Politics, movies and T-shirts

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico In what was a weekend of LeBron James buzzer-beater replays, bad movies and heartfelt thanks to our veterans, I never really had a thought that could compete verbosely with my new idea for duct tape last week. So here are my three best attempts at such: n In what […]

Residents, veterans remember the cost of freedom

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer “Blood will always be the cost of freedom.” In those words, Pastor Gary Piepkorn stated the significance of Memorial Day, adding that such is the case with both internal and external freedom. The pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church spoke at the United Daughters of the Confederacy Memorial […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: PNT 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 […]

E-records open up care to veterans

By Tom Philpott: PNT 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 […]

Veterans Association seeks members

Freedom New Mexico The USS Columbus Veterans Association is inviting shipmates who served on the USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12 from 1944-1976 and the USS Columbus (SSN-762) past and present to share memories and mingle. A reunion is set for Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 at Holiday Inn Select in Nashville, Tenn. Information: Allen R. HOpe at […]

Group seeks out veterans

Freedom New Mexico The 82nd Airborne Division Association Inc. is trying to locate veterans who have served in the division in the past 66 years. The association aims to record those veterans’ stories. Anyone who served in the division is invited to contact the association. Combat is not a requirement. Contact: Shirley Gossett at 937-898-5977, […]

Obama handled defeat with style

By Tom Philpott: PNT 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 […]

Veterans cheer Obama’s budget

By Tom Philpott: FNM 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 […]

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: PNT 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.

Elida School News Nov. 16

School observes Veterans Day On Veterans Day, the students and faculty of Elida Municipal Schools honored local veterans for serving our country. National Honor Society members gave words of thanks and appreciation for the veterans’ service, elementary students sang patriotic songs, and the cafeteria staff provided a chicken dinner.

American Legion honors veterans

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” ends, and two gray-haired men hold flags high and present the colors with dignity. So began the American Legion’s tribute to veterans Tuesday morning at the Memorial Building. A survivor of the Bataan Death March, the nephew of a survivor and the widows […]

ENMU hosts Veterans Day observance

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer “God Bless America.” The words to that song sustained the soldiers of the New Mexico National Guard’s 200th Coast Artillery through the Battle of Bataan and the horrors that followed, said author New Mexico Dorothy Cave Aldrich, who spoke Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Veterans Day observance. Aldrich, […]

Events Calendar Nov. 11

Tuesday American Legion Veterans Day Observance — 10:30 a.m. Memorial Building. ENMU Veterans Day Observance — 10:30 a.m. Dallan Sanders Memorial Patio. Thursday Friends of the Library Book Sale — 5-7 p.m. in the Portales Public Library meeting room. Friday Friends of the Library Book Sale — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Portales Public Library […]

Veterans Day closures, events

The following will be closed for Veterans Day: Clovis • City offices • County offices • Federal office • Clovis-Carver Library • Bank of Clovis • American Heritage Bank • Western Bank • Clovis National Bank • The Citizens Bank of Clovis • New Mexico Bank & Trust • Wells Fargo • First Community Bank […]

Elida School News Nov. 9

Upcoming Events All veterans and their spouses are invited to a Veterans Day lunch in the school cafeteria at noon Tuesday. Veterans will be recognized and honored for their service to our country. School picture retakes will on Nov. 18.

Local Veterans Day events

Today • 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 […]

American Legion plans Veterans Day observance

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer American Legion Post 31 will hold its 62nd annual Veterans Day observance beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Building. Members of the American Legion’s honor guard, who perform the flag ceremony for Veterans Day, say it’s important to remember veterans. “The veterans who are really putting something […]

Musician/congressman moves disability bill forward

By Tom Philpott Disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs would reach veterans sooner, and with special swiftness for severely wounded veterans and their families, under legislation to upgrade the VA disability rating process unanimously passed by the House on July 30. The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act (HR 5892) is the first […]