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Newsletter for Veterans and active military

VA Appeals - system is ‘Ancient’ and ‘Inefficient’: The retiring chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims told lawmakers March 12 that the Department … more

Newsletter for Veterans and active military

H.R. 553, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act: On Jan. 15, 2019, Congressman Joe Wilson introduced H.R. 553, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act. This bill would eliminate an unfair … more

Student asks for Oklahoma project help

Dear People of the Great State of Oklahoma: Hello! I am a third-grade student in Northern Virginia. In third grade, we do state projects, and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn … more

Newsletter for Veterans and active military

Air Force halts delivery of new KC-46 tankers: The USAF has stopped accepting deliveries of its brand new KC-46 Pegasus tanker only weeks after the first aircraft was transported to McConnell Air … more

Vote ‘Yes’ for student safety, Altus’ future

It’s appropriate that the slogan for the Altus Public School bond issue proposal is “This is the Year.” That’s because voters haven’t passed one in at least 60 years, … more

Newsletter for Veterans and active military

VA issues interim guidance for Blue Water Navy Case: On Jan. 29, the Federal Circuit held that the clear intent of Title 38, section 1116 held that s veteran who served in the territorial sea of … more

Newsletter for Veterans and active military

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves - privatizing household goods shipments: In the wake of increasing problems with service members’ household goods shipments, U.S. Transportation … more

Thanks for your votes

To the editor: Thank you, Altus, for all your support and votes. There will be a runoff election between me and the incumbent on April 2, so we still need to fight for this seat. I am so grateful … more

No one asks for feral cats

Smeagol, the feral cat that has been squatting on my porch, was oddly calm as I drove her to the animal shelter. Unlike my pet cat, Edgar, who gets scared during car rides, Smeagol sat in the … more

Newsletter for Veterans and active military

Vets could soon get free child care during medical treatment: The Veterans Affairs Department could soon provide free child care for veterans undergoing treatment for mental health and other … more

Newsletter for veterans and active duty military

Tax code changes could mean bigger returns for some service members, families: As our military sit down to file their 2018 income tax returns, The Department of Defense would like them to … more

Newsletter for Veterans and active military

GI Bill - Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship: Some college degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields take longer than four years to complete, which is why the new Forever GI … more

Unity For Our Community Speech

(The Rev. Robert Jackson gave the following remarks following a showing of the famous “I Have A Dream” speech by the Rev. Martin Luther King at the end of the Unity For Our Community walk … more

Our vice mayor’s intentions are clear

To the editor: At the 12 January Breakfast meeting at the Friendship Inn, Vice Mayor Dwayne Martin made it clear where he stands on several issues facing Altus voters on 12 February. He wants to … more

Newsletter for Veterans and active military

Congressional Budget Office suggests raising Tricare fees, cutting Veteran benefits to slash deficit: The CBO suggested that increasing Tricare enrollment fees for working-age retirees — … more

Are our city council meetings transparent?

The City Council meetings are supposed to be public meetings where the City’s business is discussed and voted on in public view. At the 8 January Council Meeting, the City Manager even made a … more

Newsletter for Veterans and active military

Veterans are 50 percent more likely to commit suicide: Veterans are more likely to commit suicide than nonveterans and younger veterans are most at risk, according to VA data. Veterans (and active … more

Gov. Fallin speaks on term ending

By Gov. Mary Fallin In just a matter of days, Oklahoma will have a new governor and I will once again - after 28 years - be a private citizen. I’ve enjoyed my decades of service as a … more

Newsletter for Veterans and active military

Legislation (Veteran tax legislation - H.R.1 |-Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Reform Issues): For the final few months of 2018, Republican lawmakers have built and rebuilt legislation to expand or extend … more

The truth to be known

The City Council meeting on Dec. 4 provides proof that the present city council supports the City Manager over its duty to do what is best for the people of Altus. In spite of the November elections … more
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