Virtual Veteran Kiosk
Take advantage of this unique service of the Maryland Department of Labor, Veteran Employment Program. Select the icon below to learn about this program.
Veteran Identification (ID) Cards
In addition to DoD issued ID cards for Active Duty, Reserve and Retired personnel there are three other ID cards with varying eligibility requirements and privileges.
Veteran Health Identication Card (VHIC)
When you’re enrolled in VA health care, you’ll use your Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) to check in to your appointments at VA medical centers. You may also use this card to get discounts offered to Veterans at many stores, businesses, and restaurants.
--- First, you’ll need to be enrolled in VA health care. If you’re not already enrolled, find out how to apply for VA health care.
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Veteran Identication Card
A Veteran ID Card (VIC) is a form of photo ID you can use to get discounts offered to Veterans at many restaurants, hotels, stores, and other businesses.
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Maryland State Drivers
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Local Veteran Support Services Provided
- Collaborate with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Maryland Department of Veterans affairs and Veterans Service Organizations to secure benefits for Veterans.
Assist Veterans with obtaining their military discharge (DD214).
Help with preparingand submitting compensation and pension claims to the Veterans Benefits Administration.
Link Veterans to the VA Healthcare system, advocate for Veterans and their families and connect Veterans to other community agencies, services and providers.
Track claims and assist with additional documents when requested by the Veterans Benefits Administration.
Assist with denied claims by filing Notices of Disagreement or filing Appeals.
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Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
Service and Benefits Program - Assists active duty service members, veterans and eligible dependents in obtaining VA benefits.
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home - Provides 24 hour care to veterans and eligible spouses via 168 assisted living and 286 skilled nursing beds, and two secure memory units. The home has many services on site including physical and occupational therapy as well as dental, optometry, podiatry and a pharmacy.
Cemetery and Memorial Program - Offers a final resting place for veterans and eligible dependents in one of five state veteran cemeteries. The program also oversees four memorials.
Outreach and Advocacy Program - Educates veterans and organizations about available federal, state, and local veteran bebefits.
Maryland Veterans Trust Fund - Provides limited assistance to veterans and eligible dependents in financial need. (A 501C3 Organization)
US Government Made Easy For Veterans
VA Loan Information
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.
People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.
PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems. The disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.If you are suffering from PTSD, or know someone who is, the following list of resources and information will help you find help in dealing with PTSD and related conditions.
Featured PTSD News
Center for Psychological Health and TBI Opens
The Department of Defense today announced the opening of a 24-hour outreach center to provide information and referrals to military service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. More
- PTSD News
- National Center for PTSD
- PTSD FAQs
- PTSD Discussion Forum
- PTSD Resources.org
- What You Need to Know About PTSD
- Readjustment Counseling Resources
- PTSD Facts for Veterans
- PTSD Information for Guard and Reserve Members
- Military Severly Injured Center Articles
- Military OneSource
- Army Behavioral Health Website
NURSING HOMES UPDATE
All states have a Nursing Facility Medicaid program that provides general health coverage plus coverage for nursing home services. These services include room and board, nursing care, personal care and therapy services.
Nursing Facility Medicaid may pay for a stay in a nursing home if you need a “nursing-home level of care” or meet nursing home “functional eligibility criteria; and have income and assets below certain guidelines.
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Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.
- Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
- Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
- Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/
- Center for Women Veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs www.va.gov/womenvet
- Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm
- Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view
- Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm
- Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/
- Hearings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc
- Online version http://www1.va.gov/OPA/vadocs/current_benefits.asp
- PDF Download in English http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
- VA War-Related Illness and Injury Center http://www.vagov/WRIICSC-DC
- Homeless Veterans http://www.va.gov/homeless
- Mesothelioma Veterans Center https://www.mesotheliomaveterans.org/
- National Cemetery Administration (Burial and Memorials) http://www.cem.va.gov
- National Foundation for Women Legislations (www.womenlegislators.org)
- VA National HIV/AIDS Program http://www.hiv.va.gov
- VA Public Health Smoking Cessation Program http://www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking
- VA Mental Health http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov
- Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/
VIETNAM WOMEN VETERANS
Almost ten thousand women were there.
For a list of not only the women who gaves their lives in Vietnam but the start of a complete women's casualty list see: They Gave Their Lives
Salon.com has featured an interesting story about female Vietnam Veterans, entitled "Unarmed and Under Fire: An Oral History of Female Vietnam Vets."
Women in Vietnam
The Vietnam Womens Memorial Project's new website is at: VWMP