7 October 2022 MDVA News and Announcements

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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  October 7, 2022


Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Receives Multiple Donations

Charlotte Hall logo

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home's mission is to serve those who served, but there are many organizations and individuals who volunteer and donate to help support this mission.  

One of the organizations, Crusin' Southern Maryland, postponed the annual October fundraiser until November 12, 2022 due to the inclement weather caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ian.  We thank Crusin' Southern Maryland and all of those who volunteer and donate to support Charlotte Hall residents.

October Charlotte Hall Newsletter

Here are just two of the recent donations received at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home:

Jewish War Veterans donation

Mr. Jack Budman, 2nd Vice President of the Charles B. Krieger Jewish War Veterans Post 567 presents a donation to Michelle Cariaso, Director of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and Angela Quade, Fiscal Compliance Manager at Charlotte Hall.

Nam Knights

In this photo are: Steve Krochmalick, President of NAM Knights MC Skipjack Chapter, Michelle Cariaso, Charlotte Hall Director and Ray Nieves, Past President of NAM Knights MC Skipjack Chapter.  The Nam Knights donated an overflowing cart full of socks, pajama pants, sweatpants, sweatshirts, briefs, books and hats to Charlotte Hall residents.

Operation Green Light

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs is honored to participate in Operation Green Light this November.


MDVA Website

November 5th event

Commissioner Fuentealba

Maryland Veterans Commissioner Victor Fuentealba recently celebrated his 100th birthday at an event filled with family and friends.  Commissioner Fuentealba represents the Military Order of the Purple Heart on the Veterans Commission.  In the photo above, MDVA Secretary George Owings is presenting a Proclamation from Governor Hogan recognizing Commissioner Fuentealba's 100th birthday, as well as his dedicated service to Veterans in Maryland.  Happy Birthday to Commissioner Fuentealba and we wish you many more happy and healthy years ahead!

Calvert County Veterans Commission

MDVA Secretary George Owings attended the Calvert County Fair, and visited the booth for the Calvert County Veterans Commission.  In this photo are from left to right: Mr. Robert Sprecher, representing American Legion Post 85 (Huntingtown), Ms. Patricia McCoy representing American Legion Post 206 (Chesapeake Beach) and Secretary George Owings.

Gold Star Wall

Secretary Owings also joined the Gold Star Families attending the Gold Star Tribute Wall event in Laurel.  More photos of this event may be found in the Community News Section below.

Gold Star Wall photo

Maryland Gold Star Mothers, local officials, representatives from the American Legion and other Veterans Service Organizations gathered at Laurel American Legion Post 60 on September 23rd to recognize the Gold Stars Tribute Wall.   

The ceremony honored over 7,000 men and women who died in the service of our country in military operations during the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Gold Star Tribute Wall is a traveling memorial which was privately funded by a nonprofit organization in Georgia. This event was the only scheduled stop in Maryland.

Photo (left to right): Maryland Veterans Commissioners Mike Moore and Stan Seidel, Maryland Gold Star Mothers Treasurer Theresa Karlson, Secretary Owings, and Maryland Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Past  Detachment Commander Tom Deal.

Photo Credit - David Privott, AL Post 275, Clinton

MDVA Staff in the news:

SAMSHA conference photo

Dana Burl, MDVA Director of the Communications, Outreach & Advocacy Program was featured on the cover of a recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Bulletin.  Dana is on the far right.

Roslyn Jones, MDVA Women Veterans/Inclusion Program Manager was featured in a United States VA video about VA health care for women Veterans.  Watch It Here


Women Veterans/Inclusion Program

State Partner News

Move Over Law

Knowing when to move over just got easier. Starting October 1, 2022 – Move over or slow down for ALL vehicles on the shoulder. Learn more: ZeroDeathsMD.gov/MoveOver

The expanded Move Over Law (SB147) requires drivers to move over or slow down when approaching any vehicle that is stopped or parked and displaying hazard warning lights, road flares, or other caution signs. The expanded law is in place to protect law enforcement, emergency responders, and any motorist who may encounter a roadside emergency and must stop near travel lanes. Maryland is the eighth state to expand its Move Over Law to include all disabled vehicles.

