Business of the Quarter - Fin - Veteran's Outreach Ministries
29 Jun

Business of the Quarter – Fin

Get Out & Explore!

Article Provided by Meredith Boas

On the evening of Monday, May 23, 2022, Fin, a new startup business in Cecil County, Maryland had a ribbon cutting to launch their first bike-share location in Chesapeake City at the start of the Ben Cardin bike trail.

What is Bike Sharing?

Bike Sharing is a new way for folks to be able to enjoy outdoor recreation on a bicycle without actually having to own or transport their own bicycle. Simply put, a person can rent a bike for a limited amount of time from the Fin rack. All they have to do is download the Fin app, then use their smartphone to scan the QR code on the bike they’d like to use, they’ll receive the code to unlock the bike on the rack, and they’ll have use of that bike for an amount of time. When they’re finished, the person will then return and re-lock up the bike. It’s easy!

The Founder

Meet local entrepreneur Kelly Benson of the water-sports recreation company Benson Outdoors, and the North East, MD restaurant Port House Grill. Fin is his newest business to make what is now a solid trio of much-needed and we’re sure soon-to-be much-loved local businesses in our community.

What Kelly Says…

I have many passions in life – but the one passion that is consistent among everything that I do is simple – I love to make people happy.

Growing up I spent my summer days barefoot, running around in the woods behind my parents house. My second home was the Fair Hill Nature Center where my mom developed and taught outdoor education program and summer camps. I suppose it wasn’t by chance that I developed a love for the outdoors at a very young age.

When I turned twenty one I cofounded the Port House Grill with my father. It was in this time that I realized that my entrepreneurial spirit could let me to blaze my own path. With my father as mentor, he taught me the subtle complexities of both managing a team and a business, and how to weigh risk versus reward.

It was those first years of business where when interacting with my guests that I would be repeatedly asked “So this is a water town, how do you get out on it?”

When backpacking in January in the Patagonia region of Chile, I stayed overnight in a small lakeside town of what felt like no more than forty people, that was over six hours drive from the nearest populated area. I had rented a bedroom for the night in the sole storekeeper’s house. When I woke up, a small outfitter had a line of patrons eager to white water raft. It was this moment, in the middle of nowhere, that I realized I could solve the question that had been asked many times back home. And I could do three miles from the most traveled corridor on the East Coast. Bay Venture Outfitters was born that spring.

Born as an idea in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic with its roots found in Bay Venture, Fin is our next adventure. We hope you enjoy the flexibility and diverse experiences that are found using the Fin network.

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The Gift that Keeps Giving - Veteran's Outreach Ministries
26 Jun

The Gift that Keeps Giving

Article by by Dee Jones, President of Light 2 World, Inc

When I was younger, I loved playing with dolls, creating hairstyles, and caring for sick toys and birds. I knew early in life I wanted to become a nurse. I watched my mother care for others, and I had the horrible experience of watching a dear friend die before my eyes.

I prayed and asked God to use my gifts for His glory. It took me eighteen years to complete my nursing degree but along the way, I earned a degree in Early Childhood Development. I liked children and wanted to work in pediatric nursing one day. Years later, I did become a nurse, and I worked in pediatrics for a little while, then landed a position in Nursing Education at numerous local colleges.
I still enjoyed caring for others but did not stop there. My husband and I began to fostered children. What a rewarding experience. Being a foster parent was different from caring for a child in the hospital. A foster child lives in your home for a short or extended period. We had the blessing of assisting two boys from middle/high school years into adulthood. Fostering children can be arranged through the court system or through family arrangements. I was fostered by my great-aunt but remained a ward of the state. Though I was not officially adopted, I was unconditionally loved by my great-aunt Nancy.

Now my family is half-retired because I still work, life has changed drastically. Our own children are adults and we were looking to slow down some. Well God had other plans. Another little boy needed our help, but he was not born yet. We were approached specifically about raising this unborn baby. My first thought was” NO”. I was completing another degree and there was no way we were fostering an infant. Well the baby was born. We got the call, and no one was able to take this baby boy home. We took the drive to Ohio and said, “we will do our best”. That was five years ago, and we are still doing “our best” with God’s help. Life has not been the same. As we plunged into infancy again after 34 years of raising children and fostering other children; we begin to look up terms like Night Tares, Infant Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, Reflux, Speech impairment, Proprioception Disfunction, Oppositional Compulsive Defiance, Anger Displacement, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism and more. What in the WORLD did all this mean! I had studied some of these terms in my Early Childhood Development years but never lived the experiences. Our infant did not sleep, he vomited every day, was constantly constipated, screamed in the middle of the night, and did not speak until almost two years old. We were plunged into the world of the “Special Needs Child”.

