BELOW YOU SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING ACROSS THE US-----VETERAN'S ADMINISTRATION IS BEING DISMANTLED AND MADE INTO PRIVATE NON-PROFITS JUST AS WITH ALL PUBLIC HEALTH. ALL FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING FOR VETERANS ARE DIVERTED FROM THE VA MEDICAL CENTERS TO THESE UNACCOUNTABLE PRIVATE NON-PROFITS.
THE VA REPRESENTS ONE OF THE LARGEST OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND THEY ARE PRIVATIZING IT----do you really think neo-liberals plan to keep ENTITLEMENTS?
In Maryland we have no oversight and 1/2 of social service funding is stolen through fraud so when you build a system that takes public to private as is happening with the VA------all this fraud and corruption becomes harder to follow-----THINK COMPLEX FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT BY WALL STREET.
You see an endless list of charities and non-profits helping veterans. These people are not necessarily bad-----but they should recognize the value of a centralized care system and understand that statistics are showing veterans are not getting the health care these institutions claim is happening. I refer to the Medieval Ages often because what is happening is a rise of Catholic Charities for example as where people go to get help with the wealthy patrons----sending charity as they feel free. They did not pay taxes to support public systems----they did just as is happening in Maryland now.
People cannot be citizens if they are tied to charity for public service. Paying taxes just to get charity when you need help is Medieval.
STOP ALLOWING NEO-LIBERALS TO CONTROL THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY-----LABOR AND JUSTICE IS 80% OF THE DEMOCRATIC BASE----RUN AND VOTE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE TO TURN THIS AROUND!
Too many veterans charities fail to support ex-army staff ...
Baltimore VA office worst in nation for processing disability claimsOffice that handles claims for Maryland is slowest and makes most mistakes
Robert Fearing, who served in the Air Force for 20 years, with… (Barbara Haddock Taylor,…)January 26, 2013|By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is the slowest in the country in processing disability claims for servicemen and servicewomen — averaging about a year — and makes more mistakes than any other office.
The failures locally are a symptom of a national breakdown: Across the country, more than 900,000 veterans wait an average of nine months for the agency to determine whether they qualify for disability benefits, according to the VA.
Even as the VA says it is working to fix problems in Baltimore and nationwide, Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, calls the situation "shameful."
"You have to think about that young veteran in Baltimore who has just come back from his third or fourth tour," he said. "They are stuck in limbo, and our veterans deserve better than that."
Officials with the VA acknowledge as much. A spokeswoman for the agency called the delays "unacceptable" and said the VA is focused on clearing its backlog and getting veterans the benefits that they have earned and deserve.
Yet meanwhile, the delays continue.
Robert Fearing, a combat veteran of the Iraq war and a Bronze Star recipient, has been hospitalized three times for paranoia and anxiety caused by post-traumatic stress disorder since he filed his disability claim with the Baltimore office 21/2 years ago. He's still waiting for his benefits.
"I have gone through war fighting the enemy and now I need to fight my own government for the benefits I deserve," said Fearing, who was an Aberdeen resident when he filed his claim but now lives in Stafford, Va. "It is absolutely frustrating and despicable."
Fearing said the base where he was stationed, about 50 miles north of Baghdad, was attacked by mortar rounds more than 150 times in the six months he served there from 2004 to 2005.
The trauma left him with paranoia, a belief that he's being investigated and followed, a feeling "you can't shake out of your head," said Fearing, 44, who is married and has two daughters at home. Fearing, who retired from the Air Force in 2007 after serving for 20 years, earned a master's degree while he was in the military to further his career in counterintelligence. But he said the work now triggers debilitating anxiety and he is seeking an early retirement from his government job.
"The real issue with it is, I want someone to acknowledge the fact that I've got it. I've had to acknowledge it and I have to live with it. What more do they need? Me to be hospitalized again?" he said.
The backlog, lag time and error rates at the VA have been the focus of congressional hearings, a cause for outrage by military advocacy groups and the subject of repeated media investigations. Yet the situation has grown significantly worse.
The VA has acknowledged that the problems at the Baltimore office, which serves all of Maryland, are severe enough to warrant additional training and quality checks.
Leaked Memo: Afghan ‘Burn Pit’ Could Wreck Troops’ Hearts, Lungs
- By Spencer Ackerman
- 5:00 AM
For years, U.S. government agencies have told the public, veterans and Congress that they couldn’t draw any connections between the so-called “burn pits” disposing of trash at the military’s biggest bases and veterans’ respiratory or cardiopulmonary problems. But a 2011 Army memo obtained by Danger Room flat-out stated that the burn pit at one of Afghanistan’s largest bases poses “long-term adverse health conditions” to troops breathing the air there.
The unclassified memo (.jpg), dated April 15, 2011, stated that high concentrations of dust and burned waste present at Bagram Airfield for most of the war are likely to impact veterans’ health for the rest of their lives. “The long term health risk” from breathing in Bagram’s particulate-rich air include “reduced lung function or exacerbated chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, atherosclerosis, or other cardiopulmonary diseases.” Service members may not necessarily “acquire adverse long term pulmonary or heart conditions,” but “the risk for such is increased.”
The cause of the health hazards are given the anodyne names Particulate Matter 10 and Particulate Matter 2.5, a reference to the size in micrometers of the particles’ diameter. Service personnel deployed to Bagram know them by more colloquial names: dust, trash and even feces — all of which are incinerated in “a burn pit” on the base, the memo says, as has been standard practice in Iraq and Afghanistan for a decade.
Accordingly, the health risks were not limited to troops serving at Bagram in 2011, the memo states. The health hazards are an assessment of “air samples taken over approximately the last eight years” at the base.
The memo’s findings contradict years of U.S. military assurances that the burn pits are no big deal. An Army memo from 2008 about the burn pit at Iraq’s giant Balad air base, titled, “Just The Facts,” found “no significant short- or long-term health risks and no elevated cancer risks are likely among personnel” (.pdf). A 2004 fact sheet from the Pentagon’s deployment health library — and still available on its website — informed troops that the high particulate matter in the air at Bagram “should not cause any long-term health effects.” More recently, in October 2010, a Pentagon epidemiological study found “for nearly all health outcomes measured, the incidence for those health outcomes studied among personnel assigned to locations with documented burn pits and who had returned from deployment, was either lower than, or about the same as, those who had never deployed” (.pdf).
Over the years, thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have experienced respiratory and cardiopulmonary problems that they associate with their service. Some have sued military contractors for exposing them to unsafe conditions. For months, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) has urged the military to create a database of vets suffering neurological or respiratory afflictions, a move that’s winding through the legislative process. But the military has argued it doesn’t have sufficient evidence to associate environmental conditions on the battlefield with long-term health risks — and it argued that months after this memo is dated.
“As recently as April, in correspondence with the Defense Department and in discussions with my staff, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs both continued to maintain that research has not shown any long-term health consequences due to burn pits,” Akin tells Danger Room. “They also maintained that remaining burn pits in Afghanistan were away from military populations to reduce exposure. It is disturbing to discover that at least at Bagram the military concluded that burn pits posed a serious health risk.”
The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has collected “hundreds” of anecdotes from vets complaining of health problems connected to serving near burn pits. “It’s good to see someone in the military is acknowledging there are going to be long-term problems with burn pits, but it’s disturbing that this memo is more than a year old and it doesn’t seem like the military has done anything about it,” says Tom Tarantino, IAVA’s deputy policy director, who deployed to Iraq in 2005 as an Army captain. “I lived next to a burn pit for six months at Abu Ghraib. You can’t tell me that was OK. That was pretty nasty. While I was there everyone was hacking up weird shit.”
Any visitor to the sprawling Bagram airfield knows the burn pit — if not by sight, then by smell. It’s an acrid, smoldering barbecue of trash, from busted furniture to human waste, usually manned by Afghan employees who cover their noses and mouths with medical breathing masks. Plumes of aerosolized refuse emerge from what troops refer to as “The Shit Pit,” mingle with Parwan Province’s already dust-heavy air, and sweep over the base. In February, that was where soldiers at the nearby Parwan detention facility accidentally incinerated the Koran.
At the time of the memo’s issuance, it noted that the affected population on the base contemporaneously was “40,000 Service Members and contractors.” Hundreds of thousands have cycled through the giant base since the U.S. seized it in 2001. Bagram is a major transit and logistics hub for the Afghanistan war, and one of the first bases the U.S. took and continuously operated during the war. Millions more have served in Iraq and Afghanistan near similar burn pits.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, studies conducted on the effects of breathing in Particulate Matter 10 and 2.5 have determined “a significant association between exposure to fine particles and premature mortality.” The Army memo reports that Bagram’s air had twice the amount of Particulate Matter 10 than the federal National Ambient Air Quality Standard, and more than three times the amount of Particulate Matter 2.5 as the standard.
