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CVA NH Thank A Vet Summer Event Series Schedule 

Concerned Veterans for America (NH Chapter) Announces

2015 “Thank A Vet” Summer Event Series


Franklin’s Mayor Ken Merrifield to Kick Off CVANH “Thank A Vet” Effort

Manchester, NH – Today, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) NH Chapter announced its “Thank A Vet” summer events series, on the heels of its successful 2014 similar 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.

Mayor Ken Merrifield will be on hand to kick off the Thank A Vet summer event series hosted by Concerned Veterans for America NH Chapter. 

“The purpose of CVA’s ‘Thank A Vet’ series is to take pause and give thanks to New Hampshire’s military heroes and their families,” 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.”


Scheduled events:


Sunday, May 17th – begins at 2pm

Thank A Vet Film Series – showing

‘Midway’ and ‘American Sniper’

Smitty’s Cinema Pub, Tilton, NH



Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day) – begins at 11am

Thank A Vet BBQ

Londonderry Fish & Game

Litchfield, NH



Saturday, July 4th – Begins immediately following Wolfeboro Independence Day Parade

Thank A Vet BBQ

Harriman-Hale Unit 18

American Legion Auxiliary

142 Center Street

Wolfeboro, NH



Saturday, August 1st – Begins at 11am

Thank A Vet BBQ

VFW Post 5791

15 Bockes Rd

Hudson, NH



“As a partner of Concerned Veterans for America NH Chapter, we are excited to kick off this event season which honors and respects the heroes of the Granite State,” said Milton Smith of Smitty’s Cinema of Tilton, NH.  Smith continues, “These generations of heroes deserve planned moments of pause and reflection.  We should forever honor and remember those who fought for freedom and prosperity.”


If there are any questions regarding any of the events please contact Roger Wilkins, State Director, Concerned Veterans for America 603-703-5116


Cornerstone - Rick Santorum Headlines Cornerstone Banquet May 12 

Cornerstone Action

Cornerstone Policy Research Welcomes Rick Santorum to 15th Anniversary Celebration May 12
Cornerstone Policy Research will mark its first fifteen years of research and advocacy for New Hampshire families at a banquet on Tuesday, May 12 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire. Featured speaker will be Senator Rick Santorum. A reception at 6:15 p.m. will precede the 7:00 p.m. dinner.

Cornerstone Policy Research and its advocacy arm, Cornerstone Action, are non-profit non-partisan New Hampshire organizations dedicated to building strong New Hampshire families. Cornerstone works to promote respect for life, support traditional marriage, defend the rights of parents to make decisions about their childrens' education and health care, and encourage responsible government spending.
Senator Santorum and his wife Karen are the parents of seven children. The Santorums' recent book, “Bella’s Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation" is about their youngest daughter, Bella, born with Trisomy 18. Warned that their daughter had a short life expectancy, the Santorum family chose to celebrate her life rather than anticipate losing her. "Bella's Gift" relates how now-six-year-old Bella has been a transformative blessing to her parents and siblings. Senator Santorum represented Pennsylvania for two terms in the U.S. Senate.  

For more information about the event, contact Cornerstone at 603-228-4794

NH DHHS - Honoring New Hampshire Seniors for Their Volunteer Service The Joseph D. Vaughan Awards

Honoring New Hampshire Seniors for Their Volunteer Service

The Joseph D. Vaughan Awards to be Presented on Monday, May 4, 2015

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

Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas will join with Governor Maggie Hassan,

the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH on Monday, May 4th to

present the Joseph D. Vaughan Awards to senior volunteers.

SCOA and EngAGING NH have selected an individual or couple from each County

in the State to be recognized for their volunteer service. This award was

initiated in 1962 to memorialize the Honorable Joseph D. Vaughan, who was

instrumental in creating a State agency dedicated to the well being

of senior citizens. The awards recognize people age 60 and older for their

outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of New Hampshire’s seniors.

