Harford County Commission on Veterans' Affairs

Harford County Commission on Veterans' Affairs Phone: 410-638-4109, Ext. 1865 [email protected] The Commission assists veterans and families in Harford County.
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Members: Robert Brown, Chairperson; Hayden Anthony, Johnny Boker, Lisa Brown, James Castelli, Arthur Kaff, Scott Kearby, Larry Kimble, William Montgomery, Mary Moses, Larry Owens, and Pamela Silcox. James McMahan, County Council. Ex-officio members: William Elliot (educator or educational administrator representative), Henry Suchting (business representative) The duties of the Commission are: To research, assemble, analyze and disseminate information and educational materials relating to activities and programs that will assist in meeting the needs of all veterans and their families; To institute and conduct educational and other programs, meetings and conferences to promote the rights and opportunities for veterans; To advise the County Executive and County Council on the status of programs and services in the state and County related to the needs of veterans and their families; To assist in planning appropriate public acknowledgement of the contributions made by veterans and assist in planning commemoration activities recognizing the contributions made by veterans. The Commission does not engage in advocacy activities at the state or federal level unless approved by the County Executive.

Mission: The Commission on Veterans' Affairs assists all veterans and their families in Harford County

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
05/16/2020

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Today we pay tribute to all active duty service members for their patriotic service & sacrifice to our nation. #ArmedForcesDay

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)'
05/15/2020

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)'

đź“Ł Mid-week #MentalHealth Check-in! Take a minute to check in with yourself and drop a heart in the comments. Remember that we're here for you any time, day or night, every day of the year at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Let us help you through. #YouMatter #MentalHealthMonth

U.S. Army Materiel Command
05/08/2020

U.S. Army Materiel Command

#OnThisDayInHistory today is the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, or Victory in Europe Day. After five and half years the military forces of Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allies.

Five former AMC commanders served in the European Theater of Operations during the war. GEN Frank Besson, Jr. served as chief as the Third Military Railway, ensuring lend-lease items reached the United States’ allies in the Soviet Union. GEN Ferdinand Chesarek and LTG George Sammet, Jr. both commanded artillery battalions. GEN John Deane commanded an infantry battalion and GEN Donald R. Keith was an enlisted infantryman in Europe, later attaining a commission at West Point.

Although AMC in its current form did not exist during World War II, the technical services such as the Transportation and Ordnance Corps, which would eventually combine to become AMC, were instrumental in the Allies victory.

05/08/2020
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

No one supports our service members more than their loved ones. On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we honor the #milspouses who unconditionally stand by our airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines. Thank you for your support!

05/08/2020
U.S. Army Chief of Staff

U.S. Army Chief of Staff

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. We want to thank all Military Spouses for what they do for our Soldiers and our nation.

05/07/2020

There will not be a monthly meeting of the Harford County Commission on Veterans' Affairs on Thursday, May 7.

American Legion Post 39 - Bel Air, MD
04/30/2020

American Legion Post 39 - Bel Air, MD

Our annual Memorial Day Ceremony has been canceled this year. Please help pass the word.

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
04/29/2020

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

The MDVA website, veterans.maryland.gov, is getting a facelift! Links are being tested, service era specific information is being posted, and quick reference guides to VA benefits are now available. See what you can find that's new and let us know! Maryland.Gov Maryland's Commitment to Veterans VA Maryland Health Care System

VA Maryland Health Care System
04/17/2020

VA Maryland Health Care System

The Nurse Managers and Chief Nurses at the Perry Point VA Medical Center gathered to greet staff as they arrived at work this morning. They cheered and held up posters expressing appreciation for their enduring dedication to taking care of Veterans.

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
04/16/2020

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

If you are encountering problems making timely mortgage payments, contact your loan servicer as soon as possible. For assistance with your forbearance request, late charge waivers, credit and VA reporting review VA Home Loan Program’s coronavirus update:https://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/documents/circulars/26_20_8.pdf
#FinancialLiteracyMonth

VA Maryland Health Care System
04/16/2020

VA Maryland Health Care System

Thank you to the volunteers who have stepped up. Pictured below on the left: A group of employees from Harford Community have mobilized to make masks for distribution to VA Maryland Health Care System. Pictured are the first 51 to be delivered thanks to Pat Koermer who sewed them and others who helped cut them out. In the photo with the blue mask in the center: Thanks to a bright and talented 14-year old named Katie, who answered our call, we now have additional masks.

