GLEN BURNIE, Md. — Ribbons were cut and smiling faces adorned the MVA office in Glen Burnie as they opened a new Veteran Affairs office right in the middle of the MVA counters.
A full-time veterans benefits specialist will be stationed there. Which means people don't have to go a veterans center in Prince George's or Baltimore County for help. All veterans and their family members may use this office and you don't have to live in Anne Arundel County to access it.
This is a pilot program at the Glen Burnie location and there's a reason they choose this as their first one. It anchors them in as what is the second largest population of veterans in the state.
Cornelius Robinson Jr. is a decorated veteran and received a purple heart in Vietnam. He was the first customer at the new office.
"Well this is very convenient. You come down and renew your license or what ever and and the office is a few steps away," Robinson Jr. said.
Maryland's Veterans secretary George Owings hopes this expands into other MVA offices as well.
Legislation will be introduced in the upcoming session to exempt active duty military personnel from the requirements of the state's vehicle emissions inspections if they are deployed outside the US or stationed in a non-emissions inspection area.