In 2016, Montgomery County was awarded with 12 more HUD-VASH vouchers bringing the total since 2010 to 98
The Washington, DC VAMC has a full-time homeless outreach clinical social worker, Fatmata Kamara, who works
identifies as a Veteran, Fatmata meets with the person to determine if they are eligible for assistance (right type of
discharge, enough time in service, etc.).
If they are eligible she completes a SPDAT which is a county wide rating survey of living conditions, mental health
assigned. When vouchers become available, the most critical/vulnerable, highest scoring Veteran is assigned the
voucher. The VAMC homeless outreach team meets weekly and if a county has an open voucher, all chronically
homeless Veterans SPDATs are reviewed and that group determines who will receive the open voucher.
The program is designed to identify ‘chronically homeless’ Veterans which are those who have been homeless for at
designed to house someone who lives with parents, lives with friends or bounces around between friends. It is for
Veterans who have identified as chronically homeless based on the nationwide definition of chronic homelessness.
HUD-VASH Vouchers Awarded to Housing Opportunities Commission (2010 - 2016)
Montgomery College Television (MCTV)
video documentary Honor and Gratitude:
Chronicles of Montgomery County Vietnam
Veterans on March 23, 2016, in the Cultural
Arts Center on the College’s Takoma Park/
Silver Spring Campus.
The documentary was produced by Emmy-
(MCTV) and Barbara Grunbaum (County
Cable Montgomery). The 70-minute film tells
the stories of seven military Veterans from
Montgomery County, including a
prisoner of war, who served in Vietnam.
Three of the Veterans featured are
Montgomery College alumni. “The
documentary features the narratives of a
prisoner of war, a nurse, a Marine, two infantrymen, an air cavalryman and a boat operator. Some were drafted; some
enlisted,” said Ms. Grunbaum. “Taken together, their stories paint a picture of this controversial war’s impact on those
who fought on the front lines, as well as what they faced when they returned home.” Following the documentary, there
was a panel discussion, and question and answer session, featuring Vietnam Veterans.
The film continues the Montgomery College tradition of recognizing Veterans - embodied today by their longstanding
program fosters a welcoming environment for Veterans and service members who are transitioning into college, while
adapting the skills they developed from military training and combat experience.
To watch the full documentary, please visit
From left to right: Steve Campanella, Bill Gray, Jane McCarthy, Mike Walsh, Wayne Miller
Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr., joined the Navy as an aviator while
attending college in California. He was part of a bombing mission
over North Vietnam sent in retaliation after a reported North
Vietnamese attack a day earlier on two U.S. destroyers. The attack
became known as the Gulf of Tonkin incident and led to the start of
significant escalation of U.S. military action in Vietnam. Commander
Alvarez was the first American aviator shot down over Vietnam and
held prisoner for 8 1/2 years at the Hanoi Hilton.
Commander Alvarez and his wife Tammy have made Rockville, MD
our community. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Alvarez &
Associates, LLC. They have two sons Marc and Bryan. Marc is an
attorney and Vice-President of Alvarez & Associates. Bryan is a
physician and Commander in the U.S. Navy and completed two tours
in Iraq. Commander Alvarez and wife Tammy have two
grandchildren. He and his wife serve on the committee of the Green
Road Project of Walter Reed Institute for Integrative Health that
provides a natural healing environment for injured service members
and their families. Green Road Project:
The President General, of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), asked that chapters
host an activity on March 29, 2016, along with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to mark the end of Vietnam
engagement (in country). Montgomery County Daughters of the American (DAR) chapters hosted a wreath laying
ceremony at the new Fallen Heroes Memorial, which was dedicated in November 2014, at the Judicial Center Annex in
Two members of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
Chapter 641 in Silver Spring lay a wreath.
Dale Boggs, DAR, gives remarks at the
From left to right: Ken Reichard, Wayne Miller, Conrad A. Bousquet, Larry Gray, Jane McCarthy,
Bill Bennett, Bill Highland, Steve Campanella, Bill Gray, Stanley Miller, Roland Kauffman
Commission on Veterans Affairs 2014 Annual Report Page 13
The Commission on Veterans Affairs and Commission on People with Disabilities worked with the County’s Office of
Human Resources (OHR) to establish employment initiatives which include hiring preferences for veteran, veteran with
a disability, and person with a disability and a non-competitive hiring process for persons with disabilities, which was
passed into law by Montgomery County voters in 2012.
Karen Hochberg, OHR, has reported that since the hiring preferences and non-competitive hiring process were
regarding the employment of people with disabilities and Veterans.
