News from Senator King’s office – Resource Spotlight

The Veterans Crisis Line:  988 then Press 1

— makes it easier to remember and share the number to access help in times of need. Veterans may still reach the Veterans Crisis Line with the current phone number—1-800-273-8255 and Press 1— through chat, and by text (838255).

Starting January 17, 2023, VA will provide, pay for or reimburse emergency care for certain Veterans and individuals – including ambulance transportation costs, follow-on inpatient or residential care related to the event for up to 30 days and outpatient care for up to 90 days, including social work.

Resource Reminders



(Links to the following news and research items are offered in the spirit of outreach and public education. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Senator or his staff.)

Veterans’ Employment During  Recessions: by  Daniel Schwam and James V. Marrone,, visited April 13, 2023

Newly separated service members face unique challenges as they enter the civilian labor market, so how can they manage their expectations during this critical period? Trends in veterans’ employment since the Great Recession reflect some persistent patterns and some significant changes. A better understanding of veterans’ employment support needs and how economic shocks affect veterans and nonveterans differently can help veterans, employers, policymakers, and veteran-serving organizations prepare for future disruptions and uncertainty.—

VA and American Federation of Government Employees reach tentative agreement to better serve Veterans and support VA employees,, April 7, 2023 

WASHINGTON – Today, VA reached a tentative agreement with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) – the union that represents more than 291,000 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees – on a master bargaining agreement.

The tentative agreement, if ratified, will help VA’s dedicated public servants continue delivering more care and more benefits to more Veterans than ever before in our nation’s history. It will also help VA better retain employees, hire more quickly, and add the staff required to implement the PACT Act – the largest expansion of Veteran health care and benefits in decades. The tentative agreement is subject to final ratification by AFGE members then VA agency head review, which will take place over the coming months.

Webinars and other events

Capitol Coffee with Senator King and staff

Every few Wednesdays, Senator King likes to open his office up from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for a “Capitol Coffee” with Maine people in the area. It’s always a fun opportunity to see old friends, make some new ones, and hear about the issues that are on their minds. Along with coffee, we are proud to provide homemade blueberry bread made with real Maine blueberries! 

Stop by to say hello on one of the upcoming dates: 

April: 19th & 26th
May: 3rd & 17th 
June: 7th 
The office is located in 133 Hart Senate Office Building. RSVPs are not required. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-5344. Hope you can visit!—

National Prescription Drug Take Back DaySaturday, April 22 

Drop-off sites are open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Sponsor: United States Drug Enforcement Administration

Take Back Day is your chance to rid your medicine cabinet of unneeded and unwanted medication.

For more than a decade, Take Back Day has helped Americans dispose of unneeded and unwanted medications that can often become a gateway to addiction. Help us prevent future medication misuse and opioid addiction. Collection sites are located around the country and will be collecting:

  • Tablets

  • Capsule

  • Patches

  • Other solid forms of prescription drugs

Find a Collection Site

StoryCorps Military Voices Recording Sessions, mainepublic.orgMaine Public is excited to welcome the StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative to Maine in 2023 for a series of LIVE events and VIRTUAL recording sessions. This project is an opportunity for Maine service members and their families to preserve their stories at the Library of Congress. Select recordings will also air on Maine Public Radio as part of a special series this year.

The Military Voices Initiative provides a platform for veterans, service members, and military families to share their stories. In doing so we honor their voices, amplify their experiences, and let them know that we—as a nation—are listening.If you or someone you know would like to participate in the project, please SIGN UP for one of these recording sessions:

Monday, April 24 to Friday, April 28
Monday, May 29 to Friday, June 2
Location: Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society Museum at Fort WilliamsMore about the recording process HERE. —
Geriatric and Gerontology Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting by the Veterans Affairs Department, in person or virtually

Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, April 27, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 12 noonThis meeting will be held at the American Health Care Association, 1201 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, as well as virtually via WebEx and is open to the public.

The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice to the Secretary of VA and the Under Secretary for Health on all matters pertaining to geriatrics and gerontology. The Committee assesses the capability of VA health care facilities and programs to meet the medical, psychological, and social needs of older Veterans, and evaluates VA programs designated as Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers.

