CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter has won the endorsement of a national veterans group, but some members of the local chapter aren’t happy.

The national VFW Political Action Committee recently endorsed the first term Democrat, following its usual practice of backing members of the Armed Services Committee. But Paul Chevalier, former New Hampshire VFW commander, says the local chapter sent a letter to Washington opposing the endorsement because of Shea-Porter’s position on Iraq.

From military family

The national group said it made its decision based on comments from New Hampshire VFW leaders and Shea-Porter’s strong support for veterans, national security and military personnel issues.

Shea-Porter’s campaign said Chevalier doesn’t represent all New Hampshire veterans and pointed to Shea-Porter supporter Lew Henry, a lifetime VFW member and quartermaster of the Lee Memorial VFW Post.

“Carol comes from a military family and is leading the fight for better veterans health care in New Hampshire,” Henry said in a campaign release. “This endorsement is no surprise given her record of standing up for what is right.”

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