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January 2023

Thru Project Duration

Maine Veterans' Legacy Project

The Maine’s Veterans' Legacy Project was announced November 3, 2015 and will continue as long as the project is supported.  All Maine veterans are encouraged to participate in this project to record and archive Maine veterans' histories. The project will also record stories from civilians who supported veterans, family members affected by their service, war industry workers, medical volunteers, troop greeters, and others. The Maine Veterans' Legacy Project is one of over 450 national and local partners collaborating with the Library of Congress (LOC) and its Veterans History Project to archive information. 

Contact

Maine Bureau of Veterans Services
Office:  207-430-6035
E-Mail:  mainebvs@maine.gov

Visit WomenVetsUSA History, Memorials, Museums, and Observances for more military women's history.

Every Monday and Thursday/ 8:30 am-1:30 pm: By Appointment or Walk-in

Maine Veteran Medical-Legal Clinic

Location: Maine VA Medical Center, Room 200/Building 206, 1 VA Center, Augusta ME 04330

The Medical-Legal clinic at the Maine VA Medical Center began offering services in 2015.  The on-duty attorney provides legal assistance to veterans during clinic hours, by appointment or walk-in, and also provides consults to healthcare staff during clinic hours.  

**Before traveling, call the phone number below to confirm an attorney or another representative will be available.**
Contact Information

PTLA Central Administrative Office Phone Number:  207-774-4753

For specific county office information, visit this web page: PTLA County Contact Information

The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services also posts information about these clinics  at:

Monthly Statewide Veteran Events

What are medical-legal clinics?  

Other Legal Contacts

VA Office of General Counsel Legal Help for Veterans

January 1-31, 2023

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

January 1-31, 2023

Maine Bureau of Veterans' Affairs Events Calendar

Visit the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Affairs events calendar for posted veteran happenings.

Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services "Statewide Veteran Events” Calendar

January 1-31, 2023

"Stay in the Loop" Veteran & Military Event & Services 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:

Transition Assistance Advisor-Maine
E-mail: wendy.j.moody2.ctr@mail.mil
Office: 207.430.5778
Fax: 207.626.4218

Addresses:

DVEM
ATTN: NGME-ARP-BSC
Camp Keyes
Augusta ME 04333-0032
Skyline Ultd, Inc - Contractor
194 Winthrop Street
Augusta ME 04333

"Stall Talk":  Maine Guard E-Flyer/Bulletin

Receive a weekly e-flyer/bulletin with quick announcements about Maine military and veteran activities and services.  Add your e-mail address by contacting:

Military Family Assistance Center
Work:  207-430-5772
Fax:  207-430-5783
Family Assistance Line:  1-888-365-9287 
Website:  http://www.me.ngb.army.mil/family/newsletters.aspx
Address:
DVEM Family Program
#33 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Maine.gov News, Alerts, and Updates:  Free Notification Services

E-mail & Text Notifications

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.

Maine.gov RSS Feeds

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 Mobile Phone Links

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.

VA Events Portal:  Subscription & Reminders

January 2, 2023, 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 2023

February 1, 2023, 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.

Meetings may be virtual during COVID pandemic.  Contact meeting organizers for details on how and when online meetings convene.

Agenda

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

Carol A. Rogers, Executive Secretary to the Director

Phone:  207-623-5710

E-mail:  Carol.Rogers2@va.gov

Maine VA Directions, Address, & Contact Numbers in Augusta

February 1-28, 2023

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

March 2023

March 1-31, 2023

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, 2023

Vietnam War Remembrance Day

Maine.gov

April 2023

April 9, 2023

Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

Maine.gov

May 2023

May 1, 2023

Cold War Victory Day

Maine.gov

May 1-31, 2023

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 29, 2023

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 2023

June 21, 2023

Native American Veterans Day

Maine.gov

July 2023

July 27, 2023

Maine Korean War Veteran Recognition Day

Maine.gov

September 2023

September 1-30, 2023

Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign

Location: Maine Department of Labor (Virtual and Physical Location TBD)

The Maine Department of Labor along with their sponsors kicked off their annual "Hire-A-Vet" campaign on September 1st.  The Hire-A-Vet campaign goal:  at least 100 employers commiting to hire 100 veterans in 100 days. Previous annual campaigns were very successful.

2015:  259 veteran hires

           135 participating employers

2016:  197 veteran hires

           147 participating employers

2017:   296 veteran and military family member hires

            $23.16 average placement wage

            195 participating employers

2018:   286 veteran hires

            $23.05 average placement wage

            191 participating employers

2019:   283 veteran hires

            $22.78 average placement wage

            254 participating employers

2020:   (Researching)

2021:   (Researching)

Maine CareerCenter

September 15, 2023 (3rd Friday in September)

Prisoner of War-Missing in Action Recognition Day

Maine.gov

November 2023

November 5-11, 2023

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

Maine.gov

November 11, 2023

Veterans Day (Armistice Day)

History.com