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.

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FREE CISCO Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Training at Delaware Tech

Are you a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) living in Delaware? You may be eligible to participate in a FREE CCNP certification program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s America’s Promise Job-Driven Grant Program!

This program is designed for CCNAs who are looking to advance their career by becoming a Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP). This 16-week, hands-on course builds on the Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching courses. Students will learn to plan, configure, and verify the implementation of more complex network solutions and to perform advanced network troubleshooting based on systematic and industry-recognized approaches. Students will gain significant hands-on experience with networking equipment to prepare them for the CCNP certification exams, the cost of which will be also be free to participants.

To be considered for this program, you must attend an information session and meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Currently possess a CCNA certification
  • Demonstrate a minimum 12th grade reading and math ability (free testing available at information session)
  • Possess a Social Security card (copies not allowed) and valid driver’s license (or State-issued ID)

Information Sessions
Tuesday, September 19 | 6:30-8:00pm
Thursday, September 21 | 6:30-8:00pm

Delaware Technical Community College
George Campus Conference Room C
300 North Orange Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Classes start October 3, 2017

For more information, please call the Workforce Development and Community Education office at 302-454-3956.


Summer is over, kids are back to school, the house is quiet at noon, and now you’re wondering “where did the summer go?”. Now it’s time to focus on you and your network of support from the Air Force and friends in the Warrior family. We are still working with the USO to try and secure a bus trip in the coming months, but until then, we would still like to provide an opportunity for the families and caregivers to meet for a night of fun, fellowship, and networking. Please see attached flyer, print it and put it on your fridge, let’s get together on 21 Sep for another night of bowling at
Eagle Lanes. I hope to see you all out there, if you can, please RSVP so we know how many lanes to reserve for the night.

Recovery Care Coordinator Dover AFB, DE
Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2)

Salute to Delaware Veterans

Fort DuPont
Delaware City

Saturday October 7, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Participants and vendors can set up Friday beginning at 12:00 noon.
For more information contact:
LtC William Conley USA Ret.

Need to know your foreclosure prevention options? Worried about missing a mortgage payment? Facing or suspecting a foreclosure scam? Learn more at two upcoming events where you can meet with loan servicers and learn about these topics:

Monday, November 13

  • Loan servicers available 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Educational sessions at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Modern Maturity Center
1121 Forrest Avenue, Dover

Tuesday, November 14

  • Loan servicers available 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Educational session at 5 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton Wilmington
4727 Concord Pike
Wilmington DE 19803

No appointments necessary.

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For more information, visit,, email, or call the Delaware Homeowner Relief Hotline at 800-220-5424 or the Attorney General’s Foreclosure Prevention Office at 302-577-8393.

What happens if I miss my mortgage payments?  

ANSWER: Foreclosure may occur, but it doesn’t have to. You can take action to save your home. To learn more about the foreclosure process in Delaware, click here:

DJF Wednesday Workshop Series presents




NORTH: WED, SEP 13 • 11:30-12:30
Biden National Guard/Reserve Center

SOUTH: WED, SEP 27 • 1:30-12:30
Dover Air Force Base
Dover AFB, Building 202
Room 213

* 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.  

The USAA Educational Foundation offers the military and local community the opportunity to be better informed and prepared to make the best financial choices through every stage of life.  Attend this workshop and learn a basic overview of how we all can improve our overall financial readiness.  To lead and inspire actions that improve financial readiness for the military and local community, the USAA Educational Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

Presented by:   Mr. Ronney Wright, USAA

To REGISTER, please email:

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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.

Carrier to Classroom: transferring military skills into a career in education

He served as the top enlisted man on a 5,500 sailor nuclear powered aircraft carrier, serving as the key enlisted leader and manager for the ship’s captain. He would later build and lead his own charter school.

It wasn’t long after his 1968 high school graduation that Charles “Chuck” Baldwin walked into the Navy recruiter’s office.

Beginning with basic training at Great Lakes Naval Station near Chicago, the Navy taught him that initiative and willingness to learn translates to rank and greater responsibility. It’s a lesson held close to his heart during 25 years of service.

His journey up the chain of command to chief petty officer, master chief, command master chief of CVN 69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, and one of the finalist candidates for Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, is a testament to his leadership and management skills.

Fewer than two percent reach the Navy’s top enlisted rank. Only a small percentage of those reach leadership at the command level, and fewer still are considered for the highest enlisted role in the entire Navy. The Navy’s reliance on its chiefs was summed up in the September 2005 exhortation by Admiral Mike Mullen, Chief of Naval Operations, in the Navy Times, “Chiefs, Run the Navy.” 

Still in his early 40s after a successful career, Baldwin looked forward to creating a second career on land. After leaving the Navy in 1993, his decision to continue teaching led to his hiring as an ROTC instructor, later serving as a public school principal.

Within 10 years he decided to build and lead his own school and served as commandant of Delaware’s first military affiliated public charter school, the Delaware Military Academy. Not in an existing building — but in a new, dedicated school, which required raising $12 million, establishing a curriculum and hiring instructors, many of whom were military veterans. Today the school is thriving with a long waiting list of applicants.

Baldwin later served as president of the Charter School of Wilmington, one of the first independently operated public schools in the United States, established in 1996 with a focus on mathematics and science until his retirement in 2013. He was most recently instrumental in the 2015 creation of the First State Military Academy in Clayton, Del., which is affiliated with the U.S. Marine Corps.

His book, based on his Navy and educational experience and a master’s degree in school leadership and instruction, is geared to the veteran wanting to become a classroom teacher, whether in the private or public sector. Its 10 Deckplate Leadership (DPL) lessons not only apply to schools but to the corporate world as well.

