|August 18, 2017
A few items of interest for you (plus more attachments than usual). Veteran policy outreach will be on hiatus until Friday, September 8. However, if anything comes up in the meantime, please feel free to call the Senator’s Augusta office at 1-800-432-1599. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
(Links to the following news and research items are offered in the spirit of outreach and public education. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Senator or his staff.)
AUGUSTA – The University of Maine System is lauding the largest expansion of educational benefits for veterans in a decade. Signed by the President yesterday after it received unanimous support in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 removes the 15-year time limit for veterans to use their educational benefits, effective for those who enlist beginning in January 2018.
20th Annual VA Maine Healthcare System Homeless Veteran Stand Down
Saturday, October 21, 9 AM – 4 PM, Togus Campus
Kindly help distribute copies of the attached poster to local churches, shelters, town offices, etc. FMI, see the attached FAQ or contact Gabrielle Farris, (207) 623-8411 ext. 2802 or Toll-Free 1-877-423-8263 ext. 2802. Thank you!
New VA Health Facility for Portland Part of Recent Congressional Action, joint statement by the VA and Maine Medical Center, Thursday, August 17, 2017.
Portland, Maine – The VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017, which was recently signed by President Trump, authorizes leases for 28 major medical facilities serving veterans, including one in Portland to be developed in partnership with Maine Medical Center. VA and Maine Medical Center officials said that Maine’s Congressional Delegation was instrumental in supporting inclusion of the leases in the bill. (Press release attached)
Pro Bono Legal Services for members of the Veteran Community
Krista Selnau, Pine Tree Legal Staff Attorney and Coordinator, Veterans Medical-Legal Partnership, shared flyers for Military Monday in August and September (see attached). It’s held the last Monday of every month at Cooks Corner Starbucks from 1-4pm. Each month is a different topic depending on the expertise of their pro bono attorney volunteer. They encourage Veterans to call them at 400-3229 to make an appointment as there are a limited number of slots available each month. The topic for August is bankruptcy and debt resolution and the topic for September is fines/fees/driver’s licenses and criminal matters.
As always, I am eager to hear from you.Thank you for all that you are doing! Please feel free to call or write.
Post expires at 10:50am on Saturday October 21st, 2017