NH DHHS - National & State Military Speakers Coming to Berlin

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) is announcing the North Country Veterans Conference taking place

this Friday, September 30, from 8:00am – 4:00pm. The event will be held at

the Berlin Armory, and is open to all veterans, military families,

community agencies, legislators and the public.

This conference is bringing together military and civilian agencies,

services, entertainment, as well as local, state and national speakers.

Retired Major General Gale Pollock, who served as the Surgeon General of

the Army Medical Department and 22nd Chief of the Army Nurse Corps will be

speaking on Generations of Service. Major General William Reddel,

Adjutant General of the NH National Guard will be presenting on the

activities of the NH National Guard, and Vietnam Veteran David Canter will

be speaking on his experiences during Vietnam, as well as upon his return.

“Close to 40 agencies will be available during the day to provide

assistance with VA enrollment & benefits, services for family members,

care-giving supports, homeless information, and much more,” said Jo

Moncher, Bureau Chief of Community Based Military Programs with DHHS. “The

event will also host an Intergenerational Panel of veterans and family

members who will share their personal experiences – from World War II to

today – including the people, agencies and resources that have helped them

along the way.”

The White River Junction VA Medical Center will have staff available from

numerous program areas to meet with veterans privately and to answer any

questions they may have. The NH National Guard will also have a strong

presence. “This conference is an opportunity for veterans of all

generations to understand the support they have available to them as

members who have served our great military,” said Brigadier General Carolyn

Protzmann, Deputy Adjutant General for the NH National Guard. “So often

veterans, whose job is to serve, find it difficult to seek help; after all,

they are the ones this nation relies on for our freedom, they are the ones

we seek for support in response to our nation’s call. We welcome all

veterans and families to participate in this conference, to listen to the

discussions, make connections with other veterans and to visit face to face

with those agencies committed to their well-being.”

The Patriot Guard Riders will be providing a Flag Line at the entrance to

the Berlin Armory, the Mobile Vet Center will be available throughout the

day to provide supports, and patriotic songs will be performed during

lunch. This conference promises to be a great day for NH Veterans and

their families.

Continental breakfast and lunch are free, but everyone must register. To

register, please contact Sue Johnson at sljohnson@dhhs.state.nh.us or call

at 1-800-852-3345, extension 4301.