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Welcome to Montgomery County's Veterans' Affairs Homepage

County Executive Marc Elrich

Welcome to the Montgomery County's Veterans' Affairs Homepage
Please take advantage of the many time-saving online options we have made available for you. I hope the information contained herein is useful in accessing our many services and programs for Veterans. I invite you to share these links with others  to ensure that all Veterans and their families have the opportunity to obtain the support they deserve. Please e-mail me with any questions or suggestions you might have. Thanks for visiting our website and - even more - thank you for your service to America.

Signature of County Executive Marc Elrich
Marc Elrich, County Executive
ocemail@montgomerycountymd.gov

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Veterans Events - November 2019

Montgomery County Council Veterans Day Proclamation - Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Held at County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, 3rd Floor Hearing Room, Rockville, MD 20850. Proclamation presented by Councilmember Sidney Katz to Dan Bullis, Chair, Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs. 

Armed Forces and Veteran Affairs Committee 2nd Annual Open House - Friday, November 15th, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Held at Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Avenue, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Rockville, MD 20850. Meet and greet at 1:00 p.m. with Pvt. Indiana Hunt-Martin (Retired), WWII survivor of 6888 Postal Battalion, and Edna W. Cummings, Col. US Army (Retired), Six Triple Eight Advocate/Producer. Award winning film showing "Six Triple Eight" promptly at 2:00 p.m. Followed by discussion, Q&A, signatures, and photo ops. Event is free, light refreshments provided. Please register at www.eventbrite.com. Hosted by NAACP Montgomery County Branch.


Next Meeting:
 
Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs Meeting - Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Held at Health & Human Services, 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st Floor 1A Conference Room, Rockville, MD 20850. County Executive Marc Elrich will be making remarks. Meetings are open to the public. 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

Montgomery County Veterans Collaborative Meeting - Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Held at Every-Mind, 1000 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20850. For more information, e-mail Julie Riggs, Program Manager, Serving Together at jriggs@every-mind.org.

NEW - Montgomery Council Expands the Property Tax Credit for Surviving Spouses of Retired Military Service Members
ROCKVILLE, Md., July 31, 2019—On Tuesday, July 30, the Council unanimously voted to enact Expedited Bill 21-19, Property Tax Credit - Elderly Individuals and Retired Military Services Member - Surviving Spouse, which would expand the property tax credit for surviving spouses of retired military services members. Councilmember Craig Rice and Council Vice President Sidney Katz were the lead sponsors. Council President Nancy Navarro and Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz, Evan Glass and Andrew Friedson were cosponsors. Under Bill 21-19, a surviving spouse would be eligible for the credit if:

  • the individual is a surviving spouse of a retired member of the uniformed services, the military reserves, or the national guard;
  • the surviving spouse is at least 65 years old; and
  • the surviving spouse has not remarried.

Once the expedited bill is signed into law, it will be effective from July 1, 2019 and eligible individuals can apply at the Department of Finance’s website. The deadline to apply for the property tax credit is October 1, 2019.
To access the application and for more information visit: https://tinyurl.com/SurvivingSpousesTaxCredit.
View the Council staff report for Expedited Bill 21-19.


NEW - VA Mission Act - New Eligibility Criteria for Community Care, New Urgent Care Benefit, and Sunset of Choice Program - Effective June 6, 2019:
Veterans should expect a fairly transparent and seamless transition to the new Veterans Community Care Program.  After June 6, VA cannot furnish care under the Veterans Choice Program (VCP). The two other most important changes that become effective on June 6 include:

Veterans should continue to talk with their VA care team about the best way to get the care they need—either from a VA medical facility or community provider. As they do now, Veterans may also need to pay a copayment for care for nonservice-connected conditions, just as they would if they received care at a VA medical facility.  Special copayment rules apply to the new urgent care benefit.

Under the new MISSION Act, the access standard for receiving care in the community will be a 30-minute drive from any VA clinic or a 20-day wait for VA service. For specialty care in the community it will be a 60-minute drive from any VA clinic or a 28-day wait for service.
 
