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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

US Rep Guinta to host Veterans & Military Service Members Jobs Fair 


REMINDER: Guinta to host Veterans & Military Service Members Jobs Fair



WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta is hosting his first Jobs Fair for Granite State veterans and service members looking for employment. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshops on resume writing and interviewing techniques, speak with representatives from various companies, apply for new positions and discuss concerns with Congressman Guinta and staff. 


“In New Hampshire, we have one of the highest veterans’ populations in the nation. We know all too well the challenges our servicemen and women face during their transition into civilian life.  Unfortunately, one of the hardest challenges remains finding a good-paying job upon returning home.  Our veterans are some of the brightest and most dedicated employees out there; and, we owe it to them to help smooth their transition, which is why I’m hosting this Job Fair for our veterans and military service members to attend.”


Over 40 local businesses and 5 veterans organizations will be participating in the Job Fair, including Service Credit Union, UPS, Walmart, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, UNH Police Department, Kelly Services, Great Bay Community College, Home Depot, Seacoast Helicopters, U.S. Small Business Administration, Comcast, Foss Manufacturing Company, Sig Sauer, Adecco, New Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hero2Hire, American Legion and more.


The Veterans Job Fair is open to all New Hampshire active military, National Guard, Reserve, Veterans and their families.  There is no cost to participate in the fair and parking is free.




WHAT:  Congressman Guinta hosts Veterans & Military Service Members Jobs Fair.

WHO:  New Hampshire active duty, National Guardsmen and women, reservists, veterans and their families are invited to attend.  Members of the press are also invited to attend.

WHERE: Great Bay Community College, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801.

WHEN:  Friday, April 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


NH DHHS - NH Commission on PTSD and TBI to Award Grants 

$10,000 Veterans Grant to Serve  New Hampshire’s Institutions of Higher Education 

The NH Legislative Commission on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), in partnership with and sponsorship from LTC Partners, is providing a $10,000 grant opportunity to New Hampshire’s institutions of higher education to support our State’s military population.    

This Military or Veterans Impacting New Generations (MOVING) Experience will award three grants (one for $5,000 and two for $2,500 each) for innovative and inclusive proposals to enhance and support the educational and campus experience of veterans.    

“These grants represent the impact that New Hampshire’s institutions of higher education have on our State’s veterans, service members and their families,” said Jo Moncher, Bureau Chief of Military Programs for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and Chair of the Commission on PTSD and TBI.  “The Commission is honored to partner with LTC Partners on this important initiative and look forward to working with New Hampshire’s institutions of higher education as we develop new programs to serve our State’s military.”   

The initiative will follow the goals identified by the Commission: stigma reduction, military education, and military-civilian integrated care. 

The application deadline is April 15, 2015, and award recipients will be announced on June 1, 2015.  Implementation of the grant award programs will take place July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.  The application and guidelines can be found on  


NH Senate Republicans - Veteran Licenses now available for NH Vets 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office


Lawmakers applaud new Veterans Indicator Program


Concord, NH – New Hampshire veterans and active-duty service members can now proudly show proof of their service on their New Hampshire drivers licenses. Backers of the 2012 law creating the Veterans Indicator program are applauding the new option, and encouraging New Hampshire veterans to take advantage of it.


HB 1629, passed by the Republican-led Legislature in 2012, allows active-duty and honorably-discharged veterans to indicate their status on their license, making it much easier to qualify for benefits and services under New Hampshire law, as well as for military discount programs offered by private sector retailers. Senator Nancy Stiles (R-Hampton) helped guide HB 1629 and its Senate counterpart through the Senate Transportation Committee.


“New Hampshire military service members are proud of their service to this nation, and they’ve earned the benefits available under state law,” Stiles said. “This program will save our veterans from having to carry their discharge papers with them, and I want to thank the NH DMV for getting this important program up and running.”


Rep. Jane Johnson (R-Swanzey) was the prime sponsor of HB 1629.


“I am very pleased to see HB 1629 go into full effect. This bill makes New Hampshire a more veteran friendly state, and helps our veterans by making it easier for them to verify their status and receive benefits.” Johnson said.” I applaud all those who were involved in helping this bill pass through the House and Senate, including my co-sponsors, and those at the Office of Veterans Services.”


Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) sponsored the Senate version of the Veterans Indicator Program.


“As a veteran, I know the hassle of carrying around your DD-214s,” Carson added. “This program provides a simple and convenient way for our honorably-discharged veterans to show proof of their service. I’m thrilled that we’re giving our active and retired military this option.”


Under the Veterans Indicator program, military service members on active duty or veterans who have been honorably discharged from the United State armed forces can indicate that status when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or non-driver’s ID.  There is no additional cost for the Veterans Indicator. Veterans wishing to add the Indicator to their license before its renewal can get a replacement license for a $3 fee. Veterans Indicator licenses are now available at all Department of Motor Vehicle locations throughout New Hampshire.


Text of HB 1629

More information on Veterans Indictor program.