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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.

Friend of accused Boston bomber found guilty of obstructing justice

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A jury on Monday found a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts by removing a backpack containing fireworks shells from the suspect's dorm room.

An Israeli soldier sits atop a mobile artillery unit in a staging area outside the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip, saying no cease-fire was near as top U.S. and U.N. diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 500 lives. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israel pounds Gaza despite peace efforts

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Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top U.S. and U.N. diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 500 lives.

An Israeli rocket is fired into the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said. The Israeli military says Gaza militants have fired more than 1,300 rockets into Israel. Palestinian health officials say 233 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air and naval strikes. One Israeli civilian has been killed by fire from Gaza.

Israel says ground offensive under way in Gaza

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Israel announced the start of a Gaza ground campaign on Thursday after 10 days of aerial and naval bombardments failed to stop persistent Palestinian rocket attacks, but it signaled the invasion would be limited in scope.

Opinion

What’s the rush? Executive Council follows Pelosi plan

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When will NH tire of the way it is being treated by the advocates of bigger government, particularly Obamacare?

Another View -- John Dumais: Mandatory GMO labeling is all cost, no benefit

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The public needs to know fact from fiction when thinking about genetically modified foods.

Anti-SUV flop: Americans love utility

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Guess the American public is not too concerned about gas guzzlers killing the planet.

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.

LEWY

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.

Belmont High seniors Matt Leclair, MaryKate Russo and Courtney Pelletier work on the Belmont revitalization project on Monday.

Belmont High students join Legion Post members in community project

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When Belmont High School seniors joined members of the Charles Kilborn American Legion Post Monday in working on the pavilion next to the Belmont Mill, it was a wonderful sign for the veterans, said Woodbury Fogg, the deputy adjutant of Post 58.

Members of the VFW Department of New Hampshire and Ladies Auxiliary line up June 15 in the Bear Room at the Attitash Summit Grand Hotel to be sworn in as local post officers. The VFW members have their right hands raised and left hands on the shoulder of the comrade in front of them, touching – by dint of the member at the head of the line -- the American flag.

VFW, Department of New Hampshire, Ladies Auxiliary install new officers

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With gratitude for a successful past year and plans for an ambitious, equally successful 2014-2015, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of New Hampshire, recently installed new officers.

Brian Cressy of East Kingston, a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, found out minutes before open-heart surgery that the Department of Veterans Affairs wouldn't pay for his care at a non-VA hospital. But a new bill passed by the U.S. Senate last week would change that for other New Hampshire veterans like Cressy.

Prepped for heart surgery, vet told VA won't pay

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Brian Cressy was minutes away from open-heart surgery at Catholic Medical Center last December, his chest shaved and painted orange with surgical disinfectant, when a social worker delivered the news.

Accompanied by her son Jacob, she arrived Friday afternoon at the Attitash Grand Summit hotel where through Sunday the department is holding its annual meeting and convention.

Veterans applaud Ayotte, Shaheen for health care bill

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Veterans from southern to northern New Hampshire and from east to west are applauding a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate that would give allow them to get medical aid closer to their homes.

NH National Guard Sgt. Chuck Eldridge, who is a Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center employee, stands with human resources benefit coordinator Deirdre Grimes after a ceremony Thursday at the center. Grimes and other employees were honored for their support of Eldridge while he was recently deployed to Afghanistan.

Crotched Mountain honored for support of employee serving in National Guard

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Four Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center employees were honored by the Department of Defense Thursday for their support of a fellow employee who is also an active New Hampshire National Guard member.

Justin B. Hart, the Disabled American Veterans assistant national service director, administers the oath of office on June 7 to the incoming officers of the DAV's New Hampshire Department during the group's annual convention and business session at the Town & Country Inn. Sworn in were Gerry Bosse, commander; David Wiggins, senior vice commander; Gordon Spencer, 1st junior vice commander; Curry Lashua, 2nd junior vice commander; Derek Fowler, 3rd vice commander; Douglas Cotreau, 4th junior vice commander; Fred Catalfo, department judge advocate; and Paul Pratt, department chaplain.

NH disabled vets get good health care news

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The members of the Disabled American Veterans-Department of New Hampshire celebrated two pieces of good news recently, welcoming new officers and receiving an assurance that their medical-care providers are free of the taint that is currently rocking Veterans Administration facilities around the country.

Salem's Lancaster Fund grant OK'd for Traveling Wall

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The Salem Veterans Association is getting some financial help for bringing the Traveling Wall to Salem in October.

Report says average wait time at NH VA facilities is more than three weeks

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A New Hampshire veteran with a mental illness faces an average wait time of 23 days or more for a first-time appointment at the three U.S. Veterans Affairs medical facilities that serve most New Hampshire veterans.
Click here to view a chart of wait times data.

VA centers await report on U.S. audit

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New Hampshire residents will learn Monday whether veterans seeking treatment at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Manchester and White River Junction, Vt., have experienced wait times and delayed care similar to those exposed recently at the Phoenix veterans hospital.

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