26 February 2021 MDVA News and Announcements

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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  February 26, 2021


Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Accepting New Residents


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Here at MDVA we are being asked if Charlotte Hall Veterans Home is accepting new residents.  The answer is Yes!  Both Veterans and eligible spouses may apply for admission to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.

To ensure the safety of current residents and staff, those newly admitted to Charlotte Hall are cared for in a separate unit for fourteen days and tested for COVID-19 before being moved into the assisted living or skilled nursing care units.

If you are interested in more information about Charlotte Hall Veterans Home admission use this link and call the Admissions staff on 301-884-8171 Ext. 5111#.


Charlotte Hall
Charlotte Hall Collage 2

The Photos above: Aerial photograph of Charlotte Hall buildings and grounds, Barber Shop, Library, Dining Room and Flags in front of the building.

MDVA Website

In Memorium: Former Lt. Margaret Creighton Carty (USN) did not hold a formal position with MDVA, but in her role with Maryland Library Association, she forged an alliance with the Department to provide information and support to veterans throughout the library systems in Maryland.  The partnership she created will live on and she will be missed. Obituary

State Partner News

Spotlight on Education: Prince Georges County Community College

The PGCC Shark Tank is the first PGCC Veteran Services regional pitch competition. In partnership with United Way and Innovation HUB, the PGCC Shark Tank will provide funding, education, and resources to veteran owned businesses and create opportunities for entrepreneurial-minded individuals to develop prototypes and validate and test their business ideas.

Read More Here

The Women's Caucus of the Maryland General Assembly invites you to the 3rd Annual Women Veterans Day - this year online!

Women Veterans Day

Wednesday, March 10th

9:00 am - 11:00 am 

(Zoom meeting room opens at 8:30 am)

Everyone is welcome

Register here  


Banneker Douglas Museum

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As the State of Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage, the Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to document, to interpret, and to promote African American history and culture (particularly in Maryland) through exhibitions, programs, and projects in order to improve the understanding and appreciation of America’s rich cultural diversity for all.

The Banneker-Douglass Museum is a component of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, which is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives — an executive-department agency, whose mandate to coordinate outreach efforts to communities, organizations, and local governments across Maryland serves as a unifying principle for all its departments.

Read More Here

2021 Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards

Discover Maryland's African American History

Maryland COVID-19 Information

Contract Tracing

COVID-19 Testing

Maryland COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Maryland COVID Link


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

Maryland DNR: Free Trees Available for Maryland’s ‘Backyard Buffers’

Waterfront and Streamside Landowners can Reserve Seedlings

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering free tree seedlings to landowners in several counties who have a creek, drainage ditch, stream, or other waterway on or near their property. Each “buffer in a bag” contains 25 native bare-root tree and shrub seedlings with species appropriate to their region. Read more.

Federal Partner News

Federal News

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Monthly Series of Workshops for Transitioning Military Spouses

SecVA: Vaccinations for Veterans a High Priority

Veterans Coalition for Vaccination

Don't Post Your Vaccination Card on Social Media

VA: Veterans Take Care of Your Heart

VA extends existing moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures and extends loan forbearance opportunities

Specially Adapted Housing Program Assists Disabled Veterans

Live Whole Health #60: Vacation Visualization

Fresh Focus: MOVE

TSA is Recruiting Veterans

2021 National Veterans Day Poster Contest open for Submissions

Smithsonian Heritage and History Month Events

Tuskegee Airman Veterans Tell Story in Red Tail Angels

Black History Month Event

Message from Congressman Steny Hoyer

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


Prince George's County Veterans are welcome to attend this Friday's session at the Clinton VFW J. Paul Duke, Jr. Memorial Post 9376, 9600 Brandywine Road starting at 11:30 am to REGISTER "ON SITE" for the Covid-19 shot.  Take advantage of this opportunity for registration help and get on the list to receive your shot at the first opportunity.   *VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO ASSIST 


Voices of Vets, Inc. shared their Valentine's Concert for Veterans


National Veterans Launching Ventures Spring Training - Free Online Course


Restoration Ahead for Bladensburg Peace Cross, American Legion Magazine


February 27 - March 1: COVID-19:Our Lives Matters, Sponsored by Women Veterans United Committee, Inc. and VFW Post 341


Gilchrist’s 3rd Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration will be held

VIRTUALLY on Sunday, March 28, 2021 starting at 3:00 p.m.  Learn More


March 30th and 31st - Blue Star Families is holding a two day conference, The Military Family Experience: Path to Recovery.  Register Here


Save the Date: March 31, 2021 - Maryland's Commitment to Veterans - Women Veterans Conference


Beginning Farmer Training Program for Veterans

TALMAR is pleased to be working in partnership with the Veterans Administration in the VA Farms pilot program. The program trains veterans in small scale sustainable agriculture, preparing graduates for careers in agriculture or to start their own farms. Both classroom and practical hands-on experience continue throughout the seasons.

TALMAR Farm In Partnership with VAMHCS VA Farms Program

15-week Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture Course offered beginning in April 2021

In this hands-on course you will learn the basics of sustainable agriculture on a working therapeutic farm. We will cover all aspects of agricultural production from best practices to planning, planting, care, harvest, and sale of organically grown crops.

10-week Focused Vocational Course offered beginning July 2021

This class invites previous successful participants to dive in deep to learn the skills required to gain employment in the industry or start your own business.

Proposed training is subject to change pending resources and final approval.

For additional information contact:

programs@talmar.org / 410-825-2020

Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program provides free legal services to veterans in need:

Free Virtual Legal Clinic for Veterans

Women Veterans Legal Clinic

Community Calendar

February 26, 2021

Veterans Legal Clinic

February 27, 2021

Platoon 22 and SOLDIERFIT: Platoon Care Wellness Retreat

COVID-19:Our Live Matters, Sponsored by Women Veterans United Committee, Inc. and VFW Post 341 (Continues through March 1st)

February 28, 2021

Introduction to Hero Dogs

March 25, 2021

Ft. Meade Alliance Industry Day - Note: There is a fee for this event

March 29, 2021

Mission BBQ: National Vietnam War Veterans Day, Free Chow for Vietnam Vets


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