Maj. Gen. Douglas A. Farnham has served as Commissioner for the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management since 2016, and was re-appointed by Gov. Janet Mills in 2019.

Farnham also serves as the adjutant general, Maine National Guard.

Farnham will discuss his priorities, from the National Guard to veterans issues to how to deal with weather emergencies and other crises facing Maine.

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date May 14, 2019); no calls will be taken.  

We discuss the challenges facing veterans and military families, and the support services available, in a state with no active military bases.

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.

We discuss the challenges facing veterans and military families, and the support services available, in a state with no active military bases.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

U.S. Rep. Jared Golden cited his personal experiences as a Marine combat veteran to advocate for an amendment to legislation that would provide child care services for veterans.

Travis Mills: Assisting Wounded and Injured Veterans

May 29, 2018
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The Travis Mills Foundation and Retreat is a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans and their families. We’ll speak with Mills and program director Kelly McGaughey about the work the foundation and retreat does to inspire wounded servicemen, women and their families. They’ll discuss how they help wounded veterans realize they can overcome their physical obstacles and emotional challenges and find purpose by staying the course through their recovery and beyond. We’ll also get an update on the 6th annual Miles for Mills 5K on Memorial Day.

The Vietnam War: The Documentary

Sep 29, 2017

With the conclusion of the Ken Burns-Lynn Novick PBS documentary, The Vietnam War, we host a conversation about audience reaction to the series.

Guests: Adria Horn, director of Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services

Terry Grasse, U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War

Jim Laurie, award-winning journalist and broadcaster whose extensive work in Asia included covering the end of the Vietnam War

Xuan Xanh Vo, wife of Jim Laurie who grew up in Vietnam during the war and later fled to America

Maine Veterans' Homes facility on Cony Rd. in Augusta

Maine Veterans Homes wants to build a new, 138 bed nursing facility in Augusta, across the road from MaineGeneral Medical Center. The existing facility would be replaced with what are described as “small house style” units. Marketing Director Devin Robinson says the “small home” model is the newest, most current nursing home style in the country. That’s in contrast to the current facility which was built using a hospital format with long hallways and large units.

The Moving Wall
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The midcoast town of Thomaston is expecting an influx of visitors this Memorial Day weekend…who will come to experience “The Moving Wall.” It’s a 252 foot, half- size replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC, and it’s on tour where Knox Museum serves as host.

Its called the Moving Wall — and for many visitors — its exactly that.

“It’s sad, he was looking for a lot of the guys that were in the service with him,” says Carol Michalski who is there with her husband, veteran Bob Michalski.

“If you see the name your remember him,” says Bob.

Maine Master Guide Bob Howe gives Rip Thibodeau a refresher course in fishing for trout.
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Mainers love the outdoors. Many grew up in camping, fishing and hunting families, and have maintained a lifelong connection to those traditions. But for some combat veterans, who've experienced serious mental and physical disabilities, its much more difficult to enjoy the recreational activities that have such an important part of their lives. One Registered Maine Guide is making it his life's mission to see that all veterans, regardless of disability, can enjoy the Maine woods.

Rip Thibodeau spent his childhood exploring the outdoors.

On this Veteran's Day, we celebrate the stories of Veterans and their families. And we'll learn about a new program in Maine to collect the stories of Vietnam Veterans.

Here are links mentioned on the program:

For information about the Maine Military Museum in South Portland, click here.

For information about the Maine Military Museum at Camp Keyes in Augusta, click here.

Auburn First City to Hire-A-Vet

Sep 27, 2015

 Auburn is Maine's first municipality to sign onto the ``Hire-A-Vet'' program.

AUGUSTA, Maine - While there are fewer veterans serving in Congress than ever before, they comprise a growing proportion of the Maine House and Senate.

PORTLAND, Maine - U.S. Sen. Angus King is getting ready to announce an initiative to improve civil legal assistance for veterans, with a focus on women.

The independent senator and representatives from Pine Tree State Legal Assistance will unveil the initiative on Friday at Portland City Hall at 1 p.m.

King says the effort will assist in expanding, a legal assistance website for military service people, veterans and their families.

Courtesy Soldier's Heart

AUGUSTA, Maine - Post traumatic stress disorder emerged as a diagnosis back in 1980. With all that's now known about PTSD, and about the difficulties facing veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Edward Tick says there's still a long way to go. Tick is an author, educator and psychotherapist from New York who has been treating veterans for 40 years. He was at the Togus VA Hospital in Augusta today, where he called for a new approach for dealing with PTSD.