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January 2024

January 8, 2024,, 6:00 p.m. (Usually 1st Mondays September-June)

Maine Veterans' Coordinating Committee (MVCC)

Location: Maine Veterans’ Homes Central Office, 460 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330 (Verify with meeting POCs)

The Maine Veterans' Coordinating Committee (MVCC) membership includes several Veteran Service Organizations.  The committee receives updates from Maine VA Health and Benefits, Maine Veterans' Services, and Maine Veterans' Homes representatives, MVCC officers and members, as well as other guests. Maine's Congressional Delegation, interested veterans, and Veteran Service Organization auxiliary members also attend.

Meetings convene the first non-holiday Monday September through June annually and may be rescheduled/cancelled due to inclement weather.

Meetings have been virtual during COVID pandemic.  Contact meeting organizers for details on how an when online meetings convene.

Contact:  David Patch at dpatch@roadrunner.com or Kelley Wynne at wynnekd@myfairpoint.net.

February 2024

February 1-28, 2024

Go Red for Women: American Heart Month

February is the national campaign month to raise awareness about women's heart health.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women with and without Military service.

Get Your Numbers
Own Your Lifestyle
Realize Your Risk
Educate Your Family
Don't Be Silent

More information:

American Heart Association

National Institutes of Health

Department of Veterans Affairs Heart Health Outreach Campaign

February 7, 2024, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Wednesday)

Maine VA Management Advisory Committee (MAC)

Location: VA Maine Healthcare System, 1 VA Center, (Bldg. 205, Room 112), Togus Campus, Augusta, Maine 04330

Maine VA Medical Center Director hosts a quarterly veteran update video conference with the Veteran Integrated Services Network 1 (VISN 1) Director.   The Maine VA Medical Center Director then meets with Veteran Service Organization, state legislative, and other veteran organization representatives as well as interested veterans.  The Maine VA Women Veterans Program Manager attends this meeting.  It is sometimes referred to as the "mini-MAC" meeting.

The meetings are usually the first Wednesday in February, May, August, and November, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Maine VA (Togus) in Augusta, Maine.  The building and room number may change.  Exceptions to this schedule are released by the Maine VA Executive Secretary to the Director.  

To verify the date, times and location, contacts are noted below.

Contact meeting organizers for details on how and when online meetings convene.

Agenda (May vary per VA Director preference.)

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m:  Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN 1/New England) Update 

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.:  Maine VA Updates:  Facilities/Clinical Update & Recruitment/Benefits Office/Women's Health/Other      

For additional discussion items, call 207-623-5714.

Meeting Contact

Executive Secretary to the Director

Phone:  207-623-5710

Maine VA Directions, Address, & Contact Numbers in Augusta

March 2024

March 1-31, 2024

Women's History Month

Location: Nationwide

Generations of women--in the air and on sea and ground--served in the U.S. armed forces with honor and pride.   If you're interested in the history of women in the United States' military, visit these links:

Library of Congress:  Women’s History Month

National Women’s History Alliance

History:  National Women’s History Month

WomenVetsUSA Women’s History Month

WomenVetsUSA Historical Timelines (many related resource links)

WomenVetsUSA History/Heritage Library

March 30, 2024

Vietnam War Remembrance Day

Maine.gov

April 2024

April 9, 2024

Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

Maine.gov

May 2024

May 1, 2024

Cold War Victory Day

Maine.gov

May 1-31, 2024

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is national "Mental Health Awareness Month." To find out more about Department of Veterans Affairs mental health services, guides and tools visit the link below.

Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health

May 27, 2024

Memorial Day Remembrance: Placing Flags on Veterans' Graves & Services

Location: National Cemetery at Togus VA and Maine Veterans Cemeteries

Placing flags on veterans' graves is open to anyone interested in participating.  Flags are oftentimes placed the Saturday before Memorial Day Services.

Memorial Day services are held at some or all of the cemeteries.  For dates, times and other details, contact:

Director, Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services
117 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0117
Phone:  207-430-6035

E-mail:  mainebvs@maine.gov

Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services

Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services

June 2024

June 21, 2024

Native American Veterans Day

Maine.gov

July 2024

July 27, 2024

Maine Korean War Veteran Recognition Day

Maine.gov

September 2024

September 20, 2024 (3rd Friday in September)

Prisoner of War-Missing in Action Recognition Day

Maine.gov

November 2024

November 10-16, 2024

Veterans' Week (Sunday to Saturday inclusive of November 11th)

Maine.gov

November 11, 2024

Veterans Day (Armistice Day)

History.com

January 2025

January 1-31, 2025

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Maine Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Network

For the past five years, there has been growing momentum in Maine around the issue of human trafficking. In early efforts, there was a push to raise awareness and provide basic training to service providers and law enforcement. Soon after, we saw the development of local anti-trafficking multidisciplinary teams and public policy changes at the statewide level. These teams provide the backbone for how Maine will likely manage anti-trafficking services now and in the years to come. There is increasingly a focus on supporting local anti-trafficking teams to provide a collaborative and comprehensive response to the needs of a human trafficking victim. As awareness of the issue increases, so does the need for safe, appropriate, victim-centered services. (Website post December 31, 2022)

For access to immediate services in Maine call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888.

Maine's Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence centers offer 24-hour support to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Visit here to find out more about your local sexual assault support center or dial 1-800-871-7741 for immediate services. Visit here to find out more about your local domestic violence agency or dial 1-866-834-4357 for immediate services. 

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense is hosting a conference on January 11, 2023, :30-11:00 a.m. EST at the Pentagon Auditorium.

The Department of Defense “Combating Trafficking in Persons” vision as of January 2023:

The Department of Defense (DoD) sustains an effective program to combat trafficking in persons in both its domestic and international environments.

Mission
To institutionalize Department of Defense Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) policy and programs and set conditions for effective prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnering activities in concert with, and supportive of, national efforts.

Guiding Principles
Reduce the risk and incidence of trafficking in persons within DoD's garrison and deployed operations
Identify victims and help alleviate suffering
Improve monitoring and reporting
Identify criminal activity
Educate stakeholders on DoD's stance on trafficking in persons
Train all DoD personnel on combating trafficking in persons
Inform contractors of DoD CTIP policies and best practices

Department of Defense Combatting Trafficking in Persons: https://ctip.defense.gov/

Maine Sex Trafficking & Exploitation Network