Maine veterans’ good friend in Boothbay Harbor, Dave Patch

November 7th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

Forty-eight years ago, Dave Patch was stationed on a destroyer and minesweeper in Vietnam. Patch served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War and remained in the U.S. Navy until 1986. Today, Patch is fighting another battle. For the past six years, Patch has immersed himself in learning Veterans Administration rules and regulations. And if he’s not sure about a VA benefit, Patch knows who to call for an answer. In reecnt years, he has sought assistance either from the state’s Veterans Hospital in Togus, or state and federal officials.

Patch followed veterans issues for years before joining the American Legion six years ago. He joined after a trip to the State House where he saw a strong presence of American Legion members. Patch served 25 years in the U.S. Navy. His service included working in the Pentagon from 1981 to 1986. But once he left military service, there was no inclination to join the American Legion or any other veterans’ organizations.

“I’ve always been a bit of a ‘political junkie’ and I had a lot of free time. So I started following legislation in Augusta, and I saw all those blue hats. So I joined the Boothbay American Legion six  years ago to begin networking with other vets regarding VA issues,” he said.

In 2015, Patch became the post’s commander. Patch began his command with a five-year plan. His first objective is making the legion hall more accessible. The creation of a veterans gathering space inside the legion hall was a top priority.

“It’s still a

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