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Vets Pro Bono Volunteered Honored in 2017 Florida Awards

Joseph D. Lorenz, a Florida attorney and Vets Pro Bono volunteer, will be recognized at the 2017 Pro Bono Service Awards ceremony Thursday, January 18, 2017, at the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.

In addition to providing pro bono work through Legal Services of North Florida, Lorenz has provided service through the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, which delivers appellate services to veterans with disabilities through the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He also has volunteered as an attorney for the First Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Program and has worked as an attorney for the state’s Child Protection Team to ensure the safety of children believed to have been abused.

Lorenz earned his law degree from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

Click to view the article on www.nwfdailynews.com.

Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families provides list of Resources for Veteran and Military Family Resources

December 13, 2016

Dear Veterans, Military Families and Supporters,

Please find a number of resources below to benefit veterans and military families. They are not endorsed by my office, just a compilation of programs and services that come across my desk. Please feel free to share according to your needs. If you have anything you would like me to share, please forward it. Thank you.

Lisa Terry
Howard County Community Resources and Services
Office of Veterans and Military Families
6751 Columbia Gateway Dr
Columbia, MD 21046
410-313-6400


Correctional Services Information and Recruitment Event

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
10:00 AM – Noon ET

Columbia Workforce Center
7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite D
Columbia, MD 21046


Veteran Business and Networking Group

Serving Together and WorkSource Montgomery
Tuesday, December 13
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

Experts in recruiting, job search, career coaching, and hiring will comprise the Panel to work with you on your concerns.


Mid-Atlantic ADA Center presents:
Workplace Accommodations for Wounded Warriors

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Join us for our first in a series of 30 minute Brown Bag lunch and learn sessions. Ron Drach, an expert in disabled veteran employment issues, will give a brief overview of some the types of disabilities our returning vets have acquired during their service and examples of reasonable accommodations that can be provided to them as they return to the civilian workforce. Resources will be provided for further study on this topic.

There is no charge for this session.
This session requires pre-registration. Call 410-772-9300.

You can participate by using the following services:

  • Teleconferencing
  • Streaming Audio or Real-Time Captioning (via Blackboard Collaborate Version 12.5 Webinar platform)
  • Mobile Users (iPhone, iPad, or Android device (including Kindle Fire HD)) may listen to the session using the Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App (Available Free from the Apple Store, Google Play or Amazon)

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
800-949-4232 V/TTY (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV)
301-217-0124 V/TTY
ADAtraining@transcen.org
ADAinfo.org

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, operated by TransCen Inc., provides information, guidance and, training, to DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV on the Americans with Disabilities Act.(ADA). The information, guidance and/or materials provided are intended solely as informal guidance. The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center is funded under a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NIDILRR grant #90DP0089-01-00. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.


Wreaths Across America – Howard County

St. John Lutheran Church
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10:30 AM

6004 Waterloo Rd.
Columbia, MD 21045
410-799-8888

Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM

2150 Mount View Rd
Marriottsville, MD 21104

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.


Rehab. Renew. Replace:
Universal Design: Strategies for Aging in Place

As Columbia nears its 50th birthday, what are the ways we can honor and build on our city’s past by keeping our communities attractive, livable and responsive to changes in how families live today?

Both new and long-time homeowners will be inspired by this 3-hour workshop on possibilities for redesigning our homes and communities for aging in place.

Saturday, January 7, 2017 (Rain/Snow Date – 1/21/17)
9:30 AM — 12:30 PM

Location: The Other Barn

Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association’s Board of Directors and the Oakland Mills Neighborhood Enhancement Advisory Committee.

Free and open to the public.

RSVP to Sandy Cedarbaum at manager@oaklandmills.org or call 410-730-4610.


National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Howard County Family to Family 12 Week Course

Thursday, January 12, 2017 — Thursday, March 30, 2017
7:00 PM — 9:30 PM

Owen Brown Interfaith Center

If interested in taking and registering for this life changing course please email your name and contact information at info.namihc@gmail.com or call the office at 410-772-9300.

What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-week course for families and friends of adults living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders, and borderline personality disorder. Course participants gain vital information, resources, insight, and understanding of their loved one that many describe as life-changing.

