Good Day Gives Back: Maine Veterans' Homes

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (WGME) -- The mission of Maine Veterans' Homes is to care for those who served. There are six facilities across the state in Augusta, Bangor, Caribou, Scarborough, Machias, and South Paris that offer three levels of care from short-term to long-term. They're designed to meet the long-term healthcare needs of veterans and lend support to their families.

The Good Day Maine morning team visited the Maine Veterans' Home in Scarborough to spread some holiday cheer and thank the veterans for their service.

Maine jazz trombonist Don Doane showed off his musical talents and reflected on his time playing with some of the greats: Woody Herman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

World War II veteran Arthur Carron opened up about why he joined the service. "I had a brother missing in action, and he was a prisoner of the Japanese," said Caron. "I was going over to try to see what I could do to help."

Master Sergeant James Sheppard shared stories as a Tuskegee Airmen. "They wouldn't admit blacks in the aviation program in the US Army until World War II," said Sheppard. The Tuskegee Airmen was an all African American group of military pilots.

The care at Maine Veterans' Homes is exceptional and personal. For those who work there, it's a way to give back to those who gave so much.

"These are the people, the men and women who have made our country what it is today," said Maureen Carland from Maine Veterans' Homes. "They are the ones that fought the wars, did everything to allow us the freedom that we have."

Staff and volunteers make the holidays extra special for veterans and their families.

"It is absolutely a work of love here," said Carland.

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