The Handmade Masks for Heroes Project as a way for local community members to support Maryland’s Veterans and VA employees. If you have friends or family members who can sew and might be interested in supporting the Handmade Masks for Heroes Project.

All donations as part of the Handmade Masks for Heroes Project should be coordinated with Voluntary Service by calling 410-642-1136 or sending an e-mail to [email protected].

Thank you to everyone who is stepping up to help!

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
04/14/2020

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

04/10/2020

Today, Wounded Warrior Project will be accepting applications for one-time-only COVID-19 relief grant payments of $1,000 to be paid directly to 10,000 eligible warriors who find themselves in urgent and significant need.

Only Warriors who meet all of the following criteria will qualify for consideration:

Confirmed registration with WWP on or before April 8, 2020.
Have themselves suffered a loss of personal employment/work income or are dependent on someone in their household who has suffered a loss of employment/work income due to COVID-19.
Are currently unable to pay for their rent/mortgage, utilities, or food due to the loss of income resulting from COVID-19.
The application process opens today, Thursday, April 9 at 12 pm ET. Grants will be paid to those who meet the criteria, as they come in, until funds are gone.

HOW TO APPLY:
You will receive a separate email from email at

[email protected]

with a link to a grant application.

The Veterans Benefits Fair scheduled for April 30, Havre de Grace American Legion has been cancelled.
04/08/2020

The Veterans Benefits Fair scheduled for April 30, Havre de Grace American Legion has been cancelled.

Save the Date:

Veterans Benefits Fair

VA employees on site to help with benefits, claims and healthcare!

Thursday April 30th, 2020
10am-2pm
Havre de Grace American Legion
501 St John St, Havre De Grace, MD 21078

Point of Contact: Jon Dansicker

[email protected]

Aberdeen Proving Ground
04/05/2020

Aberdeen Proving Ground

Today we honor our Gold Star Spouses. Your sacrifices are not forgotten, your APG family is always here to offer comfort and solidarity.

Gold Star Spouses’ Day remembers surviving military spouses and honors the legacy of their husbands and wives who died while serving the nation. The nation observes Gold Star Spouses’ Day on April 5 each year.

Harford County Government
04/03/2020

Harford County Government

County Executive Barry Glassman has issued the following weekly update on COVID-19 in Harford County; New COVID-19 Webpage

BEL AIR, Md., (April 3, 2020) – County Executive Barry Glassman has issued the following weekly update on COVID-19 in Harford County.

“As expected, COVID-19 continues to impact our community. Public health officials have reported a total of 41 positive cases among Harford County residents as of this morning. This compares to 19 cases at this time a week ago.

Harford County cases range from people in their 20s to their 60s and beyond. The vast majority are isolating at home, and some have been released from isolation. Nonetheless, public health officials believe the peak in cases is at least two weeks away if not longer, and cases across Maryland have been doubling every three days since mid-March. Sadly, 42 have died.

New guidance on exposure risk

At the federal level, the CDC on Monday issued guidance that changed the period of exposure risk from the “onset of symptoms” to 48 hours before the onset. In other words, the virus can be spread by someone before they even know they’re sick. This underscores why we must continue to act as if everyone could be infected and practice social distancing and precautions such as handwashing for at least 20 seconds. If taken seriously, these actions will slow the spread and avoid overwhelming our healthcare system, and they will save lives.

My administration is working daily with the Harford County Health Department and other partners to prepare for a surge in local demand for healthcare system capacity, including ICU beds, ventilators and alternative care sites, and for personal protective equipment (PPE).

Stay-at-home orders

As you are no doubt aware, Gov. Hogan issued stay-at-home orders and interpretive guidance this week for all Marylanders. We know that the vast majority of COVID-19 cases recover, but we must work together to protect individuals of all ages with underlying health conditions and those over 60, who are our most vulnerable populations. I continue to monitor our nursing homes and other senior facilities, and I am working closely with our health department to provide the latest guidance and assist them with preparations.

