February 5, 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for a few good men and women to volunteer for a battle it's waging at home — against disease. Actually, more than a few are needed. Officials overseeing health care for the nation's veterans are undertaking what may be the largest effort of its kind in the nation, to collect medical records and blood samples from a million former service members for a bank of genetic information. The idea is to give researchers enough DNA and other data to link specific genes to mental and physical maladies, from post-traumatic stress disorder to heart disease, and eventually develop new preventive measures or treatments.
December 9, 2008
Maryland veterans who have been forced to travel long distances and wait for care at heavily used Veterans Affairs medical facilities in the state are going to get some relief. The department is planning two new outpatient clinics here - one at Fort Meade and another in northern Montgomery County. The Montgomery clinic will serve more than 4,000 veterans, while the Fort Meade facility will assist 2,500 who otherwise might have to travel to Baltimore, Perry Point or Washington for primary care, mental health services and other medical specialties.
August 11, 2014
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it has awarded $5.2 million in homeless prevention grants to six Maryland-based nonprofit organizations. The grants are intended to help 925 homeless and at-risk veterans in the state with outreach, case management and assistance obtaining VA benefits. Surveys indicate there about 300 homeless veterans in Baltimore. The number has remained steady since at least 2009.
June 3, 2014
The city and state are putting up a $450,000 black steel fence around the downtown War Memorial to stop homeless men and women - some of whom are veterans - from sleeping on the steps under the Greek-inspired columns of the landmark building across from City Hall. Activists who work with the homeless say the new fence, to be complete by mid-June, is a "disappointing" reminder of the ways government has failed to serve vulnerable people. But stewards of the historic structure say the barrier is needed to protect the War Memorial from trespassing and the occasional campfire.
August 18, 2002
Jesse Brown 58, a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War who led the nation's second-largest Cabinet agency, died in Washington on Thursday after a long illness. At the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Brown liked to call himself the secretary "for" veterans affairs and said he had won several battles with Congress because "we hold the high moral ground." Mr. Brown suffered from lower motor neuron syndrome, which attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Mr. Brown enlisted in the Marines in 1963.
May 10, 1992
USNAFamily Center WorkshopsThe Family Center Workshops are open to active-duty military, military retirees and their families.* May 11 -- Consumer Credit Counseling Service, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.* May 14 -- Information and Vocational Counseling for the Disabled Veteran. 8 a.m. to noon. Representative from the Department of Veterans Affairs offers information on the services offered and eligibility criteria.* May 18 -- Veterans Affairs representative will answer questions about benefits, including home loans, education, compensation, burial, life insurance and health care, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.* May 19-20 -- two-day newcomers' orientation, 9 a.m.* May 26 -- Leo Weigant, family services center counselor, presents a talk "Becoming New Parents and How it Affects the Marriage," 6:30 p.m.* May 28 -- Information and Vocational Counseling for the Disabled Veteran.