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Nearly $3.7 Million for Maine Veterans’ Homes Secured by Senator Collins

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured $3,680,000 in Congressionally Directed Spending for Maine Veterans’ Homes (MVH) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.   Congress has passed the bill, and the President has signed it into law.

“Maine Veterans’ Homes has long provided those who served with access to high-quality rehabilitative and therapy services, as well as long-term, short-term, and dementia nursing care,” said Senator Collins.  “As Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I worked hard to secure this funding, which will allow MVH to make important updates to its facilities in six veterans’ homes located throughout the state.” 

“Maine Veterans’ Homes is grateful to Senator Collins and the Federal Appropriations for including funding for our facilities in the budget,” said Maine Veterans’ Home Chief Executive Officer Sharon Fusco.  “This funding will provide critical facility upgrades and equipment that will ensure the continued health and safety of our residents.  This funding ensures our tradition of providing quality care to those who sacrificed for our freedom continues for years to come.” 

Established in 1977, MVH provides long-term care services to Maine’s veterans and eligible family members at their locations in Augusta, Caribou, Scarborough, South Paris, Bangor, and Machias.  This funding will support facility and equipment upgrades across MVH’s locations to support continued care for aging veterans.

This funding is part of the 231 targeted investments Senator Collins secured through the FY2024 appropriations process, driving more than $577 million to the state for projects throughout each of Maine’s 16 counties.

In 2021, Congress reinstituted Congressionally Directed Spending. Following this decision, Senator Collins secured more than $500 million for hundreds of Maine projects for FY2022 and FY2023.  As Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Collins is committed to championingtargeted investments that willbenefit Maine communities.