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Monday
Nov122012

NHGOP STATEMENT ON VETERAN'S DAY

Concord, NH- New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald released the following statement today in observance of Veteran's Day.

"On this Veteran's Day, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude and unwavering support to our men and women in uniform,  who have served our country, many of whom are still in active today. These brave men and women, in many cases, have made the ultimate sacrifice for the love of their country and to defend her honor and values. May God bless you and your families."
Monday
Nov122012

Carol Shea-Porter thanks veterans for their service

Rochester, NH- Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement:

Today, we pause again to thank our veterans. Throughout our history, America's small towns and large cities have brought forth men and women who answer their country's call.  I watched as my grandfathers' World War I generation marched in parades, and watched as my dad's World War II generation marched in parades, and then watched as our vets of the Korean War and Cold War joined them.  I watched as my husband's Vietnam era Vets lined up and the WWI group dropped away.  Now I watch as the Gulf War I vets and our newest Iraq and Afghanistan Vets show up to march, as the last of my dad's generation fade away.


Throughout it all, we have prayed for peace and prayed for the men and women who show up to preserve it or restore it.  Thank you to my husband, my dad, my grandfathers, and to all of the men and women who answered the call.  This Veterans Day, we gratefully remember those now gone, and honor those living, for their service to America.”

Sunday
Nov112012

Frank's Footnotes Newsletter: A Special Veteran's Day Message 

A Special Veteran's Day Message

This Monday, we as a nation will pause to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to our country, our veterans. These brave men and women work selflessly to protect the freedoms we hold so dear. I strongly believe anytime we send American men and women to foreign lands to defend our freedom, it is our solemn obligation and country’s highest priority to provide them with the care they need when they return.

I believe a promise made is a promise kept. Our veterans began their military service by taking an oath, swearing they would “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” They fulfilled that promise with their service. Now that they have left the Armed Forces, it is our duty as American citizens to honor that service with our respect, appreciation and active support.

I encourage all of you to take a moment to remember those that are still serving overseas and to keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you to all of New Hampshire’s veterans, may God bless you and your families.

Wednesday
Sep262012

Guinta For Congress - Veterans send letter to Shea-Porter 

Asking: “Why is it that you, throughout the 4 years you represented New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, never held a job fair for Granite State veterans and military families?”


(Manchester – September 25, 2012)   Today, military veterans from across New Hampshire submitted a letter to former Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  The letter was in response to her negative and false attacks against Frank Guinta regarding his strong record in support of our veterans. 

It also highlights the veterans’ job fair he hosted to help put those who served back to work and asks the following question: Why is it that you, throughout the 4 years you represented New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, never held a job fair for Granite State veterans and military families?”

The full letter is attached with signatures from 38 New Hampshire veterans. They await her response.

Tuesday
Sep252012

Shea-Porter For Congress - Guinta’s Votes Against Veterans 

New Hampshire- Congressman Frank Guinta has repeatedly voted against veterans in FY2012 and FY2013, and now he is upset that his record is being compared to Carol Shea-Porter's record for veterans in Congress. But here are some of Congressman Guinta’s votes against veterans.

•  Guinta Voted to Cut $11 Billion from Veterans Programs. Congressman Frank Guinta voted on March 29, 2012 for the Paul Ryan Budget Plan, which the Office of Management and Budget, in their March 20, 2012 analysis (http://images.politico.com/global/2012/03/120320_budgetanalysis.html ), said "cut discretionary veterans' programs, which overwhelmingly fund medical care, by $11 billion if that cut were applied across the board." (Roll Call Vote #151 is for passage of H Con Res 112, also known as the Ryan Budget.)

•   The Congressional Research Service (CRS) in their July 28, 2011 report titled "Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY 2012 Appropriations" (page 10) says, "The FY2012 budget submitted by the Administration called for funding the VA at a level of $128.27 billion for FY2012. This is an increase of $7.63 billion, or 6.3%, compared to the FY2011-enacted appropriation...HR. 2055, as passed by the House, provides total funding for the VA of $127.80 billion for FY2012."  Congressman Guinta joined the House Republicans in voting to cut $476 million to the President’s request in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

•  Congressman Guinta voted against millions in additional funding for suicide prevention and PTSD on June 14, 2011. As reported by the Library of Congress (Thomas.gov—under HR 2055, All Congressional Actions With Amendments), “The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same [HR 2055] back to the House with an amendment to increase funds for veterans medical services for post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide prevention by $20 million and offsets it with a $25 million reduction in the Department of Veteran Affairs' information technology programs.”

• And finally, Congressman Guinta voted against increasing housing assistance for veterans twice. Congressman Guinta voted against increasing housing assistance for veterans by $75 Million.  HR 1 in 2011 completely left out funding for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH). As FactCheck.org reported on April 8, 2011, “The GOP bill would continue funding for the existing 29,950 vouchers. But it would not provide $75 million for an additional 10,000 in new vouchers, as Congress has done now for three straight years.” Time Magazine on April 8, 2011, had an article by Rajiv Srinivasan (who was a Stryker platoon leader in Afghanistan) titled “The Budget Ax: Why Homeless Veterans But Not NASCAR?” Srinivasan wrote, “Unfortunately, in the recent round of intense budget cuts in Congress, this small funding for the homeless-shelter project was slashed, along with a total of $75 million in homeless-veteran benefits.”

Naomi Andrews, Campaign Manager for Carol Shea-Porter, released the following statement. “Congressman Frank Guinta should have voted for veterans, and he also should have stayed in Washington for another month and demanded action on HR 5683, The Veterans Jobs Corp Act. Carol, who was a military spouse, looks forward to serving again on the Armed Services Committee and working for our troops and our vets.”

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