Disability rating reform troubling

Most of a two-hour hearing last week of the House veteran affairs’ subcommittee focused on VA’s mammoth effort to apply current medical science and revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, by 2016. Disability evaluation boards have used the VASRD since the end of World War II to compensate veterans for average impairment [...]

Conflict arises on veteran hiring

Executives from more than 20 companies traded ideas on hiring more military veterans in this tough economy, and easing their transition into civilian careers, during a special “Veterans Employment Summit” last week hosted by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Before a single idea could be shared, however, executives watched uncomfortably for 10 minutes as their [...]

Montana woman acquires Confederate headstone for great-great grandfather

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Courtesy photo Donna Scott stand next to the unmarked grave of her great-great grandfather Alfred Shelby at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. Thomas Garcia The grave of Civil War veteran Alfred Shelby has been without a headstone 97 years. His great-great granddaughter Donna Scott decided that was long enough. Scott said she recently gained approval [...]

New state laws benefit veterans

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect Friday, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services. [...]

Air Force veteran receives CHS diploma

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Korean War veteran Troy Howard, right, received Clovis High School diplomas for himself and his brother Saturday during commencement wearing his Air Force uniform from the 1950s. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers, left, said it was an honor to recognize the Howard twins. Liliana Castillo After 54 years, being [...]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Ricardo Hidalgo of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis adjusts the POW-MIA Empty Chair Display at Post 25 Friday afternoon. The POW-MIA flag will be carried at the 2011 Memorial Day Observance at Lawn Haven Memorial Garden at 10 a.m. on May 30. Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May [...]

State Golden Gloves set for this weekend

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Elijio Sena of Clovis, right, makes adjustment to the turnbuckle to tighten the ropes of the ring while Andy Birch of Clovis checks the status of the rope being tighten across the ring. Sena is a six-time state champion in the super-heavyweight division and will be making his last Golden [...]

First person: Veteran ringer

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson David Garza of Clovis has been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army for five years. David Garza of Clovis, is one of many faces behind the bells and the red kettles outside throughout the Christmas season. Garza, 46, was one of two ringers collecting money for the Salvation Army [...]

Honors — Dec. 5

Lofton Mr. Daniel Lofton was selected October Employee of the Month at Roosevelt General Hospital and Clinic. Daniel has been the director of information technology at RGH for the past three years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and is known around the hospital for his pleasant personality and his “can do” [...]