Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

Disabled, retired pay concurrent

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist New groups of disabled retirees will be able this year to draw Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) or higher amounts of Concurrent Retired Disability Payments (CRDP) under legislation passed in January. Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials explained in an interview how they are implementing the changes. Again it will involve […]

Back payments doled out to retirees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A small group of disabled military retirees this month will be the first of 133,000 to receive lump-sum back payments, which are tied to start-up challenges for two “concurrent receipt” programs enacted since 2003. That’s according to officials with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). The trickle of back […]

Retirees unlikely to see full pay restored

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Military retirees rated “unemployable’’ are unlikely to see their retired pay fully restored under the “accelerated concurrent receipt’’ provision that Congress approved last fall. After months of internal debate, the Department of Defense is nearing a final decision to limit full concurrent payments to 23,000 retirees who have disability ratings of […]

New plan in works for offset retired pay

Tom Philpott With fewer strings attached this time to avoid the ire of veterans’ groups, House leaders are nearing a new deal with the Bush administration to end for many military retirees the offset in retired pay that occurs when they draw disability pay from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The deal would cost an […]

Meeting to include Veterans’ services secretary

Darrell Todd Maurina The state veterans’ service officer for east central New Mexico hopes for a large turnout at a special Saturday afternoon meeting in Clovis to discuss veterans affairs with the secretary of the state’s Department of Veteran’s Services. “I’ve got 200 chairs and I’d like to have about 300 people,” said John Fondrick, […]

Pressure rises to ease military pay law

By Tom Philpott House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and other Republican leaders are urging President Bush to drop his veto threat and allow Congress to further ease the century-old law that bans “concurrent receipt” of full military retired pay and Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) disability compensation. Capitol Hill sources said career retirees who now […]

Fate of retirees’ compensation still up in air

By Tom Philpott More than 670,000 military retirees with VA-rated disabilities are ineligible for the new Combat-Related Special Compensation. Many wonder whether CRSC truly is a beachhead in battle for “concurrent receipt” of full retired and VA disability compensation, or the end of the line on this issue. That will depend on whether lawmakers vowing […]

Court dispositions 6/22

Here are recent dispositions recorded in 9th Judicial District Court: — Bryan H. Chavez, 22, pleaded guilty June 6 to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a third degree felony. Sentence deferred for two years and placed on two years supervised probation with special conditions of drug rehabilitation, $275 restitution and costs, […]