2021 Disabled Veterans’ 
Moose Hunt Winners
Seven Mainers were selected for the opportunity to participate 2021 Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Hunt, and five alternates were selected in the event a primary hunter cannot attend. The names of the alternates can be found on the home page of Bureau’s website - https://www.maine.gov/veterans/

The primary winners are:

            1. Ken Blagburn, Lake View Plantation

2. John Krott, Brunswick

3. Berthol Daigle, Eagle Lake

4. John Roy, Rome

5. Ryan Jennings, Bowdoinham

6. Adrian Vielhauer, Bethel

7. Richard Parent, Sommerville

Since the program’s inception in 2010, MBVS has partnered
with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (IF&W) and Smoldering Lake Outfitters to issue hunting permits
and essential equipment to participating veterans. The hunt, which is entirely free for selected veterans, includes guiding services, essential adaptive equipment, meat processing, travel, and lodging. 

Unlike the regular IF&W moose lottery, the Disabled
Controlled Moose Lottery is limited to only those veterans with a disability rating of at least 50%.  Each hunter is required to team up with a registered Maine Guide who has specific training for the hunt, and if a veteran has ever tagged a moose through the program, that veteran is ineligible to hunt again. The selected hunters will join the folks at Smoldering Lake Outfitters in Bridgewater, Maine for a late summer hunt in Aroostook County. 

For more information on the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services and the Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Hunt, please visit: https://www.maine.gov/veterans/benefits/recreational-licenses/veterans-moose-lottery.html or call 207-430-6035. Applications for the 2022 Maine Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Hunt will be available on the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Website on March 1, 2022.

WWII WAC Receives
State of 
Veterans’ Recognition
MBVS attended 97-year-old World War II veteran Martha Flint O’Grady’s ceremony in Portland where Governor Janet Mills presented her with the State of Maine’s WWII and Women’s Veterans’ Recognition Certificates and Coins during a ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6859 in Portland.

Martha Flint O’Grady, 97, of Portland, Maine, joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) at age 20 and served as a tele-typist at Arlington Hall Station, headquarters for the U.S. Army’s Signal Intelligence Service for three years during the Second World War. The facility received messages in code, decrypted them, and was credited with breaking the Japanese military and diplomatic cipher systems. Arlington Hall Station was America’s version of their British counterparts, Beltchley Park in England, where the Allies broke the German Enigma and Tunny Cipher Machines codes. During the war, General Dwight D. Eisenhower watched O’Grady work while inspecting the facilities to observe the importance of code breaking operations and the technology that supported it.

O’Grady was discharged from the Women’s Army Corps in
1946 and went to work for Eastern Airlines as a Tele-Typist.
She met James M. O’Grady while working in Miami, Florida and was approached by Vogue Magazine to model. She declined Vogue’s offer and married O’Grady in 1949. 
 The 97-year-old veteran is extremely proud of her service to her country and
with the WACs during the Second World War.
The State of Maine established the Veterans’ Recognition Program to honor veterans for their service on behalf of the state and nation. The program recognizes those who have given their life in service to the country, prisoners of war and those who are missing in action, those who were wounded in action and received the Purple Heart, and all veterans who honorably served. To learn more about the program go to -  https://www.maine.gov/veterans/recognition/programs/index.html


MBVS Participates in
VetEd with 
the VA Maine Healthcare System

VA Maine Healthcare System partnered with MBVS in VetEd, a joint presentation regarding state and federal benefits. The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and MBVS served as presenters with MBVS highlighting the Maine Veterans’ Cemetery System, education, recreation, tax benefits, and the Maine Veterans’ Dental Network.

To view the presentation go to - https://veteransaffairs.webex.com/veteransaffairs/lsr.php?RCID=dbcfa12c3c5e286049a9149681f25106
Recording Password: mTmXi4u*

If any of the topics peaked your interest or if there is another topic not covered that you would like to hear more about, please email your suggestions to  VBATOGROEngage@va.gov
as we are seeking more specific topics to cover in future
VetEd events.

2021 Hire-A-Vet Campaign 
Returns to Augusta

Looking for a job or to change of careers? Don’t miss the Maine Hire-A-Vet event at the Augusta Civic Center on August 26th. This event is specially geared towards veterans and their families and civilian job seekers are welcome, too. 

For additional information go to http://www.mainecareercenter.com/mhav/
or contact Campaign Co-Coordinators Leo Deon at Leo.J.Deon@maine.gov or Mark Cafiso at Mark.J.Cafiso@maine.gov.  


What's Happening

June 15, 22, 29: Bangor Municipal Golf Course, PGA Hope New England - Complimentary Instructional Sessions. Call the Golf Shop to register (207-941-0232).

June 24-27: The Live + Work in Maine Open is being held
at the Falmouth Country Club. They have free grounds passes for active and retired military. For more information contact - Paul Gugliettaor at Paul@shamrockse.com.

July 10: The Ride to Fight Suicide NH to Maine event will kick off Saturday, July 10th at 11:00 a.m. in Portsmouth, NH and travel north to the Stars and Stripes Brewing Company in Freeport, Maine. Tickets - afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm

August 26: Hire-A-Vet Campaign at the Augusta Civic Center from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

September 24-26:  A Women Veterans’ Retreat will be held at the Clear Path for Veterans in Devers, MA. To register go to – https://www.projectnewhopema.org/home/retreats/




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