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 […]

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Students to honor vets Elida students and staff will honor area veterans for their service to our country on Wednesday. A brief program followed by lunch will take place in the school cafeteria beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Distemper cases concern vets

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer At least two recent cases of distemper in dogs have doctors at Caprock Veterinarian Clinic concerned. “It’s been years since I’ve seen any distemper cases,” Dr. Kathryn Bartlett said. Distemper is an airborne and contagious disease that can affect a dog’s respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, optic nerves and central nervous […]

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 […]

Press Release: Governor urges citizen action in tribute to Vitenam vets

Governor Bill Richardson today issued a challenge to New Mexicans to get behind a “National Call for Photos,” a project to collect photos of all names listed on the National Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

Google enjoying financial freedoms while snubbing vets

Editorial Picture a thankless child, disrespecting his parents amid the trappings of a holiday gift orgy they provided. The spoiled brat could symbolize Google billionaires, who seem unappreciative of the opportunities afforded them by American military might. Each year, last week included, they snub fallen American service men and women by ignoring Memorial Day in […]