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MANCHESTER - Today, retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major Paul Chevalier released the following statement ​objecting to Senator Shaheen's claim that our​ military is an ​"​occupying force.​"​

"As a marine who served in Vietnam, I am insulted by Senator Shaheen's mischaracterization that our military is an 'occupying force.'  Make no mistake, thanks to the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, the United States has been able to liberate thousands of people across the world--offering stability that would not be possible without our help.  For those of us who lost our brothers in arms and sacrificed life and limb to fulfill our duty, her reference is offensive.  Scott Brown served 35 years in the Army National Guard and has the military experience to understand the needs of our troops and their families.  We need his leadership in Washington to support the safety and security of our nation."

During Thursday's debate, Scott Brown corrected Senator Shaheen​'s position, explaining that​ our military is a "liberating force" and ​pointing to the​ sacrifice our veterans have made to defend our nation at home and abroad.

Romney Campaign Announces Veterans and Military Families for Mitt in New Hampshire

Boston, MA – Today, the Romney campaign announced the members of New Hampshire Veterans and Military Families for Mitt. The coalition is made up of nearly 200 Granite Staters in all 10 New Hampshire counties and 85 towns across the state. The members of the coalition will serve as the primary point of contact for veterans in their communities who are interested in supporting the Romney/Ryan ticket which will honor those who have served and ensure that our men and women aren’t going from the front lines to the unemployment lines.

The Obama Administration is set to cut defense spending by nearly a trillion dollars. Veterans are asking themselves the question: ‘Are we better off today than we were four years ago?’ Under President Obama, middle class incomes have fallen by thousands, 23 million Americans are looking for work, our national debt has hit $16 trillion, and energy and healthcare costs are rising.

“New Hampshire takes service seriously, and we do go by the motto “Live Free or Die.” This has been a state who has had our men and women go off to war and fight for our freedom, and Governor Romney is going to pay attention to the issues that matter to us. The percentage of unemployment for our young service men and women returning from combat is nearly 30%--whatever this administration is doing is not working, and we need a new leader who can make a change. Governor Romney and Representative Paul Ryan will make that change.” –Colonel Gary Lambert, USMCR

The Romney/Ryan plan to strengthen the middle class and grow 12 million jobs in their first term alone will protect the jobs of those who serve.

