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On Tuesday, December 15th, the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services (MBVS) and their community partners will hold a Stand Down for homeless veterans in need of assistance.  The Stand Down will be held at the Sanford Vet Center, which is located at 628 Main Street in Springvale from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Veterans who are currently homeless or who are on the brink of homelessness will be provided connection to the Veterans Administration, community services, clothes, food, a hot meal, and shelter.  Partner agencies will include: Maine Veterans in Need, Operation Brotherhood, Sanford Vet Center, Preble Street, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Freedom Riders, Patriot Riders Chapter 2, Easterseals Maine, Wellness Mobile, Veterans Count, Veterans Inc., and the VA Maine Healthcare System.

“Due to the ongoing pandemic, the need is greater than ever before,” said David Richmond, Director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services.  “The connections that our Bureau and our colleagues in other veterans’ organizations can make at these events, is making a difference.”

Veterans in need of support are encouraged to attend the upcoming Stand Down and will receive cold weather supplies, non-perishable food items, connection to resources, and care packages.  All events are in compliance with CDC guidelines and are held outdoors for the safety of all participants.

For more information please call the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services at 207-430-6035 or visit their website at

About Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services

The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services was established in 1947 by the State of Maine and is part of the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management. Our mission is to help Mainers who served, and their loved ones, understand and navigate the benefits, services, and programs available to them. The Bureau does this by being a responsive, experienced, and dedicated advocate. The Bureau is headquartered at Camp Keyes and has six field service offices located throughout the state and a claims office located at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Togus, Maine. The Bureau also operates the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery System which includes four veterans’ cemeteries. For more information about the Bureau or to request assistance, please visit our website at

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