CONCORD, NH – Gov. Chris Sununu on Thursday signed an executive order to initiate creation of one coordinated State operation for the provision of veterans services. The Governor was joined at the signing immediately after his State of the State address by guests David Meaney of the American Legion, Ray Goulet of the NH Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, Paul Lloyd of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Ernest Sulloway of Disabled American Veterans.
“We must recognize a fundamental truth, that once a person signs those enlistment papers, they are a soldier for life,” said Governor Sununu. “This executive order will bring coordinated veterans services under one roof in New Hampshire, which will bring resources together to streamline services for one simple goal: better outcomes for our veterans.”
The changes contemplated by the executive order will be a team effort involving Adjutant General Dave Mikolaities, the Veterans Council, the Office of Veterans Services (“OVS”), the Department of Health Human Services’ Bureau of Community Based Military Programs, and other Executive Branch officials and personnel.
The executive order directs the Adjutant General to develop and execute memorandums of understanding with both the Office of Veterans Services and the Bureau of Community Based Military Programs to provide for the streamlining and coordination of all veterans services provided by the State. The memorandums of understanding will be executed within 60 days and fully implemented within 120 days.
You can read the Executive Order below: