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NH DHHS - Community Mental Health Centers Step Up for Veterans

Concord, NH - In honor of Veterans Day, as New Hampshire celebrates the men

and women who have served our country, the State’s Community Mental Health

Centers (CMHCs), in partnership with the NH Department of Health and Human

Services (DHHS), are sharing their commitment to New Hampshire’s veterans,

service members and their families with new initiatives and partnerships to

better serve this population.

Earlier this fall, each of the 10 CMHCs embedded at least one military

liaison within their agency under a first-of-its-kind initiative launched

by DHHS and in partnership with NHCarePath. The goal of the CMHC Military

Liaison Initiative (MLI) is to improve access to and quality of care for

veterans, service members, and their families by identifying military

members being served, promoting military culture and competence, and

partnering with civilian-military providers.

“The leadership and spirit of collaboration from Community Mental Health

Centers has been incredible,” said Jo Moncher, Bureau Chief of Military

Programs for DHHS. “They are developing partnerships with the Veterans

Administration, building military culture competence within their agencies,

and coming to this initiative with a sincere interest and passion for

serving this population.”

Only 28,000 New Hampshire veterans, out of 115,000 across the State,

receive care at VA Medical Centers, for many different reasons. The CMHC

MLI is one of several new DHHS initiatives in place to help improve access

to care for New Hampshire’s military by opening up more access points –

while coordinating services and client referrals with the VA and other

military-civilian provider agencies.

Each CMHC has at least one military liaison working 10 hours per month. A

statewide liaison, working out of the Riverbend Community Mental Health

Center in Concord, provides coordination to the effort and support to all

liaisons. Each CMHC is participating in military culture training in

recognition of the need to increase military culture awareness and

competence throughout the organization.

CMHCs are also developing their own programs to strengthen this effort. The

Center for Life Management in Derry secured funds for a flag and flagpole

and will be hosting a dedication ceremony on Monday, November 23rd.

Riverbend has developed a newsletter, Riverbend Reveille, using the theme

of waking up military at sunrise and inviting agency staff to “rise to the

cause.” Monadnock Family Services in Keene is coordinating a staff and

community event to bring community partners together.

Northern Human Services covers 40% of New Hampshire and is working with

DHHS to develop ideas and funding sources to strengthen outreach efforts to

better reach rural veterans, service members and their families. The Mental

Health Center of Greater Manchester is the first CMHC in the State that

will be accepting both Tricare and the Veterans Choice Card, which will

improve access to care for veterans, service members and their families.

The Greater Nashua Mental Health Center and Genesis Behavioral Health in

Laconia provide leadership and coordination to serve justice involved

veterans through Veterans Tracks and Veteran Dockets across the State.

The Seacoast Mental Health Center has already sent 28 of their staff to

participate in military culture training in Portsmouth. Community Partners

in Dover has scheduled military culture training at Frisbie Memorial

Hospital on Friday, November 13. Military Culture Training is provided

through a DHHS contract with Dare Mighty Things, a Portsmouth-based

organization with a strong background in providing military culture

trainings to veterans, service members and their families across the

Country. The majority of agencies have already attended or scheduled

military culture trainings in their area.

“This initiative is a significant step forward to improving access to and

quality of care for our military,” said Suellen Griffin, President and CEO

of West Central Behavioral Health and Chair of the NH Community Behavioral

Health Association. “There are many things that civilian agencies can do to

serve our military, and our association is honored and pleased to be a part

of this campaign.”

For more information on the military culture trainings schedule, visit


VRC - Court case Sept 28 public welcome 

September 24, 2015

Strafford, DD                                                                                                            Superior Court

                                                State of New Hampshire


                                                Town of Lee (TOL)


                                                Veteran Resort-Chapel (VRC)

                        101 Stepping Stone Rd Lee NH 03861 P# 603-781-3839

Case No: 219-2014-CV-00220


                                                Motion for Summary Judgment


            Now Comes the VRC represented by Peter Macdonald Minister, Sgt USMC and 100% disabled as so been Known by this court and TOL.  The Constitution, Court Rulings and the RLUIPA law of 2000 place the rights and religious believes of the individual above the right for a town government to not only use zoning to stop unwanted religious beliefs in the TOL but to knowingly inflict harm on individuals (in this case Combat U.S. Military Veterans) to stop these U.S. citizens from living in Lee NH on church grounds.  The purpose of any court is to protect the individuals against government dominance as in this case it would appear a special class of Lee residents are using zoning and the power of government to keep homeless U.S. Military Veterans from their neighborhoods.  Discrimination in this case is so rampart as the TOL uses discrimination against the VRC to single us out as a means to inflict hardship and win by attrition.  As follows;