Where do I begin to get help!

We were not prepared for this (so we thought). Yet God was preparing us all the time. I had studied some disorders over a 14-year career as a Child development specialist for the Army Child Development Center. I helped young Moms with their babies who had such illnesses as Pyloric Stenosis and Prader- Willi Syndrome. There were times that my husband and I were the only caregivers for our friends who had children with severe ADHD and Anger Displacement Disorder. So, God was preparing us all along.
Now it is our turn to learn, advocate, and love our special son with God’s help. Is it easy? No way! Do I have doubts? All the time. But at the end of the day, when I gaze into those shifting brown eyes, I know we did the right thing. I pray a lot and journal often as we live one day at a time. I am learning more about myself than I ever thought possible through this child. My church and Life Recovery Group teach me coping skills to address anxiety, outbursts, and anger, even my own emotions. Each day is a new adventure and our son is truly a gift that keeps giving.

Resources:, April 3, 2017, Prayer For Children With Special Needs and

Light 2 World, Inc , Dee Jones, President, 1013 Beards Hill Road Suite M #237, Aberdeen, MD 21001

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The Plague of Blessings - Veteran's Outreach Ministries
23 Jun

The Plague of Blessings

Article by Pastor Glenn Ahrens, EL SHADDAI אל שדי CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

There are only two countries in the world that have been founded on biblical principles. One is Israel and the other one is United States of America. Our founding fathers consecrated and dedicated America to God. Because of this God has blessed us in so many ways. The laws have been set up on a Christ-centered interpretation of justice, fairness, and equal opportunity.

He has blessed us with a plentiful and beautiful nation. A lot of countries are desert or all frozen with brutal environments. God has placed at our feet; ore, minerals, oil, forests, lakes, pastures, farmlands, and more. He’s provided what we need for ourselves and enough to care for other countries around the world.

God has also given us a free enterprise system where we all have the equal opportunity to have our own businesses, and excel in innovations because were permitted to go after our own dreams. Some nations tell you what you are going to do and how you are going to do it with no choice in the matter. I used to live in a country that was run by a dictatorship. If you did not follow the religion they told you to follow or complain about anything political, it was considered treason and you could be jailed or shot for the crime. Usually the latter.

We should be very thankful to God for the election process and the opportunity to directly impact the direction of this nation. We should also be very thankful for the freedom of speech and of assembly just to mention a few. We also must take a voice in the future of the country by voting but we must carefully look at all the candidates and look into their records for ourselves not believing the media what we have heard. We also need to spend time praying for direction from God lead us in our decisions.

We have become so used to all these blessings that we take them for granted. We have no respect for nature and just throw our trash wherever we want to in a lot of cases. We dump chemicals into the rivers that kill the fish and other life with no respect to the long-term effect. Just now we are starting to be concerned about pollution and the environment. Businesses are being forced to gradually, but not fast enough in my opinion, reduce the amount they pollute the environment between dumping and air emissions. A lot of the species of the animals in the world by becoming extinct because we want to kill them just to hang their heads on a wall or put their stuffed bodies in room suite can brag about what we did.

We have forgotten God has blessed us because we are so used to these blessings, but he can very easily change that. A new culture is developing that believes that they can say whatever they want whether it’s truth or not. They also feel that they can do whatever they want without repercussions. They forget whether or not they believe in God he is still very real and they will have to answer to Him eventually. We also have no respect for our bodies, which are God’s temple, doing things that we know are harmful to it such as smoking, drinking to excess, drugs, and eating habits that are not healthy.

We make sure our churches and grounds look very nice but we forget one minor detail. The buildings are just that a building. The real temple of God is our bodies. All Christians claim to love God yet in our actions we show Him no respect by the way we take care of His Temple.

If we don’t respect everything that God has given us and take care of it, He will take it away. God promises us that in the Bible!

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Recipe - 3 Cheese Pesto Tomato Sandwich - Veteran's Outreach Ministries
09 Jun

Recipe – 3 Cheese Pesto Tomato Sandwich

Recipe by Meredith S. K. Boas of Grunge Muffin Designs

MAKES: 1 Serving
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes


  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 tablespoon classic pesto spread (recommend Filippo Berio brand)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1 slice white cheddar cheese
  • 1 slice white provolone cheese
  • 2 pieces brioche bread (loaf or pre-sliced)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and on a baking sheet, lay a piece of tin foil.
  2. Slice 2 pieces of brioche bread from the loaf or select 2 pieces of pre-sliced brioche bread and lay them flat on the baking sheet.
  3. On both pieces of bread spread the pesto.
  4. On 1 piece of bread pile the 1/4 cup of feta cheese (use your hand to press into place).
  5. On a cutting board, slice your tomato into thin slices. Then overlap those slices onto the same side of bread that has the feta cheese.
  6. Then layer 1 slice of white cheddar and 1 slice of provolone on top of the tomato.
  7. Place the tray into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Then remove from oven and while hot, press the pesto-only piece of bread on top of the other side making a complete sandwich.
  8. Let cool slightly and enjoy!

