Romney’s health care proposal worth another look

F or about 10 days last month, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney floated an idea that should have been of keen interest to military veterans in retiree-rich communities. He suggested partly privatizing the veterans health care system. “Sometimes you wonder,” Romney said Nov. 11, “if there would be some way to introduce some private-sector competition, […]

Mental health needs still unmet

Despite adding billions of dollars for mental health care to Department of Veterans Affairs budgets the last four years, and the hiring of 7,000 more mental health professionals at VA clinics and hospitals, many veterans with severe combat-related stress still face long waits to get the care they need. And some VA facilities might be […]

Congress helping vets find jobs

As Veterans Day approached, peace descended long enough on a bitterly divided Congress to reach a deal that could help military veterans, in multiple ways, find decent jobs in a tough economy. Last week President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden with representatives of veterans groups and all but dared Republicans to reject another initiative […]

Veterans understand service

I would have liked to have been there to see it as Portales veteran Joe Blair got a personal visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. One of the things I miss the most about not being at the newspaper office is having Joe stop by to chew a cigar and tell […]

Veterans honored at local events

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard performed the POW/MIA ceremony at the end of the VFW Post 9515 Veterans Day ceremony in Portales, which honored veterans and Cannon Air Force Base personnel. Scott Underbrink of the VFW post said the ceremony is rarely performed. Alisa Boswell

For veterans, holiday time of remembrance

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Bruce Pollard, commander of American Legion Post 117 in Clovis, left, converses with 20-year U.S. Navy veteran Milton Mitchell, right, about the significance of Veteran’s Day. Benna Sayyed Clovis veterans feel Veterans Day is a time of year when citizens should remember and honor veterans who served the country to […]

Holiday closings —

The following places will be closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day: • City offices • County offices • Post offices • Area banks, including American Heritage Bank, High Plains Federal Credit Union, Western Bank of Clovis, Citizens Bank of Clovis, Bank of Clovis, New Mexico Bank and Trust and James Polk Stone Community Bank. […]

Press release: Udall talks veterans jobs bill

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today ahead of Veterans Day about the VOW to Hiring Heroes Act being considered on the Senate Floor. He also discussed his bill to help veterans impacted by toxic fumes from open-air burn pits. Udall’s legislation would create a registry to help identify, inform and get […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Veterans Day, help for seniors and a serial killer misses

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Veterans Day Plenty of Veterans Day activities in Clovis Friday: • Veteran’s Day Breakfast — 7 a.m.-11 a.m. at American Legion No. 25, 2400 West Seventh St. • DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Open House — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at 220 West Fourth St. • […]

Press release: Bingaman talks veterans jobs bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about a bill the Senate is expected to take up a jobs bill aimed at boost employment opportunities for veterans. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman110711m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about […]