The program is taught by trained NAMI family members who have relatives or other loved ones who have a mental illness.


Student Loan Forum and Resource Fair

January 18, 2017, 7:00 PM
Howard Community College

Join us for a panel presentation of local, state and federal experts who will answer questions about the student loan process, provide vital resource materials and offer one-on-one guidance.


Veteran Transition Workshops


One-day interactive workshops designed to empower Veterans in their transition from military to civilian life using a holistic approach.
January 28, 2017
Washington, DC
Travis Manion Foundation


Newsletters

Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs Job Listings and Job Fairs

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Newsletter, December 9, 2016

United States Dept. of Labor Veteran Resources

50+ Connection Newsletter – News and events from the Howard County Office of Aging and Independence


Maryland CASH Academy

Classes are for adults who want to learn more about managing their financial lives. We offer a wide range of free classes for people who are interested in budgeting, managing debt, home buying, saving for the future, filing their taxes or managing their insurance. Our Educators and Partners provide fact based financial education without providing financial advice or selling any products or services. You must complete our free registration on the site in order to be able to sign-up for one of our classes online.


Free Cybersecurity Training for Veterans

Veterans eligible to receive free cybersecurity training.

The Department of Homeland Security and Hire Our Heroes have teamed up to offer training for Veterans in cybersecurity, in support of Veterans join our nation’s cybersecurity.


Need Help with Medicare Costs?

Howard County Office on Aging and Independence State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).

The SHIP program provides free information and access to programs that may help you with the costs of your Medicare health and/or prescription drug coverage.

Our counselors can assist you with determining eligibility and with applying for these programs. Contact us for help at 410-313-7596 to schedule an appointment.


Holiday Gift-Giving Ideas

Howard County Future Veterans Monument – If you wish to support the planning, design, construction and maintenance of a Veterans Monument in Howard County, donations can be mailed to:

Howard County Veterans Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 322
Lisbon, MD 21765

For more information, contact lbterry@howardcountymd.gov.

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their caregivers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Their mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation.
Each package contains donated product valued from $45-100, and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship.

Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1,600,000 care packages.


Howard County selects Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financial Servicing as Commercial PACE Program Manager

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today announced that PACE Financial Servicing (PFS) has been selected as the County’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program manager.

PACE is an affordable way for commercial, industrial and nonprofit building owners to pay for energy improvements, Kittleman said. Through PACE, these property owners secure no down payment, low-interest loans from private lenders. The loans are repaid to the County as an additional assessment on property taxes over 20 years. The County then forwards the payment to the lender to satisfy the loan. The program is administered with minimal cost to the County.

“The PACE program is an innovative tool to help commercial property owners make their buildings more energy efficient and increase their bottom line with lower energy costs,” said Kittleman. “It can be used to upgrade lighting, install high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, replace insulation and install solar panels and other energy producing technology. This is good for our economy and the environment.”

PFS specializes in providing turnkey administration for PACE financing programs at the state and local level. Its role is to build programs that seamlessly connect PACE capital to interested building owners, resulting in increased economic activity, reduced environmental pollution and new jobs. The Howard County program will launch in January.

“By passing legislation to support this program, Howard County has become a leader in the region in allowing its business community to access capital in order to reduce energy spending and improve the county’s building stock,” said Gerard Neely, Manager of Maryland Commercial PACE Program at PFS.

PACE has been adopted in 10 Maryland counties and the City of Baltimore, and is also active in 15 states. It has contributed to the creation of 3,600 jobs and more than $300 million of investment into commercial buildings.

“PACE has multiple benefits for Howard County,” said Larry Twele, CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority. “It drives private sector investment. It is a tool for business owners to decrease costs and improve their property values. It creates energy efficiency and clean energy jobs.”

Video from today’s announcement can be viewed at https://youtu.be/v0UUcrLq9Bg.

PFS will host a Lender’s Roundtable on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 and a Contractor’s Training will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 with times and locations to be determined. If you are interested in attending, please email info@mdpace.com or call 443-910-4932.

For more information, visit www.md-pace.com/howard.


Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP)

Now Accepting Applications

We are accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) in our Washington D.C. location.

Visit USAJOBS to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.

Please note the cutoff number for each position; These vacancy announcements will be open from 12/08/2016 to 12/14/2016 or when 100 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Vacancy USAJOBS Links
Office Automation (Student Trainee)
05: HRSC/PATH-2017-0008
07: HRSC/PATH-2017-0009

The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions.

This program allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran’s preference applies. So consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and Civil Service professionals who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives.

Should you have any questions, please contact HRSC@state.gov.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.


HBI Veterans Program empowers our nation’s veterans with the skills and experience they need to secure meaningful careers in the construction industry. The program uniquely supports veterans at every stage of the employment continuum—successfully connecting, assessing, training, certifying and placing veterans in high-growth construction career. For more info, contact Dennis O. Torbett, Senior Vice President, 202-266-8908, dtorbett@hbi.org.

Cyber Warrior Network – Cyber Recruitment, Talent Management and Cyber Business Solution Platform that connect businesses with the best cleared cyber talent and cyber software solutions to combat evolving cyber threats. Connect cleared cyber-skilled transitioning military, veterans and cyber companies to cyber stakeholders, employers, academic institutions, and government agencies to fill the nation’s cybersecurity workforce vacancies and cyber security needs. Register as a veteran seeking employment or a business seeking cyber workforce.


State Launches New Program Aimed at Homebuyers with Student Loan Debt

Maryland has launched a new program that will pay off student loan debt for homebuyers who purchase certain properties through the state. The Department of Housing and Community Development SmartBuy program is aimed at helping buyers burdened with student loans. To participate, a qualified buyer must make a downpayment of at least 5 percent, financing the rest of the purchase with a mortgage through a selected lender. To read more about this program click here.


The Making Maryland Great for Veterans & Military Retirees – Business Survey

Please take a moment to complete it »

Operation Hire Maryland was launched in October 2015, “to create a statewide veteran friendly business network” by supporting “employers as they develop or expand upon their veteran hiring and retention initiatives.” However, we’re uncertain that the initiative addresses the root cause for Maryland’s low ratings and want to discover and help correct the situation. The Making Maryland Great for Veterans & Military Retirees – Business Survey is one of several that will generate data to assist us in assessing the issue, enabling proposal of viable solutions that will result in Maryland being rated among the Top Ten States for Veterans and Military Retirees.

We would very much appreciate your sending this information and the survey link, www.research.net/r/MDVetBiz2016, to your members, and feel free to forward this email to other membership organizations or businesses with whom you are in contact.

Making Maryland a great place for veterans and military retirees will make it a greater place for all Marylanders.

Thank you for taking time to contribute to this effort of the Maryland Council of Chapters, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Please direct questions to me via email, president@susquehannamoaa.org, or phone 443-686-1484.


News

Howard County Council votes to improve tax credits options for seniors, retired military

Baltimore City District Court Celebrates First Anniversary of Veterans Treatment Docket: Twelve Participants Graduate in First Year


To receive emails about regional career, employment, education, training, certification, license and apprentice opportunities, contact:

James C. Tharpe
Army Readiness Specialist MD.
Contractor for the Department Of Defense/Sektor Solutions, Inc.
Private Public Partnership Office (P3O)
USAR CTR #4
2118 Annapolis Rd. Office.#63
Fort Meade, MD 20755
Phone 301-833-6817
james.c.tharpe2.ctr@mail.mil

Career Fairs-East Coast
The Career Fair listing began in 1994 as a one page email to 24 transitioning military personnel at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It has morphed into its present format over the years and now is received by some 80,000 world-wide. The initial focus of listed career fairs was metropolitan Washington, DC/Baltimore, MD. Requests have resulted in the expansion across the East Coast.
jimditt@careerfairs-eastcoast.com

Robert C. M. Pelletier
Regional Local Veterans Employment Representative

Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation
11002 Veirs Mill Road, Room 100
Wheaton, MD 20902
robert.pelletier@maryland.gov
301-929-4378 (office)
301-929-4383 (fax)

