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Ovide for Governor Announces Veterans Leadership Team & Coalition

Campaign also releases over 100 members of Veterans for Ovide

Manchester, NH - Demonstrating strong and growing grassroots support from the state’s veterans community, the Ovide for Governor campaign today released its Veterans for Ovide steering committee and the names of over 100 veterans who have joined the coalition to date.

Veterans for Ovide is chaired by retired Air Force Major Griffin Dalianis, past Chairman of the State Veterans Advisory Committee and a longtime advocate for disabled veterans.  Joining Major Dalianis as co-chairs are Corporal Jack Barnes, U.S. Army, retired, Commander John Roller, U.S. Navy, retired, Sergeant Kent Nolan, U.S. Air Force, Captain Lynne Ferrari-Blankenbeker, U.S. Navy and Jim Adams, U.S. Navy E-5, retired. 

Discussing her reasons for supporting Ovide, coalition co-chair Rep. Lynne Ferrari-Blankenbecker said, “When I returned from my tour as a Navy nurse in Afghanistan earlier this year, Ovide was among the first to welcome me home. Since my return we have had a number of conversations about veteran's issues in our state and it is obvious to me he understands the needs of our community.  Ovide is my choice for Governor because I know he respects and values New Hampshire's veterans, he is a perfect choice to be the Commander in Chief of New Hampshire's State military.”

Co-chair John Roller added, “As a retired veteran, impeccable character and a commitment to fiscal conservatism are important to me when deciding which candidates to back.  I support Ovide because he not only has these characteristics but he has also shown himself to be genuinely concerned with the welfare of servicemembers and military families across New Hampshire.” 

The Veterans for Ovide coalition is comprised of active and retired servicemembers of every branch of the military and includes residents of every county in the state.

“I am honored and humbled to have the support of so many veterans across the Granite State and am excited to be announcing this coalition on Independence Day,” said Lamontagne.  “They have served and sacrificed to protect this state and our country and we are forever in their debt.  As Governor, I will be a tireless advocate for the state’s veteran community and will ensure we honor our commitments to them.”

Below is a list of coalition members, organized alphabetically by last name.

