19 May 2023 MDVA News and Announcements

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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

News and Announcements  -  May 19, 2023


Memorial Day Observances

MDVA locations around Maryland will serve as host sites for Memorial Day ceremonies.  Volunteer Committees organize the ceremonies.  Below is the list of scheduled events at MDVA locations around the state. The public is invited to attend:


Monday, May 29, 2023

11:00 am:


Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery

11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, MD 20623


Crownsville Veterans Cemetery

(1122 Sunrise Beach Rd, Crownsville, MD 21032


Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery

(11501 Garrison Forest Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117)

*NOTE: Program at Garrison Forest will begin at 10:15 including musical selections and bagpipes.


World War II Memorial

(1920 Ritchie Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

(Middle Branch Park, 2825 S. Hanover Street, Baltimore, MD 21225)


2:00 pm:

Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery

(14205 Pleasant Valley Road, NE, Flintstone, MD 21530) 


Tuesday, May 30, 2023

1:30 pm:


Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery

(6827 East New Market Ellwood Road, Hurlock, MD 21643)

For more information on locations:

MDVA Cemetery and Memorials Program


MDVA is seeking a volunteer organization to plan and coordinate Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies at the Korean War Memorial located on the Baltimore waterfront in Canton.  If you are interested in organizing the program for these ceremonies, please contact: Keith Brown, Superintendent, MDVA Memorials Program – keith.brown@maryland.gov

Women Veterans Recognition Day

Secretary Woods and Governor Moore

MDVA Secretary Anthony Woods and Governor Wes Moore attended the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs 2023 Military Small Business Appreciation Breakfast.  More information on this event may be found in the State Partners section below.

Carroll County Veterans Appreciation Event

The 2nd Annual Veterans Celebration of Carroll County was held on Sunday, May 7th.  Three staff members from MDVA provide assistance to Veterans and their families at the event.  From left to right: David Skisano, MDVA Veteran Benefits Specialist, Deputy Secretary Robert Finn, and Phil Munley, Director, MDVA Service & Benefits Program.

MDVA Website

State Partner News

Governor Moore Bill signing

Governor Moore Signs Largest Military Tax Cut For Younger Veterans In A Generation In Maryland and Legislation Furthering His Commitment To Strengthening Maryland’s Military and Honoring Our Veterans

Governor Wes Moore presided over the Moore-Miller Administration’s sixth bill signing at the Maryland Air National Guard’s 175th Wing in Middle River, signing the largest military tax cut for younger veterans in a generation and highlighting the administration’s commitment to strengthening the military and honoring veterans in Maryland. 

“We need to support our military community because they make our state better—whether they are active duty, reservists, or veterans,” said Gov. Moore. “For Maryland to win this decade, we need to make Maryland the best state in the nation to serve in uniform and the best state in the nation to live after discharge. The bipartisan legislation I signed sets us on that path, and shows our commitment to bettering the lives of our men and women that have sacrificed so much.”

Serving in our Armed Forces is one of the most courageous and selfless decisions a citizen of this country can make and we have a profound responsibility to them and their families when they return home to civilian life,” said Lt. Gov. Miller. “Through this legislation, the Moore-Miller administration is taking an unprecedented effort to help our veterans build their careers and their lives here in Maryland.”

Governor Moore also administered the Maryland National Guard’s Oath of Enlistment to Zion Rawls. Rawls is a Harford County resident who will serve as an aviation resource manager for the Maryland Air National Guard.

Friday, May 12th was Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Governor Moore presented the bill signing’s first pen to Senator Dawn Gile (MD-District 33), whose husband, Army Sergeant Major D.J. Gile, recently retired after serving in the military for 24 years.

Included among Governor Moore’s champion pieces of legislation signed are:

H.B. 554/S.B. 553, Keep Our Heroes Home Act, increases the military retirement income tax exemption for veterans, spouses, or anyone receiving military pensions in Maryland. The exemption will be increased from $5,000 to $12,500 for individuals under the age of 55 and from $15,000 to $20,000 for individuals over the age of 55. 

