The Delaware Veterans Coalition was founded in 2011 as a registered lobbying organization to address issues affecting all generations of Delaware’s veterans. We meet every other month on the 4th Monday, beginning in January. The Coalition was instrumental in establishing the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund in 2013 to assist Delaware’s honorably discharged veterans in financial crisis. Our meetings and membership are open to all honorably discharged veterans residing in Delaware, including those with General discharges under honorable conditions, regardless of membership.
The 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 filling out the newsletter registration link on the right.
You can also submit an application for membership with the red link on the left. Please include the branch in which you served. Membership is only $20 per year. Feel free to email our Secretary Don Coffman at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Dave Skocik, president
By William L. Witham Jr.
Starting on Nov. 1, the Delaware Supreme Court will permit military spouses who are attorneys in good standing in other states to apply for a Certificate of Limited Practice in Delaware without having to pass the Delaware Bar exam.
In doing so, Delaware joins other states that have created similar programs for military spouses. This is an important change and one that is uniquely tailored to address the special circumstances faced by military families who often find themselves required to move from place to place, and from state to state, on short notice in support of the nation’s defense.
Our military readiness is degraded when spouses engaged in the practice of law are unable to practice their profession when their military spouse transfers to a different jurisdiction. Often, transfers compel spouses to “stay behind” so they can continue to practice law.
That, in turn, forces families to separate, which puts our military families in an untenable position. That practice cannot and, as we have recently noted, should not stand.
Now that this change has been made, it may seem like it was a simple and easy thing to do.
It was not. This change has only come after a long and deliberative process that required a great deal of effort by a large number of people. The Supreme Court and countless others have recognized that waiving passage of the Delaware Bar Examination is not something to be done lightly.
But after due consideration, it is something we decided needed to be done. Out of deference to our public, out of deference to our Bar, and out of deference to those who serve our nation’s defense, we proudly announce this rule.
This effort began in September 2012, when, in part because of my military background, then- Chief Justice Myron T. Steele asked me to assist the Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN) with the adoption of a special rule to permit military spouses to engage in the limited practice of law in Delaware.
Chief Justice Steele, at the time, was the chair of a national organization – the Conference of Chief Justices – that supported this effort. In addition, the American Bar Association (ABA) passed a resolution urging states to adopt military spouse rules, regulations and procedures to accommodate their unique needs. Since that time, the nation has seen 37 jurisdictions adopt similar rules, and I am proud Delaware has now joined those ranks.
On average, military families move every two or three years. Service members have limited capacity to choose their next duty station and are often notified of transfers on short notice.
This process limits a military spouse’s ability to register and prepare for a new state’s bar examination.
In addition, military spouse attorneys face unique challenges to their legal careers. According to a 2016 MSJDN survey, 87% report that their spouse’s service has affected their legal careers. Military affiliation is frequently a reason employers choose not to hire military spouse attorneys. Military spouse attorneys may also have gaps in their resumes and may not be able to shoulder the time and resources necessary to take an additional bar exam.
In 2018, our effort was augmented by Superior Court President Judge Jan R. Jurden, herself a veteran, as we continued to press for consideration of the rule. Our combined efforts led to a consensus and on Sept. 23, 2019, the Supreme Court adopted Rule 55.4 – Limited Permission to Practice as a Military Spouse.
This rule, which goes into effect next month, will help military families when they face transition and will also preserve the high caliber of attorneys we have allowed to practice law in this state.
This journey has been long. But it was been well worth the considerable effort. I am sure that military families appreciate this initiative as it reinforces the commitment that we, the Delaware Judiciary, have for those who serve us on a daily basis.
William L. Witham Jr. is a Delaware Superior Court resident judge and a retired colonel in the Delaware Army National Guard.
Be part of the Annual Veteran Trust Fund Dinner gala on November 9 at Dover Downs Rollins Center.
There are a great many worthy causes that ask for our help, especially as the holiday season draws near. One of them is the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund, administered by the Commission of Veterans Affairs.
Since 2013 the Trust Fund has provided one-time, hand-up grants to veterans in proven need. Last year $104,000 was paid directly to creditors to stop utility cutoffs, repossessions, make emergency repairs on homes and vehicles, and sometimes put food on the table.
The Friends of Delaware Veterans, a volunteer board of military veterans, is hosting its 6th annual fundraising dinner Saturday, November 9, at Dover Downs’ Rollins Center. All of the proceeds will benefit the Trust Fund. Maj. Gen. Michael Berry will keynote this year’s dinner. The registration deadline is Oct. 30.
