A brigadier-general who served 36 years with the U.S. Army and received two awards for valor, five Bronze Star medals, and two Purple Hearts is running as the GOP candidate to replace New Hampshire Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen.
Brigadier-General Don Bolduc, a lifelong Republican, led one of the first groups in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks in Southern Afghanistan. His record includes serving as Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Component Commander in Afghanistan, as Deputy Director for US Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and as Special Operations Command-Africa (COMSOCAFRICA).
Bolduc has relentlessly advocated on behalf of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS). While admitting he had fought against PTS himself, his efforts on behalf of others earned him the nickname of “Captain America” and “Everyone’s General” by his fellow officers and soldiers.
On Monday, announcing his candidacy, Bolduc stated:
During my time of service, I have been in three-quarters of the countries in the world, which included 10 tours of duty in Afghanistan. But regardless of which continent I was on, I never forgot my roots in the Granite State, because no matter where I was, when foreign or tribal leaders would ask where I was from, I would tell them that I’m from New Hampshire. Now, these folks couldn’t point out New Hampshire on a map – but they always responded: “Live Free or Die.” …
In response to encouragement, and after some long conversations with my family I now plan to do what I have been taught and trained to do my whole life: to try and make a positive difference in the lives of the people I love, the state I love, and the country I love. So with your help, that is exactly what I intend to do. … Today, I am announcing my candidacy to represent New Hampshire in the United States Senate. … Let me tell you something – after 36 years in the Army – I don’t give a damn about politics, I’m trained to finish the mission and get the job done.
In late April, WMUR reported that Bolduc was being recruited to run against Shaheen but was reluctant, saying, “My answer is that it’s very flattering and thank you very much. But at this point I’m happy with pushing and pursuing veterans’ issues and teaching at Southern New Hampshire University, where I teach homeland security.” Of his fight to help veterans with PTSD, Bolduc stated, “I’m just trying to raise everyone’s understanding of what post-traumatic stress is, how it affects service members and their families, and I use myself as an example of living proof as someone who has dealt with it and what therapy can do and has done in making me a better version of myself.”
Bolduc added, “Donald Trump is the president of the United States, and as president, we want him to be successful. We have to work together to make that happen.”