4 November 2022 MDVA News and Announcements

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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  November 4, 2022


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 117 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. 

This year, MDVA is collaborating with the National Association of Counties, Maryland Association of Counties, Maryland Municipal League and County Veterans Affairs Commissions on Operation Green Light. This November, we hope to see Maryland illuminated in green.  See more information below regarding Operation Green Light, including Governor Hogan's message.

On 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!

Operation Green Light


Governor Hogan Announces Operation Green Light To Honor Veterans Statewide

As the nation prepares to mark Veterans Day, Governor Larry Hogan announced the State of Maryland’s participation in Operation Green Light, a new initiative to support military veterans, as well as raise awareness about the resources available to assist veterans and their families. The state’s outreach efforts are being led by the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA), County Veterans Affairs Commissions, the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

“We owe an incredible debt to those who have worn the flag of our nation on their arm, and who put their lives on the line to protect the rights and freedoms that we hold so dear,” said Governor Hogan. “Our veterans serve as a reminder every single day of the immeasurable cost of war, and of the immense price of freedom. Operation Green Light brings us together across the state to show our gratitude to our veterans, and just as importantly, raise awareness for the resources available to them and their families.” Read More Here.

Severna Park Library event

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 Friday, November 11, 2022:



11:00 AM

Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery - 11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, MD 20623

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


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


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


Note: There is no ceremony scheduled at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Baltimore this year.  Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 451, who usually organize the ceremony will be going to the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial, "The Wall" in Washington, DC for the 40th Anniversary of that Memorial.

For Community Veterans Day events, please scroll down to the Community news section.

MDVA Website

Jewish War Veterans Check presentation

Maryland Veterans Commissioner and State Commander of the Jewish War Veterans, Erwin Burtnick (standing in the center), presented a donation of $1,000 from the Jewish War Veterans Kreiger-Loube Post 567, located in Silver Spring.  Accepting the donation to the Maryland Veterans Trust Fund are MDVA Secretary George Owings and Chairman KT Tyler, Maryland Veterans Commission.  Seated is Vice-Chairman Leroy Thornton of the Maryland Veterans Commission.  

USS Emmons Donation

The USS Emmons Association recently held their annual reunion in Annapolis, and members attending the event donated a large selection of personal care items to the residents of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.  In this photo are Michelle Cariaso, Director of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and Roslyn Jones, Women Veterans/Inclusion Program Manager with the donations of toiletries, combs, razors, handmade hats & scarves and other items.  Thank you to the members of the USS Emmons Association for these generous donations.

Maryland Veterans Commissioner, Dr. Cynthia Macri is in the news again.  Check out this article in the Lehigh News about her role as a pioneer for Women's sports at Lehigh.

State Partner News

Veterans Day Proclamation

Veterans Day Proclamation from Governor Larry Hogan

General Singh dedication

Governor Hogan Leads Dedication Ceremony for Major General Linda L. Singh Readiness Center in Carroll County
Honor For First Woman and First African American to Lead Maryland National Guard

Governor Larry Hogan led the dedication ceremony of the Major General Linda L. Singh Readiness Center in Carroll County. In 2015, the governor appointed General Singh as the first woman and the first African American to lead the Maryland National Guard.

Read More Here

Photo courtesy of the Executive Office of the Governor

General Singh

MDVA Secretary George Owings and MDVA Deputy Secretary Robert Finn also attended the dedication ceremony honoring Major General Singh.

Spotlight on Education: University of Baltimore and           Towson University:

The University of Baltimore has partnered with Towson University to offer a wonderful student veteran’s celebration on Saturday Nov 5th. Starting at 10:30am, there will be a special, veteran and military connected tailgate party prior to the 2:00pm game between Towson University and Villanova.  Read more here.

Maryland Public Television is offering 15 hours of Veteran-focused programming in November

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In November, Maryland Public Television (MPT) will offer 15 hours of programming devoted to the nation's military veterans and their families. The lineup includes the national television debut of the MPT-presented documentary P.O.W: Passing on Wisdom, on Friday, November 11, Veterans Day.

