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Aug 20, 2014 | USA Today

Lawmakers ask VA to support Gulf War board

A bipartisan group of lawmakers demanded Wednesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs improve its response to an independent board created to look at Gulf War illness.

Aug 18, 2014 | Associated Press

Two Obama Cabinet members make visit to Passamaquoddy tribal school

Issues: Education

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell took a firsthand look at a tribal school as they promoted President Obama’s goals for education reform.

Aug 18, 2014 | Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal

Members of National Guard receive awards for their service

“You make us very proud,” said Gov. Paul LePage to Maine’s citizen soldiers of the 133rd Engineer Battalion and the 1035th Survey and Design Team at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée on Sunday morning.

Aug 17, 2014 | WCSH-TV

Maine Army National Guard receives Freedom Salute

Forty-five days after their safe return home from Afghanistan, members of Maine's Army National Guard reassembled in Lewiston, and received a Freedom Salute for their service.

Aug 17, 2014 | Kennebec Journal

Skowhegan Fire Department gets FEMA grant

The Skowhegan Fire Department got some good news late last week — a grant that will help the department buy self-contained breathing apparatus.

Aug 17, 2014 | MPBN

Maine Army National Guard Recognized in Freedom Salute

Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic Representative Mike Michaud were among those in Lewiston this morning at a rally held in honor of the Maine Army National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion and 1035th Survey and Design Team.

Aug 14, 2014 | Bangor Daily News

FEMA issues grants to three Maine towns for first-responder gear

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded nearly $400,000 in Assistance to Firefighter Grants to the towns of Bridgewater, Brownfield and Skowhegan, according to congressional delegation press releases.

Aug 10, 2014 | NBC News

VA Ranking Member: "Changing the Culture...Means Increasing Accountability"

I am a pragmatist and optimist. I worked in a paper mill for over 29 years before coming to Congress, and I was inspired to first run for office at the state level because of pollution in the Penobscot River near my home where I grew up – and caused by the very mill I worked at.

Aug 7, 2014 | Roll Call

Obama Signs VA Overhaul, Dings Senate on Failure to Confirm Nominees

President Barack Obama signed the overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday at Fort Belvoir in Virginia — but not before dinging the Senate for failing to confirm more of his nominees for senior VA jobs.

Aug 7, 2014 | The Hill

Obama signs VA reform bill into law

President Obama on Thursday signed a $16.3 billion bill to overhaul the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, saying the country had a “sacred duty” to protect its military service members.