Legacy Corps seeks volunteers to aid veterans, caregivers

Oct 23, 2017

Damariscotta — Spectrum Generations was recently selected to implement a three-year program to provide volunteer-based visiting services to physically disabled and elderly veterans and their caregivers in seven counties in central Maine. Known as Legacy Corps, the program is based on recruiting volunteers to commit to a one-year contract which engages them in 450 hours of service to anyone who has served in the military and their caregivers. Volunteers receive paid training time and a monthly living allowance of $160 a month. A one-year term is approximately 40 weeks (allowing for vacations and sickness) and the member volunteer will provide 10 to 12 hours of service a week. Members qualify for an educational award of more than $1,100 after the one-year term.

Perhaps because of their increased burden of care, caregivers of veterans report a greater impact of caregiving on their lives than caregivers in general do. Moreover, the caregivers of veterans who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, or mental illness, such as depression or anxiety, are even more likely to suffer adverse effects on their own health,  marriage and children, and finances, as well as emotional stress and feelings of isolation,.

Maine has 127,694 veterans, one of the largest aging populations in the country. This population includes 8,160 who served in World War II, 13,632 who served in the Korean War, 44,602 who served in Vietnam and 31,173 Gulf War veterans.

Spectrum Generations has 14 Legacy Corps positions available to serve veterans from Brunswick to Belfast. To learn more or apply for 2017-2018 Legacy Corps, contact Hannah Tomkins at 563-1363 or by email at htompkins@spectrumgenerations.org.

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