Maryland's Commitment to Veterans event

News from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources:

Fall Trout Stocking to Begin Across Maryland
Fishing Spots to Receive Allotments in October

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin fall trout stock in early October. The department will be stocking thousands of hatchery-raised brown, golden, and rainbow trout in select creeks, rivers, lakes, and ponds across the state. Read more.

Trapping Bid Packets Available for Eastern Shore Public Lands
Deadlines in October for Opportunities in 2022-23 Season

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting bids for the 2022-2023 trapping season at several Wildlife Management Areas and other public lands. Deadlines for submitting bid packages are in October. The individual with the highest bid for each area will be awarded annual trapping privileges. Read more.

Small Business Networking & Training Events

Maryland Flag Waiving

10/11/2022 - Introduction to eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA) for Vendors
10/11/2022 - Exceeding Sales Goals: Driving Revenue for Founders, Owners & CEOs
10/13/2022 - Latinos in Tech: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2022
10/20/2022 - Planning for the Holiday Season: The Ideal Customer Experience
10/21/2022 - Women's Small Business Celebration 2022: Building Your Business Ecosystem
10/24/2022 - Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Contracting with the Federal Government
10/25/2022 - Technical Training Classroom: Navigating eMMMA
10/27/2022 - Technical Training Classroom: MBE Rights & Responsibilities
10/31/2022 - 7th Annual Business Opportunities & Entrepreneurial Training Summit for Small, Minority, Women & Veteran-Owned Businesses

Check out the full listing of small business events online at


Also, the Maryland Department of Labor is hosting the Veteran Owned Small Business Conference 2022 on November 3, 2022.

Federal Partner News


Please join Congressman Sarbanes’ Veterans Benefits Workshop

Thursday, October 13, 2022

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Glen Burnie Elks Lodge, 878 Stevenson Road, Severn, MD 21144


The VA Baltimore Regional Office will be on site to provide

Personalized assistance with your claims.


Pre-registration is encouraged but not required in order to

meet with VA staff. Pre-register at sarbanes.house.gov/events.


For more information please contact Congressman Sarbanes’

Towson Office at (410) 832-8890.


Federal News

October 8, 2022: VA Maryland Health Care System Walk-In COVID-19 & Flu Shot Clinic

October 12, 2022: VA Maryland Health Care System Women Veterans Virtual Public Forum

Community identifies, restores unmarked graves in Historic Black Cemetery in Maryland

Volunteers of America offers support for Veterans battling moral injury

Live Whole Health #139: Lightening the Load

Live Whole Health #140: Acupressure for head and neck

Join the fight to end domestic violence

Women Veterans and chronic pain

Free legal services for Veterans, service members

VA Flier

Help Shape the future of health care for women Veterans

VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a research program working to improve health and wellness for Veterans.

We aim to enroll one million Veterans in 2023 and want women to have a seat at the table in our research. If more women join MVP, we can strengthen our research findings for women Veterans of all backgrounds.

Sign up now

Pact Act:

If you’ve heard about the new Veteran Burn Pit legislation (PACT Act) and have questions – please visit www.va.gov/PACT or download these frequently asked questions. Vietnam Era, Gulf War, and Post 9/11 Veterans are all likely eligible for enhanced benefits and services such as a toxic exposure screening, health care, and disability compensation on 20+ new presumptive conditions. You may also call 1-800-MyVA411 and press 0 to speak to a VA representative immediately.

Download the PACT Act Survivors Benefits PDF

How the Pact Act is Already Helping Veterans

Be Aware of Pact Act Scams

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

A Day at Ease


The Veteran Institute for Procurement is an entrepreneurship training program for veteran-owned small businesses to help them accelerate their success in the federal marketplace.

