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Below you can find links to news articles about Vet to Vet Maine or Vet to Vet Maine volunteers. Please note that some of these may require a subscription to the news organization that published the piece.

Interview with Vet to Vet Maine peer companion Sam Kelley and executive director Susan Gold

Diane Atwood, creator of Catching Your Memories podcast, interviews Vet to Vet Maine peer companion Sam Kelley and executive director Susan Gold.
Disclaimer: Vet to Vet Maine got its start in 2014 (not the mid-1980s).

Catching Your Memories podcast, April 2023

Veteran companionship group sees need in Midcoast

Veteran Jean Doe and Vet2Vet Maine peer companion Susan Sebestyen talk about their new connection. Read about it in the Times Record.

Times Record, Jan. 10, 2023

Second chance at life impels brunswick veteran to ‘be better’, serve others

V2VME volunteer Gretchen Evans to receive prestigious Pat Tillman Award for Service at Espys Ceremony July 20. The ceremony will be broadcase on ABC at 8 pm.
Congratulations, Gretchen!

Portland Press Herald, July 6, 2022

Maine Voices: Gold Star families know ‘the pain that cannot forget’

“It seems like yesterday that Michael died, but It has been more than 53 years,” John McCarthy, a Vet to Vet Maine peer companion, wrote in a Memorial Day account of his time in Vietnam for the Portland Press Herald’s Maine Voices column. Read about his experiences and his connection years later to his fallen comrade’s family.

Portland Press Herald, May 30, 2022

Scarborough Vietnam War veteran honored with Quilt of Valor recognition for service

Jack Nason’s peers praise his “go with the flow” attitude in meeting life’s challenges

Southern Forecaster, March 3, 2022

Maine World War II veteran remembers Iwo Jima and spreads joy through his singing

Private First Class Leroy Peasley (who is part of Vet to Vet Maine) served at Iwo Jima, a five-week battle that helped the United States win the war

News Center Maine, 2/25/21

Vets Helping Vets

Gorham residents Jim Arcaro, Roger and Kathy Lavigne and Rob Sanford are reaching out to help other veterans through Vet2Vet Maine.

Gorham Times, 4/15/21

Bound by a love of books, two vets are missing their regular meetings

Vernon Huestis, 93, and Eric Mihan, 82, were part of the original pairings made by Vet to Vet Maine in 2014 and had recorded over 300 in-person visits before the coronavirus pandemic.

Portland Press Herald, 11/8/20

After one of Maine’s deadliest outbreaks, Maine Veterans Home determined to recover

Ron Menard, a regular volunteer, was the first rehab patient admitted to the long-term care facility after the coronavirus outbreak in March led to a shutdown and killed 14 residents.

Portland Press Herald, 11/8/20

Adaptive sports program helps veterans stay connected through outdoor recreation

Participants say the VAST program, run by veteran and olympic skier Kristina Sabasteanski through the New Gloucester nonprofit Pineland Farms, is even more important amidst the isolation of the pandemic.

Portland Press Herald, 11/8/20

Vet to Vet Maine brings veterans together

Scarborough veterans are assisting fellow veterans across southern Maine through Biddeford-based program.

Scarborough Leader, 3/13/20

When they have no one else, Vet to Vet Maine volunteers step up

The Biddeford-based nonprofit pairs veterans for home visits with other vets who may have outlived friends and family.

Portland Press Herald, 11/10/19