10 March 2023 MDVA News and Announcements

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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  March 10, 2023

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs News

MDVA Welcomes New Maryland Veterans Trust Fund Administrator

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Please join us in welcoming Denise Nowlin as the newest member of the MDVA team. Denise is the new Grant Administrator for the Maryland Veterans Trust Fund.

Denise retired from Johns Hopkins University after 35 years of service in various management positions including serving as the Administrator for the Environmental Health and Engineering Department (EHE) at the Whiting School of Engineering for 10 years.  Previously, Denise worked as the Senior Financial Manager and Senior Grants and Contracts Analyst for the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She holds a B.A. degree and other certifications. 

At MDVA, she hopes to make a difference in the lives of others, especially the veteran community.  She is looking forward to the challenge of change and being a good liaison. 

Denise is a Maryland resident, has one son, and has a busy social calendar which includes church and activities within the community. 

For more information on the Maryland Veterans Trust

Denise Nowlin

Denise Nowlin, MDVA Trust Fund Administrator

MDVA Website

News from the MDVA Women Veteran/Inclusion Program:

Women Veteran/Inclusion Program events

More Information: March 27th and event link.

More Information: April 19th.

The Women Veterans/Inclusion Program will be honoring Maryland women who served in military service at the MDVA Women Veterans Recognition Day &  Awards Breakfast on June 10th. The location is the American Legion Post 22, 125 York Road, Towson, MD 21204. Nominations will close on March 28, 2023 and/or after the first 100 nominations are received. Of the nominations received, up to 8 women will be selected.  If selected, the nominee will be asked to attend the Women Veterans Recognition Day & Awards Breakfast on June 10th at 9:00 am. 

Nominations can be made at this link

Buffalo Soldiers Event

MDVA Secretary Anthony Woods attended the NABVETS 23rd Annual Buffalo Soldiers Banquet in Baltimore.

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Secretary Woods also visited the new Platoon 22 Veterans Service Center at Goodwill in Frederick.

Photo credit: Platoon 22

State Partner News

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Gambling Awareness

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling are working together this month to increase increase public awareness of problem gambling and prevention, treatment, and recovery services available in Maryland.

While gambling often is considered a harmless form of entertainment, the rates for older adults’ participation in gambling have jumped dramatically over the past several years, as have the problems associated with gambling. According to the NCPG, adults over 65 have identified gambling is a favorite social activity, surpassing movies, lunch, shopping, and golf as preferred social activities.

There are a number of reasons why seniors may be attracted to gambling. For starters, casinos often cater to senior citizens, offering bus transportation, free or discounted meals, special rewards and other prizes that attract older individuals. In addition, gambling can provide a distraction to escape the loss of a spouse or a medical concern, or simply to help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Contact the Maryland Gambling Helpline at 1-800-GAMBLER for information and resources available in your area. If you're not sure whether you or a loved one has a problem with gambling, take this brief screening test from NCPG.

Veterans and Gambling

Veterans Crisis Line

Spotlight on Education:

Saturday, March 11th, Free Yoga Class for Emergency Responders and Military Personnel at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury.  More Information

Morgan State University Women Veterans event


Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

Stay connected to the many opportunities for training, networking, and business development that are taking place across Maryland and on virtual platforms. Here is a highlight of some of the events coming up this month. 

03/14/2023 - Step-by-Step Guide to Registering as a Federal Veteran Owned Small Business
03/15/2023 - Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Webinar
03/16/2023 - Increasing Your Visibility on eMMA
03/21/2023 - What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Risk Assessment
03/21/2023 - Responding to Solicitations in eMMA
03/23/2023 - Budget Builder Workshop for Business Owners
03/28/2023 - Strategies for Teaming, Partnering, and Subcontracting
03/30/2023 - Subcontracting in Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program

Check out the full listing of small business events online at goMDsmallbiz.maryland.gov.

