Delaware Veterans Coalition

"Veterans Are Our Only Business"

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The Delaware Veterans Coalition proudly supports the future site of the Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial at the Kent County Memorial Park. This memorial will join the Vietnam Veterans and Gold Star Memorials already at the site.

If you wish to honor a family member or loved one who served, buy a brick to support the memorials.
David Skocik, Delaware Veterans Coalition President, Jennifer Vallee, 436th AW Chief of Community Relations, and Paul Davis, Delaware Veterans Coalition Vice-President

David Skocik, Delaware Veterans Coalition President, Jennifer Vallee, 436th AW Chief of Community Relations, and Paul Davis, Delaware Veterans Coalition Vice-President

Guest speaker, Jennifer Vallee, Chief of Community Relations, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, spoke at a Delaware Veterans Coalition meeting on Monday, March 24th, 2014.  She highlighted some of the issues facing our current young military men and women.

She discussed issues with service members receiving licensure and academic credit for military education, training and experience.   There are also issues with spouses who have received licenses in other states.  They must go through an extensive and costly re-licensure process when moving to Delaware.

One huge issue for military members is the problem with Medicaid and how it is applied to military members from state to state.  Because states set their own eligibility requirements, military family members may be on a waiting list for several years, exceeding their time on station.  Once they relocate, they need to start the process all over again and meet different eligibility requirements.

The Department of Defense website “Partnering to Support Military Families” (http://www.usa4militaryfamilies.dod.mil) lists ten key issues facing our troops.  Use the link below to see the issues affecting active duty military members in Delaware.  http://www.usa4militaryfamilies.dod.mil/MOS/f?p=USA4:HOME:0::::P1_STATE:DE

DOVER – The Delaware Veterans Coalition will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at the FOP lodge at 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover (Map).

The guest speaker will be Jennifer Vallee, Chief of Community Relations, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base.

Ms. Vallee serves as the principal community relations advisor to the Installation Commander and senior leaders. She is responsible for administering a regional civic engagement and community outreach public affairs program for a major Department of Defense installation.

Founded in May 2011, the coalition is a non-profit, pro-bono lobbying organization that works with elected officials and community leaders on issues that affect all generations of Delaware’s military veterans.

Membership is open to all First State veterans regardless of conflict or era in which they served. The mission of the coalition is to ensure that the concerns of those who serve are heard. Its slogan is “Veterans are our only business.”

All Delaware veterans are invited, whether members or not. The coalition dues are $20 per year.

For more information call 302-697-8384 or click on www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com for a membership application and to sign up for a free newsletter and an automatic notification of all proposed legislation affecting Delaware veterans.

The Delaware Veterans Court, founded three years ago in Dover but covering the entire state, is seeking mentors wishing to help fellow veterans.

Mentor training will be held on Wednesday, April 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware State Bar Association at 405 N. King St, Wilmington, across from the New Castle Courthouse.

The Veterans Court involves the Delaware Superior Court, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Justice, Office of Public Defender and the Treatment Access Center.

The court is presided over by Kent County Superior Court Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr., and serves veterans throughout the state, including those charged with new offenses and those charged with violation of probation. It is the first statewide veterans court in the nation.

Click on http://courts.delaware.gov/Superior/veterans_court_mentor.stm, for the duties and responsibilities of volunteer mentors and for an application. Mentors need neither legal or counseling experience but they must:

  • Be a veteran of the U.S. Military
  • Adhere to Delaware Veterans Court Program policies and procedures
  • Become familiar with Veterans Affairs services and Veterans community resources
  • Serve as an advocate and role model for a veteran in the Veterans Court Program
  • Attend training and court sessions, if and when needed
  • Interact respectfully and professionally with other veterans and staff
  • Agree to serve for a period of one year or more

Contact Kathryn Wolinski at Kathryn.Wolinski@state.de.us to register and for follow up questions.

DOVER – The Delaware Veterans Coalition will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Monday, January 27, at 7 p.m. at the FOP lodge at 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover (Map).

Founded in May 2011, the coalition is a non-profit, pro-bono lobbying organization that works with elected officials and community leaders on issues that affect all generations of Delaware’s military veterans.

Membership is open to all First State veterans regardless of conflict or era in which they served. The mission of the coalition is to ensure that the concerns of those who serve are heard. Its slogan is “Veterans are our only business.”

