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November 13, 2020


 
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A Belated Veterans Day Thank You

Happy Belated Veterans Day to all who have or are still serving, and a special thanks to those MMA member veterans!

One interesting Maine related veteran tidbit was highlighted by the Portland Press Herald. Did you know Maine had the 1st veterans hospital in the country? According to the article, on November 10, 1866, nineteen months after the Civil War’s end, the first patient is admitted to the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Eastern Branch, at the former Togus Springs summer resort near Augusta, the first such facility in the nation. The hospital complex accommodates fewer than 400 patients at first, but an aggressive building program in the late 1860s eventually provides services for nearly 3,000 veterans.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs describes the history of the VA starting in 1865 near end of the Civil War, when President Lincoln signed an act creating the National Asylum (later changed to Home) for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The Eastern Branch at Togus, Maine was the first of the new homes to open in November 1866. The name "Togus" comes from the Native American name Worromontogus, which means "mineral water".

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