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

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. […]

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. […]

Portales veterans honoring returning, deploying airmen

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Attendees at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515 “Hail and Farewell” event Friday listen to a speaker. Once a month since January, the local VFW post has been recognizing Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Support Squadron personnel who are deploying or have returned from deployment. Argen Duncan […]

‘Unfunded’ benefits can hurt vets

Through a decade of war, Congress has pumped billions of additional dollars into new benefits and programs for veterans. They deserve them, lawmakers say. Helping vets also is popular with constituents. Veterans’ service organizations have lobbied for these benefits, but with the expectation that newly authorized programs would be fully funded. Last year, even as […]

Military committee to meet in Santa Fe

CNJ staff The Legislative Interim Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee will meet today in Santa Fe, according to a news release. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn at 3 p.m. The committee will set protocols, discuss their focus areas and develop a work plan for the interim session, the release said. The […]

Letters to the editor: Amarillo VA appreciates veterans

Amarillo VA appreciates veterans I wanted so much to write a negative letter to the editor about the way I have been treated by the VA Clinic here in Clovis but decided to write one instead about the treatment I have received in Amarillo In Amarillo, I was greeted in the parking lot by a […]

Veterans to be added to Clovis memorial

Courtesy photo: Billy Gonzales Joe Luis Gonzales enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1968, he died in during an exercise board the USS Evans when an aircraft carrier ran through the ship in Australia. Gabriel Monte Joe Luis Gonzales is not a forgotten sailor. He’s a sailor who people barely remember. In fact, the Curry […]

Veteran call center launched

Freedom New Mexico A Vet Center Combat Call Center is now available to help veterans readjust to civilian life, according to a news release. 1-877-WAR VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing […]

Combat call center online

CNJ staff A Vet Center Combat Call Center is now available to help veterans readjust to civilian life, according to a news release. 1-877-WAR VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in […]

Cost-saving proposals target VA

The House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has told a veterans’ group it is studying a plan to save $6 billion annually in VA health care costs by cancelling enrollment of any veteran who doesn’t have a service-related medical condition and is not poor. Committee Republicans, searching for ways to curb federal […]

VA fails to meet crucial deadline

Senior Democrats and Republicans on the veterans affairs committees have joined hands to scold the Department of Veterans Affairs over missed deadlines and restrictive language drafted for implementing new benefits for caregivers of severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. In an unusual letter last week to President Obama, signed by both chairmen and ranking […]

Veterans may be eligible for compensation

Cannon Connections staff Nearly 60,000 service members and veterans who refinanced their Veterans Affairs Department mortgage loans through Wells Fargo, Wachovia and SouthTrust will receive refunds as the result of a $10 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit, a Wells Fargo official said. Wells Fargo spokeswoman Vickee Adams said there was no way of knowing […]

Veterans may receive refunds from Wells Fargo loans

Nearly 60,000 service members and veterans who refinanced their Veterans Affairs Department mortgage loans through Wells Fargo, Wachovia and SouthTrust will receive refunds as the result of a $10 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit, a Wells Fargo official said. Wells Fargo spokeswoman Vickee Adams said there was no way of knowing how many veterans […]

Activities for disabled veterans expanding

USAF: Tech. Sgt. Samuel Bendet Department of Veterans Affairs officials are providing grants to enhance recreation and sporting activities for disabled veterans and disabled members of the armed forces. Department of Veteran Affairs Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs officials are awarding two grants totaling $7.5 million to the U.S. Olympic Committee to […]

VA benefits provided to caregivers of veterans

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs officials are launching the first of a series of new and enhanced services supporting family caregivers of seriously ill and injured veterans. In May 2010, President Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 legislation authorizing VA officials to establish a […]

Input sought on New Mexico veterans museum

Courtesy illustration Architect renderings of the planned New Mexico Veterans Museum, which will be one of several veteran-oriented facilities on the museum’s campus which will be located in Las Cruces. Liliana Castillo The designers of the New Mexico Veterans Museum are holding a meeting to gain input from Clovis and Portales area veterans at the […]