Lakes Region Chapter
In 2014, a group of dedicated volunteers in the Lakes Region led by Cynthia Makris, Ken Lull and Tim Callahan gathered community leaders to get the ball rolling to launch a new chapter of Veterans Count! Makris, owner of the Naswa Resort in Laconia, remarked, “It’s a beautiful thing when the legacy of a WWII Marine, Peter Makris, is able to help fellow veterans in New Hampshire today. I was honored to start the Peter Makris Memorial Run in 2007 to continue my father’s spirit of giving back to his beloved community and fellow veterans. Starting a Lakes Region Chapter of Veterans Count made a lot of sense. There are so many giving and generous people living in the Lakes Region year round and seasonally who care deeply about our veterans and their needs. We are excited to be the newest chapter of Veterans Count in New Hampshire!”
At the first Veterans Count Lakes Region Chapter Meeting, Siddartha Sosa Rodriguez, an Airman for the NH Air National Guard, spoke to the members of the struggles he had reintegrating back into his community after returning from deployment to the Middle East in 2009. Since connecting with Veterans Count he has secured a stable living environment, gotten married, completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology and is working on his Master’s degree. He is also giving back to other veterans in his role as a Care Coordinator for Easterseals Military & Veterans Services. He credits Veterans Count with helping him achieve his goals and become the person he is today. The Lakes Region Chapter of Veterans Count, through the works of the dedicated members, is changing the lives of veterans like Siddartha who served our country and need a “hand up” to thrive in their community.
Cynthia Makris, Chair
Tim Callahan, Vice Chair
Tom McCoy, Secretary