State Chair

Gary Lambert, Nashua; USMCR

Honorary State Chairs

Jack Barnes, Raymond; USA

Griffin Dalianis, Nashua; USAF


Christopher Conley, Wolfeboro; NHANG

Dr. Steve Cunningham, Sunapee; USA

Duffy Daugherty, Colebrook; USAF

Bob Fredette, Hillsborough; USA

Charlene Lovett, Claremont; USA

Paul Lloyd, Concord; USN

Chris Nevins, Hampton; USAF

John E. Neylon, Carroll; USCG/USN

Fred Rice, Hampton; USA


Belknap County

Phillip Coull, Alton; USN

Dennis Fields, Sanbornton; USAF

Gerry Gagne, Sanborton; USA

Alan Glassman, Center Barnstead; USAR

Walter P. Havenstein, Alton Bay; USMC

Karl Ingoldsby, Alton Bay; USMC

Robert Krahulec, Laconia; USAF

Warren Leary, Alton; USN

George Morgan, Alton Bay; USN

Bob Rudy, Gilford; USN

Frank Tilton, Laconia; USA


Carroll County

Bob Carrington, Sanbornville; USAF

Christopher Conley, Wolfeboro; NHANG         

Lou Gargiulo, Alton; USA

Willard Jernberg, Wolfeboro; USN

Rosalind Landers, East Wakefield; USAF

Frank McCarthy, Conway; USMC

Robert O'Brien, Wolfeboro; USA

Donald Philbrick, Eaton; USAF

Al Risch, Madison; USA

Charlie Root, Freedom; USA

Lincoln Sinclair, Center Tuftonboro; USN

Philip Smith, Moultonborough; USMC

Rick Wheeler, Alton; USA


Cheshire County

Dick Foote, Swanzey; USMC

Samir Habiby, Swanzey; USN

Clay Hollister, Jaffrey; USA

Don Holmquist, Keene; USAF

Steve Pelkey, Jaffrey; USAF

Joe & Augusta Petrone, Dublin; USA

Steve Staples, Keene; USA

Frank Sterling, Jaffrey; USA


Coos County

Duffy Daugherty, Colebrook; USAF

Kenneth Mills, Twin Mountain; USAF

John E. Neylon, Carroll; USCG/USN

Larry Wells, Jefferson; USN


Grafton County

George Beaumier, Orford; USN

John Boyle, Plymouth; USMC

Lyle Bulis, Littleton; USA              

John Cobb, Woodsville; USAF

Edmond Gionet, Lincoln; USMC

Jim Krajniak, Woodsville; USMC

Elizabeth Minickiello, Plymouth; USN

Rick Pond, Lyme; USMC

Steve Wheeler, Woodsville; USA



Bill Arnold, Manchester; USAAC

Henry Boyle, Goffstown; USA/USNR

Don Caron, Goffstown; USMC

Paul Chavalier, Nashua; USMC

Chris Christensen, Merrimack; USN

Rick Christie, Goffstown; USA

Harvey Clement, Goffstown; USN

Jim Clemons, Bedford; USA

Bill Condra, Wilton; USN

Griffin Dalianis, Nashua; USAF

Robert Dastin. Manchester; USAF/ANG

Tom DeBlois, Manchester; USA

Mark Dicampo, Manchester; USA/ARNG

Frank Diekmann, Bedford; USMC

Donald Duhamel, Manchester; USA

Larry Emerton, Goffstown; USMC

Christopher Ferris, Nashua; USA

Bill Foster, New Boston; USAF

Bob Fredette, Hillsborough; USA

Larry Gagne, Manchester; USN

John Graham, Bedford; USA

David Hamblett, Hudson; USN

Ken Hawkins, Bedford; USMC

Ray Hayes, Milford; USAF

Charlie Hinds, Jr., Nashua; USN

Don Holden, Amherst; USAFR

Duane Howard, Manchester; USAF

Keith Jeffery, Merrimack; USA

Bill Joransen, Nashua; USN

Howard Keegan, Manchester; USAF

Gary Lambert, Nashua; USMCR

Don Lebrun, Nashua; USA

Warner Lund, Bedford; USN

Bud Lydon, Nashua; USMC

Evelyn  Lydon, Nashua; USA

Karl MacGibbon, Goffstown; USMC

Alex MacNeil, Goffstown; USA

Bruce Marcus, Peterborough; USN

Bill Modis, Amherst; USA

Kent Nolan, Goffstown; USAF

Barry Palmer, Nashua; USA

Willard Rice, Hollis; USN

Galen Rose, Nashua; USAF

Bill Rumph, Goffstown; USAF

Joe Rush, Goffstown; USCG

Mike Salter, Amherst; USA

David Sherman, New Boston; USMC

Steve Shillinglaw, Bedford; USN

John Stabile, Nashua; USA

Becky Stafford, Goffstown; USAF

Bonnie Suave, Bedford; USMC

Tom Tessier, Nashua; USAF

John Turner,  Goffstown; USMC

John Vattes, Manchester; USMC

Ray Wieczorek, Manchester; USA


Merrimack County

Eric Anderson, Bow; USAF

Lynne Blankenbeker, Concord; USN

Doug Boyd, Franklin; USMC

