Concerned Veterans for America (NH Chapter)
Launches 2015 “Thank A Vet” Summer Event Series
LAST SUNDAY: Franklin’s Mayor Ken Merrifield Kicks Off CVANH “Thank A Vet” Effort
NEXT MONDAY: Jason Beardsley, Decorated U.S. Military Veteran in
Army Special Operations and Joint Special Operations Task Forces
Manchester, NH – Today, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) NH Chapter announced its continuing effort to thank veterans of New Hampshire through its “Thank A Vet” summer event series, on the heels of its successful 2014 events held in Londonderry and Holderness. Last year’s events included program support from State Senator Jeanie Forester, State Representative Al Baldasaro, combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars Amber Barno, National Gold Star Mothers Karen Vaughn and New Hampshire’s own Natalie Healy. The ‘Thank A Vet’ event series is to take pause and give thanks to New Hampshire’s military heroes and their families while discussing the pressing issues facing veterans every day.
Mayor Ken Merrifield was on hand at the May 17th film showing to talk about the great things the City of Franklin is doing to recognize veterans by discussing an ongoing civil war restoration project. His presence kicked off the Thank A Vet summer event series for CVA NH at Tilton’s Smitty’s Cinema where over 50 area veterans were in attendance to bring the message of hope and support to each other, discussing issues ranging from the waitlist scandal in the VA health care system to memories of fallen fellow soldiers. It was a very moving day indeed.
“Mayor Merrifield was enthusiastic from the outset to be a part of the project. We appreciate his time and commitment to Franklin’s veterans of all eras,” said Roger S. Wilkins, NH State Director for CVA. “Defending freedom and prosperity has a high price and we welcome the chance to give something back to the veterans community. While showing our gratitude we plan to propel a discussion around the issues which affect our citizens in uniform every day: a skyrocketing national debt and deficit, failing veterans’ health care and the worrisome state of the strength and security of our nation.”
Next Monday, Memorial Day, at 11 am, the Thank A Vet BBQ will hear from featured speaker CVA Advisor Jason Beardsley. “We are excited to continue the momentum of our Thank A Vet series in bringing the veterans community together with our next event on Memorial Day,” said Wilkins, “Jason was awarded two Bronze Stars in sustained combat operations and we are honored to have him come to NH to spread the word of freedom and liberty.” Mr. Beardsley is an expert on military intelligence, diplomatic security, unconventional warfare, and counterterrorism operations, with hostile deployments to Iraq, the Horn of Africa, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He currently serves as the Special Operations Advisor to Concerned Veterans for America.
Next Scheduled Events:
Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day) – begins at 11am
Thank A Vet BBQ
Londonderry Fish & Game
5 Lund Street
Saturday, July 4th – Begins immediately following Wolfeboro Independence Day Parade
Thank A Vet BBQ
Harriman-Hale Unit 18
American Legion Auxiliary
142 Center Street
Saturday, August 1st – Begins at 11am
Thank A Vet BBQ
VFW Post 5791
15 Bockes Rd
“This is our second annual event with Concerned Veterans for America and our membership is excited to work again with this important veterans’ community player. Last year we heard from Goldstar Mother Karen Vaughn, mother to the American hero Aaron Vaughn, who brought tears to our eyes and pride to our hearts. Thank you Karen! We look forward to hearing Jason’s story and appreciate all CVA NH does for the veteran in New Hampshire,” said Rick Olson, President of the Londonderry Fish & Game Club.
If there are any questions regarding any of the events please contact Roger Wilkins, State Director, Concerned Veterans for America 603-703-5116
Concerned Veterans for America is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization that advocates for policies that will preserve the freedom and liberty we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.