NH DHHS Announces the 2nd Seacoast Veterans Conference

Bringing Together Military & Civilian Communities From Across the State

Concord - New Hampshire has recently been recognized nationally for bringing together military and civilian provider agencies in providing services and supports to our military communities. The Seacoast Veterans Conference is one example of this unique collaboration.

The New Hampshire National Guard, in partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, the Rochester VFW and Long Term Care Partners, will host the Seacoast Veterans Conference on Saturday, April 30 at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth.

Last year’s conference boasted over 250 attendees and this year’s conference promises to be another great event. “Although this conference takes place in the Seacoast area, we welcome all veterans and their families from throughout NH,” said Jo Moncher, Bureau Chief of Community Based Military Programs for the Department of Health and Human Services. “This year’s conference will focus on our older veteran community and their families. Veterans can come to begin enrollment in the VA, discuss claims or visit the Mobile Vet Center.”

Of the close to 140,000 veterans in New Hampshire, the majority of these veterans are from the older veteran community. “Years ago, Vietnam Veterans weren’t offered much of anything – and that was not unusual back then,” said Colonel Carolyn Protzmann, Vice Wing Commander of the 157th Air Refueling Wing, Pease Air National Guard Base. “Even if older veterans are aware of today’s resources and supports, another difficulty exists in that they are often too proud to ask for help.”

“It’s the general character of a veteran – their life has been committed to others,” Protzmann said. “It’s service above self. They don’t think they’re entitled to a better life. They think ‘I can tough this one out.’”

New Hampshire veterans will not have to “tough it out” on April 30th. The day is packed with agencies and experts who will be on hand to answer questions and point veterans in the right direction for healthcare and other issues. The Conference will include keynote presentations from Major General William Reddel, The Adjutant General, NH National Guard; Dr. Dan Potenza, nationally recognized expert on post-traumatic stress disorder among older veterans; and Dr. Marc Levenson, director of the Manchester VA Medical Center.

Lunch will be provided for all guests at no charge through the generosity of the Rochester VFW. The afternoon will include Round Table Presentations on: health, independence and money management. Attendees will also have a chance to visit table stations on VA Enrollment, VA Benefits & Claims, Vet Center, NH Veterans Home, NH State Veterans Cemetery, AARP, ServiceLink and many more.

To register, please call 1-800-852-3345, extension 4301 or email sljohnson@dhhs.state.nh .