Bureau of Veterans' Services moves forward on aid for vets
The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services has announced that the American Legion and Easterseals Maine will be points of contact for distribution of Veterans’ Emergency Financial Assistance, which is the result of the passage of LD 1736 in the Legislature. Easterseals and the American Legion will process requests for assistance, arrive at an appropriate decision on requests and issue rapid financial assistance to help with a Maine veteran’s emergency. Turnaround time for the funds will be 48 hours once the veteran has submitted a complete application and a decision has been made.
VEFA was created to provide assistance for Maine veterans who suffer an emergency and do not have sufficient savings or access to other financial assistance to resolve it. Examples of assistance needs may include: damage to the veteran's home due to fire, flood or hurricane that is not covered by insurance; illness of the veteran or a family member that results in hardship; assistance to prevent or resolve the veteran's being homeless; or any other condition that puts the veteran at risk of not having the basic necessities of food, shelter and safety.
Applications can be obtained by contacting the American Legion Department of Maine Headquarters at 873-3229 or Easterseals Maine at 828-0754, ext. 1004. For more information, visit maine.gov/veterans/veterans-services-offices/locations/index.html, call 430-6035 or visit maine.gov/veterans.