Messner Campaign Announces Veterans Coalition Advised by Retired 4-Star General Campbell and Lt. General Halverson and Led by State Rep. and Veterans Advocate Jess Edwards


Messner Campaign Announces Veterans Coalition Advised by Retired 4-Star General Campbell and Lt. General Halverson and Led by State Rep. and Veterans Advocate Jess Edwards

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BEDFORD, NH – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner this week announced the formation of a coalition to connect with veterans, a group advised by a retired four-star general and a lieutenant general, and led by well-known New Hampshire veterans advocate and State Representative Jess Edwards.

Serving as national advisors will be retired four-star Army General John Campbell, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and Lieutenant General David Halverson, who retired in 2016 from the Army after over 37 years of service.

Both have endorsed the Wolfeboro Republican run to unseat Democrat incumbent Jeanne Shaheen.

Leading the veterans coalition will be Rep. Jess Edwards of Auburn, Rockingham-District 4, who is also announcing his endorsement of Messner. Edwards served 33 years in the U.S Army medical service corps, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2009. He is currently chairman of the General Court Veterans Interest Caucus, and has been active in veterans affairs across the state.

“Corky Messner is well-qualified to serve in the U.S. Senate,” says Edwards, who points to Messner’s military career as a West Point graduate and his active duty service as an Infantry Company Commander. “His philosophy of government and its relationship to the people is particularly appealing to me; he has internalized the preamble to our Constitution and understands the legal and political environment in which we live.”

On the coalition steering committee with Edwards is retired Marine Corps Major Carol Moore of Hampton Falls, who served from the end of the Vietnam War through the end of the Cold War. She worked in Intelligence and Program Development in Washington, D.C. during the Reagan administration.

“I am privileged to have the support of these veterans as we continue to address the challenges facing the men and women who have proudly served their country,” says Messner. “I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of New Hampshire veterans and address the issues they face and the services they need in civilian life.”

More members will be joining the coalition in the coming weeks, with veterans-specific events and other initiatives being announced.

“This leadership structure provides a launching point for adding to our team and its members will be invaluable as we work to help veterans across the Granite State.”

About Bryant “Corky” Messner
Raised in a blue-collar family in Altoona, PA, Bryant “Corky” Messner attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played football and prepared for military service. Upon earning the Army Ranger tab and graduating in 1979, he served in West Germany, witnessing firsthand the specter of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Following his military service, he attended University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and went on to found the law firm Messner Reeves LLP, which today includes more than 100 lawyers, 200 employees and offices in nine cities.

Messner is a strong conservative, and remains passionate about giving back to the country that has offered him the opportunity to live the American Dream. His continued public service includes involvement with various non-profit organizations, including the Wentworth Watershed Association, the Army West Point Athletic Association, the Rise School Denver, and the Messner Foundation, which works to cultivate the next generation of business and community leaders.

A father of three, Messner’s two sons are West Point Cadets and his daughter is preparing to attend medical school. He resides in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

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