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SHAHEEN CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE VETERANS LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE


For Immediate Release:
May 5, 2014
Contact: Harrell Kirstein, (603) 731-1597

SHAHEEN CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE VETERANS LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

Committee Will Lead Outreach, Mobilize Supporters
Jeanne Shaheen Makes a Difference for New Hampshire Veterans

Concord – Today, the Shaheen campaign is launching its bipartisan Veterans for Shaheen Leadership Committee which will lead campaign outreach to veterans and military families across New Hampshire, building a Veterans for Shaheen organization of Granite State veterans supporting Jeanne Shaheen in the November election.

The Veterans for Shaheen Leadership Committee includes an impressive group of leaders from New Hampshire’s veteran community. They will be mobilizing additional supporters to highlight how Jeanne Shaheen has made a difference for New Hampshire’s veterans.

“In the U.S. Senate, Jeanne Shaheen has worked to provide tax credits to businesses that hire veterans and led efforts to expand care for returning vets,” said Mike Vlacich, Shaheen Campaign Manager. “Jeanne Shaheen is a tireless advocate for keeping our commitment to our veterans and their families. We are honored to have the support of these veterans, have them taking an active role in Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign, and we thank them for their tremendous service to our nation.”

“As a Republican, a veteran, and a proud Granite Stater, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has earned my vote to continue to serve as our U.S. Senator. Her support for military veterans shows a constant resolve to recognize the significance of military service. Every veteran has a friend in Sen. Shaheen.” – Jim Steiner of Concord, Captain, US Army Special Forces

“Our men and women in uniform face daunting challenges every day. They need leaders that can be trusted without even a moment of hesitation, and Jeanne Shaheen is that kind of leader. As our Senator she has been a strong and steadfast ally for all New Hampshire’s veterans.” – Jim Smith of Salem, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.), former U.S. Ambassador

“I believe that the most important political contest of this election year is re-electing New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen. I served as Commandant of the New Hampshire Veterans Home for twenty four years, began working with Jeanne Shahen two decades ago, and during that time her commitment to veterans has never wavered even once.” – Barry Conway of Hampton, Airman First Class, USAF, Commandant New Hampshire State Veterans Home, Chair Emeritus State Veterans Advisory Committee

“The first action Jeanne Shaheen took as our U.S. Senator was to introduce the bipartisan legislation to open a full-service medical center or provide equivalent health services for veterans here in New Hampshire. Granite State veterans need her leadership in the U.S. Senate.” – Bill Duncan of New Castle, Lieutenant, US Navy

“Jeanne Shaheen has been a champion for veterans and servicewomen throughout New Hampshire. Her “Shaheen amendment” provides health care equity to women serving in uniform. In a Congress mired with endless gridlock she was able to get legislation passed and make a real difference for women in the military.” – Judy Atwood Bell of Hudson, Sergeant First Class, US Army

“Jeanne Shaheen always remembers veterans in the North Country. We have two new veterans’ clinics coming to Berlin and Colebrook, because she never stopped fighting for us.” – Bill Hatch of Gorham, Staff Sergeant (Medic), USAF

“New Hampshire veterans have a Senator they can count on in Jeanne Shaheen. She is all business and always puts people first, not politics. When that means breaking with her party or reaching across the aisle she does it.” – Pat Duffy of Manchester, Colonel, USAF (Ret.)

“As an Army veteran and a former U.S. Ambassador, I know that we need someone who understands foreign policy and our military’s extended overseas engagements with the right judgement and a tireless work ethic to serve as New Hampshire’s voice in the U.S. Senate. That someone is Jeanne Shaheen. She is a commonsense leader who puts people ahead of politics, and has repeatedly demonstrated her unyielding commitment to our veterans.” – Terry Shumaker of Concord, Captain US Army, former U.S. Ambassador

“As a 21-year Marine Corps veteran, I am proud to support Senator Shaheen because she supports New Hampshire veterans. Her work for us makes a difference. Legislation that she sponsored was signed into law and expands mental healthcare and suicide prevention efforts for veterans and their families.” – Val Scarborough of Plymouth, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.)

“Jeanne Shaheen is someone who has earned our respect by respecting our men and women in uniform. Her work in the Senate reflects our New Hampshire values and makes a difference for Granite State veterans.” – Jack Scarborough of Plymouth, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.)

“Jeanne Shaheen puts New Hampshire’s veterans first. When funding was threatened, Senator Shaheen led the successful fight to protect New Hampshire’s groundbreaking Deployment Cycle Support Program which helps service members, veterans, and their families deal with the unique challenges of military life.” – Bob Hannan of Dover, Captain, USAF

“Jeanne Shaheen delivered for us. After decades of promises, she grabbed the bull by the horns, cut through the red tape, and got the Keene Vet Center and Community Outpatient Clinic open.” – Dwight Clark of Keene, Staff Sergeant, USAF

“We have a sacred commitment to serve those who serve us. Jeanne understands that and every day she makes fulfilling it a priority. I have watched for 20 years as she has worked for veterans in New Hampshire and across the country. Our veterans fought for us, Jeanne fights for them.” – Billy Shaheen of Madbury, Captain, US Army

Sunday evening, the Shaheen campaign released its first television ad focusing on Jeanne Shaheen’s work to open the Keene Veterans Clinic and Outpatient Center. The new 30-second television spot features New Hampshire veteran Dwight Clark of Keene, a Vietnam Veteran and the former Commander of American Legion Post 4 in Keene. He worked closely with Senator Shaheen to bring the Veterans Clinic and Outpatient Center to Keene.

The Veterans for Shaheen Leadership Committee includes:
Jim Steiner of Concord, Captain, US Army Special Forces
Jim Smith of Salem, Brigadier General, USAF, former U.S. Ambassador
Barry Conway of Hampton, Airman First Class, USAF, Commandant New Hampshire State Veterans Home, Chair Emeritus State Veterans Advisory Committee
Ned Helms of Concord, Infantry Lieutenant, US Army
Wayne Alterisio of Manchester, Specialist, U.S. Army
Paul Martineau of Manchester, Captain, US Army
Gail Prince of Bedford, Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
Dwight Clark of Keene, Staff Sergeant, USAF
Billy Shaheen of Madbury, Captain, US Army
Bob Hannan of Dover, Captain, USAF
Jack Scarborough of Plymouth, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.)
Val Scarborough of Plymouth, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.)
Terry Shumaker of Concord, Captain US Army, former U.S. Ambassador
Pat Duffy of Manchester, Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
Bill Hatch of Gorham, Staff Sergeant (Medic), USAF
Judy Atwood Bell of Hudson, Sergeant First Class, US Army
Bill Duncan of New Castle, Lieutenant, US Navy
Mike Lopez of Manchester, Master Sergeant, US Army

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