Marek Posard - Resigned
Betsy Luecking, Community Outreach Manager
Carly Clem, Administrative Specialist I
Austin Morris, Office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen
Henry Bockman, Veteran
James Campbell, Military Officers Association of America
Octavia Dixon, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Ron Drach, Veteran
Elizabeth (Jane) McCarthy, American Legion
Wayne Miller, Disabled American Veterans
Randy Stone, American Legion
Michael L. Subin, Office of the County Executive
Joanna L. Starling, Montgomery College
Vacancy - Department of Health & Human Services
Vacancy - Department of Economic Development
November 1, 2016
The Honorable Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive
The Honorable Nancy Floreen, President, Montgomery County Council
Uma S. Ahluwalia, Director, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
The Commission on Veterans Affairs is pleased to present a summary of its activities for the past year. We continue
County. Under your leadership and with your support, the Commission is mandated to research, assemble, analyze and
disseminate information that will assist in meeting the needs of Veterans and their families.
Since 2009, the Commission had been advocating along with Congressman Van Hollen’s and Senator Ben Cardin’s
office to have the Veterans Administration (VA) open a VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in the County. On
September 19, 2016 we were pleased to be part of a “Golden Hammer” event put on by the District of Columbia VA Medical
Center to mark the beginning of the build out of this clinic to be located at 15810 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD. At this time
we pay tribute in memory of Gregory Hamilton, Navy, Vietnam Veteran, who met with County Executive Isiah Leggett
about 10 years ago and requested that he establish a Commission on Veterans Affairs to work on establishing a CBOC.
Veterans so that our community works together to honor and provide the best services possible to Veterans and their families.
We have established a close relationship with Serving Together which is a resource and referral source for Veterans and their
families. The Office of Human Resource’s merit hiring initiatives has led to as of October 20, 2016 the hiring of 191
Veterans, including 13 who have a disability.
housings with the Zero:16 campaign. We are working to increase outreach to the general Veteran population regarding
programs, services and enrollment in VA Health Benefits. We are supporting Veterans through our Veterans Education
Partnership which includes Montgomery College Combat to College, Universities at Shady Grove and the University of
Maryland Terp Vets.
agency staff who participate in our meetings for their commitment and dedication. We would like to acknowledge DHHS
Director Uma Ahluwalia for her role in meeting with the Boards, Commissions and Committees to keep us informed of
important health and human services issues, Dr. Jay Kenney, Chief, Aging and Disability Services, Betsy Tolbert Luecking,
Community Outreach Manager, and Carly Clem, Administrative Specialist, for their outstanding support in providing the
Commission with the resources needed to carry out our mission. This report is the result of our combined efforts.
It has been a pleasure to work with you and members of the Commission during our term of service. We are
open to the public, and we invite you to join us for any meeting.
Randy Stone, Vice-Chairman
Press Release - September 16, 2016
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will be joined by County, State, and Federal officials for the official
ceremony to redevelop space for a new County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The ceremony will be held
Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at 15810 Gaither Drive in Gaithersburg.
It will be the first Department of Veterans Affairs community clinic in Montgomery County offering health care services
The newly renovated building space will offer 11,600 square feet with room for primary-care and mental-health clinics as
Expanding health care access to Veterans in Maryland is a high priority for the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical
The CBOC is scheduled to open in December 2017 and will be a welcomed addition for Veterans in the community. The
Washington DC VAMC ● Montgomery County CBOC Construction Kickoff
10:30 Welcome - Captain Michael Subin, USN, Retired, Master of Ceremony
10:35 Opening Remarks - Mr. Brian A. Hawkins, Medical Center Director
10:40 The Honorable Benjamin Cardin, Senator
10:45 The Honorable Christopher Van Hollen, Jr., Congressman
10:55 The Honorable John Sarbanes, Congressman
11:00 Mr. Joseph A. Williams, Jr., Network Director, VISN 5
11:05 Mr. George W. Owings III, Secretary of Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
Mr. Dan Bullis, Chairman, Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs
From left to right: Dan Bullis, Chairman, Commission on Veterans Affairs; Joe Williams, VISN 5 Network Director; Brian
There are 42,000 Veterans living in the County and only an estimated 8,000 are enrolled in the VA Healthcare system.
Veterans to enroll now. The very first step in obtaining access to your VA Health Benefits is to apply for enrollment.
Effective immediately, Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, can complete
applications for enrollment in VA health care by telephone without the need for a signed paper application. All other
Veterans may apply by phone starting July 5, 2016.
