Delaware Veterans Coalition

"Veterans Are Our Only Business"

If you agree with our mission of addressing issues that affect all of Delaware's veterans, please consider making a donation to our non-profit organization, Delaware Veterans Coalition. Any amount will be appreciated.

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The Delaware Veterans Coalition’s goal is to keep our website current as a source of information on benefits, opportunities, and events for our readers. Check back often. Please note you can sign up for a free update on veteran-related legislation by clicking on the newsletter registration link on the right. You can also submit an application for membership on the left. Membership is open to all honorably-discharged veterans residing in Delaware at only $20 per year. We meet every other month on the 4th Monday of the month, beginning in January of each year.

Donated bricks surround the Kent County Veterans Memorial ParkWe also support the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park which tributes Gold Star Mother and Families, those lost in Vietnam, Korea, and the Middle East. The park also contains a POW/MIA Chair of Honor, a War Dog memorial and a UH-1 “Huey” Dustoff helicopter perched on an 18-foot stand. The park is financed through the sale of memorial bricks. If you wish to honor a family member or loved one who served, buy a brick to support the memorials, visit the Support the Memorials page.

In support of Suicide Prevention Month, the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition’s Military Subcommittee presents

2017 Military & Veterans Mental Health Summit

CHASE CENTER on the Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE. 19801

Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:00AM-3:30PM

The Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition is pleased to announce the 2017 Military & Veterans Mental Health Summit in support of Suicide Prevention Month. This event will present and disseminate information and resources to veterans, service members, families and support members in Delaware. The event will emphasize workshops for service providers who may work with veterans and the military.

For details and to register:

Download Application

We hope your organization will want to be included, so please complete the attached exhibitor form as soon as possible. Do not miss out on this important event. There are a limited number of spaces available. Please REGISTER NO LATER THAN FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.

Greetings DJF Community Network!

Our next DJF Community Network NORTH quarterly meeting is fast-approaching.
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Our focus topic this month is “SUICIDE PREVENTION”.  

I hope that with the given topic and some pre-planning, we can expand the reach and activities to support Suicide Prevention Month in September! Come listen, learn, and see what you can do to raise awareness.

THU, AUG 17 • 0830 HOURS

Biden National Guard/Reserve Center
250 Airport Road, New Castle, DE 19720

**Must have PHOTO ID **

Thanks for all you do to support our service members, veterans, and families.

For security purposes, PLEASE RSVP BY EMAIL, if you will attend.

INTERVIEW on AUGUST 10TH for some great opportunities!

Interviews taking place onsite with Placers – schedule yours! Placers has a HUGE need to fill positions for their customers. They have a wide array of open job opportunities for full-time & part-time direct hire, contract-to-hire and contract positions throughout the state of Delaware – with very reputable companies!


20-minute Interview time slots are available 9am-3pm.
First come, first served.

Interviews will take place at:


Interviewing for the following open jobs:

  • Accounting Clerk
  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • Commercial Floor Installers
  • Customer Service Rep (3)
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • General Technician (2)
  • Inside Sales Representative (2)
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Operators (9)
  • Machinist
  • Painter
  • Production Manager
  • Scheduler

To schedule your interview:

Attach your resume and state the job you are interested to interview for.

DJF Wednesday Workshop Series

Come meet members of the Delaware Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection and Investor Protection Units as they talk about the work they do to protect Delaware’s consumers and investors, including service members and veterans.

Many referrals to the DE DOJ have realized positive results in helping our service members out of a challenging situation! They are a valued resource.

Learn about the most common consumer frauds and investment scams, and how to avoid them.

The Consumer Protection Unit will teach you about state laws that protect consumers, as well as the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), which provides specific protections for service members. The Investor Protection Unit will show you how to check up on your financial adviser before handing over your hard-earned money.


NORTH: WED, AUG 9 • 11:30-12:30
Biden National Guard/Reserve Center
250 Airport Road, New Castle, DE 19720

SOUTH: WED, AUG 23 • 11:30-12:30
Dover Air Force Base
Dover AFB, Building 202 Room 213 Dover AFB, DE

*In order to attend workshop, you MUST have Dept. of Defense/DOD ID for Dover AFB base access.

No Walk-Ins – You must PRE-REGISTER.
Bring your own Lunch.

To REGISTER, please email:

Command/Supervisor chain approval is required for Full-Time Employees to attend and attendance must be documented in the proper leave status.

DISCLAIMER: The Delaware National Guard and Air Force Reserve does not endorse individual companies or agencies. The information provided herein is distributed to our soldiers and airmen in the event they may wish to take advantage of the stated offer or event. This message is not an endorsement for the company/organization or its affiliates named within the content of the message.

Rick Hoffman, Sam Cannan, Rick Aubin, Gale Newton and Lois Heesters. Not pictured, Dave Skocik.

