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Israel rejects ceasefire plan, source says as death toll nears 850

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Israel rejected on Friday international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, but is discussing changes to the truce plan with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a government source said.

Medal of Honor recipient and former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts of Nashua and his wife, Amy, react after  he accidentally broke the gavel while ringing the closing bell Wednesday at the New York Stock Exchange.

Nashua celebration in the works for Medal of Honor recipient

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The mayor is trying to find an appropriate way for the city to honor and recognize Nashua's Ryan Pitts.

Prosecutors believe they have gun believed tied to Boston bombing

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Federal prosecutors believe a Boston-area man, arrested this week on drug charges, possessed a handgun that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are thought to have used to kill a university police officer, the man's lawyer said on Thursday.

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, left, for gallantry in Afghanistan, while in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday.

Nashua Medal of Honor recipient: 'There was valor everywhere'

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A young man from Nashua was bestowed the prestigious Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama, who detailed the courage shown by Ryan M. Pitts six years ago during the Battle of Wanat, one of the fiercest during the war in Afghanistan.

Opinion

Race matters: A cautionary tale at UNH

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Why is UNH hiring bad professors solely because of their race?

Heroes all? A word cheapened by overuse

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We use the term "hero" too loosely these days.

Punch line: The NFL blows it

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The NFL goes too lightly on Ray Rice.

New London retired Marine earns volunteer award

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Vietnam veteran Ted Rivera of New London was honored with the first ever Wheelock Terrace Senior Service Award from Wheelock Terrace Assisted Living last week.

Among the veterans who arrived on motorcycle for the Thank a Vet BBQ in Holderness were, from left, Zeany Morrison and Paul Mason of the Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club, which is made up of former military law enforcement veterans, and

Helping of gratitude fills day in Holderness

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The Live Free or Die Chapter of Concerned Veterans for America hosted a “Thank a Vet” barbecue at the Pemigewasset Fish and Game Club House on Saturday.

Lebanon's Elks donate to Harbor Homes veterans in Claremont

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The Elks Lodge of Lebanon presented Harbor Homes veterans facility in Claremont brand new kitchenware and outdoor furniture last week.

Veterans Briefs: Seabee barbecue at vets home

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The New Hampshire chapter of Navy Seabee Veterans of America, known as "Island X-4," is hosting its annual picnic Saturday at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton.

Last surviving crew member of Hiroshima bomber dies at 93

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The last surviving crew member aboard the Enola Gay, the U.S. bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan in 1945, died at a retirement community in Georgia at age 93, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Disabled vets now getting first dibs at program under contract with Easter Seals

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Two companies owned by disabled veterans have submitted bids to run a nationally recognized support program for New Hampshire National Guardsmen and their families.

As part of a three-day healing workshop in Raymond, Rev. Chris Antal performed traditional Samurai Tea Ceremonies, which is aimed at healing the soul, for several local spiritual leaders, community members and veterans in attendance. Antal, son of a Vietnam veteran who resides in Portsmouth, is Director of Faith Community Development for Soldier's Heart, an organization created to address the the psychological wounds endured by U.S. vets.

Wounded veterans undertake rituals and 'soul care'

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Recently, Rev. Chris Antal presented a three-day workshop at The (W)hole Point Institute in Raymond titled “Restoring Soul to our War-torn Soldiers & Soothing Wounded Hearts of Us All.”

Marc Paul Decoteau, right, performs with Luke Robins in Theatre Under The Stars' 2006 inaugural production of William Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” The first youth to enroll in TUTS' theater camp, Decoteau, who graduated from Plymouth Regional High School in 2008, was killed in 2010 while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. To honor Decoteau and all servicemen and women, TUTS is charging low or no admission to all its shows.

Theatre Under the Stars honors 'The Bard,' local fallen soldier

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Theatre Under The Stars can claim several unique or shared “firsts” in its productions of Shakespeare, but founder Donna Devlin-Young is proudest of the fact that until all American servicemen and women come home from foreign battle fields, tickets to every show – for everyone -- are free.

Thank a veteran on Saturday at Holderness barbecue

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Concerned Veterans for America this weekend will host a free “Thank a Vet” barbecue, expanding beyond an event it holds every Memorial Day in an effort to thank a greater number of veterans, according to organizers.

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) holds a diary from the front lines as she speaks and Fank Silva III Commander of Post 37 looks on as she presents a Purple Heart and WWI Victory Medals to New Hampshire veteran Frank A. Silva Jr's family at American Legion, Post 37 on Friday in Hooksett.

Family of World War I vet receives Purple Heart medal in ceremony

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Some 96 years after Pvt. Frank Silva Jr. was injured during a battle in France, his family celebrated and honored his military service with an official presentation Friday of a Purple Heart and other honors Silva earned while fighting in World War I.

