This week, New Mexico in Focus continues its coverage of veteran issues with a discussion of the challenges faced by women vets. Almost 280,000 women have served post-9/11 in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a new report by the Disabled Veterans of America.

The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1 and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

Other topics include declining oil prices and their impact on the state’s economy; the 2015 legislative session budget, and problems with the two national laboratories in New Mexico. A report by the Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General accuses Sandia National Laboratories of using federal funds to lobby for a noncompetitive extension of its contract with the Department of Energy and that it engaged former Rep. Heather Wilson in these activities.

Los Alamos National Laboratory is facing renewed scrutiny after an in-depth report by the Santa Fe New Mexican found evidence of short cuts and lax documentation on a barrel shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant that caused a radiation leak, shuttering WIPP and contaminating 20 workers.

* Megan Rachelle Brown, program coordinator, YWCA Henderson House
* Denise Edwell, veteran and client of Henderson House
* Judy Quintana, president, Women Veterans of New Mexico
* Carla Torres, Sgt. first class, New Mexico National Guard

Line Panelists
* Dan Foley, former House Minority Whip
Sophie Martin, editor, & attorney
Stephanie Maez, Center for Civic Policy
Stephen Spitz, New Mexico People, Places and Ideas

Megan Kamerick

Host / Commentator
Gene Grant                

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Co-producers of New Mexico in Focus are Megan Kamerick and Floyd E. Vasquez Jr. Associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.