Easter Seals Maine receives grant to benefit Maine's veterans
ESME has received a 2-year, $528,000 grant from the Veterans Administration to bring ESME's Veterans Care Coordination program to Maine heroes who live in the two most rural counties of the state. Under the grant, ESME will partner with the Maine Dept of Labor, the Bureau of Veterans Services and the Maine Military and Community Network to bring needed supports to veterans and their families in the most northern and eastern reaches of the state (including towns located 6 to 8 hours from the ESME office in Portland). The funding will be used to hire 4 part-time care coordinators from these rural areas to work in concert with ESME leadership, local grant partners, existing social service agencies and the larger community to best serve veterans' needs.
The award announcement came early last week and resulted in part from ESME's advocacy work with US Representative Mike Michaud. Rep. Michaud serves on the Congressional Veterans Affairs Committee and recently visited ESME to discuss the grant and talk with veterans and family members who have benefited from the Care Coordination services already available in southern Maine.