Legion, Easterseals Maine partner on vets’ emergency financial help

AUGUSTA — The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services recently 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 128th Maine State Legislature.

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 the emergency. Examples of assistance needs may include damage to the veteran’s home due to fire, flood or hurricane not covered by insurance; illness of the veteran or family member that results in hardship; assistance to prevent or resolve the veteran being homeless; or any other condition that puts the veteran at risk of not having the basic necessities of food, shelter and safety.
MBVS conducted a request for proposal process and has now contracted with two providers, Easterseals Maine and the American Legion of Maine, to process requests for assistance, arrive at an appropriate decision on requests, and issue rapid financial assistance to help with a Maine Veteran’s emergency.
Applications can be obtained by contacting American Legion Department of Maine Headquarters at 207-873-3229 or Easterseals Maine at 207-828-0754 ext. 1004. Turnaround time for the fund will be 48 hours once the veteran has submitted a complete application and a decision has been made.

PHOTO: Veterans’ Emergency Financial Assistance Fund organizers, from left, in back, Ed Harmon, American Legion Post 36 Boothbay; David Richmond, MBVS director; Darren Henry, MBVS acting deputy director; David Patch, Commander, American Legion Post 36 Boothbay, and Amedeo Lauria, American Legion Department of Maine. In front, Candice Wright, MBVS business manager and Stacey Leet, Easterseals Maine. (Submitted photo)