Maine Country Artist Come Together To Help Homeless Veterans 

According to statistics, there’s more than 500 homeless veterans in Maine, but Susie Whittington who works with the Homeless Veterans Program at the VA Medical Center at Togus, says those numbers don’t tell the whole story.”One of the issues that does not identify is our veterans who are living in cars or seasonal camps without running water, electricity, tents, vehicles, other places not meant for human habitation,” Whittington said.For the fourth straight year, a group of country musicians led by award winning artist Debbie Myers, are putting on a benefit concert, silent auction and raffle with all the proceeds going to help homeless veterans in Maine.”Last year we raised $25,000 at this event and the folks of Maine are absolutely caring with donating items or gift certificates, ads in our brochure and i can’t even keep up. it’s great. it’s wonderful,” Myers said.There are programs that help these veterans find actual housing. The money raised at these benefits goes one step further.”What they don’t have is a bed or a mattress, sheets. some really basic things like a shower curtain, towels,” Whittington said. “You know the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning what do you do? First thing you’re gonna do is walk to your kitchen and make a cup of coffee. Well you need a coffee maker.”When the event began there were more than 1,200 homeless vets in Maine, now that number has been cut in half. Organizers of the event don’t plan to stop until that number is down to zero.The concert is Sunday, September 22 at the Augusta Elks Lodge on Civic Center Drive.Tickets are on sale now.$10.00 for advance tickets$12.00 at the door$5.00 for kids 16 and underFor tickets, a list of the acts and all the information you can call Linda McGuire at 215-7934 or on Facebook: