Sacrifice of veterans can’t be forgotten

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: This week’s column is being republished at the request of a reader. This weekend the nation commemorates Memorial Day. Gen. John Alexander Logan first thought up the idea to set aside one day to honor Civil War dead. May 30, 1868, was the first Memorial Day to […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

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E-records open up care to veterans

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist President Obama’s ambitious plan to establish a lifetime electronic record for service members and veterans will improve delivery of benefits, speed processing of claims and, over time, open VA health care to any veteran, regardless of their medical condition or income level. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki first raised the idea […]

Obama handled defeat with style

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist President Obama won style points from veterans’ service organizations last week even as he was forced, under heavy fire, to withdraw his plan to have the Department of Veterans Affairs bill veterans’ health insurance for the cost to VA of treating service-connected medical conditions. “The issue should never have come […]

Bingaman and Udall: N.M. to receive over $4 million in veterans affairs funding

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico will benefit from over $4 million through the Veterans Administration as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The recovery funding will be used to make needed investments at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque and for improvements […]

White House drops controversial veterans health care proposal

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Veterans cheer Obama’s budget

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist President Obama is drawing high praise from veterans’ service organizations for proposing a Department of Veterans Affairs budget that would exceed by $1.3 billion what even VSOs suggested be spent next year. No president before ever offered a VA spending plan that surpassed in size the “Independent Budget” presented to […]

House considers making veterans committee

CNJ staff The House will soon consider a bill creating a committee responsible for studying military and veterans issues across New Mexico. Senate Bill 529 unanimously passed the Senate Monday. The bill would create a joint interim legislative Military and Veterans Affairs Committee to conduct hearings around the state on military and veterans’ issues. The […]

Review board to disappoint veterans

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist Complaints from veterans and from a high-profile commission that the services routinely were “low-balling” disability ratings for military members found medically unfit spurred Congress last year to take action. Among other things it ordered the Department of Defense to create a special board to review disability ratings of 20 percent […]

Jan. 30, 2009 Legislature Tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 50 Denish raises almost half a million: Lt. Gov. Diane Denish raised $466,314 in the last quarter of 2008 for her 2010 bid for the Governor’s Office, her campaign announced Thursday. Denish has $1,751,779 in the bank for the race, where she is seen by many […]

VA health enrollment will increase

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist An estimated 258,000 middle-income veterans with no service-connected health conditions will be allowed by late June to enroll in the VA health care system.

Veterans pause to remember service

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist While citizens across the nation pause this month to remember a myriad of individual reasons for Veterans Day, Neil S. Durham (now of Idalou, Texas, outside of Lubbock and formerly of Clovis) may be turning the pages of a diary he kept on Guadalcanal during World War II. Yes, Durham […]

ENMU hosts Veterans Day observance

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PNT Photo: Sarah Meyer Dorothy Cave Aldrich and Jack Aldrich stand at attention as Michael Ellzey, assistant professor of music, play taps at the conclusion of the Veterans Day ceremony held Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University. By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico “God Bless America.” The words to that song sustained the soldiers of […]

Veterans Day events, closings

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dejon Ruiz of Clovis reads one of the books from the Veterans Day display table at the Clovis-Carver Public Library while waiting to get on one of the computers to do some personal research. Veterans Day events• Veterans Day Breakfast — 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., American Legion Post 25• […]

Voting benefit granted to us by veterans

Freedom New Mexico Early November brings two of the key

Local Veterans Day events

Saturday • Veterans Day Parade — 10 a.m., 14th Ave. and Main St. Awards presentation will follow beginning at noon at VFW post 3280, 200 W. Grand. • Marine Corps Ball — 6 p.m., VFW, Post 3280. Information: 799-3091 • Military Appreciation Dinner — 6 p.m., Faith Christian Family Church, 3401 Norris. Free for all […]

Pair to serve as grand marshals

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer As part of the Veterans Week celebration, Clovis residents Gordon Lam and Rick Hidalgo will serve as grand marshals on Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade. The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Main Street. • Lam, 54, is the New Mexico Veterans of Foreign War state commander Service background: […]

Military feature: Veterans say medical benefits major issue in election

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Maciejewski, the senior vice commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post no. 3280 in Clovis, said that the next president should provide more for veterans and those currently in the service. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3280 Commander Vernon Luce said veterans […]