5 November 2021 MDVA News and Announcements

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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  November 5, 2021


A Veterans Day Message from George Owings, Secretary, Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

At the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, we like to say that every day is Veterans Day.  Our team of 110 personnel are committed daily to ensuring our veterans and eligible dependents have access to the services and benefits to which they are entitled. 

Whether we are assisting a veteran with a VA benefits application, caring for a veteran at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, ensuring a veteran has the means to remain financially stable, or providing perpetual care at our veteran’s cemeteries, we are committed to the mission of honoring and serving veterans.

The origins of Veterans Day date back to November 11, 1918, when the armistice ending World War I went into effect.  The following year, President Wilson recognized November 11 as the first official commemoration of Armistice Day and it became a day to honor and celebrate the “war to end all wars”.  Congress passed an act in 1938 that officially recognized the day but following World War II, and the largest mobilization of service members in our history, Congress replaced the word “Armistice” with “Veterans”.  Now, the federal holiday is a day to recognize, honor, and celebrate all veterans.

Veterans Day is one of two very special days for the men and women who have served in the United States Military.  The first, Memorial Day, is a day set aside to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  It is a day of great reflection and remembrance of the lives lost during times of war.  The second day, Veterans Day, is a day of great celebration for all who have served. 

Oh behalf of the entire Department, I would like to thank all of our veterans for their service and to their families, I say thank you for your support and sacrifice while your loved ones served.

May God bless our Nation, our great state of Maryland, and all who continue to serve!

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Veterans Day Observances at MDVA Locations

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To honor Veterans on Veterans Day, the following ceremonies will be held at Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs locations on Thursday, November 11, 2021.

9:00 AM - 12:00pm

War Memorial Building - On stage invited guests, 101 North Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 (The State of Maryland/MDVA and the City of Baltimore jointly share maintenance costs of this Memorial)


11:00 AM
Crownsville Veterans Cemetery* – 1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville, MD 21032

Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery - 11501 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Vietnam Veterans Memorial* - 2825 South Hanover Street, (Middle Branch Park), Baltimore, MD 21225

World War II Memorial - 1920 Ritchie Highway (Rt. 450 at Naval Academy Bridge), Annapolis, MD 21401


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


2:00 PM

Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery* - 14205 Pleasant Valley Road, NE, Flintstone, MD 21530

*Ceremony Program still being finalized.


No ceremonies are scheduled for:

Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery - due to construction

Korean War Memorial - This Memorial needs a volunteer group willing to organize Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies.  Please contact us at MDVA if you/your organization would like to organize future Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies at the Korean War Memorial in Baltimore.  

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home - for the safety of the residents, there is no public ceremony at Charlotte Hall. The celebration is for residents only.


For more information on cemeteries and memorials visit:
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery and Memorial Program

Note: Community Veterans Day events which were sent to MDVA are listed below in the Community News Section.

Gold Star Memorial Marker

This Gold Star Memorial Marker was recently dedicated at the MDVA Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery.  Thank you to the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland for this solemn and meaningful tribute to the Gold Star Families whose loved one made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

MDVA Outreach Director Facilitates Customer Service Training to Department Personnel

In Addition to Customer Service Refresher Training, Agenda Included VA S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention Training

The State of Maryland pledges to provide constituents, businesses, customers, and stakeholders with services that are friendly and courteous, timely and responsive, accurate and consistent, accessible and convenient, and truthful and transparent.

Each summer, MDVA personnel receive refresher training on customer service but this year’s agenda looked a little different.  In addition to a discussion on best practices for serving customers, staff participated in the VA S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention training.  This one-hour training, facilitated by the VA Suicide Prevention Coordinators at the Baltimore and Martinsburg VA Medical Centers, educates the community on suicide risk factors, signs and symptoms, and resources for veteran suicide prevention. 

MDVA was pleased to welcome the Maryland Department of Human Services-Constituent Services Division to join the S.A.V.E. portion of the training.  Fourteen staff from DHS are now trained to recognize warning signs for suicide and aware of prevention resources.

“Being aware of what the person is not saying directly,” said an MDVA Cemetery Program staff person. “Very helpful information at the cemetery because many are in a grieving state of mind when they are here for a funeral or visiting the grave of a loved one.”

Staff received the S.A.V.E. training as part of the Department’s participation in the VA/SAMHSA Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and Families.  MDVA is partnering with the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans on a number of initiatives aimed at reduce suicide in this population.

Between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, MDVA received 143 responses to the customer service survey. Eighty seven percent of respondents indicated they were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘somewhat satisfied’ with their experience.  MDVA continuously strives to exceed customer expectations and looks forward in 2022 to improving how Maryland veterans, their families, and community partners, are served.

Read the full FY21 MDVA Customer Service Annual Report here.