Testing

The Maryland Department of Health this week announced COVID-19 test sites at Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) locations including Bel Air. The site will be operated by University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, in partnership with the Harford County Health Department. Remember that to be tested, you must meet certain criteria, receive an order from a healthcare provider and make an appointment.

Keeping up with the news

To help you navigate the news on COVID-19, some of which has been changing daily, we have a new webpage that brings together information about the virus in Harford County. This includes the governor’s directives and interpretations, previously announced adjustments to county government procedures, the latest public health information, resources for businesses, employees and seniors, unemployment information, food assistance, support for recovery and mental wellness, and how you can help. Mark this page where you will also find an archive of my weekly updates https://www.harfordcountymd.gov/2823/COVID-19-Resources.

My administration is also here to answer your questions about COVID-19. Contact us at [email protected] or 410-638-3420 and we will connect you with accurate information to keep you and your family safe.

What you can do

Continue disinfecting surfaces to fight COVID-19, but our Water & Sewer Division asks that you avoid flushing disposable wipes and paper towels down the toilet. These items raise the risk of sewer main backups and sewage overflows. Please place them in the trash.

Now more than ever it’s also important to answer the 2020 Census. The census determines how billions of dollars in federal funding will be spent and helps inform emergency and public health planning, such as how many vaccines to send to an area. It only takes a few minutes to go to www.my2020Census.gov and make sure everyone counts in Harford County.

In closing, I want to recognize those who are working through this crisis - the first responders, healthcare workers and essential employees in county government and the private sector who are on the front lines. Thanks and be safe.”

http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/1736

04/02/2020
Aberdeen Proving Ground

Aberdeen Proving Ground

Team APG,

Below please find COVID-19 announcements and updates for Thursday, 2 April. The APG and Adelphi HPCON levels remain at CHARLIE.

Installation Access: Beginning tomorrow, Friday, 3 April, only the following people may enter the installation:

-Retirees and dependents
-Active-duty military and dependents
-Army Reserve and National Guard members on official orders who reside off-post
-Residents: those identified on a lease with Corvias or FMWR Rec Lodging
-Essential services providers: AAFES, Commissary, and custodial teams already identified
-DOD ID card holders (Benefits Card) and Gold Star Families
-DOD civilians and contractors entered in the Automated Installation Entry (AIE) system
-Non-DOD contractors for extended-use lease and construction sites
-IHG customers

Non-residents and off-post medical care providers who offer essential care to APG residents must be sure to declare themselves to security guards at the gate and give their reason for entering. Residents should carry a copy of their lease or bill in case they do not show up in AIE. Have your appointment slip or email with you if you have an appointment at the Kirk Army Health Clinic or CAC office. The key and essential list applies to those who have access to APG only for work purposes. Essential delivery and service operations will continue and be managed separately from the above categories. All others must stay home to comply with Governor Hogan’s stay-at-home declaration.

You may be asked questions when trying to enter APG, so simply declare yourself, your status, and why you are coming on post. Please remain courteous and professional to our DES teammates who keep our installation safe. To watch a video message from the Garrison commander explaining these changes, please visit https://www.facebook.com/238070186283/videos/1998111070323448/.

APG Police: APG Police are no longer taking face-to-face reports. To file a police report, please call the dispatch office at 410-306-0509. All reports will be done telephonically. If an officer needs to respond to a location, he or she will ensure proper social distancing. Additionally, officers are still conducting traffic stops for violations. All APG traffic laws remain in effect. To request a police report, email [email protected]. They will send you a formal request form.

VPN: Now that we have increased the VPN bandwidth and connections have been completed and stable for several days, please use the VPN as much as possible. This will help us ensure that all computers are being properly scanned and updated for security purposes.

Mental Health: During this time of increased stress and uncertainty, it’s important to find time to relax and recharge. Increased anxiety can lead to lowered immunity. The apps below can help increase relaxation and sleep and are free from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

-Breathe2Relax teaches the skill of using your own breathing process to slow down for a few minutes, giving yourself time to regroup.
-DreamEZ uses visualization to focus thoughts on a singular process or point in time, which aids in "turning your brain down" so you can get to sleep.

