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Girlfriend says she told accused Boston bomber's friend to dump backpack

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A Kazakh woman said in a videotaped deposition shown in court on Wednesday she demanded that her boyfriend dispose of a backpack containing empty fireworks shells he had taken from the college dorm room of his friend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber.

Jesse Garabrant is consoled at the funeral of her son, Marine Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, at the State Veterans Cemetery Saturday in Boscaween.

Thousands come out in Boscawen to honor Garabrant's sacrifice

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Granite Staters came out in the thousands to put on a display of love, honor and respect Saturday for a man most had never heard of a month ago.

More than 500 motorcyclists led by the Patriot Guard Riders. and made up of several other veterans motorcycle groups as well as individual motorcyclists. joined a motorcade for Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant at Route 202, where his funeral was held at ConVal Regional High School Saturday to the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

Thousands attend funeral service for Marine in Peterborough

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More than 2,000 people attended the funeral service for Marine Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant at ConVal Regional High School Saturday morning, both inside the school gymnasium where the service was held as well as outside in the parking lot and along Route 202.

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte hugs Rich Swauger of Goffstown, a member of the NH Patriot Guard Riders, during calling hours for fallen Marine Brandon Garabrant in Peterborough Thursday.

More than 1,800 people attend calling hours for Marine

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More than 1,800 people paid their respects during calling hours for Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant at ConVal Regional High School on Thursday.

Opinion

Nature Talks columnist Cheryl Kimball found this chimney swift nest after it fell from inside the chimney located in the dining room of her home.

Cheryl Kimball's Nature Talks: Behold the chimney swift

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EACH MAY, either my husband or I will be sitting in the recliner next to the dining room fireplace and will think we hear the faint rumble of thunder. The “thunder” will rumble again and perhaps again, never getting any closer or farther away. Then whichever one of us heard it will sound the alarm: “The Peruvians are back!”

City summer: Check out Manchester

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Get out and see Manchester this summer.

John Stossel: Why reporting good news is such a problem

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How to report on subtle changes in our culture?

NH veterans program targeted by 'baffling bureaucratic decision'

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to allow Easter Seals New Hampshire to be eligible to bid for a federal grant and continue running a nationally recognized support program for veterans and the families of deployed troops.

Judge James H. Leary of the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division, speaks Thursday during the opening ceremony of the state's first veterans court.

Nashua court gives veterans a fighting chance

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The first criminal court for New Hampshire veterans opened Thursday in Nashua.

Derry resident Carol L'Italien poses with Red Sox assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez during the CVS Caremark Baseball Camp for wounded veterans July 2 at Fenway Park.

Derry Army veteran is a hit at Fenway Park

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For U.S. Army veteran Carol L'Italien, a trip to Fenway Park last week was a chance to play on her own field of dreams.

LEWY

World War II veteran Stephan Lewy to receive French Legion of Honor

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Forced to flee his home in Germany as a youth to escape Nazi persecution of Jews, Stephan Lewy later fought for the U.S. Army in five World War II campaigns in France and throughout Europe and has dedicated his retirement years telling his story to schoolchildren, trying to do his part to end hatred.

Former Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini in a November 2011 file image. Zamperini died July 2 at 97.

War hero Zamperini, inspiration for book and film 'Unbroken,' dead at 97

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Louis Zamperini, an American prisoner of war in World War II and Olympic runner whose life inspired the book and upcoming feature film "Unbroken," has died at age 97.

Community groups prepare for fallen Marine’s services

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Community groups are preparing to make a presence at calling hours for fallen Marine Brandon Garabrant Thursday.

Gov. Maggie Hassan greets Korean War veteran John Pellerin of Charlestown during a tribute to Korean War veterans Saturday in Concord.

'Forgotten War' veterans thanked for in Concord service

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Seeking to right what they called a 61-year wrong, New Hampshire officials on Saturday held the state's first official welcome home ceremony for the state's veterans of the Korean War.

Wakefield man serves aboard USS Constitution

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A 2007 Spaulding High School graduate from Wakefield, N.H., is part of a hand-picked Navy crew serving on the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, the USS Constitution.

Three Wheelock Terrace veterans, Arleen Gerstenberger, Barbara Eason and Muriel Pieklik, recall their service as women in the Army, Navy and Army Air Force during WWII.

World War II vets from Hanover community turn back the clock

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Three female WWII veterans recall their service in honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day

Bikers to remember the fallen

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Bikers from the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, France, New Zealand and New Hamsphire will participate in the sixth Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride on Saturday, June 28.

Six Flags tickets free to veterans

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Finders Keepers is helping Operation Homefront to distribute free Six Flags tickets to military families in New Hampshire.

Forever Young Chorus at baseball stadium

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The William Cashin Center Forever Young Chorus is sponsoring a “Happy Birthday USA” event July 4 at Northeast Delta Dental Baseball stadium.

Granite State to host Korean War ceremony

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Gov. Maggie Hassan will help honor New Hampshire's Korean War veterans Saturday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Army Aviation Support Facility.

NH soldier will get Medal of Honor

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Next month, a Nashua man seriously injured six years ago in Afghanistan will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama.