With urgent care, Veterans have a new option for care for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, such as colds, sore throats, and minor skin infections. The benefit is offered in addition to the opportunity to receive care from a VA provider, as VA also offers same-day services. Eligible Veterans will be able to receive urgent care from an urgent care provider that is part of VA’s contracted network of community providers without prior authorization from VA. VA can pay for an urgent care claim only if:
  • The Veteran is eligible for the benefit;
  • The urgent care provider is part of VA’s contracted network of community providers; and
  • The services are not excluded under the benefit (excluded services include preventive services and dental services).
For more information, visit VA MISSION Act.
 

For Veterans to take advantage of the MISSION Act they must be enrolled in the VA healthcare system. Learn more about how to enroll in VA healthcare.


NEW - VA Montgomery County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (Video):  Thousands of veterans live in Montgomery County Maryland. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs has opened a state of the art healthcare clinic in Gaithersburg, giving county veterans an option to receive healthcare closer to home. Video features CBOC Staff and County Councilmember Gabe Albornoz, Chair of the HHS Committee. Susan Kenedy, Communications Specialist with the Montgomery County Council, has the story.

Since 2010, the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs in partnership with County Executive staff, Senator Chris Van Hollen's and Senator Cardin's staff have been meeting with the Director of the DCVA Medical Center to advocate to have a VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Montgomery County. After years of advocacy, this CBOC located at 15810 Gaither Drive was opened. Thanks to Al Roshdieh, Director of Transportation for Montgomery County Government, the County has added street signage and free Ride On Bus service from Shady Grove Metro every 30 minutes from 6:20 am to 8:30 pm Monday through Friday.

CBOC Address: 15810 Gaither Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Appointments: 202-745-8000, Option 2 (7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon - Fri)
VA Medical Advice: 202-745-8000, Option 3 (24/7)
Administrative Clinic Receptionist: 301-591-5858, Option 8 (V)
The new VA clinic provides Veterans with primary care, women’s health, mental health and social work services, as well as nutrition counseling, pharmacy consultation, audiology device fitting and adjustment, and specialty care via clinical telehealth technology. Free parking. Conveniently located to the Shady Grove Metro Station via Ride On Bus #63 and #63X. Route #63X provides additional service between Gaither Road & Gaither Drive and the Shady Grove Metro Station to augment Route 63 trips on weekdays. Service is available from approximately 6:20 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Montgomery County Veterans Benefits Specialist - EFFECTIVE May 22nd, 2019: Tiffany Barker, Veterans Benefits Specialist, began working at the Montgomery College Service Center Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Outreach Hours: Ms. Barker will be at the Silver Spring Vet Center (2900 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910) the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please note: while walk-ins are accepted at both locations, to ensure you are seen please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Contact: 240-567-5405 (V), 240-567-4361 (FAX), e-mail tiffany.barker@maryland.gov. Montgomery College Service Center Address: 51 Mannakee Street, Mannakee Building, Room MK251, Rockville, MD 20850


Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall: Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett unveiled the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and Vietnam Era Honor & Gratitude Plaque at a dedication ceremony on May 21st attended by hundreds of people at Memorial Plaza in Rockville. The Memorial Wall includes the names of  130 service members from Montgomery County who lost their lives or were reported missing in action during the Vietnam War. Many of these fallen heroes’ family members and friends attended the event, which included a laying of the wreaths and reading of the names. The plaque is a tribute to all Montgomery County veterans who served our country during the Vietnam era, 1955 - 1975.

For more information, view the  press release or visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall tab above for video and photos of the event.


New Phone Number to Access Va Services: The VA is introducing 1-844-MyVA311 (1-844-698-2311) as a go-to source for Veterans and their families who don't know what number to call. This new national toll-free number will help eliminate the feeling of frustration and confusion that Veterans and their families have expressed when navigating the 1000-plus phone numbers that currently exist. With 1-844-MyVA311, Veterans, families and caregivers can access information about VA services like disability, pension, healthcare eligibility, enrollment, and burial benefits. And if they're looking for immediate assistance with housing or are having a mental health crisis, MyVA311 will route callers to the Homeless Veteran help line and the Veterans Crisis Line.