Additionally, it’s important to check in with ourselves and our family support systems. Attached are some resources to self-evaluate as leaders and to find ways to talk to children and teens about the coronavirus.

For COVID-19 resources and information, please visit https://www.army.mil/coronavirus/. You can also call the Army's 24-7 COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-984-8523, overseas DSN 312-421-3700.

Follow the APG page for COVID-19 announcements and update videos at https://www.facebook.com/APGMd/.

To quote AMC Commander GEN Perna, “Your impact is not measured by your proximity to the fight,” whether that's combat operations or killing the virus. Thank you for all you do - you are making a difference!

Sincerely,

MG Kilgo

04/01/2020
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

LIVE: #USNSComfort arrives in New York City as part of the DOD’s whole-of-government support in the fight against #COVID19.

Aberdeen Proving Ground
04/01/2020

Aberdeen Proving Ground

Today is the last day of #WomensHistoryMonth. More than 174,000 women serve in the Total Force today. Tag a female #soldier or #veteran that you'd like to thank for their service. 🙋‍♀️👇 #WomensHistoryMonth #ServeWithHonor

U.S. Army
03/31/2020

U.S. Army

More than 14,000 retired Soldiers have already shown interest in returning to active duty after the Army recently reached out to over 800,000 of them to assist in the #COVID19 pandemic response.

The Army is currently looking for the following medical specialties:

-Critical care officers, 60F
-Anesthesiologist, 60N
-Nurse anesthetist, 66F
-Critical care nurse, 66S
-Nurse practitioner, 66P
-Emergency room nurse, 66T
-Respiratory specialist, 68V
-Medic, 68W

Learn more: https://t.co/RP5ob9vlTs

#KillTheVirus

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Bel Air, MD
21014

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Commission on Veterans’ Affairs c/o Councilman James McMahan 212 S. Bond Street Bel Air, Maryland 21014 Members: Eight appointed members who are veterans: Hayden Anthony, Robert Appleby, Robert Brown (Chairperson), Lisa Brown, Arthur Kaff, Scott Kearby, William Montgomery, Pamela Silcox. Four members representing the general public: Jennifer Button, Dennis Miller, Denise Perry, Victor Petrosino. Member appointed by County Council: Councilman Andre Johnson. Ex Officio members: A county citizen who is an educator or educational administrator, recommended by Harford Community College: Janice Cassady. A county citizen who owns or operates a local business or is an employee of a local business, recommended by the Harford County Chamber of Commerce: Michael Sean Ray. This Facebook site is a limited public forum for matters related to Harford County Government issues, programs and services. We welcome your comments and questions. You may also contact us at [email protected] or 410-638-3420. To view our social media comments policy, please visit http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/2674/Social-Media-Comments-Policy

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The members of the Harford County Commission on Veterans’ Affairs are as follows:

Eight appointed members who are veterans: Hayden Anthony, Robert Appleby, Robert Brown (Chairperson), Lisa Brown, Arthur Kaff, Scott Kearby, William Montgomery, Pamela Silcox.

Four members representing the general public: Jennifer Button, Dennis Miller, Denise Perry, Victor Petrosino.

Member appointed by County Council: Councilman Andre Johnson.

Ex Officio members: A county citizen who is an educator or educational administrator, recommended by Harford Community College: Janice Cassady.

A county citizen who owns or operates a local business or is an employee of a local business, recommended by the Harford County Chamber of Commerce: Michael Sean Ray. The duties of the Commission are: To research, assemble, analyze and disseminate information and educational materials relating to activities and programs that will assist in meeting the needs of all veterans and their families; To institute and conduct educational and other programs, meetings and conferences to promote the rights and opportunities for veterans; To advise the County Executive and County Council on the status of programs and services in the state and County related to the needs of veterans and their families; To assist in planning appropriate public acknowledgement of the contributions made by veterans and assist in planning commemoration activities recognizing the contributions made by veterans. The Commission does not engage in advocacy activities at the state or federal level unless approved by the County Executive.


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