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Thursday
May132010

Shea-Porter Supports Bill Clarifying Veterans' Health Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today voted for legislation that will clarify health care benefits for individuals who have disabilities related to their parents’ exposure to agent orange.  H.R. 5014 clarifies that coverage provided by the VA to these individuals qualifies as the “minimum essential coverage” under the new health care law.

 “This bill ensures that individuals who are suffering from disabilities related to their parents’ exposure to agent orange do not have to purchase additional coverage,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. “Those who served in Vietnam and Korea and their families have made enormous sacrifices for our country, and this bill is the right thing to do.”

This legislation is supported by the American Legion, AMVETS, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The U.S. Senate passed a similar bill (S. 3162) earlier this year. 

Wednesday
May122010

NH DHHS Announces 1st Ever Seacoast Veterans Conference 5/13

Event to be held Thursday, May 13th, at Pease Air National Guard Base

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in partnership with the New Hampshire National Guard, the Rochester VFW and Long Term Care Partners, LLC will host the first-ever Seacoast Veterans Conference on Thursday, May 13th, in Building 149, 320 Newmarket St., at the Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth.

The Seacoast Veterans Conference is part of a new effort by DHHS and the National Guard to help educate the civilian community about military culture, as well as assist in bringing military and civilian organizations together to serve veterans, service members and their families. There are 275 people registered to attend.

WHO: 275 New Hampshire Veterans and Service Providers
WHAT: Seacoast Veterans Conference
WHEN: Thursday, May 13, 2010, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WHERE: Pease Air National Guard Base
Building 149, 320 Newmarket St.
Please stop at Bldg. 16 for escort through gate.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES & HIGHLIGHTS

9 AM Opening Ceremony – National Anthem and “Our Freedom Song” sung by Tenley Westbrook

9:45 AM Keynote Presentation from Gen. William Reddel, Adjutant General for the NH National Guard

10:45 AM Presentation from Nationally Recognized Dr. Mark Gilberton on Combat Survival Skills and Coming Home

1:30 Panel Presentation by 9 Veterans – WW II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan (including female veterans, mothers of veterans and an Ex-POW Veteran)

3:25 PM Closing Ceremony – Flag Folding performed by Cub Scouts Pack 195



Wednesday
May122010

Guinta Announces His Veterans Leadership Team of Over 80 Members 

 

Manchester - Frank Guinta announced today the formation of his Veterans Leadership Team. The former Mayor and current congressional candidate is truly honored to have earned the support of such a dedicated group of leaders whom have honorably served and given up so much for our country. Guinta went on to comment, “These Veterans and family members have served our country with both honor and distinction. We owe them all a debt of gratitude for protecting the freedoms we enjoy every day.”

As announced last month, Guinta’s Vetran’s Leadership Team is lead by State Rep. Al Baldasaro, NH House Veterans Committee, State Rep. John Graham, Past Vice President of NH MOAA, Senator Sharon Carson, NH State Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, David Kenney, President of NH ROA, Robert Dastin, (ret) Brigadier General, NHANG, Fmr. Assistant Adjutant General, Susan Peterson, Blue Star Mothers, CSM (Ret.) Michael Rice, immediate former top NCO of NH, Gary Terhune, President of NH MOAA, Kay & Pat McCarthy – Liberty House Coordinator, Gary Gahan, USMC (ret) corporal, (Vietnam Era Veteran), Member of the US Marine “Riders”, Raymond Closson (ret) Lt Col. NH Army National Guard.

Full Veterans Leadership Team

Title

First Name

Last Name

City/Town

County

Branch of Service

Former State Representative

Russ

Albert

Rochester

Strafford

US Marine Corps.

Mr.

Michael

Andry

Newmarket

Rockingham

US Air Force

Mr.

Bill

Arnold

Manchester

Hillsborough

WWII Veteran, US Air Force

Mr.

Timothy

Auger

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Air Force

Mr.

