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New England College hosts vets’ benefits expo

Manchester VA Medical Center
January 31. 2018 10:55PM

New England College was recently presented with a Manchester VA Medical Center Director’s Community Partnership Appreciation Award. From left are Kristin Pressly, VAMC; Dr. Cindi Nadelman, New England College; Karen Barilani, New England College; and Michael Bichrest, Veteran Health Information Exchange. (Courtesy photo by Laura Caisse of the Manchester VAMC)

HENNIKER — More than 20 state, government and private agencies came together to showcase available services for New Hampshire’s military members during the Past and Present Military Benefits Expo held at New England College Jan. 19.

Representatives from these agencies, including the Manchester VA Medical Center, were present to meet one-on-one with veterans and answer their questions.

Dr. Cindi Nadelman and Karen Barilani, both veterans from the veterans’ services office at New England College, organized the event.

“When it comes to supporting our military veterans, you can never do enough. That’s why it was so gratifying to see so many supportive agencies participate in New England College’s first veterans’ expo,” Nadelman said.

Michael M. Bichrest, of the Veteran Health Information Exchange (VHIE), attended the event. “As a veteran myself,” Bichrest said, “I see the value in having wrap-around service information available for veterans in one place. Today’s event helped dozens of service members. Six veterans, who had not previously been enrolled for VA health care, now have access to services — it was a good day.”

New England College was founded on the G.I. Bill in 1946, and the tradition of veteran service continues today. At the expo, the college was recognized and presented with a Manchester VA Medical Center Director’s Community Partnership Appreciation Award.

“Inclusion and collaboration is the key to successfully serving New Hampshire veterans, and our organization was grateful to be a part of this,” said Alfred Montoya, acting director of the Medical Center.

“New England College veteran office Director Dr. Cindi Nadelman, retired Air Force veteran, and Ms. Karen Barilani, U.S. Marine Corps, and graduate student, clearly share a passion to support their fellow service members,” Montoya said. “It is an honor to be able to recognize their continued advocacy on behalf of all who serve.”

In addition to the Medical Center, the following 22 agencies participated in the expo: Alan Rose Massage Therapy, The American Legion Department of New Hampshire, American Legion Henniker Post 78, the American Red Cross, Building Dreams for Marines, Camp Resilience, Care Coordination Program — New Hampshire, Chris’ Pets for Vets, Department of Health and Human Services — Division of Child Support Services, Easterseals New Hampshire — Military & Veterans Services, the Farnum Center, Harbor Homes, Liberty House, the NH National Guard Suicide Prevention and Resilience program, Northeast Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services, Vet Centers, Veteran and First Responder Healthcare, The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, the VA New Hampshire VISION 2025 Task Force, VA Homefront, Veterans Crisis Line and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Manchester VA Medical Center is part of the VA New England Healthcare System, which includes eight medical centers located in the six New England States. The Medical Center is comprised of one main campus located in Manchester and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Conway, Portsmouth, Somersworth and Tilton. For more information, visit

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