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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2017
Contact: Dave Skocik 736-8500 cell
DOVER – The Delaware Veterans Coalition will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Monday, January 23, at 7 p.m. at FOP Lodge #3 at 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. (Map)
Representatives of multiple organizations will attend, including Dover AFB to discuss the base airlift mission; Jason Stewart, Iraq veteran and President of the Veterans Inspiring Progress, Delaware Technical College, Owens Campus; and Blue Hen Veterans of the University of Delaware. The BHV mission is to provide Blue Hen Veterans with the support and advocacy needed to successfully transition to college, excel academically, and gain post-graduation employment. Their website is www.bluehenveterans.org.
“Our goal in 2017 is to grow the Veterans Coalition in membership, diversity, and generational involvement,” said Dave Skocik, Coalition president. “Veterans represent about 9 percent of Delawareans, not including their families. Their training, talents, and leadership continue to make a great contribution to our towns, our state, and our nation.”
The Delaware Veterans Coalition is state-wide, non-profit, 501c3 lobbying organization that advocates for issues that affect all generations of Delaware veterans with elected and public officials. It was tributed by the Delaware legislature on its 5th anniversary in May 2016. The Coalition’s slogan is “Veterans are our only business.”
Membership is open to all honorably-discharged veterans residing in Delaware. Meetings are open to veterans regardless of membership.
Visit www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com or call 302-697-8384 for more information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 18, 2016
Contact Dave Skocik 302-736-8500 cell
Sponsor of Delaware Stolen Valor Law to address Veterans Coalition on Nov. 28
DOVER – Delaware Rep. Rich Collins, lead sponsor of Delaware’s Stolen Valor law, will be the guest speaker at the Delaware Veterans Coalition bi-monthly meeting Monday, November 28, at 7 p.m. at FOP Lodge 3, at 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover.(Map)
Gov. Jack Markell signed the legislation into law on August 9 with the support of the Veterans Coalition. Late last year Rep. Collins also convinced Veterans Administration officials to abandon plans to reduce visits by their mobile health clinic to Sussex County.
While the Stolen Valor law doesn’t prevent scammers from dressing like veterans, it makes impersonation for monetary gain a crime.
“That could mean applying for disability benefits, employment, or soliciting money while posing as a military veteran,” said Dave Skocik, president of the Delaware Veterans Coalition. “The holiday season brings scammers to shopping malls and public places.”
Founded in May 2011, the coalition is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization open to all honorably-discharged veterans living in Delaware. It represents issues affecting all generations of veterans to elected officials and community leaders.
“We urge anyone wishing to contribute to Delaware veterans in need to visit www.DelawareVeteransTrustFund.com where 100 percent of their donations will benefit Delaware veterans in emergency need and contributions are tax deductible,” said Mr. Skocik.
The Friends of Delaware Veterans Inc., will host an event at the lush Pizzadili Vineyard to benefit the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund on Saturday, October 22, from 1 – 5 p.m.
Vets at the Vineyard will feature live music by two bands: South 47; and Wesley Spangler. DJ “Dr. Doo Wop,” will also play a variety of music.
South 47, the area’s newest country band, is based out of South Jersey and brings its exciting mix of modern and classic country tunes. Maryland’s Wesley Spangler, who plays five instruments, has been performing in clubs throughout the east coast and Nashville Tennessee for the past ten years.
Admission is free with donations accepted. All ages are welcome with food and beverages available from Pizzadili.
Vintage autos and bikes are welcome. The event will include a 50/50, a cornhole tournament, and a wine basket auction.
Organizers include Cowboy Up; June Jam; Heels for Combat Boots; and the Knights of Columbus.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Veterans Trust Fund to assist Delaware veterans in financial distress. Visit www.DelawareVeteransTrustFund.com for more information. All contributions are tax deductible.
Vendors may participate for $20. Call 302-697-8384.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2016
Contact: Dave Skocik 736-8500
DOVER — The Delaware Veterans Coalition will its bi-monthly meeting on Monday, September 26, at 7 p.m. at FOP Lodge 3, Kitts Hummock.(Map)
The Delaware Veterans Coalition is state-wide a non-profit, pro-bono, 501c3 lobbying organization that advocates for issues that affect all generations of Delaware veterans with elected and public officials. Membership is open to all honorably-discharged veterans residing in Delaware. Meetings are open to veterans regardless of membership.
The Coalition lobbied for and recently celebrated the August 9 signing into law of HB 80, aka the “Stolen Valor Act,” making it a crime to impersonate members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces. It is applicable when someone impersonates a member or veteran of the United States Armed Forces in order to gain money, discounts or other tangible benefits.
The Veterans Coalition was tributed by the Delaware Legislature on its 5th anniversary in May. Visit www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com or call 302-697-8384 for more information.
Thinking about a career in the Construction Industry… Now’s your chance to Explore it and meet the top employers in the industry!
Delaware Joining Forces and ABC Delaware host the first of its kind and industry-specific networking event, a Military & Construction Networking Night! This event will allow construction industry employers to meet potential employees from the National Guard and Reserve, and retired veterans. This is not your typical job fair event – be ready to network with your next potential Boss!!
TO PRE-REGISTER, reply to THIS email with your name and Reserve Component, and attach your resume.
MILITARY & CONSTRUCTION NETWORKING NIGHT
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
5:30PM – 8:00PM
SHERATON WILMINGTON SOUTH, ROUTE 141 AND I-95, NEW CASTLE, DE 19720
A Free Event for National Guard & Reserve, Transitioning Service Members, Retired Veterans and Military Spouses
POC for info and questions, please contact Ms. Christine Kubik, email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the presence of representatives from the Commission of Veterans Affairs, legislators and veteran organizational representatives, Gov. Jack Markell signed HB 80, aka the Stolen Valor Act, into law on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
The Delaware Veterans Coalition communicated its support for the bill to every legislator prior to the vote. Dave Skocik, president of the Veterans Coalition, with Gov. Markell displaying a pen used to sign the bill.
Victory Village has opened its doors to veterans in Middletown, Delaware. The property, which can house up to 30 male homeless veterans and provide service for many more, is a project of the National Veterans Assistance Coalition.
NVAC is a dedicated professional group of staff and volunteers focused on helping veterans receive the benefits and services they have justifiably earned and to provide housing and support services that enhance their personal and professional development.
The center will be a one stop Veterans resource center, including those transitioning back from military life. They are partnering with schools to offer training, including a woodworking shop, auto mechanics, and computer programming.
Training will also include resume writing training and help preparing for interviews. Counseling and social workers will also be available through local resource agencies.
“The Center is located in a 175-year-old mansion at 554 Port Penn Road, Middletown, that has a long and rich history of providing housing and life enhancing services. After a complete renovation of the building and grounds, the Center is proud to open its doors to our veterans,” said founding member Rick Hagar.
The project began in March 2014 and will be a national model, according to Mr. Hagar who, along with co-founder Tyler Andrews also operates four homes in North Carolina. They have been invited by representatives from various cities around the country to talk about their program and the potential of open homes. Potential sites include Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Arizona, and plans are already under way to open a second home in Delaware.
Future development plans include converting the caretaker’s home behind the facility to house as many as a dozen female residents.
“We are so grateful to the many individuals and organizations who have volunteered their time and resources to help get us to this point. We would also like to thank all those from the State of Delaware and from New Castle County who have worked with us to ensure our opening was made possible,” said Mr. Hagar. “We look forward to helping as many veterans as possible, as we provide them the housing and resources to enable them to strive for a brighter future.”
Applications are being accepted now for the Delaware State Parks Veterans Conservation Corps. Visit https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=215580472
The Delaware State Parks Veterans Conservation Corps is an AmeriCorps National Service Program focused an engaging military veterans and/or military family members in environmental stewardship activities and trail work throughout Delaware State Parks. Members will work as a team under the direction of a team leader and receive training, certifications and hands-on experience that can help members gain the skills and experience necessary for employment in the natural resources field. Four teams are available – two northern teams (New Castle County) and two southern teams (Kent/Sussex County).
Program Dates: October 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017
Benefits include a living allowance; health, dental, and vision insurance at no cost, and more.
Visit the website above for eligibility and requirements. Contact Karen Minner, Veterans Corps Program Director, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9208 with questions.