Student donates 300 DVDs to troops

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By Alisa Boswell An Eastern New Mexico University student donated more than 300 DVDs for military care packages being sent by ENMU professor Patricia Dobson and her Clovis church, Westminster Presbyterian. Dobson said she posts on her Facebook account when items are needed for the military care packages. She said this she was asking for […]

Students band together to send DVDs to troops

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Eva Zaldivar, 3, left, helps her grandmother, Wilma Ploudre, fill care packages to send to soldiers overseas. Westminster Presbyterian Church in Clovis sends care packages to deployed troops. Alisa Boswell An Eastern New Mexico University student donated more than 300 DVDs for military care packages being sent by ENMU professor Patricia […]

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ENMU reaching out to troops Eastern New Mexico University students and employees are reaching out to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with a care package campaign to let the troops know they haven’t been forgotten. Since the program began in 2008, ENMU delivered 37 packages to military memners. To include your loved one in […]

Taking care of troops

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Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Corissa Breeden of Clovis brushes up on her social networking skills during a break Wednesday at the Hastings coffee shop. Breeden’s suggestion on Facebook to gather items for deployed troops has turned in Operation Home Front Cares, which will put together care packages for military members and military working dogs overseas. […]

Video: U.S. troops to leave Iraq by year’s end

Sending troops not proper response to violence

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a few tongues wagging recently when he said that if he were president, he would consider sending U.S. troops into Mexico to battle drug cartels. Stumping in Manchester, N.H., for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry said Mexico’s drug war was like the situation in Colombia, where the […]

Boy Scouts hosting annual summer camp

Freedom New Mexico The Conquistador Council of the Boy Scouts of America will host another summer of weeklong camps in June and July at Camp Wehinahpay, located in the Sacramento Mountains near Cloudcroft. The council oversees troops in Roosevelt and Curry counties. Scout Executive Guy Eichsteadt said scouting is an educational opportunity for area boys. […]

Troops will receive full mid-month pay Friday

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — All service members will receive their full mid-month pay they have earned in their April 15th paychecks, Pentagon officials said. “Basically, all active duty and reserve service members will receive full mid-month pay on the 15th of April,” Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. Dave Lapan said. “It […]

Some troops qualify for extended tax deadline

By Elaine Sanchez: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Service members serving outside of the United States — including those supporting operations in Libya and Japan — will receive an automatic two-month tax filing extension this year, officials said. This extension is in addition to the nation’s already extended deadline. Due to Emancipation Day, a […]

Tax laws benefit troops, families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Service members and their families have a few tax advantages at their disposal, as well as a few extra days in which to complete their taxes this year, a Defense Department tax expert said. Due to Emancipation Day, a holiday recognized by the District of Columbia, […]

Their view: Don’t forget U.S. troops still in Afghanistan

Don’t forget U.S. troops still in Afghanistan Retired Army Capt. George Autobee, former director of Government Affairs for the of the American GI Forum, urges Congress not to forget about U.S. troops in Afghanistan: The war in Afghanistan barely registered as a blip on Election Day polls; only 10 percent of voters rated the war […]

Program lets deployed troops read to children

USAF photo: Tech. Sgt. Scott Farley Tech. Sgt. David Aceveda reads a children’s book in front of a video camera Sept. 24 inside the USO Community Center on Dover AFB, Del., as part of the United Through Reading program. While Aceveda is deployed, the pre-recorded DVD and book will be sent to his children. Aceveda […]

Cannon quilters continue mission of making quilts for families of fallen troops

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Adah Dean cuts quilt top pieces to the correct size. Liliana Castillo Operation Homefront Quilts at Cannon Air Force Base has changed its name but not its mission. Joanne and Jessica Porter began the program in Florida but became overwhelmed with the project early this year. Ellen Saccoia-Smith, who organizes […]

Press release: Udall urges troops and veterans to claim stop loss compensation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is urging active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military […]

‘Stop loss’ troops eligible for payment

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Let’s go on a scavenger hunt! The object is to find one (or more) of 89,836 service members, many of them now veterans, who were forced to stay on active duty under “stop loss” orders, for days or months beyond projected separation or retirement dates, sometime from Sept. 11, 2001, […]

Combat, hardship pays remain for U.S. troops

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The change from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn does not affect the pays and entitlements troops serving in Iraq receive, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Sept. 1. Servicemembers deployed to Iraq will still receive hostile fire/imminent danger pay, hardship-duty pay […]

Their View: Senator to praise troops’ sacrifices

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., plans to deliver remarks at a Memorial Day event on Monday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Here’s a sampling: “Each year, Memorial Day stands as the national day of tribute and remembrance as we honor the service of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our […]

Motorcycle rally will benefit troops

Cannon Connections photo: Kevin Wilson Glenn Eagle, left, talks with his son Greg Eagle about setting up a shower facility for the inaugural Eagle View Rally. The four-day event is expected to draw 2,500 motorcyclists to the Eagles’ property northeast of Clovis. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Glenn Eagle couldn’t start to count the number […]

Motorcycle rally will benefit troops

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Glenn Eagle couldn’t start to count the number of times he’d regretted planning a motorcycle rally on his property, with long work days blending together under a clear Clovis sky. He’s hopeful, however, he’ll have enough motorcycle enthusiasts and charity dollars to cancel out the regrets once the inaugural […]

Program links troops with career resources

By Sarah Lifshin: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — As the United States’ economic crisis lingers, returning veterans are finding it harder to translate the skills they have learned on the battlefields onto a resume, but some employers are working with the military to bridge the gap. Staff members with the Employer Partnership Office of […]