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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


NHDP - Brown Refusing to Give Straight Answer on Whether He’d Support Vets Bill With Shaheen Provision

Ducks Questions on Legislation That Would Help
NH Vets Access Health Care

Manchester, NH— While his latest TV commercial offers veterans empty promises, Scott Brown is refusing to answer whether he supports a major bill introduced by Republican John McCain that would help New Hampshire veterans get better access to health care—legislation supported by Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte. The bill includes a key provision offered by Shaheen and Ayotte to improve access to care for New Hampshire veterans. It would allow veterans in New Hampshire - because New Hampshire doesn't have a full service VA hospital - to receive health care services from certain non-VA medical facilities if they live more than twenty miles from a full service VA provider.
Kevin Landrigan of the Nashua Telegraph wrote, “Asked if Brown supports the McCain-Sanders pending bill, Brown’s campaign declined to comment.” Kathleen Ronayne of the Concord Monitor also wrote that Brown evaded answering the question by spitting out tired talking points that had nothing to do with whether he would support the McCain-Sanders bill and Shaheen’s provision.
“It’s a shame that Scott Brown is refusing to tell New Hampshire veterans where he stands on a bill that is critical to improving their helath care, but relies instead on empty promises in campaign advertising,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Granite Staters deserve better than a calculating politician who is desperately trying to revive his career. Veterans in New Hampshire deserve a Senator who is working for them—not one who is working to get himself back to the Senate.”
“Scott Brown is refusing to give people in New Hampshire straight answers on important issues. He's refusing to explain his opposition to expanding Medicaid and increasing the minimum wage. And now he is refusing to tell Granite Staters if he would support the McCain-Sanders bill, which includes the Shaheen-Ayotte language to help Granite State veterans access health care,” continued McClain





MANCHESTER - On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Brown campaign released a web video titled "Lest We Forget" that pays tribute to the brave servicemembers who stormed the beaches of Normandy to protect our nation's freedom and liberties.

“Seventy years ago today, the heroism and bravery shown on the beaches of Normandy changed the course of our world forever,” said Brown. “To the thousands who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms that day, thank you. We can never re-pay what you did for us, and we will never forget your service."

The 30-second web video features historic footage of D-Day, blended with patriotic shots of our nation's brave veterans and scenes from Brown’s recent retirement ceremony from the Army National Guard.

Click here to watch the video.

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."