Dan

Bacon

Center Conway

Carroll

US Army

State Representative; NH House Veteran Affairs Committee

Al

Baldasaro

Londonderry

Rockingham

US Marine Corps

Mr.

Bob

Barry

Manchester

Hillsborough

Korean War Veteran, US Navy

Former State Representative

Bill

Beaton

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Army

Mr.

Omer

Beaudoin

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Navy

Former Manchester Mayor

Emile

Beaulieu

Goffstown

Hillsborough

US Air Force

Mr.

Robert

Belzil

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Army

Ms.

Regina

Birdsell

Hampstead

Rockingham

US Coast Guard

State Representative

Frank

Bishop

Raymond

Rockingham

US Air Force

Mr.

Richard

Buechsenschuetz

Bedford

Hillsborough

US Navy

Mr.

Tom

Butcher

Freedom

Carroll

US Air Force

Retired Colonel in the United States Army

William

Call Jr.

Bedford

Hillsborough

US Army Cololel

New Hampshire State Senator; NH Senate Veteran Affairs Committee

Sharon

Carson

Londonderry

Rockingham

US Army Reserve

Mr.

Marvin

Corn

Exeter

Rockingham

US Navy

Mr.

Andy

Crews

Bedford

Hillsborough

US Navy

Mr.

Robert

Dastin

Manchester

Hillsborough

Ret. Brig. Gen. of the NH Army National Guard

Mr.

James

Day

East Kingston

Rockingham

US Navy

Mr.

Sharon

Day

East Kingston

Rockingham

US Navy

Mr.

Tom

Deblois

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Army

Mr.

Donald

Diamant

Milton

Strafford

US Army

Mr.

Henry

Dufresne

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Navy

Mr.

Mike

Egan

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Air Force

Mr.

Christopher

Elliott

New Durham

Strafford

US Army

State Representative

Frank

Emiro

Londonderry

Rockingham

US Army

Mr.

John

Fahey

Manchester

Hillsborough

Ret. Captain, US Army

State Representative

Joseph

Fleck

Wakefield

Carroll

US Air Force

Mr.

Jeffrey

Frost

Manchester

Hillsborough

USMC and US Navy Reserve

State Representative

Larry

Gagne

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Navy

Mr.

Gary

Gahan

Merrimack

Hillsborough

US Marine Corps

Mr.

Peter

Galamaga

Bedford

Hillsborough

US Navy

Mr.

Jim

Gallagher

Conway

Carroll

US Navy

Mr.

Mike

Garrity

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Marine Corps

Mr.

Robert

Gates

Rochester

Strafford

US Navy

State Representative and Military Officers Association of America Official

John

Graham

Bedford

Hillsborough

US Army

Mr.

Will

Gregory

Merrimack

Hillsborough

US Navy

Mr.

Frank

Hastings

North Conway

Carroll

US Navy

State Representative

Ken

Hawkins

Bedford

Hillsborough

US Marine Corps

State Representative

Bob

Introne

Londonderry

Rockingham

US Air Force

Mr.

Edmund

Keefe

Derry

Rockingham

US Army

Mr.

Joe

Lachance

Manchester

Hillsborough

Ret. Corporal, US Army

Mr.

Tom

Lamy

Dover

Strafford

US Marine Corps

Mr.

Don

Lockhart

Kensington

Rockingham

US Army

Former State Senator

George

Lovejoy

Barrington

Strafford

US Navy

Mr.

Warner

Lund

Bedford

Hillsborough

US Navy Reserve

Mr.

Roland

Maheu

Laconia

Belknap

US Army

Mr.

Donald

McGarity

Tamworth

Carroll

US Navy

Mr.

Bernie

Mckay

Rochester

Strafford

US Air Force

Mr.

Jorge

Mesa-Tejada

Hampstead

Rockingham

US Marine Corps

Small Business Owner

Wilfred "Mitch"

Michaud

Rochester

Strafford

US Navy

Mr.

Joe

Paradis

Londonderry

Rockingham

US Air Force

Mr.