Although no time will be allocated for receiving oral presentations from the public, members of the public may submit written statements for review by the Committee to:

Marianne Shaughnessy, Ph.D., AGPCNP-BC, GS-C, FAAN., Designated Federal Officer, Veterans Health Administration by email at Comments will be accepted until close of business on April 12, 2023. In the communication, the writers must identify themselves and state the organization, association of person(s) they represent.

Any member of the public wishing to attend either in person or virtually or seeking additional information should email or call 202-407-6798, no later than close of business on April 12, 2023, to provide their name, professional affiliation, email address and phone number.— 
Honor Flight Maine Welcome Home EventSunday, April 30, 12 noon,Portland JetportFree parking-Free shuttle ONLY from the State of Maine Building, 151 Jetport Blvd

Honor Flight Maine is a non-profit organization whose mission is to take Maine veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials. As part of the experience, a homecoming parade is held at the Portland Jetport upon the veterans’ arrival home. Well-wishers start lining up inside the Jetport at 12:00 pm on Sunday. 

This year’s homecomings are on April 30th, May 28th, September 24, and October 29th.
Maine Veterans Coordinating Committee (MVCC)Monday, May 1, 20236PM via Zoom Log-in here: Maine Veterans Coordinating Committee is established as a nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonsectarian organization for the purpose of serving the State’s congressional delegation, the Legislature, local governments and the general public as a clearinghouse of information and suggested legislation regarding veterans’ issues at local, state and federal levels.—
Maine meets impalaTuesday, May 2, 1PMJoin Maine Philanthropy Center for the official statewide launch of impala, a groundbreaking new startup that’s networking Maine’s entire social impact community on a single online platform! Through this collaboration, we will digitally transform Maine’s nonprofit ecosystem and position our state as a national leader in the field.

Be part of this effort to build a national movement for democratized data access! Register for this exclusive webinar on Tuesday, May 2nd at 1pm ET where we’ll explore everything impala has to offer, including FREE access to the profiles of every funder and nonprofit in the US: grants given & received, impact, people, financials and much more.—
Maine Military and Community Network Eleventh Annual ConferenceSave the Date: Thursday, June 29, 20238 AM – 4:30 PMBangor High School, 885 Broadway, Bangor, MEWith Keynote Speaker Suzanne RancourtA multimodal artist born and raised in the mountains of West Central Maine, Suzanne Rancourt applies neuro-cognitive methods to aid survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury, other life altering traumatic events, or people living with disability challenges. Specializing in the terrains of Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress, and other significant life altering events, Suzanne has worked professionally for over 30 years with a diverse clientele in equally diverse environments. An artist in her own right, Suzanne is a tribally affiliated Native American and Military Veteran.  For more information on the Keynote Speaker, go HERE. —
Notices of Funding, Proposals, Recognition(Funding opps listed by due date. Additional resources at bottom of this section.)
Northern Border Regional Commission Announces 2023 Catalyst Program Applicants are required to express interest through a Letter of Interest, which must be submitted to by April 21st at 5:00 PM.With Funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, program will stimulate economic development and growth

The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) is pleased to announce the 2023 Catalyst Program grant application opportunity. The Catalyst Program is designed to stimulate economic growth and inspire partnerships that improve rural economic vitality across the four-state NBRC region. As part of the program the Commission expects to fund a wide variety of economic development projects in categories that include, but are not limited to infrastructure, workforce development, outdoor recreation, and childcare in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. The Commission will make a historic level of funding available through the program, up to $45 million in grants, including up to $20 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.—
The HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program is now accepting applications! Applications are open through April 30, 2023.The Department of Labor’s HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level veteran’s employment award that recognizes employers for their investments in recruiting, employing and retaining our nation’s veterans. This award is an opportunity to highlight your organization’s work to support America’s veterans.

The award is based on a number of criteria, ranging from veteran hiring and retention to providing veteran-specific resources, leadership programming, dedicated human resources, and compensation and tuition assistance programs – with varying requirements for large, medium and small employers.

