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Senator Hassan and Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis Announce Cards 2 Connect Program to Support New Hampshire Veterans

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan teamed up with Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis to announce the Cards 2 Connect program to help spread some joy to New Hampshire veterans who have been unable to see their loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Hassan and Landerman-Gaber are inviting Granite Staters to write letters to New Hampshire veterans, which will be sent to the NH Veterans Home, Manchester VAMC, and White River Junction VAMC.


Granite Staters of all ages can drop off a card at the Hollis Pharmacy or send a card to the following address:


Laura Landerman Garber

Cards 2 Connect Challenge

Suite 407

400 Amherst St.

Nashua, NH 03063


Senator Hassan’s office is partnering with Landerman-Garber on this project due to her years of work on the successful Military Holiday Card Challenge, in which Granite Staters and Americans across the country can send holiday cards to active duty military troops. For her efforts to spread cheer to military members during the holidays, Senator Hassan recognized Landerman-Garber as September 2018’s Granite Stater of the Month


See below for coverage highlights:


WMUR: Card campaign organized to show appreciation for veterans

By: Jennifer Vaughn 


A twist on a holiday card tradition is showing veterans how much they're valued.


A call has been put out for Granite Staters to write cards that will be delivered to the New Hampshire Veterans Home, the Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center and White River Junction Veterans Affairs.


"We always talk about how much we value our veterans, and this is just an important way to show that," said U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan.


"We're asking someone to reach into their hearts and give something of ourselves to someone who has done something so tremendous for us," said Laura Landerman-Garber, organizer of the Holiday Cards for our Military Challenge.


[…] There is no deadline for mailing the cards. Landerman-Garber said a simple message of appreciation is all that's needed, and people should just use a first name, city and state. No envelope is needed.


AP: Card program for veterans organized


New Hampshire residents are invited to write cards that will be delivered to veterans who are unable to see their loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic.


All cards will be delivered to the New Hampshire Veterans Home and the VA medical centers in Manchester and in White River Junction, Vermont.


U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan and Laura Landerman-Garber, of Hollis, announced the Cards 2 Connect Program. Landerman-Garber previously worked on a Military Holiday Card Challenge, in which people can send holiday cards to active-duty military troops.


“The thought of veterans being isolated and lonely right now touches all of us, and through sending cards we can find a way to send appreciation, care and love to our veterans and let them know that we will never forget them,” Landerman-Garber said.


The Nashua Telegraph: Hollis woman on mission to show military veterans appreciation 

By: Adam Urquhart  


A new effort is underway to show appreciation to veterans in New Hampshire who are unable to connect with their loved ones during these challenging times.


If one felt isolated before the coronavirus disease pandemic hit, that feeling is only amplified now. So, Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis and Sen. Maggie Hassan teamed up to make sure veterans are not feeling forgotten. They are encouraging Granite Staters to participate in a new initiative by writing cards that will then be delivered to veterans throughout the state.


[…] Landerman-Garber had been working very closely with US Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Johnson, who she said is concerned about this sense of isolation. While that concept was brewing, she received a call from Hassan’s office a few weeks ago. The senator was also interested in decreasing the isolation veterans may face, asking Landerman-Garber if she had any ideas.


[…] “COVID-19 has prevented veterans across New Hampshire from seeing their loved ones in person, and we wanted to give all Granite Staters an opportunity to show these veterans that we’re thinking about them, and to also thank them for their service,” Hassan said in a press release. “I am so grateful to Laura for her leadership in helping get this program off the ground, and I encourage all Granite Staters to join us in showing our appreciation for veterans.”


[…] The guidelines are simple. People are asked to either fold a piece of paper in half or use a note-card and address it to “Dear Veteran.” Add a note of appreciation and include some news on any topics such as the writer’s favorite sport, hobby or book. If someone in the writer’s family is or was in the military, they should include that as well. People are also asked to sign their first name only, with the city and state in which they live.