For the past several years, MPT has been collaborating with producer  3 Penny Films, in association with the United States Naval Academy Foundation and Finnegan's Wake Films, to bring P.O.W.: Passing on Wisdom to public TV stations nationwide.   Read More Here

988 Crisis Line


The Maryland Department of Health and PsychArmor invite you to join us for a one hour live webinar on November 9th from 12-1 PM to learn more about the military veteran community and culture. Led by Dr. Heidi Kraft, chief clinical psychologist at PsychArmor and Navy combat veteran, we will empower attendees to better facilitate conversations and understanding with the military connected community.

Flier           Register here:  https://bit.ly/3gsU97p 

Spotlight on Education: Hagerstown Community College:

Hagerstown Community College

Maryland Transit Administration Providing Free Rides on Veterans Day

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) is recognizing Veterans Day by offering free transit rides for all U.S. military veterans, active-duty military and members of the National Guard and Reserves on Friday, November 11, 2022. This is the fourth consecutive year MDOT MTA has provided free transit across the agency’s fixed-route services to honor our nation’s military personnel.

“We appreciate the sacrifices veterans and military personnel have made for us and our nation,” said MDOT MTA Administrator Holly Arnold. “A free day of transit is one way we can say ‘thank you’ for their service and commitment.”  Read More Here.

Veteran Entrepreneur Luncheon Celebration

VSBE luncheon

The Governor's Office of Small, Minority &Women Business Affairs is pleased to host the inaugural Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise (VSBE) Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, November 9 at 11 am. Our keynote speaker is Linda Singh, PhD., the first African American and first woman adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard. Governor Larry Hogan recently renamed and dedicated a readiness center at the Maryland National Guard Armory in Eldersburg in honor of Retired General Singh. Dr. Singh has over 30 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors. She became an entrepreneur in 2016, and today is providing leadership and management consulting services as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kaleidoscope Affect, LLC. Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel has generously donated the event space and catering to make this celebration possible. We cordially invite our certified VSBE vendors to attend. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.

VSBE Appreciation Luncheon


Maryland's Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise (VSBE) Program

Thursday, November 17, 2022

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Are you a veteran entrepreneur? This session of our Technical Training Classroom takes a look at Maryland's VSBE Program's eligibility standards and online certification process. We'll also explore common procurement practices and examine tactics for mining the state's open and transparent procurement pipeline. Special guests will join us to highlight additional veteran services. 

Who should attend? Veteran small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to assess the state contracting arena and gain a better understanding of Maryland's VSBE Program.

Your instructor is Danielle Davis, VSBE Compliance Manager, Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs.    REGISTER

Federal Partner News

Veterans Day Claims Clinic

Federal News

November 5th: Walk-in COVID-19 Booster and Flu Shot Clinic, Baltimore VA Medical Center

Veterans Day 2022 free meals, discounts and offers

Free Starbucks coffee on Veterans Day

More than 500 free Veterans Day events across the country

Deep Discounts from Fitbit for Veterans in November

Agent Orange 2022 Newsletter

Benefits Intro: Burn Pits

Simplifying the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill application process

Protecting student Veterans' privacy

Live Whole Health #143: Breathing Practice

Live Whole Health #144: You're stronger than you think

One Veteran's remarkable results with acupuncture

VA encourages colorectal cancer screening

What Women Veteran-Owned Business Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Find Health Care Resources on Women Veterans Health Website

Medallion of Strength: Celebrating Women Veterans

Oldest Surviving Member of the "Six Triple Eight" turns 103

Military Women's Memorial honors its groundbreaking founder on 25th anniversary, WTOP article

Veterans Legacy Memorial honors the many who have served

November Social Security Newsletter

The CDC Foundation is requesting proposals for the Veteran Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project. We invite all community-based veteran serving organizations (VSOs) to apply. The CDC Foundation will award up to three (3) VSOs to complete process or formative evaluations as part of the project. Funding will be awarded for up to $45,000. Applications are due on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. ET. For more information visit: https://www.cdcfoundation.org/request-for-proposals

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:

Healing Waters Fly Fishing education is offered every 4th Tuesday of the month at the American Legion Post in Frederick.  Read more here.


