Montgomery County, Maryland Commission on Veterans Affairs Annual Report 2016


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Outreach at Piccard - Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) 

1301 Piccard Drive, Room 1005, Rockville, MD 20850 

VAMC provides outreach services to Veterans at the County's Crisis Center. VAMC Homeless Outreach Staff and are  

available for both drop in and scheduled visits. The VA is available to assist Veterans by making referrals and connecting  

Veterans who are eligible for VA services with the VA healthcare system. Maryland's Commitment to Veterans (MCV) also 

provides staff to be on-site to assist Veterans and their families with coordinating behavioral health services, including mental 

health and substance abuse services - either with the VA or Maryland's Public Health System; facilitate transportation to  

behavioral health appointments; provide information and referrals related to employment, education, housing or VA benefits; 

and provide outreach to educate residents, Veterans and community groups about MCV. 

 

Fatmata Kamara, VA Outreach Social Worker 



E-mail: fatmata.kamara@va.gov, 202-256-9261 (V) 

Ken Barnum, VA Outreach Social Worker 

E-mail: kenneth.barnum@va.gov 

Office Hours: Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

(Staff alternate Mondays) 

 

Melissa Barber, Regional Resource Coordinator,  



Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans 

E-mail: mbarber.mcv@gmail.com, 410-725-9971 (V) 

Winston Smith, Outreach Specialist, U.S. Vets,  

202-734-8298 (V) 

Clayton McGee, Senior Outreach Specialist, U.S. Vets, 

202-573-4961 (V) 



Office Hours: Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Staff 

alternate Thursdays) 

 

 

Jennifer Watson, Peer Navigator, Serving Together 



E-mail: peernavigator@servingtogetherproject.org,  

301-738-7176 (V) 



Office Hours: Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

 

 

Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report  Page 18 



M

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The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) Resource 



Guide for Veterans and their Families is designed to educate  

Veterans and their families, as well as those who serve them, on the 

benefits to which they may be entitled as a result of their military  

service. This comprehensive guide includes Federal, state, county and 

local resources on compensation and pension, benefits for Veterans with 

service-connected disabilities, services for combat Veterans, education, 

scholarships and grants, employment, housing, Maryland Homefront - 

The Veterans and Military Family Mortgage Program, VA home loans, 

homelessness, legal services, State tax exemptions, cemetery benefits, 

healthcare, and assisted living and nursing home care programs.  

 

To view the guide online, please visit:  



http://veterans.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/05/

MDVAResourceGuide.pdf

   

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS 

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs 

Hotlines

Office of the Secretary: 410-260-3838 

The Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 

Service and Benefits Program: 1-800-446-4926 x 6450 

Call Center for Homeless Veterans: 1-877-424-3838 

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home: 301-884-8171 

Call Center for Women Veterans: 1-855-829-6636 

Cemetery and Memorial Program: 410-923-6981 

Vet Center Combat Call Center: 1-877-WAR-VETS 

Outreach and Advocacy Program: 410-260-3842 

VA Coaching Into Care: 1-888-823-7458 

Maryland Veterans Trust: 410-974-2399 

VA Caregiver Support: 1-855-260-3274 

 

Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans: 1-877-770-4801 



United States Department of Veterans Affairs 

Maryland Access Point: 1-844-627-5465 



Healthcare Eligibility and Enrollment: 

 

Central Maryland/Eastern Shore: 1-800-463-6295 x 7324 



Maryland Department of Human Resources: 

Western Maryland: 304-263-0811 x 3758 

1-800-332-6347 

Southern Maryland/Montgomery/Prince Georges: 



Maryland Health Connection: 

202-745-8251 

1-855-642-8572 

Medical Centers: 

 

Baltimore: 410-605-7000 



VA Community Resource and Referral Center 

Perry Point: 410-642-2411 

Washington, DC: 202-636-7660 

Loch Raven: 410-605-7000 

Baltimore: 410-637-3246 

Martinsburg, WVA: 304-263-0811 

 

Washington, DC: 202-745-8000 



 

 

 

Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report  Page 19 



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Veteran Population of Montgomery County, MD - 2015 

Subject 

Veterans 

Total  

Civilian Population 18 years and over 

41,929 (5.3%) 

