Snapshots from the veterans’ town hall!
CARIBOU – On Sunday, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, held a veterans’ town hall meeting at the Lister-Knowlton Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9389 in Caribou to provide updates on state and federal efforts to support the Caribou Veterans’ Home. Pres. Jackson was joined by Congressman Jared Golden, a member of the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services.
“Saving the Caribou Veterans’ Home shows you what happens when a community rallies together to fight for what’s right. Together, we passed LD 2001 and provided funding to keep the homes open. However, our work is not over,” said President Jackson. “It was a true honor to gather together again at the Caribou VFW to talk about what comes next. As the stakeholder group begins its longterm work, I promise to continue fighting to ensure our veterans, military spouses and their families know they’ll always have a home in Aroostook County.”
The town hall meeting was held ahead of first meeting of the Maine Veterans’ Homes stakeholder group which is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17. The stakeholder group was created under a new law sponsored by President Jackson that prevented the closure of the facilities, provided additional funding and outlined a more transparent process for future closures that require Legislative approval.