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The Mission Continues for Veterans in Maine

Posted Sept. 04, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
(Photo: Sam Szlembarski & Alley Smith – both combat veterans, from Lewiston, founders of MVCSP)
(Photo: Sam Szlembarski & Alley Smith – both combat veterans, from Lewiston, founders of MVCSP)

LEWISTON- A community of Veterans are answering Maine’s First Lady Anne Lepage’s call for volunteers. They are members of Maine Veterans Community Service Projects. The MVCSP works to recognize veterans who make a difference in the state, to inspire veterans to engage in community service, education and advocacy, and to build a community that honors the sacrifice and service of the American Military. Their goal is to empower people to live healthy lifestyles and to improve the public health of the communities around them.

As much as military veterans and they families have already given, there is a desire to do more. By engaging in community service, many Maine veterans feel a sense of purpose, accomplishment and connection by contributing to society.

Each veteran has an ethical core. Many believe it is a duty and obligation to lead by example and look out for the welfare of others. Therefore, many veterans are leading from the front as passionate advocates. Some are motivational speakers, coaches, mentors, teachers and first responders.

Many veterans are skilled in addressing the process of reintegration. They promote personal responsibility, community action and warrior resilience. They serve in many communities by providing volunteer support to those struggling with depression, homelessness, joblessness, hunger, poverty, loss and access to basic needs.

Today, countless Maine veterans are stepping up to help Iraq and Afghanistan campaign veterans navigate the transition from combat to home. Whether you are recently returning from combat or have been out of the service for many years, you are always part of the military community and you are capable of improving the world around you. Maine veterans are answering the call to continue to serve.

If you would like more information on how and where the mission continues at home, please visit: Maine Veterans Community Service Projects at: or contact Alley Smith – Veterans Prevention Coordinator at Healthy Androscoggin (207) 795-2545 or Email: or Email:

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