The Vaughan Award presentation will begin at 1:30 PM in the Governor and

Council Chambers at the State House in Concord.

This year's recipients are:

Belknap County: Peter Cassell of Laconia

Carroll County: Richard and Alice Vierus of Center Conway

Cheshire County: Dr. Owen Houghton of Jaffrey

Coos County: Jacqueline Gagne of Berlin

Grafton County: Kate Kelly of Bethlehem

Hillsborough County: Ernest Gould, Sr. of Hillsborough

Merrimack County: Grace Anderson of Salisbury

Rockingham County: Charlene Mitchell of Newmarket

Strafford County: Lorraine Meyer of Farmington

Sullivan County: Kathleen Crevier of Marlow

EVENT 2015 Vaughan Award Presentation

DATE/TIME Monday, May 4, 2015

1:30 PM

LOCATION Governor and Council Chambers

State House - Room 208

Concord, NH


Josiah Bartlett Center - Save the Date: June 17, 4th Annual Libertas Dinner 

Save the Date!
Annual Libertas Dinner: June 17th

Honoring Steve Forbes

Please both circle and underline June 17 on your calendar. we are now locked in on that date for the annual extravaganza we call our Libertas Dinner. This annual event is a celebration of public policy, the Josiah Bartlett Center itself, and the virtues of markets.
This year, the timing of the event and the honoree come together perfectly. Steve Forbes is a man who underscores more than most public figures the notion that elections should be less about the superficial and more about ideas. Just as important, much of his public life mirrors that of our organization, but at a national level. He talks about ideas, insists that criticisms be based on policy not personality, and is one of the foremost defenders of the system we might call capitalism or free market economics.
This is a man who responded to the late fiscal crisis narcissistically called the Great Recession by issuing a spirited, articulate, and readable book called How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy. That short phrase could well be a summary for our organization, its philosophy, and our mission.
As world leaders and professional pontificators on the right and left were busily equivocating and feeling ashamed of market support, Forbes issued a full-throated defense of the sort to make Adam Smith proud.
I think you can probably tell how excited I am about this year's dinner. We are excited to tell Steve's story partly because he is such a role model for the organization and the role we think we need to play.
I'll have much more to tell you about the event in the weeks ahead. For now, put June 17th on your calendar and start looking forward to a great event.

And keep an eye on your inbox, dinner tickets will be available online soon.


APP - Join us in Iowa for the Practical Federalism Forum!  

Dear Citizen,

I'd like to invite you to the Practical Federalism Forum on Saturday May 16th in Des Moines, Iowa. This is an exciting event sponsored by American Principles Project,, and the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition.  You won't want to miss this important event! 

Register here!

Conservative leaders and political activists from Iowa and across the nation will come together to discuss how federal government overreach works, how the Framers believed that state elected officials must guard against federal intrusion, and how the federal government undermines that duty. 

Specific issues will include how the federal government controls education policy-making, how it drives the states to engage in massive data collection on families and students, and how it has a stranglehold on vast land (and by this we mean land other than
national parks, national monuments, congressionally designated wilderness areas, etc.) and resources that it should have long ago turned over to the states and to the people.  We will discuss how it finances these efforts by de-valuing the dollar and hurts families and retired people in the process.  And we will discuss solutions.

WHAT: American Principles Project's 2nd "Practical Federalism Forum"

WHERE: Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, 730 3rd St., Des Moines, IA (across the street from Wells Fargo Arena)

 WHEN: Saturday, May 16th 9:00am-3:00pm

Speakers confirmed include Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum, Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory, Erin Tuttle of Hoosiers Against Common Core, Shane Vander Hart of, Jan Mickelson of WHO News Radio 1090, Emmett McGroarty of American Principles Project, and more.

All the GOP presidential candidates have been invited to the forum, as well as many other leaders from across the country. Also, it is worth noting that the Iowa GOP will be hosting their Lincoln Day Dinner at the same venue that evening. 

Register here today! Hope to see you there.


Emmett McGroarty

Director of Education

American Principles Project