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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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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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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.”

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.

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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.

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

Jul 1, 2014
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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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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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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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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.

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.

Stories From Dartmouth's Vietnam Veterans

May 26, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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 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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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.”

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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Granite State Communities Observe Veterans Day

Nov 11, 2013
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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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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. 

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.  

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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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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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The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Merrimack held a ceremony Monday morning and added six names to its memorial wall. One of the names belonged to a field medic who was present at the legendary flag-raising of Iwo Jima.

Join us for a special Veteran’s day broadcast from Peace Talks Radio titled ‘Vet’s Healing Journeys to Vietnam”.  We hear from two former soldiers who travel to the land where they risked their lives in a war forty years ago. These men talk with one time enemies to try and heal themselves from long-term post traumatic stress disorder. We’ll listen to their journeys to Vietnam and into healing.. 

Shaheen, Ayotte Honor Veterans

Nov 9, 2012

Just in time for Veterans Day, the families of two World War II veterans from New Hampshire are being presented with medals honoring the service of their loved ones.

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A country divided by a grueling campaign season has an opportunity to unite this Veteran’s day.  Remembering America’s fallen turns our minds to the long view…and to historic sacrifices beyond the politics-of-the-moment.

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The campaigns of Carol Shea-Porter and Frank Guinta are trading sharp words over a Shea-Porter ad claiming Guinta voted to cut money for veterans’ programs. The ad that Shea-Porter’s campaign released last week stuck to the aggressive tone that the former congresswoman has adopted this election cycle.

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