


6-Session Virtual Stress Resiliency Workshop

Dates: Fridays from February 19 to March 26, 2021

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Registration: Contact the Cohen Clinic at 240-847-7500 or info.mfc@eseal.org

*Initial phone call and evaluation appointment required to enroll.


4-Session Virtual Sleep Enhancement Workshop

Dates: Fridays from April 2 to 23, 2021

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Registration: Contact the Cohen Clinic at 240-847-7500 or info.mfc@eseal.org

*Initial phone call and evaluation appointment required to enroll.

Update from Gilchrist on 2021 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans:

Our next Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration is scheduled for March 2021. This 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.
Due to the pandemic, Gilchrist will be presenting the program online. You will be able to register to receive the link to join others in Maryland and across the country to watch this tribute to Vietnam Veterans. Go to the Gilchrist website for registration information:

Community Calendar

February 9, 2021

Women Veterans Legal Clinic

February 12, 2021

Veterans Legal Clinic

February 23, 2021

Eastern Region Virtual Career Fair for Veterans

February 26, 2021

Veterans Legal Clinic

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