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 […]

Organizations plan week of remembrance for vets

Benna Sayyed Veterans organizations in Clovis and Portales are hosting several events beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday to honor local veterans who have served the nation. According to Ricardo Hidalgo, commander of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis, Veterans Week honors Clovis veterans who served the country by giving their life for freedom and […]

Clovis man appointed to veterans’ board

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Education column: Schools commemorating Veterans Day

According to an official website, “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.” It was the following year that Armistice Day, (changed in 1954 to “Veterans Day”) was commemorated for the first time. This year the holiday falls […]

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 […]

Compensation for vets expanded

More than 84,000 Vietnam veterans afflicted with heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia are drawing disability compensation today thanks to a decision by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to expand the list of ailments presumed caused by exposure to herbicides, including Agent Orange, used during that war. Another 74,000 veterans have claims pending, […]

Vet care funding alarms shoppers

Advocates for military commissaries are optimistic they can sideline a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee plan that would end subsidies of base grocery stores so the same money could pay for health care of veterans and families exposed years ago to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, N.C. But as momentum builds on Capitol Hill to protect […]

Bill eases GI Bill shortfall for vets

As Congress moves closer to protecting veterans at private colleges in seven states from a sharp drop in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs has softened its warning that the relief move will cause significant payment delays for many thousands of GI Bill users this fall. VA officials still see payment challenges […]

Our people: Resident enjoys helping veterans

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Beverly Miller can be seen wearing red, white and blue nearly every day. Clovis resident Beverly Miller is involved in a number of auxiliary groups for veterans in the area and Friendship Senior Center. She said she enjoys her work and wouldn’t change it for the world. Miller, 76, can […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Honors, saluting veterans and the first bikini

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Meetings watch The following governing bodies in Roosevelt County