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5 from NH graduate from Air Force training; 2 with NH ties complete Army basic training

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Katlyn M. Brown, Air Force Airmen Adrien-James B. Crete, Jacob W. Maki and Ryan J. Towne and Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Brian P. Sullivan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Sister of accused Boston marathon bombers arrested after bomb threat

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The sister of the accused Boston Marathon bombers was arrested in New York City for threatening a woman over the phone, saying she could "put a bomb on you," police said on Wednesday.

Air National Guard F-15 jets expected over NH this morning

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Two F-15 jets may be in the air this morning over Manchester, Lake Sunapee and Lebanon, part of a training exercise on intercept procedures for jet fighter pilots, the Massachusetts Air National Guard said.

Mass. journalist freed in Syria; British say they may have ID of Foley killer

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Kidnappers in Syria have freed an American writer missing since 2012, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, following what Qatari-owned TV station Al Jazeera said were efforts by the Gulf Arab state to win his release.

Opinion

Another View - Richard Ober: We have to act now to stop the decline in NH's future prospects

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Setting the table for New Hampshire's future.

Christopher Thompson's Closing the Deal: Time for Market Basket to get back to business

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SINCE Arthur T. Demoulas was fired from Market Basket in June, I've done my best to refrain from writing about it too much.

Gail Fisher's Dog Tracks: Parvo scare could be detrimental to puppy training, despite slim risk

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In the past couple of weeks, there has been near hysteria in some quarters about an outbreak of Parvovirus - a virus that affects mostly very young puppies.

Gov. Perry calls on vets, other Americans to restore country

Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke to 100 area residents at the Defend Freedom Pork Roast last Saturday and called on veterans and other Americans to help improve the country, not wait for Washington, D.C., to do so.

NHARNG announces retiree lunch

The sixth annual New Hampshire Army National Guard retiree luncheon is Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in building 1 at the State Military Reservation.

Chair to serve as Derry POW/MIA memorial

In remembrance of the 92,000 POWS and MIAs missing since World War I, town councilors recently approved a plan to permanently place a chair within the town hall. Councilors voted 6-0 Tuesday night to begin acquiring the chair and placing it within the building.

New Hampshire Veterans Home Commandant Peggy LaBrecque is all smiles after getting splashed in the home's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Veterans Home in Tilton takes on ALS challenge

Margaret “Peggy” LaBrecque stood, shivering slightly, in the New Hampshire Veterans Home courtyard Friday afternoon.

Harbor Homes of Nashua receives funds to expand mental health services

Harbor Homes of Nashua, a non-profit organization providing housing, healthcare and supportive services to those challenged with homelessness and/or mental illness, was one of only four organizations in New Hampshire to receive a generous grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Honor Our Veterans event on Aug. 24; free pork roast in Rochester; free pork roast in Rochester

Honor Our Veterans event on Aug. 24 - On Aug. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m., the Friends of Jane Cormier will be offering a free dinner event for New Hampshire veterans.

Staff from Nashua's 1-800-GOTJUNK franchise unloaded several truckloads of donated furnishings at the new Homeland Heroes “store” in Hudson on Thursday afternoon. Starting next month, the store will be open by appointment to allow struggling military families and veterans set up their civilian households.

Homeland Heroes to open "store" in Hudson

Less than a year after its inception, the Homeland Heroes Foundation will soon open a store for area military families and veterans in need.

Matthew Albuquerque, right, hands off the keys to a special SoloRider golf cart to his friend Robert Wilson, a bilateral amputee who lost his legs in Vietnam.

At 73, double amputee Vietnam vet is golfing again with special cart at Manchester CC

After two years off the green, with the help of his friends, Robert Wilson is back to playing the game he says saved his life.

World War II veteran Charles “Charlie” LaPierre, the New Hampshire Veterans Home's oldest resident, passed away on Friday.

Veterans Home's oldest resident dies at 100

The New Hampshire Veterans Home lost its oldest resident when Charles "Charlie" LaPierre passed away on Friday.

U.S. Army and World War II veteran Leo Cohen, 94, talks animatedly to U.S. Air Force veteran and LTC Partners employee Michael Gaffney at a Tuesday event celebrating LTC's $150,000 gift to Veterans Count.

Vets charity receives a $150,000 gift

A Tuesday event celebrated a substantial gift by insurance company LTC Partners to Veterans Count, an Easter Seals program that provides funds and resources to veterans, service members and their families.

Mary Tamposi: When our vets suffer in crisis, so does the family

Our servicemen and women, whether already home or returning, face a unique set of challenges.

Veterans News: Coupe De Ville Band plays in Kingston

The Coupe De Ville Band will provide entertainment after a clambake on Saturday Aug. 23, at the Kingston Veterans Club.

Sweeney Post events set

Sweeney Post hosts Twilight Gypsy on Friday, Aug. 15, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. No charge.

Writing

Wounded NH veteran inspired by bird-watching

Robert Vallieres was down and out, without much hope. A severe head injury, courtesy of a flying beam to the head during the Gulf War, assured that his life would never be the same.

SBA veterans award winner meets state, federal officials

Joseph Lacerda, owner of the SBA 2014 Veteran-owned small business, met Wednesday with SBA officials. bankers and U.S Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) at the Manchester Music Mill.

NH veterans soon can access medical care at private, non VA providers

The state's two U.S. Senators worked together on a provision in the $16.3 billion bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that will allow New Hampshire veterans to seek health care at private and public facilities not run by the department.

New London retired Marine earns volunteer award

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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