Maine Veterans

The Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta has received federal approval to operate a 24-bed residential substance use disorder treatment program for veterans. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, of Maine’s 2nd District, says that currently Maine veterans often have to travel out of state for substance use disorder treatment.

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Legislation that would give all veterans with any service-related disability free lifetime entry to the U.S. National Parks system has moved through the Congressional Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Office of Gov. Janet Mills

For years Maine has presented coins honoring veterans for their service in wars and conflicts. But there are tens of thousands of veterans who served in peacetime. A new coin, called the Honorable Service Coin, was presented Friday in Augusta to acknowledge that service.

Maine Public

Parade watchers braved November winds in Portland Sunday morning to commemorate Veterans Day with a parade. Among the groups marching were Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Maine Base Submarine Veterans, the Boy Scouts and the American Legion.

The Veterans Affairs Maine Healthcare System broke ground for a new facility in Augusta on Wednesday morning. The facility will provide accommodations to families of veterans and military personnel who are receiving treatment at the VA Maine Healthcare System, Togus.

The new Fisher House will offer lodging to as many as 16 families, at no cost to them.

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ROME, Maine — A U.S. Army staff sergeant who lost four limbs in a blast in Afghanistan is opening a summer retreat to help those who suffered severe war injuries.

Travis Mills credits his family as much as the medical team for helping him to recover. He's paying it forward by bringing the wounded and their families to Maine to continue their recovery.

His lakeside retreat will be dedicated this weekend after a top-to-bottom overhaul that included accessibility improvements.

This summer, the retreat will serve 56 families free of charge.