Families remember loved ones

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Memorial Day was set aside for the people who lost loved ones in war. Carol Nash of Clovis carries the legacy of an uncle who died in World War II at Okinawa, Japan. Nash, her mother and other family members have collected all the letters that Roy Melvin Johnston […]

Portales Past: May 29, 1945

May 29, 1945: Military and civilian personnel at Clovis Army Air Field were cutting back on cigarettes. A more-stringent War Department system was going into effect that would cut the cigarette supply in half.

Diseases linked to herbicide exposure in Vietnam expanded

By Tom Philpott: Military Update About 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouses or estates will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs — an average of 11.4 years for veterans and 9.6 years for survivors — under a draft VA rule to expand by three the number of diseases […]

PTSD disability ratings increased

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist More than 4300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were diagnosed in service as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but got low military disability ratings, have won an agreement with the Department of Defense to upgrade those ratings retroactively to 50 percent. The higher rating will represent an important win […]

Heart conditions now compensated

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The cost of war — on veterans’ health and taxpayer wallets — will loom a little larger in the new year when the Department of Veterans Affairs issues a final rule to claim adjudicators to presume three more diseases of Vietnam veterans, including heart disease, were caused by exposure to […]

Troop surge won’t bring end to war

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama officially took personal possession of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, announcing that 30,000 additional U.S. troops will be hustled into Afghanistan over the next six months. He’s hoping for another 10,000 or so from other NATO countries. The president said his first objective is not setting up […]

Simulation prepared troops for WWII

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Germany invaded Poland in 1939 setting off the possibility of American forces being involved in the war. Before World War II and Pearl Harbor, the American military set about training its men for the possibility of war. One of those men was 1st Sgt. Bennie Hill, father of Gladys […]

Energy answers lie in shale beds

By Jim Constantopolous: Guest columnist As the United States begins to pull out of the worst economic crisis since the end of World War II, energy policy has taken on increasing importance. President Obama has called on Congress to pass legislation that would reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. The administration is correct in doing […]

Soldiers’ transition top priority

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Vietnam War veterans will nod with understanding over many of Noel Koch’s comments contrasting support for wounded troops and veterans today, from citizenry and government, compared to how it was 40 years ago. During the Vietnam War, he said, “we got very good at saving people’s lives on the battlefield. […]

World War II veteran awarded Bronze Star

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After 65 years, a World War II veteran who lived in Portales has received a Bronze Star for his service. The award Herman H. Wallace, who worked at the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. for 37 years, received a Bronze Star from a Cannon Air Force Base delegation at […]