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Honoring the service and sacrifice of those Delaware Women who have served their country

Saturday, November 3, 2018

8:30 A.M. Registration & Line-up at the Duncan Center
At the corner of W. Loockerman & Slaughter Streets

Parade Begins – 10:00 A.M.

Sable Vance
Administrative Specialist III
802 Silver Lake Blvd. Suite 100
Dover, DE 19904
Office: 302.257.3120

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New Castle County Police officer Nick Hurst is welcomed aboard as Delaware Veterans Coalition New Castle Co. co-representative by Dave Skocik Coalition president.

New Castle County Police Officer First Class Nicholas Hurst, who has been recognized for his work with fellow military veteran police officers through the Veterans Response Team (VRT) has been appointed New Castle County co-representative for the Delaware Veterans Coalition at the Coalition’s bi-monthly meeting in Dover on September 24.

“We are very pleased to have Nick come aboard. He will serve with long-time member Tom Daws of Newark. These men create a span of service and shared values from Vietnam to our current conflicts and will help us to better connect with our fellow veterans,” said Dave Skocik, president of the Delaware Veterans Coalition.

Officer Hurst, a former Marine who served two combat tours in Falujah, Iraq, explained how the VRT works with the Green Alert Bill, which was signed into law on August 29 by Gov. John Carney. The Green Alert program aids in locating missing members of the armed forces, including veterans, who have a physical or mental health condition related to their service. The law is modeled after Delaware’s existing Gold, Amber, and Blue Alert Programs.

The Veterans Response Team complements the already existing New Castle Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team by providing officers who have served in the military with an extra tool in reaching fellow veterans in need. Officer Hurst was one of four New Castle County police officers who attended veterans response training in North Carolina and shared their training with local agencies, including the Wilmington Police Department, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police Service in Elsmere, and the Delaware State Police.

The Delaware Veterans Coalition is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization created in May 2011 to advocate with Delaware elected officials on issues that affect all generations of First State veterans. All honorably-discharged Delaware veterans are eligible to join.

Visit www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com for more information or to download a membership application.

S. Curtis Cole, Masonic Charities of Delaware; Larence Kirby, executive director of the Commission of Veterans Affairs; Paul Davis and Dave Skocik, both of the Friends of Delaware Veterans, Inc.

In conjunction with the 5th anniversary of the Sept. 17, 2013, signing of the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund into law, The Friends of Delaware Veterans held a press conference on September 13, at Dover’s Masonic Lodge, 1478 Wyoming Mill Rd., Dover.

S. Curtis Cole, President, Board of Managers of Masonic Charities of Delaware, presented a $5,000 donation to the Friends as a major sponsor of the coming November 3rd Annual Friends of Delaware Veterans at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

The Friends board is comprised of military veterans who work without compensation or reimbursement so all of what is raised goes to help Delaware Veterans through a dedicated account at the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs.

“Masonic Charities of Delaware is a philanthropy offering assistance to local charitable organizations. It was created several years ago as a result of selling our Masonic Home in Wilmington. It served for over 100 years but because there weren’t enough needy brothers and sisters to continue the home was sold with the proceeds being used to assist other organizations,” said Mr. Cole. “I am a disabled Vietnam Veteran and I wanted to find veteran groups that could benefit.”

“This generous contribution not only brings attention to the good works of the Masons but also underscores the ongoing need of a small number of Delaware’s veterans and families who find themselves in temporary financial difficulty and will hopefully encourage other organizations to contribute,” said Dave Skocik, Friends president.

The annual dinner is the major fundraising event for the Veterans Trust Fund. All contributions to the fund are tax deductible. The fund has stopped repossessions, evictions, made emergency repairs on homes and vehicles, and sometimes put food on the table.

A numeric list of veterans by county who have been assisted by grants from the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund during the last quarter was distributed at the press conference.

Visit www.DelawareVeteransTrustFund.com
For more information, email dskocik@aol.com or call 302-739-2792 for information on dinner tickets or sponsorship.

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Housing Resource: 3 and 4 bedroom units available

Dover AFB is now open to veteran and first responders; even if they don’t have base access. Please feel free to give Ms. Reeves contact information to anyone you know and she will offer them 5% discount on the rent.

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Sophia Reeves
Director of Operations
Dover Family Housing
(321) 634-2016

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Please ensure you are listed in the online DJF Directory

Please click the link and search for your provider listing. Provider listings are by the individual (not the organization). There could be 5 individual profiles from the same community provider! It’s a
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Thanks for all you do to serve our Service Members, Veterans & Families.

Irish Eyes Restaurant and Pub

Benefiting Delaware Veterans Trust Fund

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 • 6pm

Irish EyesRestaurant and Pub
213 Anglers Road
Lewes, DE

Cash or Check Only
Payable at the door

Great Raffle and Silent Auction Items
(Debit or credit payment options available for Silent Auction)

RSVP to ChicksDinner@gmail.com by September 14!

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018/2019 program year.

Looking for the next step after the military? Looking for something to do in between drill weekends? Want to work alongside other military veterans?

This is an exciting opportunity in an award-winning AmeriCorps program for Military Veterans or immediate military family members.

As part of a team, you will perform a variety of conservation activities including trail maintenance, invasive plant species identification and eradication, maintenance projects, historical preservation, and park based projects throughout the state of Delaware. You will received education, training, hands on skills, and certifications throughout your year of service that can prepare you for employment in the natural resources field.

Slots are limited and fill quickly.

  • Perfect opportunity for military veterans, recently retired veterans, activemguard and reserve members, military spouses and immediate family members.
  • FBI fingerprint background investigation is required, provided by the program at no cost to participants.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Term runs October 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019
  • Positions available on teams located statewide.

Benefits include:

  • Stipend of $572.16 every two weeks
  • National Service Trust Education Award upon successful completion – $5,920
  • Outstanding Training, Certifications, and Experience
  • Uniforms
  • Admission to all Delaware State Parks
  • Qualify for a scholarship to Wilmington University


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a military veteran and/or military family member
  • Able to pass State and FBI criminal background check
  • Committed to a full term of service (1700 hours)
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S. Proof of citizenship or eligibility to work in the United States
  • Available some weekends and evenings. Mostly day participation Monday – Friday, 7am-3pm


  • Able to perform hard physical outdoor work in various conditions
  • Able to learn local flora and fauna
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Able to work as a part of a team and alone with little direct supervision
  • Able to learn and apply program rules, regulations, policies and procedures

More information or to apply>

Karen Minner CIG, CPSI
Veterans Conservation Corps – AmeriCorps Program Director
Grants Administrator
Delaware State Parks
P: 302-739-9208
F: 302-661-7209
E: Karen.minner@state.de.us

The Delaware General Assembly, the Delaware Department of State, the Delaware Commission on Veterans Affairs, the Delaware Heritage Commission, Dover Air Force Base, and the City of Dover will honor Delaware Women Veterans with this year’s veterans parade. The parade will begin at 10:00 A.M. winding through downtown Dover ending at the site of the dedication ceremony.

Following the parade, the Women’s Military Service Monument will be dedicated at noon on the Northwest corner of Legislative Hall.

This year’s theme:  Honoring the service and sacrifice of those Delaware Women who have served their country.

Saturday, November 3, 2018
8:30 A.M. Registration & Line-up at the Duncan Center
Parade Begins – 10:00 A.M.

For more information, please contact Colinda Marker in Legislative Council at 302-744-4303.

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