Congress passes benefits package

It’s unusual for Congress to pass a comprehensive bill to help thousands of veterans with a final legislative sprint that leaves veterans’ service organizations wondering what just happened. But that’s what the Senate and House did last week. After a burst of closed-door compromises, they agreed to and separately passed the Veterans’ Benefits Act of […]

Shout out: Student project benefits Hartley House

Submitted by: Lucia Benoit Floyd Family and Consumer Science students set out to create a community service project for an area group. In conjunction with the school’s FCCLA club, the 11 students chose material they found fun for cozy blankets to be used by children or adults and used their sewing unit to make blankets […]

Health reform protects military benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Republican lawmakers raised the specter of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise as a result of the national health reform law that President Obama signed March 23. But the threat was never more than a notion and it is fading away. That’s the consensus among […]

Military increasing awareness of benefits

milupdate@aol.com Despite billions of additional dollars pumped into veterans’ benefits in recent years, many military personnel still leave service unaware of their VA benefits or of programs set up to help them transition to civilian life, a senior Defense official and veteran advocates testified Wednesday. Noel C. Koch, deputy under secretary of defense for wounded […]

Local experts: Wet winter will pay off

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Area farmers may not be seeing the benefits of a wet winter now, but they will in a few weeks, agriculture experts say. “The winter has been very helpful,” said Patrick Kircher, the Roosevelt County Extension Office agricultural agent. “The precipitation has been more than it has been in […]

Home delivery of pharmacy benefits saves money

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military retirees and families will save themselves some cash — and save TRICARE a whole lot of money — by using their “home delivery” pharmacy benefit instead of filling prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets. Pharmacy officials are doing whatever they can to drive that message home to 7.5 million users […]

Luddites obstruct our food choices

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The anti-progress Luddites have taken some serious blows in the last six months. A British study shows that animals and crops raised under strict organic parameters, have no nutritional or health benefits over animals and crops grown with FDA/USDA approved insecticides, pesticides, parasitacides, antibiotics, chemical disinfectants and growth stimulants. Then, […]

‘Up-cycling’ denim featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative living Information on recycling denim, the health benefits of probiotics and “up-cycling” clothes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon. Outgrown or worn out doesn’t have to mean outdated. Barb Chauncey has written a book titled “Denim by Design,” and she’s going to show […]

Senator holding up veterans benefits

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist More than a month after a new fiscal year began Oct. 1, the House and Senate are still pressing to pass a group of bills to improve veterans’ benefits and health programs, rolling them together in “omnibus” legislative packets. The omnibus bills can then be shaped by final compromises between […]

Congress extends benefits to military spouses

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands. Under current law, service members can choose to keep their original residency as they relocate. Spouses who lobbied for the change said having that same […]