Plymouth, N.H. ––There are approximately 140,000 veterans in the state of New Hampshire, but only a quarter of those receive the services they deserve, according to New Hampshire’s Adjutant General. Major General William N. Reddel III spoke at Plymouth State University’s Veterans Day commemoration November 10 before a crowd of students, staff, faculty and the University’s R.O.T.C. Color guard unit and local Army National Guard troops.
“Less than one percent of the U.S. population serves in the military,” Reddel said. “That’s who is fighting for your freedoms. We have a moral obligation in this country to help them.”
Reddel noted there will be thousands of veterans returning from duty in the Middle East in the coming months, and many will need help.
“We need to continue to always take care of them, and we must never forget what they have done for this country,” Reddel added.
General Reddel serves as Military Chief of Staff to the Governor and oversees all aspects of the Adjutant General’s Department, which includes Army and Air National Guard and the New Hampshire Veteran’s Cemetery. He chose to speak at PSU’s Veterans Day ceremony after Executive Councilor Raymond Burton extended an invitation for him to attend the annual event.
PSU’s campus minister, Kathy Tardif, delivered a prayer, echoing Gen. Reddel’s plea to remember veterans and their needs.
“We are grateful to have these veterans – students, faculty and staff; fathers and mothers, sisters, brothers and friends, in our midst,” said Tardif. “Let us ensure that all veterans can live in dignity and receive the support and services they deserve so they can continue as important and productive members of our society.”
The event was held at PSU’s Veterans Common, which features a brick-lined circular walk with granite monuments inscribed with the seals of military service branches. The Veterans Common was built in 2009, culminating a decades-long goal of Phi Beta Upsilon, a fraternity which was started by veterans in the early 1970s.
Currently, thereare about 75 veterans attending PSU.
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