Highlights from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication

 
 

 

“Welcome Home” is a greeting offered to those returning from war that is popular among our Vietnam Veterans because their welcome home was less heartfelt than that offered Veterans from other wars.  It continues to be a saying used with a handshake or embrace offered to brothers and sisters that served in Vietnam. The Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs was established by County Executive Isiah Leggett in 2008. The Commission on Veterans Affairs advocated to create a memorial in Montgomery County to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in defense of our country during Vietnam.  Read more about the history of the Montgomery County Vietnam Veterans Memorial .

Vietnam Memorial Dedication - County Cable Montgomery (Video)

The Vietnam War lasted more than 17 years, ending in 1975. On May 21st, 2018, more than forty years later, Montgomery County Maryland paid homage to those residents who never came home from that war with a special ceremony. Susan Kenedy has the story.










Vietnam Veterans Memorial Media

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication Program  and Fallen Heroes List

Press Release (5/21/2018): Montgomery County Dedicates Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Montgomery County Sentinel (5/25/2018): Vietnam War Veterans Attend Unveiling of Memorial in Rockville

 
Gallery

Online gallery of photos from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication.

 

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Montgomery County Dedicates Vietnam Memorial  - Montgomery Community Media (Video)

Wall in Rockville brings "some healing and some closure" to the 130 men who died or went missing during the Vietnam War.

 

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Vietnam War Veterans Honored During Special Ceremony - Montgomery Community Media (Video)

Hundreds gathered in Rockville for a special ceremony where Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett unveiled the new Montgomery County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

 

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication - County Report This Week (Video)

It was an emotional ceremony when county executive Ike Leggett un-veiled the “Montgomery County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.” Lorna Virgili brings us the story.

 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Dedication Ceremony

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Dedication Ceremony  - County Cable Montgomery (Video)

Dedication of Montgomery County’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Rockville, MD. Program begins at 17:40.

 

 

 

VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Gaithersburg

NEW - VA Montgomery County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (Video):  Thousands of veterans live in Montgomery County Maryland. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs has opened a state of the art healthcare clinic in Gaithersburg, giving county veterans an option to receive healthcare closer to home. Video features CBOC Staff and County Councilmember Gabe Albornoz, Chair of the HHS Committee. Susan Kenedy, Communications Specialist with the Montgomery County Council, has the story.
Veterans in and around Montgomery County, Maryland now have a closer-to-home option for their health care. The new Montgomery County Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), located on 15810 Gaither Drive in Gaithersburg, Maryland, provides Veterans with primary care, women’s health, mental health and social work services, as well as nutrition counseling, pharmacy consultations, audiology device fittings and specialty care via clinical telehealth technology. VA community partners will also be on-site to offer access to community resources.

To book an appointment at the new CBOC, just call the VA at 202-745-8000, Option 2, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For VA Medical Advice, call 202-745-8000, Option 3, 24/7. To reach the CBOC Administrative Receptionist, call 301-591-5858, Option 8.

The new CBOC location offers free parking. Conveniently located to the Shady Grove Metro Station via Ride On Bus #63 and #63X. Route #63X provides additional service between Gaither Road & Gaither Drive and the Shady Grove Metro Station to augment Route 63 trips on weekdays. Service is available from approximately 6:20 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

View VA CBOC Flyer.

Enroll in VA Healthcare


Eligibility Criteria
If you served in the active military service and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health benefits as well. For more detail information about eligibility, please visit  www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/veterans.asp

Here are the convenient ways to apply for enrollment:

By Telephone
The telephone application option is a more convenient way to apply for enrollment, and eliminates the need for a signed paper application.
  • VA staff members will collect the needed information and process the enrollment application for an enrollment determination.
  • To apply, call 1-877-222-VETS (8397), Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m, EST.

