AUGUSTA — The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services and Fedcap’s Veterans Forward program have partnered to offer the bureau’s Veterans’ Emergency Financial Assistance Program for veterans who suffer an emergency and do not have sufficient savings or access to other financial assistance to resolve it.

Examples of grant assistance (up to a $2,000) for veterans who are Maine residents include — to prevent or resolve the veteran from being homeless; vehicle repair to maintain employment; illness of the veteran or family member that results in hardship; and any other condition that puts the veteran at risk of not having basic necessities of food, shelter, or safety, according to a news release from Ryan Lorrain, director of communications, Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services.

“We look forward to this beneficial collaboration,” said Deputy Director Steven Lanning. “Fedcap’s multiple locations across the state combined with their knowledge of community and social services will strengthen the bureau’s ability to serve Maine’s veterans and increase our outreach along with our partners, the American Legion of Maine.”

Widely known for its Families Forward program, Fedcap was also recently awarded a $500,000 grant by the United States Department of Labor for a Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to help homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness gain stability, obtain training, and pursue high earning careers in Maine’s leading industries.

“Fedcap was founded by veterans and we are honored to partner with the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services. This an incredible opportunity to help veterans in Maine get the resources they need so they can keep housed, retain their employment, and ensure their long-term economic well-being.” said Serena M. Powell, executive director of Fedcap Inc. serving Maine.

For more information regarding available resources, veterans and those who know a veteran who is struggling with a financial emergency, can contact the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services at 207-287-7020 or visit maine.gov/veterans.

 

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