Tickets are $100 and include musical entertainment, a plated meal, and silent and live auctions of valuable items, including MV 1 and 2 (Military Veteran) license plates. Contact Sherri Taylor at email@example.com or call 302-257-3117 to reserve a seat. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Visit DelawareVeteransTrustFund.com for more information or to make a tax deductible contribution.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Dave Skocik, president
Friends of Delaware Veterans
Interfaith Worship Service
Honoring Veterans and Active Duty Men and Women
November 10, 2019
The service will focus on the theme of courage.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: RSVP for November 10th
Looking forward to seeing you!
Rev. Tom Davis
President, Interfaith Veterans Workgroup
2020 Brain Injury Conference has been scheduled for March 5, 2020 at Dover Downs’ Conference Center in Dover, Delaware. We are currently seeking sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees for this event. Attached you will find the sponsorship/exhibitor information and form.
Kristy Handley, M.S.
Brain Injury Association of Delaware
P.O. Box 1897, Dover, DE 19903
302-346-2083 | 1-800-411-0505
University of Delaware Veterans Health & Wellness Fair
November 5, 2019
We have a wide variety of vendors attending, so there will be something for everyone!
Confirmed in attendance are:
- 28 employers who are looking to hire veterans -A variety of health & wellness resources: (free health screenings, counseling, etc.)
- Non-profits & community groups: Suiting Warriors (provides upscale professional attire), Paws for People (pet therapy), Team RWB, etc.
- Education: UD, Goldey Beacom College, West Chester University, Wesley College, etc.
- Professional Headshots
- Resume Review
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Our entire team is passionate about providing for both our Veterans and our Active Duty Military members across the state, as well as their families. Our horses continue to hold space, while being themselves, in sessions every day!
We are proud to announce that we have been approved for continued funds through the ASG grant for the next year! Below, you will find flyers with contact information for upcoming sessions at both of our farm locations. Tuesdays are being scheduled in Lincoln and Thursdays in Townsend.
Please share with anyone that works with, is married to, or has an active Military member or Veteran in their life. Again, we thank you for your time and service and hope to work with and support each other in caring for our Military members and Veterans.
Elena C. Fierro-Wise
THE SAVVY CAREGIVER SERIES
Easterseals and Swank Center for Memory Care and Geriatric Consultation partner to bring you ‘The Savvy Caregiver Series’. This four part series provides knowledge and skills essential to those who are caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. The classes help guide caregivers toward the goal of creating a more fulfilling life for their loved one while also maintaining a healthy balance in their own life.
A recent graduate said “This class has given me confidence. Sometimes it’s just the little tips that help so much!”
The Lion’s Room
Thursdays 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14
11 S E Front St,
Milford DE 19963
New Castle County
Small Conference Room
Wednesdays 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13
61 Corporate Circle
New Castle DE 19720
A light dinner will be provided.
The classes are free, however registration is REQUIRED.
Please call 302-221-2087 or email email@example.com to register.
Community Outreach Assistant
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore
61 Corporate Circle
New Castle, DE 19720
Check Out the Info Sessions Schedule for recruitment of Next Cadet Class (January 2020)
The DE National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe program is for high school dropouts, those no longer attending, or those failing in high school. The Youth ChalleNGe 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 needing discipline.
There is no cost for tuition, room, or meals.
Refer to flyer attached for program requirements and other details!
Mrs. Karen Hughes
Youth ChalleNGe Counselor Liaison
A free six-session online class for family and friends of Military Service Members and Veterans.
The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery.
The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/ Veteran.
Multi-Cultural Engagement Manager
Phone 302-427-0787 ext 116
Hosted by the DE Department of Labor
If you are applying to any position on usajobs.gov, take the time to attend this excellent workshop to learn how to navigate the federal application process, create a winning resume and become the BEST QUALIFIED applicant.
FRIDAY, October 11, 2019
1:00pm to 4:00pm
DE Dept of Labor Offices
Blue Hen Corporate Center
655 S. Bay Rd., Suite 2H
Dover, DE 19901
RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY!
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!
To register, contact Danny Mosby at (302) 857-5881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When you contact Danny by phone or e-mail make sure you leave a clear message with your name and phone number so he can call back with further instruction, parking details, and registration info.Federal Resume Workshop- Dover AJC October2019