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(Washington, D.C.)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved her request for additional assistance for the New Hampshire National Guard's Full Cycle Deployment Support Program.  Shaheen secured $2 million for the program as part of the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Appropriations bill, which is now headed to the full Senate for consideration.  The Full Cycle Deployment program is a comprehensive support network that works with troops and their families before, during and after their deployment.

"Our state and our country owe a deep debt of gratitude to the soldiers and military families who have tirelessly shouldered the responsibility of defending our nation," said Shaheen.  "The Full Cycle Deployment Support Program is about making good on that debt, and I will continue to work to make sure our troops and military families receive all the support they need and deserve."

"We appreciate the leadership of Senator Shaheen in securing $2 million for our military Full Cycle Deployment Support Program," said Maj. Gen. William N. Reddel III, the adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard.  "This program is integral to ensuring our soldiers, airmen and their families are supported prior to, during and following military deployment.  The men and women of the New Hampshire National Guard make great sacrifices to support and defend our state and our nation, and are well deserving of quality deployment support services."

The Full Cycle Deployment program operates as a one-stop model and has provided more than 500 military families with financial planning, employment, counseling, childcare, and mental-health care assistance over the course of a 2 year pilot program.  With the deployment of 2,000 New Hampshire reservists to Iraq and Afghanistan this year, the need for these vital support services has never been greater.  Funding for the project will enable service members and commanders to focus on their important missions, knowing that their families are receiving the help and access to services they need.