There has been a challenge issued to top officials around the country from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to end homelessness among veterans within five years. Brian Stiller, Togus Medical Center Director thinks it can be accomplished, but not by the VA alone. In Maine, on any given night, there are between 600 to 1000 homeless vets and the actual number may be higher since homeless vets in rural areas never make it to homeless shelters so they never get counted.  These are the people that served our country and were willing, if necessary, to put their life on the line for our freedom.

Maine has a large homeless veteran’s population and it takes organizations like the VA Maine Healthcare System to help them get back on their feet. A way you can help is by attending the 3rd annual 'Debbie Myers and Friends' benefit concert for Maine’s homeless veterans. The concert takes place this Sunday, September  23rd at the Waterville American Legion on College Avenue.  Music starts at 1:00 pm with a great line-up of entertainment including: Debbie Myers, Nashville recording artist Shirley Myers (yes, Debbie’s sister) Canadian star Joan Kennedy, plus Maine artists Malinda Liberty, Mainely Country Band , Bob Elston and more. There will be prizes, a 50/50 auction, a silent auction and a pie auction. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $5 for children 16 and under. The money raised from the benefit goes to the VA Maine Healthcare System which helps homeless vets get back on their feet.

Get advanced tickets at Jack’s Auto Repair, River Road, Chelsea/Augusta, Aladdin’s Trophy, Clinton Avenue, Winslow, or call event organizer Brian Danforth at 314-0222.

If you bring a pie, you’ll get $2 off your ticket price.  Money raised from the 'Debbie Myers and Friends' benefit concert will help next month’s Homeless Veterans Stand Down on Saturday October 20th. That day, homeless vets are asked to come to Togus in Augusta to get the help they need. The VA Maine Healthcare System will supply free food, clothing, personal care items, housing resources, haircuts and messages, healthcare services and so much more to help veterans get off the streets. Go to for more information about the VA Maine Healthcare System and how they can help Maine homeless veterans, and attend this Sunday’s event so you can help out too.