Ned Brooks, Concord; USAF

Peter Burdett, Bow/Gilmanton; USN

David Dale, Concord; USAF

Chris Dunne, Northfield; USN

Mike Eaton, Chichester; USA

Bill Gabler, Loudon; USN

Kenneth Georgevits, Concord; USN

Dave Hess, Hooksett; USAF

Gerard Le Duc,  Pittsfield; USN

Bill Leber, Andover; USAF

Mark Lindsley, Henniker; USMC

Paul Lloyd, Concord; USN

Tony Marino, Pembroke; USAF

Glenn Mitera, Concord; USMC

Mike Moffett, Concord; USMC

Philip J. O'Brien, New London; USN

Dave Palfrey, Franklin; USAF

Dennis Reed, Franklin; USA

Dave Sinclair, Franklin; USMC

Danny Webster, Concord; USA


Rockingham County

Michael Allen, Nottingham; USMC

Dana Anderson, Wolfeboro         

Terry Armstrong, Salem; USA

Jack Barnes, Raymond; USA

Ronald J. Belanger, Salem; USA

Frances Biron, Danville; USN

Timothy Bortz, Chester; USN

Bobby Broneske, Londonderry; USAF

Dick Burns, Derry; USMC

Sharon Carson, Londonderry; USA

Louis Cizmadia, Windham; USN

Jim Cullen, Rye; USA

Richard Cutter, Exeter; USN

David Dalrymple, Salem; USA

Ed Declerq, Salem; USAF

Carl DeRossi, Londonderry; USMC

John Deyermond, Pelham; USA

Brian Dobson, Fremont; USA/NHARNG

Jack Dowd, Derry; USAF

Mike Downing, Salem; USA

Tom Eifler, Atkinson; USMC

Gary Ellmer, Portsmouth; USMC

Ralph Fatello, Hampton; USMC

John Flanders, Kingston; USN

Robert  Foley, Sandown; USA

Suzanne Ford, Portsmouth; USAF

Robert  Ford Jr., Portsmouth; USAF

Brian Fowler, Derry; USMC

Robert Gamlin, Londonderry; USMC

Peter R. Geremia, Rye; USA

Jeff Hatch, Salem; USA

Joe Lewis, Kingston; USA             

Dan Linehan, Danville; USMC

Norm Major, Plaistow; USA

Charlie Morton, Derry; USN

Chris Nevins, Hampton; USAF

Mike O'Connor, Dover; USN

Jim Reams, Hampton; USN

Fred Rice, Hampton; USA

Wes Shuler, East Kingston; USMC

Joseph K. Simeone, Stratham; USAF/ANG

Ken Weyler Kingston; USAF

Jon Worrall, Brentwood; USA


Strafford County

George Lovejoy, Barrington; USN

Eugene Paquette, Dover; USAF

Dr. Thayer Wade, Rochester; USA


Sullivan County

Ernie Bridge, Newport; USAF

John Clements, Newport; USA             

Dr. Steve Cunningham, Sunapee; USA

Tamara Howard, Croyden; USMC              

Paul LaCasse, Claremont; USA          

Tom Laware, Charlestown; USA     

Mr. and Mrs. Charlene Lovett, Claremont; USA

John Mosher, Unity; USMC

Beverly Rodeschin, Newport; USN

Henry Rodeschin, Newport; USN


NH Sen. Sanborn Applauds Signing of “State Park Access for Armed Forces” Bill 

CONCORD, NH – Earlier today Governor Lynch signed into law SB 358 which ensures free access to all New Hampshire state parks for all active members of the armed forces, including active and reserve members of the New Hampshire National Guard.  Senator Andy Sanborn sponsored the bill and attended the ceremonial signing today at the Governor’s office.

“The passage of this important legislation allows us to show – albeit in a small way – our appreciation for the members of the armed forces, the sacrifice they all make on a daily basis, and the importance of what they do for our country,” said Sen. Sanborn.  “It is the least we could do for them, and I’m proud to see this bill become law.”

Sen. Sanborn started working on the legislation after a constituent, Gunnery Sgt. Richard Thayer, was home on leave from Afghanistan and was not granted the same accommodation as other members of the armed forces while attempting to enter a state park.

Sen. Sanborn is running for a second term from the newly configured 9th District, which includes Bedford, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Greenfield, Hancock, Jaffrey, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Richmond, Sharon, Temple, and Troy.