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Business of the Quarter - Delaware Hospice - Veteran's Outreach Ministries
07 May

Business of the Quarter – Delaware Hospice

Article Provided by Taylor Davis, MBA

We are More than Hospice.

Celebrating 40 years, Delaware Hospice is the leading licensed, nonprofit community-based healthcare organization serving the state of Delaware and Pennsylvania’s southern Chester and Delaware counties. Delaware Hospice provides exceptional care and support to patients of all ages, their families, and the greater community. Delaware Hospice offers a range of programs and services from hospice care to grief support, children’s programs, and more. Through these programs and services, Delaware Hospice helps people navigate one of life’s most challenging journeys. Programs and services include: Delaware Hospice Center, Delaware Palliative, Delaware Transitions, Katybug, New Hope, and Bereavement.

Delaware Palliative offers relief to seriously ill patients who are receiving active, curative treatment. Assistance is provided to identify goals of care and manage symptoms while dealing with the physical and psychosocial burdens of a serious illness. Delaware Transitions helps seriously ill individuals who are not ready for medical support, find help. Clients benefit from gaining information about community services, and receive advice on how to adjust to new challenges.

The Delaware Hospice Center located in Milford, Del., provides comprehensive, specialized, 24/7 care to patients in need of critical, short-term symptom management.

Katybug, our pediatric program, helps children facing a serious illness live well while improving their quality of life and helping their families cope with the challenges and feelings that are a natural part of their journey.
New Hope, our children and teen bereavement program, targets children struggling with an expected or unexpected loss. Camp New Hope offers campers the opportunity to meet others going through similar experiences to interact in traditional and bereavement activities.

Bereavement support is offered to all family members before and after a loved one passes and continues for thirteen months after loss through a variety of workshops and support groups. Along with these programs and services, Delaware Hospice founded Honoring Choices® Delaware, a non-profit organization focused on helping people make informed choices about end-of-life- care that reflects their values and honors their dignity. Advance Healthcare Planning can be a difficult topic to discuss but with the help of Honoring Choices® Delaware it doesn’t have to be.

With National Healthcare DecisionsDay on April 16, it is important to understand how you can document your healthcare wishes through Advance Healthcare Directives. Advance Healthcare Directives are written legal documents that can be a Living Will, a Healthcare Power of Attorney, or a combination of the two. Anyone 18 or older can and should consider putting an Advance Healthcare Directive in place. One of the greatest gifts yocan give your loved ones is to let them know your end-of-life wishes!

Delaware Hospice’s commitment to providing quality care to individuals, their families and the community does not stop at our programs and services. We are honored to be a part of NHPCO’s We Honor Veterans Program as a Level 3 community partner. In addition to hospice and palliative care, we are privileged to be able to perform a Veterans Bedside Ceremony for our patients and their families. This ceremony includes written passages of scripture, listening to music, presenting of a handmade blanket, and a Certificate of Appreciation. These bedside ceremonies provide healing for families and gives them the opportunity to center their loved one’s identity and create meaning, even in the midst of acute heartache as they face the end of life.

If you or someone you know may benefit from one of our programs or services, please call 800.838.9800 or visit

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U.S. Army Bases around the World - Veteran's Outreach Ministries - Delaware
29 Apr

U.S. Army Bases around the World

An Article Pulled From

The Army is the oldest military branch, established on June 14th 1775. Today, there are more than 700,000 soldiers who fill many different positions: doctors, lawyers, engineers, computer programmers, logistic experts, and more still dedicated to their motto, “This we’ll defend.” Specializing in ground-based strategy, the Army also holds the largest amount of active service members than any other branch.

The diverse variety of each independent Soldier’s prowess is what sets the Army apart from other military branches. When entering the Army, you can choose to enter as an enlisted Soldier or as an officer, be a full-time active duty soldier, or be a part of the Army Reserve. Outside of domestic bases, the Army sustains several permanent international bases in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Let’s look at two close by Army Bases to our area:

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Army Base in Aberdeen, MD

Aberdeen Proving Ground is a US military base located in the Harford County. Some of its parts are eligible for census. According to the 2000 calculations, the specific parts hosted around 3100 inhabitants. The general objective of this base is to provide the army with some of the latest installations and equipments in a proper manner. This is also the vision of the base rulers – providing the soldiers with the right technology in order to serve the interests of the United States of America.