ODESSA – Rick Aubin, a watchmaker from New York has retired to Delaware to be with family and to train veterans in his highly specialized skill at the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative in Odessa.

Training of the first six students from Delaware and several other states will begin after a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 13, at 10 a.m., according to school founder Sam Cannan, a master watchmaker who trained in Switzerland.

Mr. Cannan, a former Baltimore police officer, moved to Kitts Hummock nine years ago. Since then he has spent a great deal of time working to establish a facility to train disabled military veterans, whose unemployment rate is a dismal 82 percent.

Mr. Aubin, a veteran of the Vermont Air National Guard, trained at the Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking in 1971 in Queens, NY, which eventually closed as a result of the advent of quartz watch technology in the 1970s and 80s.

Since then, however, mechanical watches have been enjoying a world-wide resurgence and new professionals are urgently needed. The Veterans Watchmaker Initiative, unique in the nation, will help fill that need by training disabled veterans.

Mr. Aubin’s more than 4 decades as a watchmaker includes work for an uncle’s jewelry store until the uncle retired and independent work for numerous stores throughout New England until his wife’s career led him to New York and additional training at Rolex, Omega, and Cartier.

“My retirement to Delaware allows us to be closer to our daughters and their families and to contribute to the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative as a volunteer instructor. It is my privilege to give back to those who have served our country.”

The Odessa location is the forerunner of a planned school in Middletown, Del., that will accommodate as many as 25 students. “Disabled veterans will be housed, fed and trained at no cost to them. That’s the least we can do for those who gave so much,” said Mr. Cannan.

Contributions are tax deductible. Visit or call 302-465-2421 for more information.

DJF South – this is the Summit mentioned by Kent Johnson, VA – yesterday at our Meeting!
DJF community is encouraged to attend and participate!  No cost to attend. FREE CEUs.

2017 Military & Veterans Mental Health Summit

Thursday, September 14, 2017
9AM -3:30PM


Chase Center
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE 19801

(Registration opens at 8AM)

Welcome to Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. Rally Week 2017!
This week kicks off the two-month final push to the nation-wide Sound the Alarm campaign.

What is Sound the Alarm?

The entire American Red Cross will be installing over 100,000 FREE smoke alarms across the country at 370 events in 110 cities using the strength of over 1800 volunteers between September 23rd and October 14th.  Gail McGovern will be installing the 1,000,000th smoke alarm during the 3 week period.   In addition, the event provides the opportunity to raise $5.2M, including $1.9M of new donor dollars, and an opportunity to encourage new volunteers to join the Red Cross.

In the Greater Chesapeake Region, we will be holding two events to install a total of 1500 alarms:

  • September 30th    Dover, DE   9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  and   12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • October 14th          Glen Burnie, MD   9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for each and every one of you across the region to participate as One-Red-Cross.  This will truly be a region-wide, team effort:

Sound the Alarm Rally Kick-off!

  • Decorate your door or workspace to rally around Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.  There will be a prize for the best decorated workspace. Send your photos to Jen Singer by COB Thursday!
  • Take selfies with the Sound the Alarm selfie banner!  Each Chapter has a banner (Delmarva has one for Northern and one for Southern Peninsula). Send your selfie pics to

POC for questions:
Ivy Walker , Regional Coordinator of Service to the Armed Forces
(410) 624 2055 (o)  

Kim Petters, founder of Women’s Veterans Collective

Kim Petters, founder of Women’s Veterans Collective

Kim Petters, founder of Women’s Veterans Collective, will serve as guest speaker at the Delaware Veterans Coalition meeting on Monday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at FOP Lodge #3, 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover.

Ms. Petters served in the U.S. Air Force between 2002-12 in medical administration and public health and served a tour in Kuwait. She holds a BA Degree in Early Childhood Education, AA in Allied Health, AA in Public Health and AA in Liberal Arts.

The Women Veterans Collective was created by four female veterans to create a community network and serve as advocates for female veterans.

They addresses issues like the lack of women health providers at some VA facilities, a growing suicide rate, homelessness that is outpacing their male counterparts, and the number of women discharged related to PTSD.

She is also an advocate for cannabis as the safest and most effective treatment available for PTSD and has lobbied with locate grassroots advocate organizations to end prohibition.

“WVC accepts all women veterans regardless of their reason for discharge. If they served, they’re welcome,” said Ms. Petters. Originally from Connecticut her family, including four children between 5 and 11, moved to Magnolia for good schools and lower taxes. Her family also has relatives in southern New Jersey.

The Delaware Veterans Coalition, founded in May 2011, is a non-partisan, non-profit, pro-bono lobbying organization that represents issues affecting Delaware veterans of all generations. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every other month beginning in January. Membership is open to all honorably-discharged veterans living in Delaware.

Veterans who are non-members may attend a meeting as a guest. Visit or call 302-736-8500 for more information.

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