October 27, 2021 21:16 EST

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Events

Friends November Dinner to Include Broadway Tenor Terry Barber

The Friends of Delaware Veterans Annual
Black Tie Optional Fundraising Dinner

in conjunction with Veterans Day to benefit the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund

Saturday, November 13
6 to 9 p.m.
Dover’s Modern Maturity Center

The theme of this year’s dinner will be a Tribute to Veterans and Their Families for all they’ve done, especially during the past year. Last year’s dinner was canceled due to Covid, but we’re looking forward to a grand event this year, with a wonderful dinner and entertainment by a tenor who’s performed internationally,

Terry Barber, Tenor

Terry Barber is known for his extreme vocal range as a rare countertenor. As a past member of a multiple Grammy award winning group, he has been a soloist at the world’s best venues from the Metropolitan Opera to Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall. He will perform music that honors Delaware’s veterans. He’s performed alongside Madonna, Jewel, Chaka Khan, and Cyndi Lauper, and the London Philharmonic. His recent album and tour, The Music of Freddie Mercury and Queen, was considered for 8 Grammy nominations.

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Tour Video »

Terry Barber, Countertenor Video »


Keynote Speaker Rosely Robinson

Rosely RobinsonRosely Robinson is founder of A Hero’s Welcome Delaware, and its director since 2012. Its mission is “Ensuring all Service Members get the Proper Welcome Home.” She has taken an active role in many veteran related initiatives, including organizing the first motorcade in 2013 for Wounded Warriors in Operation SEAs the Day, that provides a free beach week for wounded soldiers and their families to show appreciation for their service and sacrifice. She is one of the original committee members of Vet Fest Delaware, which raises funds and awareness to help Stop Soldier Suicide. She is involved with Wreaths Across America and served as Delaware Coordinator for the POW/MIA 50 State Flag tour that took the flag to businesses, schools and organization to spread awareness. Mrs. Robinson has worked with veterans organizations and youth in dedicating 40 POW/MIA chairs throughout Delaware and in over 30 in surrounding states.

Born in Brazil, she came to this country at 12 years of age and has never stopped loving her adopted nation. She and her husband Jim have been married 31 years and have one daughter, Julie.


Tickets: $100 pp

Include a plated meal, entertainment, a keynote speaker, an auction and a great deal of comradery, according to Friends Vice President Paul Davis.

Checks for tickets or tax deductible donations can be mailed to:

DCVA (Del. Commission of Veterans Affairs)
802 Silver Lake Blvd., Suite 100
Dover, DE 19904
Write “Dinner Tickets” in the memo line.

Corporate tables can be sponsored for $1,000.

Auction items can be dropped off at the Commission office.

Reservation deadline: Friday, Nov. 5th.

Call 302-257-3117 or email sherri.taylor@delaware.gov for information.


The Delaware Veterans Trust Fund was signed into law in 2013 under the Commission of Veterans Affairs. It provides emergency financial assistance to honorably discharged veterans residing in Delaware. It has stopped cutoff of utilities, repossessions of vehicles, provided repairs for housing and other emergency grants. All grants go directly to creditors. Visit DelawareTrustFund.com for more information.

The Friends was established in 2014 as the fundraising arm of the Veterans Trust Fund. Its board members are all veterans who work pro bono throughout the year in conjunction with the Commission. All contributions are tax deductible.

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Race to End COVID

Join the ‘Race to End COVID’ Event – Dover International Speedway

Dover International Speedway

Those who sign up and get vaccinated can drive two laps on The Monster Mile.

The first 250 to sign up and get vaccinated will receive tickets to spring race at Dover.

Saturday, Oct. 16  •  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 17  •  8 a.m. –5 p.m.

As a special incentive, the Race to End COVID offers people, ages 16 and older who get vaccinated, the chance to drive their own car or truck on the famous one-mile track, known as The Monster Mile, with pre-registration.

Up to 800 drivers, with valid driver’s licenses, and their passengers will take two laps behind the track’s pace car, including on the 24-degree turns of the Speedway. Drivers will go on the track in groups of up to 25 vehicles over the two days.

Free vaccinations will be available to thousands of people during the event, as well as free testing. The first 250 people to register to be vaccinated – with or without driving the track – during the event will receive two tickets to the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Sign-ups for the driving spots and for vaccination-only and testing-only appointments will open at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 6:

REGISTER NOW »

The event is sponsored by the Dover International Speedway, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the CDC Foundation. It is the secondRace to End COVID event in which participants can take their personal vehicles for a drive on the fast tracks in exchange for getting a COVID-19 vaccination.

All three types of COVID-19 vaccines – Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen – will be offered for first or second doses, as well as the additional doses now being recommended for some groups.

More details on who should get additional doses after being fully vaccinated »

“Dover International Speedway has been such a great partner in our vaccination efforts this year and this takes it to a whole new level,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. “For anyone holding out or hesitant to be vaccinated, vaccination is safe, effective and now can get you a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience.”

“Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourselves and others, and race fans in and around Delaware now have the added incentive of enjoying this unique opportunity to experience The Monster Mile from your own vehicle or getting free tickets to one of our NASCAR races,” said Mike Tatoian, president and CEO, Dover International Speedway.