Burn pits remain in use across Afghanistan. And although a study by the Institute of Medicine and sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs found last October that there is insufficient data to correlate those pits with health risks, troops’ cardiovascular problems are clearly on the rise: There were 91,013 cases reported in 2010, up sharply from 65,520 in 2001. A 2010 study found half of a small sample of soldiers who struggled to run two miles had undiagnosed bronchiolitis. Hundreds of troops have sued the pits’ contractor operators after experiencing chest pains, asthma and migraines. For years, the U.S. government has pled ignorance about the causes of those veterans’ ailments. And unless the military formally acknowledges that the burn pits pose a long-term health risk, it will be difficult for veterans to receive long-term health care for associated respiratory and cardiopulminary ailments from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“The acknowledgement that air-sampling data is now indicating that burn pits may pose a risk of chronic illness to our servicemen and women validates the need for the national burn pit registry that I have proposed,” Akin says. Tarantino backs him up: “We don’t want another Agent Orange scenario, where it takes 40 years for the military to admit the stuff was bad and then has to spend all this effort tracking down affected servicemembers.”
The U.S. Army and the NATO military command in charge of the Afghanistan war did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Even casual visitors to Bagram know that the air is a menace. Within days of my most recent reporting trip there, in August 2010, I developed a disgusting, productive cough that kept me from sleeping comfortably. Airmen and soldiers joked with me about catching “Bagram Lung.”
But for at least a year, the U.S. military has known that “Bagram Lung” won’t stay at Bagram. There’s a significant chance that it will plague a generation of Afghanistan veterans for the rest of their lives.
Do you know that Maryland/Baltimore requested that a lead paint poison lawsuit won by Baltimore residents be paid for with HUD funding for section 8 housing and low-income housing vouchers? These funds would of course be where you go to push for safety in housing for lead paint for example. It is also where money for homeless vets goes.
WHEN I SPEAK WITH THE HOMELESS MEN ON THE STREETS IN BALTIMORE MANY TELL ME THEY ARE VETERANS AND HAVE BEEN DENIED ACCESS TO HOUSING FROM BALTIMORE HUD.
There is a concerted effort to divert funds from HUD away from low-income housing and it is all illegal. When neo-liberals like Cardin and Mikulski pretend to be sending money or help-----they are not telling the truth.
THERE ARE TOO MANY VETERANS ON THE STREETS IN BALTIMORE BEING HARASSED BY POLICE AND DENIED SUPPORT.
RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU KNOW THAT MUCH OF THIS MONEY IS LOST TO FRAUD AND CORRUPTION? EVERYONE!!!
Housing Grants for Veterans in Maryland
By Serena Cassidy
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Maryland housing grants help veterans find or adapt housing.
Federal and private organizations provide housing grant funding to military veterans who live in Maryland. The grants cover closing costs, adaptations or modification to housing for veterans with a disability, housing vouchers for homeless veterans and funding to support organizations that provide services for veterans.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development`s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program provides grant funding to Maryland's public housing authority in the form of housing vouchers. The funding supports the transition of up to 50 homeless Maryland veterans to permanent housing units. To receive funding, veterans must have a referral to a Maryland public housing authority that has HUD VASH vouchers available. The vouchers cover up to 70 percent of a veteran's rent.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides grant funding via home modification programs designed to support veterans. The Specially Adapted Housing grant provides up to $50,000 in funding to veterans who have disabilities related to service to modify or adapt an existing home to increase wheelchair accessibility and enable their independence. The Special Home Adaptation grant supports veterans in modifying or adapting their home for increased mobility. The maximum grant amount is $10,000. The Home Improvements and Structural Adaptations grant provides assistance to veteran`s with disabilities, service-related or otherwise, for home improvements. Eligible improvements include modifications that allow a veteran to continue to receive treatment in his home, and adaptations to bathrooms to make them accessible. To apply, a veteran must have a medical statement from his physician stating that adaptations or modifications are necessary to remain in the home.
