The 2017 Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival is being dedicated to honor and benefit our nation’s Veterans. To that end, we’ve partnered with:
Our mission is to win the war against Veteran suicides by using awareness to create a social movement in our nation, consisting of both Veterans and civilians, that lets our war fighters know that it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help—it’s a sign of strength.
The 22 boots in the Platoon 22 memorial symbolize the 22 lives lost per day, 682 lives lost per month, and over 8,000 veteran lives lost each year to suicide attributed to PTS.
The following veteran and non-profits organizations support our festival through volunteer efforts, demonstrations, and other activities to benefit the festival and its attendees.
A Quilt of Valor® is a personal award, like a military or civilian commendation, a gesture of gratitude from a grateful nation that says “Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and welcome home.” A Quilt of Valor is a lifetime award.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor® Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
Stop by the QOVF booth and meet the Leatherneck Kilted Quilter!
About 3 years ago Les P., a Marine Vietnam Combat Veteran, was on a shopping trip with his wife, Elaine, who wanted to buy a longarm quilting machine. He discovered that the longarm was just another “power tool.” The rest is history.
Since then he has quilted over 600 quilts; the majority of which are Quilts of Valor.
To request a Quilt of Valor, please visit the website and click on the “Request a QOV” button. http://QOVF.org/
– Desert Knight Motorcycle Club (DKMC), Frederick Chapter
The Desert Knights of America MC is a traditional Motorcycle Club with a focus on veterans issues and the improvement of the condition of the American military veteran. Based out of Northern Virginia, we’re a brotherhood that provides the camaraderie and esprit de corps that is commonly missing outside of the military.
– Veteran Enhancement Project (VEP)
The first motorcycle clubs were founded by veterans returning from war. Military members that came back from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan found it awkward and uncomfortable to talk about their experiences with people that either didn’t serve or they didn’t share a personal connection. There is one common thread that most veterans who ride motorcycles consistently say, “Riding a motorcycle is therapeutic, it calms me.” The Veteran Enhancement Project Inc. was founded to take action against veteran suicide, which claims the lives of 22 veterans a day.
– Mobile Vet Center Unit, Morgantown, WV. The purpose of our Vet Centers is to provide counseling services to our military men and women; those which are readjusting back to civilian life, and those who suffer from PTSD, military sexual trauma, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, and other conditions. The Morgantown Vet Center also provides family and marriage counseling as well, all at no cost. The Mobile Vet Center is an extension of the brick and mortar Vet Center, and is staffed with a technician and counselor.
Mobile Vet Center
The SAMS Post of the Potomac will be directly engaged during the festival in three key areas: We will be providing the Color Guard duties for the opening and closing ceremonies, our members established and will be participating in the first Wounded Warrior Highland Athletics demonstration for the Mid-Atlantic region, and, most importantly, we will be providing direct support to the Wounded Warriors attending the festival from our tent co-located with the Wounded Warriors in their reserved festival area.
OUR MISSION & PURPOSE
MISSION: Provide a friendly handicap-accessible camp
environment and therapeutic outdoor activities like hunting
and fishing, LEEK believes in encouraging our wounded heroes
to focus on their abilities, without compromising their current
PURPOSE: LEEK believes in providing a safe and friendly
environment where wounded U.S. service members can assist
each other through the healing process, both mentally and
physically. We offer recreational opportunities
specifically geared to each wounded veterans’ needs and
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Veteran-owned and veteran-operated, SOLDIERFITs vision is to revitalize the American Dream by creating a culture of civic engagement, humility, and unyielding optimism for the future.
SOLDIERFIT is a unique, functional fitness program, with locations in the Maryland/Washington, DC area. The SOLDIERFIT program encompasses basic training, mixed martial arts, personal training. and a functional fitness gym.