‘It is deeply sad,’ Iraq War veteran says of the Biden administration’s sudden withdrawal from Afghanistan
My path has taken me to different places, from Fallujah to education and teaching, to radio news. But it is the storytelling and the connecting with people and trying to identify things that need to be talked about and talked about effectively.Read More
Del. Mike Smigiel is reintroducing legislation to create a state license plate emblazoned with the words “Maryland Supports Veterans” after a year of campaigning for its passage.Read More
Advocates from Montgomery County veterans organizations, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, are lobbying the county’s House delegation to change their minds on gambling machines for veterans posts. The veterans want the delegation to include the county in the state’s gambling expansion that allows up to five pull-tab video lottery terminals in veterans halls in other areas of the state.Read More
For years, veterans posts have come to Annapolis trying to get slot machines and the money they bring in to help them survive.The vets on the Eastern Shore have had slots at their posts for some time, but year after year, the House Ways & Means Committee has refused the same privilege to veterans groups in the rest of Maryland. Suddenly, Tuesday afternoon, the House veterans caucus was told that slots for vets everywhere in Maryland was going to be an ornament on the Christmas tree that the gaming bill had become. Delegates saw it as a blatant attempt to buy votes.Read More
With a bleak economy, no new revenues coming in, and a reluctance to raise taxes, legislators are wagering that new gambling bills will help the state find more money. The House Ways and Means Committee spent all Tuesday afternoon listening to nine proposals to expand or modify gambling in the state, including allowing table games at slots casinos and permitting slots in every bar, tavern and veterans hall.Read More
A potential $189 million contract to operate Maryland’s only state-run veterans home is being protested by the low bidder for the contract, which contends the winner and current operator failed to disclose significant information.
That information included major problems with patient care at an Alabama veterans facility it runs that was cited in a report by the U.S. Justice Department.Read More
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