Attached picture: Sen. Sanborn stands with Mary Thayer, Richard Thayer's mother, as Governor Lynch describes the importance of the legislation.


U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta statement on House approval of military pay increase


“New Hampshire military families have sacrificed so much; I’m proud to fight on their behalf for the pay and benefits they deserve.”

(Washington – May 18, 2012)    Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) voted for passage of H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 on FridayIt was approved with a bipartisan vote of 299 to 120.

As a part of a bill that authorizes funding for our national defense with increased fiscal responsibility and accountability, it includes an important 1.7% pay increase and extends bonuses and special pay for U.S. military personnel. It also restates the firmly-held sense that prior service to our nation is a pre-payment of healthcare benefits in retirement. As such, it rejects the President’s proposal to increase some TRICARE fees and establish new TRICARE fees.

Rep. Guinta made the following statement after the vote:

“I join with my fellow Granite Staters in strongly supporting the thousands of families across our state that have devoted their lives to military service. That’s why I am pleased to support a bill that gives a necessary increase in pay for our men and women in uniform and protects the benefits they have earned. New Hampshire military families have sacrificed so much; I’m proud to continue fighting on their behalf for what they deserve.

I urge the Senate to join with the House in acting immediately on this legislation. I also call on both Houses of Congress to ensure that in addition to supporting our active duty military, we continue to extend this same dedication to our military veterans. All of these brave men and women deserve nothing less.”


U.S. Rep Bass Calls on Pentagon to Resolve Holiday Mail Delivery Day for Troops Serving Overseas

Hears from constituents expressing concern that servicemembers in Middle East are not receiving packages

WASHINGTON – After hearing from numerous nonprofit organizations, veteran service organizations, and servicemembers and their families, Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) today in a letter called for the Defense Department to examine and fix the developing problems in the delivery of mail to servicemembers serving overseas in Kuwait and Iraq.


With the rapid drawdown of troops currently happening in Iraq, many of them are being sent to Kuwaiti bases, which are unprepared to handle the influx of soldiers and subsequently their mail.  It appears that letters and packages sent to servicemembers in Iraq are being delayed or returned to the sender because soldiers have not been provided with new addresses.  This will significantly impact packages and mail sent during the holiday season.

Bass said:

“I have serious concerns about mail from loved ones not reaching U.S. servicemembers in Iraq and Kuwait in time for the holidays, despite individuals meeting delivery deadlines in early November to ship packages.  With so many servicemen and women still away from their families and friends during the holidays, it’s disappointing that logistical challenges are affecting the prompt delivery of messages from home. 

“The Pentagon must look into this issue immediately and resolve this issue without delay.  My staff and I will continue to monitor the situation and work to get answers for New Hampshire families.”

The text of Bass’ letter to the Secretary of Defense follows:

December 13, 2011

Dear Secretary Panetta:

I am writing to request your attention to a matter of the utmost importance to me and my constituents in New Hampshire's Second Congressional District.

It has recently been brought to my attention that as the American military works to withdraw troops from Iraq, problems have developed in the delivery of mail to our soldiers currently serving in the Middle East. My understanding is that in most cases mail currently awaiting delivery in Kuwait and Iraq is going to be returned to the sender because soldiers have not been provided with new mailing addresses from the Department of Defense. While I understand the immense logistical challenges associated with troop reduction and reassignment, I am deeply concerned over this situation and believe it is imperative that our men and women in uniform are able to communicate with their loved ones during the holiday season.

This issue affects our troops, not only from New Hampshire but across the country, and could have a significant effect on morale. I urge you to become personally involved in seeking a prompt resolution to this issue and ensuring that a disruption to mail delivery for the Americans who have already sacrificed so much in service to our nation does not occur. In addition, I respectfully request information that I could pass on to New Hampshire families looking to contact friends and family members currently serving our nation. I look forward to a favorable resolution of this problem.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and please let me know if I can be of any assistance.


Charles F. Bass

Member of Congress