Calendar of Events and News

Please contact the VAC Coordinator to add announcements or events to this calendar.

The next VAC meeting will be held on Wednesday January 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Click here for the draft agenda.

NEW Every Wednesday at 6:30 PM, The VA Way is sponsoring free Mindful Warrior Yoga for Veterans and service members.  The sessions are open to all levels of experience and are led by certified instructor Marine Veteran, Hamilton Arjuna Garces.   No registration is required, to join a session, click here.

NEW Watch the recording of the January 25 EveryMind Legislative Briefing on Veteran Suicide Prevention and US S785 at the Local Level.  Key takeways from the briefing include:

  • Community and regional organizations have to work together to promote legislation that will connect more veterans with local treatment options and increase access to VA mental health care in rural areas and for hard-to-reach veterans. 
  • Bills like US S785 are the beginning of the process. The heavy lift comes from organizations and local governments partnering to provide our veterans with access to modern, effective, and compassionate mental health care and suicide prevention services. 
  • Wrap around care and support are critical to the success of suicide prevention programs. 

You may access the program here.  

NEW Farmers can apply for the new Agriculture Innovation Grants.  The program is designed to keep agriculture a viable and profitable industry for future generations of farmers, a goal of the award-winning Livable Frederick master plan. Farmers may apply for competitive grants of $5,000 or more to help expand or diversify their business operations. To be eligible, applicants must be a crop or livestock producer, a value-added producer, an agricultural cooperative, a seafood processor, or a primary or secondary timber products processor. Funds may be used for research and development, production buildings, major fixtures, or processing facilities. Information on the program, including how to apply, is available online at www.DiscoverFrederickMd.com/
 ag_innovation_grant
. If a printed application is required, contact Katie Stevens, Associate Director of Agriculture Business Development in the Office of Economic Development. She can be reached by phone at 240-285-2795 or by email at kstevens1@frederickcountymd.gov.

NEW EasterSeals and the Veteran Staffing Network offer year round robust programming for Veterans, service members, and their families.  More information about what EasterSeals offers may be found here

NEW  The University of Alabama is excited to invite women Veterans to participate in the national survey, “Assessing the Needs of Women Who Served in the U.S. Armed Forces.” Women are experiencing transition challenges differently than their male counterparts. Your experiences can be a very valuable part of this study and we want to hear from you.  This 20-30-minute survey will be asking about your time in the armed forces, your needs, experiences, and preferences relating to your transition back to civilian life. All your answers are anonymous and will not be tied back to you in any way. Only summary level data will be reported. We thank you in advance for your willingness to help the profession and other military members in this important way. Click/copy the link to take the survey: bit.ly/38y975y If you have any questions please contact either Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas at katehendricksthomas@gmail.com  or Dr. Karl Hamner at khamner@ua.edu  / 205-348-0129. If you have questions, concerns, or complaints about your rights as a research participant, contact Ms. Tanta Myles, the Research Compliance Officer, at (205) 348-8461 or toll-free at 1-877-820-3066.

NEW Ask the Question Campaign Did you know that Maryland is home to approximately 385,000 Veterans, 30,000 active duty service members and 18,000 reservists/national guard members?  In addition, there are 130,000 Veteran households with children and another 60,000 reserve/national guard/active duty dependents.  The Maryland Veteran suicide rate is 17% and hovers almost 4% higher than the total rate of 13% (per 100,000 population).  Studies indicate that the majority of Veterans seek healthcare outside of VA and that their providers do not know whether their clients have served. These also providers lack high military cultural competency.  Maryland is launching the Ask the Question Campaign: Have you or a loved one ever served in the military? Asking this question promotes the opportunity to educate and connect more people to valuable military/Veteran related programs, thereby improving overall well-being of our service members, Veterans and families. Human services professionals are encouraged to complete training on military cultural competency and to learn about military/Veteran related benefits.  For more information, go to https://veterans.maryland.gov/ask-the-question-campaign/.

NEW Saratoga War Horse has released its 2021 schedule of programs at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center, 1114 Shawan Rd. Cockeysville, MD 21030. The Saratoga War Horse program takes place during 3-day classes, offered several times each month and throughout the year. The average class size is 5 participants. The program is available to Veterans and service members from all branches of the military, regardless of when or for how long they served. There is NO cost for Veterans to attend the Saratoga War Horse program. The program pays 100% of lodging, meal, and program expenses. For more info, contact the Veteran Intake Coordinator, Janine Jagodzinski, janine@saratogawarhorse.org 518-252-0285 or the local Outreach Manager, Jason Marshall jason@saratogawarhorse.org 518-531-3219

NEW Join the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals for a virtual self-improvement series! These workshops will teach you how to counteract stress, recalibrate your sleep, and handle complex problems with a series of manageable steps. No Cost Open to All Clients (Veterans, Military Families & Caregivers). Please contact the Cohen Clinic at 240-847-7500 or info.mfc@eseal.org. 

