Police say Clovis man shot parents, self

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Investigators said Friday a Clovis woman is dead and her husband was clinging to life at a Lubbock hospital after their son shot them in their home just outside Clovis, then apparently turned the gun on himself. He died a few hours later. Investigators offered no motive in the […]

Not all injuries visible to eye

Sixty-six percent of the most seriously wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have “invisible” injuries of brain trauma or post-traumatic stress, which their families and society will be dealing with at great cost for decades, said Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army’s vice chief of staff. “The truth is, because we don’t see these […]

Wounded soldier’s condition improving

CNJ staff The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith had only […]

Clovis soldier wounded in Afghanistan

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Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith Jr. had only been in Afghanistan about a month when his unit came under attack Friday, and he was critically wounded. Less than a week and several surgeries later, the 1999 Clovis High School graduate remains in critical condition at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in […]

Ride-2-Recovery benefits wounded warriors

By 27th SOW Public Affairs The base Fitness and Sports Center will host Ride-2 Recovery on Saturday, a nationwide event that benefits wounded warriors’ mental and physical rehabilitation. Ride 2 Recovery is produced by the Fitness Challenge foundation, a non-profit organization in partnerships with the military and VA Volunteer Service Offices that features cycling as […]

Cell regeneration benefits wounded

Sometime this year, at the Army Institute of Surgical Research on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, more severely burned service members will benefit directly from the emerging science of cell regeneration. In a new clinical trial, doctors will remove a small patch of a patient’s undamaged skin. The patch, no bigger than a small Post-It note, […]

Iraqis ready to take control of own problems

Freedom New Mexico A coordinated suicide bombing that killed at least 14 people and wounded 53 in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, is a reminder that the country the U.S. has tried so hard to pacify, through military action and nation-building advice and subsidies, is still plenty turbulent. While this fact might tempt […]

Wounded warrior rides from coast to coast

USAF photo: Van Brinson Staff Sgt. Marc Esposito and actor/comedian Robin Williams met May 22 in San Francisco. Esposito is participating in Sea to Shining Sea, a 4,000-mile bike ride which started at the Golden Gate Bridge and will end July 24 in Virginia Beach, Va. By Maj. Belinda Petersen: Air Force Personnel Center Public […]

Police: 3 dead, 4 wounded in Albuquerque shooting

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former employee opened fire at an Albuquerque fiber optics manufacturer Monday, killing two people and wounding four others before turning the gun on himself in what police called a domestic violence dispute. The shooting at Emcore Corp. appeared to involve the 37-year-old gunman’s girlfriend, police Chief Ray Schultz said. […]

Wounded vets to participate in first warrior games

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON —Approximately 200 wounded active duty members and military veterans will compete in the inaugural Warrior Games May 10 to 14 in Colorado Springs, Colo., Defense Department officials announced. The U.S. Olympic Committee will host the games, and events will include shooting, swimming, […]

TriWest wounded warrior support site earns silver award

By Scott Celley: TriWest Healthcare Alliance

My cowboy pride has taken a hard hit

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I was wounded. I got cracked across the bridge of my nose. Not that my nose needs to do anything to attract attention. As one friend put it, “Bax, if you’d lie flat on your back in the sun, we could tell time.” Of course, the next day I had […]

Resources available for wounded warriors

By Brian Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance They are returning from combat in record numbers. With scars seen and unseen, wounded members of the armed services are making their way through hospitals, clinics and facilities from one side of the world to the other. Then they are on their journey through recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. The […]

Wounded gain lifelong advocates

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist About 120 service members and veterans who have suffered traumatic combat wounds requiring lifelong care have begun to see the benefits of having a Federal Recovery Coordinator assigned to help them. These “FRCs” are still few in number.

Walter Reed scandal shines light on health care issues

Editorial The bigger scandal is that it took a hard-hitting expose in the hometown newspaper of the federal leviathan to bring what might actually be some effective attention to the deplorable conditions faced by wounded military personnel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As the Washington Post revealed in a subsequent story, the attention paid […]

Insurance beneficiaries need clearly defined

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Service members, particularly Reserve and National Guard, might not understand yet how their military insurance has been enhanced to cover traumatic injury, whether suffered in war or at home even while off duty. The new Traumatic Injury Protection under Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) is still referred to as “Wounded […]

Letter to the Editor, Jan. 4

This is a letter of remembrance of the wounded and the 2,165-plus men and women who have given their lives in the Iraqi war. I grieve for them and their families. In remembrance of the 406,000 men and women who died and the thousands who were wounded in World War II, I grieve for them […]

Military provides help for soldiers severely injured in Iraq

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Service members and veterans severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan have inspired two new initiatives to help them and their families through difficult times. The first is a call center, with its title and phone number hard to memorize but worth the effort: The Military Severely Injured Joint Support Operations […]

Cannon puts training on display

By Mike Linn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As I walked toward the wounded with a medical bag in hand Friday, I couldn’t help but shudder at how badly one of the victims looked. Her eye was dangling out of its socket a good 6 inches (at least the makeup and fake eye made it […]