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Friday
Jun062014

Rubens For US Senate - Campaign Announces Veterans Coalition Director 

 

Marine Corps veteran and advocate brings extensive experience to growing team

The Jim Rubens for U.S. Senate campaign announced today that Richard Brothers has been named Veterans Coalition Director. Brothers' extensive experience working on veterans issues adds a powerful component to the campaign's effort to address a variety of issues affecting veterans.

Brothers is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. As a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, Richard served as the chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee and has testified before Congress on veterans employment issues. He has served as an advisor on veterans issues for the campaigns of John McCain, George W. Bush, Craig Benson, and Charlie Bass.

For many years, Brothers worked to aid and support New Hampshire's homeless veterans and has tackled a variety of healthcare and employment issues for veterans.

"I have known Jim Rubens for many years, his selfless devotion to the people of New Hampshire and in particular those who have served in the defense of our country is well known," said Brothers. "It's an honor to be a part of his team as he works to become New Hampshire's next U.S. Senator. I can think of no stronger advocate for the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces than Jim Rubens."

Rubens says, "It's great to have Richard on board to help me build on our already strong support among New Hampshire's 130,000 vets. I want to be certain that veterans and veterans' issues such as VA healthcare, Second Amendment rights, strong national defense and global military strategy will be front and center in this election and after."

 

Wednesday
May282014

ALG's Daily Grind - Obama's promise to veterans 

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May 27, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Obama's promise to veterans
If only President Obama had taken his promises seriously and acted on the Inspector General report detailing problems within the Veterans' Association (VA) Health System that was published just prior to his inauguration in 2009. He didn't.

Cartoon: "Briefing Room"

Slideshow — Every scandal Obama found out about on TV
All of the White House's claimed ignorance leaves the American people ignorant of one important thing: who exactly is in charge of the executive branch of the United States government?

Your Technology Is Powered by Coal. Get Over It
You do not have to have an opinion on global warming, or coal itself, to see a logic problem with the posture of eschewing companies that produce coal, but supporting companies that use lots of it

Thursday
May082014

Citizens For A Strong NH - Web Video: Shea-Porter should stop hiding and stop lying 

 

 

Untruthfully uses New Hampshire veterans as an excuse to ban video cameras from a public event

Click image to watch video
 
(May 7, 2014) - Since being sworn into office last year, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) has made every attempt to hide from her constituents - particularly those who might disagree with her. However, she still tries to convince the media that she is an open and accessible congresswoman. That is far from the truth.

While Granite Staters are becoming used to Rep. Shea-Porter hiding from them, what happened last Friday in Conway at a veterans event was a new low even for the congresswoman.

Click HERE to watch the video.

The discussion, which was held at a local American Legion hall, was billed as a public event.  In the video, as we have seen in the past, Rep. Shea-Porter's staff banned video cameras from constituents, but allowed the media to attend and report.  The 'no video taping' rule was first relayed to us by a Granite State veteran leader who said it was her staff who implemented the ban. However, when we asked Rep. Shea-Porter's District Director about it, shockingly, he blamed the American Legion's policy.

Click HERE to watch the video.

It is important to note that while this is the first time Rep. Shea-Porter has used Granite State veterans as an excuse to hide from her constituents at taxpayer-funded public events, there are other instances, like this one, where she has banned the public from filming.

Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:

 

"Regardless of their varying positions on the issues, Granite Staters pride themselves on being represented with openness and accessibility. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, who refuses to hold truly public forums, has failed that test time and time again. They also expect their elected officials to govern with honesty and integrity. After seeing the actions of her staff in this video, sadly, she has failed to meet that requirement as well. 
 
"We continue to call on Congresswoman Shea-Porter to stop hiding from New Hampshire residents, but at the very least, stop lying to them. Stop using your constituents, particularly veterans, as an excuse to hide yourself from those whom you are expected to represent.  New Hampshire deserves better than that."
Saturday
Feb012014

NH Senate Passes Three Bills to Assist New Hampshire Veterans 

Legislation will increase educational and employment opportunities

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Senate today passed three bills designed to increase educational and employment opportunities for Granite State veterans.

After studying House Bill 624 over the summer, the Senate Finance Committee recommended its passage in order to ensure veterans who relocate to New Hampshire have access to affordable high-quality post-secondary education. The bill would waive the existing twelve-month residency requirement and permit veterans to attend the state’s public institutions at the in-state rate “immediately after establishing residence.”  The Finance Committee amended the bill to apply the change to the Community College System as well as the University System.

“Allowing our nation’s veterans who make New Hampshire their home to continue their education at reduced in-state rates is the least we can do in gratitude for their service,” said Senate Finance Chair Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith.  “This legislation was fully supported by the University and the Community College Systems and will greatly benefit our veterans seeking to further their education and improve their employment prospects.” 

Next, to support New Hampshire veterans’ transitioning back to the civilian workforce, Senate Executive Departments and Administration (ED&A) Chairman Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry, introduced Senate Bill 296, which would make it the policy of the State of New Hampshire to grant hiring preference to veterans applying for civil service positions.  The bill follows the recommendation of a legislative study committee and was crafted with input from the Department of Labor, the Department of Employment Services, and the Office of Veterans Services.

“Our veterans face unique challenges when transitioning from service to civilian life, yet we recognize that their training and experience have also prepared them with unique skills that can be of great benefit to the state and our public employers,” said Sen. Carson.  “This legislation will have an immediate effect on the veteran unemployment rate in New Hampshire and would encourage public employers to embrace the wealth of skills and knowledge our state’s veterans can bring to all levels of state and local public service.”

Relatedly, HB234 would require all of the state’s licensing and certification boards to accept training and education completed in the military towards meeting the qualifications required to receive the various licenses, certificates or registrations offered by the state.  “This legislation would allow New Hampshire veterans to apply their years of military training towards the licenses they need to start a business or apply for a job upon their return to the Granite State,” said Sen. Sam Cataldo, R-Farmington, a member of the Senate ED&A Committee.  “HB234 is common sense legislation that permits the state to recognize the outstanding training received by our nation’s service members and will assist New Hampshire veterans in their transition back to civilian life.”

All three bills passed the Senate earlier today on a voice vote.

Tuesday
Nov262013

Millys Tavern - Helping A Hero on Thanksgiving!!!!

Save the Date!

Wednesday, November 27th at 7pm

Wounded Army Medic SPC Medic Calvin Todd and his family need a specially adapted house to accommodate his living and mobility needs after sustaining severe injuries in Afghanistan. Calvin sustained a traumatic brain injury, as well as lost his lower left leg to a pressure plate IED while running to aid three other wounded American soldiers. His home will need to be adapted to accommodate a wheelchair, and aid him in living independently with his wife and one year old son.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at the Bo's Function Facility inside Milly's Tavern as we take a moment to celebrate this wonderful young man and his service to our country. There will be live entertainment provided by DJ Sean OBrien, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles along with food and drinks, as we take a bit of time to thank Calvin on Thanksgiving Eve. Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased in advance at Milly's Tavern, or by contacting either Robert WeintraubDebra ToddKatie VachonJennifer Hodgman or Tracey Harris-Whitehead. Tickets may also be purchased at Milly's Tavern on the night of the event.

For move information on Calvin's story go to adaptovercomelive.com. We thank you in advance for your help and look forward to seeing you at Milly's Tavern.