Veterans focus on benefits

By Darrell Todd Maurina The New Mexico Secretary of Veterans Affairs has agreed to work with the Clovis United Veterans Council to draft a letter to Gov. Bill Richardson asking that he endorse “concurrent receipt” of military retiree pensions and disability benefits. Veterans Affairs Secretary John Garcia met with veterans in Clovis Saturday afternoon. Obtaining […]

Meeting to include Veterans’ services secretary

Darrell Todd Maurina The state veterans’ service officer for east central New Mexico hopes for a large turnout at a special Saturday afternoon meeting in Clovis to discuss veterans affairs with the secretary of the state’s Department of Veteran’s Services. “I’ve got 200 chairs and I’d like to have about 300 people,” said John Fondrick, […]

Clovis road to be named after former commissioner

Jack King The city of Clovis announced this week it will rename a road bordering Veterans’ Park after longtime City Commissioner Robert Moreno. Moreno, who died following a heart attack Feb. 8, was instrumental in creating the park in west Clovis and, at one point, the city commission considered naming the park after him. Now, […]

Candidate can’t stay ‘Mr. Both Ways’

Mona Charen Sen. John Kerry announced his run for the presidency surrounded by no fewer than eight American flags and eight veterans of the Vietnam War. The strains of “Anchors Aweigh” (which The New York Times story rendered as ‘Anchors Away’) welcomed the candidate to the podium. Kerry’s Web site likewise emphasizes the senator’s military […]

Veterans organization helps small town

Flags are important to veterans — especially at national holidays. So when the Wheatland Cemetery asked AMVETS Post No. 14 of Clovis to help replace the flags used to decorate veteran’s graves, the organization decided to help out by replacing every one of the miniature flags used at graves in the cemetery north of Grady. […]

Take politics out of VA health care

By Tom Philpott Moving fast on a key recommendation from a presidential task force, the House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman has introduced a bill to require “full funding’’ of VA health budgets to ensure timely care to almost all enrolled veterans, including many with no service-connected ailments. The Veterans’ Health Care Full Funding Act “would […]

Report urges benefits to go to most deserving

By Tom Philpott Why do the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs conduct separate, duplicative physical exams of veterans, one before and one after discharge? Why do these government health programs have separate purchasing systems when medical supply needs are nearly identical? Why are their medical record systems incompatible when the populations served overlap? […]

A day of remembrance

By Darrell Todd Maurina Light rain didn’t dampen the spirits of about 100 people who turned out Monday morning for the Clovis Memorial Day program. “I asked about seven or eight people what we should do,” said Jim Cowman, co-organizer for the event. “Nobody said don’t go. They had to fight in the rain and […]

Gold Star Mothers to be honored

By Darrell Todd Maurina Memorial Day exists primarily to remember deceased veterans, but since the end of World War I, veterans organizations have also sought to provide recognition and support to a special category of people on the “home front.” That category, “gold star mothers,” consists of mothers whose children have died while serving in […]

Communities set Memorial Day observances

By Gary Mitchell Memorial Day has a significance that local veteran Larry Frappier and his colleagues want to make sure the nation doesn’t forget. “It’s a day you’re honoring your fallen comrades,” said Frappier, who serves as secretary for the Joint Veterans Council in Clovis, the sponsor of the community’s annual Memorial Day Observance. “It’s […]