Congress helping vets find jobs

As Veterans Day approached, peace descended long enough on a bitterly divided Congress to reach a deal that could help military veterans, in multiple ways, find decent jobs in a tough economy. Last week President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden with representatives of veterans groups and all but dared Republicans to reject another initiative […]

Compensation for vets expanded

More than 84,000 Vietnam veterans afflicted with heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia are drawing disability compensation today thanks to a decision by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to expand the list of ailments presumed caused by exposure to herbicides, including Agent Orange, used during that war. Another 74,000 veterans have claims pending, […]

‘Unfunded’ benefits can hurt vets

Through a decade of war, Congress has pumped billions of additional dollars into new benefits and programs for veterans. They deserve them, lawmakers say. Helping vets also is popular with constituents. Veterans’ service organizations have lobbied for these benefits, but with the expectation that newly authorized programs would be fully funded. Last year, even as […]

Vets should file paperwork now

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B cell leukemia should file claims now with the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability compensation, not wait until VA publishes a regulation officially linking these diseases to wartime service. Advocacy groups are urging the swift filing […]

Stop-loss vets eligible for payment

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist About 185,000 veterans who were forced by wartime “stop loss” orders to serve on active duty after enlistment contracts had expired, or past their approved retirement dates, are due a retroactive special payment of $500 for each extra month they served. But these veterans must apply by Oct. 21 to […]

Nov. 16 Letters to the Editor

Memorial fitting tribute to local vets Last Sunday, the “Blue Star Memorial” was unveiled. It is a wonderful symbol for those of us who are spouses, parents or anyone who loves a military member in a war zone or in harm’s way in any foreign country. I would like to thank Bess Kline and those […]

Clovis has not forgotten its veterans

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Veterans Day has lost its meaning. Some responses: “I have never known anyone who did not respect a man or woman in an American uniform, or who said anything disrespectful during a Veterans Day parade. I believe most adults, and most much younger citizens, […]