For Maryland veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides information and assistance so that veterans receive all the benefits they have earned. While federal benefits include health care, education, home loans, and vocational rehabilitation, Maryland provides additional benefits, such as educational grants and scholarships, reduced fees and tax credits, business loans, veterans homes, and hunting and fishing privileges. Also, through the Maryland Veterans Trust Fund, the Maryland Veterans Trust provides monetary and other assistance to both veterans and their families, and to programs that support them. Moreover, as part of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Veterans Affairs promotes and safeguards quality education and training programs for all veterans.
Concerns about veterans affairs also are addressed by the General Assembly through the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, and the Maryland Veterans Caucus.
Carillon, Crownsville State Veterans Cemetery, 1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville, Maryland, October 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
In FY2021, some 377,772 veterans were living in Maryland.
The Service and Benefits Program of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs submitted 2,798 disability compensation and pension claims to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs in Fiscal Year 2021 on behalf of Maryland veterans, who received some $30 million in monthly cash benefits. In the same period, Maryland's veterans and their dependents received $230,000 from the Maryland Veterans Trust Fund, and the State Cemetery and Memorial Program conducted 3,159 burial services in Maryland's five veterans' cemeteries.
To help veterans, the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program provides grants to organizations that match qualified veterans with service dogs or equine therapy. In Fiscal Year 2021, $44,000 in grants was split between six groups: Hero Dogs, Warrior Canine Connection, Fidos for Freedom, Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center, Taking the Lead, and Bridges at Worthmore.
Fred L. Wineland Building*, 16 Francis St., 4th floor, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 260-3838; 1-866-793-1577 (toll free); fax: (410) 216-7928
(*note: no veteran benefits specialists at 16 Francis St.; contact service program at 1-800-446-4926, ext. 6450 (toll free), to meet with service officer or for paperwork signed by U.S. Dept .of Veterans Affairs)
Joint Force Headquarters
5th Regiment Armory, 29th Division St., Baltimore, MD 21201
MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM
(within U.S. Department of Defense)
1400 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301 - 1400
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20420
988 (crisis line)
1-877-222-VETS (8387) (health care)
1-800-488-8244 (inspector general)
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