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COVID-19: Update to Operations

Information for our Customers, Veterans and Family Members

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) has taken numerous unprecedented steps to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland. 

Please visit the Governor’s website for the most up to date information on executive orders and responses to COVID-19 in Maryland.

See: Governor Hogan’s Website

PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT rely on Google or any other website for program hours.  Please see below for changes to operations as well as hours.

 

Cemetery and Memorial Program:

VISITING HOURS AND OPERATIONS:

Effective Saturday, May 9, 2020 all five state veteran cemeteries will be open to visitors.  Administrative buildings, shelters, and restrooms will remain closed.  To locate a grave in advance of visiting, please visit the Nationwide Gravesite Locator.  If you plan to visit one of our cemeteries, please follow guidance from the CDC and Maryland Governor by wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Visiting hours-
Monday-Friday: 1:00PM-4:45PM
Saturday-Sunday: 8:00AM-4:45PM

****MEMORIAL DAY VISITING HOURS ARE 8:00AM-4:45PM****

BURIAL HOURS AND OPERATIONS:

Burials and the rendering of military honors continue, however committal services in shelters have stopped until further notice.  A brief service of military honors will be conducted curbside nearest the gravesite.  Processions should consist of funeral home staff and no more than ten family members.  Family members must remain in their vehicles for the duration of the service and burial.

Burials are scheduled Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00AM-12:00PM

Requests to host events at memorials are on hold until further notice.

For more information on the cemetery program visit: MDVA Cemetery and Memorial Program

To contact individual cemeteries, please email:
Chelthenham Veterans Cemetery: cheltenham.vc@maryland.gov
Crownsville Veterans Cemetery: crownsville.vc@maryland.gov
Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery: easternshore.vc@maryland.gov
Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery: garrisonforest.vc@maryland.gov
Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery: rockygap.vc@maryland.gov

Service and Benefits Program:
The Services and Benefits Program is operational however offices are closed to the public.  Veteran Benefits Specialists are remotely working and periodically visit offices to collect mail and messages.  Please contact your service officer by phone or email.  Service officers will return your call or email as soon as possible.

For a full listing of service offices and contact numbers visit: MDVA Services and Benefits Program

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home:
For an open letter to updates to operations please see: An open letter to our veterans, families and community
For more information on Charlotte Hall Veterans Home visit: Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

To contact Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, please email:
Sharon Murphy, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Director, smurphy@charhall.org

Maryland Veterans Trust Fund:
Trust Fund applications continue to be accepted.  The Trust Fund Administrator is remotely working at this time.  There may be a delay in responding to the receipt of applications and to scheduling applicant interviews.  For more information on the Trust Fund visit: Maryland Veterans Trust Fund

Outreach and Advocacy Program:
Outreach and Advocacy program staff continue to remotely work and are responding to voice mails and email.  Event attendance is canceled until further notice.  If you have questions please contact Dana Burl, Outreach Program Director at dana.burl@maryland.gov or Denise Nooe, Outreach Program Deputy Director at denise.nooe@maryland.gov

Fiscal Office:
The fiscal office of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs continues operations via email, voicemail, and remote access.  Inquiries related to procurement may be left by voicemail at 410-260-3843. Inquiries related to accounts payable and agency timekeeping may be left by voicemail at 410-260-3878.  Other fiscal-related inquiries (administration, audit, budget, personnel, etc.) may be left by voicemail at 410-260-3867 or directed to 443-534-3817.

For more information on the COVID-19 outbreak and the Maryland Department of Health visit:
COVID-19 Information and Guidance

 


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