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State and Community Programs and Services
Freeport Flag Ladies
Every Tuesday morning the Flag Ladies stand on Main Street in Freeport from 8-11 AM wearing patriotic colors and waving American flags. The Freeport Flag Ladies also join the Maine Troop Greeters and the Pease Greeters to welcome troop flights. For more information, visit http://www.freeportflagladies.com.
Maine Troop Greeters
Bangor International Airport is a major refueling point for many inbound and outbound military flights carrying deployed Soldiers. When Military Members exit their aircraft, they are greeted by applause, handshakes, hugs, and words of gratitude offered by the Maine Troop Greeters. They are given coffee and telephones to call a loved one before they continue on their journey. For more information, visit www.themainetroopgreeters.org.
Maine Military and Community Network
The Maine Military and Community Network is a statewide network of military, government, non-profit and private sector entities, and individuals that seek to help military members and their families. The organization raises awareness about the challenges service members and their families face. Through regional groups, members are working to connect service members and their families to resources in their communities. For more information, visit www.mainemcn.org.
Military Spouse Residency Relief Act
On November 11, 2009, the President signed into law the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. This Act, among other things, provides that when a service member leaves his or her home State in accord with military or naval orders, the service member's spouse may retain residency in his or her home State for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that State to accompany the service member. In the State of Maine an exemption from Maine withholding tax may be claimed if an employees spouse is a member of the US Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not Maine. For more information visit www.state.me.us/revenue.
Operation Community Support
Operation Community Support is composed of Maine private businesses, private organizations, and citizens organized to support and assist Maine's Military Families. Operation Community Support provides complimentary and discounted tickets to sporting events, agricultural fairs, and theater shows, and provides funding for Soldier send-offs, homecomings, and family days. For more information, call (207) 941-9549.
Operation Tribute recognizes the sacrifice and bravery of military children in New England, New York and New Jersey by offering them a holiday gift. For more information, visit http://operationtribute.com.