Debt plan would tamp down COLA

Military retirees, Social Security recipients and others drawing federal payments were tempted to grumble at Congress or the White House when the past two Januarys brought no cost-of-living adjustment. The real culprits were a deeply distressed economy, which drove prices down, and a logical process, set up 40 years ago, to track inflation and adjust […]

Medal of Honor recipients launch PSAs

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a time when suicides among service members continue to rise, America’s Medal of Honor recipients are launching a public service campaign urging today’s military to seek help for post-traumatic stress. The campaign, called “Medal of Honor — Speak Out!,” features nearly 30 video testimonials by recipients who […]

Carter, Super 8, Fort family honored by ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A story of helping others after tragedy and contributions of time, effort and money make the recipients of this year’s Eastern New Mexico Foundation awards stand out. Late ENMU Regent and businessman Alva C. Carter Sr. is posthumously receiving the Volunteer of the Year award, while Super 8 motel […]

Oil prices bury retiree allowance

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist It was higher oil prices last year that led to the largest annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to federal entitlements since 1982. Good thing, too. Lowered oil prices since then are almost certain to block any COLA this year for military retirees, federal civilian retirees, Social Security recipients, survivor benefit annuitants […]

States should follow Illinois’ example

Editorial Ronald Reagan once said the goal of welfare agencies should be eliminating the need for their own existence. A noble goal, but is it possible? According to Gary MacDougal, it is. MacDougal used experience gained from running a successful business to help reform the Illinois social services system and move people off welfare rolls […]

Cannon spouses’ clubs award $13,000+ in scholarships

The Officers’ Spouses’ and Enlisted Spouses’ Clubs awarded more than $13,000 to students April 19. Pictured are the OSC winners. Courtesy of the Officers’ Spouses’ Club and Enlisted Spouses’ Club scholarship committee President John F. Kennedy once said, “our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind […]