Veteran’s Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
Confidential help for Veterans and their families
Babies on the Homefront: Free phone app for military & veteran families
This free app for smart-phones is designed especially for military and veteran families as they navigate the many transitions that are part of serving, including deployment and reintegration, moving, and transitioning back to civilian life. The app makes it easy to select from behavior tips and activities for parents and children, with a special section for parental self-care. Available in both English and Spanish.
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (at the Career Center): Machias 255-1920 | Calais 454-7551
Program Specialists are there to counsel veterans in all aspects of job search and career development
Emergency Housing (Augusta): 623-8411 x5647
For veterans and their family experiencing homelessness. This program is a shared living environment with supportive case management. The program provides stability while working towards housing (located in Augusta)
Health Affiliates of Maine: 1-877-888-4304
Free counseling services for Maine National Guard members who do not have health insurance. Active members who are without insurance, have co-pays or cannot find a provider of their insurance in their area are eligible
Homelessness Intervention Assistance for Veterans (Preble Street): 899-9184 / 1-800-877-5709
Case Management assistance for veterans who are without housing, in danger of eviction, or in need of temporary shelter. Help finding community and state resources to assist the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless. In addition to finding temporary solutions, they will work with those in crisis over a period of time to help them stabilize their lives. Some eligibility requirements may apply.
A non-profit group connecting veterans who are survivors of sexual assault or other trauma with PTSD resources. Programs offered:
- Operation 22: a program designed to fill the gap between hotline assistance and the medical / psychological help that the veterans may or may not have access to.
- Pets 4 Vets: a program through INTERNITY which will match rescue dogs with veterans
- SASA: Sexual Assault Survivor Advocates. Advocates are recruited and trained to work with survivors as they experience difficulties and barriers in their communities. They work side by side with veterans as they match resources to needs, and help veterans gain their voices again
- SAFR: Sexual Assault First Responders. Many times, survivors wait years to get help. Our board and team at INTERNITY know the proper processes and connections to get help – even if it is years after the assault.
Maine Veterans’ Project: 1-415-553-0523
Dedicated to suicide prevention, MVP is creating a veterans retreat for at-risk veterans. MVP also assists with emergency home repairs, VA processes & paperwork and many other services
Maine Veterans’ Services: 255-3306
Learn about benefits you may qualify for, apply for Vet ID discount card, Choice card, info on disability and benefits, and more
7 Court Street , Machias
Scam Protection for Veterans: AARP and the US Postal Service have joined together to create this project: “Operation Protect Veterans” to alert elderly veterans and help them protect themselves from scammers trying to defraud them of their pensions and benefits, including bogus offers to turn their benefits into cash, modify VA loans, or provide new military benefits. If you spot a scam you can also contact their Fraud Watch Network Helpline toll-free at 1-877-908-3360
Temporary Financial Assistance for Veterans: 1-800-877-5709
Assistance with utilities, rent, child care, transportation, security deposits…for income eligible veterans
Transitional Housing for Veterans: 623-8411 x 4344
Housing for homeless veterans who are in recovery. Veterans Career House is shared living with emphasis on establishing employment. The Hout House is single unit apartments with the focus on maintaining recovery. Both programs come with supportive services (Note: these two locations are outside of Washington County, transportation help is provided)
Transportation Assistance for Veterans: 255-8665
Limited transportation assistance for veterans from the American Legion Post #9 in Machias
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs: 947-3391
Readjustment counseling and referral services for veterans and their families
VA Community Clinic – Calais: 623-8411 x7490 / 1-877-421-8263 x7490
Services Provided: Primary Care, Telehealth services for mental health / pharmacy / dermatology / retinal imaging / wound care
50 Union Street, Calais
This website focuses on an often overlooked benefit called Aid and Attendance that is offered by the Veterans Administration and is largely unknown. This benefit allows veterans and spouses of veterans who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in bathing, eating, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, or using the restroom to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes those who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted living facility care also qualifies.
Veterans Count (A Program of Easter Seals of Maine): 828-0754
Their mission is to provide critical & timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to veterans, service members, and their families to ensure their dignity, health and overall well being.