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2018 Legislative Session Update

The 2018 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session has begun.  Each week a legislative update will be published on the MDVA website under News and Announcements.  Please check back frequently for an updated list of bills effecting veterans and the military community in Maryland.  To receive the update in your email inbox, please consider signing up  Read More…


2017 Annual Report

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs 2017 Annual Report is now available.  Highlights from the report include: The Service Program, in FY17, submitted 3,995 disability compensation and pension claims for adjudication to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Maryland Veterans received over 27 million dollars in new/increased and one-time monthly cash benefits with support from  Read More…


Wreaths Across America Update

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is proud to partner with Wreaths Across America for their annual wreath laying ceremony and event.  In 2017 alone, an estimated 35,000 wreaths were purchased and placed at the five state veteran cemeteries.  Wreaths are sponsored by individuals and are purchased exclusively through the Wreaths Across America Program.   Read More…


VA Benefits Fact Sheets, Brochures and Fliers

The VA has a number of benefits for uniformed service members, veterans, spouses, children, and parents of a deceased or disabled service member or veteran.  Benefits include compensation, pension, education and training, employment assistance, life insurance, home loans, healthcare, and burial.  Below are a number of fact sheets, fliers and brochures describing VA benefits.  Visit  Read More…


Veterans Benefits Administration Benefits Brochures

Are you looking for more information on VA Benefits?  Visit the Veterans Benefits Administration for more information on the following benefits. Summary of VA Benefits Summary of VA Home Loan Guaranty Benefits Summary of VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans Summary of VA Dependents and Survivors’ Benefits Summary of VA Education Benefits Summary of VA Life  Read More…


Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program and Fund

During the 2017 Maryland Legislative Session, Senate Bill 441 created the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program and Fund in the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill was approved by Governor Hogan May 4 and took effect July 1, 2017. The Program educates veterans and the community about Maryland based service and support dog programs  Read More…


Recommended Courses in Military Culture

During the 2017 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 275, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Recommended Courses in Military Culture, which requires the Department of Health (the Department), in consultation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to provide to certain health occupations boards a list of recommended courses in military  Read More…


Freedom to Vote Act: Online Voter Registration Information

The Maryland State Board of Elections website allows residents to register to vote in Federal, State, County, and City elections in Maryland, to request an absentee ballot, and to update voter registration if your name or address has changed.  You can also update your registration if you want to change to a new political party.  Read More…


The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner Program

  The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is a proud Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner.  The Program is designed for federal, state and local communities, veterans’ organizations and other nongovernmental organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families.  It is an organizationally based, hometown-centric, veteran focused  Read More…


Outreach Event Request Form

Thank you for your interest in having the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs participate in your event.  The Outreach Program is equipped with two personnel who are available to staff resource tables and to provide general overviews of veteran benefits and services in Maryland.  The Service and Benefits Program is better equipped to provide in  Read More…


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