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While Suicide Prevention Awareness Month draws to a close, the operational tempo for prevention continues at rapid pace. In 2020, Maryland kicked off the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/US Department of Veterans Affairs Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Service Member, Veteran and Family (SMVF) Suicide. The goal of the Governor’s Challenge is to  Read More…


Women in Military Service

Saluting the Women who Serve June 16, 2020 This past Saturday, June 13, 2020, The United States Military Academy at West Point graduated 230 women as Commissioned Officers.  As I sat watching the graduation, held with social distancing and crisp white chairs posted six feet apart, I was honored to see so many women among  Read More…


Distance Learning and Memorial Day

May 19, 2020 Distance Learning and Memorial Day: What our children should know In recent weeks I have been practicing self-care by walking through my community.  I have seen more and more yard signs honoring graduates.  Signs celebrating high school seniors, middle school students promoting to 9th grade, and even elementary age students leaving 5th  Read More…


Self-Care: making the most of things

May 11, 2020 Thoughts on Victory in Europe Day Self-Care Practices In remembrance of the Victory in Europe Day, commonly referred to as VE Day, the Smithsonian Channel ran ”Apocalypse” this past weekend.  The series highlighted World War II and the epic impact the war played on nations across the globe. As I watched the  Read More…


Flanders Fields and the MDVA Virtual Remembrance Wall

May 5, 2020 Flanders Fields, an Infamous World War I Poem MDVA Virtual Remembrance Wall As April showers bring May flowers, I remind myself of the infamous poem written during World War I by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae, “Flanders Fields”.  For most in the veteran community, the poem is a known one.  However for  Read More…


    
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