793,175 


Period of Service 

Veterans 

% of 41,929 

Gulf War II (9/2001 or later) veterans 

9,942 

23.7% 


Gulf War I (8/1990 to 8/2001) veterans 

8,861 


21.1% 

Vietnam era veterans 

13,067 

31.2% 


Korean War veterans 

3,981 


9.5% 

World War II veterans 

3,125 

7.4% 


Gender 

Veterans 

% of 41,929 

Male 


37,255 

88.8% 


Female 

4,674 


11.2% 

Age 

Veterans 

% of 41,929 

18 to 34 years 

4,285 

10.2% 


35 to 54 years 

10,223 


24.4% 

55 to 64 years 

6,306 

15.0% 


65 to 74 years 

9,225 


22.0% 

75 years and older 

11,890 

28.4% 


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015 

Montgomery County, MD Veteran Demographics - By City (2010 - 2014) 

United States Census QuickFacts only includes data for incorporated places with a population of 5,000 or greater. 

Ashton-Sandy Spring 

351 

Aspen Hill 



2,267 

Bethesda 

3,238 

Burtonsville 



306 

Chevy Chase 

510 

Clarksburg 



586 

Damascus 

913 

Darnestown 



279 

Four Corners 

479 

Gaithersburg 



2,793 

Olney 


1,712 

Poolesville 

210 

Potomac 


2,284 

Rockville 

3,047 

Silver Spring 



2,930 

South Kensington 

477 

Takoma Park 



615 

Travilah 

492 

Wheaton 


2,075 

The U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, estimates that there are approximately 41,929 veterans living in Montgomery County, Maryland

According to a 2015 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, 7.6% of Americans self-reported as being 

a veteran.  The Census Bureau defines as veteran as men and women who have served (even for a short time), but are not currently 

serving, on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard, or who served in the U.S. Merchant 

Marine during World War II. People who served in the National Guard or Reserves are classified as veterans only if they were ever 

called or ordered to active duty, not counting the 4 to 6 months for initial training or yearly summer camps. All other civilians are 

classified as nonveterans.  

Germantown 

3,165 


Glenmont 

428 


Kemp Mill 

590 


Poolesville 

210 


Layhill 

259 


Leisure World 

1,611 


Montgomery Village 

1,426 


North Bethesda 

2,553 


North Kensington 

541 


North Potomac 

827 


Source: U.S. Census QuickFacts 2010 - 2014 

 

 

Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report  Page 20 



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Project Number of Veterans in Maryland for 2016: 422,282 

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Colonel Harvey T. Kaplan, U.S. Army (Ret.) Vice President, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) MD, 

reports that in Montgomery County, the number of Uniformed Services retirees from all 7 of our Uniformed Services 

can be estimated from the "yardstick" we have been using for the entire State of Maryland for many years.  It is  

approximately 1/11 of the Veteran population.  If you wish to accept the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs figures, 

then divide your total by 11.  If I had to come up with a good estimate on the spot, I'd say use the figure 3,900 for the 

number of retirees in Montgomery County.  [Kindly note that there is not consensus on the VA figures, which are based 

on algorithm rather that an accurate count at predetermined intervals.]

 

 

There are seven (7) Uniformed Services and that they need to be spelled out in any legislation--to avoid inadvertently 



omitting any group that should be included: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service 

(USPHS Commissioned Corps), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned 

Corps.  The State of Maryland's General Assembly has had to correct such omissions in recent past legislation.  Both the 

USPHS Commissioned Corps and the NOAA Commissioned Corps are headquartered in Montgomery County. 

Captain Dave Peterson, NOAA (Ret), President, Montgomery County Chapter, MOAA, Commissioner, Maryland  

Veterans Commission reports that each year he receives a large listing from MOAA's national headquarters in  

Alexandria, which provides the names of MOAA members living in Montgomery County who are not also chapter 

members.  The 2016 listing has 1837 names of retired officers from the seven uniformed services who live in  

Montgomery County.  To that you can add about 100 members of their chapter, so in round numbers, there are 2000  

retired officers in the County.  The Commission will be contacting the Retired Enlisted Association to determine if they 

have a similar kind of listing, which would at least give a more complete picture of retired service members in our  

county.  



 

 

 



 

 

 

 

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Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report  Page 21 

 

To provide greater access to health care, we are pleased that the VA Medical Center in D.C., will be establishing a  



Community Based Outpatient Clinic in the County in 2017.  After six years of advocating for a Community-Based  

Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), the Commission was proud to participate in the Golden Hammer event marking the build out 

of this clinic. The Commission along with Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett was joined by County, State, and 

Federal officials for the official ceremony to redevelop space for a new County CBOC. The ceremony was held Monday, 

September 19, 2016  at 15810 Gaither Drive in Gaithersburg where the clinic will be located,  It will be the first  

Department of Veterans Affairs community clinic in Montgomery County offering health care services to the more than 

42,000 Veterans living in the area. The newly renovated building space will offer 11,600 square feet with room for  

primary-care and mental-health clinics as well as space for tele-health, patient education, hearing aid fittings and  

specialty care. 