James Adams USN E-5 Pittsfield
Henry Ahern USAF Sergeant Plymouth
Bob Allard Air Natl Guard Sergeant Portsmouth
Brett Balise USMC E-4 Moltonboro
Sen. Jack Barnes US Army Corporal Raymond
Emile Beaulieu USAF Sr. Master Sergeant Goffstown
Dr. Andy Benoit US Army Private First Class Hancock
Rep. Lynne Ferrari-Blankenbeker USN Captain Concord
Rep. Regina Birdsell USN Yeoman 1st Class Hampstead
Carolyn Boland US Army 1st Lieutenant Hancock
Leigh Bosse USAF 1st. Lieutenant Hillsborough
Rep. Lester Bradley USMC SSG Thornton
Richard Brown US Army Sergeant Moltonboro
Peter Burdett USN Commander Bow
John Byron US Army E-6 Epping
Alan Cail USN E-5 Manchester
Joseph H. Cartwright USAF Captain Alstead
Paul Casaletto USAF Airman 1st Class Deering
Rep. John Cebrowski USMC Captain Bedford
Louis Cizmadia USN Seaman Windham
Dan Clancy USAF Major Weare
Jarvis Coffin USMC 1st. Lieutenant Hancock
Sam Cohen US Army E-5 Concord
Rep. William Condra USN Chf. Petty Officer Wilton
Ed Coughlin US Army Spec 4th Hancock
Bruce Couturier USN Petty Officer Deering
John Courturier USN BME Goffstown
James Cowan III USMC Captain Deering
Cheri Cywinski USN Yeoman 2nd Class Nashua
Dr. Griffin Dalianis USAF Major Nashua
Romeo Danais US Army Specialist 4th Class Nottingham
Dave Dalrymple US Army Spc. 4th Class Salem
Sen. Tom DeBlois US Army Corporal Manchester
Jerry Delemus USMC Sergeant Rochester
Sam DeYoung USAF Prvt. Fist Class Swanzey
Jim Donini USN EM - 1 Pittsfield
Rep. Dan Donovan US Army Private Deering
Don Duhamel USAF/Army Master Sergeant Manchester
Royce Elkins USAF Sergeant Pittsfield
Ted Faller USN Lieutenant Center Harbor
Joe Fegan US Army E-4 Center Harbor
George Fellendorf USN Seamen Appentice Keene
Charles Finefrock Jr. USN Seaman Manchester
John W. Flanders USN Seaman Kingston
Robert C. Flanders USMC Reserve Sergeant Henniker
James Foote USN Petty Officer 3rd Class Hampstead
Desmond M. Ford USMC Private First Class Hancock
Ray Fournier USN E-5 Hillsborough
Steve Forster US Army SF Captain Henniker
Rep. Bob Fredette US Army Sergeant Major E-9 Hillsborough
Jeff Frost USMC Captain Manchester
Gary A. Gahan USMC Corporal Merrimack
Bob Giuda USMC Captain Warner
Rep. Brandon Giuda USN Captain Chichester
William Goldthwaite USAF Master Sergeant Goffstown
Craig Graham US Army SSG Pelham
John Graham USArmy Lt. Col Bedford
Mark T. Groves USMC Gunnery Sergeant Derry
Rep. Bart Hardwick US Army E-5 Francestown
Rep. Ken Hawkins USMC E-5 Bedford
Mike Hayes US Army E-5 Plymouth
Ray Hayes USAF Tech.Sergeant Milford
Rep. Dick Hinch USN Petty Officer Merrimack
Larry Johnson USAF Airman 1st Class Francestown
Bill Joransen USN Captain Nashua
Robert Kell US Army Private Hancock
George Kidd USAF Airman 1st Class Hancock
Jack Kimball USN E-5 Dover
John Kroehler, Jr. USAF Captain Manchester
Arthur Krueger USAF Captain Hillsborough
Derek MacMillen Kittredge USAF Sergeant Rochester
Bill Miller USN HM -3 Pittsfield
Richard LaFlamme US Army MSgt. Frankln
Cheryl LeBrun US Army Captain Loudon
Rep. Don LeBrun USMC/USArmy USM Gunnery Srgt. Nashua
Gerard Leduc USN Petty Officer 3rd Class Pittsfield
Paul Lapage US Army E-7 Epsom
Samuel K. Lessey USAF Brg. General Hancock
Eric J. Letendre US Army Lieutenant Colonel Concord
Rick Levasseur USAF E-4 Hudson
Rep. Mark Lindsley USMCR MSgt. Henniker
Tony Marino USAF Airman 2nd Class Pembroke
Donald McGillicuddy USMC Corporal Meredith
Brain McNulty USMC/USA E-6 Henniker
Vincent Milano Sr. US Army E-6 Epping
Vincent Milano US Army E-4 Epping
Walt Morse US Army E-5 Hillsborough
Fred Murphy USN SOG - 3 Hillsborough
Jim Nash USN E-6 Henniker
Chris Nevins USAF Lt. Col. Hampton
Jack Neylon USN Petty Officer 1st.class Littleton
Kent Nolan USAF Sergeant Goffstown
John M. Potucek USAF Staff Sergeant Derry
Roger Racette USAF SSG Hillsborough
Frank Reczkowski US Army Sergeant Candia
John Roller USN Commander Hooksett
David E. Sherman USMC Major New Boston
Howard Sherman USAF Lt. Col Hancock
Nahida Sherman USAF Col. Hancock
Roy Shoults Sr. US Army Private Manchester
Ron Silva USN Petty Officer 3rd Class New Boston
Walter Stiles USMC Staff Sergeant Manchester
Prescott Towle USA Sergeant Epsom
Merrill J. Shepard US Army Spc. 4th Class Weare
Brian Stacey USN E-3 Manchester
R. James Steiner US Army Major Concord
Paul J. St. Pierre USMC Reserve 1st. Lieutenant Jaffrey
Jorge Mesa-Tejada USMC Sergeant Hampstead
Jon Tollman USAF E-5 Moltonboro
Jim Twombly USAF Lt. Col. Rochester
John Vattes USMC PFC Manchester
Robert Verdonck US Army Sergeant E-5 Wolfboro
Kenneth D. Wargo USMC PFC New Boston

Note: Use of military rank and job titles does not imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or any department thereof.


US Rep Bass to Tour Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Nashua, Address American Legion Convention 

Friday, June 22, 2012, starting at 10:00 a.m.