1.  That the TOL zoning ordinance discriminates against churches as Article V Residential zone A. Permitted uses line 5 singles out churches to be approved by the Planning Board site review.  St. Benedict Center V. town of Richmond et, al, (NH Superior Ct 10/23/0 “Houses of worship are not directly allowed in any of the Town’s zoning districts without a special exception. Which restricts right to religious speech, assembly, and practice”.  “The court found this persuasive because it gave the board excessive power”


2.  That the VRC is a church or religious assembly since 1980 and is protected by our Constitution Part First, our U.S. Constitution and many rulings of the U.S. SC and NH SC.  

          a.  The TOL has a copy of my Minister document recorded in Strafford County                       Deed of records 1980 when my ministry began and has continued many                           days of the week since 1980 with services held at the living places of                                         homeless veterans around the state of NH

         b.  The VRC is registered with the U.S. Federal Government as a 501-c-3 with                           the mission from God to help homeless U.S. Military Veterans.   The TOL has                           a copy of the VRC 501-c-3            

         c.  The VRC is registered with the NH Secretary of State as a non-Profit Church                           with the mission from God to help homeless U.S. Military homeless veterans

3.  That the facts of this case will support the statement by the Lee Selectmen that “We are a community of Professors and UNH support staff and we do not deserve homeless in our neighborhoods”.

            a.  That the Lee Selectmen refuse to recognize the VRC as we have applied to                               the selectmen many times for such approval.  8/18.15 is the most recent                              denial

            b.  That the Lee zoning board has denied the VRC many times

            c.  Lee site review before making a decision keeps running up our expenses in                  a needless manner to win by what appears to be attrition.

            d. TOL has denied Tax-exempt Status for the Veteran Resort-Chapel once again in a manner that is not consistent with NH laws, RSA and practices.  TOL are quoted, as we do not meet the four-part test by Elder Trust of Florida, Inc V Town of Epsom (NH Supreme Court No. 205-706).  (1) The institution or organization was established and is administered for a charitable purpose:  We the Veteran Resort-Chapel are a 501-c-3 non-profit, registered with the NH secretary of state as a non-profit doing business through our church to help Homeless U.S. Military Veterans with preference going to Combat Veterans.  All money goes to pay the way for these brave men and women.  The Veteran Resort-Chapel owns the property free and clear.  The purpose is totally public for that is where our church members come from.  Our building is open to the public 24/7 as the TOL is well aware of. (2) an obligation exists to perform the organization’s stated purpose to the public rather than simply to members of the organization:  The Veterans Resort-Chapel is made up of the general public as a church and our mission from God to help Homeless U.S. Military Veterans with preference going to Combat Veterans.  Our Chapel is open to the public 24/7 as the town is well aware this winter homeless Veterans walking in Lee NH were directed by the Lee Police during storms that the Chapel door was open for them to seek shelter from the storm.  Two such Homeless Veterans did stay one night each until such storm ended.  Many times a week year round many Veterans and US citizens go to said chapel to pray or what ever.  We have a homeless Veteran living on site, as the TOL is well aware of.  (3) The land, in addition to being owned by the organization, is occupied by it and used directly for the stated charitable purposes; The TOL is well aware because they have a copy of the deed to 101 Stepping Stone Rd and it was given free and clear by Peter and Agnes Macdonald to the VRC for the express purpose to be a church with the mission from God to help homeless U.S. Military Veterans with preference going to Combat Veterans.  The property in question is used for no other purpose, as the TOL is well aware of.  (4) any of the organization’s income or profits are used for any purpose other than the purpose for which the organization was established.   My wife and I have close to if not over four hundred thousand into this mission from God to help Homeless U.S. Military Veterans with preference going to Combat Veterans.  All the money goes to help the Veterans and no other purpose.  Our Tax books are open for public viewing.  For the TOL to make such a false statement with all the facts in the TOL presents demonstrates the discrimination and acts of harm by the TOL in this case.


4.  The TOL is trying to stop the VRC from existence by attrition running up our expenses)

         a.  This frivolous court case.

         b.  Zoning Board expensive

         c.  Refusal of tax-exempt status for a church.

         d.  Needless Site Review expenses

         e.  Constant stop work orders from building inspectors office.


