MVCC Notes from 5 November Mtg

David A. Patch
Veteran Volunteer
The Fishers House construction is moving along well. Once constructed, there will be a call for
volunteers to support the operation. Opening planned for late Spring or Summer.
3-5 December, the annual “Gift Shop” will be held in the Togus Theater. This allows in-patients to
“shop” for Christmas gifts.
Phscharmor Institute is an organization that provides a wide range of training for veterans, veteran
caregivers, and organizations/people that support veterans. The training on veteran suicide is
excellent and all are encouraged to spend the time taking this course. Go to
www.psycharmor.org
.
Events
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Friday, 9 Nov: Veterans Luncheon/Rotary Club of Portland (Holiday in by the Bay)
o
Sunday, 11 Nov: Maine Veteran Mentors Pig Roast at the Waterville Elks Lodge 11-2PM
o
Sunday, 11 Nov: Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony at Post 2 American Legion in
Augusta at 1PM
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Sunday, 11 Nov: Maine State Museum WW I Program starting at 11AM.
o
Monday, 12 Nov: Veterans Day Ceremony, Togus 8AM
o
Friday, 16 Nov: Maine in WW I Symposium, “Maine in WW I,” at UMA, Michael Klahr Center.
o
Thursday, 29 November at 1630 (4:30PM) in the garden outside building 207 will be the
annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. All encouraged to attend.
o
Friday, 30 Nov: Maine Arts Commission Veteran Recognitin Ceremony at the State House
Hall of Flags from 1-3pm.
Dave Richmond: Acting Director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services
The two VSO positions (Bangor and Traveling) have been filled.
Ryan Pitts is a former United States Army soldier, and is the ninth living recipient of the Medal of
Honor from the War in Afghanistan. He will be honored at USM, 2PM on 8 November.
Information on all the events mentioned at this meeting are on the MBVS web site.
www.maine.gov/veterans/
There have been thefts of memorial vases at the Veterans Cemeteries. All should be aware.
Kelley Kash: CEO, Maine Veterans Home
Maine Veterans Home Machias received one of the four Gold-Excellence in Quality awards from
American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living. The award will be presented
at the MVH Machias on 16 November at 2PM.
Giving Tuesday: You can donate on line by going to the MVH web site:
www.mainevets.org
.
Site work for the MVH Augusta will begin in 2019.
Chuck Mahaleris: Senator Collins Staff
The 2018 Homeless Point in Time count showed a national reduction in veteran homelessness from
40,020 in 2017 to 37,878 in 2018, a 5.4% reduction overall and 10% reduction in homeless female
veterans.
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David A. Patch
Veteran Volunteer
Chuck has developed a new skill in developing family genealogies. If anyone wants to explore a
family military genealogy should contact Chuck.
Pam Trimward: Congresswoman Pingree Staff
Cosponsored HR 7017, Telehealth for rural veterans
Signed letter authored by Rep Boyle (D-PA) and Costello (D-PA) to VA Secretary Wilkie urging him to
make expeditious and favorable decision on adding additional ailments to the list of compensable
conditions that the VA would presume to be caused by exposure to AO.. These include bladder
cancer, hyperthyroidism. The final decision has been stalled at OMB due to cost concerns.
Student veterans payments. There is a problem with students veterans not receiving their GI Bill
benefits checks in time. For any veterans experiencing this problem, they should contact
Congresswoman Pingree’s office.
Tim Gallant: Congressman Poliquin
FEDVIP Dental Replacing the Delta Dental in 2019. TRDP is ending in 2018 and being replaced by the
Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). You must enroll in FEDVIP dental
during the 2018 Open Season to keep coverage. For more information, visit
https://tricare.benefeds.com/
[Mid-Coast Maine Veterans Resource Center provides additional
information attached]
Old Business:
MVCC needs a secretary. All members are requested to solicit their membership for volunteers for
this position.
Attendance at the MVCC is declining. All are requested to reach out to all veterans and invited them
to attend. All member VSOs are requested to send as many of their delegation as possible
It is very important that information that is provided, and the discussions that are part of the
meeting gets disseminated to as many veterans as possible.
New Business:
A suggestion was made that the meetings be held in the Togus theater and the time be moved to
5PM. There are a number of advantages for this move:
o
Most of the guest presenters come from the Togus leadership
o
Many of the VSO members are located at Togus, making it easier for them to attend.
o
All veterans who use Togus can schedule their appointments for that day maximizing their
use of time.
o
5PM allows for many to attend after work and allows that who do attend to get home at an
earlier hour.
The goal is to increase attendance and make attending easier for as many as possible
It was unanimously agreed to try this concept, so the next meeting will be 3 December in the
Togus Theater.
Next Meeting: 3 December in the Togus Theater.4

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