To say Maine veteran Shawn Doc Goodwin is a humble guy is the understatement of the year.

Shawn founded the Maine Veterans Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing services to Maine veterans and their families. We'll get to all they do, but first, when I asked Doc to chat with me on the radio, he said,

"Sure, just don't make it about me, make it about us."

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That is what makes Doc so endearing. Sorry, Doc. I'm talking about you. You and your sense of community. It is amazing.

Courtesy Doc Goodwin
Courtesy Doc Goodwin

When Doc and I talked months ago about a community project, he summarized a complex issue very succinctly.

Doc talked about veterans returning from their tours of duty, and getting them reintegrated into society. He expressed how suicides among returning veterans are much higher than they used to be.

So what to do?

Get veterans together by holding events, creating comradery among others who have similar experiences, and that might help in getting veterans who are experiencing a more difficult adjustment back into society, on a better path.

If Maine Veterans Project can help put on a car show, and vets attend and meet other vets they didn't know, that builds friendships and a support group to bond with during difficult times. That's community. And that's Doc.

Maine Veterans Project is also known for helping veterans who need a vehicle to help their adjustment back to civilian life more smoothly. They also help veterans who are in need of assistance in heating their homes and the expense of that over a Maine winter. Learn more about Maine Veterans Project here.

Doc Goodwin and all who step up to make the Maine Veterans Project work, we as a community thank you. Thank you for your service. And thank you for that continued community service.

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