Governor Also Outlines Key Federal Policy Priorities to Ensure that Veterans Receive the Support They Need and Have Earned
CONCORD – During Military Appreciation Month, Maggie for NH today announced the Veterans for Maggie Leadership Council, a group of leaders from New Hampshire’s veteran community who will help highlight Maggie’s strong commitment to ensuring that veterans, servicemembers, and military families receive the support they need and have earned.
The Veterans for Maggie Leadership Council will be co-chaired by Major General (retired) Ken Clark of Stratham, USAF, former Adjutant General, New Hampshire National Guard and Brigadier General (retired) Jim Smith of Salem, USAF, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
“Our veterans have sacrificed bravely in defense of our freedom, and as Governor, I have always worked to ensure that they have access to the services they need and deserve,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “From employment and housing, to health care, and education, we must do more to support our veterans, and in the United States Senate I will always fight to ensure that we fulfill our obligations to our veterans, servicemembers, and their families.”
Major General (retired) Ken Clark of Stratham, USAF, former Adjutant General, New Hampshire National Guard: “As the Commander-in-Chief of New Hampshire’s National Guard, Governor Hassan understands that the United States must act as the greatest force for good in the world, while also using our military might as a last resort. I know that she will take a smart and strong approach to protecting our vital interests, and that she will always continue to fight for us as a United States Senator.”
Brigadier General (retired) Jim Smith of Salem, USAF, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia: “Governor Maggie Hassan has always been a tireless champion for New Hampshire’s veterans, and she also knows what it takes to protect our vital interests and keep our nation safe. I know Maggie will bring her common-sense and commitment to finding bipartisan solutions to the Senate to get results for our veterans and for all Granite Staters.”
Getting Results for Veterans, Servicemembers and Military Families
Since entering office, Governor Hassan signed a capital budget that included funding for the expansion of the dementia wing at the State Veterans Home, secured funding for an additional veterans services officer at the state Office of Veterans Services, and signed legislation that established the commission on the effects of service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury as a permanent commission. And she has worked with stakeholders across the state to make progress toward ending veterans homelessness in New Hampshire.
She has also focused on helping veterans secure employment, signing legislation waiving the residency requirement for veterans to receive in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities, working to strengthen veterans preference in hiring in both the public and private sector, and developing the Operation VETS Connect program with New Hampshire Employment Security to boost efforts to support veteran hiring.
If elected to the United States Senate, Maggie Hassan will continue to fight to ensure that our veterans receive the support that they need and have earned. Her priorities will include: continuing to reform the VA, working to eliminate VA wait list errors, protecting whistleblowers who bring VA problems to light, pushing for ongoing random audits of VA hospitals, and holding accountable those responsible for problems at the VA. She also strongly supports efforts to make it easier for veterans to access mental health care, and incentivizing the VA to hire more mental health care professionals.
As Senator, she will also work to improve veterans’ education, and will fight to protect veterans from the questionable practices of some for-profit colleges, provide assistance and support for veterans on college campuses, and protect and enhance G.I. benefits. Additionally, she will work to build on efforts made in New Hampshire to end veteran homelessness, including expanding housing vouchers for veterans in need.
Governor Hassan added, “It is critically important that we continue to hold the VA accountable and institute meaningful reforms to ensure that veterans can access the care they need, improve veterans’ access to higher education and job-training, and help veterans secure good-paying jobs that can help them support their families. I will fight in the United States Senate to ensure that our veterans, servicemembers and their families have the support they need to thrive.”
The Veterans for Maggie Leadership Council includes:
Major General (retired) Ken Clark of Stratham, USAF, former Adjutant General, New Hampshire National Guard
Brigadier General (retired) Jim Smith of Salem, USAF, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Colonel (retired) Peter Duffy of Manchester, USAF, former Legislative Director of the National Guard Association of the United States
Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Val Scarborough of Plymouth, USMC
Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Jack Scarborough of Plymouth, USMC
Barry Conway of Hampton, Airman First Class, USAF, Former Commandant of the New Hampshire State Veterans Home, Chair Emeritus of the State Veterans Advisory Committee
Bill Shaheen of Madbury, Captain, US Army
Linda Lauer of Bath, Lieutenant, US Navy
Ned Helms of Concord, Infantry Lieutenant, US Army
Josh Denton of Portsmouth, Captain, US Army
Rep. Steve Shurtleff of Penacook, Sergeant, US Army, retired US Marshal
Sen. Lou D’Allesandro of Manchester, USMC
Dan Proulx of Nashua, Corporal, USMC, owner of Monument Construction, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
Joe Plaia of Portsmouth, Corporal, USMC, Portsmouth Police Commissioner