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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 16, 2013
Richard Andrews III said he has a job at a local graphics company, but it's hard to get enough hours to make a decent living. Andrews, who is an Army veteran, and dozens of others with military experience were at the National Guard Armory off Roxbury Road on Tuesday to attend Hiring Our Heroes-Hagerstown, one of four job fairs scheduled to be held in Maryland this year to help veterans and their spouses find work. With 36 prospective employers ranging from Walmart to Lockheed Martin, Andrews said he was pleasantly surprised by the event.
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NEWS
April 14, 2013
A service officer from the Disabled American Veterans agency will be available Thursday at the Hagerstown Veterans Administration Clinic, Hub Plaza Building, 1101 Opal Court. The representative will be at the office from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The service officer will be available to provide information and prepare veterans administration claims for veterans, their spouses or family members to obtain benefits. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their military discharge, DD 214 or other service records, veterans administreation claim number if one was issued and any correspondence or rating decision information.
EDUCATION
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 29, 2013
A local Korean War veterans association wants to remind aspiring college students about two scholarships that have been offered for the last several years. V. Joseph Startari, scholarship committee chairman of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association, said the organization is having a hard time getting high school seniors to apply for the $500 scholarships. “People just don't seem interested,” he said. Startari said students used to have to be a descendant of a Korean War veteran to apply, but Chapter 312 recently dropped that requirement.
NEWS
March 22, 2013
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, in partnership with Warrior Hike, Operation Military Embrace, the Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association, launched an initiative called the “Walk Off the War” program. The program will provide 13 military veterans the opportunity to reconnect with the United States through a fully funded scholarship to hike the Appalachian Trail. The objective of the program is to provide veterans a self-directed, self-paced journey along the trail to help them return to civilian society with the greatest opportunity for success in their personal and professional lives.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | March 18, 2013
he state recently approved $12,600 for the Town of Smithsburg to plan development of a new section of Veterans Park, and now town officials want to know what residents would like to see at the park, Mayor Mildred “Mickey” Myers said Monday. The town bought 2.52 acres adjacent to the northeast side of Veterans Park in 2008 for $140,000 from the Kline family, according to town officials and Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation online records. The Maryland Board of Public Works granted approval for the $12,600 in Program Open Space funds during its March 6 meeting, according to the board's website and an email from James W. “Chip” Price, director for Program Open Space grants.
NEWS
March 15, 2013
A Disabled American Veteran service officer will be at the Hagerstown VA Clinic, Hub Plaza Building, 1101 Opal Court, the third Thursday of each month. The date for this month's visit will be Thursday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The representative will be available to provide information and prepare claims for veterans, their spouse or family members to obtain benefits. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their military discharge, DD 214 or other service records, Veterans Administration claim number if one was issued and any correspondence or rating decision information.
NEWS
March 10, 2013
The Forty and Eight local chapter, Voiture 1356, invites area veterans to join its ranks. “We simply need to know who the veterans are in our area in order to extend an invitation. There are undoubtedly many veterans out there from earlier wars who would enjoy some renewed sense of camaraderie,” said the organization's vice president, Mike Austin. Although membership is by invitation, Austin said the demands are not rigorous, and there is no distinction between domestic and overseas service or particular national security emergencies.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
Automatic federal budget cuts set to take effect Friday would mean thousands of temporary layoffs for National Guard and civilian defense workers in West Virginia, including those at the 167th Airlift Wing near Martinsburg, along with reduced funding for several other programs, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Tuesday. The West Virginia Democrat said on a conference call that he's discouraged Congress hasn't reached a long-term, bipartisan compromise, but he's still “very hopeful” a deal can be completed before month's end. Manchin called the proposed widespread cuts “ludicrous.” “I just think there's a smarter way to do it,” he said.
NEWS
February 24, 2013
A reader who called Mail Call last week asked about the meeting dates of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association. The reader wrote, “I would like to know if anybody knows ... where they meet, what day, what time ... and if there's a contact number for any of them.” Antietam Chapter 312 meets at 2 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at American Legion Dixon-Troxell Post 211 in Funkstown. The address is 12 N. Westside Ave. In addition, Antietam Chapter 312's board of directors meets at the American Legion in Funkstown on the third Wednesday of each month.
NEWS
February 6, 2013
A Disabled American Veterans service officer will be at the Hagerstown VA Clinic, Hub Plaza Building, 1101 Opal Court, Thursday, Feb. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The representative will be available to prepare claims for VA benefits and provide information to veterans and/or their family members. Take a copy of your military discharge, DD 214 or other service record, VA claim number and any correspondence or rating decision information. Walk-ins are welcome. This is a free service provided to all veterans.
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