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About Us

About Us

Maine Veterans' Homes is a public, not-for-profit organization created by the 108th Maine legislature in July, 1977. Today, our six facilities located throughout the state are recognized for their modern amenities, exceptional programs and full continuum of care.

Our success can be directly attributed to every employee's unwavering commitment to our Mission and Core Values. We take our responsibility of 'Caring for Maine Veterans' seriously which makes any of our homes a truly pleasant place to be.

History

Maine Veterans' Homes is a public, not-for-profit organization created by the 108th Maine legislature in July, 1977. Our first home opened in March, 1983, in Augusta. Since then, MVH facilities have been established in Caribou, Scarborough, South Paris, Bangor, and Machias. Today, our six facilities located throughout the state are recognized for their modern amenities, exceptional programs and full continuum of care. Most importantly, our success can be directly attributed to our staff's unwavering commitment to our Mission and Core Values in taking care of Maine's veterans.

MVH operates as a separate corporation, but works closely with state and federal agencies, veterans' service organizations, the Department of Veterans Administration, and local communities to provide long-term care services to veterans and eligible family members. The construction of the Homes was funded with a combination of federal funds and state matching grants. MVH bills Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. The VA also provides a daily stipend for each qualifying resident. Per regulations, 75% of beds are reserved for veterans at any time.

Our residents are men and women who honorably served our country, and their eligible family members. For eligibility information, click here.

For more information, please contact one of our Homes or the MVH Central Office at 1-800-278-9494.

Mission

The Corporate Mission Statement for Maine Veterans' Homes is "Caring for those who served." We feel very strongly that our purpose and work in providing care to Maine's veterans and family members are a special privilege and calling. The manner in which each employee of Maine Veterans' Homes provides our service is the key to our organizational success. Understanding this, Maine Veterans' Homes is committed to maintaining an excellent workplace where employees are valued. In turn, the organization believes employees can further the Vision of Maine Veterans' Homes.

Vision

MVH is committed to being the Provider of Choice to meet the long-term healthcare needs of veterans and lend support to their families. The organization of the future will offer a complete range of long-term care and rehabilitative programs, as well as deliver that care with the best possible quality, skill, and compassion that our residents and their families deserve.

MVH also recognizes its special role as a Veterans Advocate, especially to promote and improve veterans' long-term healthcare benefits. MVH will serve as a bridge between veterans and various organizations to facilitate access to affordable and appropriate long-term care and rehabilitative services directly or through cooperative relationships.

MVH is committed to being the Employer of Choice. We understand that the quality of services we offer to veterans is directly related to the competency and commitment of our staff. By offering a competitive compensation package, a safe and rewarding work environment, and opportunity for personal and professional growth, we will make MVH the workplace of choice.

Core Values

Every employee of Maine Veterans' Homes takes each of the following values to heart:

Honesty and Integrity

First and foremost, we must always strive to do what is right and in the best interest of our residents.

Veterans are Unique

We must recognize the special sacrifice that our veterans and family members have made in service to our nation and that they are most deserving of our very best efforts to meet their needs.

Respect

We must respect and preserve the dignity of each person - resident, family, visitor, volunteer, and employee.

Excellence

We must strive to attain the highest level of quality and satisfaction in delivering person-centered care with competence, compassion, and commitment.

Team

We must understand that only through team work, communication, and cooperation will we achieve our goals.

Lead the Way

We must continue to lead the way among the nation's state veterans' homes by shaping the future of long-term care and rehabilitative services.

Board of Trustees

The administration of Maine Veterans' Homes is vested in the Board of Trustees of the Maine Veterans' Homes. The Governor appoints the Board of Trustees, whose members must be honorably discharged war veterans. The Board of Trustees consists of eleven members, including at least one female member. One member must be appointed from and represent each of the largest veterans' organizations that are nationally chartered and have a department in Maine. Remaining members are appointed at large. 

Representatives of the Public

Robert E Whelan served 20 years in the U.S. Army retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1982. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, one with the 5th Special Forces Group and one with MACV and subsequently held positions in a number of roles including United States Military Academy faculty, Deputy Director of Plans, Training and Security at Fort Devens, Mass., and Chief of an Inspector General Inspection Team in Germany. Whelan began teaching English at the University of Maine in 1983 and also served as the Executive Assistant to the President of the University. He semi-retired from the University in 2009, but continues to teach when asked. Whelan rejoined MVH’s Board of Trustees in 2014 where he previously served from 1993-2006. He is currently Chairman of the MVH Board of Trustees.

