Thrift store passes on help to community

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Mary Helen Urioste works in the clothing closet at the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections The staff at Lincoln-Jackson Family Center has found another way to help families in need. The school houses federal programs such as Family Services and Title I Migrant and now keeps up […]

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 […]

Fort Hood tragedy reminder of danger surrounding military

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections 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 […]

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 […]

Many resources offered to assist military families

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections 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 […]

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 […]

Program offer airmen, families counseling services

By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs Relationship problems, financial difficulties or upcoming deployments are all brush fires airmen and their families face these days. And if these emotional “fires” don’t get put out, quality of life and job performance begin to suffer. The Military and Family Life Consultant program provides airmen another tool to […]

73 SOS airmen return home

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Airmen from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron and 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group return from their deployment on a C-17 on Oct. 6. Three 73 SOS, 14 27 SOMXG and 10 16 SOS Airmen returned following the C-130W. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs A […]

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 […]

Web site offers help for families in transition

By Fred W. Baker III: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Sixteen-year-old Robyn Lutzkanin loves the military. As a military child, she said she has moved often and enjoys seeing new places and meeting new people. “It really opens your eyes up to the world,” Lutzkanin added. But she admited to dreading the transition of […]

Airmen, families turn out for Commando Day

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Heather R. Redman Airmen and their families line up to take a tour of an AC-130H gunship during Commando Family Day on Sept. 19. The AC-130H gunship was part of a static display of four aircraft that airmen and families toured. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs With […]

Group seeks to help military community

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Junctions offers confidential help and is funded by the federal Access to Recovery grant. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and after. One […]

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 […]

Congress limited in helping military

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist For the last eight years, lawmakers have loaded annual defense authorization bills with new pay and benefit initiatives to support troops and their families and to show the nation’s appreciation. This year’s defense bills — both the version passed by the House, and the Senate bill to be debated on […]

Fathers can provide love and stability

Freedom New Mexico There is little question that in most families the mother is the central unifying person emblematic of unconditional love that can be tough love when necessary. Recent research, however, suggests fathers are more important in the lives of children than had been previously understood. It is still unclear how much this reflects […]

First person: Mortician finds comfort in helping grieving families

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Katy Marteny took her passion for helping people to mortuary school in Nebraska. She works as one of the few female funeral service practitioner in Clovis. Katy Marteny, 24, is one of the few female funeral service practitioners in Clovis. She took her passion for helping people to mortuary school […]

TRICARE helps families face autism

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX, ARIZ. — Autism delays the development of important life skills. Most people may take these social and communication skills for granted, but autism-related delays and problem behaviors usually start in infancy and can last a lifetime. Life is challenging not only for the diagnosed child, but for […]

Bingaman and Udall $18.6 million to help provide child care for working families

.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing over $18.6 million to help provide child care services to working New Mexico families, those seeking employment or receiving job training or education. “Quality child care can be very costly and can be an obstacle […]