May 25, 2018
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VFW state convention set to bring hundreds to Bangor

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Between 400 and 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its auxiliary will converge in Bangor for their annual state convention, set for June 10-12 at the Ramada Inn on Odlin Road.

State Adjutant Andre Dumas of the VFW’s Department of Maine said this week that the 91st annual state convention will feature a series of business meetings and reports on veterans’ issues.

Dumas said Gov. Paul LePage, Bangor City Council Chairwoman Susan Hawes, Sen. Olympia Snowe and Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud are among the dignitaries expected to participate in Friday’s joint opening session, which begins at noon. He said this week that it was not yet clear if Sen. Susan Collins will attend.

In addition, he said, one of the two Veterans Administration mobile vet centers will be on site Friday and Saturday to assist veterans with accessing benefits and other concerns.

Some of the issues veterans are expected to discuss during the convention are initiatives to protect their benefits and a legislative proposal that would require that the Pledge of Allegiance be recited in Maine’s public schools, Dumas said.

He also said members will discuss efforts to support U.S. troops serving in combat, to assist victims of recent floods and tornadoes elsewhere in the nation, and to provide reading materials and other items to residents of the state’s veterans homes.

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