ANNAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown unveiled a Web site Tuesday the state hopes will provide information about available services to Maryland veterans and their families.
The Maryland Veterans Network of Care portal accumulates information on various services available to veterans at the federal, state and local levels, from health and mental wellness to education, housing and employment.
Brown said the difficult economic climate makes it even more important that veterans be aware of the resources they can use as they return to civilian life.
“In these tough times we need to redouble our commitment to veterans and their families,” Brown said.
Iraq veterans are more prone to traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder and need to know about mental health services in the state, particularly in rural areas where these services can be harder to find, said Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary John Colmers.
Officials plan to address the issue of public awareness of the Web site through advertising, Brown said. The state has hired a consultant and is considering ads on buses and in community newspapers.
–By Capital News Service’s Erich Wagner