A flying tribute

Tony Heiman, left, admires the flag collection at 213 E. 11th St. that he and his longtime friend Paul Ulibarri began building six months ago. They want the flags to unify Clovis. Benna Sayyed Tony Heiman hopes the collection of flags flying in his front yard in Clovis can inspire a sense of harmony and […]

Letter to the editor: Portales doctor needs support from community

Portales doctor needs support from community Dr. Patricia Green, a licensed physician, has helped many people in the Portales area at no cost to them. She often made house calls. Dr. Green is presently in jail near Albuquerque without bail. She is awaiting a sentencing hearing. She has helped disabled people win disability claims when […]

Military mama: Store memories within, not in closet

Each year as it starts to warm up I get that urge to purge, clear out the clutter in my home. The first few bags of trash are always easy to go. This is the junk. The things that I would feel embarrassed to donate to a charity, more than likely because one of my […]

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 […]

Veterans can remain optimistic

Anthony Principi, former secretary of veterans affairs, warned last week that disabled veterans and their families will suffer if Americans “lose faith in the integrity” of VA disability compensation system. Thankfully, for hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans in line to be compensated for three additional diseases linked Agent Orange exposure, few senators seemed ready […]

‘Quality of life’ benefit falls short

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Disabled veterans were thrilled in 2007 when the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission asked Congress to enact an immediate “quality of life” increase to disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The special increase, said VDBC commissioners, should be across the board, benefiting all veterans with service-connected health conditions, and […]

DoD commits to disabled veterans’ businesses

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are committed to providing service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses with contracting opportunities, and are closer to its goal of awarding 3 percent of department contracts to such businesses, the acting director for the Pentagon’s Small Business Programs Office said […]

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 […]

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 […]

U.S. 70 closed for disabled truck

Police closed U.S. 70 at Johnston Hill until a wrecker could move a disabled tractor-trailer Friday afternoon. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Malin Parker said the axles came off the truck, but no one was injured. He said traffic was backed up from Johnston Hill, about 4.5 miles north of Portales, back to town. Parker […]

VA not ready to back disabled pay

By Tom Philpott: Military update Monthly compensation the Department of Veterans Affairs pays to veterans with service-connected disabilities is intended to replace average earnings loss due to injuries or ailments. But should VA also pay disabled veterans something extra for diminished quality of life? Two prominent commissions in 2007 said it should. Last week, however, […]

Obama plan aids disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As reported here last week, President Obama has asked Congress to phase in “concurrent receipt” for all Chapter 61 retirees — those who received a disability retirement from the Department of Defense. This week we explain more details of the plan which, if enacted, would boost pay for 103,000 veterans […]

Disabled severance pay adjusted

By Tom Philpott A few hard-nosed choices by the Bush administration in implementing laws to help disabled service members are being rolled back under congressional pressure and a new team of Pentagon policymakers. One regulation change soon to take effect will allow more disability severance pay recipients to keep those lump sum payments without worry […]

Advocates for developmentally disabled lobby for funding

By Dennis J. Carroll: The New Mexican Advocates and families of the developmentally disabled, in the midst of a Roundhouse lobbying push for funding vital to the well-being of those in their care, hope they aren’t just being “niced to death” by state lawmakers. “In the last three days we’ve heard nothing but a willingness […]

Woman charged with embezzling funds of disabled individuals

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Freedom New Mexico A 43-year-old Clovis woman is charged with forgery and embezzlement following allegations she drained more than $13,000 from bank accounts of 12 disabled clients of ENMRSH. Dawn Lebow is charged with 12 counts of forgery and 12 counts of embezzlement, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Curry County Magistrate Court. […]

Local briefs 11-14

Semi truck hits horses A tractor-trailer hit and killed four horses on N.M. 206 early Thursday morning, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. The semi driver, 52-year-old Harlin Shrock of Portales, was not injured in the crash, which occurred about 4:30 a.m. near the Mooreland Road intersection. The vehicle was disabled. Shrock’s truck was […]

Rules relaxed for combat-related disability

By Tom New groups of disabled retirees will be able this year to draw Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) or higher amounts of Concurrent Retired Disability Payments (CRDP) under legislation passed in January. Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials explained in an interview how they are implementing the changes. Again it will involve DFAS and the […]

Veteran helps those in need

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico James Freeman calls it his “Aid to the Disabled Program.” “James originally started the program to collect medical equipment for disabled veterans,” said Keith Barker acting exalted ruler for the Elks Lodge 1244, which helps sponsor Freeman’s efforts. Freeman has been collecting, repairing and distributing medical equipment that has […]

Lump sum payment may be improvement

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission has examined and rejected a proposal that the VA begin offering veterans with lower-rated disabilities a lump-sum payment instead of lifetime monthly compensation. The 13-member commission reached its decision unanimously last week at a public meeting in Washington, D.C. It did so after being briefed […]

Disability helps specialist relate

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Instead of settling into retirement and putting up his feet after 26 years in the Air Force, John Prater headed to the college classroom. However, somewhere along the way he began to suffer the effects of memory loss brought on by a chemical imbalance in his brain. Extensive time at […]