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Sussex County now has a monument to those who fought in World War I.

It’s taken 98 years after the end of the great conflict to erect the monument.

And it took three months of fundraising and coming up with $20-thousand.

The monument finally went up in Georgetown Circle on Veterans Day and lists 17 names of those who died in France.

Rowland Scott Commander of American Legion Post 8 told WBOC reports that he said he was awed by finally remember these men.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is trying to help veterans get jobs in the cybersecurity industry.

That's the goal of a new initiative in Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration called "Cyber Vets Virginia."

Veterans interested in working in the cyber field in the state will have the opportunity to participate in a free cyber training program.

The administration says the 12-to-15-week training will be done mostly online but have weekly classroom sessions. Registration will begin in January and training is expected to begin in April.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Federal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro is recognizing Delaware's effort to end homelessness among military veterans.

Castro planned to join Gov. Jack Markell, Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and other officials Friday for a Veterans Day ceremony in New Castle.

Also taking part in the ceremony are participants in the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is lowering the cost of falconry.

The agency announced May 23 it has reduced the cost of an annual falconry permit from $25 to $10. The permit is required for hunting wildlife with a trained raptor.

The agency also reduced from $25 to $10 the fee for a resident permit to capture a peregrine falcon for falconry purposes. In 2015, the agency made 20 such licenses available but allowed just two birds to be taken during a 30-day season last fall.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is cutting fees.

He announced that he would be slashing and in some cases eliminating 155 of them across the state.

WBOC reports that these would range from cutting replacement birth and death certificate and child support collection fees to the cost of E-ZPass transponders and admission to state parks for veterans.

In addition, $15 million would cut from the surcharge on phone bills.

Last year the governor cut tolls by $270 million and $50 million in other fees.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill giving organized labor control over public works projects in Delaware has cleared a House committee but faces an uncertain future.

Democrats on the House Labor Committee voted Wednesday to release the bill, despite angry criticism from construction industry opponents who packed the House chamber, and concerns about whether the law would even be constitutional.

Committee chair and chief bill sponsor Michael Mulrooney,  D-New Castle, said the legislation would not go to the House floor until some issues are addressed.

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EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) - The Army is breaking ground for a new laboratory near Baltimore dedicated to protecting the health of soldiers and other Defense Department employees.

The Army Public Health Center says the event Thursday morning in the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground follows 25 years of planning.

Director John Resta says the $210 million lab will consolidate operations that are currently spread among 10 outdated buildings in the Edgewood Area. He says most of those buildings were built 70 to 100 years ago.

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Congressman John Carney says the Veterans Administration should consider getting rid of community-based outpatient clinics.

The Delaware Democrat says the clinics cannot be adequately staffed.

In addition, he said that rules should be loosened for veterans who are having troubles with non-VA treatment programs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Georgetown VA Clinic has been paving serious staffing shortages.

Vets told the News Journal that the clinic only has one full-time doctor.

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Delaware is in mourning this week after receiving news of the death of Beau Biden from brain cancer at the age of 46. Top state and national officials offered their condolences to Vice President Joe Biden and his family at their loss. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at the politician and man who was such a rising star in the Democratic Party.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A specialized court for criminal cases involving military veterans is expanding in Delaware.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports Monday that Sussex County is establishing a veterans' court later this month, bringing the concept to all three Delaware counties.

The courts provide veteran mentors and access to health and other services. Defendants' charges are deferred during the program; those who successfully complete their treatment plans have their charges dismissed.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Chris Van Hollen are lauding a Montgomery County program that teaches veteran-owned businesses how to get federal contracts.

The event Monday in Rockville recognizes the Veteran Institute for Procurement.

The three-day program is sponsored by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation. The foundation recently received a $900,000 federal grant to expand it.

The program has trained nearly 350 people from 29 states.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is creating a new workforce development initiative with a focus on helping military veterans find jobs.

McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new initiative, which will be led by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.

The governor plans to ask 10,000 businesses to sign commitments for hiring veterans.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign legislation aimed at helping members of the military obtain occupational permits and licenses.

The bill to be signed Monday allows professional licensing boards to recognize military education, training and experience when reviewing credentials and issuing occupational licenses.

The bill also is designed to help service personnel and their spouses in obtaining or renewing professional licenses when transitioning from active duty.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says he would exempt military retirement income from state income taxes for the majority of veterans.

Brown, Maryland's Democratic nominee for governor and a 30-year Army veteran, spoke at an American Legion Convention in Ocean City on Thursday.

Brown has proposed what he calls a Compact with Maryland Veterans.

It includes creating a program to help veterans find jobs and creating a treatment court for veterans with mental health and addiction-related problems.

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Sussex County will be getting a facility to help the growing number of female veterans who are homeless.

Home of the Brave is set to sign an agreement with God’s Way To Recovery for a home on Causey Avenue in Milford.

Work on the three-story house is just about done and is expected to provide accommodations up to eight female vets.

Roger Wood, who founded God’s Way To Recovery, says that the structure once housed homeless men.

But he says they have gotten jobs and have moved out.

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There’s a new organization in Wicomico County that’s hiring veterans who can develop their skills in the construction industry.

It’s called Delmarva Veteran Builders led by its president Chris Eccleston, a veteran himself.

He told WBOC that the first big job the firm got is the redevelopment of the State’s Attorney’s Office and Child Advocacy Center in downtown Salisbury.

Eccleston says he hopes the project will put the company on the map…and he adding within 5 years he would like DVB to become a multi-million construction company serving the Delmarva region.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Sussex County is making getting married a little less expensive for active duty military members and veterans of the armed forces.

The Sussex County Council voted Tuesday to make marriage and civil union licenses free members of the military and veterans. The licenses will be free regardless of where the person lives.

The vote doesn't change fees for everyone else. Delaware residents have to pay $50 and nonresidents $100. The ordinance making the licenses free for military members goes into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell says he will sign a bill giving tax credits to those who hire veterans.

The governor's office says the Veteran's Tax Credit will be 10 percent of a qualified veteran's wages, up to a maximum of $1,500. Employers may take the credit the year a veteran is hired and the two subsequent tax years.