When Veterans choose to enroll, VA offers an enhancement to their enrollment experience through “Welcome to
upon enrollment, providing assistance with health care inquiries and assisting with their initial appointment at their preferred
VA healthcare facility. In addition, VA sends each new enrollee an introductory letter and personalized Veterans Health
Benefits Handbook in the mail.
For more information about the Veterans Health Benefits Handbook, visit
The telephone application option is a more convenient
way to apply for enrollment, and eliminates the need for
a signed paper application.
VA staff members will collect the needed information
To apply, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Mon-Fri
Fill out the application online and electronically submit it to
VA for processing. No need for additional documents to
verify military service. If you were recently discharged, we
will get your military information for you.
To complete the healthcare application, visit
your application online.
You will immediately receive a confirmation message
A signature is not required for online registration.
For more information about the application process,
process, if you do not agree with the enrollment
Apply in Person
You may apply in person at your local VA health care
Complete the healthcare application online.
Pick up an application at your local VA or download, print,
and fill out the 10-10EZ, Application for Health Care.
Complete the application (be sure to sign it) and mail to:
Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30329-1647
Obtaining an Appointment:
You may request a doctor’s appointment when you apply
for enrollment by checking ‘yes’ to the question asking if
you want an appointment on the application. An
appointment will be made with a VA doctor or provider and
you will be notified via mail of the appointment. If you need
health care before your scheduled appointment, you may
contact the Enrollment Coordinator, Urgent Care Clinic or
the Emergency Room at your local VA.
When you apply in person or by mail, you or the person acting as your Power of Attorney must sign and date the form.
If your Power of Attorney signs and dates the form you must submit a copy of the Power of Attorney with the form. If
you sign with an “X”, then two people that you know must witness you as you sign the form. They must also sign and
print their names on the form.
Mike Love, Founding Member of the Beach Boys, gave a message of healing to local Veterans on May 31, 2016 by
sharing his experience with Transcendental Meditation (TM). He was in town over Memorial Day weekend to
headline a PBS Concert on the lawn of the Capitol. Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland, a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran,
was the facilitator of having him contact the Commission to meet with local Veterans. Commissioners Bill Gray, Past
Chair, and Wayne Miller, Team Leader, Silver Spring Vet Center, joined him in sharing their experience with TM as
well. Veterans of all branches and members of the general public were welcome and encouraged to attend. The Com-
mission sponsored the event and it was by the American Legion Hall, Post 41, in Silver Spring. There were over 50
people in attendance.
Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal, who serves as chair of the Council’s Health and Human
Services Committee, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, will host a press conference at the Council Office Building in
Rockville in the third floor conference room announcing that $500,000 in funding appropriated by the Council was used to
house 18 homeless Veterans and helped the County to provide housing for every identifiable homeless Veteran. The
County has also submitted certification requests to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Zero 2016
Campaign, and Councilmember Leventhal anticipates an announcement about the findings in the coming days.
Councilmember Leventhal will be joined by Councilmembers Craig Rice and Sidney Katz; Susie Sinclair-Smith,
Ahluwalia, director, Department of Health and Human Services. Other invited guests include: Veterans who now have
stable housing; Nan Roman, president and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness; Matthew Doherty, executive
director, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness; and Stacy Spann, executive director, Housing
Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County.
The County committed to ending homelessness for Veterans by setting a goal to move 58 Veterans experiencing
Veterans. By the end of the year, 58 Veteran households will have housing or a permanent housing plan.
“Housing every identifiable homeless Veteran in Montgomery County has always been and continues to be one of my top
which has been developed with our community partners to ensure that every Veteran in our County has access to the
supports needed to move quickly from homelessness to permanent housing. Providing a stable home for our Veterans is
simply the right thing to do for those who have sacrificed so much for our country.”
County funding to house homeless Veterans was in jeopardy because of proposed cuts recommended as part of the Fiscal
the housing resources needed as part of Montgomery’s Zero 2016 Plan.
Montgomery County’s Zero 2016 Plan was developed with a primary focus on the rapid exit of Veterans from
the County’s Department of Health and Human Services, family and single adult shelter providers, Veterans groups, the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veterans Families and others. This group reviewed the
homeless continuum of care to determine what federal, state and local resources were available and the strategies
necessary to specifically address Veteran homelessness.
Achieving a “functional zero” for homeless Veterans does not mean that there will never be a Veteran experiencing
The community collaboration that has worked together to achieve this goal includes the Montgomery County Coalition for
Community Affairs, the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs DC Medical Center and others.
County Cable Montgomery recently profiled one of the Veterans who received permanent housing on Veterans Day.