NEW The Steven A. Cohen Clinic is also offering Virtual Office Hours on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every Month from 11:30am - 12:30pm EST. Registration Required: http://bit.ly/CohenOfficeHours

NEW  The Veterans Health Administration recently released the first 6 episodes of their new podcast "She Wears the Boots: A Podcast for Women Veterans." This podcast is dedicated to the recognition of the unique needs of women as well as the people who may be caring for them. She Wears the Boots hopes to provide information about resources and services in the VA that can foster resiliency and life enrichment.

VAC Meetings: All VAC meetings will be streamed live to the Frederick County Boards and Commissions FB Page. In order to listen to this meeting toll‐free, please dial 855‐925‐2801, enter code 9813 and select *1. 

Public comments will be accepted at VAC meetings on the VAC live portal located at www.frederickcountymd.gov/commissions, or by calling toll-free 855-925-2801, entering meeting code 9813. Leave a voicemail comment to be played back to the board or entering into a queue to give live public comment. Written comments and transcribed voice messages will be included in the VAC record and minutes. Please note that personnel matters are confidential and comments on those issues cannot be received through this kind of forum.

Calendar of Events
January 2021
1 New Year's Day (County offices are closed).
5 CVEB, 9 AM
8 Problem Solving Workshop. 6 week course every Friday at 12 - 1pm beginning Jan 8th 2021. Please contact the Cohen Clinic at 240-847-7500 or info.mfc@eseal.org for zoom link. 
9 Virtual Art Journaling in Quarantine, Steven A. Cohen Clinic, 10 AM, Register at Meeting Registration - Zoom
12 Free Virtual Comedy Workshop, Steven A. Cohen Clinic, 12 PM, Register here.
12 Veterans Staffing Network, Tuesday Talk:  Panel Discussion - What are Employers Looking For? Registration Required.  More information here.
12 Free Yoga program sponsored by Maryland's Commitment to Veterans, 5 PM, Register here.
18 Martin Luther King Birthday (County offices closed)
18 Virtual workshop with Warrior Canine Connection. Register by email to Emily McNeal at emcneal@warriorcanineconnection.org.
19 Chesapeake Shakespeare Company workshop for youth ages 7 to 18, 4 PM. Free to children of Veterans and members of the military.
20 Virtual nutrition workshop, Steven A. Cohen Clinic, 5 PM, more information here
20 VAC, 6:30 PM. Topic will be Veteran recreation and wellness.
23 Lady Veterans Connecting Over Coffee, 9 AM. Register here.
26 FVSN, 9 AM.
26 Virtual Creative Writing Workshop, Steven A. Cohen Clinic, 12 PM, Register here.
26 Free CreatiVets Songwriting program sponsored by Maryland's Commitment to Veterans, 5 PM, Register here.

February 2021
1 Frederick County CVEB, 9 AM
1 NAMI Connections Veterans Support Group, Free, 6 PM, Register here.
13 Make your own collage postcards, Steven A. Cohen Clinic, 10 AM, Register here.
16 Veterans Staffing Network Tuesday Talk, 12:00 PM, Emotional Intelligence in the Job Search,  Registration required at http://bit.ly/VSNEmotionalIntel.
17 Frederick County Veterans Advisory Council meeting, 6:30 PM, The topic will be Veterans in Schools.
23 FVSN, 9 AM
23 Veterans Staffing Network Tuesday Talk, 12:00 PM, Upskilling (Securing the Credentials You Need to Land the Job). Registration required at  http://bit.ly/Upskilling.


PVC Charles Bare USA PVC Charles Bare USA

Career and Job Fair 9-2019

Veterans Career and Job Fair

Veteran Service Center groundbreaking

Veterans Service Center
Groundbreaking


Congressman Trones Workshop

Congressman's Trone
Workshop

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Veterans Appreciation Day

Veterans Resource & Recognition Day - Wednesday, July 10

Veterans Resource & Recognition Day: Exhibitors will share information about services and benefits for individual of all ages who have served in the armed forces, as well as family, caregivers, and others interested in our veterans. In addition, there will be exhibits, speakers, lunch catered by Palmtree Catering, a message center where participants can create a greeting card for a hospitalized veteran, and other activities.