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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

FUNCTIONS


[photo, Jeffrey Building, 16 Francis St., Annapolis, Maryland] Under the Department of Veterans Affairs are three major programs: the Veterans Cemetery Program; the Veterans Memorials and Monuments Program; and the Veterans Service Program. The Department also is responsible for Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary's County, and the War Memorial Building and War Memorial Plaza in Baltimore. The Department is assisted by the Maryland Veterans Commission; the Maryland Veterans Home Commission; and the War Memorial Commission.

Jeffrey Building, 16 Francis St., Annapolis, Maryland, September 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


OFFICE OF SECRETARY

Jeffrey Building, 4th floor, 16 Francis St., Annapolis, MD 21401

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs heads the Department. Appointed by the Governor with Senate advice and consent, the Secretary must be an honorably discharged veteran. The Secretary serves on the Governor's Executive Council; the Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments; the Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs; the Task Force to Study State Assistance to Veterans; the State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation; and the Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board.

Within the Office of Secretary are units for Finance and Personnel, and Outreach and Advocacy.


[photo, G. H. Fallon Federal Building, 31 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, Maryland]

MARYLAND VETERANS COMMISSION

G. H. Fallon Federal Building, Room 110, 31 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201

Origins of the Maryland Veterans Commission trace to 1924, when the Soldiers' Relief Fund Commission formed to administer a State relief fund for disabled veterans of World War I (Chapter 344, Acts of 1924). The Commission became the Veterans Relief Commission in 1929 (Chapter 134, Acts of 1929). It was renamed the Maryland Veterans Commission in 1935 (Chapter 481, Acts of 1935). In 1971, the Commission joined the Department of Employment and Social Services, which was renamed the Department of Human Resources in 1975 (Chapters 370 and 617, Acts of 1971). In 1977, the Commission was made an independent agency (Chapter 895, Acts of 1977). With the Maryland Veterans Home Commission and the War Memorial Commission, the Maryland Veterans Commission became part of the Department of Veterans Affairs in October 1999 (Chapter 125, Acts of 1999).

G. H. Fallon Federal Building, 31 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, Maryland, April 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


The Commission advises the Secretary on all issues relating to veterans.

Twenty-seven Maryland veterans comprise the Commission. They are appointed to five-year terms by the Governor. The Governor names the Chair (Code State Government Article, secs. 9-904 through 9-914).


[photo, War Memorial Building, Gay St., Baltimore, Maryland]

War Memorial Building, 101 North Gay St., Baltimore, Maryland, June 2006. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


OUTREACH & ADVOCACY

In June 2006, the Outreach and Advocacy Program was authorized by the General Assembly (Chapter 290, Acts of 2006). The Program ensures that veterans know what services, benefits, and assistance the federal and State governments provide for them. Besides informing veterans of tax, health care, disability, pension and education benefits to which they might be entitled, Outreach and Advocacy actively assists veterans in the process of claiming such benefits, and monitoring the status of individual claims. The Program further keeps the Governor and General Assembly informed on issues important to veterans which may require gubernatorial or legislative action.


CHARLOTTE HALL VETERANS HOME

29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

To provide residential and long-term health care to geriatric, chronically ill or disabled veterans, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home opened in January 1985 in St. Mary's County. The Home provides comprehensive nursing-care, comprehensive care, and assisted living. A three-story structure, the Home contains some 500 rooms. It is located on 126 acres in St. Mary's County.

A comprehensive nursing-care wing opened in March 1986, and a comprehensive-care wing, including a specialized unit for Alzheimer's care, opened in 1993. To expand the availability of assisted living, another wing opened in 2003. Currently, the Home has 100 assisted-living beds and 278 nursing-care beds.

On Veterans Day 2004, spouses of veterans who did not themselves serve in the armed forces became eligible for admission to the Home (Executive Order 01.01.2004.61; Chapter 238, Acts of 2006).

Applications for residency in the Home may be requested from the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.


[photo, Crownsville State Veterans Cemetery entrance, 1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville, Maryland]

VETERANS CEMETERY PROGRAM

In 1973, the Maryland Veterans Commission was authorized to acquire cemetery sites for honorably discharged Maryland veterans and their immediate families (Chapter 504, Acts of 1973). Since State land would be used, funds were authorized in 1974 to develop cemeteries rather than to acquire sites (Chapter 775, Acts of 1974).

Crownsville State Veterans Cemetery entrance, 1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville, Maryland, October 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Through the Veterans Cemetery Program, the Department now operates five cemeteries for veterans and their dependents. The Department sets eligibility requirements for burial. The cemeteries are located in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Dorchester and Prince George's counties. A permanent registry of graves of all who served in the U.S. military or naval forces in time of war and who are buried in Maryland also is maintained by the Department (Code State Government Article, secs. 9-913 through 9-914).

VETERANS MEMORIALS & MONUMENTS PROGRAM

The Veterans Memorials and Monuments Program was established in 1989 to operate, maintain, secure, and preserve veterans memorials and monuments (Chapter 790, Acts of 1989). All are open to the public 365 days a year. They are operated and cared for by the Department (Code State Government Article, sec. 9-915).

MARYLAND KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL
Canton Waterfront Park, 2903 Boston St., Baltimore, MD 21224

The Maryland Korean War Memorial was dedicated May 27, 1990. Administration of the Maryland Korean War Memorial was reassigned from the Korean War Memorial Commission to the Maryland Veterans Commission in 1989. In June 2006, oversight for all veterans memorials and monuments was transferred from the Commission to the Department (Chapter 238, Acts of 2006).

MARYLAND VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
Middle Branch Park, 2825 South Hanover St., Baltimore, MD 21225

Responsibility for administering the Maryland Vietnam Veterans Memorial transferred from the Maryland Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission to the Maryland Veterans Commission in 1989 (Chapter 790, Acts of 1989). The Maryland Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated May 28, 1989. In June 2006, oversight for all veterans memorials and monuments was transferred from the Commission to the Department (Chapter 238, Acts of 2006).

MARYLAND WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL
Route 450 at Naval Academy Bridge
1920 Ritchie Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401

Dedicated July 23, 1998, the Maryland World War II Memorial was assigned to the Program in 1999 (Chapter 125, Acts of 1999).

VETERANS SERVICE PROGRAM

G. H. Fallon Federal Building, Room 1231, 31 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201

The Veterans Service Program is concerned with veteran benefits. These include education, home loans, insurance, pensions, and compensation for service-related disabilities, as well as benefits for health care, burial, and surviving family members. Through the Program, the Department's service centers advises, assists, and represents Maryland veterans, their dependents, and survivors seeking federal, State and local veteran benefits. It helps them develop, prepare, submit, and approve claims for these benefits enumerated by federal, State and local law. To achieve these purposes, veterans service centers operate throughout the State.

Trained in veteran laws and regulations, Veterans Service officers present and prosecute claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They represent claimants by power-of-attorney through the adjudication and appellate processes.

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