Closer-to-home resources might include federal programs sited in your state of residence, state-sponsored initiatives, and community-based organizations offering services for veterans and military service members, their families, and/or caregivers.
Eligibility for services and programs is determined by the host organization. Reach in and contact them...tell them your story...be your own best advocate. Organizations sometimes have unadvertised services and enjoy flexibility to make other accommodations.
2-1-1Maine: Online Resource Directory (Free 24/7)
2-1-1Maine is a comprehensive resource directory of available Maine services and programs which have registered with 211Maine.
The search service is free to the public. If you have problems using this service, you can call: 2-1-1.
External Website: 2-1-1Maine
Map: Veteran Services in Maine Cities & Towns
This map offers a pictorial snapshot of federal and state veteran services in Maine cities and towns.
It should be noted that the Maine Veterans' Homes is a public, not-for-profit organization created by the 108th Maine legislature in July, 1977.
Maine Military & Community Network (MMCN): Events/Regional Meetings
This Maine Military & Community Network (MMCN) is "a community effort to understand, prevent, and help deal with the lingering after effects of war on service members, their families, and their communities." MMCN raises awareness about:
- Challenges faced by service members and their families.
- Resources available to help them.
- How to connect service members and their families to their Maine communities.
Aroostook County MMCN (Houlton)
Washington County MMCN (Machias)
Hancock County MMCN
Greater Bangor Area MMCN
Kennebec County MMCN (Augusta)
Mid-Coast MMCN (Brunswick)
Greater Portland MMCN
York County MMCN
External Website: Maine Military & Community Network
Maine Military Community Services Guide
The Maine National Guard Bureau publishes the online "Maine Military Community Services Guide," a comprehensive resource of Maine services for military, veterans, and their families. It includes programs and contact information.
External Website: Maine Military Community Services Guide
ME Veterans At-a-Glance: Who They Are & VA Expenditures (FY14)
Ever wonder how many Maine veterans there are and how much the Department of Veterans Affairs spends in Maine? This two-page summary provides a quick overview.
External Website: Department of Veterans Affairs State Summaries
Maine Veterans' Coordinating Committee (MVCC): Meeting Schedule/Minutes
The Maine Veterans' Coordinating Committee (MVCC) voting membership includes several Veteran Service Organizations.
The committee receives updates from Maine VA Health and Benefits and Maine Veterans' Services representatives, Maine's Congressional Delegation, MVCC officers and members, as well as other guests.
Other interested veterans and Veteran Service Organization auxiliary members also attend.
First Monday, September-May, 7:00 p.m.
Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather.
Maine Veterans' Home, 310 Cony Road, Augusta ME 04330
Posted below when available.
MyVA Community Network in Maine
What is MyVA Community?
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is engaging with existing community veterans' groups to improve service outcomes for military, veterans, and their families. In areas where there are no existing community veterans groups, VA is facilitating the development of veteran-focused community networks, using the "MyVA Communities" model.
The MyVA Communities model enables veteran advocates, service providers, veterans, and stakeholders to have a voice in identifying their community goals and work to improve service delivery for veterans, military, and their families.
VA provides an online toolkit with resources for community networks.
Maine "My VA Community" Contacts
Amy Line, Co-Chair
Veteran Success Coordinator, UMaine Augusta
Peter Ogden, Co-Chair
Putting Maine Veterans First
MyVA Community Veterans Engagement Boards Listing: List of known state board contacts
External Website: Department of Veterans Affairs "MyVA Community" Program
National Resource Directory (NRD)
The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a comprehensive one-stop online information center where servicemembers, veterans, and those who care for them can find information about available federal, state, and community services and programs.
External Website: Department of Veterans Affairs "National Resource Directory (NRD)"
"Operation I Served" Handbook
Operation I Served is a comprehensive veterans' resource guide providing Maine veterans information on federal and state benefits they may have earned as a result of their service. It includes brief program descriptions and contact information. The Maine Veterans Coordinating Committee and Maine Veterans' Services collaborated on this project.
External Website: Maine.gov
Requesting Military Discharge Forms
Your official discharge/separation document is one of the most important military service documents you and your family or caregiver will need. This official separation form verifies and characterizes your active military service. You may need it for employment, education, home loans, filing a benefits claim or other federal, state and community veteran benefits and services.