Employers of all sizes can apply online and learn more about the application process at—
Veterans Legacy Grants ProgramApplications for grants under VLGP must be received by the VLGP Office by 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 1, 2023.The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is awarding grants for a maximum of $500,000 per awardee through the Veterans Legacy Grants Program (VLGP), to provide funding to educational institutions and other eligible entities to conduct cemetery research and produce educational tools for the public to utilize and learn about the histories of Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries and VA grant-funded State and Tribal Veterans’ cemeteries. This notice includes information about the process for applying for a VLGP grant; criteria for evaluating applications; priorities related to the award of grants; and other requirements and guidance regarding VLGP grants.—
NTIA: Digital Equity Act of 2021; Request for CommentsComments are due by May 1, 2023Mar 2, 2023 — Notice from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) seeking comments on the Digital Equity Act of 2021 Program and on the design and implementation of two components of that grant program: the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program and the Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program. The goal of these programs is to promote the adoption and meaningful use of the internet across covered populations, including low income individuals, aging individuals, veterans, people with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, and rural residents, among others. —
Funding Opportunity: Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program Case Management GrantApplications for grants must be received by the GPD National Program Office no later than 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, May 4, 2023.VA is announcing the availability of approximately $15 million per year for up to 2 years, pending availability of funding and grantee performance, in new grants under the case management component of the VA Homeless Providers GPD program.

Applications for grants are being accepted from eligible entities to support case management services. These time-limited case management services will improve retention of housing by Veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless or who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing from programs such as VA’s Homeless Providers GPD program or VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Contracted Residential Services (CRS) program.

VA anticipates that the grants will be for a period of 2 years, starting in fiscal year (FY) 2024 on October 1, 2023, and ending on September 30, 2025. VA anticipates awarding approximately 100 grants for up to a total of approximately 150 full-time equivalent case (FTE) manager positions nationwide. Awards may be up to $300,000 total costs per FTE case manager position, with funding requests broken out by year 1 and year 2.

This NOFO contains information concerning the program, application process, available funding, selection criteria and award process.—
Folded Flag Foundation invites scholarship applications for 2023-2024 school yearApplications for the 2023-24 school year close May 12, 2023 The mission of the Folded Flag Foundation is to provide educational scholarships and support grants to the spouses and children of the United States military and government personnel who died due to hostile action or in an accident related to U.S. combat or stateside military operations.

The foundation invites applications for the 2023-24 school year. Scholarship and grant opportunities offered by the foundation include educational scholarships for Gold Star children in K-12 to cover the cost of private school tuition and fees, tutoring, afterschool programs, summer camps, and/or other related educational expenses; and educational scholarships for Gold Star spouses and/or children to cover the cost of college, trade school, or graduate school, including the cost of tuition and fees, books, computers, living expenses, tutoring, test preparation services, and/or career preparation expenses.

The foundation also accepts applications for summer activities or summer school. There will be a limit of no more than three activities. They need to be in person and not virtual. There is also a cap of $2,500. Summer awards have no impact on any fall/spring awards. The summer application closes on April 14, 2023.  —
NEW Notice of Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee appointmentNominations for membership on the Committee must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on May 15, 2023.The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee (herein-after in this section referred to as “the Committee”). The Committee advises the VA Secretary and the Under Secretary for Health on all matters pertaining to geriatrics and gerontology.— 
Staff Sergeant Fox Suicide Prevention GrantsApplication Deadline: May 19, 2023
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsCommunity-based grants for eligible entities to provide, or coordinate the provision of, suicide prevention services to eligible veterans and their families. Priority is given to rural communities, tribal lands, medically underserved areas, and U.S. Territories.—
The PATIENTS Professors AcademySponsor: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Deadline: Jun 5, 2023Contact:

The PATIENTS Professors Academy is a 5-week online training program that prepares participants to learn about patient-centered practices within their work and communities. It is an opportunity to interact with and learn from a diverse population about how to engage communities in research. A focus is on populations most impacted by health inequity.The program is designed for a national audience of patients, caregivers, community leaders, patient advocates, researchers, healthcare workers, pharmaceutical workers, and government employees.The program is provided at no cost to participants.
More resourcesOn Senator King’s website, see the Grants page as well as info about Congressionally Directed Spending. The Maine Philanthropy Center assists nonprofit organizations by helping them find funding sources for their organizations. They have a variety of services and resources available.Search GuideStar for the most complete, up-to-date nonprofit data available.—
As always, I am eager to hear from you. Thank you for all that you are doing! Please feel free to call or write. 

Teague Morris
Outreach Director | Senator Angus S. King, Jr., Maine
40 Western Ave., Suite 412 | Augusta, ME 04330
Tel: 207-622-8292 | Tel:1-800-432-1599| Cell: 207-252-8997
Fax: 207-621-0286 |