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Montgomery County Thanks Our Veterans and Their Families - Honor Their Service; Strengthen Our Community
Commission on Veterans Affairs

NEW: Leggett Seeks Applicants for Commission on Veterans Affairs
 
County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill six vacancies on the Commission on Veterans Affairs. Two vacancies are for members representing the general public, and four vacancies are for veterans who may be members of veterans groups such as the Vietnam Veterans of America, American Veterans (AMVETS), Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Women Veterans of America, American Legion, or Military Order of the Purple Heart. One public member and one veteran member are eligible to apply for reappointment.
 
The Commission has a total of 16 voting members, including representatives of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Economic Development, the County Executive’s Office, and Montgomery College. There is one non-voting representative of the County’s congressional delegation. The Commission researches, assembles, analyzes, and disseminates information and educational materials relating to activities and programs that assist in meeting the needs of veterans and their families; institutes and conducts educational and other programs, meetings, and conferences to promote the rights and opportunities of veterans; advises the Executive and the Council on the status of programs and services in the State and County related to the needs of veterans and their families; and assists in planning appropriate commemorative activities and public acknowledgement of the contributions made by veterans.
 
Members serve three-year terms without compensation, but are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for meetings attended. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM in Rockville. The deadline for application is September 7, 2018.


SPECIAL NOTICE:
 Montgomery County Dedicates Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Press Release)

We have placed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication videos and photos on the Montgomery County Veterans website.  The County and the Commission on Veterans Affairs is committed to honoring the 130 service members who were killed or reported missed in action during the Vietnam War. 

We wanted to acknowledge and pay tribute to the many family members, friends, Vietnam Veterans and members of the Vietnamese American Senior Association who participated in the event.  The Memorial was dedicated by County Executive Isiah Leggett who served as a Captain in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  In addition a plaque was also dedicated that honors and pays tribute to all who served our country during the Vietnam Era, 1955-1975. Thanks to all for making this a meaningful tribute to our County's Veterans and their families. 


Current Chairman and Vice-Chairman - 2018: Dan Bullis, Chairman  •  Randy Stone, Vice-Chairman

The Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs was established by County legislation in 2008 with the goal of the Commission to provide advice to the Executive and Council on the status of programs and services related to the needs of Veterans.  Veterans have made an important contribution to the community by their service in the Armed Forces of this Nation, and Montgomery County is committed to showing its commitment and support for all veterans and their families.


The Commission is composed of sixteen voting members and one non-voting member who serve in a volunteer capacity.  Members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. The Commission includes:

  • Eight (8) Veterans who are a member of a veterans group
  • Four (4) General Public
  • Four (4) Ex-Officio Members (Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Economic Development, The Office of the County Executive, and Montgomery College)
  • One (1) Non-Voting Congressional Representative
View current membership list

The meetings of the Commission on Veterans Affairs are open to the public.  The Commission welcomes visitors to join us as we serve the County and its residents. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, except in July and August. As possible, we adjust meeting dates in order to accommodate days of major religious observances. Please contact the office to confirm meetings.

Accommodations: The Commission will make all reasonable good faith efforts to provide accommodations, aides, services, or barrier removal to enable all members and meeting participants' full inclusion. Accommodations are provided upon request with advance notice. Please make your request as early as possible, at least three full working days in advance of the meeting. To make a request, please call 240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711, or e-mail DHHSWebsite@montgomerycountymd.gov

Inclement Weather Policy: For consistency, if Montgomery County Public Schools open late, morning Commission meetings are cancelled; if schools close in the early afternoon, then late afternoon and evening Commission meetings are cancelled; or if schools are closed all day all Commission meetings for that day and evening are cancelled.  This applies to full Commission meetings as well as subcommittees and every activity organized by the Commission.

Agendas

Next Meeting: Commission on Veterans Affairs Meeting - Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. **PLEASE NOTE: Meeting is held the fourth Tuesday of the month due to a religious observance.** Held at Health & Human Services Building, 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st Floor 1A Conference Room, Rockville, MD 20850. Agenda to be announced. Meetings are open to the public. Parking instructions are included in the agenda. To request an alternative format of the agenda or an accommodation to attend the meeting please call 240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711, or e-mail carly.clem@montgomerycountymd.gov

Full Commission Meeting Schedule - Present to June 2019

July & August - No Meetings
September 25th, 2018 - **PLEASE NOTE: Meeting is held the fourth Tuesday of the month due to a religious observance.**
October 16th, 2018
November 20th, 2018
December 18th, 2018
January 15th, 2019
February 19th, 2019
March 19th, 2019
April 16th, 2019
May 21st, 2019
June 18th, 2019

 

Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report Cover

Commission on Veterans Affairs 2017 Annual Report (PDF)

Highlights include information on the Montgomery County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and how to enroll in VA healthcare; a County Veteran Timeline of accomplishments from 2009 to 2017; a snapshot of Veterans Behavioral Health Services; key contacts for the VA, the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, and other Veteran resources; and employment data and statistics on the County's Veteran population. 

Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report Cover

Commission on Veterans Affairs 2016 Annual Report (PDF)

Highlights include the Montgomery County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) Golden Hammer Ceremony; a Veteran event with Mike Love, Founder of the Beach Boys; ending Veterans homelessness in Montgomery County; a Montgomery College TV Documentary on Vietnam Veterans; key contacts for the VA and other Veteran resources; and employment data and statistics on the County's Veteran population. 

Commission on Veterans Affairs 2015 Annual Report Cover

Commission on Veterans Affairs 2015 Annual Report (PDF)

Highlights include the Honor & Gratitude event saluting Montgomery County's Vietnam Veterans; announcement of a Montgomery County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC); VASH housing vouchers for homeless County Veterans; ; 2015 proclaimed by County Council and County Executive as "Year of Montgomery County's Veterans and Their Families"; launch of County Cable and Commission HomeFront TV Show; key contacts for the VA and other Veteran resources; and statistics on the County's Veteran population.

Commission on Veterans Affairs 2014 Annual Report Cover

Commission on Veterans Affairs 2014 Annual Report (PDF)

Highlights include unveiling new County memorial plaza with eternal flame; VA Silver Spring Vet Center grand opening; update on a Montgomery County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC); employment initiatives to increase hiring; grant funding for job skills training and career counseling for Veterans; key contacts for the VA and other Veteran resources; and statistics on the County's Veteran population.

 

Coming Soon!

"Leggett Introduces Legislation to Establish Veterans Commisson"  - Press Release: June 9th, 2008

Bill 23-08 - Original Legislation  - Introduced June 10th, 2008. Effective November 3rd, 2008. Establishment of the Commission.

Bill 34-08 - Amended Legislation  - Introduced October 28th, 2008. Effective December 10th, 2008. Increased the number of voting members on the Commission.

Bill 52-10 - Amended Legislation  - Introduced October 26th, 2010.  Effective March 10th, 2011. Altered the membership of the Commission to include the President of Montgomery College or the President's designee as a designated ex-officio member.

To request a hard copy or an alternative format, please call 240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711, or e-mail  DHHSWebsite@montgomerycountymd.gov.

 





Staff

Support to the Commission is provided by:

Betsy Luecking, Community Outreach Manager

Carly Clem, Administrative Specialist I

240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711

DHHSWebsite@montgomerycountymd.gov

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