Veterans Count, Brigadier General Bolduc Present Eagle to SIAA

February 12, 2018 – Hampton, N.H.  – Veterans Count New Hampshire and special guests presented a sculptured bald eagle to SIAA (Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance) today, to recognize the company’s $20,000 donation which will provide direct care to veterans and their families. The sculptured bald eagle, hand painted by local artisans, is one of 26 eagles created to increase awareness and fundraising for Veterans Count, a program of Easterseals with chapters in five of the six New England states, Kansas, and North Carolina.

Special guests included Brigadier General Don Bolduc and Mrs. Sharon Bolduc, originally from Laconia, NH.  Bolduc, former commander of American Special Operations Forces in Africa, and once a Green Beret in the Army’s Special Forces, is now retired.

“We are pleased to help Veterans Count make a significant impact for New Hampshire veterans and their families,” said Matt Masiello, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SIAA. “This is a grass roots organization that can deliver support rapidly, to the people who need it the most.”

Greg Whalen, past president of Veterans Count Seacoast Chapter, Eddie Edwards, Veterans Count board member, and Stephanie Higgs, Easterseals Training & Care Coordinator of Manchester, NH, also attended the event and spoke of Veterans Count initiatives throughout the state.

Jeff Chidester, Director of Training & Learning at SIAA and board member of the seacoast chapter of Veterans Count, introduced the attending guests to SIAA staff.

About Veterans Count

Veterans Count was founded in 2007 when Easterseals’ Board Member Mike Salter sought to bring comprehensive, emergency aid to veterans and their families whose quality of life was significantly impacted by deployment to war zones. Inspired by the success of other Veterans Count Chapters in New Hampshire, volunteers and business leaders from the seacoast came together in 2012 to form the Veterans Count NH Seacoast Chapter. To learn more, visit