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Nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Governor's Service Awards. The awards recognize Marylanders who have provided significant volunteer contributions to communities around the state and have worked to change Maryland for the better. Nominations are due by Friday, June 7th at 11:59 pm.

PTSD Awareness Month Blog Post

In honor of June as National PTSD Awareness Month, the Department of Veteran Affairs' National Center for PTSD has published several blog posts to help educate and raise awareness around PTSD. This post looks at the signs and symptoms of PTSD and helps you to determine, Is it PTSD?

Have You Made Your Voice Heard? BSF Military Family Lifestyle Survey

Only one more week to make your voices heard. The Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey is live through June 14th. The survey empowers service members, veterans, National Guard, Reserve, and their families by collecting insights, analyzing trends, and communicating unique military life challenges to influencers who are responsible for driving change in our nation.  The survey receives national attention from elected officials, military leadership, public and private organizations, and numerous publications. Don't delay.  Take the Survey today! 

The Mile Study Seeks Veteran Voices

George Washington University and the University of Bath have joined forces to conduct a study to explore post-9/11 Veteran stories and how their experiences, especially decisions those made in high stake situations, may impact their health behaviors and long term health. The Mile Study is currently seeking veterans who are interested in sharing the stories of their experiences in the military. If you are a Post 9/11 Veteran, at least 18 years of age and who has had an overseas tour please consider contributing to this study.

Operation Charm City Charge

The Mission Continues needs volunteers to report for duty for Operation Charm City Charge. Volunteer opportunities at various locations throughout Baltimore June 20-27. Join over 100 dedicated volunteers as they help to transform green spaces, spruce up blighted buildings, and support the learning efforts of local public school children throughout the Baltimore community.

Vet Center Open Houses Throughout the DMV

Vet Centers across the country are celebrating 40 years with open houses and anniversary events.  Alexandria, Washington DC and Silver Spring Maryland all have open house celebration events planned in June. Please join one or all of these 40th year Anniversary Celebrations.

Year of the Veteran: Creativity, Healing, and Well-being

Join the Institute for Integrative Health on June 19th from 6-8pm for the Year of the Veteran: Creativity, Healing, and Well-Being. The event will also celebrate the launch of the Maryland Micro-Credential for Creative Classrooms' Veteran Ready Community Arts Provider Training course.

Free Admission to Prince George’s County Museums

Military families, retired Veterans and National Guard – Free Admission May 18 – Sept 2! If you are looking for summer family vacation ideas or you have recently been transferred to this area, you can visit Prince George's County Museums through the Blue Star Museums program! This program offers FREE admission to active duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Armed Forces Day, May 18, 2019, through Labor Day, September 2, 2019. Several historic sites and museums in Prince George’s County are participating in the Blue Star Program.

Art and MindBody Skills at The Cohen Clinic

On June 22nd the Steven A Cohen Military and Family Clinic is offering two free workshops to military, veterans and their families. Join them for Mind-Body Skills Workshop facilitated by the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces, 6/22 from 9:00-10:00am and Art with Heart Workshop, 6/22 from 10:00am-12:00pm. Registration is required.

Comedy Writing Workshop with Carter Bays

Join Armed Services Arts Partnership for an exciting comedy writing workshop with How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) co-creator Carter Bays! Learn how to write a pilot for a television series, from concept to outline to script. Topics will include creating strong characters, crafting a compelling story, and translating it all onto the page. Two sessions available: Saturday, June 22nd from 2-5pm and Sunday, June 23rd from 10am-1pm. Registration is required.

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