Special needs families have services available

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — TRICARE beneficiaries who have family members with special needs now have access to unique services within the TRICARE program. The most important service is the TRICARE Extended Care Health Option, or ECHO. To be eligible for ECHO, a family must first enroll into its service branch’s Exceptional […]

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Portales hosts orientation for Cannon families

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Chris Harrell, a 4th grade teacher, led the Portales Orientation Day for Cannon airmen and their families March 13. Musical entertainment and free food added to the day that included community leaders briefing the new military arrivals on the opportunities and activities available. By: Airman 1st […]

POW/Missing Personnel Office staff updates families of loved ones

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes Bennie Renfro gives a DNA sample during a family update meeting sponsored by the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office March 20 in San Antonio. Renfro’s nephew, Airman 1st Class Leslie McHaney has been missing from the Korean War for more than 30 years. By Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes: […]

Care plan to encompass more military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s family care plan policy will be expanded in the coming months to encompass a wider population of military parents, a defense legal expert said. The new policy will require military parents with custody of children from a previous relationship to file a family […]

Troops, families have new advocate

By Tom Philpott: Military update James Webb (D-Va.), a take-charge senator who in just his second year conceived and negotiated passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, made clear Wednesday he will continue to influence issues that impact on the lives of service members, retirees, reservists and their families. Webb has more leverage now as new […]

Realtors, developers struggle to meet housing demand

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Louise and Richard Weber of Clovis inspect a home Friday on Benjamin Davis Drive. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Even with their daughters in college, Richard and Louise Weber search for a lot of the same amenities in a home that younger families do — storage space, a good […]

Thousands of families sign up for FitFamily

By Maj. Belinda Petersen: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Within the first week of the launch of FitFamily, more than 2,000 families have signed up for the program at http://www.usafFitFamily.com. FitFamily empowers families to take charge of their lifestyles and make healthier choices. The program offers innovative ideas, […]

Home delivery of pharmacy benefits saves money

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Military retirees and families will save themselves some cash — and save TRICARE a whole lot of money — by using their “home delivery” pharmacy benefit instead of filling prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets. Pharmacy officials are doing whatever they can to drive that message home to 7.5 million users […]

Families get free access to caregiver network

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Military families now have free access to an online network of caregivers who can assist with everything from babysitting to dog walking. Sittercity is the nation’s largest online source for local babysitters, nannies, elder care providers, dog walkers, housekeepers and tutors, and contains more than 1 […]

Child Development Centers to be renovated

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell A new $12 million Child Development Center will replace the current facility on base. Funds will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base is expecting a lot of families, and it’s expecting a lot of kids in tow. […]

Military feature: Base to expand child development centers

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell A new $12 million Child Development Center will replace the current facility on base. Funds will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is expecting a lot of families, and it’s expecting a lot of kids in […]

Free, online tutoring offered to families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials here launched a free, online tutoring service for servicemembers and their families. The site — http://www.tutor.com/military — offers round-the-clock professional tutors who can assist with homework, studying, test preparation, resume writing and more. Marine Corps and Army families have had access to the […]

Food tax would only bring harm

By Fred Nathan and Allen Sanchez: Guest columnists The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce (GACC) recently proposed that New Mexico reimpose the tax on food. If the GACC wants to raise taxes, a wiser strategy would be a targeted tax on junk food, rather than making necessities like fruits, vegetables and baby food more expensive […]

Event aims to give families closure

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Daryl Harris hangs an ornament in memory of his wife, Betty Jo Harris, during Thursday’s 25th annual “Celebration of Life” sponsored by the Plains Regional Medical Center Home Health Care/Hospice. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area families honored loved ones who have passed away in 2009 at Thursday’s 25th […]

Organizations provide trees for troops

Christmas trees are loaded onto a Fed-Ex truck for delivery on Nov. 10 to be shipped out to troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan from the Christmas Spirit Foundation. The organization is also planning to send trees to families at Cannon Air Force Base. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Christmas Spirit Foundation and Fed-Ex are […]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

Portales couple reaches out to international students

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Courtesy photo: Charlie and Martha Crane From left, Martha Crane of Portales, Ghana native Hannah Odame, Martha’s husband Charlie and Nigeria native Lola pause during a pre-graduation reception for Eastern New Mexico University international students this past spring. The Cranes have provided driving lessons, trips, Thanksgiving dinner and more for the students. Lola’s last name […]

Students, veterans distribute turkeys

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson AMVETS Chaplain Manuel Medina hands a turkey to Maria Seniseras Friday at Bella Vista Arts Academy. The AMVETS had 250 turkeys to give away to area families in need. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Dozens of families left Bella Vista Arts Academy Friday afternoon carrying frozen turkeys for their Thanksgiving […]