5.  The TOL has knowingly with intent to harm Homeless and /or disabled Combat Veterans has acted in a criminal manner to discriminate against our church and our mission from God to help (mentally and/or physically) homeless U.S. Military veterans come home if at all possible.  We have 25 years of experiences as shown by our ministry.

         a.  The TOL has fined the VRC for having a sign on VRC property          free standing personal property telling our members the “VRC” is          here.  The TOL should have been aware of the Arizona case “Reed          V. Town of Gilbert, Docket No. 13-502 that clearly makes signs on          public streets as described in that case does make signs on          personal property such as the VRC legal.  To go even further          removing the signs placed a “Substantial burden” on our members          taking away our guaranteed constitutional rights to free speech, our          right to quiet enjoyment of our own property and our right to equal          treatment. The TOL never even responded to our request for a          Compelling Government interest or that it is the least restricted          means. 

         b. The TOL interprets the Zoning ordinance different for the VRC                        than other properties in Lee NH.  The TOL agreed if the VRC took              the sign from being readable in the front of the VRC property then                          the TOL would make all other properties in Lee NH do the same                        as so agreed to in the stipulation that the TOL refers to (Line 15).                         The clear act of discrimination to intentionally harm our church by                        the TOL cannot be tolerated.  As follows:

                  1b.  100 Stepping Stone Rd across the street from the VRC                                     property has over 48 Sq feet of signage on his van                                     parked in his driveway 18 hours a day, 7 days a week.                                      The TOL claims signs on the vehicle are                                              exempt, yet signs on a scrap piece of plywood leaning                                     against a flag pole 16 Sq feet giving church members                                     direction on church property are illegal.  The same                                     ordinance interrupted different by the TOL for the VRC                                     than others.  This is discrimination.

                  2b  The same house at 100 Stepping Stone Rd on the front of                                  the house is a sign that the house is Jewish or that they                                  have a child in the  Army.  The same house has a sign                                  visible from the rd by the door of the donkey shed telling of                         the door location.

                  3b  The apartment building a few houses down the street on                                  Stepping Stone Rd has a sign for a business from a                                           different town about 25 Sq feet, less than twenty feet from                                  the rd.

                  4b  The house across the street from this apartment building                                  has a sign about 25 Sq feet, less than 4’ from the rd of a                                  business from a different town.  This same house has a 48                        Sq foot sign of picnic tables made on site and for sale.                                  This same property has a sign at the end of Stepping                                 Stone Rd less than 5’ from Rt 125 telling the public of its                                 business location.

                  5b  Allen’s Garage at the end of Stepping Stone Rd has a sign                        of about 25 Sq feet, less than 20’ from Stepping Stone Rd                                 telling the public of Planet Cloths drop site, a business from                        a different town.

                  6b  Eliminator business just up the road has many signs                                 attached to the fence and other signs located on their                                 property all bigger than the VRC temporary sign.

                  7b  The Lee Race track as do most other businesses and                                  properties in Lee NH have signs of one type or the other                                  on their properties where as only the VRC is held to a                                 different standard than all others.  Discrimination is against                                 the law and this is discrimination.


6.  The TOL did order two homeless U.S. Military Veterans evicted from 101 Stepping Stone Rd Lee NH, VRC church property.  To order church members that are homeless from church property violates the Separation of church and State.   The evictions violates the U.S. SC making it clear in the case of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian church V. City of NY docket No. 02-0773 that homeless cannot be evicted from church property.  For the TOL to knowingly with intent to harm violate our Constitution, laws, and court precedence case law cannot be tolerated.

         a.  The TOL approved these homeless U.S. Military Veterans                                     moving to worse conditions at 465 Packers falls Rd Lee NH in the               same zone and town as the church property located at 101                                     Stepping Stone Rd.  What is the difference if they live at the                         church property in respectable conditions or on private property                          in less desirable conditions?  The mission from God is for the                        VRC to care for these homeless U.S. Military Combat Veterans.                         To intentionally discriminate against our religious beliefs cannot                        be tolerated.


7.  The TOL ordered portable potties to be placed on VRC property.  The TOL then ordered the potties removed.  There are no ordinances about removing portable potties rented from a respectable business.  The TOL placed a substantial burden on the VRC members for now we have to use a 5-gallon bucket lined with a plastic bag then take the contents left to the Lee dump.    Other properties in Lee NH have portable potties located on their property, private homes and business.  452 Packers falls Rd has one less than 5’ from the rd.  Craving Coffee has one, the lee racetrack has many, and the Lee circle hot dog stand has one.  Portable Potties are a common happening in Lee NH.  No one has to even ask the town to have one placed on any property located in Lee NH never mind get written permission from the TOL as the VRC is required.  The TOL signed the stipulation but has made no effort to make any other properties live by the same standard as the VRC.  This act of intentional discrimination cannot be tolerated. 


