To Ensure Maine Veterans Have an Effective Voice in Congress, Rep. Poliquin Launches District-Wide Veteran Advisory Panel
BANGOR – Today, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, launched the Veteran Advisory Panel, a new body consisting of Maine Veterans that will assist the Congressman in more effectively hearing from and conveying the interests of Veterans across Maine’s 2nd District to Congress.
“Maine is home to tens of thousands of Veterans, who have served and sacrificed for our Nation and deserve the care, support and services they need,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Since I first began serving in Congress, one of my top priorities has been working on behalf of our Veterans throughout our State. I am grateful I was able to join the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in Congress earlier this year, where now Maine Veterans have a direct seat at the table in Washington on the issues that are most important to them.
“Today, I am tremendously proud to continue this effort to ensure that our Veterans’ voices across Maine are heard in Congress with the launch of this new Veteran Advisory Panel. Maine’s vast 2nd District—from Fryeburg to Eastport, and from Madawaska to Belfast—is home to tens of thousands of Veterans with issues and concerns that we must work to resolve. This new panel, and the Maine Veterans that have offered to participate on it, will serve as a great grassroots tool for Veterans of our State to have their voices heard in Congress.”
Congressman Poliquin announces his new Veteran Advisory Panel today in Bangor.
Congressman Poliquin’s Veteran Advisory Panel is a new body that will serve as a grassroots, bottom-up tool to hear and better understand issues affecting Veterans in local communities across Maine’s expansive and rural 2nd Congressional District.
The panel will consist of chairpersons that will represent each county in Maine’s 2nd District. Ultimately, each county chairperson will assemble their own individual county panel of 2 to 5 members, which will engage in local resources networks within their own communities.
The following Veterans are currently on the panel as chairpersons or members:
- John DeVeau – Aroostook County Chair
- Shawn Goodwin – Washington and Hancock County Chair
- Jerry Ireland – Waldo County Chair
- Joy Asuncion – Waldo County (member)
- Matt Leonard – Androscoggin County Chair
- Brad Farrin – Somerset County Chair
- Doug Damon – Penobscot County Chair
- Norman Rossignol – Penobscot County (member)
- Nichi Farnham – Penobscot County Co-Chair
- Peter Johnson – Piscataquis County Chair
The panel will formally meet quarterly in different locations throughout Maine. The assembly will also hold monthly conference calls to discuss policy initiatives and issues that Congressman Poliquin should be aware of and engage on in the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. In addition, the panel will have regular inter-communication. Congressman Poliquin will join panel meetings in-person at least once a year and by Skype when he is in Washington, D.C.