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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...

Schaller's Politically Incorrect Lexicon: A Navigation Guide To The PC Cultures of Mckinley County NM (and planet earth )

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN: WATCHDOGIE ROUNDUP Part Two – The Federal Corral

CONSERVATISM: Individual freedom, personal responsibility, content of character, Judeo-Christian values, Constitutionally limited government, free market capitalism, fiscal responsibility.

LIBERALISM: Self-righteous elitism, unaccountability, covetousness, collective thought, identity politics, good intentions overriding consequences, and a neurotic need for control of others thru government regulation and political correctness.

DEMOCRAT PLANTATION MENTALITY: Liberal elite masters give economic dependents government entitlements in exchange for political support but, at the same time, take away their freedom...

Providing More Help for the Community

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It was a cold and snowy morning on Jan. 8 at the old fire station on Second and Maloney, and the veterans of the A-Team assembled slowly, rubbing their hands together for warmth and leaving their jackets zipped all the way to the neck until the heat eventually seeped through their systems.

This was a very informal meeting, with barely over half the team present, and initial talk continued to center around various frauds being perpetrated against veterans and seniors, which in this context were one and the same. A recent article in the AARP Bulletin put the scams for one year at $12.76 billion in America. Lots to talk about there, including ways to circumvent the predators that would...

Presumptions established pursuant to the Agent Orange Act of 1991

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In 1991, Congress enacted the Agent Orange Act of 1991, which prescribed a more focused and proactive policy for addressing these Veterans’ concerns.  The Act directed VA to seek to contract with the National Academy of Sciences, a respected independent expert scientific body, to evaluate the evidence regarding the health effects of exposure to herbicides.

Under that requirement, VA receives reports every two years from the National Academy’s Institute of Medicine (IOM).  The act further directed VA to establish presumptions of service connection for any disease discussed in the IOM’s reports for which the evidence showed a “positive association” between...

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