Fort Eustis Army Base in Newport News, VA

Fort Eustis, Virginia, located in the city of Newport News, is now known as Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE). JBLE Eustis came to be established in compliance with congressional laws enacting the guidelines associated with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The regulation directed the merging of the two locations which were formerly adjacent however independent military installation. The two bases were formed into one combined base which is one of a dozen joint bases established in the US resulting from this legislation.

Have you explored a base? Share with us! Let’s publish your story!

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Female Veteran of the Quarter - Linda Mueller - Veteran's Outreach Ministries - Veteran Magazine
25 Apr

Female Veteran of the Quarter – Linda Mueller

Article Provided by Linda Mueller

I was born in Wynne, Arkansas which is a farming community in Northeastern Arkansas. My dad was a farmer until his sudden death in a farming accident. After his death my mother became the farmer and with her father farmed both of our farms. Since we lived in a rural area, our school was very small. My graduating class had only 31 students. After high school, I went to college at the University of Central Arkansas where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a double major in English and Geography and a minor in History. In college I was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, editor of the college yearbook, Young Republicans, Student National Education Association (1st VP), Baptist Student Union Council, and Gamma Theta Upsilon (Treasurer). I was the first person in my entire family to graduate from college.

In 1967 between my junior and senior years of college, the Army was promoting two programs to recruit more women to officer ranks. At that time women were not allowed to participate in ROTC or to attend the Service Academies. The College Junior Program was an eight week introduction to the Army at Fort McClelland, Alabama. More than 100 women from colleges across the country participated and the majority signed up for the Student Officer Program.

My senior year of college I held the rank of Corporal. Upon graduation I applied for a direct commission and was inducted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Women’s Army Corps. After eighteen weeks of Officer Basic Training I was assigned as a Platoon Officer at Ft. McClelland, training enlisted women in their basic training. At that time I was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. My next assignment was Assistant Adjutant at the Personnel Center at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

During this time period, women in the military were not allowed to have dependents. Since my husband and I wanted children, I elected to separate from the Army and received an Honorable Discharge. The Army had a great effect on my career choices in civilian life. After completing training for a Private Pilots license, I used my GI Bill to obtain a Commercial Pilots license with Instrument and Multi-engine ratings. Prospective employers were always impressed that I was an Army Veteran.

My husband, Don, and I retired to Delaware where we lead very active lives. With four children and eight grandchildren, we spend a great deal of time visiting family. As with many families, I have a proud heritage of military service. My grandfather served in WWI, my father in WWII, two uncles were career, one niece, one sister, and three brothers served. It was my privilege and honor to serve in The United States Women’s Army Corps.

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DE Veteran Memorial Cemeteries - Veteran's Outreach Ministries
17 Apr

DE Veteran Memorial Cemeteries


Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States, their spouses and dependent children (under 21 years of age and not married or having a verifiable life-long dependency on eligible Veteran) may be interred at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemeteries. Eligibility requirements are prescribed by the National Cemetery Administration and the following criteria constitute eligibility:

  1. Any Delaware resident who was honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States, other than active duty for training (ADT), or reservist who have served more than 180 days of active federal service. Federal active military service does not have to be consecutive.
  2. The Veteran’s spouse, upon pre-qualification of eligible Veteran.
  3. Legal resident of Delaware, means the

Veteran must have been a:

  1. Legal resident of Delaware at the time of death; or
  2. Legal resident for a period of 3 or more years (does not have to be consecutive); any cumulative period of 3 or more years, regardless of residency at time of death; or
  3. Legal resident of Delaware when he or she entered the Armed Forces of the United States.
  4. Any Delaware National Guardsman or Reservist:
    1. Eligible for retirement pay at age 60 regardless of residency.
    2. Who served on active duty (other than for training) for 180 days or more (does not have to be consecutive).

