Veteran Stories

A Reason to Live

A Reason to Live

As a volunteer in the Vet to Vet program, Floyd visits an aging veteran once a week, providing companionship and becoming a dear friend to the veteran. His first assignment, Ed, had served in World War II and the Korean War. Nearly blind, unable to walk without assistance, and severely […]

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200 Visits and Counting

200 Visits and Counting

York County veterans Eric Mihan and Vernon Huestis celebrated their 200th visit recently as participants in the Vet to Vet Maine program headquartered in Biddeford. The nonprofit organization matches veteran volunteers with fellow veterans who could benefit from visits from a friend. The volunteers visit their assigned veteran in the […]

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Wish Granted—With Help from a Friend

Wish Granted—With Help from a Friend

March, 2017: Franklin Stover finally got his wish to see his wife’s grave, thanks to his Vet to Vet buddy, Jeff Reinold. Grace Stover died in June 2016. She is buried at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale. Stover, an Army veteran who served in Germany in the late […]

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Preserving Memories

Preserving Memories

August 2016—Vet to Vet participant Howard Rennie loves a good story. He tells how he once got trapped in the psychiatric ward of a New Jersey base hospital during the Korean War. He and three other soldiers had been assigned to wash floors in the ward while “recuperating” from hernia […]

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Bill Nemitz: Veterans buddy up and bond

Bill Nemitz: Veterans buddy up and bond

By Bill Nemitz Portland Press Herald September 10, 2014 Reprinted with permission The Vet to Vet program helps Maine veterans of all ages, stripes and uniforms help one another. Little did Ray Goulet know, back when he was a young Marine dodging enemy fire in the South Pacific, that he’d […]

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