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Members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard's Fixed Wing Operational Support Airlift Detachment 18 bow their heads during the invocation at a deployment ceremony in Concord.

NH Guard members buoyed by deployment ceremony


For the third time in seven years, members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard's Fixed Wing Operational Support Airlift Command Detachment 18 (OA DET 18) are being deployed to the Middle East, this time based in northern Kuwait.

U.S. helicopters return to combat missions in Iraq


The United States sent helicopters into combat against Islamic State targets west of Baghdad on Sunday, the first time low-flying Army aircraft have been committed to fighting in an engagement that the Obama administration officials has promised would not include “boots on the ground.”

Video: British hostage beheaded by ISIS


The Islamic State posted a video on Friday showing the beheading of a British aid worker in retaliation for Britain’s decision to join the U.S.-backed air campaign against the Islamist extremist group in Iraq.

Bob Payne, a WWII Army Air Corp veteran deployed in the Pacific who was honored with his wife Barbara  from Concord, during the POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony held at the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on Saturday.

To remember the POW and MIA: Recognition Day ceremony in Boscawen


A POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony was held at the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on Saturday.


New Hampshire Veterans Home resident Ray Plummer and Tilton School junior Christina Guo make ornaments Tuesday.

Making ornaments unite students, vets

A group of Tilton School students arrived at the New Hampshire Veterans Home on Tuesday to help the home's residents make Christmas ornaments to be hung on the state's Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.

Medal of Honor recipient will speak at vets home

Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, the Medal of Honor winner for bravery in the face of an attack from the Taliban during an attack on his unit while serving in Afghanistan, will be the Veterans Day speaker at the New Hampshire Veterans Home's ceremony next month.

From left, residents Harold “Bud” King, John Noonan and Bill Bertholdt, far right, listen as Robert Vallieres, center, talks to them  at the veterans home on Oct. 24 about peregrine falcons.

Veteran shares message of healing

Using a replica of a peregrine falcon and two decades of acquired wisdom, Robert Vallieres recently kicked off the "Healing through Birds" program at the New Hampshire Veterans Home.

Another View -- Mary Tamposi: No wrong door for our veterans and their families

For some veterans, reentry into an unpredictable civilian lifestyle from the stringent daily routine of the military can be arduous, if not impossible. It takes time, patience and support for our returning vets to assimilate back into the society they came from and create a “new normal.”

NH Veterans Briefs: Marines to gather in Gilford

Marines are invited to the 16th annual gathering Saturday, Nov. 8, at Pheasant Ridge Country Club to celebrate the 239th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Sen. Ayotte to help 'Birds' program take flight

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will visit the New Hampshire Veterans Home Friday for the launch of “Healing Through Birds,” a new program aimed at helping injured, disabled or retired veterans through healing and peace though the tranquility of bird watching.

Salute to vets Tuesday in Manchester

Easter Seals New Hampshire will hold a Veterans Count Salute Our Soldiers breakfast Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel ballroom.

ConVal, Souhegan football games to feature tributes to veterans

A special ceremony will be held Friday in Amherst to recognize all local veterans, and to honor two New Hampshire heroes.

Veteran finally tells tale to family about friend who died in war

It took 70 years, but World War II Army veteran Joseph Picard can finally report mission accomplished.

Special indicator designates veterans on NH IDs

A state regulation that went into effect in July allows a veteran with an honorable discharge to request a veteran indicator on their driver license, commercial driver license or non-driver ID.

Members of the New Hampshire National Guard Honor Guard Unit drape the casket of Major James W. Dennehy Esq. with an American Flag during his 2011 funeral.

Army budget cuts threaten veterans' funeral honor guards

A veteran's funeral is a solemn occasion, made all the more so with a flag-draped casket and a military honor guard. But the federal funding for New Hampshire's Army National Guard's Military Funeral Honors program has been reduced by more than half; the program is expected to run out of money after January.

Harold Sherman, formerly of Nashua, packs a bag with clothing and nonperishable food items during Thursday's Harbor Homes' Stand Down event in Nashua.