8.  The TOL had a legally registered trailer removed from church property, registered in the VRC name (owner of 101 Stepping Stone Rd said property in this case).  The trailer was used daily in our religious practice and was moved to 465 Packers falls Rd in the same zone and town as 101 Stepping Stone Rd with the town knowledge and consent.  To inflict such pain and suffering on our Religious practice for any reason is illegal but for the TOL to do it in such a discriminating manner cannot be tolerated.


9.  The VRC mission from God and the TOL is well aware of our stated mission from God (to help Homeless U.S. Military Veterans with preference going to Combat Veterans) has caused harm to homeless combat veterans in that (Our Government) Veterans Administration and the Veterans Department of the Portsmouth Easter Seals has called many times to ask to let homeless veterans sleeping in their cars (during snow and other storms) on the streets to move to VRC property in a safer and more respectable environment.  The VRC had to refuse these U.S. Military homeless combat Veterans as a result of the TOL discrimination to intentionally harm our Religious Practice. 

Where Fore: The TOL has defied the will of the people of the United States of America and the people of NH from President George Washington whom made the statement “How we treat today’s Veterans will determine how many of tomorrows children will defend this great nation”, to the people of NH that wrote a RSA in 1777 and renewed the same RSA in the year 2012 that towns are obligated to help homeless combat veterans at town expense.  The TOL in the eyes of any reasonable person not only committed the act of Discrimination with intent to harm but they did it with Malice.  The TOL knew that I was 100% mentally and physically disabled and that the VRC could not get an attorney (for money reasons and not one attorney had the time or money to take such a case) so the TOL allowed a mentally and physically disabled person to represent the VRC in what appears to be to take advantage of said mental and physical state as a means to benefit the TOL so the court could over look the clear and intentional violations of our Constitution, RSA’s and the will of the people.  The VRC has a mission from God to help homeless U.S. Military Veterans with preference going to Combat Veterans.  Peter Macdonald with a TBI (no memory of my past life or experiences) was sent to combat and during one convoy somewhere in Vietnam did find a Combat God as I laid in a ditch to avoid enemy patrol inches from stepping on me.  Many Combat Veterans find God in their own way and the resident of Lee NH cannot be allowed to tell these Combat Veterans that our VRC is not welcome in Lee NH as any reasonable person could intrepid their actions in the case.  This is why the VRC is asking this court to in a summary judgment;

1. order the TOL to accept the VRC as a church and refund all money paid to the TOL for any reason by the VRC refunded.


2.  order the TOL to pay 12 Million dollars to the VRC in damages and harm to homeless U.S. Military Veterans as the TOL knowingly with Malice did try to stop the VRC mission from God to help said veterans.


3.  That if the court cannot rule this case as asked that a jury be assembled to hear this case at once for to intentionally harm any person that the TOL does not think deserves to live in their community cannot be tolerated.  To allow the TOL to continue to harm Homeless Combat Veterans is unspeakable, even if the TOL thinks their class of people does not deserve we the homeless Combat Veterans should live near them.

I am a nobody that served in the USMC during a conflict and came back with serious mental and physical disabilities from said actions during and in said conflict.  I do not have the knowledge or ability to follow the protocol required by the court for any individual to seek justice but I so represent the VRC in their mission from God.  The facts in this case as deplorable and unconceivable as it may be are true and if the people are to have any faith in justice cannot be allowed to continue.  We the Combat Veteran deserve no more than any other person under the guarantees of our Constitution but we deserve no less either.  I ask this court to under the Americans with Disabilities Act to let my errors in presentation and protocol to not be used to let the wrongs of government harm any more combat veterans. 

I submit this case this 24 day of September 2015

Peter Macdonald Minister, Sgt USMC.                 



“The entire system needs to be simplified, reformed, and refocused on its most important mission — to ‘care for those who shall have borne the battle.’”

Governor Jeb Bush
National Review
August 17, 2015

Click Here To Read 


Read Jeb’s full plan to keep our promise to America’s veterans here:



The United States is blessed with great liberties because of the courageous men and women who defend them. The bedrock of this country’s security is a strong volunteer armed forces and a sacred covenant between the citizen and the soldier.


The terrible scandals at the Department of Veterans Affairs are a national disgrace. That once-sacred covenant has been called into question.