H.B. 553/S.B. 554: Health Care for Heroes Act of 2023, establishes the Tricare Premium Reimbursement Program within the Maryland Military Department. The program will provide members of the Maryland National Guard who utilize the DoD-provided Tricare Reserve Select health care plan and the Tricare Dental Program up to $60 in reimbursements monthly to cover the costs of premiums. This $60 is enough to cover the full individual costs for health care and dental care.

H.B. 480/S.B. 286: Department of Veterans Affairs - Burial in State Veterans' Cemeteries - Spouses and Dependents, requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to bury the eligible spouse or dependent of a veteran in a State veterans' cemetery without charge.

H.B. 316/S.B. 354: Income Tax Checkoff - Maryland Veterans Trust Fund, establishes a certain income tax checkoff for voluntary contributions to the Maryland Veterans Trust Fund. This legislation also requires the Comptroller to include certain information in each individual income tax return package.

H.B. 1162: Study on the Utilization of the Expedited Licensing Process for Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses, requires the Maryland Department of Labor, in consultation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to conduct a study on the utilization of the expedited licensing process for service members, veterans, and military spouses for certain occupational and professional licenses in the State. This legislation requires the Maryland Department of Labor, in consultation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by June 30, 2024.

H.B. 726/S.B. 231: Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Autism Waiver - Military Families, requires, unless the child's family requests that the child be removed, that a child on the registry for the Autism waiver remain on the registry if the child's family relocates out of the State for military service. If a child on the registry for the Autism waiver becomes eligible for services while the child's family is out of the State for military service, the child shall be eligible for services through the waiver if the family relocates to the State.

A link to the bill signing page can be found here

Photo courtesy of the Executive Office of the Governor.

Governor Moore Joins Veteran Entrepreneurs During 2023 Military Small Business Appreciation Breakfast

Event Honors Contributions of Maryland’s Veteran Community to State’s Economy

Governor Wes Moore delivered the keynote address to more than 100 former and current military personnel during the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs 2023 Military Small Business Appreciation Breakfast. The event, co-hosted by Prince George’s Community College, honored the significant contributions of Maryland’s veteran community to the state’s economy.

Thank you to our veterans and current military personnel for continuing to give back to our state. Thank you for refusing to take the easy road,” said Gov. Moore. “When we provide opportunities to our veterans, they run with them, and make our state better. Today’s event is a celebration of that relentless spirit that says: I will serve, no matter what it takes.”

During the program, Gov. Moore was joined by Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Anthony Woods, Governors’ Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs Chief of Staff Pamela Gregory, and Prince George’s Community College President Felicia D. Jones for the presentation of citations in recognition of service to the veteran community and contributions to Maryland’s economy. The four distinguished veteran recipients are:

  • Tiffany Davis – Washington Accounting Services
  • Dr. James A. Dula – Prince George’s County Veteran Affairs Office
  • Stephen Principie – SMI Environmental, Inc.
  • Arthur Toole – Grenada Nut Company

Maryland is home to the Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise procurement program, which ensures opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses to participate in the state’s contracting arena. Prince George’s County boasts the largest veteran community in Maryland. 

“Prince George's Community College is fortunate to serve our nation's military, veterans, and their families,” said Prince George’s Community College Dean Geoffrey L. Colbert. “Your bravery, sacrifice, and strength do not go unnoticed, and we will forever be indebted to you and your family.”

Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise program certified vendors received $52 million in awards In FY 2022, which represents a 76 percent increase from the previous year. 

Governor Moore

Photo courtesy of the Executive Office of the Governor.

Maryland Department of Aging Opens New Durable Medical Equipment Collection Site in Montgomery County

Maryland Flag Waiving

The Maryland Department of Aging is pleased to announce the opening of a new durable medical equipment (DME) collection site in Montgomery County, making it easier for residents to drop off wheelchairs, walkers, and other medical equipment that would otherwise go to waste. The Shady Grove Transfer Station and Recycling Center, located at 16101 Frederick Road in Derwood, is the eighth landfill in Maryland to house a DME collection container as part of the Maryland DME Re-Use program run by the Department.

“Many of us have medical equipment in our basements, garages or attics that is no longer used, but is too good to throw away,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich at a recent event announcing the new collection site. “This program helps our county’s efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle, while also helping our neighbors.

