Disabled military to get higher pay

By Tom Philpott Though unseen by an anxious population of disabled retirees, work proceeds at the Pentagon and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to implement a multi-billion-dollar upgrade in retirement benefits. The effort soon will deliver bigger paychecks to 200,000 or more annuitants. Here is how the two new programs — limited Concurrent Receipt […]

Higgins, Mary Louise

Higgins, Mary Louise Services: Have been held. Mary Louise Higgins, Ph.D., 79, of Roanoke, Texas, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at Medical Center of Plano in Plano, Texas. She was born on July 12, 1924, in Cuervo to James Frederick and Anna Demetrious (Waddell) Higgins. She attended New Mexico State University and Oklahoma State University, […]

Smith, Clarence

Clarence John “Smitty” Smith, 91, of Clovis, a retired clerk for the Santa Fe Railroad, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. He was born on July 7, 1912, in Lexington Township, Minn., to Edward and Amelia Smith. He graduated from Le Center High School and owned and operated a resort on […]

Anniversaries 11/23

Bailey Foy and Grace Bailey of Clovis will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2003, at the 16th and Pile Church of Christ in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by their children and grandchildren. The couple was married on Nov. 27, 1933, in Estancia. They have five […]

Online polls: The great American opinion bowl

Ned Cantwell To stay alive in this business, cable news has taught us, you need to be trendy. CNN, for instance, intersperses in its coverage of hard news stories with online polls so viewers can express their opinions. A story about how Americans feel about their lifestyles, then, might include the following question: What do […]

Anniversaries – 11/2

Herington L.C. “Buster” and Doris Herington of Farwell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 3 p.m. (CST) until 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Farwell Community Center. The celebration will be hosted by their children and grandchildren. The couple was married on Nov. 7, 1953, in Clovis. They have four children; nine grandchildren; and […]

Agreement means more money for vets

Tom Philpott Congress and the Bush administration have agreed to a $22.1 billion deal over 10 years that will dramatically pare back a century-old ban on “concurrent receipt” of both military retired pay and tax-free disability compensation for injuries or illnesses traced to time in service. Up to 200,000 disabled retirees with 20 or more […]

New plan in works for offset retired pay

Tom Philpott With fewer strings attached this time to avoid the ire of veterans’ groups, House leaders are nearing a new deal with the Bush administration to end for many military retirees the offset in retired pay that occurs when they draw disability pay from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The deal would cost an […]

Limbaugh situation skewed by media

Letters to the editor It is a crying shame that Rush Limbaugh was forced to resign from ESPN, because of a remark that has been blown way out of proportion by a media that is totally out of control. I have been listening to Rush for many years, and he has done nothing but defend […]

Kelt, Don

Don Kelt Services: Have been held. Mr. Don Kelt, 74, of Clovis, a retired member of the U.S. Air Force and Civil Service, died Saturday, June 21, 2003, in Clovis. He was born Nov. 26, 1928, in Carrizozo, to William and Maggie Gallagher Kelt. He graduated from Tucumcari High School. He joined the Air Force […]

Moore, Frank

Frank Moore Services: Have been held. Mr. Francis “Frank” Moore, 71, of Clovis, retired from U.S. Air Force, died Thursday, May 8, 2003, in Clovis. He was born on April 5, 1932, in Goodland, Kan. Mr. Moore retired from the Air Force in 1972 after 26 years of duty. He then worked for Eaton-Kenway and […]

Volume is cause of wait for applications

By Tom Philpott Tens of thousands of military retirees still intend to apply for the new Combat-Related Special Compensation. Though the first CRSC applications were filed in early June, only about 1,000 were reviewed and 100 approved in time for payments to begin July 1. Given the volume of applications, waits of two to three […]

Fate of retirees’ compensation still up in air

By Tom Philpott More than 670,000 military retirees with VA-rated disabilities are ineligible for the new Combat-Related Special Compensation. Many wonder whether CRSC truly is a beachhead in battle for “concurrent receipt” of full retired and VA disability compensation, or the end of the line on this issue. That will depend on whether lawmakers vowing […]

McGee, George

George McGee Services: Have been held. Mr. George E. McGee, 79, of Clovis, a retired heavy equipment operator, died Saturday, June 7, 2003, in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 12, 1923, in Texas Creek, Colo., to Charles and Mary Green McGee. He was a decorated World War II veteran. He married Dolores Philbrook on […]

Rush, Clyde

Clyde Rush Services: 1 p.m. Friday at Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis. Mr. Clyde E. Rush, 73, of Clovis, retired U.S. Air Force, died Monday, May 26, 2003, at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo. He was born on Sept. 12, 1929, in Port Clinton, Ohio, to Lillian and Earl Rush Sr. He attended schools in Michigan, […]