According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 471,200 veterans live in Maryland.
The image of a veteran has changed in the last 11 years. Almost half of those serving in the military are between 22 and 30 years old.
America has the largest population of young veterans since the Vietnam War. Many of these veterans are now college students, and many of them have families, wives, husbands, children and parents who love and care for these brave veterans.
Below are some of federal and state resources which serve Maryland's veterans.
- National Resource Directory connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families and caregivers to programs and services that support them. It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs fulfills President Lincoln's promise “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System is a dynamic and progressive health care organization dedicated to providing quality, compassionate and accessible care and service to Maryland’s veterans. The Baltimore and Perry Point VA Medical Centers, in addition to the Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehablilitation Center and five community based outpatient clinics, all work together to form this comprehensive health care delivery system.
- Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs is an executive department in Maryland State Government with a service mission to:
- Provide representation to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency also provides referrals to other federal, Maryland and local government agencies for benefits which may be available to eligible individuals.
- Manage and operate authorized Maryland state veterans cemeteries and a Civil War cemetery.
- Maintain and care for memorials for the state's Vietnam, Korean, and World War II veterans.
- Manage Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.
- Provide staff support and assistance to state veterans commissions.
- Maryland Higher Education Commission (Veterans' Education and Training) serves as the official state approving agency, an approving authority for the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The SAA approves and supervises postsecondary institutions that are legally operating in Maryland, including public and private high schools, colleges and universities, community colleges, academies, and training and private career schools. Students who attend a postsecondary institution that has been SAA approved and meets the requirements under the G. I. Bill may be eligible for education benefits.
- Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans (1-877-770-4801): Assists veterans and their families with coordinating behavioral health services, including mental health and substance abuse services either with the VA or Maryland’s public mental health system.
- Facilitates and covers transportation costs to behavioral health appointments.
- Provides information and referrals related to VA benefits, employment, education and housing.
- Provides outreach to educate veterans, residents and community groups about MCV.
Callers are connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to a regional resource coordinator. When a veteran or family member is linked to a regional resource coordinator, they always speak to the same person, building a relationship that creates the opportunity to link them to community resources which can best meet their needs.
- Maryland One-Stop Career Centers provide a full range of assistance to job seekers (free of charge). The centers are staffed with qualified professional who can assist with training referrals, career counseling, job listings and other employment-related services.