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Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

 

The Cooper Town Office is open for regular office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month.  I will be at the office on Thursday, November 16th and December 7th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.      

I want to wish a very Happy 242nd Marine Corps Birthday to my fellow Marines in Cooper, Dan Donaghy and Rachel Ackley.  All over the world United States Marines are celebrating our biggest holiday of the year!  This is a celebration of the legacy of the Marine Corps and 242 years as the “first to fight” in military campaigns worldwide.  The resolution, passed on November 10, 1775 at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, established two battalions to fight for independence at sea and on shore and officially formed the United States Marine Corps.    

On Saturday, November 11, 2017 we will be celebrating Veteran’s Day.  Cooper has many Veterans and a long history of service to the United States.  I am very proud to be part of this group of Maine Veterans and I want to thank all Veterans everywhere for their service.  In the Town of Cooper, the United States Army Veterans include:  Tom Brown, Justin Day, Willis Day, David Crosby, David Timpe, and Donna Timpe. The United States Air Force Veterans include:  Lenny Dodge and Bill Krider.  The United States Marine Veterans include Rachel Ackley, Dan Donaghy, and Laurie Pike.  The United States Navy Veterans include Eric Flood, Ralph Flood, Norm Howe, Kathleen Hull, Travis Hull, Scott Jamieson, George Seidel, and Robert Smith.   

Maine has a long history of elevated ratios of service when compared to the entire nation.  Maine is third out of the top five states in the country with the highest concentration of Veterans compared to the overall population of our state.  Per the State of Maine website, there are 127,234 Maine Veterans currently with 117,163 being men and 10,071 being women.  Of these Veterans living in the State of Maine, there are 94,604 war time Veterans compiled of 35,478 Gulf War Veterans; 44, Vietnam Era Veterans; 11,836 Korean Conflict Veterans; and 6,340 World War II Veterans.  In addition to the War Time Veterans, there are 32,630 Peace Time Veterans.  As Maine Veterans and as Mainers, we need to support our Veterans and do all we can to prevent Veteran Suicide and provide treatment.  According to the Veteran’s Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the National Center for Health and Statistics, there have been a total of Fifty-five Maine Veteran suicides as of 2014.  If you are concerned about a Veteran or you are a Veteran in need of help, please contact the Veterans Crisis Line.  The Veterans Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to connect Veterans and their families with qualified responders via a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.  Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or send a text to 838255 to receive help and support.  All Veterans should feel supported, appreciated, and thanked for their service of our proud nation.  Our government and all citizens of the United States have a responsibility to provide for the needs of our Veterans for their service and sacrifice.