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SBA - U.S. Small Business Administration Veteran Representative Available for FREE Business Development Assistance 

WHO: Miguel Moralez, Veterans Business Development Officer promoting business ownership for veterans, financing options to start or grow a business, managing and expanding a business.


WHAT: A Veterans Business Development Officer from the New Hampshire District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, will be available at the Amoskeag Business Incubator to provide the military community members full access to the SBA’s range of programs and services, including thebenefits of SBA’s Patriot Express program for veterans. No appointment is necessary.


WHEN: Friday, September 30, 2009 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Friday, October 30, 2009 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, November 30, 2009 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


WHERE: Amoskeag Business Incubator – 33 South Commercial Street- Manchester, NH


In just two year’s time, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative has supported more than $315 million in loans to more than 3,750 veterans and their spouses who are using the SBA-guaranteed funds to establish and expand their small businesses.


Patriot Express, launched June 28, 2007, builds on the more than $1 billion in loans SBA guarantees annually for veteran-owned businesses, and the counseling assistance and procurement support it provides each year to more than 200,000 veterans, service-disabled veterans and Reserve members.


Patriot Express is a streamlined loan product based on the agency’s highly successful SBA Express Program, but with enhanced guaranty and interest rate characteristics. The Patriot Express loan is offered by SBA’s network of participating lenders nationwide and features one of SBA’s fastest turnaround times for loan approvals. Loans are available up to $500,000 and qualify for SBA’s maximum guaranty of up to 90 percent.


Patriot Express is available to military community members including veterans, service-disabled veterans, active-duty service members participating in the military’s Transition Assistance Program, Reservists and National Guard members, current spouses of any of the above, and the widowed spouse of a service member or veteran who died during service, or of a service-connected disability.


The Patriot Express loan can be used for most business purposes, including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory or business-occupied real-estate purchases. Details on the initiative can be found at


The SBA and its Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) provides comprehensive assistance, outreach and support to veterans. Each year the SBA assists more than 200,000 veterans, service-disabled veterans and reservists. Go to


For more information, please contact Miguel Moralez in SBA’s Concord, NH office at (603) 225-1601 or via email at For a full array of SBA services and information offered by the SBA under the Recovery Act, visit our web page at



NRSC - Veterans Groups Have 'Grave Concerns' On Health Bill 

Good evening – just a quick item I wanted to draw your attention to. In a press release issued Tuesday, the New Hampshire Democratic Party praised Congressman Paul Hodes stating that the presumptive Democrat Senate candidate “has been a vocal advocate of health care reform and has worked with leaders in Congress to overhaul America's broken system.”


The release went on to note that Hodes’ would be holding a tele-townhall that evening to discuss health care reform with his constituents. It remains unclear how or why the Congressman’s state political party apparatus was promoting an event that was being conducted through his official Congressional office, and not his Senate campaign – raising additional questions as to whether he’s using his taxpayer funded office to advance his Senate aspirations. You’ll note questions have already been raised about his taxpayer funded mailings.


However, what I wanted to point out this evening is that while Hodes’ has been working with Speaker Pelosi on the House health care bill, it appears neither of them have been working with America’s Veterans organizations who said today that “as currently drafted, H.R. 3200 fails to adequately recognize, protect or preserve this invaluable system for our nation’s 24 million veterans.”


Note: Six high-profile veterans groups are raising objections to the House healthcare reform bill, warning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that it could jeopardize the care of millions of veterans. Citing “grave concerns,” the groups are urging Pelosi to modify the House bill. If changes are not made, the veterans groups say they will actively oppose the measure.


Veterans Groups Have ‘Grave Concerns’ On Health Bill

The Hill

Roxana Tiron

July 31, 2009 03:04 PM [ET]


Six high-profile veterans groups are raising objections to the House healthcare reform bill, warning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that it could jeopardize the care of millions of veterans.


Citing “grave concerns,” the groups are urging Pelosi to modify the House bill. If changes are not made, the veterans groups say they will actively oppose the measure.


In a letter to Pelosi that was obtained by The Hill, the groups state “the legislation could limit the health care choices for veterans, increase the cost of health care for veterans, deny coverage to dependents family members of veterans, and threaten the quality of health care offered to veterans through the VA health care system.”


The groups who signed the letter are the Disabled American Veterans, Blinded Veterans Association, Vietnam Veterans of America, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, American Veterans (AMVETS) and the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA.


The letter notes that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides medical services to millions of veterans and the quality of care “has risen to amongst the finest health care systems in the nation.”


“Unfortunately,” the letter states, “as currently drafted, H.R. 3200 fails to adequately recognize, protect or preserve this invaluable system for or nation’s 24 million veterans.”


The groups also want the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to continue running the healthcare system offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs and not be “infringed” by any other healthcare organizations or administration departments.


“By virtue of their service and sacrifices, veterans have earned special benefits that are separate and in addition to benefits the government provides to other citizens,” the six groups wrote to Pelosi.


The groups stress that any national health reform legislation “must make certain” that all veterans, including those enrolled in the VHA system, remain eligible to enroll in any other public or cooperative health insurance program.


The final reform ill “must make clear” that veterans’ spouses or children have access to the public or cooperative health insurance program.


A spokesman for Pelosi said that Democrats remain committed to veterans and their needs.


“As the legislative process moves forward we will work with all stakeholders on healthcare reform,” said Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami.




Shea-Porter Helps Pass Korean War Veterans Recognition Act 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted yesterday in favor of the Korean War Veterans Recognition Act. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives, would require that the American flag be displayed at half-staff on federal buildings on National Korean War Armistice Day.


“This bill recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of the 6.8 million Americans who served during the Korean War,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “My uncle was in the Korean War and I am pleased that Congress honored him and all of the other Korean War veterans.”


The Korean War, which has been called the “Forgotten War,” lasted only three years, yet the U.S. suffered 54,246 casualties and more than 8,000 POW/MIAs still remain.



Shea-Porter Applauds Expansion of Inpatient Care Services for NH Veterans  

New Hampshire — After three years of pressure from Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will expand its community partnership with Concord Hospital, meaning that New Hampshire veterans will have in-state access to acute inpatient hospital care from the VA. Concord Hospital currently offers traditional acute care services in 24 medical specialties.


“This is great news for New Hampshire veterans,” declared Congresswoman Shea-Porter.

“It is appalling that many of our oldest and sickest veterans have been forced to travel out of state for acute inpatient hospital care. This partnership will help ensure that our veterans receive the care they need and deserve.”


Ensuring New Hampshire veterans have access to full-service health care has been a top priority for Congresswoman Shea-Porter. The Veterans Health Equity Act, which would increase access to medical care for New Hampshire veterans, was introduced in the 110th Congress and then reintroduced in the first days of the 111th Congress by Shea-Porter. Congresswoman Shea-Porter, with the New Hampshire Delegation, sent a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki urging him to expand access consistent with her legislation. Shea-Porter also testified before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and before the Budget Committee in the 110th and 111th Congress.


New Hampshire is the only state that does not have a full service VA hospital or comparable services through a military facility. Although there are more than 130,000 veterans currently living in New Hampshire, many have been forced to travel out of state in order to receive medical care.