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Ensuring that veterans continue to receive the healthcare promised

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Congressional Research Service, which provides analysis for Congress, issued a 2003 report that found veterans were not entitled to free medical care for life, even though they may have been promised exactly that by their recruiters.

Since 1956, veterans and their families can be treated at military medical facilities...

KIDS COUNT Report: NM has highest rate of child poverty in nation

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ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico has seen some improvement in child well-being—particularly in teen birth rates and on-time high school graduation rates—but not everything is looking up. The state now has the highest rate of child poverty in the nation, according to the 2015 New Mexico KIDS COUNT report, which is set for release at a press conference this morning. While child poverty is down slightly—from 31 percent in 2013 to 30 percent in 2014—other states have seen bigger improvements in child poverty, leaving New Mexico dead last in this indicator.

“Child poverty is at the root of all of New Mexico’s poor outcomes for children,” said Amber Wallin, MPA, KIDS COUNT director of...

Veterans listen to the community

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An informative group of speakers attended the Veterans helping Veterans meeting on Jan. 15.

Clarence Gallegos represented Eagle Talon, LLC, connecting veterans with disabilities to services at the NM Division of Vocational Rehab, while Felicia Adams spoke for her campaign to replace State Senator George Munoz. Marian Saucedo Hall brought in one of her artists, a woodcarver, from the LBM Rec Center to display his work, Brian Lee spoke as a representative for U.S. Representative Ben Lujan, and Martin Link closed out the speakers with an update on the Gallup Museum of Military History.

Link did receive a rebuttal to using the LBM Rec Center as a location, even though he explained the...

UPS Store supports soldiers with Operation: S.W.A.K.

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Free First-Class Postage for Valentine’s Day Greetings Sent to VA Hospitals and Overseas Military

In support of U.S. active military and our nation’s veterans, The UPS Store® located at 2418 E HWY 66 is launching Operation: S.W.A.K. (Sealed With A Kiss), which provides free first-class postage (49 cents) for one-ounce cards and letters sent to armed forces members stationed overseas or to veterans in VA hospitals.

Unlike emails, text messages and other digital communication, a greeting card or handwritten letter provides a soldier with a memento he or she can keep and use for continued inspiration and encouragement. In recognition of this, and to pay tribute to the sacrifices made...

Presumptions established pursuant to the Agent Orange Act of 1991

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Continued from last issue

After reviewing the IOM’s analyses and relevant scientific studies, and consulting with medical and legal experts in VA, I determined that the evidence concerning b-cell leukemia’s, Parkinson’s disease, and ischemic heart disease met the “positive association” standard of the Agent Orange Act.  Accordingly, VA proposed regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for those diseases.  The evidence regarding hypertension was less compelling and, in my view, did not establish a positive association under the statute.

The impact of other known causes and risk factors for ischemic heart disease is relevant in interpreting the...

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