Damascus American Legion Post 171

Veteran Solutions

Virtual Veteran Kiosk

Take advantage of this unique service of the Maryland Department of Labor, Veteran Employment Program. Select the icon below to learn about this program.


Veteran Identification (ID) Cards

In addition to DoD issued ID cards for Active Duty, Reserve and Retired personnel there are three other ID cards with varying eligibility requirements and privileges.

 Veteran Health Identication Card (VHIC)

When you’re enrolled in VA health care, you’ll use your Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) to check in to your appointments at VA medical centers. You may also use this card to get discounts offered to Veterans at many stores, businesses, and restaurants.


Eligibility Requirements:

--- First, you’ll need to be enrolled in VA health care. If you’re not already enrolled, find out how to apply for VA health care.
--- At least one of these must be true. You:

  • Receive financial compensation (payments) from VA for a service-connected disability
  • Were discharged for a disability resulting from something that happened to you in the line of duty
  • Were discharged for a disability that got worse in the line of duty
  • Are a recently discharged combat Veteran
  • Get a VA pension
  • Are a former prisoner of war (POW)
  • Have received a Purple Heart
  • Have received a Medal of Honor
  • Get (or qualify for) Medicaid benefits
  • Served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975
  • Served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990, and November 11, 1998 
  • Served at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987

Select the ID above for more information.

  Veteran Identication Card

A Veteran ID Card (VIC) is a form of photo ID you can use to get discounts offered to Veterans at many restaurants, hotels, stores, and other businesses. 



Eligibility Requirements:
Served on active duty, the Reserves, or in the National Guard (including the Coast Guard, and
--- Received and Honorable or General Discharge (under honorable conditions)

Select the ID above for more information.

 Maryland State Drivers

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) now offers a veteran designation on a driver’s license or identification (ID) card for qualifying veterans.  The designation indicates that you are eligible for state veteran benefits. 

Eligibility Requirements:
You are eligible if your discharge is Honorable or General under Honorable Conditions

 Select the ID above for more information:

Local Veteran Support Services Provided

  • ​Collaborate with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Maryland Department of Veterans affairs and Veterans Service Organizations to secure benefits for Veterans.
  • Assist Veterans with obtaining their military discharge (DD214).

  • Help with preparingand submitting compensation and pension claims to the Veterans Benefits Administration.

  • Link Veterans to the VA Healthcare system, advocate for Veterans and their families and connect Veterans to other community agencies, services and providers.

  • Track claims and assist with additional documents when requested by the Veterans Benefits Administration.

  • Assist with denied claims by filing Notices of Disagreement or filing Appeals.

Organization  POC/Office  Phone  Email
  Damascus Post 171  Keith Midberry 240-472-5317  Service@legionpost171.org


Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Service and Benefits Program - Assists active duty service members, veterans and eligible dependents in obtaining VA benefits.

  • Charlotte Hall Veterans Home - Provides 24 hour care to veterans and eligible spouses via 168 assisted living and 286 skilled nursing beds, and two secure memory units. The home has many services on site including physical and occupational therapy as well as dental, optometry, podiatry and a pharmacy.

  •  Cemetery and Memorial Program - Offers a final resting place for veterans and eligible dependents in one of five state veteran cemeteries. The program also oversees four memorials.

  • Outreach and Advocacy Program - Educates veterans and organizations about available federal, state, and local veteran bebefits.

  • Maryland Veterans Trust Fund - Provides limited assistance to veterans and eligible dependents in financial need. (A 501C3 Organization)


US Government Made Easy For Veterans

VA Loan Information


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.

People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.

 PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems. The disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.If you are suffering from PTSD, or know someone who is, the following list of resources and information will help you find help in dealing with PTSD and related conditions.  

Featured PTSD News

Center for Psychological Health and TBI Opens

The Department of Defense today announced the opening of a 24-hour outreach center to provide information and referrals to military service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. More


All states have a Nursing Facility Medicaid program that provides general health coverage plus coverage for nursing home services. These services include room and board, nursing care, personal care and therapy services.

 Nursing Facility Medicaid may pay for a stay in a nursing home if you need a “nursing-home level of care” or meet nursing home “functional eligibility criteria; and have income and assets below certain guidelines.

More information Click Here


Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.


Almost ten thousand women were there.

For a list of not only the women who gaves their lives in Vietnam but the start of a complete women's casualty list see: They Gave Their Lives

Salon.com has featured an interesting story about female Vietnam Veterans, entitled "Unarmed and Under Fire: An Oral History of Female Vietnam Vets."
Women in Vietnam

The Vietnam Womens Memorial Project's new website is at: