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VIDEO: Pingree Presses VA Officials on Veterans Homelessness, Touts Success of Maine’s Long-Term Stayers Program

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WASHINGTON, DC— In a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) yesterday asked officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the housing access challenges facing our nation’s veterans. Pingree spoke of Maine’s successful long-term stayer program which supports those experiencing chronic hom...

York Student to Attend Naval Academy

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WASHINGTON, DC-- Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced today that Caroline Leal from York has accepted an offer to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Pingree nominated Leal to the Academy in December. “Acceptance to a U.S. service academy is extremely competitive and reflects highly on a student’s scholarship, community service, and character,” said Pingree....

Pingree Helps Announce Travis Mills as Finalist for Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Citizen Honor Award

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Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree joined the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to announce Maine veteran Travis Mills as one of 20 finalists for the society’s Citizens Honors Award. “To be selected as a finalist for this national award is a great honor in itself—and a fitting one for a veteran who has inspired so many,” said Pingree. “Travis Mills’ hard-fought physical recov...

VIDEO: House Passes Legislation Containing Pingree Provision to Help Veterans Blindsided by Debt

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Legislative efforts by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) to help veterans blindsided by debt to the Department of Veterans Affairs cleared a major hurdle last night, passing the House within a broader piece of veterans legislation, S. 2248. The bill now goes on to the Senate, where it is likely to pass as the result of a pre-negotiated deal between the House and Senate veterans committees. Dur...

PHOTOS: Post-9/11 Veterans Roundtable

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On October 12, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree held a roundtable with a group of post-9/11 veterans to hear about the experiences of those who have recently made the transition back to civilian life and how we can better support them. The event was held a soon-to-open veteran-owned brewery in Freeport. Brewery owner and Marine Corps veterans Brad Nadeau hopes to open the brewery on Veterans Day.

Pingree Applauds Improved Hospital Rating at VA Togus

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Congresswoman Pingree attending Cabin in the Woods ribbon cutting at VA Togus campus with Rep. Bruce Poliquin on September 21. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) today congratulated VA Togus today on its latest hospital rating, receiving 5 out of 5 stars in a Department of Veterans Affairs report that categorized the score as a “Great Improvement” over the previous year. “I applaud the staff at...

Senators Collins, King, and Representative Pingree Announce Nearly $300,000 for USM’s TRIO Veterans Upward Bound Program

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Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Chellie Pingree announced that the University of Southern Maine’s Veterans Upward Bound program has been awarded $275,155 from the U.S. Department of Education. “USM’s Veterans Upward Bound program is the only one of its kind in the State of Maine, and one of two such programs in New England. Since being awarded funds, USM has be...

Pingree Welcomes Wounded Warrior Fellow to Portland Office

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PORTLAND, MAINE – Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced that Omar Andrews, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, will join her Portland office through a two-year Wounded Warrior Fellowship. Andrews will act as a Constituent Services Representative focused on meeting the unique needs of veterans and service members throughout Maine’s First District. “Through his leadership in the Marines...

Pingree Statement on Memorial Day 2018

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree released the following statement in recognition of the upcoming Memorial Day. “As the first unofficial day of summer, it can be easy for Memorial Day to slip by without recognizing the holiday’s true meaning. But we should not miss the opportunity to honor the generations of men and women who gave their lives in service to our home, freedom, and way of life—like the t...

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