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VA
4:27 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Vets Hopeful, Skeptical New Law Will Bring Choice Outside VA System

Veterans and their families listen to a presentation at the VA clinic in Conway.
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Last April, the news broke that 40 veterans had died while waiting for medical care from a VA Hospital in Arizona. That provoked a national outcry at long wait times for sick vets.

Congress passed a $16.3 billion law to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Administration, and a crucial aspect of that law is now unfolding in New Hampshire. The idea is for the VA to pay for medical treatment outside the VA system.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Homelessness In New Hampshire

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A recent report shows that the overall population is down, but the problem persists and has even increased among certain groups including veterans.  Now, with diverse efforts across the state to help the homeless, there is active discussion, and some disagreement, within communities about the best approach.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Iraq War Veterans: Stories From The Homefront

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We're talking with Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post reporter David Finkel about his work covering the lives of Iraq War veterans -- their experiences in war and returning home, where they often face what Finkel calls the "after-war." 

Finkel will give a free public lecture this Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Exeter. For more information, go to www.congchurchexeter.org.

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Veteran's Day
2:13 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Governor, Congressional Leaders Honor State's 130,000 Vets

Major General William Reddel of the N.H. National Guard speaks to a crowd of about 2,000 as (L to R) Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Congresswoman Ann Kuster look on.
Credit Jack Rodolico

Ceremonies were held around the state Tuesday in honor of Veteran’s Day. Governor Maggie Hassan and most of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation paid their respects at an event at the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen.

About 2,000 people were in attendance for the morning ceremony. Veterans with leather vests and chest-length beards stood alongside trim soldiers on horseback; they and their families listened to top state officials express gratitude for their patriotic service.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans In Performing Arts

There’s a non-profit organization in Portsmouth with the aim of bringing veterans from all branches of the U.S. Military into the performing arts, both on and off the stage.  Jonathan Rockwood Hoar is the Artistic Director of Veterans In Performing Arts. He spoke with Morning Edition about how it started and what it has meant for those who participate.

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North Country
3:50 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

VA Expanding Medical Facilities In The North Country

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Veterans in the North Country should soon find it easier to get medical care with a VA medical clinic in Littleton moving into a larger facility next spring and a new center opening this year in Colebrook.

A 10,000-square foot facility now under construction at the Mt. Eustis Commons on Cottage Street will be about twice as big as the clinic’s current home.

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Newscast
11:20 am
Sat July 19, 2014

96 Years Later, WWI Vet's Family Receives His Combat Medals

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The family of a World War I veteran from New Hampshire has been presented with some long-overdue service medals.   Frank Silva's son, Cmdr. Frank Silva, and daughter, Kathleen Talley, received the Purple Heart and other medals on Friday at the American Legion, Post 37 in Hooksett.   Sen. Jeanne Shaheen presented the medals.   Silva served in France after enlisting in the Army in July 1917. Silva was originally assigned to the Yankee Division, which would later become the 101st Field Artillery Unit. During his time in the Army, Mr.

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NH News
1:47 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Sen. Shaheen Calls On House To Pass Veterans Bill

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in Concord at an event where a group of veterans endorsed her re-election bid. She called on House lawmakers to pass a veterans bill.
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A group of veterans gathered in Concord Monday to throw their support behind re-electing New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Several of the veterans endorsing the former New Hampshire governor pointed to her political experience in the Granite State.

Retired US Air Force Colonel Gail Prince of Bedford says Shaheen has been supporting veterans’ issues in New Hampshire going back to her time as a state Senator.

“She knows who to reach out to here in the state to get New Hampshire’s position, the people’s position, on an issue.”

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NH News
3:32 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

N.H. Opens First Criminal Court For Veterans

New Hampshire's governor and top judicial and military officials gathered to dedicate the state's first court designed to handle the criminal cases of military veterans.

Located in Nashua, the court will focus intensive treatment to address the substance abuse, trauma and anger management issues that often drive veterans' crimes.

Major General William Reddel — adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard — said the court is not about providing a get-out-of-jail-free card. He said it's about fixing the problems behind the crimes.

NH News
12:30 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

N.H. Marine To Be Laid To Rest In Veterans Cemetery

Brandon Garabrant
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A New Hampshire Marine killed last month by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan will be laid to rest Saturday.

A memorial service will be held Saturday morning for Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant at ConVal High School in Peterborough.

Garabrant was 19 years old and graduated from ConVal last year.