2023 Session of the Maryland General Assembly has Convened

The Maryland General Assembly is currently meeting in Annapolis for the 2023 Legislative Session.  As a service to the veteran community, information on proposed legislation of possible interest to veterans is provided below:

2023 Legislative Information

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

Maryland General Assembly Website

Federal Partner News

Federal News

100 years of advancing health care for women Veterans

Veterans to Farmers determined to expand farming opportunities for women Veterans

VA's Million Veteran Program

Volunteers of America offers online program to help Veterans experiencing moral injury

VA relaxes masking requirements at medical facilities

Live Whole Health #160: Cooking up Whole Health

Live Whole Health #161: Posture micro-breaks

VA to award $16 million in in grants to help Veterans and service members with disabilities participate in adaptive sports

Find out if you can get help with your internet service costs

Disabled Veterans National Foundation provides grants to provide stability

March Social Security Newsletter

US Cyber Challenge offers online competitions in information security

Hire Military

Baltimore Small Business Administration Calendar of Events

May 11-13, 2023 WELCOME HOME! A Nation Honors our Vietnam Veterans and their Families, National Mall, Washington, DC

The Center for Women Veterans is proud to release this film in partnership with the Million Veteran Program (MVP), which studies how genes, lifestyle, military experiences, and exposures affect our health and wellness as Veterans.

You can join MVP online at mvp.va.gov or sign up at a participating VA. Call 866-441-6075 to make an appointment. All Veterans can participate, you don’t need to receive care at VA.

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

Basic Training: Vets Ensemble Spring 2023

The Studio at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents an educational program workshop that will be FREE for US veterans. Participants should be men and women, ages 20-85, who are veterans of the United States armed forces. Combat experience not required. Working with CSC Teaching Artists (Veterans!), the ensemble will explore Shakespeare’s text for personal connections. This ten-week program will culminate in a sharing for friends, family, and invited guests. No experience required!  Flier

Open only to U.S. military servicemembers (active duty, reserve, veteran)

Dates: Saturdays, March 18 – May 20, 2023 Times: 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. Location: The Studio at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 206 E. Redwood St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Tuition: FREE

Click here to register

Questions? Please contact Ron Heneghan, Director of Education, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

heneghan@chesapeakeshakespeare.com or 410-244-8571 x113.

Olive Branch & Laurel Crown (OBLC) seeks ACTORS

OBLC, the Veterans Ensemble at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, is asking for ACTOR submissions for the play The Murder of Gonzago by Allen Irvine.

The Murder of Gonzago is two interlocking plays, one designed as a regular stage show, the other as street theater. Irvine borrows the title from the most famous play never written - the play that Hamlet asks the players to put on. It premiered at the 2015 Pittsburgh Fringe Festival and won the Spirit of the Fringe award.

Rehearses: March 18- May 25 (online via Zoom and in-person) select evenings/weekends.

Tech – Dress: May 30-June 1

Performances: June 2 and 3 at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore

Pay: Small stipend

Those who submit should have either a direct connection with the US military (veteran, active service, guard or reserve) or an indirect connection (spouse, caregiver, immediate family).

SUBMIT a recent picture (headshot) and theatre resume to:


See breakdown at:


Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is seeking applicants to fill 10 vacancies on the Commission on Veterans Affairs. Two vacancies are for members representing the general public, and eight vacancies are for veterans who may be members of veterans groups such as the Vietnam Veterans of America, American Veterans (AMVETS), Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Women Veterans of America, American Legion, or Military Order of the Purple Heart. One public member and five veteran members are eligible to apply for reappointment. Read More Here

Anne Arundel County and Howard County offer assistance to military spouses to start, transition or advance a career.  Read more here

Also, check out these employment services for transitioning service members, Veterans and military spouses.  Read more here

Blue Star Families is now offering Coffee Connections in Aberdeen, Annapolis, Fort Meade and NAS Patuxent River.  Read More Here

Project Opportunity Announces Spring Classes - Free Entrepreneurial Training for Veterans

Prince George's County Orientation on March 8, 2023, Classes begin March 22nd

Montgomery County Orientation on February 27, 2023, Classes begin March 13th

Military Spouse Orientation on March 15, 2023. Classes begin on March 29th

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

Other Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Events:

March 26th: American Legion Jamison-Harrison Post 238, Hughesville

March 27th: Silver Spring Vet Center, Silver Spring

May 11-13: WELCOME HOME! A Nation Honors our Vietnam Veterans and their Families, National Mall, Washington, DC

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.  


News from Community Building Art Works:

More Than One Story - Next Virtual Orientation March 14th!

Our monthly program for Women and Non-Binary Military has begun, but if you are still interested in participating, it's not too late. Interested individuals must attend an upcoming orientation to participate. Visit www.cbaw.org/mtos for more details.

CBAW Loves... A Community Building Art Works Book Club Podcast

Follow us on social media to get more details on how you can join the conversation in March as we read Listening in the Dark: Women Reclaiming the Power of Intuition. - Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Exploring Sumi-e Brush With Watercolor & VCP Presentation on Paid Internship - March 15th  at 7pm EST - Virtual Join Veteran and Artist, Shaun Smith as he incorporates the Japanese art of Sumi-e (Ink Wash Painting) into his watercolor painting practice. Stay after to learn about the Veteran Curation Program's paid internship opportunity in Alexandria, VA. For a full list of materials and to register, please visit www.cbaw.org/events.

Writing ourselves Into Place - Creative Writing Workshop with Maya Marshall - March 16th at 7pm EST Virtual

Join poet, professor, and auther of All the Blood Involved in LoveMaya Marshall, on Thursday, March 16th at 7pm EST for a generative writing workshop in partnership with the Strathmore. In this workshop, participants will delve into the vivid, concrete, specific, sensory details with which they can craft a place. Writing about where they are, have been, and where they wish to be can help birth arresting worlds. Participants will read a poem closely, discuss its practical magic, and get started on writing their own poems in which they bring to life a world rife with character.

This workshop will be recorded and a link will be e-mailed to all ticket holders once the recording is available for viewing.

Visit www.cbaw.org to learn more about Community Building Art Works. For more information, email info@cbaw.org.

Community Calendar

March 11, 2023

Care Coordination and Claims Clinic, Baltimore

Free Yoga Class for Emergency Responders and Military Personnel, Salisbury

March 15, 2023

Maryland Department of Labor Spring Job Fair, Baltimore

VA Wellness Wednesday Financial Education

March 16, 2023

Benefits of Yoga for Arthritis for military and Veterans, Virtual

Maryland's Commitment to Veterans: Military and Veteran Caregivers: Health, Wellbeing and Phenotypes for Suicidal Ideation, Virtual

March 18, 2023

American Legion Community & Veteran Health Fair, Damascus

March 21, 2023

Dog Tag Virtual Open House

March 25, 2023

Gilchrist's 5th Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans

March 26, 2023

American Legion's Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans, Hughesville

March 27, 2023

Vietnam Veterans Celebration, Silver Spring Vet Center, Silver Spring

April 12, 2023

Prince George's County Vet Center Therapeutic Outing to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, RSVP required

April 13, 2023

Golf Fundraiser for Baltimore Station, Baltimore

April 18, 2023

Military Officers & Spouses 2023 Job Fair, Arlington

April 27, 2023

2023 Women Veteran Entrepreneurs of Color Virtual Conference

May 9, 2023

Annapolis Vet Center Community Open House & Resource Fair, Annapolis

May 11-13, 2023

WELCOME HOME! A Nation Honors our Vietnam Veterans and their Families, Washington, DC

May 25 - 29, 2023

The Eyes of Freedom Traveling Exhibit, Hereford High School, Parkton

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