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 […]

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 […]

Veterans organization hands out turkeys to needy

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CNJ staff 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: CNJ staff writer Dozens of families left Bella Vista Arts Academy Friday afternoon carrying frozen turkeys for their […]

Lincoln Jackson Family Center staff start clothing program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mary Helen Urioste, back, and Jane Chavez wheel a donation out of the back room of the thrift store on Cannon Air Force Base. The women work with the clothing closet at Lincoln-Jackson Family Center. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The staff at Lincoln-Jackson Family Center has found another […]

Terror of war followed us home

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist The Fort Hood massacre is shaking the military community and Americans everywhere. Nothing seems more horrific, if it’s even possible to quantify these events on some horrible scale, than a soldier firing upon his comrades. As a military wife I can’t begin to imagine the pain, suffering and fear the […]

Groups offer military families support

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist There are many organizations which use their time and resources to help military families. Each one of them has a slightly different focus but they all serve a very important purpose: they link military families to resources and to the help they need. During deployments, life for those back home […]

TRICARE fee increases blocked

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The last decision made by House-Senate conferees negotiating final details on a fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill was to insert language that will rollback an announced Oct. 1 increase in fees charged to TRICARE Standard beneficiaries for stays in civilian hospitals. The surprise fee increases, reported here last week, gave […]

Concert planned to benefit crash victims

CNJ staff The community of Melrose is rallying around two of their own who were hospitalized after a head-on collision Aug. 8. The community is planning a benefit concert 3 p.m. Sept. 5 to help the families with medical expenses. Ramon Arenivar and Jordan Beard have under gone several surgeries, according to event organizer Randy […]

Cannon Appreciation Day features free food, games

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Justin Turner with the Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron chats up servers at Friday’s Cannon Appreciation Day held at Unity Park. Event organizers said 4,000 burgers and 4,000 hot dogs were on hand for the event. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico After two decades of cook-outs […]