Following the service, he will be buried at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

Garabrant lived in Greenfield and was a volunteer member of the Temple Fire Department.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Digging Into Veteran's Health Care In N.H.

Manchester's VA Medical Center
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Reports of long wait times and false record-keeping at veterans facilities have rocked the country, leading to the resignations at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and a system-wide audit to get to the root of the problems.  We’ll talk with New Hampshire veterans and a top VA official here about how well this state cares for its veterans.

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NH News
10:10 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Nashua VFW Post's Search For A Home Highlights Stereotypes, Flagging Membership

A member of VFW Post #483 is silhouetted as he salutes the flag during closing ceremony on April 7, 2013, in front of a slideshow depicting the 92-year history of the post.
Credit Carol Robidoux for NHPR

It's been more than a year since the flag was lowered for the last time outside VFW Post 483 on Quincy Street in Nashua. But upkeep on the nearly century-old building was breaking the organization's bank, especially after sinking $100,000 into a new sprinkler system in 2012 to comply with the city's building code.

So last April, rather than dig themselves into a bigger financial hole, the VFW sold the building and handed over the keys to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Homeless Shelter, which was operating across town out of a much smaller building.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Iraq On The Brink: U.S. Weighs Options As Jihadis Advance

Iraqi army soldiers and volunteers in Baghdad on Saturday
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A powerful group of radical Islamists has been overwhelming Iraqi cities and towns. The stunning onslaught has the capital Baghdad now girding for battle and the U.S. grappling with how best to deal with the threat. We’ll look at the situation there and at American options.

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Newscast
7:22 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Veterans Home Among Those Requesting Capital Funds

New Hampshire's Veterans Home is asking for $7 million for a third floor addition in the next capital budget — one of 150 projects submitted for consideration.

Veterans Home officials will make their pitch Tuesday at a hearing on the $227 million in spending requested by state agencies.

Gov. Maggie Hassan opened the two-days of hearings Monday with a warning that not all the projects will make the final cut next year when the governor and Legislature decide priorities. The capital budget approved last year was for $125 million from general tax funding.

NH News
9:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

N.H. Congressional Delegation: Shinseki Should Resign Over VA Scandal

New Hampshire's entire Congressional delegation now agrees that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should resign.

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte called on Shinseki to resign a week ago, while the three Democrats — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Annie Kuster and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter — did so on Wednesday.

They were prompted by a scathing new report that found systemic problems in the medical system for military veterans.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Stories From Dartmouth's Vietnam Veterans

In a new book, these veterans relate their experiences: from harrowing jungle combat to the dullness of desk-duty.  They also reflect on the drama surrounding the war in this country and on its legacy today.  We talk with the editor of this book and several veterans whose stories are included.

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Word of Mouth
12:11 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

5.21.14: The Veterans Writing Project, Music Rivalries, And Making "Exile On Main Street"

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As a soldier, an army officer, and then a Foreign Service officer Ron Capps experienced five wars in ten years, and came home with severe PTSD. Today on Word of Mouth, he discusses founding the Veterans Writing Project, and the power of the written word in coping with the psychic wounds of war. Then, from Scottish bag pipes in the mid-18th century to Metallica in the mid-2000s, we’ll take a brief tour through the history of music as a weapon of war. Plus, a diehard Oasis fan is forced to admit that the band’s rivalry with Blur has unfairly colored his perception for the past 20 years.

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Newscast
1:05 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Veterans Group Raises Money For Special Housing At Dartmouth

A nonprofit group is raising money to buy a home for veterans who attend Dartmouth College.  Project VetCare Inc. has received an anonymous pledge of $375,000 toward the home's $475,000 purchase price and is hoping to raise the rest by May 31.  Co-founder Robert Chambers told the Valley News that the group plans to renovate the house with volunteer labor and use the rent that veteran tenants pay to support its programs, which include helping veterans navigate their health care and benefits and preventing foreclosures and evictions.

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Word of Mouth
1:01 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

3.17.14: Redeployment, Prosthetic Drum Arm & Paddy Moloney

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Happy St. Patrick's Day, the day when everyone gets to be Irish! Doff your green cap, sip (or chug responsibly) your green drink, and tune into Word of Mouth. Slàinte! 

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Health
6:12 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

N.H. Veterans Face Stigma Over Mental Health Treatment

Major General Bill Reddel of the N.H. National Guard
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A new report finds New Hampshire veterans face stigma and a complicated health system when seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

The findings come from a Commission created by the state legislature to investigate barriers to care and treatment of PTSD and TBI for the state’s 115,000 veterans.