We are currently accepting applications for all 5 of our training programs. Visit nationalvip.org for more information.  Flier

Community Building Art Works: Art Programs for Veterans

Monologue Writing Workshop - October 13th 7pm EST - VIRTUAL

Learn the basics on how to transform your personal story into a monologue in this introductory workshop with playwright and founder of Veteran's Spouse Project, Amy Uptgraft on Thursday, October 13th at 7pm EST. Register here.


Back Down Memory Lane - October 20th 7pm EST - Virtual

Join CBAW Thursday, October 20th for a writing workshop with Teri Ellen Cross Davis in our series in partnership with the Strathmore. Register here.

For a full list of CBAW Programs, please visit www.cbaw.org/events. Questions/concerns, please email info@cbaw.org.

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.  


Peace Cross

St. Casimir's Catholic War Veterans & Auxiliary and Holy Name members will sponsor a MCVET clothing drive for homeless Veterans on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Clothing items can be drop off at St. Anthony Hall (Across from St. Casimir Church) on O'Donnell Street, Baltimore Maryland 21224. Men & Ladies clothing items are needed.

Each season presents a different set of needs for the homeless & Veterans population. There is always a need for toiletries and socks (white) as well as feminine hygiene products for the female population. Winter time does present the need for gloves and hats and masks are in high demand. If you have items to donate, bring them.  Thanks!

Donations of non-perishable food items is for the Veterans Treatment Court Program.

Contact: Gerry at 410-733-5737 or Email grazianogerry@yahoo.com

or IRV at 410-215-7744 - Email cjhudson@verizon.net 

Community Calendar

October 8, 2022

VA Maryland Health Care System Walk-In COVID-19 & Flu Shot Clinic

October 10, 2022

Voices of Vets fundraiser, Columbia

October 12, 2022

VA Maryland Health Care System Women Veterans Virtual Public Forum

Tech Expo Top Secret Hiring Event, Linthicum

Military Spouse Association Federal Interagency Military Spouse Career Expo

October 13, 2022

Military Officer Job Fair, Arlington - POSTPONED until April 2023

October 14, 2022

Cornhole Tournament for Vets to Benefit Team River Runner, Germantown

NABVETS Veterans Claims Clinic, Largo

October 16, 2022

Historic Walter Reed Army Medical Center Reunion, Washington, DC

Military & Veteran High Performance Driving Event, Aberdeen

October 18, 2022

Project Opportunity:  Personal Money Management for Entrepreneurs, Columbia

October 20, 2022

Intimate Partner Violence: An Overview of Assessment & Response with Military-Connected Clients

October 21, 2011

Maryland Women's Small Business Celebration 2022

October 22, 2022

A Day at Ease, Resource Fair, Family Activities, Food Trucks & Music, Union Bridge

VA Maryland Health Care System Walk-In COVID-19 & Flu Shot Clinic

October 24, 2022

US Veterans and Celebrities Golf Tournament, Ellicott City

November 3, 2022

Veteran Owned Small Business Conference 2022, Linthicum Heights

November 4, 2022

Handmade with Love, Knit or Crochet for Veterans, Howard County

November 5, 2022

Stars, Stripes & Chow Chili Cookoff to benefit Baltimore Station

Veteran Health, Wellness & Information Expo, Silver Spring

November 10, 2022

Veterans Resource Fair 2022, Silver Spring

November 11, 2022

Peace Cross Rededication, Bladensburg

November 12, 2022

Harford County Veterans Resource Fair, Bel Air

More Photos Taken at the Gold Star Tribute Wall

Gold Star Wall event

Gold Star Wall

Additional Recent Photos:

Commissioner Fuentealba

Maryland Veterans Commissioner Victor Fuentealba and MDVA Secretary George Owings at the 100th birthday celebration for Commissioner Fuentealba.

Calvert County Fair

Bob Sprecher, American Legion Post 85 Representative, Mike Sweeney, District 2 Representative and Pat McCoy. American Legion Post 206 Representative, represent the Calvert County Veterans Commission at the Calvert County Fair.

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