MDVA Website

MDVA Secretary George Owings is pleased to announce the designation of Denise Nooe, MDVA Deputy Director of Outreach to represent the Department on the Maryland Semiquincentennial Commission, which is charged with planning the commemoration and observance of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War, and founding of the United States of America.  "I am confident Denise will be an asset to this Commission," said George Owings, Secretary.  "She has staffed or represented the Department on multiple Commissions, including the Maryland Military Monuments Commission and the Maryland Veterans Commission."

MCVET donations

The BWI Business Partnership and the Maryland LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce with veteran-owned business sponsor MOJO Creative Digital held a combined event recently. Attendees were asked to bring winter coats and professional attire donations for the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET). This photo shows just some of the donations to MCVET.

From Left to right: Jeffrey Kendrick (Executive Director, MCVET), Ronny Nadiv (Director of Strategic Initiatives, BWI Business Partnership), Alex Fakeri (CEO & Founder, MOJO Creative Digital), Denise Nooe (MDVA), COL Walter Mitchell (Ret) (MCVET Board of Directors), and Kalie Lastagarkov (Account Executive, MOJO).

Photo credit: Eric Stocklin Photography

Commissioner Mike Moore Photo

On November 1st, Maryland Veterans Commissioner Mike Moore joined over 100 Veteran Advocates in celebrating the grand opening of the Small Business Administration’s Mid-Atlantic Veterans Business Outreach Center.  The Center is located on the research campus of the University of Maryland at College Park and will serve Veteran entrepreneurs in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington, DC.  Dignitaries on hand to cut the ribbon included SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman, Senator Ben Cardin (chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee), and University President Darryll Pines. The event was a kickoff for Veterans Small Business Week.

State Partner News

Maryland's Commitment to Veterans event

November 16th (Day 1) will have keynote speaker Michah Norgard and two 1-hour presentations for each of the three tracks.  Register for Day 1 at: https://bit.ly/3BydicU

November 17th (Day 2) will have keynote speaker Dr. Albert Wong and one 2-hour presentation for each of the three tracks.  Register for Day 2 at: https://bit.ly/3CGPmFt

Misty Photo

Group Misty - 1969


MPT to air The Misty Experiment on Veterans Day

New documentary pays homage to little known heroes during the Vietnam War

In honor of Veterans Day, Maryland Public Television (MPT) will broadcast The Misty Experiment: The Secret Battle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail on Thursday, November 11 at 8 p.m. on MPT-HD. Produced by Floor 1 Productions, the hour-long documentary highlights the extraordinary bravery of United States Air Force veterans whose missions remained largely secret during the Vietnam War. A trailer can be viewed at mpt.org/acquisitions.

The Misty Experiment explores the story of the Air Force squadron codenamed “Misty” whose pilots volunteered to take part in one of the most dangerous missions of the Vietnam War. Operation Commando Sabre called for locating and breaking the chains of enemy supply transports and anti-aircraft installations concealed within the maze of pathways and swamps in North Vietnam and Laos along what was known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Read More Here

Spotlight on Education: Morgan State University

W.O.M.E.N. - Woman Veterans of Color with Entrepreneurial Interests

Governor's Office of Small, Minority and Women

Business Affairs

  • Maryland's VSBE Program is the topic of our November Technical Training Classroom webinar on Tuesday, November 9 at 10 am. The two-hour session will examine the eligibility standards and 3-step certification process for Maryland’s veterans preference procurement program. Insights on how to navigate the state’s procurement processes and tactics for mining the procurement pipeline will also be covered. 
    Technical Training Classroom Registration

Youth, Veteran, and Military Waterfowl Hunt Set for 2021-22

First Opportunity November 6 for Eligible Hunters

Maryland’s youth hunters, veterans, and military personnel are once again afforded the opportunity to experience the thrill of waterfowl hunting on two special hunt days: Nov. 6, 2021 and Feb. 5, 2022. Eligible hunters are anyone 16 years of age or younger and military veterans or active duty members of any age. Read more.


DNR Introduces ‘Wild Maryland’ Cookbook Online

Recipes Feature Foods Fished, Foraged, and Hunted

For anyone who likes their food on the wild side, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has published a new online cookbook. Wild Maryland includes recipes submitted by Maryland residents and featuring the state’s waterfowl, seafood, deer, and other wild game that can be hunted, trapped, or caught. Read more.


