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Jane Hirsch, center, with Paul Lloyd, left, state adjutant, VFW, and Ray Goulet, President, Chapter 41, Vietnam Veterans of America.

Director of Scheduling, Special Assistant

to the Governor on Military and Veteran Affairs

Birthplace: Manchester

High school: Oyster River High School

College/post grad degrees: Saint Anselm College, BA, Politics; University of New Hampshire, Master of Public Administration

What is the best career advice you ever received?

My parents raised me with a strong work ethic. My father always instilled in me that I was responsible for my own success, and I had to work hard for it. Working cooperatively is important, but you are ultimately responsible for your own work. Don’t make excuses, and don’t worry about whether other people are getting enough credit or blame. Focus on doing your job as well as possible.

Why did you choose your profession?

Since I was very young, I have been interested in politics. I can still remember watching presidential debates between President George Bush and Gov. Mike Dukakis when I was in first grade. The process, and elections, fascinated me. Working with veterans is more personal for me. I am the daughter of a veteran and the granddaughter of two veterans, so I see my dad and my grandfathers in each veteran that I work with. I recognize their sacrifices, and want to make sure they are receiving the best treatment and care possible when they return home. I’m glad Gov. Sununu has trusted me to work on veterans issues on behalf of his administration.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

I have been fortunate in many ways in my own life, and it is important to me to make a difference in the lives of others. Veterans’ causes are my primary focus, as the daughter of a veteran and granddaughter of two veterans. Those who serve in the military and their families are why the rest of us have the freedom to pursue our own happiness. I’m honored to have the chance to help them.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

I would tell my 22-year-old self to slow down and enjoy things a bit. I was always so anxious to have everything figured out, and to know exactly what I wanted to do in five years, 10 years, and even 20 years, that I didn’t often live in the moment.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

I think it’s been exciting to see more young people moving to New Hampshire from other states over this past year. New Hampshire has a booming economy right now, and that increase in opportunity is sure to attract young professionals. New Hampshire is a beautiful state with a lot to do. It is a great place to settle down in, and I think young people are recognizing this.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

I would like to continue to work with veterans, whether that be professionally, or in a volunteer capacity.

Volunteer activities: VFW Auxiliary, Children of the Fallen Patriots Advisory Board Member.

Last major achievement: Earning my master’s degree while working full time. I felt great when I was done!