Delaware Veterans Coalition

"Veterans Are Our Only Business"

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Middle East Conflicts Memorial
The Delaware Veterans Coalition proudly supports the future site of the Middle East Conflicts 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.

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

Guest speaker will be Rich Jones, Delaware Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Guest speaker will be Rich Jones, Delaware Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The guest speaker will be Rich Jones, Delaware Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Mr. Jones served in the US Air Force from 1986 to 2006 after serving as a C-5 Crew Chief. He currently serves as the Veterans Emphasis Program Manager for NRCS in Georgetown, Del., and is also a member of the Civil Rights Advisory Committee. His emphasis is on Program Outreach, and Hiring of Veterans. NRCS helps America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners conserve the nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.

Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can receive financial assistance from NRCS to make improvements to their land. Founded in May 2011, the Delaware Veterans 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.

To mark Memorial Day, the coalition has posted a tribute on its website to all who have served. The meeting will also serve as a third anniversary celebration.

May 26 is the Memorial Day. It also marks the third anniversary of the Delaware Veterans Coalition.

We are including the following “The Way of the Warrior” video in tribute to all those who have given the last full measure of service and devotion in defense of our nation and its values.

PLEASE NOTE:  Any ads or pop ups that may be embedded in this video or any other are beyond our control and do not reflect the policy of the Delaware Veterans Coalition, which is a non-partisan, non-profit organization.

May God continue to bless us and those who guarantee our freedoms, and take their families under his protection.

Dave Skocik, president
Delaware Veterans Coalition

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

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