October 21, 2019

Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services Hires New Deputy Director

AUGUSTA, Maine (October 17, 2019) - The Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services (MBVS) is pleased to announce Kevin Rousseau, a Coast Guard Veteran, has joined the Bureau as Deputy Director.

Rousseau comes to MBVS after working for several years at the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) where he served as the states Exercise Officer. He has extensive knowledge working in various state agencies and comes to the Bureau with over 20 years of public service experience. In addition to state service, Rousseau currently serves as a United States Coast Guard Reservist.

"My entire professional career has been comprised of serving not only my country in the Coast Guard, but also my state and local community," said Rousseau. Having the opportunity to continue that service with the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services is an honor and Im looking forward to helping our states veteran population.

Rousseau earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine, and holds a Graduate Diploma from the United States Naval War College. He has served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve (USCGR) for 10 years and currently drills with the Sector Northern New England Enforcement Division out of South Portland. Most recently, Rousseau was selected for Lieutenant Commander in the USCGR.

Kevin brings a wealth of personal knowledge and has a passion for helping Maine veterans both of which will serve him well in this new role, said David Richmond, Director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services. As leaders in Maines veteran advocate community, we pride ourselves on the highly skilled and dedicated people that work at the Bureau, and the support they provide Maines veterans. Kevin is a valued member of that team and were excited to have him on board.

To find the Veterans Services Office nearest to you, please visit maine.gov/veterans/veterans-services-offices. You can also call the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services at 207-430-6035 or visit their website www.maine.gov/veterans to learn more about available resources.

About Maine Bureau of Veterans Services The Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services was established in 1947 by the State of Maine and is part of the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management. Our mission is to help Mainers who served, and their loved ones, understand and navigate the benefits, services, and programs available to them. The Bureau does this by being a responsive, experienced, and dedicated advocate. The Bureau is headquartered at Camp Keyes and has seven field service offices located throughout the state and a claims office located at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Togus, Maine. The Bureau also operates the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery System which includes four veterans cemeteries. For more information about the Bureau or to request assistance, please visit our website at www.maine.gov/veterans.