Today, nearly 24 million Americans wear the honorable title of Veteran; there are more than 127,000 Veterans living in our great state of Maine. As the daughter of a World War II Purple Heart recipient, Senator Collins knows that the heroes who wear the uniforms of America’s armed forces are patriotic, caring men and women who have put aside the comforts of civilian life to advance the cause of freedom.
We owe them all a great debt. Senator Collins is a strong advocate of all of those who are serving or have served in our nation's Armed Forces and has worked hard to ensure that the federal government maintains a strong commitment to Service Members and Veterans alike, particularly those who have suffered the visible and invisible wounds of service.
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Below are some useful links to the benefits and services available to our Veterans:
Federal Resources for Veterans
VA's Togus Regional Benefits Office (RO) administers a variety of services for Veterans, Service Members, their families and survivors in Maine. VA Togus RO offers the following additional services:
- Counseling about eligibility for VA benefits and how to apply, including disability compensation, VA home loans, education and the Post-9/11 GI Bill, insurance, pension, and vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits
- Information about VA health care and memorial benefits
- Outreach to Veterans, including those who are homeless or at risk for homelessness and older, minority, and women Veterans
Located in Augusta, the Togus VA Medical Center is a full-scale facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate, and mental health services, as well as a Nursing Home consisting of Skilled and Longer Stay beds and a Dementia Unit. There is a satellite clinic in Houlton, and a mental health outpatient clinic in Portland.
VA's Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) delivers care closer to home and extends the services provided by VA to outlying parts of the state. The CBOCs have a full complement of VA staff providing medical, mental health and administrative services to Veterans. They are located in Bangor, Calais, Caribou, Lewiston, Lincoln, Portland, Rumford, and Saco.
Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. Readjustment counseling is offered to make a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military such as a deployment or military sexual trauma. Vet Centers also offer bereavement counseling to family members of Armed Forces personnel who died in the service of their country. In Maine, we have five VA-operated Vet Centers located in Bangor, Caribou, Lewiston, Portland, and Springvale. Please call your nearest Vet Center for more information.
Please always remember that you matter – to your family, your friends, your fellow Veterans, and to us - your fellow citizens. The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
If you have problems resolving an issue with a federal agency and need assistance, please call Senator Collins at one of her six constituent service centers where representatives are ready to assist you.
The Bureau ensures that Maine Veterans and their dependents receive all entitlements due under the law, are relieved to the extent possible of financial hardship, receive every opportunity for self-improvement through higher education, and are afforded proper recognition for their service and sacrifice to the Nation. In addition to the main office, the Bureau has six field service offices strategically located throughout the state and a claims office located at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Togus.
The Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery System consists of four cemeteries, two in Augusta, one in Caribou, and one in Springvale.
Maine Veterans' Homes (MVH) is a public, nonprofit organization, that works closely with state and federal agencies, veterans' service organizations, VA, and local communities to provide long-term care services to veterans and eligible family members. MVH has operations in Augusta, Bangor, Caribou, Machias, Scarborough, and South Paris.
Other Helpful Links
Assists Veterans with the transistion from military to civilian life.
Provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and the transition to civilian life.
Offers legal help for military members, Veterans and their families