Veterans urged to help push Congress for private care

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte urged hundreds of veterans Friday to keep the pressure on Congress to reach a final bill that would allow many of them to receive medical treatment at private medical facilities.

POW/MIA vigil attendees glad Bergdahl was brought home

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For the 26th straight year, a vigil was held in Hesky Park to honor and remember prisoners of war Thursday, including special honors for a 91-year-old Hillsborough man who spent three years in a Japanese prison in World War II.

Belmont High seniors Matt Leclair, MaryKate Russo and Courtney Pelletier work on the Belmont revitalization project on Monday.

Belmont High students join Legion Post members in community project

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When Belmont High School seniors joined members of the Charles Kilborn American Legion Post Monday in working on the pavilion next to the Belmont Mill, it was a wonderful sign for the veterans, said Woodbury Fogg, the deputy adjutant of Post 58.

Members of the VFW Department of New Hampshire and Ladies Auxiliary line up June 15 in the Bear Room at the Attitash Summit Grand Hotel to be sworn in as local post officers. The VFW members have their right hands raised and left hands on the shoulder of the comrade in front of them, touching – by dint of the member at the head of the line -- the American flag.

VFW, Department of New Hampshire, Ladies Auxiliary install new officers

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With gratitude for a successful past year and plans for an ambitious, equally successful 2014-2015, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of New Hampshire, recently installed new officers.

Brian Cressy of East Kingston, a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, found out minutes before open-heart surgery that the Department of Veterans Affairs wouldn't pay for his care at a non-VA hospital. But a new bill passed by the U.S. Senate last week would change that for other New Hampshire veterans like Cressy.

Prepped for heart surgery, vet told VA won't pay

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Brian Cressy was minutes away from open-heart surgery at Catholic Medical Center last December, his chest shaved and painted orange with surgical disinfectant, when a social worker delivered the news.

Accompanied by her son Jacob, she arrived Friday afternoon at the Attitash Grand Summit hotel where through Sunday the department is holding its annual meeting and convention.

Veterans applaud Ayotte, Shaheen for health care bill

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Veterans from southern to northern New Hampshire and from east to west are applauding a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate that would give allow them to get medical aid closer to their homes.

NH National Guard Sgt. Chuck Eldridge, who is a Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center employee, stands with human resources benefit coordinator Deirdre Grimes after a ceremony Thursday at the center. Grimes and other employees were honored for their support of Eldridge while he was recently deployed to Afghanistan.

Crotched Mountain honored for support of employee serving in National Guard

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Four Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center employees were honored by the Department of Defense Thursday for their support of a fellow employee who is also an active New Hampshire National Guard member.

Justin B. Hart, the Disabled American Veterans assistant national service director, administers the oath of office on June 7 to the incoming officers of the DAV's New Hampshire Department during the group's annual convention and business session at the Town & Country Inn. Sworn in were Gerry Bosse, commander; David Wiggins, senior vice commander; Gordon Spencer, 1st junior vice commander; Curry Lashua, 2nd junior vice commander; Derek Fowler, 3rd vice commander; Douglas Cotreau, 4th junior vice commander; Fred Catalfo, department judge advocate; and Paul Pratt, department chaplain.

NH disabled vets get good health care news

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The members of the Disabled American Veterans-Department of New Hampshire celebrated two pieces of good news recently, welcoming new officers and receiving an assurance that their medical-care providers are free of the taint that is currently rocking Veterans Administration facilities around the country.

Salem's Lancaster Fund grant OK'd for Traveling Wall

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The Salem Veterans Association is getting some financial help for bringing the Traveling Wall to Salem in October.

Report says average wait time at NH VA facilities is more than three weeks

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A New Hampshire veteran with a mental illness faces an average wait time of 23 days or more for a first-time appointment at the three U.S. Veterans Affairs medical facilities that serve most New Hampshire veterans.
Click here to view a chart of wait times data.

VA centers await report on U.S. audit

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New Hampshire residents will learn Monday whether veterans seeking treatment at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Manchester and White River Junction, Vt., have experienced wait times and delayed care similar to those exposed recently at the Phoenix veterans hospital.

Some surgeries slated to resume at Manchester VA

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Operating room to open at Manchester VA in July, allowing more veterans to receive outpatient care services in New Hampshire, without traveling elsewhere.

Senate reaches bipartisan deal to fix veterans 'crisis'

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Senators on Thursday announced a bipartisan deal on legislation aimed at improving veterans’ health care in response to reports of Veterans Affairs employees falsifying records to conceal long waits for medical appointments.

Local veterans start nonprofit to aid Syrian refugees

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Three U.S. military veterans, including two from New Hampshire, have launched a project to provide children living in Syrian refugee camps in northern Iraq with much needed school supplies.

DAV convention set for Gorham in June

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Members of Disabled American Veterans from New Hampshire will hold their annual convention June 6-8 at the Town & Country Inn Resort.

Veterans stood at attention while Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith sang the national anthem Thursday afternoon, during the Thank A Vet BBQ at Londonderry Fish & Game Club.

Veterans issues shared at Fish & Game BBQ

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About 100 area veterans attended the Thursday's event at Londonderry Fish & Game Club, which was sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America.

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