Disabled Veteran Outreach Program
Gayla R. Jenkins-Bailey MSW, MHRM
Job Service Specialist II
Division of Workforce Development & Adult Learning
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation
11002 Viers Mill Road, Suite 100
Wheaton, MD 20902
gayla.jenkins-bailey@maryland.gov
301-929-4350, ext. 2006 (office)
301-929-4383 (fax)
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Civilian Career Newletter
Lucy Jensen | Military
www.military-civilian.com
310-455-2002 | lucy@military-civilian.com

Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families
Lisa B. Terry, Manager, Administrator
Howard County Commission on Veterans and Military Families
Howard County Government
Department of Community Resources and Services
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 500
Columbia, MD 21046
Office: 410-313-6400
Direct: 410-313-0821
www.howardcountymd.gov/veterans

The Department of Community Resources and Services provides vital human services through its offices of ADA Coordination, Aging and Independence, Children and Families, Community Partnerships,
Consumer Protection, Local Children’s Board, and Veterans and Military Families.

The Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families (OVMF) provides guidance, information and access to the more than 20,000 veterans who live in Howard County, as well as their dependents and survivors, and military families. The OVMF also promotes activities for veterans of all ages and collaborates with other service providers to address more complex issues.

Howard County Commission on Veterans and Military Families
www.howardcountymd.gov/vetcomm

Department of Community Resources and Services Facebook
www.facebook.com/HoCoCommunity

Commission on Veterans and Military Families Facebook
www.facebook.com/HocoMilitary/

Reserved Veteran Parking Initiative
Honor veterans living and working in Howard County by installing a Reserved Veteran Parking sign at your place of business or in honor of a loved one.
http://www.howardchamber.com/chamber_information/veteran_parking_sign_initiative.aspx

Catalogue for Philanthropy Offers Trusted Ways to Give Back and Honor Those Who Have Served This Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nov. 7, 2016 — This Friday, as the nation marks Veterans Day, there are many ways Washingtonians can support veterans and their families.  

The Catalogue for Philanthropy, Washington’s trusted “go to” source for finding organizations with meaningful impact, has compiled this year’s “best of” list of charities serving local veterans and their families.  

The Catalogue, a nonprofit that has raised over $33.5 million for small nonprofits in the D.C. region at no cost to those organizations, has vetted these charities in a thorough process that involves a program review, financial review, and site visit. This means donors can feel confident that they are supporting organizations that make the Washington region a better place to live for everyone.

All Catalogue nonprofits are locally based and operate with budgets below $3 million.  The full list is available at www.cfp-dc.org.  In addition, the 2016–17 Catalogue, mailed out last week, highlights 74 new area charities this year.

Catalogue for Philanthropy: Nonprofits That Support Veterans and Their Families

  • Operation Second Chance (www.cfp-dc.org/osc) provides direct support to those in financial crisis due to combat injury or illness, usually during the gap between active duty pay and the initiation of veterans’ benefits.
     
  • Our Military Kids (www.cfp-dc.org/militarykids) provides small grants to help families pay for extracurricular activities when a parent is overseas and supports children of wounded warriors from all military branches.
     
  • ThanksUSA (www.cfp-dc.org/thanksusa) empowers military families — children and spouses of military personnel — through it’s scholarship program to expand their education and skills through college, technical school, or vocational training programs.
     
  • The Veterans Consortium (cfp-dc.org/vet) provides free legal services to over 400 veterans and their families each year, ensuring equal access to justice in court and achieving favorable outcomes in 80 percent of its cases.
     
  • Operation Renewed Hope Foundation (www.cfp-dc.org/orhf) helps homeless and at-risk Veteran’s secure safe, permanent homes and overcome the root causes of homelessness and instability in their lives.
     
  • Yellow Ribbon Fund (cfp-dc.org/Yellow-Ribbon) provides practical high-touch support to wounded, ill, and injured service members, their caregivers, and families in the DC area at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir as they transition back to their home and communities.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Adam Shapiro
Adam.Shapiro@ASPR.bz
202-427-3603

The Veterans Consortium featured in Washington City Paper’s 2016 “Give It Up, D.C.” Guide

Washington City Paper 2016 Give It Up, D.C. Giving GuideExcerpt from the Washington City Paper article:

“Included here are a vetted selection of nonprofits with budgets of less than $3 million per year that are doing critically important, and often thankless, work for the District’s children, homeless, elderly, disabled, and immigrant communities, among others. They are tackling some of society’s most intractable problems — and for the city’s neediest citizens—using literacy, arts, life skills, and other strategies to reduce disparity among people from all walks of life.”

