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About the Vet to Vet Maine Program

A just society supports its soldiers when they come home, so they don’t become isolated from the community and have to face life’s challenges alone. We all face challenges and we all need support to help us through dark times.

Every week of the year a Maine veteran takes his or her own life–55 Maine veterans died from suicide in 2014. Research has shown that having a peer mentor or friend is one of the most effective ways of preventing suicide.

Vet to Vet Maine offers support, companionship, a friend who understands, and a link to services to lonely and socially isolated veterans who are most at risk for suicide. Vet to Vet Maine’s trained volunteers (who are veterans themselves) visit fellow veterans at least twice a month in their homes.

For soldiers just returning from the battlefield, they provide a mentor who can help lead the way back to civilian life, a fellow soldier who has been there and understands, a friend who listens and offers a helping hand.

For the older veteran dealing with illness, aging, the loss of a spouse, or other challenges, Vet to Vet Maine’s volunteers provide companionship, a link to the greater community, assistance in obtaining well-deserved benefits and services, and a friend who shares stories.

With your help, we can fulfill the values of a just society by supporting our veterans and helping ease the social isolation that too many of them face.

It costs approximately $1,000 to support one volunteer/veteran match for a year.

Your donation of any amount can make a world of difference to a veteran in need of a friend.

Veterans have pledged their lives to protect us and our loved ones. Now it’s our turn to pledge our support for them.

Friendships That Can Last a Lifetime

Vet to Vet Maine is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving veterans in the state of Maine. Formed in June 2018, Vet to Vet Maine matches volunteers who are veterans themselves with other veterans who need a friend and/or mentor. The two veterans visit on a regular basis, sharing stories, enjoying activities together, and developing a friendship that can last a lifetime. Trained volunteers also guide their veteran friends in applying for needed services and benefits.