VVA Chapter 1044 has recently relocated their Veterans R&R Drop-in Center to the basement of the local American Legion Post in Biddeford, Maine.
The new space will allow veterans of all wars to find snacks, televisions, and room for playing board games or reading. Moreover, a veteran service officer will be onsite on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays to assist veterans with filling out forms with the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Chapter 1044 President Joseph Armstrong also emphasized the inclusion of women and younger veterans to the rest and relaxation center. The center is not exclusive to VVA members or American Legion members.
Armstrong envisions the center as a place where all veterans feel welcome to relax, to share their stories and to get the support they may need.
The maintenance of the R & R will be shared by Chapter 1044 and the local American Legion Post. Chapter 1044 has raised funding for the center by holding a summer golf tournament which raised $2,500, and a $250 donation from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
The chapter also finds resources and aid for veteran families in the community. During the winter months, they have traditionally assisted families with utility bills and groceries. Through a GoFundMe campaign, the chapter purchased a $10,000 motorized stair lift for individuals with difficulty walking.
The center opened on October 9th, but will have a formal opening ceremony and dedication in the spring of 2018.