  • Track driving without an advance appointment will only be available if the driving slots do not fill ahead of time, so registration for a day and time is strongly recommended. Walk-ups for vaccination-only and testing will be accepted, but appointments are recommended.
  • Participants who wish to drive the track alone must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license, car registration in their name, and vehicle insurance. Participants who are 16 or 17 years old with a valid driver’s license must have a parent or legal guardian in the vehicle to sign a minor release form.
  • The entrance to Dover International Speedway for this event will be via the Leipsic Road entrance, not the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino entrance from Route 13.
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Veterans Outreach Day

Veterans Outreach Day October 8

8 October 2021

1100-1400 hours

New Mount Olive Baptist Church
4412 Washington Blvd
Wilmington, DE

Veterans Outreach Day

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DAFB EFMP

EFMP Firehouse Family Fun Day

The Dover Air Force Base Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Annual Family Fun Day at the Dover AFB Firehouse

Saturday, October 30th

10:00am-1:00pm

EFMP Firehouse Family Day
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Delaware Veterans Stand Down set for Sept. 17

The 12th Annual
Delaware Veterans Stand Down
Friday, September 17

Schutte Park
10 Electric Avenue
Dover

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Opening ceremony: 9 a.m.

A Veterans Stand Down is a one-day outreach event for all veterans and their guests. It is organized, planned and carried out by a volunteer committee that plans year-round. Agencies and local service providers across the state offer critically needed assistance in one convenient location.

Services include housing, medical, dental, flu shots, behavioral health, VA eligibility assessment and benefits, haircuts, legal service, hot food, warm clothing, employment readiness assistance and camaraderie.

Due to COVID, the 2020 event was cancelled, but at the 2019 Stand Down event, 150 organizations assisted 1,500 veterans.

“This September we are expecting a large group of veterans and we rely on financial support and in-kind donations from the community. All donations are tax- deductible and checks should be made payable to ‘Delaware Veterans Stand Down, 12385 Sussex Highway, Greenwood, DE 19950,’” said Liz Ms. Byers- Jiron.

Contact Annette Fletcher at 302-577-5050, or Liz Byers Jiron at lbjnavcret@hotmail.com to request information on how to help with services or contributions.

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Vietnam Veterans of America

Dine with “Rusty Eagles” on September 22

Some 40 Vietnam Dustoff Association crewmembers who flew UH1 “Huey” medivac helicopters in Vietnam will be welcomed as brothers by Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America, during their annual reunion in Dover between September 20 – 26.

The highly-decorated aviators were part of a 10-year operation credited with saving 900,000 lives during the Vietnam War, sometimes at the cost of their own.

The four-man Dustoff crews flew day and night, in all weather, in mountains and valleys, often under fire. They had a casualty rate greater than 30 percent with 121 killed and 545 wounded, and 199 helicopters lost. Dustoff 90 and its crew are still listed as Missing In Action. Visit When I Have Your Wounded – YouTube for the Dustoff story.

Activities will include a trip to the Vietnam Wall in D.C. and to Ft. Miles in Lewes along with a guided tour of the AMC Museum at Dover AFB and visits to Dover businesses.

But the most significant events will be a September 22 dinner at Dover’s Modern Maturity Center to honor them, followed by a 10 a.m. ceremony on September 25 at Kent County Veterans Memorial Park in Dover where more than 100 bricks will be dedicated in honor of Dustoff crews, including those lost in action. The bricks will create a Walk of Honor placed under the Huey in the park.

The Vietnam Dustoff Association, aka “Rusty Eagles,” originally based in California, have traveled the nation since 2003 for their reunions. They visited Dover in 2017 and were so impressed by their reception by local, county and state organizations that they plan to make Dover their official home base this September.

“These guys are the heroes who saved my life in Vietnam,” said twice-wounded Joe Startt, Chapter 850 president, “and we are honored to embrace them again.”

A limited number of dinner tickets are available to the public at $40 on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact Woody Postle at 302-632-5284 or one9marine@gmail.com, for tickets and to order a roast beef or stuffed chicken dinner.

UH1 "Huey" at Dover Veterans Memorial Park
UH1 “Huey” at Dover Veterans Memorial Park
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Events: Flag Day 6/14 & Freedom 5K 6/26

Flag Day

June 14 at 10:00 am

Millsboro Veteran Cemetery
26669 Patriots Way
Millsboro, DE 19966
302-648-3061

Freedom 5K

Saturday, June 26

New Location: Dover’s Buffalo Wild Wings

Show your support by entering to run, walk or be a silent hero by filling out the entry form below or entering on TriSportEvents website:

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Questions regarding the 5K: please contact Sherri Taylor at 302-257-3117 or Sable Vance at 302-257-3120.

Entry 21 Freedom 5K
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Easterseals Caregiver Support

Wednesday Webinars

Most people don’t realize the number of resources Easterseals has available to support caregivers. Whether you are looking for information from our Case Manager, respite funds to take a break from being a caregiver, or more education on topics that are vital to caregivers – Easterseals can provide what you need. Learn about these services and so much more from Nancy Ranalli, Director of Community Outreach at Easterseals.

Meeting ID: 935 7585 1182
Passcode: 637468

To join by phone only, dial: 1-646-876-9923

Soldiers and Airmen, along with their Families, are invited to join in one or all of these Wednesday Webinars. Topics are meant to introduce you to benefits and services available to our military families. Topics and discussion will be most relevant to our National Guard and Reservists.

No registration necessary – just call/logon!

2021 DE Joining Forces_community network meetings
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Donate to DVC

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.