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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.


Garcia For Congress (CD2) - Gary Lambert to Chair Marilinda Garcia’s Veterans Coalition 



Concord, NH– Marilinda Garcia, Republican nominee for New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District, released the following statement announcing former State Senator Gary Lambert as the chair of her Veterans for Marilinda coalition:

“Senator Gary Lambert is a true leader who has proven his dedication to serving the people of New Hampshire. I am proud to have him endorse my campaign for Congress, and I am honored to announce that he will chair my campaign's “Veterans for Marilinda Coalition.”

Garcia went on to say “this race is about one thing: electing an honest leader who will ensure that New Hampshire remains independent and free from federal overreach. I commend Senator Lambert for his efforts to unite the people of New Hampshire and strengthen our movement for ‘opportunity for all.’ I look forward to working closely with Senator Lambert in this election, and ensuring that every citizen in New Hampshire has an equal opportunity to succeed. 

Former State Senator Gary Lambert said the following in his announcement:

“Marilinda Garcia is a principled, honest, and independent leader who will guarantee that New Hampshire is fully prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. She will be the voice in Congress that New Hampshire deserves, and will rectify the profound transformation of America that has been caused by big spending politicians like President Obama and Ann Kuster.”

Lambert went on to say “as a 35-year veteran of the Marine Corps, and someone who has dedicated much of my life to public service, I appreciate Marilinda’s commitment to improving the lives of the people of New Hampshire. I am honored to chair her Veterans for Marilinda coalition, and I look forward to having her represent the 2nd District in Congress.” 


Guinta For Congress (CD1) - National Veterans Organization Endorses Guinta for Congress  

Veterans' Vision Endorses Frank Guinta in his Race for Congress

Team Guinta is proud to announce that VETERANS' VISION, a national advocacy group dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of veterans causes has endorsed Frank Guinta in his race for Congress. Today's release marks the 27th consecutive week of endorsement releases Team Guinta has issued since the first week of March.

Since 1993, the VETERANS' VISION publication has used the power of the media to highlight issues of importance to our nation's heroes on Capitol Hill and across the United States.

Frank Guinta had this to say following the endorsement:

"Those who would give their lives on our behalf in defense of the ideals upon which this nation was founded deserve nothing less than the very best care we have to offer. It is entirely unacceptable that New Hampshire veterans face extended wait times and significant hurdles with regard to their health care. As your next Congressman, I will fight to house those without homes, employ those without jobs and provide health care for those without access."

In their endorsement of Frank Guinta, VETERANS' VISION remarked on the job fair Congressman Guinta held specifically for veterans, his oversight of the VA as a Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and his introduction of legislation to provide access to care for veterans in New Hampshire. You can view the full release HERE:

Some highlights are below:

“Mr. Guinta has been a time-honored friend to veterans in New Hampshire. When he was a Congressman, he enacted important and decisive legislation to help our nation’s veterans. We believe he is the best choice in the GOP primary election,” stated Brian Hampton MAJ USAR (ret), publisher of the VETERANS’ VISION.

"If an effort to give veterans the assistance they need and deserve, Cong. Guinta took it upon himself to introduce legislation to provide access to care for veterans within the state."

Mr. Guinta has sponsored numerous job fairs aimed at putting unemployed or underemployed vets in contact with potential employers, and before leaving Congress in 2012 had his eye on initiating pay increases for active duty military and veterans alike.



Smith For US Senate - Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Endorses Bob Smith 


Bedford (August 23, 2014) - Senator Bob Smith has received a major endorsement from the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition in Washington, DC.

The Coalition consists of 70 veterans organizations and veterans advocacy groups, which represents over 250,000 veterans.

Stating in their letter of endorsement, Chairman John J. Malloy said, “Your experience, leadership, and patriotism are especially needed in the Senate at this particular time in our history when our beloved country is at risk, not only from foreign terrorists, but also from domestic advocates of extreme social and economic ‘reform’ and the weaklings who fail to confront them.”

No stranger to our country’s veterans and their issues, Bob Smith served on the House Veterans Affairs Committee for 6 years and on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee for 12 years. He visited men and women at their duty stations on ships, aircraft, military installations and training facilities all over the world and at home.

Senator Smith is a Vietnam Veteran, having served on active duty with the Navy during the Vietnam War.

“I am extremely honored and pleased to receive this major endorsement from my fellow veterans and I look forward to returning to the U.S. Senate and to continuing the fight on behalf of our veterans and members of our armed forces,” said Senator Smith.
The endorsement letter appears below.

Paid for by Friends of Senator Bob Smith



Rubens For US Senate - Rubens Campaign Rolls Out Veterans Steering Committee 

As part of its ongoing effort to reach out and speak up on veterans' issues, the Jim Rubens for U.S. Senate campaign unveiled the members of its Veterans Steering Committee today.


While veterans issues have been an important part of the U.S. Senate campaign,  Rubens was the only Senate candidate to speak at the Disabled American Veterans convention in Gorham, the only Senate candidate to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Bartlett and was the first Senate candidate to call for a voucher program veterans who were stuck on the VA waitlist.


Chris Adams, Brookline

Woody Alwood, Stark

Emile Beaulieu, Goffstown

Nathan Berg, Laconia

Josh Brothers, Concord

Richard Brothers, Sanbornton

Mike Bruno, Bethlehem

Dave Clark, Tilton

Frank Emiro, Londonderry

Jim Forsythe, Strafford

Bill Foster, New Boston

Jeff Gaudet, Campton

Ray Hayes, Milford

Tony Matos, Meredith

Constance Morrison, Holderness

Jeff Musheno, Alexandria

Jared Propri, Northfield

Henry Rodeschin, Newport

Skip Rollins, Newport

Gordon Spencer, Dover

Alan Tripp, Holderness

Todd Valyou, Franklin

Chris Wheeler, Lancaster