He also serves as a member of the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs and is a board member of the Friends of Delaware Veterans, Inc., the official fundraising organization of the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund. The Trust Fund was created to assist honorably-discharged veterans of all generations in financial emergency. It provides a one-time, hand up for veterans residing in Delaware.

In a remarkable continuation of his career-long leadership, Baldwin is donating the proceeds of “Carrier to Classroom,” to the Veterans Trust Fund.

The $15 paperback version can be ordered online at through Lulu Publishing and will also soon be available on

Vet Fest 2017Our local 22in22/Stop Soldier Suicide is hosting the DELAWARE VET FEST – an outdoor festival to honor veterans and raise awareness in the civilian community about suicide prevention.

If “suicide prevention awareness” is in your organization mission, please reply to this email to reserve your free exhibit table!

Saturday, October 14
1200-1630 hours (exhibits 1200-1500 hours)
Town of Whitehall
801 Mapleton Ave.
Middletown, DE 19709

We have room for up to 8 tables…and we want to fill them!
If you would like to host a table for your organization, please reply by email (see below).

As ALWAYS, thanks for all you do to support our service members, veterans and families!

O 302.326.7582
C 302.540.0711

VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program

During flu season, protecting your health with a flu shot is easier than ever — and as close as your local VA or neighborhood Walgreens! VA and Walgreens care about your health and are partnering to offer enrolled Veteran patients easy access to flu shots.

VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost flu shots to enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system. During the program, which runs from August 15, 2017 through March 31, 2018, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 8,200 locations in addition to their local VA health care facilities. No appointment is required; simply go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility and show your Veterans Identification Card and another form of photo ID.

Your immunization record will be updated electronically in your local VA electronic health record. Walgreens has the capability to electronically send vaccination information to the VA electronic health record. The VA-Walgreens national partnership is part of VA’s eHealth Exchange project. This national program ensured that many Veterans got their no-cost flu shot at their local Walgreens, satisfying their wellness reminder because they either found it more convenient or did not have a scheduled appointment at a local VA health care facility.


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You Watched Over Us, Now We Watch Over You

New tele-ICU monitoring service deployed at Wilmington VA

Modernization and innovation are top priorities for VA health care.  A new, state of the art program, integrating tele-communications technology with intensive care physicians who are on duty around the clock in a remote location hundreds of miles away was kicked off at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilmington, Delaware.  The new program is designed to enhance health care services for Veterans Affairs patients.

A  ribbon cutting ceremony highlighted the new two-way real time video links between each of the six ICU rooms and two emergency department rooms at the Wilmington VAMC and ICU specialists at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.  The link provides another layer of care for patients by connecting them via real-time video links to specialists in Cincinnati who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The tele-ICU team has a supportive role; they have an overview of all the patients in the unit and can alert the bedside staff if any problems occur.

As part of the program, bedside data from patients at the Wilmington VA is made available to nurses and doctors in the Cincinnati monitoring center.  Vince Kane, director of the Wilmington VAMC said the technology is especially important in enhancing medical care provided to veterans served by the Wilmington VA.

“We are very excited for the opportunity for us to apply  best practices focused on making sure we meet the needs of our veterans,” said Kane.  “By having access to the team in Cincinnati, our providers and nurses have additional eyes and expertise to help enhance Veteran care.”

The tele-ICU partnership connects Wilmington staff and patients with the Cincinnati’s monitoring center, which is an advanced tele-health facility where remote intensive care physicians and nurses support the care of ICU patients by using virtual technologies and clinical information systems.  Critical care nurses staff the Tele-ICU Monitoring Center 24/7 with critical care physicians available overnight and weekends.  The remote providers have access to bedside clinical data, can assess a veteran through video conferencing technology, and can provide consultative recommendations or directly intervene in patient care as desired by the local ICU staff.

Dr. Callahan, intensivist at the Wilmington VAMC ICU, said the program will provide additional layers of professionals providing more care locally.  The services allow for continuous monitoring of patients receiving ICU care, even when local providers are out of the room assisting with other critical patients.

Kelley Bowens, ER ICU nurse manager at Wilmington VA said the new program will provide remote vital checks on local patients, allow distance providers to virtually make rounds in the patients’ rooms and monitor changes that might be going on with veterans’ vital signs.

If there is an issue with a patient, local ICU staff will be alerted allowing for a fast response to the patient’s changing medical condition.  The new service enhances the face-to-face care which is already being provided to patients.


You and your organization are cordially invited to attend Military Honor Day and the 16th Annual Patriot Day Ceremonies

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WHERE: CHEER Community Center
The corner of Sand Hill Road and Route 9, east of Georgetown
9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This event will feature every military branch of the United States armed services and civilian first responder units. We invite your Post to set up a display for the day. We will supply you with an eight-foot table and table cloth for no cost. However, donations are accepted by CHEER, a non-profit agency serving the needs of Sussex County’s senior population.

There will be dozens of educational displays filling the CHEER Community Center highlighting events such as Pearl Harbor, Normandy Beach, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and all conflicts to the present that have occurred, including the Cold War, Grenada, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Many local schools have already accepted our invitation to attend as this will be an opportunity for students to learn about our military history, and have the ability to speak one-on-one with men and women who fought in those wars and conflicts.

We hope that you will spend September 13 with us honoring the men and women who have sacrificed to ensure our freedom. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If your organization would like to setup a display, please RSVP to Florence Mason at 302-515-3045.

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