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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUL~ 16f 2010 ,~ Harry ue announces VA efforts to cl Courtesy submission Last week, Congressman Harry Teague announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs will issue new rules to ease the process for veterans suffeging from post-traumatic stress disor- der (PTSD) to receive disability benefits. The regulations, which will take effect as early as Mon- day, will eliminate a requirement that veterans provide documen- tation of specific events like bomb blasts, firefights or mortar attacks that might have caused PTSD. Such requirements are of- ten difficult to fulfill and can sty- mie legitimate claims for ben- efits. The new rules will affect hundreds of thousands of veter- ans and help to address the grow-' ing number of service members struggling with PTSD and other mental health issues after return- ing from Iraq and Afghanistan. "'The men and women who tought to protect our country de- serve the services they were promised and the best care that we can provide. That includes easy access to treatment and as- sistance tbr both physical wounds and the "invisible" mental health wounds, like PTSD," said Harry Teague, New Mexico's only member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and founding aims process member of the Congressional In- and introducing legislation visible Wounds Caucus. "As our aimed,at addressing and reduc- military commitments overseas ing the impact of mental health continue, the physical, mental issues like PTSD have on the lives and emotional burden placed on of returning veterans. He led a bi- our troops and returning veterans partisan group in forming the only continues to grow. This an- Congressional Invisible Wounds nouncement will positively im- Caucus, to promote awareness of pact so many veterans suffering and solutions for the mental with the effects of PTSD and I health challenges facing our ser- applaud VA Secretary Shinseki on vice members and veterans. He these new regulations." was recognized by the Coalition Veterans have struggled for for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans decades to meet the requirements for his leadership on the mental for PTSD benefits, arguing that health of our veterans and service. finding such records is extremely members. Recently, Teague led time consuming and sometimesan inquiry in to treatment for Trau- impossible. The new rule, which matic Brain Injury (TBI) at Ft applies to veterans of all wars, will Bliss and across the military, fol- provide compensations to sol- lowing reports that soldiers re- diers and veterans struggling turning from war with TBI have with PTSD if they can simplystruggled with months long waits show that they served in a war to be seen by a doctor, inadequate zone and in a job consistent with care, and major delays .in the the events that they say caused opening of Ft. Bliss' TBI Clinic. their conditions without provid- Teague also recently hosted a ing evidence of specific traumatic field hearing of the House Veter- events. The new rule would also ans Affairs Committee (HVAC) allow compensation for service Health Subcommittee in Las members who had good reason to Cruces, N~w Mexico to address fear traumatic events, known as the unique issues facing south- stressors, even if they did not ac- ern New Mexico's veterans. tually experience them. Congressman Teague has Hail Canyon made veterans' issues a top prior- ity, helping to secure advanced appropriations funding for the VA Road #4043J Gila River - The flow is 46 cfs and the water is clearing. There has been light pressure and fishing is slow. Rio Grande River - The flow is 2.320 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. The water is high and there is no fishing report. Bill Evans Lake: Winter trout waters - Fishing is slow for all species. Cahallo Lake - White bass are very good along the shore using live bait and curly tails. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are in deeper water and reports dre fair using spinner baits or soft plastics. Walleye are good along the shore with minnows. Catfish are good with worms or shrimp on trotlines. Crappie are good on minnows. Elephant Butte Lake - White bass are good trolling shiners or live bait and jigging with sassy shad. Smallmouth bass are fair with sassy shad or shiners. No reports on largemouth bass. Walleye are slow using white or green bombers or shiners. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows/ Striped bass are slow with a few caught on live bait. Catfish are gdod at the north end of the lake on shrimp or liver. Gienwood Ponds - Trout are slow with Power Bait or salmon eggs. Lake Roberts - Catfish are good with chicken liver or stink bait. Bass are fair to good using spinner baits. No reports on trout. Quemado Lake - Rainbows, 16-22 inches, are good on worms. Nb reports on tiger muskies. Snow Lake - No :fishing report, , Same D~r Service Call for Appt. Hidalgo Countl Herald 212 E. Motel Dr: Ste B. Lordsburg * 575;'542.8705 Closure - Submitted by GILA NATIONAL FORESTISOver City The Reserve Ranger District on the Gila National Forest is tem- porarily closing the Hail Canyon Road #4043J on July 8 effective at 8:00 a.m. due to the Dark Fire, which is currently located at the south end of the road. Expected reopening of Road 4043J is July 31, The objective of the tempo- rary closure is for public and firefighter safety during fire op- erations. The Dark fire, located ap- proximately 13 miles .southeast of Reserve was detected June 29~ and is currently 120 acres in size. The fire, which is burning in mixed conifer with low to mod- erate intensity, is accessible only by the Hail Canyon Road. The Hail Canyon Road #4043J temporary closure in- cludes, the entire Jength of the 4043J Ro,ad, beginning at its junction with Forest Road 141, (west of the Negrito Fire Base) and continuing south to the road's end near the South Fork Campgrounds. The official closure order will be posted at the north end of Hail Canyon Road #4043J, where it begins at Forest Road 141. For additional information, contact the Reserve Ranger Dis- trict, (575) 533-6231 or visit the website: Horseshoe Tournament held .at Elks Lodge The Lordsburg Elks Lodge hosted an Indepdendence Day Horseshoe Tournament on Sat- urday, July 3, 2010, drawing 14 teams to theRound Robin event. Taking first place were, above, Chris Pantoja and Ruben~rovar, pictured receiving their cash winnings from Elks Exalted Ruler Thomas Hood and event coordinator James Cardenas. Second place, below, went to Joey Lopez and Dean Delph out of Silver City. At right, Gloria and Monchie Mata took third place in the tournament and received a box of fireworks donated by Mom & Pop's Pyro Shop. Plans are underway for a fall tourna- ment. Herald staff photos 1 ~);i~i!i!! , ii i 904 East Motel Dr. Lordsburg 542-3030 HOURS: Closed Mondays Will be i:E July 20-26 We will re-open Tuesday, July 27 . . _ ' ~-:= .................................. m r j nip nl # t ,~++ O 1 /5. Saturday, July24th, 2(310 EXC/T/NG Lordsburg, NM North Park MATCHES! Gates open at 5, ftghts start at 7 O