FRANKLIN – The Franklin Veterans Club is teaming up with the Maine Veterans Project to continue to reach out to the at-risk veterans across the state of Maine.
It doesn’t matter when or what branch they served in. For veterans, once you’re committed to the country, you’re family. But sadly, at least 22 veterans die every single day.
“It’s a focal point for a lot that goes on here,” said Stephen Walton, the president of The Franklin Veterans Club.
The club is an independent organization that raises money for those who have served.
“We don’t have, in many respects, an organization that can integrate with the community and do things for people and with people,” he said.
Throughout the year they host events at their hall. It’s a place not just for members, but for neighbors looking to make a difference.
“If you didn’t have that, there wouldn’t be a lot of good getting done,” said Walton.
They are currently working with the Maine Veterans Project to help them with their home improvement mission, which helps veterans who are physically or financially unable to fix their homes.
“We’re going to start fundraising. We have a target of $3,000 dollars but I would love to see it closer to $5,000 dollars, but that’s the target,” he said.
The Maine Veteran’s Project is going in to its second year of service. So for founder, Doc Goodwin, it’s a pleasure to be able to work with those that have been around for a while.
“I mean it feels absolutely amazing,” said Goodwin, “Everything we do, we owe it all to these guys anyway. To be even recognized by these guys who are already established.”
Goodwin believes that this partnership will continue his mission, to provide assistance to veterans who are having difficulty transitioning to civilian life.
“I kind of think we can do this right with these donations that we fundraised. We can add that to the pot and strategically make it work so that we marry those funds up to help a lot of veterans with the home improvement projects through the course of the summer,” said Goodwin.