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COVID-19: MDVA Operational Changes

Information for our Customers, Veterans and Family Members Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs are taking proactive steps to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland.  Per Executive Order by Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland State government is now operating at Elevated Level II, which mandates teleworking of State employees  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. In 2019, Senate Bill 105 altered the definition of nonprofit training entity for purposes of  Read More…


Gulf War and Agent Orange Registry & Health Exams

Gulf War Registry Health Exam VA’s Gulf War Registry Health Exam alerts veterans to possible log term health problems that may be related to environmental exposures during their military service.  The registry data helps VA understand and respond to these health problems more effectively.  This health exam includes an exposure and medical history, laboratory tests,  Read More…


Guide and Service Dogs

Guide and Service Dog Information and Resources What are guide dogs? According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, guide dogs are trained to lead the blind or vision impaired. The dog acts as a pilot to direct its owner in a straight line unless directed to turn, while avoiding obstacles in all directions.  Read More…


Contact the VA Health Care System

Contact the VA Maryland Health Care System VA Maryland Health Care System offers a variety of health services to meet the needs of our nation’s Veterans. For additional contact information you may also view their phone directory or A to Z List of Services. Contact the Martinsburg VA Medical Center Martinsburg VA Medical Center offers a  Read More…


Resources for Families, Caregivers, and Survivors

The following resources are offered for family members, caregivers of a veteran, and survivors. USVA Coaching into Care– Coaching Into Care provides a “coaching” service for family and friends of Veterans who see that a Veteran in their life needs help. Coaching involves helping the caller figure out how to motivate the Veteran to seek  Read More…


Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans

Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans is a program within the Maryland Department of Health devoted to total wellness for veterans and their families.  Regional resource coordinators provide assistance to veterans and their families to support a healthy transition to civilian life.  With support from the Behavioral Health Administration, they provide a solid connection to wellness services, with an  Read More…


Call Centers and Hotlines

A number of hotlines operate across the state and country to assist veterans and their families who are experiencing a crisis situation or who are in need of assistance.  The Veterans Crisis and Maryland Crisis Lines are staffed 24 hours a day and provide immediate support to individuals.  If you are experiencing a crisis, or  Read More…


Physical Health Services

A number of services exist at the federal, state, and local level to support overall wellness and physical health for veterans and their families.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and State of Maryland both provide a number of programs to support and help veterans reach optimal physical health.  Services are offered at medical centers,  Read More…


Behavioral Health Services

A number of services exist at the federal, state, and local level to support overall wellness and behavioral health for veterans and their families.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and State of Maryland both provide a number of counseling services to support and help veterans reach optimal health.  The State offers Maryland’s Commitment to  Read More…


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