Portsmouth Herald — The fifth annual S.O.S. Salute Our Soldiers Gala on behalf of the Seacoast Chapter of Veterans Count is Saturday and will pay special tribute to veterans and service members of the Vietnam War era.
Veterans Count, an Easter Seals program, provides financial support for service members and veterans of all eras.
The event will be held at the Kane Estate at 5 Willow Ave. and will begin with a 5 p.m. cocktail reception. Music will be provided by the Legacy Swing Band Quartet. The program begins at 6:25 with Josh McElveen serving as master of ceremonies.
The posting of the colors will be performed by the U.S. Marine Corps Cadets ROTC from Winnacunnet High School. The Rev. Bruce Boria, pastor of Rye Bethany Church in Greenland, will provide the invocation. Gov. Chris Sununu will make remarks and Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Kenneth Clark will serve as the keynote speaker. Clark is a native of Laconia and a University of New Hampshire graduate. He served as commander of 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease from 1996 to 2001, when he was promoted to brigadier general and assigned to the N.H. National Guard.
A special salute will be made to audience veterans from the Vietnam Era conflict.
A live auction with auctioneer Mark Fodero will help raise funds for Veterans Count.
Since 2007, Easter Seals Military & Veterans Services has served more than 9,000 individuals in a variety of ways including suicide prevention, homelessness, substance abuse treatment, employment, transportation, and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Veterans Count supports families through a care coordination model and provides emergency financial assistance for food, home maintenance, housing, rent, fuel assistance, utilities, vehicle repair, gasoline, medical bills, and child care.