Governor Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage have made our veterans and their families a priority since entering the Blaine House.
From hosting private lunches and dinners with members of our armed services and veterans or Ann crisscrossing the great State of Maine to attend award and recognition ceremonies; the LePage’s want to make sure Maine’s military families and veterans are recognized for their service and dedication.
They have also worked to make sure we don’t forget those who have made the greatest sacrifice. Highlighting the great volunteers and charitable hearts of Maine people, Ann LePage has been an ambassador climbing into the cabs of big rig trucks to deliver Maine made Christmas wreathes from our state all the way down the east coast to Arlington National Cemetery each December. There she, along with Governor LePage, have decorated the graves of our ultimate heroes.
As Governor, Paul LePage hasn’t stopped at recognition. Actions speak louder than words. While politicians say they support veterans or send political letters to make it look like something is happening – Governor LePage has taken action:
- Passed legislation to provide a waiver for the fees charged for obtaining a Driver’s License and Non-driver Identification cards for current and recently discharged members of the Armed Forces.
- Signed a bill to provide money to assist veterans’ organizations in providing services at VA Togus, provide funding for the DAV transportation program and to assist homeless veterans.
- Governor and First Lady LePage spearheaded legislation to offer Gold Star License Plates to the families of our fallen heroes.
- Signed legislation to ensure veterans and military spouses seeking employment in professions that require Maine licensing are given credit toward licensing requirements from military training, education and experience.
- Refocused the Jobs for State Veterans grant to focus on serving more veterans with disabilities.
- Corrected the criteria for postsecondary tuition waivers for children of veterans.
- First Lady Ann LePage helped launch the Portland Veterans Network, a program through the Portland Chamber helping our returning troops reintegrate into the Greater Portland community.
- Amended laws to improve the system awarding high school diplomas to veterans.
- First Lady Ann LePage hosted ice cream socials at the Blaine House to help provide school supplies to Maine’s military children.
- The Governor and First Lady LePage served as honorary co-chairs for the Military Child Education Coalition that was launched in Maine.
- The Governor’s administration participated in a job fair to help explain state job opportunities to our veterans.
- First Lady Ann LePage has worked to bring attention to The National Veterans Family Center in Maine, a retreat for severely wounded veterans.
- Created a Collaboration between DHHS, the Maine National Guard and other groups to help veterans with substance abuse concerns.
- Found ways to increase opportunities for disabled vets to hunt, trap and fish including free trapping licenses and reciprocity with other states.
Watch this video from the Governor’s office on August 10, 2012 as First Lady Ann LePage encourages Maine people to recognize our veterans.