Muleshoe officer wounded

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Courtesy photo: Muleshoe police department Sgt. Steve Bartley was released Saturday from University Medical Center in Lubbock, after being shot twice while responding to a 911 call on Friday. A Muleshoe police officer was shot and wounded late Friday night. Sgt. Steve Bartley, 35, was released Saturday from University Medical Center in Lubbock, after being […]

Police say Clovis man shot parents, self (updated)

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Curry County Under Sheriff Wesley Waller, left, and investigator Waldo Casarez were at Friday’s crime scene on Homestead Road. By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Investigators said a Clovis woman is dead and her husband was clinging to life at a Lubbock hospital Friday after their son shot them in […]

Not all war injuries visible to eye

Sixty-six percent of the most seriously wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have “invisible” injuries of brain trauma or post-traumatic stress, which their families and society will be dealing with at great cost for decades, said Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army’s vice chief of staff. “The truth is, because we don’t see these […]

Wounded soldier’s condition improving

CNJ staff The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith had only […]

Cell regeneration benefits wounded

Sometime this year, at the Army Institute of Surgical Research on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, more severely burned service members will benefit directly from the emerging science of cell regeneration. In a new clinical trial, doctors will remove a small patch of a patient’s undamaged skin. The patch, no bigger than a small Post-It note, […]

Iraqis ready to handle own problems

Freedom New Mexico A coordinated suicide bombing that killed at least 14 people and wounded 53 in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, is a reminder that the country the U.S. has tried so hard to pacify, through military action and nation-building advice and subsidies, is still plenty turbulent. While this fact might tempt […]

Gunman angry about domestic dispute

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A gunman angry about a domestic violence dispute with his girlfriend forced his way into the manufacturing plant where she works and killed two employees Monday before turning the gun on himself. Four others were wounded in a rampage police said was motivated by the shooter’s disgust over a domestic […]

Quicker compensation on its way

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs would reach veterans sooner, and with special swiftness for severely wounded veterans and their families, under legislation to upgrade the VA disability rating process unanimously passed by the House on July 30. The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act (HR 5892) is […]

a view from under the pew: wounded teddy bears part two

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist Editor’s note: Last week, Amos dreamed about three small teddy bears in a barn, one with a scar across his heart, one with wrinkles and a lot of wear and tear and one with a forlorn face. In the dream, Elijah the little green lizard delivered a word of comfort […]

a view from under the pew: the wounded teddy bear

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. the wounded teddy bear boss a strange dream overtook […]

After long silence, vets finally heard

By Freedom Newspapers The bigger scandal is that it took a hard-hitting expose in the hometown newspaper of the federal leviathan to bring what might actually be some effective attention to the deplorable conditions faced by wounded military personnel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As the Washington Post revealed in a subsequent story, the […]

‘Wounded Warrior Insurance’ could be solution

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Service members, particularly Reserve and National Guard, might not understand yet how their military insurance has been enhanced to cover traumatic injury, whether suffered in war or at home even while off duty. The new Traumatic Injury Protection under Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) is still referred to as “Wounded […]

Letters to the editor: Holiday fireworks ignite outrage

I would like to thank the rocket scientist who bought or allowed his children to buy fireworks for their New Year’s celebration. On Friday evening, a beautiful evergreen was destroyed and trees and houses in the 1600 block of Fairway Terrace were threatened by a fire caused by someone shooting off firecrackers. Flames fed by […]

David Ash

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. David Ash Date of birth: April 24, 1925 Dates of service: 1943 to 1975 Home town: Akron, Ohio Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Rupert Gamble

sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Rupert Gamble Date of birth: Aug. 14, 1920 Dates of service: 1943-1968 Hometown: Remlap, Ala. Lives in: Portales Theater: European Branch: Army-Air Force […]

Two initiatives open to help injured vets

By Tom Philpott Service members and veterans severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan have inspired two new initiatives to help them and their families through difficult times. The first is a call center, with its title and phone number hard to memorize but worth the effort: The Military Severely Injured Joint Support Operations Center with […]

What it’s like preparing for war

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Staff Sgt. Jason Peters explains how to care for an injured soldier during a triage exercise for pre-deployment training Friday at Cannon Air Force Base.(Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As I walked toward the wounded with a medical bag in hand Friday, I couldn’t help […]

The wounded are casualties of war, too

by Leonard Pitt Jr. Let me tell you about Greg. I met him in 1985, back when I was still a pop music critic. A guy named Paul Hardcastle had a hit that year called “19,” all about the toll the war in Vietnam exacted on a generation of American soldiers. It inspired me to […]