Disability rating reform troubling

Most of a two-hour hearing last week of the House veteran affairs’ subcommittee focused on VA’s mammoth effort to apply current medical science and revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, by 2016. Disability evaluation boards have used the VASRD since the end of World War II to compensate veterans for average impairment […]

Their view: Martinez supports bill benefitting troops

Gov. Susana Martinez announced her support in a press release Dec. 21 for legislation which would expand the definition of a veteran under state law in order to include more members of the National Guard and Reserve units. “The state currently defines a veteran as someone who has served a minimum of ninety days consecutively […]

My turn: Students appreciative of veterans

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I had a great time hanging out with Lindsey-Steiner fifth and sixth graders Thursday, talking to them about the lameness of Justin Bieber, the hotness of Taylor Lautner and their excitement over their Bring a Veteran to School Day, which is being held today. Kids have changed since I was in sixth grade, but hearing […]

Portales veteran recalls World War II

Judy Hall: Courtesy photo Portales World War II veteran Joe Blair recently qualified for the Southern Honor Flight, a program out of Las Cruces, which sends World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to see the World War II memorial. Blair said the veterans boarded their bus in Las Cruces to a military honor guard. […]

Portales WWII veteran visits D.C. memorial as part of Honor Flight group

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PNT staff Portales resident and World War II veteran Joe Blair recently took his first trip to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II memorial. Blair’s trip was part of the Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico, a Las Cruces organization that pays to fly World War II veterans nation’s capitol to see the […]

Their view: Veterans Day for paying tribute to all who serve

Robert Morrison, a Coast Guard veteran, is senior fellow at the Family Research Council, offers this view about Veterans Day:

Conflict arises on veteran hiring

Executives from more than 20 companies traded ideas on hiring more military veterans in this tough economy, and easing their transition into civilian careers, during a special “Veterans Employment Summit” last week hosted by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Before a single idea could be shared, however, executives watched uncomfortably for 10 minutes as their […]

New veterans laws take effect

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect today, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services.

New state laws benefit veterans

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect Friday, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services. […]

New state laws benefit veterans

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect Friday, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services. […]

Veteran receives CHS diploma

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Korean War veteran Troy Howard, right, received Clovis High School diplomas for himself and his brother May 21 during commencement, wearing his Air Force uniform from the 1950s. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers, left, said it was an honor to recognize the Howard twins. Liliana Castillo After 54 years, being […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May 30, a few Clovis and Portales military and veteran residents decided to share what the holiday means to them and how they honor fallen comrades. Senior Airman Craig McKay of Cannon Air Force Base said while he was in Afghanistan, he witnessed a ceremony in which the body […]

Funding crucial to military operations

John Garcia, a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam, is a former secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services. Here are his views on Congress’ potentially cutting military funding:

Input sought for veterans museum

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Liliana Castillo The designers of the New Mexico Veterans Museum are holding a meeting to gain input from Clovis and Portales area veterans at the end of the month. Retired Marine Corps Col. Joe Long, museum planner, will present a multi-media description of the project, solicit veterans ideas and answer questions. The meeting, hosted by […]

Honors — Dec. 5

Lofton Mr. Daniel Lofton was selected October Employee of the Month at Roosevelt General Hospital and Clinic. Daniel has been the director of information technology at RGH for the past three years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and is known around the hospital for his pleasant personality and his “can do” […]

Veteran sets out to find family

Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell “Finding Billy” is the novel which documents Diana Thompson Dale’s search for her uncle and the uncovering of his remains. Alisa Boswell While on a trip across the world, Clovis resident John Wangler went to find his second cousin’s World War II grave and found out he wasn’t the only […]

Veteran benefits not under attack

Some of us, when we see a proposal to raise VA health care fees for a category of veteran in a report on ways to curb federal budget deficits, jump to the conclusion that veteran benefits are under fresh attack. Bernard Rostker, former under secretary of defense for personnel and now a senior fellow at […]

Tree for heroes

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Master Sgt. Vaughn Chesters looks over ornaments on the Our Heroes’ Tree at the Cannon library. Liliana Castillo Families at Cannon Air Force Base have a chance to publicly honor a veteran or active duty military member at the Cannon Library on the Our Heroes’ Tree. Military families can make […]

Vietnam veteran inspires daughter’s service

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Darron Salzer Army Maj. Trenia Coleman stands next to her father, Jessie Hill, a Vietnam veteran, during a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 5. Coleman was promoted to major during the ceremony, and her father was formally awarded the Purple […]

Veteran title honor to hold

Clyde Davis I placed it up there on Facebook and got some comments — many weren’t positive, considering what I put up wasn’t particularly contentious. It was simply a Veterans Day posting. Whereas many say to the veteran,”Thank you for serving,” I thought it might make sense to say, at least from one veteran, “Thank […]