Martin

Paradis

Somersworth

Strafford

US Army

Mr.

David

Pereira

Gilford

Belknap

US Army

Blue Star Mother

Susan

Peterson

Weare

Hillsborough

 

Mr.

Jim

Phelan

Auburn

Rockingham

US Marine Corps

Mr.

Frederick

Rice

Hampton

Rockingham

US Army

Mr.

Jared

Rumford

Newfields

Rockingham

US Air Force

Mr.

John

Sangenario

Hampton

Rockingham

US Army

Mr.

Robert

Scolamiero

Jackson

Carroll

US Army

Mr.

David

Scott

Dover

Strafford

US Army

Mr.

Thomas

Seiler

Nottingham

Rockingham

US Army

Mr.

Ray

Shakir

North Conway

Carroll

US Navy Reserve

Mr.

Donald

Sorenson

Laconia

Belknap

US Navy

Mr.

Bill

St. Laurent

Portsmouth

Rockingham

US Air Force

Mr.

Mark

Starin

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Navy

Military Officers Association of America Official

Gary

Terhune

Rye

Rockingham

Lt. Col. US Army

Mr.

Robert

Therrian

North Conway

Carroll

US Army Reserve

Mr.

Brad

Thorp

Goffstown

Hillsborough

US Air Force

State Representative

James

Twombly

Rochester

Strafford

US Air Force

Mr.

John

Vattes

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Marine Corps

Mr.

Wayne

Webber

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Army

Mr.

Gary

Wheaton

Seabrook

Rockingham

US Air Force

Mr.

Thomas

White

Center Conway

Carroll

US Air Force

President of the New Hampshire's Reserve Officers Association

David

Kenney

Fitzwilliam

Cheshire

US Navy

Liberty House Coordinator

Kay

McCarthy

Manchester

Hillsborough

 

Liberty House Coordinator

Pat

McCarthy

Manchester

Hillsborough

US Navy

Immediate and Former Top NCO of New Hampshire

Michael

Rice

Nashua

Hillsborough

NH Army Guard

 

 



Tuesday
Apr132010

Shea-Porter to Present War Medals to WWII Veteran Tuesday

Dover, N.H. - On Tuesday, April 13, 2010, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will present World War II veteran Harry Trott of Silver Lake with the WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, Discharge Button, Honorable Service Lapel Pin (Ruptured Duck). Mr. Trott enlisted in the Navy at the age of 16 and he left for basic training on his 17th birthday.

Logistics:

What:  Medal Presentation for World War II Veteran Harry Trott

When:  Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 11:00 a.m.

Where: Office of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

104 Washington Street, Dover, NH 03820

 



Thursday
Mar252010

Shea-Porter Continues to Stand Up for New Hampshire Veterans  

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter helped pass several important pieces of legislation this week that will help the VA fight homelessness, increase job training opportunities for returning veterans, help protect a veteran’s home, and guarantee that payments for disabled veterans keep pace with the cost of living.  Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a former military spouse, has made veterans issues a top priority since first arriving to Washington.

“Many of our veterans face unique challenges and hardships, and these bills will help ensure that former service members have access to the programs they need and deserve,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “There are more than 130,000 veterans living in New Hampshire, and I will continue to support legislation that helps our veterans community.”

A summary of the bills is below.

End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2010 – Strengthens successful comprehensive programs for homeless veterans through investments, requires housing counselors to generate more veterans housing opportunities at each VA medical center with housing services, strengthens permanent housing programs, and pays special attention to the needs of homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children. 

National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2010 – Extends key reemployment rights to all of those called up for full-time National Guard duty, including those assigned to a homeland security mission.

Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2010 – Extends expiring protections that safeguard veteran homeowners from foreclosure immediately following deployment.

Energy Jobs for Veterans Act – Increases job opportunities for veterans by reimbursing employers for the cost of providing on-the-job training for veterans in the energy sector through a new “Veterans Energy Related Employment Program” of competitive grants.

Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010 – Increases the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, effective December 1, 2010.