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Living in Maryland

A number of services and benefits designed to enhance living are available to veterans in Maryland.  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and State Parks offer free admission benefits to 100% service connected disabled veterans and former prisoners of war.  In addition, Maryland offers no cost hunting and fishing licenses to eligible active duty military personnel and veterans.

Department of Natural Resources Wounded Warrior and Veteran Outreach Program

From the mountains of Western Maryland to the sandy beaches of Assateague, the Maryland Park Service is proud to offer wonderful recreational opportunities for our wounded warriors, veterans and their families to enjoy.  With 66 State Parks, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources provides activities such as hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, team building ropes courses, hunting and camping. Such experiences as these support veteran mental and physical well-being and establish a new base of potential employees.

The Wounded Warrior and Veteran Outreach Program  is designed to provide our state’s servicemen and women with unique opportunities to work, learn, volunteer and recreate in the rich natural habitats of Maryland.

To learn more visit the Wounded Warrior and Veteran Outreach Program website.

To speak with someone regarding the Wounded Warrior and Veteran Outreach Program call Christina Holden at 1-800-830-3974.

Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Department of Aging- Senior Center Services

Senior Centers provide a vital link for older individuals, encouraging them to take charge of their health and stay involved in their community.  Maryland’s 113 senior centers offer excellent opportunities for exercise programs, health screenings and wellness seminars. Every month, there are a variety of activities to meet senior needs and interests, physical ability and level of fitness.  Free and low-cost health screenings are offered at many senior centers and nutrition sites. These may include blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid, depression, glucose (for diabetes), nutrition, hearing, vision, stroke, osteoporosis, foot and several types of cancer.

To find your local senior center visit the Department of Aging website.

Source: Maryland Department of Aging

State Park Admission

Many of Maryland’s state parks are available for resource based recreation activities at no charge throughout the year. Others will vary the service charge with the day of week and season of year. There are several options for those facilities that do have a service charge.

For active duty military, you may enter free of charge by showing military I.D. For visitors with a disability, you may apply for a universal disability pass which is a free lifetime pass.

For visitors over the age of 62, you may apply for a Golden Age Pass which entitles you to free day use entry. This pass has a one-time $10 administrative fee. Another option for families, is the Maryland Passport that can be purchased for a yearly fee of $75. This pass entitles unlimited day use entry for everyone in the vehicle (up to 10 people) to Maryland’s state parks, including unlimited boat launching.

Visit Maryland State Parks website to learn more.

Source: Maryland State Parks

Complimentary Lifetime Hunting Licenses

A complimentary lifetime hunting license  is available to Maryland residents certified as a former prisoner of war or a 100% service connected disabled American veteran (Veterans Administration documentation required). The lifetime license is available only at DNR Licensing and Registration Service Centers and includes the bow stamp, muzzleloader stamp, and furbearer permit. The Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp is not part of the Complimentary License. The Migratory Game Bird Stamp, Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and the Big Game Harvest Record are required for each year and can be obtained from a DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center, a sport license agent, or online.

To learn more about a complimentary lifetime hunting license visit the Department of Natural Resources website.

For more information, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 410-260-3220.

Information for Hunters in the Armed Forces

Maryland residents serving in the United States Armed Forces and stationed in Maryland must purchase a Resident Hunting License before hunting, unless they are on official leave and possess a copy of their official leave orders. Maryland residents serving in the United States Armed Forces, while hunting during official leave in Maryland, do not need to purchase a hunting license, deer stamps, or DNR Managed Hunt Permit; however, they must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp, a federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and a Furbearer Permit.

You must possess a copy of your official leave orders while hunting and comply with the Hunter Education and Safety Requirement.

Any nonresident serving in the United States Armed Forces whose duty station is in Maryland must purchase a Resident Hunting License before hunting. Any nonresident serving in the United States Armed Forces who is on leave in Maryland, but not stationed in Maryland, must purchase a Nonresident Hunting License before hunting.

Visit the Department of Natural Resources website for more information.

For more information, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 410-260-3220.

Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Absentee Voting

Service members and their spouses who are citizens of the State of Maryland are eligible to vote in their local jurisdiction by absentee ballot.

Call the Election Board for your county or 800-222-8683.

InMyArea.com

Are you a military family moving to Maryland?  Visit InMyArea.com to find a variety of service provides local to this area, including utilities, internet and cable.  Also find military related banking services and information on local schools.


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