Local pub to host fundraiser for fallen Perry Hall soldier

Eric HouckA local, Perry Hall pub will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the family of a fallen Perry Hall soldier.

The Department of Defense announced in June that Army Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Perry Hall, died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan. Two other soldiers were also killed.

The fundraiser will be held at BJ’s Pub, located in the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center, on Sunday, September 10, from 2 to 6 p.m.

The event will feature live music and food from Italian Sensations, Outback Steakhouse, and BJ’s Pub.

BJs Fundraiser Eric Houck

Flags in Md. to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday in memory of slain soldier

Eric HouckGovernor Larry Hogan has ordered the United States Flag and Maryland State Flag flown at half-staff on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from sunrise to sunset.

The flags are being lowered in memory of Army Sergeant Eric M. Houck, of Perry Hall, Maryland.

Sgt. Houck died on June 10, 2017 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Two other soldiers were also killed.

Sgt. Houck graduated from Perry Hall High School and leaves behind a wife, Samantha, a 5-year-old and a 3-year-0ld.  A  GoFundMe page has been established to help the family.

 

Army Sgt. Eric Houck, Perry Hall native, killed in Afghanistan

Eric HouckThe U.S. Army has announced that a Perry Hall man was killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced on Monday that Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Perry Hall, died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Two other soldiers were also killed.

The men died on Saturday, June 10, in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.  The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

The other two men killed were listed as Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina.

Councilman David Marks and the Perry Hall Improvement Association have scheduled a brief memorial service to be held on Thursday, June 15th. A wreath will be laid at the Perry Hall Veterans Memorial at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, with a short prayer to be offered by Pastor John Mohan from St. Michael Lutheran Church. The Veterans Memorial is located at Perry Hall Elementary School. All are welcome to attend.

Sgt. Houck graduated from Perry Hall High School and leaves behind a wife, Samantha, a 5-year-old and a 3-year-0ld.  A  GoFundMe page has been established to help the family.

Councilman Marks also announced on Monday that Sgt. Houck’s name would be the first new name added to the Towson war memorial since it was dedicated back in November.

Local heroes on hand as Hire Our Veterans Act of 2017 signed into law

Hire Our Veterans Act 2017Two local heroes were on-hand as an important piece of legislation was signed into law on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law the Hire Our Veterans Act of 2017, a jobs bill created by Delegate Christian Miele.

Major John Marco Fincato, of Carney, and Staff Sergeant Tim Jenkins, of Overlea, participated in the bill signing ceremony as representatives of the military families from this district.

This legislation, which will take effect on July 1, 2017, encourages small businesses to hire honorably-discharged veterans in exchange for a tax credit in an amount equal to 30% of up to the first $6,000 of the veteran’s wages.

“It will not only help veterans re-enter the workforce and earn a living for their families,” said Del. Miele, “but (it will also) allow Maryland’s small businesses to invest the savings from the earned tax credit in new equipment or in the expansion of their operations, creating even more jobs downstream.”

There are currently over 6,000 unemployed veterans between the ages of 18 and 64 living in Maryland.

“It is my hope that this program will give many of these brave men and women greater opportunities for gainful employment here at home,” added Del. Miele. “It’s the very least we can do to honor their service.