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Vet2Vet Maine and Coronavirus

The Vet2Vet Maine office is closed for the foreseeable future, but you can still reach us by phone or email. To contact program director Melissa Chason, please call 207-579-4024 or email office@vet2vetmaine.org. To contact executive director Susan Gold, please call 207-579-9204 or email sgold@vet2vetmaine.org.

Because Vet2Vet Maine serves a vulnerable population, we want to make sure all Vet2Vet Maine participants are as safe as possible during the Coronavirus emergency. We have cancelled all in-home visits by volunteers. However, in accordance with U.S. and Maine CDC guidelines, volunteers and their veteran friends may meet outdoors, providing both participants wear masks and maintain a distance of at least 6 to 10 feet apart at all times.

Jones Rich & Barnes Funeral Home’s Beer and Wine fundraiser for Vet2Vet Maine has been postponed–we’ll announce a new date on our website when it’s safe for people to gather together again.

We urge you all to reduce risk for yourself and your loved ones and to stay safe.

Vet2Vet Maine has issued the following protective steps for Vet2Vet volunteers and the veterans they visit:

  1. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Advise your veteran to do the same.
  2. Do not visit your veteran in person.
  3. Check in with your veterans frequently to see if they are OK and to stay in touch.
  4. Discuss the situation with your veteran and/or the family and see what you can do to help. If you are well and going out for groceries and meds, see if you can drop off supplies on the doorstep. Avoid coming in physical contact with your veteran (e.g., no visits or car rides). If you are keeping in isolation yourself (advisable for many over 65 or with health issues), check with the local community to see what resources are available for your vet.
  5. Keep in touch through phone calls, texts, cards, and letters or even on-line games if your veteran enjoys them. Beautiful photos, cheery notes, funny cartoons all help to lift the spirits.
  6. Drop off take-out coffee or goodie, a puzzle, game, or model, or other diversion for your veteran (again on the doorstep). Books, videos, and puzzles are available in a bin at the front of the Gorham Fire Department’s Central Station, 270 Main St., Gorham).
  7. Take care of yourself: Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands frequently and take other precautions to protect yourself. You may want to consider wearing a mask when at the grocery store or other public place when you have to go there.
  8. When you’re feeling stir crazy, go for a ride, take a walk, listen to music, enjoy the outdoors, pursue a hobby, read, exercise, play with the dog, or engage in a pastime that doesn’t require being near other people.
  9. Above all, stay safe and keep healthy!

A side note: Please keep track of the time you spend on these pursuits and record them as you would for in-house visits.