 

The Commission continues to advocate to increase access in the County to health/mental health care for Veterans.  The 



County and its contractors need to encourage Veterans and their families to enroll them in VA Health Benefits.  Recent 

studies indicate that 1 out of 5 Veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan have some type of mental health issue from 

Traumatic Brain Injury to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  

 

There are plans underway for a Mental Health Court and the Commission advocated that a Veterans docket be included. 



The Commission is very interested in providing support/mentoring to incarcerated Veterans and their families.  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.   

 

The Commission advocated with the Office of Public Information to establish a County Cable talk show called  



Homefront. Michael Subin has served as host.  

 

As part of this year’s activities, the Commission worked with Neil Greenberger and Merlyn Reineke of Montgomery  



Community Media to plan the County’s first Salute to Vietnam Veterans which was held on October 24, 2015 at the  

Universities of Shady Grove.  Bob Schieffer, formerly with Face the Nation, was our MC.  Over 800 people attended. 

Five of our living POW’s from the Vietnam War attended.  

 

The Commission advocated with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) to hire a full time Veterans 



Benefits Specialist now located at Montgomery College.  The MDVA Service and Benefits Program provides assistance 

to the men and women who served in the Uniformed Services of the United States, their dependents, and survivors in 

obtaining benefits from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Dept. of Defense, State of Maryland and other programs for 

Veterans and their families.



 

 

 



 

 

 

 

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Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report  Page 22 

The Commission supports the work of Serving Together, which is a collection of local community-based resources for  

Veterans, service members and their families.  Its goal is to provide clear guidance on how to access the care and support  

Veterans need.  This includes support during transition to the civilian world and job placement. Website: 

www.servingtogetherproject.org 

 

The Veterans Education Partnership, which was established by the Commission, increases outreach to the general  



Veteran population regarding programs and services including the Montgomery College Combat to College Program, 

Universities at Shady Grove Veterans Services and the University of Maryland Terp Vets.   

 

Commission continues its fight against Veteran homelessness through its support of Veterans Affairs Supportive  



Housing (VASH) vouchers The Commission supported the Zero 16 Campaign to End Veteran Homelessness.  As part of 

the County’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget, the County Council approved an appropriation in the amount of $500,000 to  

provide housing and supportive services to functionally end Veteran homelessness in the County.  The funding is  

reoccurring every year and is available to Veterans who have received less than an honorable discharge and are therefore 

not eligible for VA programs. The County has received 98 VASH vouchers over the last six years, each worth $13,122 

or $1.1 M per year in housing subsidies. 

 

The Commission supports the importance of the Silver Spring Vet Center.  Operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans  



Affairs, Vet Centers provide free readjustment counseling to combat Veterans and their families to help with the  

transition from military to civilian life.  Counseling can help with issues such as employment assessment, PTSD, sexual 

trauma, substance abuse, and screening and referral for medical issues such as traumatic brain injuries and depression. 

The Silver Spring Vet Center’s telephone number is 301-589-1073 and is located at 2900 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, 

MD 20910. 

 

The Commission continually seeks job placement resources for Veterans and their families.  It supports Bob Pelletier 



and the team at Montgomery Works -Partner of the American Job Center Networks and Tony Cancelosi of Columbia 

Lighthouse for the Blind for their work on Veteran hiring.  The Commission advocated with the County and the Office 

of Human Resources for the employment initiatives for disabled Veterans and Veterans that led to the hiring of 191  

Veterans of which 13 have a disability. 

 

The Commission worked the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) to implement a program called  



Transition Support to Veterans in Montgomery County Business and Networking Group (BANG) –The Military Officers 

Association of America Transition Group for Northern VA and Southern MD is concerned that military service members 

transitioning back into civilian life are unprepared when seeking employment.  The Northern Virginia (NOVA) Chapter 

of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Business and Networking Group (BANG) was created in 

1996.  BANG is a monthly program that provides business and networking assistance.  Each month an employer is  

invited to speak about their company and offers assistance as well as accepting resumes.  In addition BANG sends out a 

weekly e-mail broadcast that provides employment opportunities, Veterans’ updates, and job fair announcements. The 

group is open to non-military job seekers and networkers. The Montgomery County Chapter of the MOAA started 

BANG in Montgomery County and held its first meeting with students at Montgomery College on November 3, 2015. 

