Senator holding up veterans benefits

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist More than a month after a new fiscal year began Oct. 1, the House and Senate are still pressing to pass a group of bills to improve veterans’ benefits and health programs, rolling them together in “omnibus” legislative packets. The omnibus bills can then be shaped by final compromises between […]

Bingaman: Senate approves unemployment benefits bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased the Senate has approved legislation to extend unemployment benefits to thousands of New Mexicans who have been unable to find a job in this difficult economic climate. The bill would extend unemployment insurance by up to 14 additional weeks for jobless workers in all […]

Congress extends benefits to military spouses

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands. Under current law, service members can choose to keep their original residency as they relocate. Spouses who lobbied for the change said having that same […]

Udall Talks about the public option, revised energy and Climate Change Bill and his support of unemployment benefits for New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall today talked with radio reporters from around the state about topics including the benefits of energy and climate change legislation and the ongoing health insurance reform debate. If you are interested in obtaining an .mp3 file of this week’s “Tuesdays with Tom,” please contact Jessica Borchert. Below is a […]

Title IV-E program benefits students, ENMU and CYFD

PORTALES–Collaboration between Eastern New Mexico University’s Social Work Program and the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department (CYFD) has resulted in the establishment of a Title IVE Traineeship Stipend Program for students interested in careers in public child welfare.

New Mexico House delegation announces new GI bill benefits to take effect tomorrow

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Military spouses seek residency benefits

By Kimberly Hefling: The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Don’t expect a rush order if you call Joanna Williamson’s jewelry business. She’s a military spouse, and it’s moving season. About 800,000 service members move each year — nearly half during the summer. Moving is a ritual repeated nearly every three years on average for military […]

G.I. Bill benefits transfer now easier

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist Service members nearing the end of their careers will find it easier than first thought to transfer new Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to their spouse or children, under Department of Defense regulations. And service members who elect to transfer GI Bill benefits will be allowed to modify or revoke […]

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Military feature: Veterans say medical benefits major issue in election

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Maciejewski, the senior vice commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post no. 3280 in Clovis, said that the next president should provide more for veterans and those currently in the service. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3280 Commander Vernon Luce said veterans […]

Ag Sense: Strip tillage may be alternative to no-till

By Sangu Angadi Sustainability of agriculture in the southern High Plains depends on improved agronomic practices that protect our limited soil and water resources, and reduce the cost of production. Unreliable precipitation patterns, high intensity rains causing erosion and declining irrigation resources make water the most important factor for limiting agriculture sustainability in the region. […]

Widows ineligible for dual benefits

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist By a 94-to-2 vote, the Senate for a fourth straight year has agreed to repeal a law that bans “concurrent receipt” for military surviving spouses. The intent is to end reduced annuities under the military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) when a surviving spouse opts to draw Dependency and Indemnity Compensation […]

Proposed act expands VA benefits

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Congress is moving to reopen the VA health care system to many more thousands of Priority Group 8 veterans — those who aren’t poor, at least by government standards, and have no service-related ailments. Disabled American Veterans and some partner organizations support such a move but with two caveats, explained […]

‘Bonus’ forfeits retirement dollars

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Thousands of military members entering their 15th year of service continue to be enticed by a wily government offer: a $30,000 bonus if they agree to take a deep and permanent cut in future retirement benefits. The offer, called a Career Status Bonus, takes advantage of service people who are […]

Volunteering benefits everyone

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist What has between 700 and 800 heads, represents New Mexico’s civic leaders, has never been to Clovis before, and will be coming to town Aug. 12-14? The answer, should your curiosity be excited, is the New Mexico Municipal League. Your curiosity, or at least your civic pride, should indeed be […]

Revised bill could boost recruiting

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The quality and number of American youth drawn to military service should climb soon because of enhanced education benefits to be provided under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, say Pentagon recruiting experts. “It is a very attractive incentive package, there’s no question about that. So individuals will be very interested […]

Alcohol sales being considered by Texico officials

By CNJ staff writer: Gabriel Monte Texico city officials are looking into allowing alcohol sales in the city. Proponents say alcohol sales could increase city revenues. Detractors say burdens outweigh benefits. The idea was brought up last month during a roundtable discussion regarding the city’s budget, according to Texico City Clerk Carolyn Johnson. She said […]

DeCA brings benefits to soldiers

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist On a weekend in early April, Staff Sgt. Ingrid Rice drove to her North Carolina Air National Guard facility in Charlotte and bought $250 worth of groceries at commissary discount prices. After filling one shopping cart and checking out, Rice, a mother of two, returned and shopped again.

GI Bill may receive sizable boost

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist The Bush administration has endorsed a House bill that would improve the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) education benefits in several ways including with a 31 percent jump in monthly benefits and a new $500-a-month stipend to help cover college living expenses. The administration’s aim is not only to improve veterans’ […]