Compensated diseases disputed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update VA Secretary Eric Shinseki met with Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, last month to ask that he cancel a hearing on the secretary’s controversial decision to add three diseases to the list of Vietnam veteran illnesses presumed caused by exposure to Agent Orange and […]

Schools offer GI Bill assistance

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Margaret Estrada, Veterans Affairs representative at Eastern New Mexico University, helps Matthew Viamontes, a junior criminal justice major and disabled Marine veteran. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Both Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University have veterans affairs certification officials on staff. James Smith at CCC and Margaret Estrada […]

Investigation results point to crew error

Freedom New Mexico Human error was ruled in a November crash involving a Cannon Air Force Base crew and aircraft in Mali. According to information from the Air Force Association, and confirmed by the public affairs office of Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., an aircrew from Cannon’s 524th Special Operations Squadron […]

VA acts to expand disability claims

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist About 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouses or estates will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs — an average of 11.4 years for veterans and 9.6 years for survivors — under a draft VA rule to expand by three the number of diseases […]

Diseases linked to herbicide exposure in Vietnam expanded

By Tom Philpott: Military Update About 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouses or estates will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs — an average of 11.4 years for veterans and 9.6 years for survivors — under a draft VA rule to expand by three the number of diseases […]

Protesters at base part of training exercise

CNJ staff Protesters outside the gates of Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday were part of a training exercise, base officials said. The protesters, who were detained by base law enforcement, were staged outside the base, according to the public affairs office.

Events set to celebrate Black History Month

By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Black History Month events at Eastern New Mexico University Black History Month will be a little raw, said African-American Affairs Director Jordan Anderson. “This is the first year that I’ve had control of all the events,” Anderson said. “I really wanted to make it pretty straight forward. I didn’t want […]

Veterans Affairs secretary announces new gravesite locator

American Forces Press Service The secretary of Veterans Affairs announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs has made the gravesites of more than 6.7 million veterans easier to locate using handheld devices with Internet capability, such as “smart phones.” “This innovative program continues VA’s commitment to use the latest technology to provide veterans and their […]

Lawmakers share blame for delay

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki got a bipartisan hug from the House Veterans Affairs Committee last week as lawmakers accepted his plan to fix Post-9/11 GI Bill payment delays, and blamed their own rush to enact the complex education benefit last year for some of the challenges VA now faces. […]

Government can muddle simple affairs

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist In matters of ethics, one is best equipped to understand when one is close up. Politics is different, as is law, although one reason for having courts is to hash out cases with all the details on view. Otherwise misjudgment lurks nearby. A recent incident brings to light […]

Committee and board vacancies

The City of Clovis is seeking volunteers to serve on the following committees: The Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee has three (3) vacancies on their board.

Cannon airmen deliver valentines to veterans

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Staff Sgt. Christopher Sanderfur, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, righ, poses with a veteran for a photo during the Valentines for Veterans visit on Feb. 13. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th SOW Public Affairs Veterans of World War II through the Vietnam War were joined by […]

Timely budgets on secretary’s agenda

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The new secretary of Veterans Affairs, retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, got a recent tour of the paperwork battlefield on which VA claim adjudicators serve every day.

Domestic partnerships battle resumes

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Unmarried couples would get the same rights and privileges as their married counterparts under a bill recommended Wednesday by a Senate Committee. The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 5-4 to recommend passage of Senate Bill 12, also known as the Domestic Partners Rights & Responsibilities Act. While supporters say […]

Enhanced VA mortgages possible for vets in distress

Air Force News Service Veterans with conventional home loans now have new options for refinancing to a Department of Veterans Affairs guaranteed home loan. These new options are available as a result of the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008, which President Bush signed into law on Oct. 10. “These changes will allow VA to […]

Military Feature: Multimedia merger expands Cannon’s news coverage

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Senior Airman Amy Slye said her job function as a videographer has changed from just documenting incidents to producing news stories as the result of a merger between the Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs desk and the base multimedia department. By CNJ staff writer: Gabriel Monte The Cannon Public […]

Public Affairs merges with multimedia

By Gabriel Monte, Cannon Connections The Cannon Public Affairs department is has gone from just producing written stories and photographs to broadcasting video stories on the Commanders Channel in the last year. The multimedia department combined with the public affairs desk and grew from a staff of four people to 20 people, according to Public […]

ENMU film festival screening to be held Sunday

By Sarah Meyer, Cannon Connections Eastern New Mexico University will host its first film festival from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the University Theatre Center. The High Plains Film Festival will feature a Martin Luther King Jr. documentary, filmed in 1969, and a discussion led by the editor of the film, Jack Sholder. After a break […]

Airman credit to military

By Tonya Fennell I got to witness history Monday as the 27th Fighter Wing, which my husband has been a member of for several years, stood down at Cannon Air Force Base. In its place is Air Force Special Operations Command. We said goodbye to the world’s most lethal warfighters and hello to the Air […]

Events set to celebrate King legacy

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Various activities are planned by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision and struggles to achieve a dream of nonviolence and equality in the world. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. today with a commemorative march. Used as a medium for […]