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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

Stephen E. Nichols served in the Army for 39 years, retiring as a Major General. General Nichols has served on the MVH Board of Trustees since 2002. He is currently Chairman of the MVH Board of Trustees. General Nichols is affiliated with the American Legion Post 130.

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.

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.

Peter W. Ogden served both the active Army and Maine Army National Guard over a span of 28 years. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Ogden served two combat tours in Vietnam and was appointed as the Director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services in 2004, when he also began his service on the MVH Board of Trustees. Mr. Ogden is affiliated with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Vietnam Veterans of America.

Terry F. Moore served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2003. She served worldwide to include an aircraft maintenance squadron commander tour. She serves as a Governor's Aide-de-Camp and board advisor for www.statesidelegal.com and Volunteers of America Northern New England. From 2011-2012 she served as a member of the VA Secretary's Advisory Committee on Women Veterans and from 2008-2012, she served as Chair, Maine Advisory Commission on Women Veterans. Ms. Moore is affiliated with the Military Officers' Association of America, Air Force Officers' Association, VFW, and Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America. She began serving on the MVH Board of Trustees in 2010.

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

Arnold Leavitt graduated from Bates College with an AB in Economics. He served in the Army in WWII with service in European Theater of Operations, was wounded in combat and was a POW. His decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Combat Infantry Badge. Mr. Leavitt has served on the MVH Board of Trustees since 2006. He also serves on the VA Togus Management Advisory Committee and is one of two Maine representatives to the VA on the New England Network Management Advisory Committee.

Vietnam Veterans of America Representative

Theodore S. Curtis, Jr. served four years active duty in the Pacific and Vietnam 1966-1970, with duties on a destroyer and advising the Vietnamese Navy. He is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He was awarded eight medals including the Bronze Star and is a former Blue and Gold Officer advising applicants to U.S. Naval Academy. He was the first Vietnam Veteran elected to Maine Legislature and a former State Representative and Senator, a member of Judiciary, Legal Affairs (Chairman), and State Government (Chairman) Committees. He has served on the MVH Board of Trustees since 2006. He practices law in Orono with the Curtis Law Firm, L.L.C.

Liaison Committee Members

Raphael J. Guerrette served three years in the U.S. Navy as a 1st Class Electrician. Mr. Guerrette has served as MVH - Caribou Liaison since the facility opened in 1990. In addition, he is a member of the Northern Maine Vet Cemetery Committee, Chairman of the Liaison Committee Northern Maine Vet Home and Chairman of the Clinic Board Northern Maine. He is affiliated with the American Legion.

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.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Download Maine Veterans' Homes Admission Application

Admission shall be granted only to honorably discharged veterans who were residents of Maine at the time of their entry into the United States Armed Forces or who are residents of Maine at the time of application, and to the spouses, widows or widowers, and gold star parents of eligible veterans, provided that suitable facilities are available. Eligible Veterans must have served one or more days on active duty other than for training purposes in the United States Armed Forces including the Reserve and National Guard components. There is no requirement for the veteran to have served in combat or have a service-connected disability.

Admission shall be granted when provisions of the rules are met, when there is a vacancy that meets the needs of the veteran and in order of application unless otherwise provided in the rules.

diagnosis  medical needs  current placement
gender  level of care  behavior status
payment source  therapy needs  roommate compatibility
nursing care needs    
  • A payment source must be available.
  • All applicants for nursing home placement under the Medicaid Program must be medically eligible per the Department of Health and Human Services Maine Eligibility Determination assessment.
  • All applicants must be eligible per the pre-admission screening for mental illness/mental retardation.

Limit on Non-Veterans

No more than 25% of the home's residents may be other than veterans, i.e.: spouse, widow, widower, gold star parent.

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 shall receive a Notice of Non-Coverage before or at the time of admission to the Maine Veterans' Homes.

Open Admission Policy Statement

It is the policy of the Maine Veterans' Home to admit and to treat all residents without regard to race, color, or national origin, or political, religious, or fraternal preference or opinions, sex, sexual preference, age, or payment source. The same requirements for admission are applied to all, and residents are assigned within the Homes without regard to race, color, or national origin, or political, religious, or fraternal preference or opinions, sex, sexual preference, age, or payment source. There is no distinction in eligibility for, or in the manner of, providing a resident service provided by the Home based on race, color, or national origin, or political, religious, or fraternal preference or opinions, sex, sexual preference, age or payment source. All facilities of the nursing home are available without distinction to all residents and visitors, regardless of race, color, or national origin, or political, religious, or fraternal preference or opinions, sex, sexual preference, age, or payment source.

 

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