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Maryland Veterans Commission

Origins of the Maryland Veterans Commission trace to 1924, when the Soldiers’ Relief Fund Commission formed to administer a State relief fund for disabled veterans of World War I. The Commission became the Veterans Relief Commission in 1929. It was renamed the Maryland Veterans Commission in 1935. In 1971, the Commission joined the Department of Employment and Social Services, which was renamed the Department of Human Resources in 1975. In 1977, the Commission became an independent agency. With the Maryland Veterans Home Commission and the War Memorial Commission, the Maryland Veterans Commission became part of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs in October 1999.

The Commission advises the Secretary on all issues relating to veterans and is authorized 29 commissioners.  Twenty eight positions are filled with one remaining as a member at large.  Commissioners are appointed to five-year terms by the Governor and the Governor names the Chair.

Commission Members:

1st Congressional, Todd M. Miceli, Term expires 2019
2nd Congressional, Richard M. Lane, Term expires 2021
3rd Congressional, vacant
4th Congressional, Franklin Killebrew, Term expires 2021
5th Congressional, Karen E.A. Calvert SMSgt, USAF (Retired), Term expires 2021
6th Congressional, Stanley A. Seidel, Term expires 2018
7th Congressional, Leroy E. Thornton, Term expires 2021
8th Congressional, Cynthia I. Macri, M.D., Term expires 2020
Retired Enlisted Association, Sergeant Majory Kenneth L. McCall Sr., USArmy, (Ret), Term expires 2020
American Ex-POW, Leonard Kirk, Term expires 2017
American Legion, Michael G. Moore, Term expires 2021
AMVETS, Mr. Andre R. Martel, Term expires 2021
Catholic War Veterans, Mr. Gilbert T. Barker Sr., Term expires 2021
Disabled American Veterans, Mr. Elton Stokes, Sr., Term expires 2021
Fleet Reserve Association, Paul Richard Gunther, Term expires 2017
Jewish War Veterans, Colonel Erwin A. Burtnick, Term expires 2021
Marine Corps League, Stuart P. Blair, Term expires 2017
MD Military Officers Association, David H. Peterson, Term expires 2017
Order of the Purple Heart, Victor W. Fuentealba Esq., Term expires 2017
Polish American Veterans, Joseph Zarachowicz, Term expires 2017
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mr. Thomas V. Kimball Jr., Term expires 2021
Vietnam Veterans Association, Robert H. Hartman Jr., Term expires 2021
Korean War Veterans Association, vacant
National Association for Black Veterans, Kiasheen L. Tyler, Term expires 2021
Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mr. Robert Reuter, Term expires 2017
Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran, Raul E. Rosas, IT1 (SW/PJ), USN (Ret.), Term expires 2021
At Large, Fred L. Shinbur, U.S.A. (Ret.), Chairperson, Term expires 2020

Contact: Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, 410-260-3838


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