Veterans: You May Be Owed A Tax Refund

The IRS is advising veterans who received disability severance payments after January 17, 1991 (and included that payment as income) that they should file Form 1040X, to claim a credit or refund!

Veterans may claim a standard refund amount based on the calendar year (an individual’s tax year) in which they received the severance payment. Write “Disability Severance Payment” on line 15 of Form 1040X and enter on lines 15 and 22 the standard refund amount listed below that applies:

• $1,750 for tax years 1991 – 2005
• $2,400 for tax years 2006 – 2010
• $3,200 for tax years 2011 – 2016

Claiming the standard refund amount is the easiest way for veterans to claim a refund, because they do not need to access the original tax return from the year of their lump-sum disability severance payment.

For instructions on how to file/claim your refund, please visit:

All Veterans claiming refunds for over payments attributable to their lump-sum disability severance payments should write either “Veteran Disability Severance” or “St. Clair Claim” across the top of the front page of the Form 1040X that they file. Because all amended returns are filed on paper, Veterans should mail their completed Form 1040X, with a copy of the DoD letter, to:

Internal Revenue Service
333 W. Pershing Street, Stop 6503, P5
Kansas City, MO 64108


Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign Kickoff Set for August 30th

Cabin In The Woods - Donations Needed

Volunteers of America Northern New England has built the "Cabin in the Woods Community" - a supportive rural community of 21 cabins providing permanent homes for veterans and their families.

The cabins were being built on 11 wooded acres on the grounds of the VA Maine Healthcare System and are within walking distance of services.

Volunteers of America Northern New England is asking for YOUR HELP TODAY! If you'd like to help transform a formerly homeless Veteran's new housing into a true home, please check out the Target registry or see the list of items needed below. Items listed in RED are in great demand!

Starter Kit Wish List:
21 Cooking pots sets
Plates and sups (21 set of 4)
Silverware (21 sets of 4 needed)
Shower curtain & hooks 
Towels and washcloths (21)
Bed Sheets Set (21 Full and 5 Twin)
Pillows (47)

Kitchen Trash Can
Salt and Pepper shakers (21)

Bonus Pack:
Measuring spoons
Measuring cups
Can Opener
Mixing bowls
Oven Mitts
Kitchen utensil set

Go to and search their registry by Organization: Volunteers of America or Cabin in the Woods.  

If you wish to not shop at target, you may deliver any items purchased to Volunteers of America NNE, 14 Maine Street Ste. 100, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Maine Military & Community Network Regional Groups

The Maine Military & Community Network invites YOU to join one of their ten (10) Regional Groups across the State of Maine.

The Maine Military & Community Network is an organization comprised of 10 regional groups throughout the State of Maine with a mission of supporting Maine Military Members, Veterans, and their families in their local communities, as well as Maine’s Joining Community Forces and the MyVA Community Initiative.

Regional Groups serve as a local forum for Maine Service Members, Veterans and their Families along with Federal, State and local military advocates; all coming together to identify unmet needs and develop local solutions.

For more information on MMCN's Regional Groups, and how to join, please visit:

Organ Donation Survey for Veterans and Service Members

The Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services has partnered with researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to survey the organ donation opinions of service members and veterans.

The survey will take about 15 minutes, and you will receive a $10 Dunkin Donuts or Target gift card upon completion. If you would like to take part in this study, please use the link below. 


Your responses will be completely confidential. If you want the gift card, your name and address will be needed for mailing purposes, but that information will not be kept after the gift card is mailed. 

Please visit Donate Life America's website for more information.


What: Travis Mills Foundation Summer Open House
When: Saturday, August 4th from 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Where: Travis Mills Foundation Veterans Retreat - 1002 Watson Pond Rd, Rome ME 04963

What: Fisher House Groundbreaking
When: Wednesday, August 8th at 10:30AM
Where: VA Maine Togus - 1 VA Center, Augusta ME 04330
What: Bangor CBOC Barbeque
When: Friday, August 10th from 10:30AM - 2:00PM
Where: Bangor CBOC - 35 State Hospital Drive, Bangor ME 04401

What: 21st Annual Northern New England Military Retiree Activity Day
When: Saturday, August 18th at 9:00AM
Where: Maine Army National Guard HQ at Camp Chamberlain - 23 Blue Star Avenue, Augusta ME 04330

What: Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign Kickoff
When: Thursday, August 30th from 12:30PM - 4:30PM
Where: Augusta Civic Center

What: Cabin in the Woods Dedication Ceremony
When: Friday, September 21st from 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Where: VA Maine Togus - 1 VA Center, Augusta ME 04330


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