Officials: Better retirement deserved

By Tom Philpott Reserve and National Guard members deserve a better retirement plan, one that pays an annuity earlier than age 60 at least for those willing to serve longer than 20 years. That’s what Reserve leaders have told Congress.Reservists might deserve extended health care coverage too, also in recognition of their full operational role […]

Retiree mortality rate needs study

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Department of Defense actuaries have discovered significantly higher mortality rates among active duty retirees compared to reserve retirees, and the disparity stretches back decades. In any given year, looking at populations of non-disabled military retirees age 60 and older, the death rate for active duty enlisted retirees is 20 to […]

Reservists offered coverage

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance When National Guard or Reserve sponsors are not on active duty, they may be eligible for healthcare coverage by purchasing and enrolling in TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS). TRICARE Reserve Select TRS includes medical and behavioral health coverage and access to TRICARE pharmacy benefits. TRS allows enrollees to choose […]

Tapping reserve wrong approach to oil conflict

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Bush expected to sign new GI bill

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist With Congress adding a $1 billion-a-year transferability feature, President Bush has dropped his opposition to the extraordinary Webb GI Bill initiative and is prepared to sign it into law as early as this month. Known also as the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the new GI Bill will […]

Legal ads best left untouched by government

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps local newspapers and local governments should come to an agreement in which each party says to the other: We reserve the right to take issue with how you do your job, but we’ll stop short of actually trying to do your job. This proposition comes to mind because of efforts across […]

Improved health benefits on way

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist Active duty and reserve component members can bank on a 3.9 percent pay raise next January as Congress continues to close a perceived military “pay gap” that a Pentagon pay study says no longer exists. The House Armed Services Committee on May 14 joined Senate colleagues in approving, for a […]

Reserve, Guard demonstrate military skills

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno An Army National Guard medical evacuation company simulates a search and rescue mission with a pair of UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters during the 2008 Boss Lift on May 3. By Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno, 27th SOW Public Affairs Office MELROSE BOMBING RANGE — More than 60 New Mexico […]

Wall Street plunge reflects market woes

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Wall Street extended its 2008 plunge Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrials down 306 points and to their lowest level since last March after a regional Federal Reserve report showed a sharp and unexpected decline in manufacturing activity. Downgrades of key bond insurance companies added to the market’s black […]

Attorney battles crime on military, civilian fronts

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Christina Tatum said the military offered her the opportunity to travel and gain courtroom experience. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Christina Tatum lives a double life as a crime fighter. Most days she serves as a deputy district attorney, handling 100 to 200 cases at any given time. She also […]

Reservists shorted by deficient GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Proponents for strengthening Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits for the National Guard and Reserve say the critical issue is fairness. Reserve rates, frozen for years, need to be raised. Reserve benefits need to be made as portable as MGIB for active forces, their wartime deployment partners. Not so, said a […]

Area Marines could be recalled into service

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Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero plans to re-enlist in the Marine Corps. Romero said the troops in Iraq deserve a break. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero said he plans to renew his reserve contract with the Marine Corps in coming weeks even though it […]

Ready reserve activation could break military

By Freedom Newspapers The decision to start calling up Marine Corps reservists who have already served their active-duty obligation but are still subject to being called back is a strong indicator that the war in Iraq is not going well — and that our leaders believe U.S. troops will be required in significant numbers for […]

Col. Bagnani new Vice Wing commander

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Colonel Valentino Bagnani III assumed duties as vice wing commander of the 27th Fighter Wing June 30. He replaces retiring Col. Jeffrey Harrell who retired June 30. Colonel Bagnani arrives from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where he served as the deputy commander of the 56th Operations Group. […]

Raises, benefits top committee agenda

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Billions of dollars in pay and benefits are at stake for active duty members, reservists, disabled retirees and surviving spouses as a House-Senate conference committee begins to negotiate differences in separate versions of the 2007 defense authorization bill. When the process ends, perhaps by late September, military personnel will know […]

GI Bill holds inequities for Reserve, Guard

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Reserve and National Guard members mobilized for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are discovering an inequity in their GI Bill education benefits that needs to be fixed, says Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder, senior Democrat on the House armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel. “It’s unconscionable how these young men and […]

Some AF Reserve bonuses now $15,000

Airman Thomas Trower “One weekend a month, two weeks a year.” We’ve all seen or heard the slogan for the Air Force Reserve on the television, radio and Internet. What many may not know is that the Reserve has increased the maximum enlistment bonuses from $8,000 to $15,000 for selected Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs). […]

Lawmakers knocking Guard compensation

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Congressional leaders gave President Bush the green light three years ago to invade Iraq based on what they now know was faulty intelligence. Many of those same leaders appeared last week before a special commission they created to study how Guard and Reserve forces should be organized, deployed and compensated […]

Chairman eyes steps to ‘modernize’ GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind., chairman of House Veterans Affairs Committee, wants active duty veterans to have more “flexibility” to use Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits. He also will consider making Reserve MGIB benefits “portable” so they can be used after reservists leave service. But Buyer hasn’t endorsed that second change, […]

Nation’s poor better off than thought

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Despite claims that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, poverty is nowhere near the problem it was yesteryear — at least for those who want to work. Talk about the poor getting poorer tugs at the hearts of decent people and squares nicely with the agenda of […]