Do you know that the Baltimore VA is the worse run in the nation because funding cuts make it unable to operate as it should? Do you know that substance abuse treatment is part of the VA? So, why do we have cuts in funding for the VA but we have funding for private non-profits for VA? Do you know that there is a lack of public transparency with non-profits, so why would we do this?
THIS IS THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH -----WE DO NOT WANT THIS!!
Nonprofit to Open $2.3M Facility for Homeless Veterans
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Related
A nonprofit is building a center to treat homeless veterans with drug or alcohol addictions in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore.
The center at 1611 Baker St. will cost the Baltimore Station $2.3 million to build and acquire the property, executive director Michael Seipp says.
The west Baltimore site currently houses a former Catholic Rectory and two rowhomes. The 16,800-square-foot Baker Street Station will be the nonprofit's second treatment center.
Funding for the center comes from four sources: the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Abell Foundation, and the France-Merrick Foundation.
The Baltimore Station is also hosting a fundraiser April 14 in Federal Hill's Cross Street Market to raise money for the new center.
Many military troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are being asked to serve multiple tours of duty, which puts them at a higher risk of getting post-traumatic stress disorder, Seipp says. And many of these men turn to alcohol or drugs, which, in turn, can lead to homelessness.
Veterans represent about one-quarter of all homeless people, twice that of the civilian population, according to the center's statistics.
The Baltimore Station employs 28 and has a $2 million annual operating budget.
Writer: Julekha Dash
Source: Michael Seipp, Baltimore Station
Do you really think every time Obama or neo-liberals in Congress and the Maryland Assembly say they are sending funding to help veterans that it actually gets to the veteran???? Not with these private non-profits all working with no oversight and no history of performance. We need professionals working in this field and not only good will and charity!!
THE ONLY TIME YOU HEAR THESE NEO-LIBERALS TALK ABOUT CARING FOR THE VETS IS WHEN MEDIA BREAKS ON HOW BAD IT IS FOR VETS!!!!!
Suicides Highlight Failures in Veterans’ Support System
Are local vets getting the help they need? by Aaron Glantz — March 24, 2012, 10:55 a.m.0
Francis Guilfoyle, a 55-year-old homeless veteran, drove his 1985 Toyota Camry to the Department of Veterans Affairs campus in Menlo Park early in the morning of Dec. 3, took a stepladder and a rope out of the car, threw the rope over a tree limb and hanged himself.
It was an hour before his body was cut down, according to the county coroner’s report.
“When I saw him, my heart just sank,” said Dennis Robinson, 51, a formerly homeless Army veteran who discovered Guilfoyle’s body. “This is supposed to be a safe place where a vet can get help. Something failed him.”
Guilfoyle’s death is one of a series of recent suicides by veterans who live in the jurisdiction of the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. The Palo Alto V.A. is one of the agency’s elite campuses, home to the Congressionally chartered National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The poor record of the Department of Veterans Affairs in decreasing the high suicide rate of veterans has already emerged as a major issue for policy makers and the judiciary.
On Wednesday, the V.A. Inspector General in Washington released the results of a nine-month investigation into the May 2010 death of another veteran, William Hamilton. The report said social workers at the department in Palo Alto made “no attempt” to ensure that Hamilton, a mentally ill 26-year-old who served in Iraq, was hospitalized at a department facility in the days before he killed himself by stepping in front of a train in Modesto.
The Bay Area was also shocked by the March 14 death of Abel Gutierrez, a 27-year-old Iraq war veteran, who the police said killed his mother and his 11-year-old sister before shooting himself. Two weeks earlier the Gilroy Police Department intervened to ask the V.A. to help Gutierrez.
An examination of each case reveals faulty communication inside the V.A. system, which missed opportunities to help the veterans.
“I know people at the V.A. care a lot and work hard, but it’s a pattern that’s disturbing,” said Representative Jerry McNerney, a Democrat from Pleasanton who serves on the House Veterans Affairs Committee. “It doesn’t look good.”
Last May, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit accused the department of “unchecked incompetence” and ordered it to overhaul the way it provides mental health care and disability benefits.
Noting that an average of 18 veterans commit suicide every day, Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote, “No more veterans should be compelled to agonize and perish while the government fails to perform its obligations.” The department appealed, and Judge Reinhardt’s opinion has been temporarily vacated, pending a ruling from a an 11-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit.