$17.6b request seeks to cover more efficient veteran care

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs needs $17.6 billion in additional funding over the next three years to eliminate long wait times for veterans' health-care appointments, the embattled agency's acting chief said on Wednesday.

Struggle of returning female veterans is showcased in film playing July 29

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The New Hampshire Veterans Home will be highlighting the struggles of female veterans to readjust to normal lives after returning from military service with a documentary video and a panel discussion on Tuesday, July 29, at 2 p.m.

Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce soars

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Ten members of the Mount Washington Chamber of Commerce had an opportunity recently to join a mid-air refueling mission with the 157th Air Refueling Wing of the New Hampshire Air National Guard.

Ron White a US Navy Veteran from Fort Worth Texas, just wrote Pinkerton Academy's Michael Geary's name as he writes the names of over 2200 fallen soldiers from the Afghanistan war on his Memory Wall, each name is written from his memory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, on Saturday in Loudon.

He knows the Memorial Wall, name by name

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Ron White plans to add the name of Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant to his Afghanistan Memory Wall this morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

NH veterans program targeted by 'baffling bureaucratic decision'

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to allow Easter Seals New Hampshire to be eligible to bid for a federal grant and continue running a nationally recognized support program for veterans and the families of deployed troops.

Judge James H. Leary of the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division, speaks Thursday during the opening ceremony of the state's first veterans court.

Nashua court gives veterans a fighting chance

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The first criminal court for New Hampshire veterans opened Thursday in Nashua.

Derry resident Carol L'Italien poses with Red Sox assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez during the CVS Caremark Baseball Camp for wounded veterans July 2 at Fenway Park.

Derry Army veteran is a hit at Fenway Park

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For U.S. Army veteran Carol L'Italien, a trip to Fenway Park last week was a chance to play on her own field of dreams.

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World War II veteran Stephan Lewy to receive French Legion of Honor

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Forced to flee his home in Germany as a youth to escape Nazi persecution of Jews, Stephan Lewy later fought for the U.S. Army in five World War II campaigns in France and throughout Europe and has dedicated his retirement years telling his story to schoolchildren, trying to do his part to end hatred.

Former Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini in a November 2011 file image. Zamperini died July 2 at 97.

War hero Zamperini, inspiration for book and film 'Unbroken,' dead at 97

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Louis Zamperini, an American prisoner of war in World War II and Olympic runner whose life inspired the book and upcoming feature film "Unbroken," has died at age 97.

Community groups prepare for fallen Marine’s services

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Community groups are preparing to make a presence at calling hours for fallen Marine Brandon Garabrant Thursday.

Gov. Maggie Hassan greets Korean War veteran John Pellerin of Charlestown during a tribute to Korean War veterans Saturday in Concord.

'Forgotten War' veterans thanked for in Concord service

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Seeking to right what they called a 61-year wrong, New Hampshire officials on Saturday held the state's first official welcome home ceremony for the state's veterans of the Korean War.

Wakefield man serves aboard USS Constitution

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A 2007 Spaulding High School graduate from Wakefield, N.H., is part of a hand-picked Navy crew serving on the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, the USS Constitution.

Three Wheelock Terrace veterans, Arleen Gerstenberger, Barbara Eason and Muriel Pieklik, recall their service as women in the Army, Navy and Army Air Force during WWII.

World War II vets from Hanover community turn back the clock

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Three female WWII veterans recall their service in honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day

Bikers to remember the fallen

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Bikers from the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, France, New Zealand and New Hamsphire will participate in the sixth Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride on Saturday, June 28.

Six Flags tickets free to veterans

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Finders Keepers is helping Operation Homefront to distribute free Six Flags tickets to military families in New Hampshire.

Forever Young Chorus at baseball stadium

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The William Cashin Center Forever Young Chorus is sponsoring a “Happy Birthday USA” event July 4 at Northeast Delta Dental Baseball stadium.

Granite State to host Korean War ceremony

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Gov. Maggie Hassan will help honor New Hampshire's Korean War veterans Saturday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Army Aviation Support Facility.

NH soldier will get Medal of Honor

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Next month, a Nashua man seriously injured six years ago in Afghanistan will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama.

Veterans urged to help push Congress for private care

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte urged hundreds of veterans Friday to keep the pressure on Congress to reach a final bill that would allow many of them to receive medical treatment at private medical facilities.

POW/MIA vigil attendees glad Bergdahl was brought home

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For the 26th straight year, a vigil was held in Hesky Park to honor and remember prisoners of war Thursday, including special honors for a 91-year-old Hillsborough man who spent three years in a Japanese prison in World War II.

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