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Tax Fraudster Receives 27-Year Prison Sentence

Tax Fraudster Receives 27-Year Prison Sentence

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene Honeywell has sentenced James Lee Cobb, III (37, Tampa) to 27 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm as an armed career criminal. As part of his sentence, the Court also entered a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $1,820,759, and an order of restitution in the same amount.

VA Campaign Encourages Public to Help Raise PTSD Awareness

                
 VA Campaign Encourages Public to Help Raise PTSD Awareness
 
WASHINGTON – As the country recognizes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, the VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) is inviting the public to participate in its “PTSD Awareness: June 2015” campaign, which began June 1. This year’s goal is to help more Veterans, their families, caregivers and community members understand what PTSD is and know that there are specific treatments that can help improve and save lives.

VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force Personnel Exposed to Contaminated C-123 Aircraft

                
VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force PersonnelExposed to Contaminated C-123 Aircraft

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some benefits for a select group of Air Force Veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH).

McHugh Approves Arlington Burial Exception for Louisiana Guardsman

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June 12, 2015

            
McHugh Approves Arlington Burial Exception for Louisiana Guardsman

Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced today that he has approved an exception to policy that will allow a Louisiana guardsman killed in a March 10th helicopter crash off the coast of Florida to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich was one of 11 service members killed when their Black Hawk crashed in heavy weather near Pensacola, Florida.

VA Launches Community-Based Employment Service for Homeless Veterans

                
 VA Launches Community-Based Employment Service for Homeless Veterans
Securing Stable, Long-term Employment A Key Step To End Veteran Homelessness
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced a new employment program aimed at helping job-ready Veterans exiting homelessness, and those on the brink of homelessness, gain stable and long-term employment. 
The new program, Homeless Veteran Community Employment Services (HVCES), relies on Community Employment Coordinators (CECs) who know their communities and can work with local employers to identify suitable jobs based on a Veteran’s skills and abilities.

Study May Help Department of Veterans Affairs Find Patients With High-Risk of Suicide

 Study May Help Department of Veterans Affairs Find Patients With High-Risk of Suicide                
 
Clinicians are challenged every day to make difficult decisions regarding patients’ suicide risk. Using Veterans Health Administration (VHA) health system electronic medical record data, Veterans Affairs (VA) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) scientists were able to identify very small groups of individuals within the VHA’s patient population with very high, predicted suicide risk -- most of whom had not been identified for suicide risk by clinicians.

VA to Conduct Nationwide Series of Events to Celebrate Women Veterans

                


 
VA to Conduct Nationwide Series of Events to Celebrate Women Veterans

Experts to Discuss Benefits and Answer Women Veterans’ Questions
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will conduct a series of one-day events to raise awareness and celebrate the stories of women Veterans. The events, to be held in five locations across the country, will provide an overview of services and benefits available to women Veterans.

VA Begins Summer of Service to Bolster Volunteer Assistance for Veterans

                


 
VA Begins Summer of Service to Bolster Volunteer Assistance for Veterans

Calls Upon Individuals, Organizations and Communities to Serve Veterans in Nationwide Effort
 
WASHINGTON, DC—The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new nationwide initiative designed to build upon its existing partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans in their communities.

VA Launches Campaign to Increase Veterans’ Economic Potential


 VA Launches Campaign to Increase Veterans’ Economic Potential

 DALLAS — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, with leaders from national and local Veterans service organizations, corporate employers and government agencies, announced the launch of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative, an effort focused in a total of 50 U.S. cities to promote economic success for Veterans.
The initiative is part of MyVA, which is dedicated to making Veterans the center of all we do.
 “The best way to get things done for Veterans is to involve partners from both the public and private sectors – national to local,” said McDonald.

VA Secretary Waives Resident-Rate Requirements of the

                VA Secretary Waives Resident-Rate Requirements of the
Choice Act through December, 2015

Ensures Continued GI Bill Benefits for Students While States Work to Comply with New Law
 
WASHINGTON – In order to make it easier for Veterans and their families to receive their GI Bill benefits where they choose, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has used his authority to waive the provisions of Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act).
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