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 […]

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, […]

‘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 […]

Teen thanks vets with letter

Editor’s note: Portales resident Laura Nelson was moved by this letter written by her then-15-year-old nephew Christopher Coons. Coons, now 16, lives in Henderson, Nev. and wrote the letter for a Junior Officer Reserve Training Corp project.

N.M. Vietnam vets gathering photos for memorial

By Kate Nash: Santa Fe New Mexican SANTA FE — When Henry Urioste was asked to help with a project to locate photos of all New Mexicans killed in Vietnam, he quickly volunteered, thinking it would be a simple, quick task. Instead, tracking down 400 photos of the fallen turned out to be very emotional […]

Labor Department gives aid to homeless vets

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Labor Department officials are awarding more than $5 million in grants to help homeless female veterans and veterans with families find jobs and work toward a “bright future,” the secretary of labor announced June 30. “Millions of hard-working, responsible families are at risk of losing their […]

Disabled troops, vets attend Warrior Games

DoD photo: Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden Approximately 200 disabled veterans look on as Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter speaks during the opening ceremony of the inaugural Warrior Games May 10 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Warrior Game athletes are competing in Paralympic-style events. By Army Sgt. 1st […]

Official urges Gulf War vets to seek VA care

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Gulf War veterans with medical symptoms should seek treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs in light of a recent study stating Gulf War service is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder, a senior military health system official said. If Gulf War veterans seek care through […]

Officials stress importance of hiring disabled vets

By David Egner: Military Health System WASHINGTON —Federal officials are taking action to reverse years of decline in the percentage of people with disabilities in the federal workforce, speakers said at a March 5 training session held to prepare for a Federal Hiring Event for People and Veterans with Disabilities scheduled for April. The percentage […]

Vets should file paperwork now

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B cell leukemia should file claims now with the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability compensation, not wait until VA publishes a regulation officially linking these diseases to wartime service. Advocacy groups are urging the swift filing […]

White House seeks $125 billion for vets

WASHINGTON — To expand health care to a record-number of veterans, reduce the number of homeless veterans and process a dramatically increased number of new disability compensation claims, White House officials here announced Feb. 1 a proposed $125 billion budget next year for the Department of Veterans Affairs. “Our budget proposal provides the resources necessary […]

Wounded vets to participate in first warrior games

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON —Approximately 200 wounded active duty members and military veterans will compete in the inaugural Warrior Games May 10 to 14 in Colorado Springs, Colo., Defense Department officials announced. The U.S. Olympic Committee will host the games, and events will include shooting, swimming, […]

Stop-loss vets eligible for payment

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist About 185,000 veterans who were forced by wartime “stop loss” orders to serve on active duty after enlistment contracts had expired, or past their approved retirement dates, are due a retroactive special payment of $500 for each extra month they served. But these veterans must apply by Oct. 21 to […]

Memorial officials call for photos of Vietnam vets

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USAF photo: Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi One of the more than 400,000 motorcyclists who participated in the 17th annual Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom” to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., breaks down after finding the name of a fallen comrade. American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The National Call for Photos, a campaign […]

Nov. 16 Letters to the Editor

Memorial fitting tribute to local vets Last Sunday, the “Blue Star Memorial” was unveiled. It is a wonderful symbol for those of us who are spouses, parents or anyone who loves a military member in a war zone or in harm’s way in any foreign country. I would like to thank Bess Kline and those […]

Clovis has not forgotten its veterans

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Veterans Day has lost its meaning. Some responses: “I have never known anyone who did not respect a man or woman in an American uniform, or who said anything disrespectful during a Veterans Day parade. I believe most adults, and most much younger citizens, […]