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Operation Tohidu Offering Male MST Retreat

Melwood Veterans Services’ Operation Tohidu is holding a pilot session for male military sexual trauma (MST) survivors September 9 – 13, 2019.  There is no cost to attend and it is open to veterans across the country, however, space is limited to 15 people.  Please check out or their Facebook page for more information, to register or to donate.    For additional information please contact Travis Rahill at or (301)599-4550.

VET ARTS Connect Art Classes for Veterans

Free art classes for Veterans through Vet Arts Connect, an initiative of the Institute for Integrative Health. Three separate classes are being offered: Improv 101 for Veterans, Storytelling for Veterans, and Veterans Ensemble @ Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Classes are designed to improve your health and well being. Free to veterans and active duty. Registration is required.

Military Hiring Fair – Feb 22

At the Washington Military Hiring Fair, join Hiring Our Heroes, in collaboration with the American Legion’s Winter Conference, to connect directly with recruiters and hiring managers from local and national companies of all sizes. This event is free and is open to active duty service members, Guard and Reserve, veterans, and military spouses.

Veterans Have the Power to Impact Our Community – Feb 19

Northern Virginia Veterans Association will be holding their annual meeting on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:45 pm at Manassas Regional Airport Terminal. This meetings topic will feature how Veterans have the power to impact our community through local Police and Fire Departments, These meetings are open to the public.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA: Scholarship Opportunity for In-Demand Technology Occupations

Exciting Opportunity Available for a Limited Time! Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council will help pay the tuition for Northern Virginians who are unemployed or underemployed and require financial assistance to improve their competitiveness for in-demand technology occupations.

Patch Adams Takes Combat Vets Into Clowning Zones

ServingTogether Blog. January 16, 2019 Patch Adams Takes Combat Vets Into Clowning Zones by Derek Busby. Twice a month ServingTogether will feature a blog entry from one of our community partners working to improve the lives of military, veterans and their families in the National Capital Region through innovate programs, initiatives, research, cutting edge technology, etc. Check back every two weeks for the new featured blog. If you are interested in submitting for the Serving Together Blog section please contact Julie Riggs at

VA Recruiting for User Experience Study

Veterans invited to share feedback to improve online user experience. Are you a veteran? A caregiver? A family member? The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to make it easier for you to explore, apply for, manage and track your VA benefits. Teams from the VA want to hear your feedback about improvements they are making to VA websites, mobile applications and website tools to ensure that these services are usable and relevant for you. Registration to participate is required. You will receive a gift for participation.

Disaster Preparedness Summit – Jan 28

In conjunction with Sponsoring Partners – Pepco, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington D.C., The Marriott Foundation and The Webster Group – the American Red Cross will launch the first annual Disaster Preparedness Summit in Washington, DC on January 28, 2019. Their mission with this event is to address the threats and risks to this community, our region and offer real world ways in which companies and other organizations can assess their readiness and better prepare for the unexpected.

FREE Presidential Culinary Food Tasting for Veterans – Jan 24

VAVETS is honored to have Chef, USA Culinary Ambassador, Restaurateur and Culinary Advisor Michael DePasquale cater an event for Virginia Veterans and their local supporters. Thursday, January 24 from 6 - 9 pm at Hilton Garden Inn Tysons Corner. Registration is limited - register now!

Expungement Information Session

The Loudoun Reentry Advisory Council and Legal Services of Northern Virginia are holding a free Expungement Information Session on February 21st from 10 AM to 12 PM. Open to everyone facing barriers to getting a job or career advancement because of their criminal charges. Registration is required. Deadline to register: February 15th.

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