Apply Online
Fill out the application online and electronically submit it to VA for processing. No need for additional documents to verify military service. If you were recently discharged, we will get your military information for you.
  • To complete the healthcare application, visit  www.vets.gov/healthcare/apply.
  • Once you complete the application, you may submit your application online.
  • You will immediately receive a confirmation message notifying you that your application has been received.
  • A signature is not required for online registration.
  • For more information about the application process, visit  www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/application_process.asp.
  • You will also receive information about the appeals process, if you do not agree with the enrollment decision.

Apply in Person
You may apply in person at your local VA health care facility.
  • Complete the healthcare application online.
  • For more information about the application process, visit  www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/application_process.asp.
  • You will also receive information about the appeals process, if you do not agreement witht he enrollment decision.


By Mail
Pick up an application at your local VA or download, print, and fill out the 10-10EZ, Application for Health Care. Complete the application (be sure to sign it) and mail to: Health Eligibility Center, 2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30329-1647.

Required Signature
When you apply in person or by mail, you or the person acting as your Power of Attorney must sign and date the form. If your Power of Attorney signs and dates the form you must submit a copy of the Power of Attorney with the form. If you sign with an "X", then two people that you know must witness you as you sign the form. They must also sign and print their names on the form.

Obtaining an Appointment
You may request a doctor's appointment when you apply for enrollment by checking 'yes' to the question asking if you want an appointment on the application. An appointment will be made witha  VA doctor or provider and you will be notified via mail of the appointment. If you need health care before your scheduled appointment, you may contact the Enrollment Coordinator, Urgent Care Clinic or the Emergency Room at your local VA.

We proudly remember and pay tribute to the County’s fallen service members who have died in service to our country. The records show these men and women as enlisting, being originally from, or having at one time lived in Montgomery County. 

Global War on Terror •   Gulf War  •   Vietnam War -  Montgomery County Sentinel - Montgomery's War Dead 1963 to 1970  •   Korean War  •   World War II  •  World War I

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 holds monthly meetings from September through June. Meetings are open to the public. View meeting agendas and schedule .

 

Homefront

Gives residents an inside look at the lives of Montgomery County Veterans and their families and the services the County is trying to make available to them. Program airs on Comcast/RCN 6, Verizon 30 the following times: Sun - (6:30 PM, 10:45 PM) | Fri (10:30 PM ). Produced by Montgomery County Cable.

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Honor and Gratitude: Chronicles of Montgomery County Vietnam Veterans (YouTube)

This documentary features the stories of seven Vietnam Veterans of Montgomery County, Maryland. Everett Alvarez, Ricky Black, Wayne Miller, Jane McCarthy, Stephen Campanella, Mike Walsh, and Bill Gray all served as the U.S. fought to stop the spread of communism in southeast Asia. Approximately 13,000 Montgomery County Residents served in the Vietnam War.

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Honor and Gratitude: Montgomery County Salutes Vietnam Veterans (YouTube)

Montgomery County PEG stations honored Vietnam veterans on October 24th, 2015, at the Universities at Shady Grove. More than 800 people attended the first significant event the County has ever held to honor Vietnam veterans since the war ended 40 years ago.

 

Honoring Our World War II Veterans

Montgomery County saluted those who served our nation 70 years ago and became part of what is called “The Greatest Generation” on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 at the Silver Spring Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring, MD. All from the Montgomery County, MD area were invited to attend and be honored at this event that reflects on World War II.

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Airpark Pilots Help Tuskegee Airman (YouTube)

Lt. Floyd Collins, a 90-year-old former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who wanted to experience flying once again, had his wish fulfilled by a few pilots at the Montgomery County Airpark. (August 2015)

 

 

Veteran Key Contacts and Other Resources  - Quick resource guide to key programs and resources for veterans and their families.

Veterans Network Directory  - A directory of providers, agencies, and advocacy organizations that offer local, state and national resources for veterans, military service members, and their families.  Montgomery County does not endorse or assume responsibility for any product, method, service or treatment listed in this resource directory that is not a County program.


This website is a project of the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs.
For more information please call 240-777-1246 (V).

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