DE State Veterans Cemeteries – CLICK HERE TO VIEW

  • New Castle County Cemetery
    2465 Chesapeake City Road
    Bear, Delaware 19701
    Phone: (302) 834-8046
    Contact: Frank R. Silva
  • Sussex County Cemetery
    26669 Patriots Way
    Millsboro, Delaware 19966
    Phone: (302) 934-5653
    Contact: Gregory A. Bee

Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8am – 4pm
Closed on National or State Recognized Holidays
Visitation Hours: Open to visitors every day of the year from dawn until dusk.
Burial Space: Space available

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Male Veteran of the Quarter - Thomas Hogate - Veteran's Outreach Ministries - Delaware Veteran
09 Apr

Male Veteran of the Quarter – Thomas Hogate

This article is written by and features Thomas Hogate, President of Veteran’s Outreach Ministries

I was born in Wilmington, DE in the summer of 1942 and have lived in Delaware my entire life. That makes me a ‘Native Delawarean’ of which there are many of whom that can say that. I’ve lived in many locations in Delaware throughout the years from New Castle to Newport to Newark, and now Bear as my final destination. I went to H. C. Conrad Highschool in Woodcrest, DE and graduated in 1960.

My military experience began when I joined the Navy Reserves at the Navy and Marine Reserve Center on Kirkwood Highway after graduation from highschool. They sent me to the Great Lakes Naval Station for my basic training and introduction to military service. After basic training I went back to the Reserve Center waiting to be sent to my duty station. In early 1961 I went to the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, PA to find where my first duty station was going to be.

My first duty station was on Kodiak Island, AK with MCB-10, Mobile Construction Battalion 10. I was located in the Electrical Engineering department. Other duty stations were Camp Kinzer Okinawa where I was assigned to the Fire Department and the Phillipines where I changed to Builder Construction. We were stationed at Port Huaneme, Oxnard, CA after each duty station where we received one (1) month of school, one (1) month of leave, and one (1) month of military training at Camp Pendelton, CA. I never missed a Christmas at home. My discharge from active duty was at Treasure Island, CA in the spring of 1963 with the rest of the time spent at the Navy and Marine Reserve Center until my final honorable discharge from the Navy in June of 1966.

I wanted to enjoy life before I got married, living at home and loving it after discharge from the service. I married in 1966 at 24 years old. After one divorce with two children (a daughter and a son) I married again in January of 1983 with my wife having two divorces with four children (two daughters and two sons) before marrying me. We have a blended family. We have lived in the Bear, DE area for 40 years and have been married 39 years at the time of this article. I am retired, which allows me time for VOM duties and responsibilities.

I was one of the original veterans that started Veteran’s Outreach Ministries at Oasis Church, formerly Friendship Baptist Church, in 2015. Since 2020 I have been the President of VOM.

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In Search of a Mediator - Veteran's Outreach Ministries - Delaware
01 Apr

In Search of a Mediator

Article by Rick Hagar

Often within the Veteran Community when a dispute arises between two or more parties or when parties are at differences with each other, a “Mediator” is sought out to intervene between the parties to help establish common ground and bring resolution. This process of using a Mediator is called “Mediation” which typically allows the parties to meet with the mutually selected impartial person who will assist in the negotiations to arrive at a conclusion which both parties can accept.

One international leader in the Mediation industry, “JAMS” which stands for “Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services” states the Mediator does not decide what is “fair” or “right,” does not assess blame nor render an opinion on the merits. Rather, the mediator acts as a catalyst between opposing interests attempting to bring them together by defining issues and eliminating obstacles to communication, while moderating and guiding the process to avoid confrontation and ill will.

The Mediator does not decide what is “fair” or “right,” does not assess blame nor render an opinion on the merits.

Just as we have access to Mediators to assist us in conflict resolution in our daily lives, we also have access to “The Mediator” when it come to our spiritual relationship with God. When Adam and Eve rebelled and sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, it resulted in all mankind being born with the sin nature and separated from God. However, because God loves each of us so much, and created us to enjoy fellowship with Him for all eternity, He authorized a perfect Mediator to arbitrate between Himself and mankind, and the Mediator He chose was His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus. I Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

But what makes Jesus the perfect Mediator?

  1. A Mediator must be able to adequately represent both sides: As God the Son and the Son of God, Jesus has every right to represent the interests of God the Father. And since Jesus came to earth in human form, and even though He lived a sinless life, He still is qualified to represent the needs and interests of all mankind.
  2. A Mediator must understand the needs of both sides: God who is holy cannot look upon sin and mankind who is sinful cannot do anything on its own to obtain God’s righteous and forgiveness.
  3. A Mediator must be approachable: God chose His only Son Jesus to come to the earth in the form of man so that mankind, who because of sin, is separated from God, can now be reunited with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

So why do we need the Mediator?

Romans 5:12 reminds us that “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” And then John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Do you have a relationship with God? Do you know that your sins have been forgiven? Do you know that once this life is over you will enjoy an eternity with God in heaven? If you cannot answer “Yes” to these questions, God invites you to receive His Son Jesus Christ as the perfect Mediator, who can forgive you of your sins, who can restore you to a right relationship with God the Father.

Won’t you accept Him today?

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