Senior happenings —

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1-5 p.m., Los Abuelitos in Portales. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Workshop for Veterans and Caretakers suffering from Alzheimer’s. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 10:30 a.m., Indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 9:30 a.m., […]

Mental health needs still unmetal health needs still unmet

Despite adding billions of dollars for mental health care to Department of Veterans Affairs budgets the last four years, and the hiring of 7,000 more mental health professionals at VA clinics and hospitals, many veterans with severe combat-related stress still face long waits to get the care they need. And some VA facilities might be […]

Congress helping vets find jobs

As Veterans Day approached, peace descended long enough on a bitterly divided Congress to reach a deal that could help military veterans, in multiple ways, find decent jobs in a tough economy. Last week President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden with representatives of veterans groups and all but dared Republicans to reject another initiative […]

Veterans understand service

I would have liked to have been there to see it as Portales veteran Joe Blair got a personal visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. One of the things I miss the most about not being at the newspaper office is having Joe stop by to chew a cigar and tell […]

Veterans honored at local events

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Alisa Boswell

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 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Veterans Day, help for seniors and a serial killer misses

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Veterans Day Plenty of Veterans Day activities in Clovis Friday: • Veteran’s Day Breakfast — 7 a.m.-11 a.m. at American Legion No. 25, 2400 West Seventh St. • DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Open House — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at 220 West Fourth St. • […]

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:

Clovis man appointed to veterans’ board

New Mexico Gov. Susana

Organizers aim to raise money for memorial with dance

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Alisa Boswell A dance with a patriotic theme is being held Saturday night to raise funds for the new $20,000 war memorial being brought to Portales. According to War Memorial Committee members, the idea for a memorial honoring Roosevelt County veterans who have given their lives in battle stemmed from a 1958 Portales High School […]

Their view: Program helps turn veterans into ranchers

John Crabtree of the Center for Rural Affairs offers his view on a program that would help veterans become farmers and ranchers.

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 […]

Compensation for vets expanded

More than 84,000 Vietnam veterans afflicted with heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia are drawing disability compensation today thanks to a decision by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to expand the list of ailments presumed caused by exposure to herbicides, including Agent Orange, used during that war. Another 74,000 veterans have claims pending, […]

Vet care funding alarms shoppers

Advocates for military commissaries are optimistic they can sideline a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee plan that would end subsidies of base grocery stores so the same money could pay for health care of veterans and families exposed years ago to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, N.C. But as momentum builds on Capitol Hill to protect […]

Bill eases GI Bill shortfall for vets

As Congress moves closer to protecting veterans at private colleges in seven states from a sharp drop in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs has softened its warning that the relief move will cause significant payment delays for many thousands of GI Bill users this fall. VA officials still see payment challenges […]

Our people: Resident enjoys helping veterans

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Clovis resident Beverly Miller is involved in a number of auxiliary groups for veterans in the area and Friendship Senior Center. She said she enjoys her work and wouldn’t change it for the world. Miller, 76, can be seen wearing red, white and blue almost every day. “I love it,” she said. “There’s nothing better […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse 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. […]

VFW recognizing deploying troops

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Argen Duncan The Portales Veterans of Foreign Wars post is honoring deploying and returning airmen with a monthly ceremony. VFW Post 9515 is the only one in the state to hold “Hail and Farewell” celebrations, although it’s a nationally supported program, said Ladies Auxiliary President Debbie Welch. The VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary come together […]