Edgewood Arsenal personnel to hold rally for troops
Civilians and military personnel at the Edgewood area of Aberdeen Proving Ground have organized a post-Operation Desert Storm rally for tomorrow.
The rally, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the area's parade grounds, is to allow the 1,500 people living and working at what used to be known as Edgewood Arsenal to show their support for troops serving in the Persian Gulf region and their families. The Army Marching Band is scheduled to perform, and there will be candle-lighting and retreat ceremonies.
Students from nearby Edgewood High School will present a quilt made to honor the troops to Brig. Gen. David A. Nydam, commander of the Chemical Research, Development and Engineering Center. Scientists at the Edgewood facility developed most of the chemical protection gear used by U.S. troops.
The Maryland State Bar Association and Towson State University have created a new call-in service to help returning U.S. troops with re-employment and legal problems.
Called "Legal Rights of Active Duty Military Personnel," the audiotape is being added to the bar association's Legal Line Service, and Towson's Cope-Line program.
Several federal laws are already in place to prevent service members from losing their jobs, homes or health insurance coverage. The tape will explain the legal rights.
The audiotape will answer such questions as, "What will happen to my job-related benefits during mobilization?" "Must my employer reinstate my old job when I return?" and "What kind of relief is available to help my family and me meet our monthly payments on debt?"
To listen to the tape, call 830-2673 in the Baltimore metropolitan area, or (800) 638-8862 in Maryland. Select tape number 540.
MISSION TO ISRAEL
A group of local Jewish leaders will leave tomorrow for Israel on a solidarity mission that was postponed for two months by the Persian Gulf war.
The 16-member delegation is scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, Defense Minister Moshe Arens, Housing Minister Ariel Sharon and U.S. Ambassador William Brown. The mission will be led by Alfred Coplan, an official with the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
"Objectives of this mission include showing Baltimore communal leaders how funds raised by the Associated are used in Israel, gaining a better understanding of the impact of the gulf war on Israel, studying the promise and problems of the continuing heavy immigration of Soviet Jews and expressing solidarity with the people of Israel," Coplan said.
People interested in working in Kuwait should fill out applications at their local Department of Economic and Employment Development job service offices.
Office addresses are:
* Baltimore City Central, 1100 N. Eutaw St.
* Baltimore City Northwest, 4025 Mortimer Ave.
* Anne Arundel County North: 7500 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.
* Anne Arundel County South: 30 Hudson St., Annapolis.
* Baltimore County North: 1228 E. Joppa Road, Towson.
* Baltimore County East: 7930 Eastern Blvd. at Rolling Mill Road.
* Baltimore County West: 106 Bloomsbury Ave.
* Carroll County: 125 Airport Drive, Suite 10, Westminster.
* Harford County: 2 South Bond St., Bel Air.
* Howard County: 9250 Rumsey Road, Columbia.
Workers also can write the Maryland-Kuwait Partnership, World Trade Center, Suite 222, Baltimore, Md. 21202.
Frank D. Roylance, Bruce Reid and Patrick Ercolano contributed to this report.