Women Veterans United Committee, Inc.: November Events


Anne Arundel and Howard Counties offer Military Career Connections to Veterans, transitioning service members and spouses.

On November 10 from 12-2pm, Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) will host a Veterans Day Tennis Celebration in partnership with Mission BBQ, Wounded Warrior Project, and No Greater Sacrifice. All veterans, active duty military members, and their families are welcome to participate in this free event, as well as any members from the community who want to show their appreciation for our veterans! JTCC coaches and high performance junior players will lead tennis instruction and partner with players for games and match play. If you’ve never picked up a tennis racket before, you’re a seasoned player, or if your tennis skills lie anywhere in between, you are invited to attend! 

Mission BBQ is providing a meal for all to share after the tennis festivities. We hope to see you here at JTCC in College Park on November 10, information on registration is below! 

What: Veterans Day Tennis Celebration

When: November 10 12-2pm

Who: Everybody! Veterans, active duty military members, their families, and everyone from the community is invited to join.

Where: JTCC, 5200 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740

Why: To celebrate our veterans and have fun through tennis! 

How to sign up:

If you are a Veteran or active duty military member, please register for the Tennis Corps program at this link: https://forms.gle/CRUenGKZBFPrzSXEA

If you are a community member wanting to celebrate our veterans, please complete the volunteer form at this link: https://events.pointapp.org/22658

Charles County Green Light photo

Charles County Government is ready for Operation Green Light!

Community Calendar

November 4, 2022 - TODAY

Military-connect family Storytime with Lt. Commander Kelly Welsh, Annapolis

NABVETS Claim Clinic, Annapolis

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

NOVA Vets and Frederick County Coalition sponsoring Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training

Ft. Meade 10,000 Steps for Veterans

November 5, 2022

Veteran Community Partner Resource Day, Annapolis

Stars, Stripes & Chow Chili Cookoff to benefit Baltimore Station, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Veteran Health, Wellness & Information Expo, Silver Spring

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals 5th Birthday Bash, Silver Spring, Register

November 7, 2022

Veteran Resource Fair, Hagerstown

November 9, 2022

Veteran Entrepreneur Luncheon Celebration, Hanover

Prince George's County Community College Veterans Appreciation Dinner, Largo

November 10, 2022

Tour the new Platoon Veteran Services Center, Frederick

Veterans Resource Fair 2022, Silver Spring

DAV/Recruit Military Hiring Event, FEDEX Field, Landover

Veterans Day Tennis Celebration, College Park

November 11, 2022

Tidal Health is providing free Flu and COVID-19 Vaccinations for Veterans and their families, Salisbury

Peace Cross Rededication, Bladensburg

City of Annapolis Veterans Day Observance

MCVET Virtual 5K/10K

VA Health Care Enrollment Fair & Veterans Claims Clinic, Baltimore

Baltimore City Veterans Day Parade, WMAR2News article

November 12, 2022

Veterans Day Community Connection, Severna Park Library

Harford County Veterans Resource Fair, Bel Air

Veterans Claims Clinic and Picnic, Cambridge

Adaptive Cycling at Patapsco Valley State Park

American Legion Family Active-Duty Military Baby Shower, Hughesville

Conduit Care Coordination and Claims Clinic, Greenbelt

Washington Wizards Military Appreciation Night, Washington, DC

November 13, 2022

Howard County Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony

PG Valor Opening Night Admission free for Vets, Retirees and Active Duty,  Upper Marlboro

November 15, 2022

MDVA/VA Benefits Briefing, Annapolis

November 17, 2022

Veterans Job & Resource Fair, Largo

November 19, 2022

Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Cleanup, sponsored by the Travis Manion Foundation, Annapolis

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