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
Ken Barnum, VA Outreach Social Worker
Office Hours: Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(Staff alternate Mondays)
Melissa Barber, Regional Resource Coordinator,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-725-9971 (V)
Winston Smith, Outreach Specialist, U.S. Vets,
Clayton McGee, Senior Outreach Specialist, U.S. Vets,
Jennifer Watson, Peer Navigator, Serving Together
Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report Page 18
The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) Resource
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:
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
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
Maryland Access Point: 1-844-627-5465
Central Maryland/Eastern Shore: 1-800-463-6295 x 7324
Western Maryland: 304-263-0811 x 3758
Southern Maryland/Montgomery/Prince Georges:
Perry Point: 410-642-2411
Washington, DC: 202-636-7660
Loch Raven: 410-605-7000
Martinsburg, WVA: 304-263-0811
Washington, DC: 202-745-8000
Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report Page 19
Civilian Population 18 years and over
Gulf War II (9/2001 or later) veterans
Vietnam era veterans
World War II veterans
18 to 34 years
55 to 64 years
75 years and older
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.
Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report Page 20
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
(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
2015 - 2016 Y
To provide greater access to health care, we are pleased that the VA Medical Center in D.C., will be establishing a
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
The Commission continues to advocate to increase access in the County to health/mental health care for Veterans. The
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.
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
The Commission advocated with the Office of Public Information to establish a County Cable talk show called
As part of this year’s activities, the Commission worked with Neil Greenberger and Merlyn Reineke of Montgomery
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
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.
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:
The Veterans Education Partnership, which was established by the Commission, increases outreach to the general
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
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
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,
The Commission continually seeks job placement resources for Veterans and their families. It supports Bob Pelletier
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
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
The Commission will continue its satellite meeting program whereby the Commission holds monthly meetings 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
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