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WASHINGTON — Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Jared Golden (ME-02) urged Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to address the absence of long-term mental health and substance abuse treatment care for veterans at VA facilities in Maine. VA Maine has no beds for such care.
Hoping some of the money might find its way to Maine, 2nd District U.S. Rep. Jared Golden recently persuaded colleagues to back $5 million in additional funding for long-term mental care for veterans.
Ensuring mental health care for veterans is personal for Golden, a first-term Democrat from Lewiston who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in combat as a U.S. Marine.
AUGUSTA — Veterans and legislators broke ground Thursday on the future site of Maine Veterans’ Homes’ Augusta campus, celebrating a residential care facility that they said will feel more like home and less like an institution.
“It’s looks like it’ll be a great home,” said Commander Roger Emmons, of VFW District 8, which encompasses five Kennebec County Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, including Augusta’s. “It’s something we need. Something that’s 50 or 60 years old kind of wears out."
AUBURN — The inaugural Vets in the Valley event at Lost Valley attracted dozens of veterans and active-duty service people and their families who were offered free lift tickets and ski rentals.
They also were given a chance to connect with an array of resources including employment opportunities and mental health supports.
“We got people outside, and that’s what it’s all about,” said John Herrick, general manager of Lost Valley, who planned the event and is himself a veteran of 29 years in the U.S. Air Force.