Veterans’ Group Joins Impressive List of NH Veterans Who Support Bass
Concord, NH- The Bass for Congress campaign announced today that the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition has endorsed Bass’ campaign for Congress in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District.
In an October 20, 2010 letter to Bass (see attached), the Coalition’s Chairman, John J. Molloy, wrote, “I would like to take this opportunity to express, on behalf of the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition, our appreciation for your willingness to serve our nation and to support those who has answered America’s call to duty. Your leadership and patriotism are especially needed in the US House of Representatives at this particular time in our history when our beloved country is at risk, not only from foreign terrorists, but also from domestic advocates of extreme social and economic ‘reform’ and the weaklings who fail to confront them.”
The Coalition, which consists of 75 veterans organizations representing more than 250,000 veterans, joins an impressive group of New Hampshire veterans who proudly endorsed Bass on October 14, 2010, including past New Hampshire Commander of the VFW Paul Chevalier and VFW 1631 Chaplain Lynn Blankenbeker.
Chevalier said, "Charlie Bass worked on our behalf to ensure that the Manchester VA Emergency Room stayed open in 2005. He fought to pass legislation that granted National Guard Reservists access to Tricare in 2006, and he helped lead the fight on the Concurrent Receipt, allowing all military retirees to collect VA Disability and Earned Retirement Benefits together. Due to his work, he was presented the VFW Appreciation Award for his dedicated service to the veterans of New Hampshire in 2001."
Blankenbeker added that Democrat Annie Kuster was deliberately distorting Bass’ very strong record on veterans’ issues. "It is clear to me and the thousands of veterans in New Hampshire’s 2nd District that Annie is utilizing the untrue talking points provided to her by Washington, D.C. Democrats as a smokescreen to hide her support for the Obama-Pelosi Healthcare Reform Bill that the VFW said ‘betrayed’ our veterans. Kuster has gone as far as stating that she would support cutting off funding for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Kuster has made it clear that she can never be right for New Hampshire's veterans."
Highlights of Bass’ Record of Support for Veterans
1) Helped ensure that the Manchester VA Emergency Room would remain open.
2) Fought for the passage of legislation granting National Guard and Reservists access to Tricare
3) Recognized leader in the Concurrent Receipt debate, which allows military retirees to collect VA Disability and Earned Retirement Benefits, and continues to support legislation expanding that benefit to include all veterans, not just those who are 50% or greater disabled.
4) Voted to prevent protesters at military funerals, helping to get the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act enacted into law.
5) Voted for increased benefits for service members that suffer from a traumatic injury while serving our country
Veterans for Bass Coalition Co-Chairs
Paul J. Chevalier- Hudson
NH Senator Sharon Carson- Londonderry
Dave Learned – Rumney
Jim Belanger – Hollis
Kay Tomlinson – Hopkinton
Charlie Kurtz – Errol
Bill O’Mahoney – Pembroke
Jim Steiner – Concord
Bill Modis – Amherst
Richard Foote – Swanzey
Don Dwight – Lyme
George Beaumier – Orford
The Hon. Lynn Blankenbeker – Concord
The Hon. Dennis Fields – Sanbornton
Bob Giuda, Warren
John Graham, Goffstown
Jerry Sickles, Keene
Richard Brothers, Tilton