Working for Maryland’s Veterans
Last Saturday, I held a Veterans Benefits Workshop at Lindale Middle School in Linthicum Heights.
During the event – pictured below – representatives from the Baltimore VA Regional Office held an information session about the new choices available to veterans as a result of the Appeals Modernization Act and how it can help veterans receive prompt decisions regarding their claims. The VA Baltimore Regional Office was also on hand to provide personalized, one-on-one assistance to help veterans learn more about pending claims.
I want to thank the more than 100 attendees who braved the extreme heat to join the workshop. For veterans who could not make the event, do not worry. My office is ready and able to assist you. We can contact the VA to access information about your pending claim or appeal. And, if you are not a resident of Maryland’s Third Congressional District, we can connect you with our counterparts in your appropriate Congressional office. To request an inquiry with the VA regarding your pending claim, please call us at (410) 832-8890.
In addition, veterans may also be interested in the below resources.
- 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.
As always, if you or a veteran you know needs help accessing benefits, please contact my office at (410) 832-8890.
Congressman John Sarbanes
Maryland’s Third Congressional District