The Commission, which is composed of military and civilian leaders, surveyed 1,100 vets. Thirty percent responded they weren’t getting the help they needed because of stigma over their mental health needs.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

N.H. Veterans And Post Traumatic Stress

Homecoming ceremony for members of the N.H. National Guard's 197th Fires Brigade at the Manchester Armory, 8/29/11
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After more than a decade of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, American troops are coming home.  For many, it’s a wonderful time, to return to family and a normal life. But for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, the transition is a rough road.   In New Hampshire, more a quarter who fought in these wars say they’ve struggled with PTSD, and a fifth with some kind of brain injury.

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NH News
12:36 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

N.H. Welcomes National Guard Unit Back From Afghanistan

New Hampshire's elected officials joined the state's military leaders to welcome home a medevac unit that recently returned from Afghanistan.   The 169th MEDEVAC unit went to Afghanistan in September 2012. Made up of National Guard units from New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Missouri, the group became known as "Jigsaw'' to reflect the merger of different units.  The medics performed 471 lifesaving missions and carried 427 patients to higher levels of care.    Soldiers in the unit, which returned in August, earned several medals including Bronze Stars.  The ceremony was at 11 a.m.

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NH News
12:31 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

N.H. Remembers Pearl Harbor Attack

"A Pearl Harbor survivor, salutes the Arizona memorial during a wreath laying ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam."
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 In line with national tradition, Governor Maggie Hassan proclaimed Saturday "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day'' to mark the 72nd commemoration of the attack that drew the United States into World War II.   Hassan  directed flags in the state to be flown at half-staff.   The attack by planes launched from Japanese aircraft carriers on Dec. 7, 1941, devastated the American naval fleet stationed at the Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii.       More than 2,000 members of the U.S. military died in the attack.   

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NH News
9:56 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Gov. Hassan: Veterans Day A Time To Show Respect To Those Who've Served

Gov. Maggie Hassan speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony at the State House in Concord.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Governor Maggie Hassan spoke at a Veterans Day ceremony at the State House this morning.

She says the day is a time for ordinary citizens to show the respect and admiration they have for those who have served.

“I don’t know that we can ever really do anything that matches the commitment and sacrifices that you have all made, but today is one of the ways we try to do that.”

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

REBROADCAST: The Last of the Doughboys

In his new book, The Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin reflects on the First World War through the eyes of dozens of centenarians who experienced its battles but rarely told its stories. Rubin discovers what he calls a neglected “great generation”, the overlooked and under-appreciated war they fought in, and how that conflict shaped our modern world.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Granite State Communities Observe Veterans Day

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On this Veterans Day, communities across New Hampshire are holding ceremonies, banquets, and parades honoring those who have served in the military.   

Many events will start at or around 11:00 this morning, in honor of the holiday’s roots.  Originally, Veterans Day was called “Armistice Day,” honoring the end of World War I on November 11th at 11:00, in 1918. 

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NH News
12:36 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

New England VA Facilities Face Massive Claims Backlog

Credit Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller / U.S. Air Force

The backlog of disability claims under review by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has shrunk dramatically since earlier this year. But the VA's offices in New England still have more than 18,000 pending claims. 

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NH News
12:12 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Kuster To Speak At Veterans Day Ceremony

Two members of the state's congressional delegation have announced their plans for Veteran's Day. Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Ann McLane Kuster will deliver remarks at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetary in Boscawen at 11:00 a.m.   They will join a number of state officials and members of the National Guard, New Hampshire Disabled Veterans, and other groups at the observance ceremony.  

Word of Mouth
2:51 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Word Of Mouth 05.25.2013

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Our favorite content, all in one spit-polished piece of ear candy. 

This week, a program pairs juvenile delinquents with Russian literature, a musician asking NYC commuters what inspires them, a play about traumatic brain injury, Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth, and the healing power of a special horse named Chester.

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Word of Mouth
10:09 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Traumatic Brain Injury Takes The Stage

Sally Nutt & C.R. Marchi, US Army SGT (ret) rehearse a scene from "Make Sure It's Me."
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The novelist and former television producer Kate Wenner is the writer behind “Make Sure It’s Me,” a play about five Iraq War veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and the doctor devoted to helping them. The play is premiering in New Hampshire on June 1st at Portsmouth’s West End Studio Theatre. Leslie Pasternack is the show’s director – she’s also associate director of “Act One”. 

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