May 19, 2003

Workshops to explain benefits to veterans

U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., has organized a series of four workshops, including one in Washington County, for veterans throughout the 6th District to learn about benefits and programs administered by the federal Veterans Administration.

Debbie Hynes from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Baltimore Regional Office, will conduct the workshops. Information including eligibility and application processes about the following programs will be discussed: Disability compensations benefits, nonservice connected pensions, education and training, such as the Montgomery GI bill, home mortgage loans, burial benefits, survivor benefits and the appeals process.

The workshops will be held Tuesday, May 27, 9 to 11 a.m. at Comfort Inns and Suites, 16 National Highway, LaVale, Md.; and 1 to 3 p.m. in Garrett County, Ruth Enlow Library, North 2nd Street, Oakland, Md.

On Wednesday, May 28, 9 to 11 a.m. at Maugansville Community Center, 18007 Maugans Ave., Maugansville; and 1 to 3 p.m. at C. Burr Artz Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md.


For more information, call Brenda Frantz at Bartlett's Cumberland District Office at 1-301-724-3105.

Battlefield planning group to meet

The planning committee for the South Mountain State Battlefield will hold a public meeting Wednesday, May 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Greenbrier State Park. The committee is made up of representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Frederick and Washington counties, the National Park Service (Appalachian Trail Office), the Maryland Environmental Trust and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.

The committee convened in March to determine the best uses for the battlefield lands. Some of the issues affecting the development of the South Mountain State Battlefield include appropriate interpretative features, public amenities, museum and development operations, and monument placement.

The public is invited to attend the meeting. For information, contact committee coordinator Neal Welch, DNR, Western Region Resource Planner, at 1-410-260-8409.

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