”The average wheelchair or walker has a usable life span of more than five years. However, this type of equipment is often only used for a few months before being thrown away, taking up valuable landfill space while leaving many without resources to obtain the medical equipment they desperately need. “One of the greatest aspects of this program is that all the equipment is redistributed free of charge to anyone with any disability or at any income level,” said Maryland Department of Aging Secretary Carmel Roques. “We are excited to add Montgomery County to our program so we can continue to provide DME to those in need, while also helping the environment.”  Read More Here

Federal Partner News

Annapolis Vet Center

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs Annapolis Vet Center held an Open House and Resource Fair earlier this month.  MDVA and Maryland's Commitment to Veterans staff provided assistance to Veterans attending the event. Justin Willis from Maryland's Commitment to Veterans is speaking to Veterans in this photo.

Federal News

Post-9/11 Combat Veterans, Don't Miss this Special Health Care Enrollment Period

Compensation: New health assessment for transitioning service members

What the end of the Public Health Emergency means for VA

VA services for pregnant Veterans

Let's talk about suicide prevention resources

Suicide Prevention: How to bring up the tough questions

How could genes affect your mental health?

DOD Announces Implementation of the Brandon Act

Veterans Yoga Project supports recovery through mindful resilience yoga

Live Whole Health#170: Chair yoga for the heart

VA celebrates Older Americans Month

VA Maryland Health Care System 2023 Creative Arts Competition Updates

Silver Spring Vet Center

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

At ServingTogether we provide local veteran resources, information and services to Active Duty service members, Veterans, Family members and Caregiver in the DMV region. We do this through Coordinated care, Community education and our Collaborative. Below you will find some information on all three approaches of care and outreach

Community Resources

ServingTogether, a program of EveryMind, was launched in 2011 to coordinate community-based resources for service members, veterans and their families in the DC region. Our mission is to make it easier for all those who have served in the Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves, and their families to access the local services they need. 

We are affiliated with a larger network of coordinated care, with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) initiative called AmericaServes. We are one of 18 communities throughout the United States serving as a hub of health and human service related providers. The goal is to help reduce down the number of times a veteran or military-connected individual has to get bounced around to different providers or lost in seeking to find the right resource. This also allows us to be connected to a broader community of providers throughout the United States, and refer veterans to the closest provider to their community.

Read more about Service Together's Community Education and Community Collaboration here.

Community Calendar

May 19, 2023

NABVETS Veterans Claims Clinic, Largo

May 20, 2023

Care Coordination & Claims Clinic, Columbia

Discovering Horses Clinic - Barrel Racing & Roping, Monkton

May 21, 2023

Veteran Sunday Golf Club, starting May 21st, Ijamsville

May 23, 2023

7th Annual Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton Memorial Fundraiser, Bel Air

May 24, 2023

Veterans Resource Day, LaPlata

Ft. Meade Community Job Fair, Ft. George G. Meade

May 25, 2023

Maryland's Veteran-Owned Small Business (VSBE) Program, Virtual Webinar

May 25 - 29, 2023

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

May 27, 2023

Memorial Day Program sponsored by Women Veterans United Committee, Inc, CTLDom Group, Inc. and AMVETS, held at Maryland Women's Memorial, Chesapeake House Travel Plaza, near marker 91, North East, Registration

May 28, 2023

Jewish War Veterans Post 692 Memorial Day Program, American Jewish Veterans Memorial, Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, 2:30 PM. The Ukrainian American Veterans Post 26 are special guests, Voices of Vets will provide entertainment, program is free and open to the public.

May 29, 2023

We Remember: A Veteran Poetry Reading on Memorial Day, 2pm (virtual), Registration.

June 2, 2023

Veteran Art Exhibit, Platoon Veteran Service Center, Frederick

June 7, 2023

Silver Spring Vet Center Veterans Claims and Information Resource Fair

June 8, 2023

Small Business Administration Awards Luncheon

2023 Joint Base Andrews Annual Small Business Summit

Veteran Art Workshops, Frederick (additional dates)

June 10, 2023

Women Veterans Recognition & Resource Fair, Largo

Veterans Fair and Car Show, Sparrows Point

June 16, 2023

Veterans Legal Assistance & Training Conference, Baltimore

Annual DAV Golf Outing, APG Ruggles

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