A whistleblower revealed that the VA had misspent as much as $5 billion in taxpayer money. That’s billions of dollars that could have gone to better care, research into traumatic brain injury, cancer screenings, or new studies on post-traumatic stress.


Millions in executive bonuses were awarded to VA officials, many of whom oversaw hospitals where veterans were waiting to receive care. And only three people have since been fired for lying about the time it took for veterans to get an appointment.



First, we trusted veterans to defend our country; we can trust them to choose their doctor. They should have the right to decide to use the VA hospital system or a neighborhood doctor. Last year, a bipartisan bill gave some veterans the right to do exactly that, with some restrictions.


We should expand the access to quality health care and ease some of the constraints. If the VA cannot find a doctor for a veteran in need, then we must empower veterans to find proper health care.


Since the Veterans Health Administration has historically oriented its care toward men, the improvements to the system need to also focus specifically on services required by women veterans.



Further, many VA practices are antiquated. Their software is out of date, difficult for veterans to use, and susceptible to manipulation. Just last week, a whistleblower revealed that as many as 35,000 veterans were denied care because of a computer glitch.



The VA’s troubles are not just technical. Contracts are often awarded without a competitive bid, driving up costs and taking resources from veterans who need care. Waste is endemic, and it’s all but impossible to fire someone.


I support a House bill now before the Senate that makes it easier to fire poorly performing VA employees — especially those who have wasted taxpayer money, committed fraud, or were negligent in the care of a veteran. This isn’t just about punishing incompetence, it’s about allowing talented VA employees to be rewarded and creating incentives for the highest-quality care.



The entire system needs to be simplified, reformed, and refocused on its most important mission — to “care for those who shall have borne the battle.” 



I support efforts to use the GI Bill, an educational benefit, to help veterans who want to start a business. In lieu of using it for education, they should have the option to borrow against their GI benefits for a small-business loan.


With these reforms — and others that I am proposing today as part of a broader veterans plan — we can dramatically upgrade how our government treats those who have sacrificed so much to protect us and expand opportunity so that our nation’s heroes enjoy the bounties of liberty they so richly deserve.



Concerned Veterans for America NH Chapter continues effort to thank Granite State veterans


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

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


“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.


SEIA - Solar Industry Makes Commitment to Employ 50,000 Veterans by 2020 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of Joining Forces, an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to rally support for U.S. service members, veterans and their families, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today committed to having 50,000 veterans working in solar by 2020. The First Lady shared the news at an event this afternoon in Manassas, Virginia, which was part of a commitment made by several high-growth sectors of the U.S. economy, including solar. Among those attending the event were SEIA Board Chairman Nat Kreamer, who also serves as president and CEO of Clean Power Finance.

“As an industry, we are completely committed to hiring more veterans,” said Kreamer, who is a veteran himself, having served in the Special Forces in Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star. “Today, America’s solar energy companies already employ twice as many veterans as the average U.S. business. We hire veterans because they come trained, ready and passionate. The solar industry is filled with people who are motivated to build our economy, improve our environment and strengthen our national security.”

As examples of veterans working to build a stronger solar industry in America, Kreamer pointed to Colonel Thom Besch (Ret.) and Captain Michael Baskin (Ret.). Former Army Captain Baskin is working with military bases across the nation to certify service members under guidelines established by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). This rigorous program is considered the “gold standard” for PV and solar heating installation certification.

Earlier this year, the first classes of NABCEP-certified veterans graduated and started jobs in solar. Colonel Besch is one of those putting veterans to work in solar. He retired from the U.S. Army, after serving for 30 years, and took a job leading solar installations for a New England solar integrator. After a few years, he started his own company – Veteran Solar Systems (“Still Serving: Country, Community, and You”) – where he sells and installs distributed solar systems in upstate New York.

“We salute the efforts of Colonel Besch, Captain Baskin and many others like them,” Kreamer continued. “Solar, like the military, is not just about the paycheck; it is also about working for something larger than oneself.”

Today, solar is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in America, with more than 20 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity – enough to power more than 4 million homes – and those numbers are expected to double by the end of 2016.

“We’re very excited about bringing more and more veterans into our ranks, and applaud the efforts of First Lady Obama, Dr. Biden and Joining Forces,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch.  “Today, solar employs 174,000 Americans nationwide – including veterans from all branches of the U.S. military – making solar one of the fastest-growing industries in America.  This remarkable growth is due, in large part, to smart and effective public policies, such as the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS).  By any measurement, these policies are paying dividends for our economy – and our military veterans.”



About SEIA®:

Celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2015, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at