NASHUA, NH – On Friday, June 22, 2012, starting at 10:00 a.m., Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) will tour the new Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Nashua and address the New Hampshire American Legion at their annual convention in Manchester.

Members of the media are invited to attend Bass’ events on Friday:

10:00 a.m.: Tour the new Norris Cotton Cancer Center and meet with executives from Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the American Cancer Society to discuss the role that cancer research plays in saving lives.  Bass will be joined by other members of the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation, Mark Israel, MD, the Director of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Chris Hanson, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and Gerald Gehr, MD, a clinician and researcher at NCCC and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua for the briefing and tour. 

The Norris Cotton Cancer Center is located at 2300 Southwood Drive in Nashua (off exit 8 on the Everett Turnpike).

Bass is the lead Republican sponsor of bipartisan legislation, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act, to streamline breast cancer research and ensure the most promising projects receive funding.  The legislation now has more than 220 cosponsors.

11:20 a.m.: Address the American Legion Department of New Hampshire at their annual convention.  The convention will take place at the Radisson Hotel, located at 700 Elm Street in Manchester.


US Rep Bass to Visit Crisis Center, Present Flag to Veterans at Senior Living Facility in Keene

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, starting at 10:00 a.m.

KEENE, NH – On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, starting at 10:00 a.m., Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) will visit the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention in Keene and later present a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to a senior living facility to honor the community’s veterans.

10:00 a.m.: Visit the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention and participate in a roundtable discussion about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and other policy issues. Bass will meet staff at their offices at 12 Court Street, Suite 103, at 10:00 a.m., and then the group will walk to the Keene Public Library (Trustee Room), located at 60 Winter Street, at approximately 10:20 a.m. for the roundtable discussion.

Bass has been a strong supporter of reauthorizing VAWA in a bipartisan manner.  He voted against a House bill last month that would have had an impact on crisis centers in New Hampshire and did not adequately protect all victims of abuse.  Bass also joined seven of his colleagues in urging House Leadership to consider a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the program.  Bass is the lead Republican cosponsor of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize three existing health programs within VAWA that are designed to strengthen the health care system’s response to and identification of victims through an enhanced public health response to abuse.

11:30 a.m.: Present a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol to Bentley Commons, a senior assisted living facility in Keene, which just constructed a new flagpole on their property.  In time for Flag Day on June 14th, Bass will present a flag to recognize the veterans who are now living at the facility.  Bentley Commons is located at 197 Water Street in Keene.


Maggie Hassan Statement on Memorial Day 

MANCHESTER – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement on Memorial Day.    

"From the battlefields of Lexington and Concord to Afghanistan and Iraq, brave men and women have given their lives to keep us safe and free. On this Memorial Day weekend, let us pause to remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and liberty. As the daughter of a World War II veteran, I know firsthand that our country has long been kept secure by the proud and selfless service of our citizen soldiers. That tradition continues today.

So on this Memorial Day, let us also thank and honor the brave men and women abroad and at home who are serving in our nation’s armed forces keep our country, state and communities safe.  We should all work to support their families and pray for their safe return."  


US Rep Bass Hosts Telephone Town Hall Meeting with NH Veterans

WASHINGTON – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) hosted a telephone town hall meeting with more than 3,000 veterans and servicemembers across New Hampshire tonight.

Participating in the call along with Bass was Lisa Aldridge, the Transition Assistance Advisor for the State of New Hampshire, and Miguel Moralez, the Veterans Business Development Officer for the Small Business Administration in New Hampshire.  Participants on the call were able to ask questions and obtain information about services such as health care, counseling, employment assistance, and other resources for veterans and servicemembers.

Bass said:

“I am committed to making sure those who have selflessly served our nation receive the care and benefits they have earned and deserve.  One of the most rewarding parts of my job as the Representative for New Hampshire’s Second District is to help constituents resolve problems they may be having with the federal government.  I hope tonight’s call was helpful to those who joined us and I encourage any constituent who is having issues with a federal agency to contact me at my Nashua or Concord Offices so we can help you out right away.”

Constituents can contact Bass’ Concord Office at (603) 226-0064 or his Nashua Office at (603) 595-7701 for assistance in dealing with a federal agency.