(Manchester – September 24, 2012) Guinta for Congress hosted a press conference today at Veterans Park. At the conference, New Hampshire veterans spoke out against former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s false tv ad attacking Frank Guinta on his strong record of supporting our veterans.

Dozens of veterans attended to show their support for Frank Guinta.

Video highlights from the press conference can be viewed here:

The following are New Hampshire veterans who spoke at the conference:

NH Senator Sharon Carson,
Retired Sergeant First Class USA Army Reserve

NH State Representative Ken Weyler,
Colonel USAFR Ret.
Holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters

Captain John Kroehler, USAF Ret.
VFW Post Commander, Bedford Post 81

NH State Representative Regina Birdsell,
Yeoman 1st Class US Coast Guard read a letter from:

- LTC Gary Terhune, USA (RET.)
Immediate Past President, NH Chapter of MOAA (Military Officers Association of America)
Rye, New Hampshire

- Major Frederick C. Rice,
Former USA Special Forces New Hampshire
State Representative Hampton, New Hampshire

- Major General (Ret.) Joseph K. Simeone,
USAF/ANG Former Deputy Adjutant General for New Hampshire National Guard
Former Wing Commander, 157th Air Refueling Wing, Pease ANGB
Stratham, New Hampshire

False claim #1 from Shea-Porter in her TV ad: “Gunita voted to “cut billions from veterans’ programs.”
• The Fact: Shea-Porter’s claim is untrue. The vote her ad cites, Roll Call #418, for H.R. 2055 - In H.R. 2055, the FY2012 Military Construction and VA Appropriations actually had $7.9 billion more than current funding (at that time). It passed the House with nearly unanimous bipartisan support 411 – 5, went on to pass the Senate with similarly bipartisan support, and was signed into law by the President.

False claim #2 from Shea-Porter in her TV ad: “Guinta opposed funding for veterans health care and housing.”
• The Fact: Shea-Porter’s claim is untrue. The votes she cites are procedural stunts (motions to recommit) on the underlying bill which already increased funding for veterans programs by $8 billion. It also provided $75 million for 10,000 housing vouchers, which was the previous year’s level, and was requested by the President.