Gordon Erspamer, a San Francisco lawyer representing the two groups that brought the suit, Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth, said it was “incredible that this sorry record of ineptitude and lack of procedures for emergency cases continues even under the watchful eye of the Ninth Circuit.”
Two weeks before Gutierrez’s death, his family called the Gilroy Police Department and asked for officers to come to their home “to get him some help,” according to Sgt. Chad Gallacinao, a spokesman for the police department. Sergeant Gallacinao said a police officer who was also a military veteran was dispatched to the house and took notes.
Two days later, Sergeant Gallacinao said, the officer returned to the Gutierrez home with a representative of the Community Veterans Project, a nonprofit organization that trains law enforcement officials in interaction with psychologically wounded veterans.
“They made contact with the V.A. specifically to obtain services for Gutierrez,” Sergeant Gallacinao said.
Dave Bayard, a V.A. spokesman in Los Angeles, confirmed that a call had been placed to the Vet Center in Santa Cruz, but said the request was mild. “It wasn’t like ‘This guy is really in need of mental health,’” Bayard said.
The V.A. said Gutierrez had briefly received care at a department facility in Washington State, where he was a National Guardsman, but never visited a department campus in California.
In an e-mail, Kerri Childress, spokeswoman for the V.A. Palo Alto Health Care System, said that despite the intervention of the Gilroy Police Department in Gutierrez’s case, “We had no way of knowing he was even in the area.”
Shad Meshad, a Vietnam War veteran and former combat medic who heads the National Veterans Foundation, was unpersuaded. “It’s about time that they don’t make excuses,” Meshad said. “Why would you say it’s not serious when the police called?”
Meshad said the responses of Bayard and Childress were typical of the “finger-pointing” exhibited by the department when tragedy strikes.
Before Hamilton killed himself, he said he saw demon women and regularly talked to a man he had killed in Iraq. He had been admitted to the Palo Alto V.A.’s psychiatric ward before on nine separate occasions. Three days before he died, Hamilton’s father brought him to a community hospital in Calaveras County, which, according to hospital records obtained by The Bay Citizen, tried to transfer him to three V.A. hospitals, including the one in Palo Alto. But at 4:39 p.m., a department social worker wrote that day in his notes, the Palo Alto facilities “would not accept a transfer of a veteran for admittance this late in the day.”
Later that night, Hamilton was admitted to David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force base in Fairfield. That Sunday, the medical center discharged Hamilton. Within hours, he was dead.
V.A. officials have said they have no record of Hamilton being denied care and that their records do not show any telephone calls between the Calaveras County hospital and the Palo Alto V.A. But the inspector general’s report revealed that the Palo Alto hospital had no method of tracking incoming calls and that “no outgoing calls were recorded” from any Veterans Affairs Medical Center extension.
During the investigation into Hamilton’s death, the inspector general learned of yet another incident, in May 2011, when the doctor on duty refused to accept a veteran for treatment. According to the report, the psychiatrist said, “We don’t accept patients for transfer at night.”
In an e-mailed response to questions, Dr. Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, deputy chief of staff of the Palo Alto V.A., said that since Hamilton’s death his network had “revised our tracking mechanism so we are better able to analyze the disposition of any cases referred to the V.A. Palo Alto Health Care System.” Dr. Ezeji-Okoye said the Palo Alto V.A. had always accepted psychiatric patients 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Childress, the agency spokeswoman, said the Palo Alto V.A. was committed to improving the quality and availability of mental health care. The hospital is building a new 80-bed inpatient mental health center, she said, which is scheduled to open in June. It will have “patient access to enclosed, landscaped gardens” and “ample use of natural light to all internal patients,” she said, with a color scheme “specifically selected to support the healing process.”
This article also appears in the Bay Area edition of The New York Times.
Most of the private non-profits below are Baltimore's reason the VA is defunded-----they all have INC after the names and many are national private non-profits receiving billions of Federal and State funding all over America with no results given.
WHY WOULDN'T ALL THESE SERVICES SIMPLY COME FROM A CENTRAL VA ADMINISTRATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND?
I heard a Maryland pol say that selling the VA building was next-----getting rid of public assets!
Neo-liberals really hate public wealth!!
