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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 13, 2016
Contact: Dave Skocik 736-8500 cell

Delaware State News/ Doug Curran (used with permission) The Delaware Veterans Coalition was honored at the historic Old State House on The Green in Dover on its fifth anniversary. L to R: Rep. Earl Jaques; Sen. Dave Lawson; Paul Davis, Coalition VP; Rep. Bill Carson; Dave Skocik, Coalition president; Sen. Brian Bushweller; Rep. Steve Smyk. Back row: Rep Trey Paradee; Joe Startt Jr., VVA Chapter 850 president; and Rep. Harvey Kenton.

Delaware State News/ Doug Curran (used with permission)
The Delaware Veterans Coalition was honored at the historic Old State House on The Green in Dover on its fifth anniversary. L to R: Rep. Earl Jaques; Sen. Dave Lawson; Paul Davis, Coalition VP; Rep. Bill Carson; Dave Skocik, Coalition president; Sen. Brian Bushweller; Rep. Steve Smyk. Back row: Rep Trey Paradee; Joe Startt Jr., VVA Chapter 850 president; and Rep. Harvey Kenton.

DOVER – The Delaware Veterans Coalition will host meetings in all three counties in conjunction with its 5th anniversary.

Veterans of all generations who reside in Delaware are welcome to attend regardless of membership and to bring a fellow veteran. All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Monday – 5/23 – Terry Campus, Downes Lecture Hall, Bldg 100, 100 Campus Drive, Dover
Tuesday – 5/24 – Jack F Owens Campus, Carter Partnership Center, Bldg 5, Room 529, 21179 College Drive, Georgetown
Wednesday – 5/25 – Stanton Campus, Conference Center, 400 Stanton-Christian Road, Newark

The Veterans Coalition, a non-profit, non-partisan, pro-bono lobbying organization, works with elected officials and community leaders on issues affecting Delaware veterans. It was recently recognized by the Delaware Legislature for its service to fellow veterans. “We are a statewide organization and want to engage with our brother and sister veterans from all counties,” said Dave Skocik, Coalition president.

Although created with the unique mission of lobbying at the State level, the Coalition also regularly works with federal officials on behalf of veterans of all generations who reside in Delaware.

With a representative in each county, the Coalition has engaged in many public activities, including lobbying for the creation of the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund, which was signed into law in 2013.

Its website at www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com lists opportunities for veterans and provides a free link to all legislation concerning Delaware Veterans.

Elected officials are invited to attend to dialog with veterans. Email dskocik@aol.com with questions.

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Reprinted with permission from the Delaware State News

Special to the Delaware State News/ Doug Curran

Special to the Delaware State News/ Doug Curran

Rep. Bill Carson, center, joined by President Dave Skocik and Vice President Paul Davis, and other legislators deliver a tribute to the Delaware Veterans Coalition on its fifth anniversary at the Old State House on The Green in Dover on Wednesday. With the slogan “Veterans are our only business,” the Veterans Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan, pro-bono lobbying organization that works with Delaware’s elected officials and community leaders on issues affecting all generations of Delaware veterans. Although created with the unique mission of lobbying at the State level, the Coalition also regularly works with federal officials on behalf of veterans. With a representative in each of Delaware’s three counties, the Coalition has engaged in many public activities, including lobbying for the creation of the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund, which was eventually passed and placed under the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Coalition then created the Friends of Delaware Veterans Inc., as the official fundraising organization of the Veterans Trust Fund and continues to support its efforts. The Veterans Coalition additionally participates in many public events and projects, including the Dover Mayor’s Veteran Homelessness project; the annual Wreaths Across America event at Legislative Hall; the dedication of veterans memorials for the state; three annual ceremonies at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park; and other events for state and local organizations as requested.

From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to contaminated drinking water. You may be eligible for VA health benefits if you served on active duty (veterans) or resided (family members) at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987. Veterans who are determined to be eligible will be able to receive VA health care. In addition, care for qualifying health conditions is provided at no cost to the Veteran (including co-payments).

For more information, visit http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp

Below is a message we received from Representative John Carney and asked us to spread the word.

Message from Representative John Carney:

I wanted to let you know that this April, I’m holding another series of Veterans Office Hours throughout the state. We’ll have representatives from the VA and veterans service organizations to help folks access benefits and cut through the red tape. If you, or a veteran you know, is in need of assistance, I hope you’ll join me at one of these events. They’ll be held:

Kent
Monday, April 11
American Legion Fox Post #2
835 Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sussex
Friday, April 22
American Legion Post #28
31768 Legion Rd,
Millsboro, DE 19966

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
New Castle
Monday, April 25
National Guard Headquarters
250 Airport Road
New Castle, DE 19720

1:30 pm -3:30 pm

These office hours not only serve as a resource for our veterans, they also allow me to get a better picture of the problems folks are running into with their healthcare and benefits, so I can address these issues head on. Last year, we had over 100 veterans attend each event.

As Vice President Biden often says, our nation’s one truly sacred obligation is to prepare and equip those we send into harm’s way, and to care for them when they come home. These Office Hours are my way of making sure we do just that.