Federal Partner News

Federal News

Veterans Day 2021 Discounts

Download Official Veterans Day Poster

National Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

Military Women's Memorial Veterans Day Ceremony & Memorial Celebration Reception

New "Ask VA" Portal allows anyone to connect to VA securely

Veterans, families can donate blood to help critical shortage, receive $10 Amazon gift card

November 10th: VA Virtual Potential Toxic Exposure Symposium

Martinsburg VAMC Celebrates 75 Years of Service

Washington, DC VA Medical Center: Expanding Telehealth Technology

VA extends presumptive period for Persian Gulf War Veterans

Campaign Hopes to Reduce Veteran Suicide by Firearm

Using Chapter 35 Benefits to Further Your Education

Helping Aging Veterans live longer, more productive lives

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation Respite Relief Program offers free caregiving support

On Jan.1 Military Retirees Will Have to Pay More for Prescriptions, USMilitary.org article

Live Whole Health #94: Take a breath to remember your MAP (Mission, Aspiration and Purpose)

Live Whole Health #95: Acupressure for getting into the flow

VA Employment: How Veterans Preference Works for You

Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 Press 1

VA Flu Clinic


A Centennial Commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

and 100 Years of Taps at the Tomb

Sunday November 7, 2021 10:00 am Arlington National Cemetery

Read More Here


Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial

The Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have joined forces to create a Fact Sheet, “Social Security Disability and Veterans Affairs Disability — How Do They Compare?.”  This quick reference explains the differences between each agency’s disability program.  Through our partnership with the VA, we hope to help the veteran community navigate each agency’s programs more easily.

Visit our veterans webpage at https://www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/ to view the Fact Sheet and other resources, including information on returning to work, links to VA healthcare and benefits programs, and disability benefits for wounded warriors.  We also have resources for the parents and spouse of veterans.

Remember, there are important differences between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and VA disability benefits.  Just as important, a veteran who receives benefits from the VA could also be eligible for SSDI.

Small Business Hour with Veterans – 11/16/2021 from 11am-12pm

-        Discussion of the SBA programs and services that are offered to veterans and a 23-30 minutes of open Q&A. Registration is at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sba-hour-with-veterans-tickets-195853943417

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

Washington County: Celebrating Our Veterans: Nominate a Veteran-Owned Business in Washington County


Montgomery County’s Commission on Veterans Affairs Seeking Additions to Its Virtual Tribute to County Veterans as Veterans Day Approaches on Nov. 11. Read More Here


Anne Arundel County Inclusive Ventures Program assists Veteran Business Owners - Read More Here


Elise Dent from Southern Maryland crowned Ms. Veteran America 2021, BayNet.com article


The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), instituted a fund for veterans and caretakers experiencing financial difficulty during these uncertain times. Read More Here


Thu November 4 - Thu November 11 2021 - MCVET Virtual 5K/10K


November 13th Free Veterans Day 5K, City of Bowie Registration


ServingTogether offers service members, veterans and their families access to a class-leading continuum of providers that runs the gamut from superior mental health, housing, and emergency service providers to employment, financial capabilities, education, volunteering, recreation and fitness, and more! We are able to track client progress, communicate with providers and ensure the veterans are truly getting what they need all free of charge.  

 Serving Together has been immensely successful in building a dynamic team that is truly devoted to the mission of the organization. This team has tangible, personal connections to our veterans and genuine concern for their best outcomes. ServingTogether provides peer navigation, collaboratives, guides, education, and training. Please visit our Website for more information.  


Community Calendar


Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) Virtual 5K Run/Walk

Donations sought for Southeast Veterans Service Center Thanksgiving Dinner, Washington, DC

November 5, 2021

St. Mary's County Veterans Resource Day, Great Mills

Happy Hour of Power

November 6, 2021

World War II Memorial Cleanup, Annapolis

Baltimore Station Fund-raiser: Stars, Stripes, Veterans & Chili, Camden Yards

November 7, 2021

Howard County Veterans Day Parade, Columbia

TAPS in Honored Glory - A Centennial Commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery,

Brunswick Veterans Day Parade, Frederick News Post Article

November 9, 2021

Howard County Chamber - Veterans Executive Speaker Series

Veterans Celebration and Health Fair, Silver Spring

Maryland Veterans Symposium - Women Veterans Health Care

November 10, 2021

DAV Veterans Grab and Go Event, Silver Spring

VA Virtual Potential Toxic Exposure Symposium

Town of Indian Head Veterans Day Ceremony

November 11, 2021

MCVET Virtual Veterans Day Run/Walk

City of Annapolis Veterans Day Ceremony Sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association More Information

American Legion Cook-Pinkney Post 141 Day of Events, Annapolis

Doughboy Foundation: Bells of Peace

Landover Hills Veterans Day Ceremony

Leonardtown Annual Veterans Day Parade

Wheaton Veterans Day Ceremony

Heroes Rock Benefit Concert - Benefits Platoon 22

November 13, 2021

Bowie Veterans Day 5K

DAV Benefits & Claims Clinic, Newburg

Harford County Veterans Resource Fair

November 14, 2021

Crusin' Southern Maryland to Benefit Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

November 16 & 17, 2021

Maryland Commitment to Veterans 2021 Virtual Behavioral Health Symposium - see flier and registration information above in State Partner News

November 21, 2021

Introduction to Hero Dogs


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