SOUTH PORTLAND — Veterans are known for protecting our nation’s freedom and now, through the donation of their service uniforms will continue to protect our community, this time against a global pandemic.

From now until Saturday, Nov. 7, Bill Dodge GMC and the stations of the Portland Radio Group will present “Salute the Protectors,” Veterans Count’s 2020 Veterans Day Fundraiser. Over the next two weeks and culminating with live coverage from three of Bill Dodge’s locations (Brunswick, Sacco and Westbrook) the event will highlight the contributions our local veterans have made to our community while raising money for veterans right here in Maine. All money raised supports Veterans Count and our military community.

From housing to transportation to food, medical bills, childcare and tuition, Veterans Count provides Maine veterans with a hand up, not a hand out.  You can help, by making a gift during our “Salute the Protectors” event. Gifts of any size are welcome and donations of $50 or more will receive a high quality face mask, hand-sewn by local seamstresses and made from military uniforms! Each mask will come with a card detailing where the uniform was worn. 

“At Easterseals and Veterans Count, we are truly humbled to have the opportunity to offer a hand up to those who have served our country,” says Joe Emmons, Chief Development Officer for Easterseals NH, ME and VT. “Repurposing masks worn by the brave men and women who have served our country, offers a lasting reminder of the protection our military provides us, each and every day.”

There’s still time to help! Listen daily on Portland Radio Group at News Radio WGAN 560 AM and FM 98.5, Coast 93.1, and WPOR 101.9 to hear stories of support. To make a donation to Veterans Count Maine, visit vetscount.org/maine, call 844-650-8387 or text VET to 77000. Checks can be mailed to 14 Atlantic Place; South Portland, ME 04106.

Easterseals Maine provides military and veterans services with financial support from Veterans Count.  The mission of Veterans Count is to provide critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to service members, veterans and their families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being.

About Veterans Count Maine — Veterans Count Maine is the philanthropic arm of Easterseals Maine’s Military & Veterans Programs, which provides emergency financial assistance, information, counseling and referral to service members, veterans and their families as they make the sometimes-challenging transition from military service to civilian life. Services include help finding employment, housing, affordable vehicles, house maintenance services, and food, rent, fuel, and heating oil when necessary. All funds raised in Maine stays in the state.  www.vetscount.org/maine

About Easterseals Maine — Easterseals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. For more information about Easterseals ME, please visit http://www.eastersealsme.org/.