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Harford Gate (MD Route 22) to remain open 24/7 on APG North

Following a 30-day trial run, APG leaders have authorized an indefinite extension of the test to the gate operations on APG North (Aberdeen).

The Harford Gate (MD Route 22) will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Maryland Gate (MD Route 715) will be open 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The visitor center operations will be open at the Maryland Gate, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and at the Harford Gate, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Questions: call (410) 278-4631


Below are regulatory requirement for eligible DAV personnel, to access and purchase items from Commissary/Exchanges.

1.  Honorably “Discharged” Veterans Rated 100-percent Disabled by the DVA.
Honorably discharged veterans who are not entitled to retired pay, and rated 100-percent disabled from a Uniformed Service-connected injury or disease are entitled to Commissary, Exchange and MWR privileges ONLY. Also, access to military commissary and exchange shopping privileges for surviving spouses and dependents of honorably discharged veterans who are posthumously determined
to have possessed service-connected disabilities rated as 100 percent.

2.  In order to receive an ID card, a letter from the DVA must certify that the veteran is entitled to commissary and exchange privileges and indicate whether a medical reevaluation is necessary or presentation of posthumous determination indicating the 100 percent disability.

Note: Letters from the DVA that indicate the veteran has been awarded 100 percent disability compensation based on un-employability is acceptable. Eligible family members are entitled to the DD Form 1173 reflecting shopping privileges only.

3.  POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED. An individual who seeks to make a purchase from a commissary shall be positively identified as an authorized patron at the point of purchase (cash register). For security reasons, the installation commander may require identification checks at the commissary
entrance. At the discretion of the installation commander, visitors may accompany authorized patrons into the commissary, but are not authorized to make commissary purchases.  Commissary patrons authorized in shall be identified by the complete regulation U.S. military uniform; by an official identification including DD Form 2, DD Form 1173, DD Form 1173-1, DD Form 2750, DD Form 2764, DD Form 2765, and the DoD Common Access Card; by an official identification card issued by the Military Service of which the patron is affiliated; or by official DoD forms (DD Form 4, DD Form 1610, and DD Form 1618).


GETTING THERE RIDE SHARE is looking for volunteer drivers to support our

Seniors in Northern Harford County.  For more information call 410-836-3005

or find us at www.gettingthererideshare.org


Habitat Susquehanna is pleased to be participating in the Home Depot Foundation's Veteran Home Repair Program.

What types of repairs are covered under this program?
·  Roof repairs and replacement
·  Structural wall or floor damage
·  Repairs to reinstate insurance or satisfy code enforcement
·  Handicap accessibility renovations
·  Asbestos, mold or lead abatement/remediation
·  Electrical, plumbing and HVAC
We are grateful to all our veterans for their dedicated service.
Contact Deb Ciresi for more information or to see if you qualify.
dciresi@habitatsusq.org or 410-638-4434, ext. 2
Habitat Susquehanna also offers repair and build programs for non-veterans.
Please call 410-638-4434 for more informa tion.
Any US veteran who received an honorable or general discharge.
Home Depot Foundation’s Veteran Home Repair Program web site

Program Flyer


Elimination of Vehicle Registration and Decal Requirements
Effective 12 Sep 2011, motor vehicle registration and the display of DD Form 2220, Vehicle Decal, is no longer required for access to Army installations. Senior commanders, based on a unique security environment, may require motor vehicle registration. If a senior commander elects to implement vehicle registration they must inform HQDA Office of the Provost Marshal General of this change. Effective immediately HQDA will no longer provide funding for vehicle registration.


Warning by the OPSEC Folks
A scam has been discovered and we want to warn you about a company who may be passing itself off as representing the US Department of Veterans Affairs. An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is providing benefit and general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans. VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal.

This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way. Websites with the name "VA services" immediately after the "www" ARE NOT part of the Department of Veterans Affairs; the real VA website ends in.gov. If approached or called, do not offer them any information concerning yourself or data on other veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs does not randomly call veterans, nor does it ask veterans for information which it does not already have. If you have not dealt with the VA previously and in person, then you receive a call from someone saying they are with the VA or something similar sounding, hang up the phone. Do not respond to emails which suggest that they are from the VA. The VA never conducts official business nor asks for personal information by email.


Department of Defense (DoD) Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR)
The Department of Defense (DoD) Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) - operated by Secretary of The Air Force has been in existence since Jan 2009, reviewing disability cases for Veterans (discharged between 9/11/01 and 12/31/09, with a 0, 10, or 20% combined disability) in order to determine if the individual should have been awarded a disability retirement (30% combined disability level or higher). For more information, see this document:  DOD PDBR