All Delaware veterans are invited, whether members or not. The coalition dues are $20 per year.

For more information call 302-697-8384 or click on www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com for a membership application and to sign up for a free newsletter and an automatic notification of all proposed legislation affecting Delaware veterans.

Would you like to play a key role in helping fellow veterans? If so, The Delaware Veterans Court, founded nearly three years ago on February 18, 2011, in Kent County, needs mentors.

The Veterans Court involves the Delaware Superior Court, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Justice, Office of Public Defender and the Treatment Access Center.

The court is presided over by Kent County Superior Court Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr., and serves veterans throughout the state, including those charged with new offenses and those charged with violation of probation. It is the first statewide veterans court in the nation.

Click on http://courts.delaware.gov/Superior/veterans_court_mentor.stm, for the duties and responsibilities of volunteer mentors and for an application. Mentors need neither legal or counseling experience but they must:

-Be a veteran of the U.S. Military
-Adhere to Delaware Veterans Court Program policies and procedures
-Become familiar with Veterans Affairs services and Veterans community resources
-Serve as an advocate and role model for a veteran in the Veterans Court Program
-Attend training and court sessions, if and when needed
-Interact respectfully and professionally with other veterans and staff
-Agree to serve for a period of one year or more

Mentor training will take place on January 22, 2014, from 1 – 4 p.m., at the Delaware State Bar Association, 405 North King Street, Wilmington, DE

Contact Kathryn Wolinski at Kathryn.Wolinski@state.de.us to register and for follow up questions.

For additional information on the veterans court system see http://courts.delaware.gov/Superior/veterans_court.stm

DOVER – The Delaware Veterans Coalition will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Monday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at the FOP lodge at 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover (Map).

The meeting will also include the organization’s bi-annual elections for the office of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Any member in good standing may stand for office and nominations from the floor will be accepted. The term of office will be January 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2015.

Founded in May 2011, the coalition is a non-profit, pro-bono lobbying organization that works with elected officials and community leaders on issues that affect all generations of Delaware’s military veterans.

Membership is open to all First State veterans regardless of conflict or era in which they served. The mission of the coalition is to ensure that the concerns of those who serve are heard. Its slogan is “Veterans are our only business.”

All Delaware veterans are invited to each meeting, whether members or not. The coalition dues are $20 per year.

For more information call 302-697-8384 or click on www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com to sign up for a free newsletter and an automatic notification of all proposed legislation affecting Delaware veterans.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2013
Contact: Dave Skocik 736-8500 cell

Click on http://www.comcastnewsmakers.com/video/helping-veterans-in-need for more information.

DVTF Members

Delaware Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ron Sarg, Executive Director John Knotts, and Commissioner Paul Lardizzone join Dave Skocik and Paul Davis to respond to media queries at a press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Dover. Skocik and Davis serve as president and vice president of the newly-formed Friends of the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund, which was created as the fundraising arm of the fund.

DOVER, DE – On September 17, with Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s signature on HB85 created the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund under the auspices of the Commission of Veterans Affairs. Companion bill HB 140 created a tax check off for contributors to the fund.

The Veterans Trust Fund was created to raise private funds to assist honorably discharged Delaware veterans who are in financial difficulty.

Beyond an initial $25,000 grant, the fund depends on private contributions.

Its board of directors, Friends of the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund, is made up of respected community leaders from across the state. They offer a wealth of experience and will serve as advocates and representatives of the fund and its mission through various venues, including explaining its mission, meeting with prospective donors, and speaking to organizations and businesses.

Unlike many of the veteran related fundraising organizations that spend a great deal on advertising, administrative costs and salaries, the Friends of the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund, a semi-autonomous board, are volunteers using existing facilities at the offices of the Commission of Veterans Affairs in Dover.

That means that 100 percent of the tax-deductible contributions received will go to Delaware veterans from a special account set up for the fund.

“Many organizations, businesses and individuals give to organizations that assist veterans, especially around the holiday season. This fund provides the opportunity to help Delaware veterans and their families,” said John Knotts executive director of the Commission of Veterans Affairs.

All applicants must complete an application to determine eligibility and needs based on available funds. Veteran Service Officers at traditional organizations like the American Legion, the VFW, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and others may pass along applications from veterans who have met their criteria. Applications will also be reviewed by a Trust Fund committee to determine eligibility, needs and priorities based on available funds.

