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October 24, 2019

Rep. David Trone Hosts Veterans Workshop with Over 250 People, Joined by Reps. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Elaine Luria (D-VA)


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Rep. David Trone Hosts Veterans Workshop with Over 250 People, Joined by Reps. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Elaine Luria (D-VA) 


Frederick, MD – Today, Representative David Trone (MD-06) hosted a workshop focused on issues impacting today’s veterans with special guests Representatives Dan Crensaw (R-TX) and Elaine Luria (D-VA) and a panel of experts on the topic of veterans’ affairs. There were 254 people and 18 organizations in attendance at the public event hosted at the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ in Frederick, MD.

The workshop featured a panel of experts to discuss the various aspects surrounding the veteran community. The VA Baltimore Regional Office was also on site to check claims. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner introduced the panel and Representatives Luria and Crenshaw gave opening remarks about how their own experience as veterans have shaped their views as current lawmakers. 

The expert panel included: 

  • Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX)
  • Representative Elaine Luria (D-VA)
  • Antione Waller, Director, Baltimore Regional Office, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Tim Cooke, Medical Center Director, Martinsburg VA Medical Center

“I’m hosting this workshop to hear directly from our veterans about how can we better support those that have served and what resources the federal government can provide,” said Rep. David Trone (D-MD). “Tonight we brought together VA officials and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to show how committed we are as Americans to working together to make sure veterans get the benefits and respect they deserve.”

It was a pleasure to join Congressman Trone, Congressman Crenshaw, and VA officials at today’s veterans workshop,” Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) said. “Our veterans made sacrifices for our country and deserve access to high-quality health care. I will continue to find bipartisan solutions that help us meet the unique medical needs of our bravest men and women.”

“Participating in today’s event will bind a relationship of collaboration that continues to provide Veterans the absolute highest level of services in way that reflects our gratitude and honors their service,” said Director Antione Waller from the Baltimore Regional Benefits Office.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to attend Congressman Trone’s Veterans Workshop,” said Tim Cooke, Medical Center Director for Martinsburg VA Medical Center. “It’s a great success when we can connect VA resources to Veterans and our congressional and community partners.”

The panel discussed many topics surrounding veterans including benefits for veterans through the VA, veteran suicide, and how to handle the transition from military to civilian life.

In addition to the panel discussion, there were 18 organizations in attendance focused on providing resources to veterans. The organizations included: VA Baltimore Regional Office, Martinsburg VA Medical Center, SBA Veterans Business Outreach Center, U.S. Census Bureau, Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland Department of Health – Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans, Maryland Department of Labor – Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, Maryland Insurance Administration, Warrior Canine Connection, Operation Second Chance, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3285, American Legion FSK Post #11, Maryland Legal Aid, ServingTogether, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Disabled Sports USA, and the Frederick County Veterans Advisory Council.

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees, where he is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.