Funding, Access Issues For Programs Serving Returning Troops

May 14, 2013

U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter joins a discussion on the needs of troops once they come home.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

First District Congresswoman Carol-Shea Porter joined a roundtable discussion Tuesday on veterans and military families at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord.

The discussion focused on the needs of New Hampshire’s returning troops and their families and services available to them.

Representative Shea-Porter says she’s worked to make sure they have the benefits they need, but says nonprofit organizations are critical to helping troops transition once back home.

“Because of this long-term war, we have people who are going to be affected, impacted, and everybody around them, for their whole lives. And there’s no way any government can do this by itself.”

Many nonprofit leaders at the roundtable said lack of funding is a serious problem.

But Alane Hill with the Friends Program in Concord says many veterans aren’t aware of the services available to them.

“This opportunity here to learn more about how we can reach out to those military families and returning veterans who have some challenges integrating into civilian life, we would love to be able to reach out and do more.”

The roundtable was part of the Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism.