2018-05-10 / Community News

Veterans center opens


Commander Joseph Armstrong of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1044 observes a moment of silence for Maine’s 11 remaining Vietnam soldiers missing in action. (Courtesy photo) Commander Joseph Armstrong of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1044 observes a moment of silence for Maine’s 11 remaining Vietnam soldiers missing in action. (Courtesy photo) On Saturday, April 28, veterans and community members from across Maine gathered at the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1044, located at 508 Elm St., to celebrate the grand opening of a new service center dedicated to helping local Vietnam veterans.

The center will provide various support services to Vietnam veterans residing in Maine and will be staffed by a volunteer service officer trained to help with health benefits and any other needs. The center will also house a recreational activity area suitable for socializing as well as a POWMIA memorial.

“It has been such an incredible honor to work with these local veterans to make this center operational here Biddeford,” said State Representative Marty Grohman, an honorary life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. “This will be the only unique center dedicated to Vietnam veterans here in Maine and I know it will help serve many men and women.”

“Opening this center has been a labor of love,” said Commander Joseph Armstrong, president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1044. “We must honor the sacrifices that so many brave men and women made for our country during the Vietnam era and assist our veterans in need. This center will help us do just that.”

The Vietnam Veterans center will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“This new center is part of our mission to provide a local home base for Vietnam veterans who served in any theater and I look forward to seeing many old and new faces visit us in the weeks and months ahead,” Armstrong added.

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