AID OUR VETERANS INC - Baltimore, MD
Welcome to Homeless Persons Representation
Boot Camp for Homeless Veterans--- Baltimore's Veterans Center (MCVET)
MD Homeless Military Veterans Salem Veteran Unemployment
Maryland - National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
Project PLASE Support Our Homeless Vets
Nonprofit to Open $2.3M Facility for Homeless Veterans
Maryland Center For Veterans Education And Training - Day ...
Veterans Programs - Maryland WorkFORCE Promise
USDOL / VETS Programs for Maryland Veterans
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Program gives homeless veterans shelter, food, health care, job
"These grants are reducing the number of homeless veterans in Maryland, and one day we will see this travesty end," said HUD Regional Administrator Jane C.W. Vincent. "These vouchers put us one step closer to reaching that goal."
'The grants announced today are part of $75 million appropriated for Fiscal Year 2012 to support the housing needs of approximately 10,500 homeless veterans. VA Medical Centers (VAMC) provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans. This is the first of two rounds of the 2012 HUD-VASH funding. HUD expects to announce the remaining funding by the end of this summer'.
Maryland Receives Resources to House Homeless Veterans, People Living with AIDS
Posted on April 16, 2012 by mdhousing Washington –
Homeless shelters in six different jurisdictions will receive more than $1.6 million to supply permanent housing for more than 180 veterans across Maryland, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced. Learn more.
The resources come through HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program as the nation works to significantly reduce the number of veterans living on the streets.
HUD also awarded $1.4 million in grants to provide permanent housing for extremely low-income Marylanders living with HIV/AIDS through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program. Read the release.
Governor O’Malley has pledged to make homelessness a rare and brief occurrence by 2015. In January 2011, there were an estimated 7,747 individuals in Maryland – a two percent decline, according to HUD’s most recent point-in-time survey. That count included more than 1,033 homeless families and 592 veterans, HUD reported.
Below you see the kinds of opportunities citizens of Baltimore have------students, veterans, volunteers do the work of public sector employees. As with students volunteering, there is little sign that all this volunteering gets people jobs.
Oliver is slated for affluent development and as such it is typical of the Enterprise Zone -----lots of fraud and corruption in who gets what real estate. The bottom line is that this community next to Hopkins was starved of funding and resources.....it is blighted because people were not employed to keep these communities up. At the same time billions of dollars went to East Baltimore and Hopkins over a few decades.....residents here could not get a job or if they worked at Hopkins, they were not paid enough to support themselves. THE MONEY WAS THERE TO EMPLOY PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO KEEP THESE COMMUNITIES FUNCTIONING----BUT THE GOAL WAS TO GENTRIFY TO AFFLUENT SO HIGH-UNEMPLOYMENT AND BLIGHT DOES THAT.
Now, as you see the same groups needing jobs are doing the work of public sector employees as volunteers and VISTAs.
If you look at the Board of the Oliver Community Assoc you will see all O'Malley/Rawlings-Blake connected friends who no doubt benefit from this association. They are as well the Baltimore Democratic Party people-----THE SOURCE OF CRONY IN BALTIMORE!!!
So, what I see for veterans in Baltimore is a lot of money flowing to private non-profits and lots of veterans telling me they are not getting helped. The statistics from national research show this is true----
Oliver is a neighborhood in the Eastern district of Baltimore, Maryland. Its boundaries are the south side of North Avenue, the east side of Ensor Street, the west side of Broadway, and the north side of Biddle Street. This neighborhood, adjacent to Johns Hopkins Medical Campus and minutes from the Inner Harbor, lies east of the historic Greenmount Cemetery.
More than 1400 volunteers have been mobilized in Oliver from various student, veteran, and nonprofit groups. More than 54 tons of garbage has been removed from streets and alleyways. Two large murals have been painted. More than 50 trees and shrubs have been planted. Forests of weeds have been knocked back. One resident has been enrolled in a job retraining program and dozens have been given day labor opportunities. Boys were given the opportunity to participate in service learning and to attend special events. Weekly community walk-arounds have been conducted making more than 100 reports to the city.
Paving the way
for a better future.
About Maryland Center for Veterans Education & Training
Although relatively new as an agency, MCVET has already received a great deal of attention from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. On May 7, 1997, HUD declared that MCVET was the "National Model" for seamless services to homeless veterans.
Incorporated on February 25, 1993, the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Corporation designed to provide homeless veterans and other veterans in need with comprehensive services that will enable them to rejoin their communities as productive citizens.