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Giving Tuesday, Eastern Propane & Oil Fueling Veterans Count

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Eastern Propane & Oil, a family owned and operated business since 1932, is committed to serving those who serve with a $3,308.31 donation made on Giving Tuesday to Veterans Count. This isn’t just any donation, this is the direct result of a one-cent per gallon donation made off of 330,831 gallons that were delivered from the first Veterans Count branded propane truck in the Eastern Propane & Oil Fleet.

“In our effort to offer both awareness and financial support to Veterans Count, we are committed to donating one-cent per gallon from every single gallon that is delivered from a Veterans Count branded truck. This is the first truck we branded Veterans Count and have another 4 in operation that started October 1st,” said Josh Anderson, Vice-President of Marketing & Business Development. “We are excited to see the gallons delivered from this new fleet and look forward to a big donation in 2019!” Read More

Ethan Allen hosts 2nd Annual Festival of Wreaths

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Ethan Allen of Portsmouth is hosting their 2nd Annual Festival of Wreaths to benefit Veterans Count. They have 22 beautiful wreaths that have been designed and donated to be raffled off on 11/25, just in time for the holidays! Raffle tickets can be purchased in-store or online, and the raffle benefits Veterans Count.

We highly recommend seeing these beauties in person. Each in-store raffle purchaser will receive a free Ethan Allen gift. To purchase tickets online visit, https://vetscount.org/nh/events/ethan-allen-festival-wreaths/. Photos of the wreaths can be found on the website as well.

A Veterans Day Message

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Formerly known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was originally established as a U.S. holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially ended on November 11, 1918. In 1954, after both World War II and the Korean War, the U.S. Congress changed the word “Armistice” to “Veterans,” and Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day is a day for us to stand united to respect and honor the patriotism and sacrifice of those who have served our country. “Thank you for your service.”  As citizens who enjoy great freedom and security as a result of our nation’s strong military, many Americans express their gratitude when they see a Service Member in uniform.  How do we honor the veterans – those who served their country with valor and are now separated from the Armed Forces and who don’t wear their uniforms anymore?  New Hampshire has the 8th highest veteran population per-capita in the country.  How and when do we thank them?

Here are some ways to show your appreciation (from Military.com): Read More

Helping Hands: Annual Gala Honors Veterans, Raises Funds

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2018 Nashua SOS Gala

The Nashua Telegraph — The 7th annual Nashua Salute Our Soldiers Gala Saturday evening at the Sky Meadow Country Club honored the many men and women protecting the nation’s freedoms.

This was the first year the event was hosted at Sky Meadow, which was decked out with red, white and blue lights and table arrangements honoring the many men and women who have and continue to serve in the military. Vice Chair of the Nashua Chapter and gala chair Carolann Constant said the event is spearheaded by Sy Mahfuz and Tom Tessier. They were among the original chapter members, she said.

“It’s a program that basically fills the needs of any veteran or family member of a veteran that no other service can take care of,” Constant said. “Our care coordinators, they’re the most important part of the program, will speak with a veteran and find out what their need is and, if it’s something that there is a service out there for, like with the VA, they’ll connect them with the appropriate department in the VA that can help them. So, a lot of the times, money isn’t even a factor. It’s more of getting the veterans connected with the right services.” Read More

Veterans Count is hosting the 11th Annual Salute Our Soldiers Breakfast

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The Manchester Chapter of Veterans Count, the philanthropic arm of Easterseals Military & Veterans Services (M&VS), is holding its 11th Annual Salute Our Soldiers (SOS) Breakfast on October 24, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at The Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly the Radisson). The patriotic breakfast will recognize veterans and service members in attendance, inspirational stories from Easterseals clients, guest speakers from business that support Veterans Count, and a keynote address from General (R) David Perkins.

The mission of Veterans Count is to provide critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to veterans, service members and their families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being. Veterans Count offers a hand up, not a hand out. Read More

Help at Hand for Veterans, Service Members and Their Families

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Are you a service member, veteran, or military family member (SMVF) who needs help and doesn’t know where to go? Are you a community provider who wants to do more to help the SMVFs in our state? Are you a clinician who wants to be better informed about the physical and mental health challenges faced by our soldiers? Help with these and other questions can be found at the Ask the Question website (askthequestionnh.com). Take some time to peruse the site- developed as part of DHHS’s Ask the Question outreach and awareness initiative- and find some help today!

The site’s resource page contains information and links to everything from a comprehensive resource list (excerpted below) and VA FAQs, to educational material on Stigma, BATTLEMIND, and the Invisible Wounds of War, and includes tools for community providers and clinicians who want to better serve our heroes . . . plus more! Read More

Easterseals Military & Veterans Services and Veterans Count Expand to the Upper Valley Region

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Letter to the Editor — For more than 80 years, Easterseals NH has had a proud tradition of providing services to those in need. From birth to end of life programs Easterseals provides services for the full lifespan. Ranging from Early Supports & Services and our Child Development Centers to Community Based services for young adults and our Seniors Program, we are here for whatever you need. In addition, Easterseals has also been on the forefront of issues relating to substance misuse treatment and Military & Veterans Services.

For more than 10 years, our Military & Veterans Services Program (M&VS) has provided services to nearly 12,000 veterans, services members and their families. Through a one-of-a-kind Care Coordination model, individuals have received the help they need for challenges including suicide prevention, employment, homelessness, substance misuse treatment, transportation, legal concerns, and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury. Read More

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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The 2018 Suicide Data Report released by the US Department of Veterans Affair’s Office of Suicide Prevention showed that across the country, the suicide rates increased for both Veterans and non-Veterans, underscoring the fact that suicide is a national public health concern that affects people everywhere. The average number of Veterans who died by suicide each day remained unchanged at 20.

Learn to Recognize the Signs

Not all veterans in crisis will show signs of intent to harm themselves, but some will show signs of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and/or hopelessness, such as:

  • Appearing sad or depressed most of the time
  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or having trouble with sleeping/sleeping all the time
  • Neglecting personal welfare, deteriorating physical appearance
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Losing interest in hobbies, work, school, or other things one used to care about
  • Frequent and dramatic mood changes
  • Feelings of excessive guilt or shame
  • Feelings of failure or decreased performance
  • Feeling that life is not worth living, having no sense of purpose
  • Feeling trapped/desperate—like there is no way out of a situation, no solution

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Beards, Beers and Battles Scars Raises $3,000

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We wrapped up Beards, Beers and Battle Scars today! Over $3,000 was raised for veterans, service members and their families! Congrats to Dan F., our Fan Favorite! Thanks to all the participants, voters, supporters, Off Colored Discussions Podcast, Bearded Sinners Beard Club of New Hampshire, and Able Ebenezer Brewing Company!

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