Veteran organizations partner up to bring emergency shelter for homeless veterans to the County

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CARIBOU, Maine (WAGM) - These veterans are planning out how to turn this empty room into an emergency shelter for homeless veterans.

John Deveau is the President of the United Veterans of Maine. He said, "Now the veteran from the county doesn't have to go out of the county to get services."

"We want to make sure that they know they're not forgotten, no matter what organization they're from. The fact that they served is good enough for us," Roger Felix said. He's the Caribou VFW commander.

The groups aren't planning on this emergency shelter being the permanent fix. It will be the first step in getting those veterans assistance.

Vaughn Hardacker is the chairman for the Aroostook Veteran's Advocacy committee, he said, "Once we have them identified as homeless then we can put the rest of the system into motion, and we can find a more permanent solution for them."

Deveau said that this room will provide the veterans the basics. Like a roof over their head, a bite to eat, and a chance to get their life back on track.

"We're looking at not trying to give handouts. We're trying to help people step up," Felix said.

The shelter can fit up to two veterans comfortably. Deveau said it will be open next week. If you know someone that may need help or if you need the help, then you can get in touch with the vets organizations at (207) 358-4647.