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The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs invites you to their annual Memorial Day Ceremonies honoring all our fallen military members.

Saturday, May 26th
10:30am

Parade Field Grounds of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
2465 Chesapeake City Road
Bear DE 19701

Hosted by the DAV – Disabled American Veterans, led by Commissioner Paul Lardizzone at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery

Wednesday, May 30th
10:30am

War Memorial Plaza
163 Cherry Lane
New Castle DE 19720

Hosted by the DNG – Delaware National Guard, led by Vice Chair Angela Showell at the War Memorial Plaza (Delaware Bridge)

The National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe program is for high school dropouts, those no longer attending, and those failing in high school.

The program is a highly structured military styled, non-traditional educational environment that integrates training, mentoring, tough love, and diverse educational and extracurricular activities.

The Youth ChalleNGe Academy is a 17-1/2 month program that offers at-risk youth the opportunity to get a GED after a 22-week in-resident program located in Laurel, MD. This program is an excellent opportunity for students that cannot conform to a traditional learning environment and are willing to learn but need discipline. The Delaware National Guard is offering 15 seats in the upcoming class. There is no cost for tuition, room, or meals.

The start date for the next class is July 15, 2018. Interested candidates should apply by June 15, 2018.

Program requirements are as follows:
Age: 16-18 years old
Legal: No violent or felony offenses and cannot currently have charges pending
Mental: No history of mental disorders
At-risk students: Students who dropped out or are in the process of dropping out of high school.

Information session briefings will be conducted in May/June for those who want to learn more about the program. Refer to flyer link below.

Download Flyer

For more information on Info Sessions or the Program, please contact:
Karen Hughes
Youth ChalleNGe Counselor Liaison
302-326-7102 OFFICE
karen.m.hughes18.nfg@mail.mil

Be a part of the Easterseals Annual Caregiver Conference!

This year’s theme is “Plan Today to Thrive Tomorrow” with the goal of helping caregivers do some planning around finances, living arrangements, respite, end of life issues, etc., relative to their loved one to whom they provide care.

Last year’s conference saw a record number of registrations and all of the surveys were positive. Our caregivers look forward to attending this event every year as a way to connect with other caregivers, take a break from their caregiving responsibilities, and learn about new resources in the community.

The exhibitor hall will be open an hour before our first speaker starts, as well as breaks and lunchtime, to assure our attendees get enough time to spend with you. Space is limited to 35 exhibitors, and we will be limiting the number of “same type” exhibitors so that caregivers are able to get a variety of information. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Conference Details:

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Location: Executive Banquet and Conference Center
Time: 9 am – 3 pm (first speaker starts at 10 am)
Cost: (one person)

  • For Profit Agency/Business: $250*
  • Not for Profit/State Agency: $200*

*If you would like to bring an additional person, the cost is $25 to cover food expenses.

Registration Form

POC:
Nancy Chipman Ranalli, PT
Director of Community Outreach & Assistive Technology
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore
61 Corporate Circle
New Castle, DE 19720
302-221-2033

Saturday, June 30, 2018
9:00a – 10:30a

200 Continental Drive
Suite 201
Newark, DE 19713

Learn how to use your EARNED benefit of buying a home with YOUR VA Home Loan! This is THE CLASS for you.

To attend, you MUST BE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • US Military Veteran
  • Currently Serving in the Military
  • Spouse of Serving Military or Veteran
  • Surviving Spouse of Veteran

REALTORS: This is for military and veterans only. There will be other classes coming up specifically for you!

In this class you will learn:

  • The step-by-step process for SUCCESSFULLY and PAINLESSLY buying a home
  • Credit basics
  • Eligibility basics
  • How to easily obtain your Certificate of Eligibility “COE” (THE GOLDEN TICKET)
  • Loan amount and calculation basics
  • Property types and inspections

Download Flyer

REGISTRATION REQUIRED! NO WALK INS.

Register Now

Have a question, or cannot attend, and still need guidance?
EMAIL US at VA101classes@gmail.com

FOR QUESTIONS, CONTACT:
Darren Corder, CMVLP
Loan Consultant, VA Specialist
US Navy and Delaware National Guard Veteran
NMLS ID: 812438
State Lic.: # MLO-812438
200 Continental Drive
Suite 201
Newark, DE 19713
Direct 302-722-8516
Fax 844-539-5706
darren.corder@caliberhomeloans.com 

From left, are Jonathan Stewart, Vietnam veteran; Nena Stewart, U.S. Army veteran; Jason Stewart, newly appointed Delaware Veterans Coalition Kent County representative; and Dave Skocik and Paul Davis. Mr. Skocik and Mr. Davis serve as coalition president and vice president, respectively.

From left, are Jonathan Stewart, Vietnam veteran; Nena Stewart, U.S. Army veteran; Jason Stewart, newly appointed Delaware Veterans Coalition Kent County representative; and Dave Skocik and Paul Davis. Mr. Skocik and Mr. Davis serve as coalition president and vice president, respectively.

At its Jan. 30 meeting, the Delaware Veterans Coalition appointed Jason Stewart as its Kent County representative. Mr. Stewart, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, lives in Camden and is a medical program student at Delaware Technical College’s Owens Campus. He is past president of the college’s Veterans Inspiring Progress, a nationally recognized student veteran organization formed to provide military veterans and services members with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and subsequent employment. It is open to every veteran and service member, including the National Guard. “We welcome Jason to the Coalition. His experience, training and dedication will be tremendous assets as we continue our outreach to all generations of the state’s veterans, including active duty, National Guard, recently discharged, and retired,” said Coalition President Dave Skocik. The coalition is a statewide, non-profit, 501(c)(3) lobbying organization that advocates with elected and appointed public officials on issues that affect all generations of Delaware veterans. Membership is open to all honorably discharged veterans residing in Delaware. Meetings are open to veterans regardless of membership.

HB80 Signing

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

Victory Village

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.”

Visit www.NationalVAC.org for more information or call 302-832-5790 or email support@NationalVAC.org.

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