House votes to protect military income

Tom Philpott: Military update A House panel shaping its version of the 2005 defense authorization bill approved new income protection for mobilized Reserve and National Guard members, and a provision to phase out, starting in 2009, the sharp drop in military survivor benefits that occurs at age 62. The bill also would support a 3.5 […]

TV linked to ADD, obesity

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Left to right, Brooklynn Beck, 1, Brayden Beck, 4, and Jayden Kos, 4, all watch “Spongebob Squarepants” Thursday at the Beck home in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Maja Sandoval has some qualms about allowing her 4-year-old son to gaze into the television set for hours on end. […]

Pay period at hand in committee meeting

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Uniformed leaders of America’s Reserve and Guard components have urged Congress to eliminate a host of “inequities” that mobilized troops face while serving alongside active-duty forces in the war on terror. Compared to active duty brethren, deployed Reserve and Guard members see smaller and fewer re-enlistment bonuses, are ineligible for […]

Take advantage of new health benefits

By Tom Phillpott: Military Update activated reservists, have left thousands of reserve families unable to take full advantage yet of some new pre- and post-mobilization healthcare benefits. The unusual circumstances have TRICARE officials advising reservists to save medical receipts, explanations of benefits and other documents that could be useful weeks or months from now in […]

Burkel, Marjorie

Marjorie Burkel Services: Have been held. Mrs. Marjorie Burkel, 83, of Portales, died Thursday morning, Oct. 16, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on May 30, 1920, in Smithville, Mo., to Lela and Joshua E. Kindred. She grew up in Smithville and graduated from high school there in 1938. On Aug. […]