Disability rating reform troubling

Most of a two-hour hearing last week of the House veteran affairs’ subcommittee focused on VA’s mammoth effort to apply current medical science and revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, by 2016. Disability evaluation boards have used the VASRD since the end of World War II to compensate veterans for average impairment […]

Conflict arises on veteran hiring

Executives from more than 20 companies traded ideas on hiring more military veterans in this tough economy, and easing their transition into civilian careers, during a special “Veterans Employment Summit” last week hosted by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Before a single idea could be shared, however, executives watched uncomfortably for 10 minutes as their […]

Montana woman acquires Confederate headstone for great-great grandfather

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Courtesy photo Donna Scott stand next to the unmarked grave of her great-great grandfather Alfred Shelby at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. Thomas Garcia The grave of Civil War veteran Alfred Shelby has been without a headstone 97 years. His great-great granddaughter Donna Scott decided that was long enough. Scott said she recently gained approval […]

New state laws benefit veterans

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect Friday, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services. […]

Air Force veteran receives CHS diploma

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Korean War veteran Troy Howard, right, received Clovis High School diplomas for himself and his brother Saturday during commencement wearing his Air Force uniform from the 1950s. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers, left, said it was an honor to recognize the Howard twins. Liliana Castillo After 54 years, being […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Ricardo Hidalgo of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis adjusts the POW-MIA Empty Chair Display at Post 25 Friday afternoon. The POW-MIA flag will be carried at the 2011 Memorial Day Observance at Lawn Haven Memorial Garden at 10 a.m. on May 30. Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May […]

State Golden Gloves set for this weekend

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Elijio Sena of Clovis, right, makes adjustment to the turnbuckle to tighten the ropes of the ring while Andy Birch of Clovis checks the status of the rope being tighten across the ring. Sena is a six-time state champion in the super-heavyweight division and will be making his last Golden […]

First person: Veteran ringer

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson David Garza of Clovis has been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army for five years. David Garza of Clovis, is one of many faces behind the bells and the red kettles outside throughout the Christmas season. Garza, 46, was one of two ringers collecting money for the Salvation Army […]

Honors — Dec. 5

Lofton Mr. Daniel Lofton was selected October Employee of the Month at Roosevelt General Hospital and Clinic. Daniel has been the director of information technology at RGH for the past three years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and is known around the hospital for his pleasant personality and his “can do” […]

Veteran benefits not under attack

Some of us, when we see a proposal to raise VA health care fees for a category of veteran in a report on ways to curb federal budget deficits, jump to the conclusion that veteran benefits are under fresh attack. Bernard Rostker, former under secretary of defense for personnel and now a senior fellow at […]

First person: Veteran lends voice to girls basketball

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Bill Gaedke, known as “Chief” around Clovis High School, has been the public address announcer for sports events for more than 30 years. The second season is about to start for Bill Gaedke. Better known as “Chief” around Clovis High School, the longtime instructor and retired Air Force chief master […]

Veteran title honor to hold

Clyde Davis I placed it up there on Facebook and got some comments — many weren’t positive, considering what I put up wasn’t particularly contentious. It was simply a Veterans Day posting. Whereas many say to the veteran,”Thank you for serving,” I thought it might make sense to say, at least from one veteran, “Thank […]

Area events to honor veterans

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A monument to honor veterans past and present will be dedicated today at Steed-Todd Funeral home. Alisa Boswell Several events are happening in Clovis and Portales this week to honor veterans. Today at Eastern New Mexico University, students and faculty will be donating supplies, letters and thank you cards with […]

Our people: Veteran enjoys helping

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Steve Reshetar has been the executive director of the Matt 25 Hope Center for four years. Matt 25 Hope Center’s Executive Director Steve Reshetar has worked for non-profit organizations since 1988. He enjoys helping people. Reshetar said he enjoys how organizations in Clovis can come together and work toward one […]

Club notes — Oct. 24

Clovis BPO Does The Clovis Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does held a regular meeting on Oct. 14. Prior to the meeting, Elks Exalted Ruler Gayle Hanks spoke to the group. She thanked all of the DOES for the help and support given to the Elks. She reminded everyone about the upcoming Veteran’s Day activities and […]

Press release: CCC to Host Veterans’ Fair

Clovis Community College proudly supports our veterans and thanks them for their service to our country. In honor of their service, CCC will be hosting a Veteran’s Fair on November 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the CCC Commons. Activities will include posting of the colors by the CHS ROTC, Setting of the […]

Hounds expect strong play from veteran offensive line

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Greyhound quarterback Wes Wood scrambles under pressure from Wes Byrd, 56, during last week’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds open their season Saturday against Southern Nazarene. Dave Wagner Ryan Torres figures it’s time for the Eastern New Mexico University offensive line to make its mark. With four seniors, including […]

Still thankful for Clovis mechanic

By James Matessino: Guest columnist In July 1968, I was a Vietnam-era veteran traveling from Louisiana to my next assignment at Sacramento’s McClellan Air Force Base. I was driving my old Ford Comet, determined not to go to California without wheels. I made it to visit a gent I was stationed with in Turkey. He […]

Tuesday’s with Tom: Udall Talks about Veteran’s Issues as Well as the Ongoing Health Care Debate

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall today talked with radio reporters from around the state about topics including committee approval of his initiative to require training for flight attendants and gate agents to deal with intoxicated or belligerent passengers, the ongoing health care debate, and veterans issues. If you are interested in obtaining an .mp3 […]