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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2013
Contact: Dave Skocik 736-8500 cell
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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
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.
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
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.
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The Delaware Veterans Stand Down will be held at the Walter L. Fox Post #2, American Legion, 835 Bay Road in Dover, Delaware on October 4th, 2013, between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
The event will bring veterans who need a “hand up” together, in a single location for a day to receive access to government, community and educational resources
Veteran Stand Downs began in San Diego, California. In the military, the term “Stand Down” afforded the battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being. Today, Stand Downs across the nation afford veterans the same opportunity.
Community-faith based organizations, federal and state government agencies, service organizations, and home service providers are invited to participate. On-site screening or intake interviews can be set up as well. Organizations may register by calling 302-349-4898 or email Bigwillie1@msn.com.
Financial contributions may be forwarded to the Veterans Awareness Center at 12385 Sussex Highway Greenwood, DE 19950-6002, made payable to the Delaware Veterans Stand Down.
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Dover, Del., July 15, 2013. Delaware’s Gold Star Families will be honored at a first-ever dinner for Gold Star Families at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover on September 21, 2013.
“Delaware is one of the few states to have a Gold Star Mothers and Families Day on the last Sunday in September and we’ve had a proclamation for each of the last five years,” said Judy Campbell. “This dinner will create a dedicated event to recognize them.”
Mrs. Campbell is Delaware coordinator of the Army’s Survivor Outreach Services.
Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) is an Army-wide program that provides dedicated and comprehensive support services to families of survivors.
She has teamed with New Castle County Chapter 83, Vietnam Veterans of America to create the dinner, which she hopes will become an annual event. Tom Daws, president of Chapter 83, is representing his chapter for this project.
Mrs. Campbell collaborated with chapter 83 in 2008-09 on a statewide Hometown Heroes Banner Program that displayed banners of Delawareans killed in action.
She will also be joined by Judith Thompson, a Gold Star mother of Sgt. Jarrett B. Thompson, and Irene Turnage, Gold Star wife of Major Carson James Turnage, Jr. Mrs. Campbell is the Gold Star sister of Sp/4 Keith Allen Campbell.
“The dinner will honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation,” said Mrs. Campbell. She was featured, along with other Gold Star family members, in the November 2012 dedication of the Gold Star Mothers and Families memorial in Dover.
The keynote speaker at the dinner will be Medal of Honor Recipient Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret). The event will also educate people on the Gold Star pin and its history.
Tickets are $35. Call 302-326-7787 or email email@example.com for information or mail a check to VVA Chap. 83, Gold Star Program and mail to PO Box 8167, Wilmington, DE 19803.
Veterans’s Job Fair Sponsored by the Delaware Congressional Delegation
Date: Friday, August 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Bridgeville Library, 600 S. Cannon Street, Bridgeville, Del.
Date: Monday, August 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Middletown Volunteer Hose Company, 27 West Green Street, Middletown, Del.
Veterans can meet with hiring employers – no registration required
For more information call 302-674-3308 email firstname.lastname@example.org