Newt announces Defenders Coalition!

Manchester, NH – One week after Newt Gingrich hosted a Veterans Day breakfast in Epsom, the Newt 2012 New Hampshire campaign team announces the coordinators of “Defenders with Newt,” a coalition of veterans and first responders.

Former State Representative Frank Emiro of Londonderry, a Vietnam era U.S. Army veteran, and Gary Gahan of Merrimack, a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran, will lead the group.

Emiro has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition since 2006. He enlisted in the Navy in 1963 and served in the Army from 1967-69, earning the Good Conduct Medal after a tour in West Germany as a member of the Military Police Corp. He served as a director of a Vietnam Veterans of America chapter and a member of the Release Foundation for POW/MIAs. During his two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Emiro served on the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee. Emiro is also an expert on, and advocate for, U.S. and POW/MIA flag etiquette as well as a life member of the Military Police Regimental Association and Disabled American Veterans. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010.

Gahan, a 9/12 Project and Republican activist, has attended numerous veterans’ funerals at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen with Patriot Guard Riders. He is a life member of the 2nd Marine Division Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars USA, Marine Corps League, and American Legion.

Gingrich, called the “father of homeland security” by former U.S. Senator from New Hampshire Warren Rudman, is the son of a 27-year Army infantryman. Gingrich is the longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals at Air University and taught officers from all five services as an honorary Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. He also served on the Defense Policy Board and the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century.

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