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Building military resilience through community service

Posted July 11, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.
Last modified July 11, 2014, at 2:31 p.m.
Alley Smith - founder of Maine Veterans Community Service Projects. USMC and combat veteran
Alley Smith - founder of Maine Veterans Community Service Projects. USMC and combat veteran

LEWISTON, Maine – There are so many reasons why engaging in volunteerism and community service helps military members, veterans and their families. It creates resilient warriors and healthier communities. It provides a returning service member a sense of purpose, community and fellowship.

Volunteerism has many meaningful and positive impacts on veterans. The benefits of selfless service range from better physical health, improved emotional health, increased self-development, spiritual connections and social connections. It strengthens relationships and may play a role in facilitating recovery from life’s misfortunes, setbacks and trauma.

As much as active military members, veterans and their families have already given, there is a desire to do more. Many Maine veterans believe in the healing power of helping others. They are incredibly talented and effective leaders. They serve by providing education, advocacy and support to those struggling with depression, reintegration, homelessness, joblessness, poverty, hunger, loss and access to basic needs.

Resilient warriors and inspirational role models exist in every community. They are indispensable key players in connecting military members, veterans and their families to friendships and lasting connections.

If you’re interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, Maine Veterans Community Service Projects wants to help. MVCSP acts as a supportive network of guides and mentors. Their mission is to bridge the gap between military and civilian communities and inspire others. They want to help each individual feel a sense of purpose and value by contributing to society through volunteerism and community service projects.

For more information please contact Alley Smith – Veterans Prevention Coordinator at Healthy Androscoggin at: (207) 795-2545 or Maine Veterans Community Service Projects at: maineveteransCSP@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/MaineveteransCSP

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