About The Veterans Consortium

“Every year, thousands of veterans and their loved ones appeal to federal courts in D.C., seeking to overturn the denial of their veterans’ benefits claims. Many are elderly, experiencing financial hardship, or suffering from serious conditions like PTSD; all deserve high-quality representation. So The Veterans Consortium provides free legal services to over 400 Veterans and their families each year, ensuring equal access to justice in court—and achieving favorable outcomes in 80 percent of its cases. It recruits and trains top-notch volunteer attorneys, matches them with thoroughly screened clients, and provides expert mentoring throughout the appeals process. Many successful cases require medical proof to actually claim benefits or redress, so a new medical review program provides volunteer doctors who support cases with critical evidence. The Consortium also offers start-up funding for veterans law clinics at partner law schools, thereby expanding the pool of expert representation. These services mean veterans can access the life-changing benefits that our country has vowed to provide. Let’s keep that promise.”


“A Guide to Giving Back in D.C. in 2016: Our annual Give It Up, D.C. guide”
The Washington Paper
Liz Garrigan
November 28, 2016
Read the article online »

2016 Pro Bono Week Message from the Executive Director

Pro Bono Week Message from the Executive DirectorMessage from Edmund M. Glabus, Executive Director, The Veterans Consortium:

As the 2016 Pro Bono Week drew to a close, I had an opportunity to reflect on your efforts to serve veterans in need, their families, caregivers, and survivors. Every day, through your hard work and dedication on the leading national charitable team for pro bono legal services provided to veterans around the world, you are making a real difference in people’s lives. We are profoundly grateful for you, the nationwide volunteer corps of The Veterans Consortium….”

Read more »

University of Virginia Law Students, Local Attorneys Provide Pro Bono Assistance

University of Virginia School of LawThe University of Virginia School of Law published an article on November 1, 2016, entitled, “Law School Volunteers Advocate for Disabled Veterans: Students, Local Attorneys Have Successfully Appealed 7 Disability Claims.”

K. Jay Galloway, Esquire, an attorney with Morin & Barkley LLP and a participant in the program, adds:

It would not have been possible without your support to all of the attorneys who have pitched in here with cases referred to them by the Consortium over the last few years. Hoping to add another success on my first case…soon.”

Attorneys & UVA Law Students Advocate for Disabled Veterans
K. Jay Galloway ’15 and Dan Krasnegor are helping a group of students gain practical experience and help disabled veterans. Pictured are Kira Schwartz, K. Jay Galloway ’15, Sharon Rogart, Michael Goudey, Dan Krasnegor and Mike Srtska. Not pictured: Christopher Byer, Heather Cicchese, Jessica Dussault, Tyler Jerrell, M. Nicholas Rutigliano, Kelvin Sheung, Jordan Silversmith and Jay Travis Williamson.Kira Schwartz, K. Jay Galloway ’15, Sharon Rogart, Michael Goudey, Dan Krasnegor and Mike Srtska

Photo of participants courtesy of the UVA School of Law News.

 

Grant awarded to WVU Veterans Advocacy Clinic

Louis A Johnson, David H. Myers
Commander David H. Myers presented the grant award to the VAC at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center’s 2016 Veterans Stand Down.

On September 29th, our Director David Myers presented a grant award to the WVU Veterans Advocacy Clinic at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center’s 2016 Veterans Stand Down.

Thank you West Virginia University College of Law Veterans Advocacy Clinic for all the great work you do to support our nation’s defenders!

Learn more:

WVU College of Law Veterans Advocacy Program
WVU veterans advocacy clinic receives $10,000 national grant award
WV Record
“WVU veterans law clinic to use $10K grant for statewide assistance”
Karen Kidd . October 28, 2016