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

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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.

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4)      Voted to prevent protesters at military funerals, helping to get the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act enacted into law.

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5)      Voted for increased benefits for service members that suffer from a traumatic injury while serving our country

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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