AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Maine Homeless Veterans Benefit Concert kicked off in Augusta for the seventh year on Sunday.
The money raised will help fund an event held annually at the Togus VA Medical Center, providing homeless veterans in shelters with kits full of items for the winter, like warm coats and boots.
Veterans can also collect items needed for their homes, like beds and appliances.
Every year, the benefit concert grows in size and has had to change venues.
"When we first started this, we began at the Waterville American Legion," said concert organizer Debbie Myers. "And then we went to the Augusta Elks — standing room only — then the Augusta Armory, and now we're at the [Augusta] Civic Center for our second year."
Other groups that offer similar services, like the American Legion, also help with the event.
"If there's a homeless veteran out there that needs help, there are a variety of different places they can go, one of which is the American Legion at Togus — there's a service office there," said Patrick Eisenhart, Vice Commander of American Legion District 9. "If that homeless veteran is disabled, they can go to the disabled veterans service officer at Togus. If they're a war-time veteran or been in combat, the VFW has a service office."
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