Jonathan Pruziner served in Iraq and Afghanistan and came home to
Become hired as a police officer with the Montgomery County Police
August 30, 2016
Commission on Veterans Affairs 2014 Annual Report Page 14
Commission on Veterans Affairs Budget Priorities FY18
Traumatic Stress, and other mental health disorders are a significant contributor to sexual assault numbers in the
military, as well as in the community at large. On the other end of the spectrum, substance abuse, PTS, and other
mental health disorders are significant contributors to the relatively high suicide rates being experienced by
Veterans. Consequently, the Commission supports the development and implementation of a Sexual Assault
Response Team (SART) and for public outreach to educate and reach Veterans and the community at large about
sexual assault, suicide and a Firearm Safety Initiative to ensure proper firearms storage in the home and
elsewhere. Concurrently, the Commission recommends that the STEER and Sequential Intercept Model be used
in the new Mental Health Court, but it can also functional independently, be used to identify Veterans and refer
them to needed services. The goal of the Deflection Model project is to deflect low-risk individuals with
substance use disorders (SUDs) away from the criminal justice system and directly into community-based
treatment. This deflection model presents an evidence-based approach to providing individuals treatment for
substance use and will have many benefits not only for the affected individuals, but also for their families and our
communities, as well as Montgomery County's overburdened expensive criminal justice system. The County is
moving forward with an initial smaller scale implementation that will be funded for 12 months. To ensure that all
Veterans receive this model, and because it is anticipated that this model will be expensive and far beyond
available resources the Commission recommends to fund $250,000 to provide 2 staff positions to support this
effort specifically to serve Veterans that have a diagnosis of substance abuse and /or mental illness/Post Traumatic
2. Continue County funding for Ending Homelessness for Veterans - $500,000 per year to be able to serve those
who do not qualify for Veteran Administration Supported Housing (VASH) vouchers.
Commission on Veterans Affairs 2014 Annual Report Page 15
BOARDS, COMMITTEES, AND COMMISSIONS (BCCS)
BCC Members and Staff who Plan to Attend (Please indicate if Chair or Vice Chair ):
Dan Bullis, Chair; Randy Stone, Vice-Chair
Issue to be Addressed by the County Executive: (Optional)
CVA will address the need to promote the CVA’s purpose: to advocate for the more than 44,000 Montgomery
County veterans and their families. The CVA stands ready to recognize our County veterans and their families for
their service and provide them with information about available assistance and resources. We also stand ready to
help our fellow Boards, Committees and Commissions (BCC) as they interact with County veterans and give our
fellow BCC guidance about how best to support our County veterans and their families.
CVA seeks to increase access in the County to health and mental health care for veterans. The County and its
contractors need to encourage veterans and their families to enroll in the VA health care system. One option is to
post information on County Ride On buses as to how to enroll. CVA further supports efforts to create a veterans
treatment docket within the mental health or behavioral health court to guide veterans in the criminal justice
system to more successful, long-term solutions.
Question to be Addressed by the County Executive: (Optional)
Question #1: What is the status of the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Montgomery County?
Question #2: How will the County commemorate the 50
anniversary of the end of Vietnam?
Commission on Veterans Affairs 2014 Annual Report Page 16
Readjustment Counseling Services
After war, some veterans experience psychological and social
distress and difficulties in readjusting to civilian life. In 1979, the
Department of Veterans Affairs established Vet Centers to assist
Vietnam-era veterans with such problems. Congress later expanded
Vet Center services to include combat veterans of other conflicts.
These services are available at Vet Centers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico,
the US Virgin Islands and Guam.
Marital and family counseling
VA benefits assistance and referral
Substance abuse counseling and referrals
Primary health care for basic medical needs
Pre-employment assistance and employment counseling
Discharge upgrade information
Community, social service and medical referrals
Sexual trauma / harassment counseling (veterans of all eras)
The Vet Center also has a network of federal, state, city and community
you bring to us.
At the Vet Center, you can expect help from professional counselors
counselors are also war veterans, so they understand your problems
first hand, and have the training and skills to help solve them.
There is no charge for the assistance you receive at the Vet Center
applying for assistance are asked to bring a copy of their Military
Separation or Military Discharge (DD214) with them. As of September
2016 VA Vet Centers are now able to provide readjustment counseling
to Veterans with dishonorable discharges.
War Zone Veterans - All Eras Including:
Three eligible categories
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
(7 Dec 1941 to 8 Nov 1945)
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
(7 Dec 1941 to 2 Mar 1946)
American Campaign Medal
American Merchant Marines in
7 Dec 1941 to 15 August 1945
27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954
(eligible for the Korean Service Medal)
28 Feb 1961 to 1 May 1975
25 Aug 1982 to 26 Feb 1984
23 Oct 1983 to 21 Nov 1983
20 Dec 1989 to 31 Jan 1990
2 Aug 1990 to -
17 Sept 1992 to -
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Albania
(former Yugoslavia operations)
Global War on Terrorism/OIF/OEF/OND
11 Sept 2001 -
Location and Hours of Operation
2900 Linden Lane, Suite 100
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Second Saturday every month: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1-800-273-8255 (Toll Free)
Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report Page 17
Jennifer Watson, Peer Navigator
1-855-738-7176 (Toll Free)
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
military, Veterans and their families through a sometimes complicated and fragmented system of resources and information.
They also work to connect the Montgomery County community with Veteran events. You can check out the calendar and
more on their website. You can send calendar events to Julie Riggs, Program Director at
Together also has a weekly newsletter that goes out every Friday morning that includes all the posts they have shared
throughout the week. Interested parties can sign up online.
Montgomery College Service Center
David Coxe, Veterans Benefits Specialist
51 Mannakee Street, Counseling & Advising Building, Room CB 103
Coxe will be at WorkSource Montgomery (11002 Veirs Mill Road, 1st Floor, Wheaton, MD 20902) the 1st and 3rd Friday of
each month from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. He will be at the Silver Spring Vet Center (2900 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD
20910) the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Phil Munley, Director of Program Services
410-230-4444 x 6457 (V)
of the United States, their dependents, and survivors in obtaining benefits from the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, State of Maryland and other programs for Veterans and their families.