Hunt for Freedom Recipients

Here are some photos of the first two hunters that NHVSF has provided licenses to in association with “Hunt for Freedom”. In the first photo you will recognize Kaila Currier, one of the founders of Hunt for Freedom. Chad Hartford is the younger veteran, Kristopher Kuffel is the older.

Kaila Currier and Vets

Kaila Currier and Vets

Chad Hartford  left, and Kristopher Kuffel

Chad Hartford left, and Kristopher Kuffel

Hugh B. Spillane

I have never felt the need to explain my personal connection to the NHVSF other than being its founder. I’m often asked if I’m a veteran, and I reply no. I’m sometimes accused of pretending to be a veteran by founding this charity, which I (and others) find preposterous.

Today I have added my father’s brother, my uncle, Hugh Barry Spillane to the “In Memoriam” page. My Uncle served in Vietnam, and lived with us for a time as I was growing up. My freshman year of college he passed away by his own hand after battling frequent episodes of PTSD. God rest his soul.

NHVSF Supports Hunt for Freedom


Hunt for Freedom is a group that was formed in order to provide “combat wounded United States Veterans an opportunity to participate in a hunting expedition that will enable them to take the important steps towards living again.”

NH Veteran’s Sportsmans Foundation supports Hunt for Freedom with their donation so they can take two NH Veterans hunting this fall. We will continue working with Hunt for Freedom whenever they have NH Veterans to take hunting.

Pictured in the slider are James Spillane, founder of NHVSF, with Kaila Currier and Ray Parkhurst, founders of Hunt for Freedom. Left, Rep. James Spillane and Kaila Currier.

NHVSF at Bass Pro Sportsmans Show

The NHVSF will have a table at the Bass Pro Shops Sportsmans Show in Hooksett this Saturday (20th) and Sunday (21st).

Stop by between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM to pick up some literature, make a donation, give us the name and contact information of a veteran who needs our help, or just to say hello!

Every New Hampshire veteran who stops by the table will be able to enter his/her name with us for a chance to win a package of some fishing gear, graciously donated to us earlier this summer, at a drawing Sunday afternoon (proof of veteran status and NH residency required to enter).

IBO NH State Championship Archery Competition


The IBO New Hampshire State Championship Archery Competition took place in Hollis this last weekend, both days, and the New Hampshire Veteran Sportsman Foundation sponsored a target to get the word out to hundreds of archers and hunters about our desire to help NH Veterans with licenses.

I received great news last night. The IBO is going to place our sign at the Maine State Championship next weekend as well!

~ Representative James Spillane

NH Bass Federation and Reynold’s Marine

Saturday May 7th Joe Duarte and James Spillane went up to Gilford NH, where the NH Bass Federation donated $930.00 to NHVSF from the Michael McNamara Spring Open, and Reynold’s Marine and Northern Bass Tournaments donated $1,670.00 in memory of Harold “Cookie” Cook and Michael McNamara as well!

Gary Puffer


I graduated from high school on June 18, 1981 and was at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center on the 23rd. I actually had fun during basic, did great in the classroom and especially loved the sports and physical training of boot camp. In high school I always played sports and lifted weights, definitely an advantage over those who were not so physically active.

Basic was only 8 weeks long back then and when I graduated I went over to Main Side for basic electricity school, also known as Beep school or B/EE. I did OK in this school but found out they were combining my chosen rating with another which meant they were only keeping the top 25% of students. I had passing grades but not even close to the top, meaning I was sent to the fleet as an unrated fireman and was assigned to the #2 fireroom on board the USS Nashville LPD-13, a troop transport based out of Norfolk, VA.

The “Ville” was a great ship winning many awards and accommodations. We made many small cruises but the most noteworthy were a Presidential Support for then President Ronald Reagan during his trip to Barbados, another cruise to the Caribbean with visits to many of its islands and two Mediterranean cruises. The first one was in May of 1982 and the fighting in Lebanon peaked. Our task force of 5 amphibians were sent to Beirut and spent most of our Mediterranean cruise doing gator squares off the coast in support of the Marines that our group brought there. A year after we left the Lebanon area the Marine barracks was blown up, many brave souls were lost that day. In 1985 we made our second Mediterranean cruise after being in dry dock for about 9 months for scheduled repairs. This cruise would be my last as my enlistment was up in the middle of June. My last port of call was Venice, Italy, a great place to visit and a memorable city to end my tour on the Nashville. I was flown from Italy back to the USA and spent 4-5 days in Philly awaiting my discharge orders. It is now fitting that I ended my stint in the Navy in Philly, in Sept 2009 my ship, the USS Nashville LPD-13 was decommissioned and now sits in mothballs in the Philly ship yards! I miss the ship and especially miss my shipmates, many I am still in contact with thanks to the internet, some I see in person from time to time when traveling. Unfortunately we have lost some of our shipmates and will not see them until we meet at Davy Jones’ Locker. May God look after ALL of our brothers and sisters in every branch of the US Military, past present and future.