The Commission endorsed and supports this project of the Montgomery County MOAA of creating BANG in the  

County. 

 

The Commission will continue its satellite meeting program whereby the Commission holds monthly meetings at  



different locations throughout the County at least once a year.   The Commission’s November 2015 meeting was held at 

Leisure World, which will give Leisure World Veterans and their families an opportunity to directly address the  

Commission and learn more about County and State support. 

 

The Veterans Tribute Concert was held on November 3, 2015 at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza.  Dan 



Bullis, Randy Stone, and Mike Subin were featured speakers and participants enjoyed the music of The 19

th

 Street Band 



as they honored the military service of County Veterans and their families.   

 

 



 

 

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COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS FOR 2015 - 2016 

November, 2015: 

Satellite Meeting at Leisure World 

VA Benefits for You & Your Spouse - Phil M unley, Director, V eterans Service Program,  

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs 

 

December, 2015: 

Introduction to the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc. (MCVET),  

Baltimore, MD - Catherine O’Donovan, Director or Development, M CV ET, and Sandi Dutton,  

President of the Board, MVCET 

 

January, 2016: 

Celebrating Functionally Ending Veteran Homelessness - The Honorable George Leventhal,  

Councilmember, Montgomery County Council 

Serving Veterans in the Court System - M ichael Subin, Esq., Special A ssistant to County  

Executive, and Robert Green, Director of Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR) 

 

February, 2016: 

Veterans Choice Program - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Jereme W hiteman, Chief of Business 

Office, DC VA Medical Center 

Joining Forces Project, Maryland Legal Aid - Swapna Yeluri 

 

March, 2016: 

Incarcerated Veterans Pre-Release and Reentry Services - Gale Starkey, Deputy W arden, Inmate  

Services, Detention Services Division (MCDOCR), and Shawn Huntley, Vice President of Community Services, 

WorkSource Montgomery 

 

April, 2016: 

Operation Second Change - Cindy M cGrew, President and Founder 

 

Serving Veterans in the Mental Health Court - R aymond Crowel, Psy.D., Chief, Behavioral Health and 

Crisis Services, Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services 

 

May, 2016: 

Planning for Community Outreach to Veterans - Ohene Gyapong, Deputy Director, M ontgomery  

County Office of Public Information  

 

MyVA Communities and Capital Network Community Engagement Board - Chakakhon Lea, M S,  

FAC-PM, Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Experience Office, North Atlantic District 

 

June, 2016: 

Team River Runner (TRR) Joe Mornini, Executive Director and Co-Founder; Alex Nielson, Veteran and 

TRR Participant 

 

September, 2016 

Annual Strategic Planning Meeting Held offsite at American Legion Post 41, Silver Spring, MD 

 

October, 2016 

 

Overview of Department of Defense (DoD) Suicide Prevention Efforts Jackie Garrick, Department of 

Defense 

Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report  Page 23 

 

 

 



Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report  Page 24 

Isiah Leggett, County Executive 

Uma S. Ahluwalia, Director 

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services 

Commission on Veterans Affairs 

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Rockville, Maryland  20850 

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For additional information on the Commission, please call the telephone numbers or write to the 

address listed above or e-mail via the contact information listed below. 



Montgomery County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in  

employment or in the admission or access to its programs or services. 

2015 - 2016 Annual Report Prepared By: 

Betsy Luecking, Community Outreach Manager 

betsy.luecking@montgomerycountymd.gov

 

Carly Clem, Administrative Specialist I 



carly.clem@montgomerycountymd.gov 

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS 

The County Executive can be reached at: 

 

Executive Office Building 



101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor 

Rockville, MD 20850 

240-777-0311 (V) 

240-773-3556 (TTY) 

ocemail@montgomerycountymd.gov

   


The County Council can be reached at: 

 

Stella B. Werner Council Office Building 



100 Maryland Avenue 

Rockville, MD 20850 

240-777-7900 (V) 

240-777-7914 (TTY) 

240-777-7888 (FAX) 

county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov 



County Executive 

Isiah Leggett 

Montgomery County Council 

Seated, left to right: Sidney Katz, Craig Rice, Hans Riemer and George Leventhal.  

Standing: Marc Elrich, Roger Berliner, Nancy Floreen, Nancy Navarro and Tom Hucker.   

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