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Sun July 20, 2014
Federal Rules Stymie N.H. Easter Seals Efforts To Bid On National Guard Contract
A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families is caught in a disagreement over whether aiding one group of veterans could end up hurting another. The Deployment Cycle Support Care Coordination Program has helped 3,000 individuals with suicide prevention, mental health care, employment and housing since 2007. It's run by the Department of Health and Human Services, the New Hampshire National Guard and Easter Seals New Hampshire. But that could change soon because federal rules require the project to be put out to bid, with preference given to small businesses owned by disabled veterans. That means Easter Seals couldn't bid unless no one else meets the criteria. The nonprofit says it will try to continue delivering the services even if it doesn't get the contract.
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