Joseph "Ernie" Lebel served for more than three years in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne. Mr. Lebel has previously served on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities Maine, Distributors and Suppliers Group Trust, and Cheverus High School. Mr. Lebel joined the MVH Board of Trustees in 2015 and currently serves as the Vice Chairman.

Peter Miesburger served 20 + years in the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant/Fire Protection Crash Rescue Supervisor. Mr. Miesburger has served on the MVH Board of Trustees since 1990 and is currently the Secretary of the Board. He is a past Commander (1987-1988) of the Department of Maine Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Linda Laweryson served one year in the U.S. Marine Corps as a PFC in Telecommunications Repair. Mrs. Laweryson has served on the MVH Board of Trustees since 2002. She also serves as the Secretary of the Maine Veterans Coordinating Committee, a board member of the Hospice for Veterans Affairs, and an original member of the Maine's Commission on Women's Veterans.

Major Adria O. Horn MAJ Horn graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in June 2001, and served more than 10 years on active duty in the Army. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, MAJ Horn joined the United States Army Reserves and moved to Maine in 2011. In 2015 she was appointed as the Director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services at which time she also began service on the MVH Board of Trustees.

American Legion Representative

John G. Kezal served from 1951 to 1954 in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Fireman/Damage Control. He began serving on the MVH Board of Trustees in 2012. Mr. Kezal previously served as MVH - South Paris Liaison since 2001. In addition to being a life member of the American Legion Post 24 in Rumford for 59 years, he is also affiliated with the Western Maine Veterans' Advisory Committee, the Elks, the Eagles, and the Coast Guard Cuttermans Club. Mr. Kezal is a 2012 inductee into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame.

AMVETS Representative

Kelley D. Wynne served 35 years in the Army National Guard, retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant. Mr. Wynne has served on the MVH Board of Trustees since 2000. He also serves as President of the Augusta Area Military Association and is on the boards of the Maine Veterans Cemetery and MVCC. He is affiliated with the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and serves as Vice President for Association of the U.S. Army. Mr. Wynne also serves as Aide-de-Camp for the Governor.

Disabled American Veterans Representative

Richard K. Parent served 32 years combined in the Army and Maine Army National Guard, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1994. He was a fixed wing pilot and served one tour in Vietnam. Parent's awards and decorations include the Master Aviation Badge, Bronze Star Medal and multiple Air Medals. He began serving on the MVH Board of Trustees in 2010.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Representative

 

Vietnam Veterans of America Representative

James A. Franklin served a total of over 24 years in the military, starting in the U. S. Air Force and retiring from the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant. As an enlisted Sailor, he had attained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer as an aviation electronics technician. He also served as a Department of Defense Civil Servant and Defense contractor in the Navy from 1984 until his retirement in 2006. He is affiliated with the VFW, American Legion, and Kiwanis Club.

Liaison Committee Members

Paul Neal served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force in the atmospheric research field, retiring as a Master Sergeant. He has served as the MVH – Scarborough Liaison since 2007. He is affiliated with the American Legion, serving as past Post, County, and District Commanders, as well as the Disabled American Veterans and Air Force Sergeants Association.

Robert Pinion has served as liaison for MVH Machias since June 2012. He served in the U.S. Army for seven years as a computer programmer and substance abuse counselor, and 23 years in the Department of Defense as an education services specialist. His assignments have included Vietnam, Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, and the Pentagon. Most recently, he worked at MVH - Machias for two years as an activities assistant. Bob is a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Eligibility Requirements

Download Maine Veterans' Homes Admission Application

Must be an honorably discharged veteran who was a resident of Maine at the time of entry into the United States Armed Forces or a resident of Maine at the time of application.

Must have served one or more days on active duty of federal service, other than for training purposes in the United States Armed Forces, including the Reserve and National Guard components.

May be a surviving spouse or Gold Star Parent of an eligible veteran, provided that suitable facilities and capacity are available.

Applicants must meet State and Federal medical criteria and related requirements at the time of admission. MVH will determine whether or not there are available sufficient and appropriate resources to care for the applicant.

Priority for Admission:

Veterans will receive priority for admission over non-veterans (i.e., eligible spouse, widow, widower, or Gold Star Parent).

Limit on Non-Veterans

No more than 25% of the nursing home or residential care residents may be non-veterans.

Medicare Skilled Admissions

Applications will be reviewed for Medicare skilled eligibility, utilizing criteria established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. All residents deemed not eligible for the Skilled Medicare Benefit will be given a Notice of Non-Coverage

Open Admission Policy Statement

Maine Veterans' Homes and its affiliates will admit, refer, and treat all residents and visitors without regard to race, color, or national origin, or political, religious, or fraternal preference or opinions, gender, sexual preference, age, or payment source.

 

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