Maryland is home to a projected 380,000 veterans in 2018, and AARP is very proud to support this group! In addition, about 20 percent of our more than 896,000 AARP members in Maryland are veterans (approximately 178,000).
Our AARP Maryland veterans resource page will be continually updated with helpful links and information that may be of interest to you as a veteran or the friend/family member of a veteran. Last updated November 10, 2018
"The Greatest Gift:" Remembering Armistice Day
Read former AARP Maryland state president and Vietnam veteran Clarence "Tiger" Davis' blog about his personal connection to the rememberance of Armistice Day.
AARP MD Veterans Corner!
Check out our new AARP Maryland column written by our volunteers and community partners, including AARP volunteer Brian Smith, a Navy Veteran who works with AARP on advocacy issues affecting our state's veteran population.
Read the latest Veterans Corner blog posts.
Operation Protect Veterans
Veterans answered the call to serve. Now, scammers are calling. Find out how we can help protect veterans from fraud and scams.
Volunteer interview on veterans' mental health
New AARP Advocacy Volunteer and retired Navy Captain, Brian, got to speak with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin during the 2018 Maryland General Assembly about issues impacting Maryland's veterans. Watch the interview below!
Video: Vietnam Veterans Given "Welcome Home" in Maryland
Check out this video, developed by Gilchrist in Hunt Valley, featuring a recent celebration of veterans.
WHVV_Approved_Video from FILMSTERS on Vimeo.
United States of America 50th Commemoration Vietnam War pinning ceremony
This ceremony is open to Vietnam combat and Era veterans who are interested in having AARP Maryland perform a commemorative pinning ceremony. If you or your organization is interested, please email AARP Maryland's John Henkel at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Pinning Request," and include details on your years of service and location.
Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots helps United States military veterans adopt a new pet friend while giving the most overlooked shelter dogs and cats hope and a home.
To promote the human-animal bond and reduce the chance of adopted animals being surrendered to shelters, Pets for Patriots provides veterans with various benefits to make pet guardianship more affordable over the life of the pet, including ‘welcome home’ contributions for pet food and other essentials, access to high-quality, discounted veterinary care, and discounts on a range of pet-related goods and services.
Pets for Patriots is not involved in the acquisition or training of service animals, or the adoption of retired Military War Dogs. Click here for more information!
AARP's Veterans Homepage
Maryland Humanities Veterans Book Group
AARP's Operation Protect Veterans Watchdog Alert Handbook
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Homepage
2018 Maryland Veteran Population Map
Local County Resources for Veterans
AARP Maryland Recognized for Maryland "Welcome Home" Initiative
- Health Care: The VA Maryland Health Care System is responsible for providing veterans care through numerous locations around the state, including medical centers located in downtown Baltimore, Perry Point and a variety of outpatient clinics. Visit: http://www.maryland.va.gov
- Post-9/11 GI Bill: Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill may find this Frequently Asked Questions database useful. Visit: https://gibill.custhelp.com/app/answers/list
- eBenefits: This site allows veterans to file claims online, as well as track the status of their pending claim with the VA. Visit: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal
- MDVA: In addition to providing veterans in Maryland with information and support, the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs also acts as a Veterans Service Organization that can assist with filing claims. Visit: http://veterans.maryland.gov/maryland-department-of-veterans-affairs-service-benefits-program/
- National Cemetery Administration: The VA can provide burial and funeral benefits in some cases. Visit: http://www.cem.va.gov
- Housing: Through the HUD/VASH program, the VA has partnered with HUD to find affordable housing to combat homelessness. Visit: http://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp
County Resource Links (more will be added as they become available):
Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families
Montgomery County Veterans Affairs Homepage