Anniversaries —

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White [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Pat and Wessie White of Clovis will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Clovis. They were married Dec. 31, 1950, in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by their children and grandchildren. Their children and spouses are Nancy and Tommy […]

VA acts to expand disability claims

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist About 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouses or estates will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs — an average of 11.4 years for veterans and 9.6 years for survivors — under a draft VA rule to expand by three the number of diseases […]

Military spouses cope with loved ones deployed during holidays

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

Congress extends benefits to military spouses

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands. Under current law, service members can choose to keep their original residency as they relocate. Spouses who lobbied for the change said having that same […]

Military spouses seek residency benefits

By Kimberly Hefling: The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Don’t expect a rush order if you call Joanna Williamson’s jewelry business. She’s a military spouse, and it’s moving season. About 800,000 service members move each year — nearly half during the summer. Moving is a ritual repeated nearly every three years on average for military […]

April 17, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Golf fundraiser true group effort The Cannon Spouses’ Club

Rank not important

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I recently went to a dinner party organized by a military spouses club. The food was very good and the evening was pleasant, until someone sitting at my table started talking about how we should separate enlisted men’s wives and officers’ wives into two distinct clubs. “Why?” I asked, and the […]

Military clubs award scholarships

CNJ staff Cannon Enlisted Spouses’ Club and Cannon Officers’ Spouses’ Club honored 14 students and military spouses with scholarships totaling more than $13,000 according to a news release from the clubs. Eight Cannon OSC scholarships were awarded to the following students and spouses: Erin Bailey, wife of Maj. Jason Bailey, who is working toward a […]

Ex-spouse law defies efforts for change

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A 1982 law that allows state courts to divide military retirement as marital property in divorce proceedings has grown skin of armor, making it impenetrable to court challenge or legislative change. That, at least, is how it must seem to long-time critics of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act […]

This has been a year rife with epiphanies

Grant McGee: Guest columnist You know how you feel when you suddenly have an answer about some of the mysteries of life? You might feel like a light bulb has blinked on in your head. I’ve had a whole year like that. For instance: families. When I see families who function the way we as […]

House bill bad news for military spouses

Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Defense says it does not support imposing new limits on the number of years that former spouses can receive court-awarded shares of military retirement. Such limits are at the heart of the Uniformed Services Divorce Equity bill (HR 1111), introduced by Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-N.C., to better protect […]

Cannon has friendly faces for spouses

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Ellen Saccoia-Smith, family and work life consultant at the Family Support Center at Cannon Air Force Base and a military spouse, talks about the challenges military spouses face during an interview at the base in January. (Photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Ellen Saccoia-Smith’s first military move was […]

At Cannon Air Force Base, it’s also about the family

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the 16th in a series of United Way agency profiles that began last month. Empathy from strangers never seems to be in short supply for spouses of Cannon Air Force Base personnel who have been sent away. But understanding from those in the same situation can be a […]

Wild, wild Air Force

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Barb Yates and her “cow-girls” take the stage for a “mo-o-ving” performance at last year’s Wild Wild, West Night, hosted by the Cannon Officers’ Spouses’ Club. This year’s event will be held Nov. 1 at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. By Darrell Todd Maurina When the sun sets on the evening of Oct. […]

County votes down Nevada trip for Fair Board, spouses

By Jack King County Commissioners turned down a request Tuesday by the Curry County Fair Board to send three board members and their wives on an all-expenses-paid trip to the International Association of Fairs and Events convention in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 1-4. Commissioners Kathrynn Tate and Albin Smith voted to approve the request, […]

Cannon spouses rely on each other

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — For most newcomers to Cannon, New Mexico is a long way from home. That means many young spouses of military personnel stationed at Cannon have no family in the area and no friends except those on base. Top that situation off with a deployment or a […]

Family Support Center helps military spouses advance in careers

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Military service has its own rewards, but the life is not always easy for the spouses of service members. While deployments and the risk of death get the most attention, a more routine aspect of military life causes more serious problems for many military families. With […]