Gov. Lynch has taken steps to honor and help New Hampshire's veterans and service members. In recognition of his hard work on behalf of the men and women in uniform, the National Guard Association of the United States gave Gov. Lynch the Charles Dick Medal of Merit, which recognizes elected
officials' contributions to the National Guard.
Honoring Our MilitaryIn presenting the award to Gov. Lynch, Maj. Gen. William Reddel said: "Governor Lynch's support of the National Guard dates back to his first days in office in 2005. His appreciation of the Guard as an integral part of state and community is consistently manifested by his efforts for continued cooperation and collaboration at the state, local and national levels. His efforts have resulted in the approval of more than eight different legislative initiatives that improved the quality of life for service members, their families and our veterans."
Guaranteeing Pay for State Employees in the National Guard
John Lynch issued an executive order guaranteeing that state employees activated for duty in the National Guard will continue to receive their health benefits and the difference between their state and National Guard salaries.
Ensuring College for Children Whose Parents are Killed on Active Duty
John Lynch signed legislation ensuring that children whose parents are killed on active military duty will still be able to go to college. Under the law, New Hampshire children between the ages of 16 and 25 will be eligible for free tuition at New Hampshire's public colleges and universities if their parent was a New Hampshire resident killed during active duty in the military. Eligible children will also receive a scholarship of up to $2,500 to cover board, books and other expenses.
Helping Veterans Show Pride in Their Service
Gov. Lynch supported legislation waiving the additional fee that currently exists on top of the registration fee for a veterans' license plate. The Governor believes strongly that our veterans should not have to pay an extra fee to display the pride they have in their service.
Giving Veterans the Care They Need and Deserve
John Lynch increased funding in the state budget to pay for direct care services and medication for our veterans, allowing 50 more New Hampshire veterans to be served at the state's Veterans' Home.
Ensuring Veterans Are Treated With Dignity and Respect
John Lynch included more than $6 million in the state capital budget for improvements to the state Veterans' Home so that we can better care for our veterans. He also added nearly $1 million for capital improvements to the State Veterans' Cemetery to ensure our veterans' final resting place reflects their dignified service to our state and our country.