Nashua event offers helping hand for struggling veterans

In an effort to combat homelessness among New Hampshire veterans, Harbor Homes' Seventh Annual Stand Down event offered clothing, food, haircuts, employment counseling, legal advice, housing opportunities and blankets to area veterans.

Bob Stevens, host of “The Veteran’s Forum” and a WWII veteran who served at the Battle of Okinawa, proudly wears his Seabees cover.

The Veteran’s Forum gives vets chance to record their past

As a veteran of World War II, Manchester resident Bob Stevens knows as well as anyone who has served this country that the memories of veterans are a vital piece of our national history, however painful. With his public access program “The Veteran’s Forum,” he is helping to preserve those histories.

Plymouth American Legion Hall is renovated

Thanks to store manager Nanette Carpenter and her team of​ Tilton Home Depot ​construction volunteers, the American Legion​ Hall​/VFW at 16 S. Main Street recently underwent an “extreme makeover” style renovation.

U.S. Marines set Nov. 10 observance

Each year on Nov. 10, Marines pause to observe the U.S. Marine Corps birthday, often sharing a meal followed by birthday cake with their fellow warriors.

Veterans Briefs: Stand Down in Nashua

The VA Medical Center of Manchester will support the 2014 annual Veterans Stand Down at Harbor Homes, 45 High St., on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meat bingo in Meredith

The American Legion Post 33 is hosting meat bingo on Saturday Oct. 11, at 3 p.m.

World War II veteran from Berlin to receive French Legion of Honor

Emile Tremblay of Berlin will receive the French Legion of Honor from the General Consul of France on Friday, Oct. 3.

StoneMakers donating makeover to Liberty House

StoneMakers Corp. is donating a backyard makeover to Liberty House, a transitional housing facility for homeless veterans.

NH Veterans Briefs: Vets home to host open house for nurses

The New Hampshire Veterans Home, which is looking for LNAs, LPNs and RNs for full-time and part-time positions on various shifts, will host a Nursing Careers Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guests attend the Veterans Professional Development Conference at Manchester Community College on Tuesday.

Meeting focuses on helping veterans make transition to civilian life

Higher school of learning educators gathered in Manchester Tuesday to learn learned how to address the specific needs of veterans as they transition from the military to a civilian, collegiate life.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte was among the many local and state officials to stop by at the grand opening of the Homeland Heroes donation store in Hudson on Thursday.

Ayotte assists in veterans' donation center opening

During the official opening of Hudson's Homeland Heroes donation store, Ayotte praised two local women's efforts in helping on the home front.

Rifle shoot to help homeless vets

The U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club, NH Chapter I will hold its third annual competition rifle shoot in conjunction with the Raymond Sportsman Club on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Veterans Briefs: POW-MIA recognition ceremony Saturday

The New Hampshire VFW and Ladies Auxiliary will host the annual POW-MIA Recognition Day event at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the state Veterans Cemetery.

American Legion leader visits NH

Despite the heavy travel load, Michael Helm said going post to post and meeting with fellow members of the veterans' group is a wonderful part of the job he sought.

National Guard program's management changing hands

Care Coordination Program wins praise as its management changes hands.

Disabled anglers, vets try luck in tournament

Two dozen disabled anglers cheered on by friends and family enjoyed a free outing at Camp Robindel during the 15th Annual New England Paralyzed Veterans and Disabled Bass Fishing Tournament held on Lake Winnipesaukee recently.

Commentary -- Mary Tamposi: Housing the homeless helps us all

As summer winds down and winter heads our way, we remember back to a cold evening on Jan. 29 when Harbor Homes hosted a reception to kick off its newly created Ending Homelessness Fund.

Sweeney Post hosting Italian dinner/dance

The Sons of the American Legion is holding its annual Italian dinner/dance on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Sweeney Post.

100 Nights ceremony set for Thursday at Veterans Cemetery

BOSCAWEN – On Thursday evening, as the sun begins to set, hundreds of people will converge on the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery for the closing night of this summer's 100 Nights of Remembrance.

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