“We are very grateful to Delaware Legislators and Gov. Markell for creating the fund and the Commission of Veterans Affairs for their support of our efforts. It’s important to note that this fund is in addition to existing funds from other organizations rather than a replacement fund for them,” said David Skocik, trust fund president.

“The number of veterans we can help and the scope of their needs will essentially depend upon the generosity of the public as we raise money. We appreciate all the help we can get at this beginning stage of what we believe will be an outstanding campaign.”

Checks should be made out to Delaware Veterans Trust Fund and mailed care of the Commission of Veterans Affairs, 802 Silver Lake Blvd., Suite 100, Dover, DE 19904 or call 302-739-2792.

To Contribute Online go to https://egov.delaware.gov/donations/vets/DCVA and click on the “Donate to Trust Fund” button.

Directors of Friends of the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund
Dave Skocik, President, Friends of the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund
Paul Davis , Vice President, Friends of the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund
John Knotts, Executive Director, Commission of Veterans Affairs
Paul Lardizzone, Chairman, Commission of Veterans Affairs
Nick Callazzo, Entrepreneur, veteran promoter
Victor “Butch” Elzey, President, Delaware Community Appreciation Group
James L. Hutchison, Dover City Councilman, retired Dover police chief, former Dover mayor.
Ruth Irwin, Brig. Gen., retired, Delaware Army National Guard, board member, Home of the Brave
Hank McCann, Lt. Gen., retired, Delaware Army National Guard, businessman
Dave Tiberi, Entrepreneur, former world boxing champion
Judge William Witham, Resident Judge, Superior Court, Dover, founder of Veterans Court

Trust Fund Mission
The Delaware Veterans Trust, Inc., established in 2013, is a nonprofit corporation as defined by the laws of the State of Delaware. The purpose of Delaware Veterans Trust is to provide financial assistance or grants to assist Delaware Veterans with health care requirements; housing assistance including utilities; and educational or training programs. The Delaware Veterans Trust, Inc. accomplishes this by engaging in one or more of the following activities:

(1) Raising public awareness and advocacy for the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund;

(2) To solicit and receive grants, donations, gifts, and legacies from other foundations, charitable organizations, veterans’ service organizations, corporations, individuals and other entities to carry out the charitable purposes of the Delaware Veterans Trust

(3) Raising funds to assist veterans and their families with the expenses associated with shelter and the necessities of living

The Delaware Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD)
in partnership with:
Delaware Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC),
Delaware Small Business & Technical Development Center (SBTDC), and
the Veterans Bridge Initiative (VBI):
invites: all Veterans and Service Disabled Veterans who are business owners
to join us to learn about federal verification via VetBiz.gov
& how that leads to State Certification.

WHO: If you are a Veteran or a Service Disabled Veteran and you own and operate a business (sole proprietors, Corporations, LLC, LLP), please join us.
WHAT: A Workshop to learn valuable tips about applying for your verification through VetBiz.gov. Meet technical assistance experts who are qualified and available to assist you in your VetBiz.gov verification process.
WHERE: the Veterans Bridge Initiative, 811 N. Broad Street, Middletown, DE 19709, 2nd floor. (the entrance is to the immediate left of The Goodwill Store) Accessible.
WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 9:00am to 11:45am
The morning session has 60 seats. If we exceed 60, we will create an afternoon session from 1:00pm to 3:45pm.

To attend please REGISTER: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8820557525

For more information contact:
Michelle N. Morin, Executive Director,
Delaware Office of Supplier Diversity,
Phone: 302.857.4554 or Email: Michelle.Morin@state.de.us

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DOVER – The Delaware Veterans Coalition will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Monday, September 23, at 7 p.m. at the FOP lodge at 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover (Map).

The Veterans Coalition, founded in May 2011, is a non-partisan, non-profit, pro-bono lobbying organization that represents issues that affect Delaware veterans of all generations.

Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every other month beginning in January. Membership is open to all Delaware military veterans. Click on www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com or call 302-736-8500 for more information.

Veterans who are non-members may attend a meeting as a guest.

Navigating the road to benefits, health care and other services offered by VA and the federal government can be difficult, frustrating and often confusing.  Add that to the fact that each Veteran is different can increase the difficulty of trying to figure out what a person qualifies for or is eligible to receive.  [Read More...]

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