For more information, you can visit my Facebook page here, or my website here. In addition, you can call my office at (302) 691-7333. Don’t forget to spread the word!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2016
Contact: Dave Skocik 736-8500

DOVER — The Delaware Veterans Coalition will host its bi-monthly meeting on Monday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at FOP Lodge 3 in Kitts Hummock.(Map)
Elections for president, vice president, treasurer and secretary will be held at the meeting. Every member is good standing is eligible to stand for office.
The Delaware Veterans Coalition, Inc., founded in May 2011, is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization open to all honorably-discharged veterans living in Delaware. It represents issues that affect all generations of Delaware’s veterans to elected officials and community leaders.
The organization’s slogan is “Veterans are our only business.”
Its website at www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com provides information on events and training for veterans and automatically downloads information on legislative bills that affect veterans and their families, according to Dave Skocik, organizational president.
“We work with our elected officials to underscore the talents and needs of veterans,” said Paul Davis, coalition vice president. “Together we have a powerful voice. Issues the Coalition has addressed and supported include:

  • Creation in September 2013 of the Veterans Trust Fund to assist Delaware veterans and their families in financial emergencies.
  • The Veterans Watchmaking Initiative, to be built in Middletown, will train disabled American veterans as expert watchmakers and provide them with a lifelong profession.
  • An ongoing dialogue with the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs and other organizations.
  • Working to keep young retiring veterans in Delaware by advocating for tax reductions on their military retirement as they enter 2nd careers, including those who start businesses.

The meetings are open to all veterans, regardless of membership. Call 302-697-8384 or email pauldavis5233@comcast.net for more information.

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If you are a veteran, and have thought about owning a business….franchise opportunities may just be the ticket to become a successful small business man or woman.

Below is a link to the Veterans Business Services website which has Franchise Opportunities put together specifically for Veterans.

Qualified veterans can receive receive large discounts franchise fees, equipment, royalties and other incentives.

http://www.veteransbusinessservices.us

The Department of Veterans Affairs has information and tools for Franchise Opportunities as well as their own listing of opportunities as well.

http://www.va.gov/osdbu/entrepreneur/franchising.asp

The information above is provided to help our veterans make their own informed decisions about the business opportunities that are available to our military veterans.

LAST CALL TO REGISTER!!!
View Workshop Flyer

Ask yourself…..

  1. Is your resume getting you noticed by potential employers?
  2. Are you getting called for interviews, after you apply to jobs??

If you answered “no” to either question… your next step to a new job is to register for this Workshop! Reply to this email to register!

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Delaware Joining Forces (DJF) presents: EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP “Top Tips for Job Searching & Civilian Resumes”

Your RESUME is your first impression – and needs to work for you!

Set yourself up for success —- Bring your current civilian resume for a personal one-on-one session to have it critiqued by a local HR professional!! Learn top tips for resumes and job searching in today’s job market! Military Spouses are welcome to register and attend also.

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DATE MONDAY, 14 MARCH 2016
TIME 0900-1130 hours

LOCATION New Castle County, Gilliam Multi-Purpose Conference Room,
67 READS WAY, NEW CASTLE, DE 19720

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No Walk INS – You must register!

RESERVE YOUR SEAT * SPACE IS LIMITED
Please REGISTER by email to: christine.f.kubik.nfg@mail.mil

This workshop is a Delaware Joining Forces event, hosted in collaborative partnership by:

** Bank of America, Military Support Assistance Group
** DEL Dept of Labor, Delaware JobLink
** Delaware National Guard
** New Castle County Government

The Apartment Angels Program (Apartment Angels THP, Inc.) helps individuals/families in financial need. Utilizing support and donations from the Delaware Apartment Association (DAA) members, the program will provide SIX months of FREE RENT to individuals awarded housing through the program. There is open enrollment twice per year (spring and fall). Individuals awarded housing are able to move into their free apartment in June and December.

Housing is awarded to individuals/families who have a history of being responsible renters, but became victims of the economic recession through no fault of their own OR were dramatically or negatively impacted financially by a one-time, life altering event. This program is not intended for individuals that have habitual evictions and a history of habitual collection accounts. This program is intended to greatly reduce the “normal” financial burden of housing, so that individuals participating in the program will have time to reposition themselves financially, in the workforce, and with regards to their rental housing history.

Last year, Apartment Angels awarded a National Guard member SIX months of FREE RENT! Apartment Angels hopes to help another veteran this year.

March 1st – Open Enrollment Begins
April 30th – Open Enrollment Ends
May 15th – May 21st – Individuals awarded housing are notified (notification deadline)
June 1st – June 10th – Individuals awarded housing are given possession of the apartment

Interested candidates should apply online — and then please feel free to let me know. I will contact the Program Manager – and track the application!

APPLY AT — http://www.daaonline.org/apartment-angels/

SPECIAL GUIDANCE FROM PROGRAM: Once the application is received, they’ll run credit and criminal as the first step and if that passes, then we’ll review and begin the process of contacting them for further details. Please encourage anyone applying to write the essay as that is a big determining factor in who we process–not how they write it but the details surrounding their current situation plus what we obtain in conversations with them help us to determine the most eligible candidates since we typically receive about 60 applications a cycle.

If you have other questions, call the Apartment Angels program at 1-888-963-8986, ext. 6.

Veterans Law Clinic, in collaboration with the APEX Program and Wilmington VAMC, presents:

EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC
FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016
1PM – 4PM
Location: Wilmington VAMC, Elsmere (Bldg 5, Room 119)

Open to veterans and family members who have a criminal record in the State of Delaware. Veterans should obtain a copy of their DE criminal history record, prior to the clinic.

RSVP and reserve your seat by April 15, 2016. To register or questions, contact the Veterans Law Clinic at 302-477-2090, or email dchowe@mail.widener.edu

Founded in 1997 and expanded significantly in 2006, the Veterans Law Clinic in Wilmington, Delaware, is a Delaware Law pro bono clinical program of the Delaware Law School at Widener University.

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