Maine Veterans' Services Assistance
Maine Veterans' Services lists three options for securing an official discharge form on their state web pages.
Other alternatives are noted below.
Active Duty and Reserves
Military records for World War I and later are are archived at the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) in St. Louis, Missouri. The Standard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records (SF180), is used to request the following types of archived military-related records.
Discharge/Separation records including replacements: DD Form 214, Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty from the United States, or equivalent. This form contains information normally needed to verify military service.
To correct your DD214, you'll need to complete a DD215, Correction to DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
NGB Forms 22 and 22A is the official record of Army and Air National Guard service. The NGB Form 22, Report of Separation and Military Service, includes information about your National Guard service time, military job, decorations, reason for discharge, and discharge characterization.
There is not a central repository for National Guard records as the National Guard belongs to the individual state, not to the federal government. To obtain a copy of your NGB Form 22/22A, you have to contact the National Guard Adjutant General's Office for the particular state in which you performed National Guard service. For contact information, contact the visit the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services or the National Guard website.
Safeguard this document and be sure someone else you trust knows about this form should they need to assist you!
External Website: National Archives at St. Louis
State of Maine Veterans Benefits: License Plates, Park Passes, and Recreation Licenses
The State of maine offers several other veteran benefits not mentioned in other WomenVetsUSA sections to include:
- Maine Resident Veteran Free Day Use Park Pass to State Parks and historic sites to eligible veterans
External Website: Maine Veterans' Services State Veteran Benefits
"Stay in the Loop" Information Updates: E-Mail Notifications, Subscriptions, & Mobile Applications
Do you want to choose what you wish to stay informed about? Here are some options:
Maine Transition Assistance: E-mail Updates
Receive Maine job announcements as well as upcoming Maine military and veteran program and event notices. Add your e-mail address by contacting:Ms. Wendy J. Moody
Transition Assistance Advisor-Maine
Augusta ME 04333-0032Skyline Ultd, Inc - Contractor
194 Winthrop Street
Augusta ME 04333
"Stall Talk" E-Flyer
Receive an e-flyer with quick announcements about Maine military and veteran activities and services. Add your e-mail address by contacting:Kyra Darling
Military Family Assistance CenterWork: 207-430-5772Fax: 207-430-5783Family Assistance Line: 1-888-365-9287 E-mail: email@example.comWebsite: www.me.ngb.army.mil/familyAddress:DVEM Family Program#33 State House StationAugusta, ME 04333
Maine.gov: Notifications & Subscriptions
Maine.gov news, alerts, and updates, are offered via a few free notification services. Subscribe to receive automatic Maine.gov e-mails for specific topics of interest, including veteran-specific, labor and other state department, news, weather, alerts, lottery numbers, foliage reports, and other updates.
Subscribe to Maine.gov RSS feeds to receive automatic updates for topics of interest, including news, weather, alerts, lottery numbers, and more. What is RSS? RSS is the acronym for Really Simple Syndication. It's an easy way to keep up with news and updates from a variety of websites without having to visit each site. You receive the information you choose to follow with automatic updates delivered to the electronic address you provide. RSS is becoming more popular and you'll find many sites now offering RSS feeds.
Maine.gov was designed for mobile applications to make your experience fast and easy on any device. It is a responsive design offering Maine.gov on any screen size. Other online services and state agency websites continue to be developed into responsive, mobile-ready design.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): Events Portal
This VA portal offers online interactive chat events about VA benefits and services.
DAV Voluntary Transportation Network for Veterans
The Maine VA Medical Center (VAMC) operates a Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Volunteer Transportation Network which is funded through donations to the DAV( Department of Maine). This statewide "free ride" service is provided for Maine veterans who need transportation to and from appointments to the Maine VA (Togus) Medical Center in Augusta, Maine. There are some restrictions.
Phone: 207-623-5790 or 877-421-8263, x5790
Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Western Maine Transportation System (WMTS)
WMTS serves Franklin, Oxford, and Androscoggin counties. Buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts. WMTS also offers weekly trips from the Farmington, Rumford & Norway areas to Lewiston/Auburn including service to the Maine VA Lewiston Community-based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Fares are posted on their site.
Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Website: Western Maine Transportation Services
External Website: DAV/VA Voluntary Transportation Network
Visit the national WomenVetsUSA "Other Resources" pages for more information.