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Houston Lawyer Admits To Stealing $2.3M From Vets

HOUSTON — A 73-year-old attorney pleaded guilty in Houston federal district court Tuesday to conspiring with his wife to steal $2.3 million from 49 disabled veterans and then hiding the thefts by creating fake reports, imaginary bank accounts and filing a bogus income tax return.

As part of his guilty plea to two of 21 charges against him, Joe B. Phillips admitted to transferring more than $1.36 million from veterans clients' accounts directly to a joint checking account that he shared with his wife between 2003 and 2007.

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Transitioning Sailors to Get Assistance

Transition benefits available to Sailors affected by the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) are proving to be a valuable resource. About a third of ERB separating Sailors have connected with the outplacement consulting firm of Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc. (CGC) since January.

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Veterans Invited to Attend New Opportunities Workshop at Nova Southeastern University

Workshop to Educate South Florida Veterans on Franchising & Small Business

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- As July 4th approaches, and with unemployment rates for some groups of veterans hovering at more than 18 percent, business leaders at Nova Southeastern University's H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the International Franchise Association (IFA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will host the New Opportunities Workshop (NOW) to educate veterans across South Florida on franchising and small business opportunities.

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The American Council for Education’s GI Bill website

The American Council for Education – the national organization for accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and higher education associations within the United States – GI Bill site includes step by step guides determining your eligibility, calculating your benefits and much more.

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More Problems Found At VA Burial Grounds

Misplaced markers, interment mix-ups at 2 Calif. cemeteries

By Christian Davenport

The Department of Veterans Affairs has found more than 100 unmarked or mismarked graves at two more national cemeteries, adding to a mounting toll of problems at military burial grounds across the country.

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Stamped Out

In the internet age, philately has lost its once-worldly charms.

Veterans Agency Seeks to Scrap Ethics Law on For-Profit Colleges

The department says the conflict-of-interest statute, passed after scandals in for-profit education, is outdated, but others call it a safeguard.

Heres How Much of Your Taxes Have Gone To Wars

Previously unreported Pentagon data shows how much the average U.S. taxpayer has paid for combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Syria.

Once Trapped in Korea, Puerto Rican Vets Now Face Battle at Home

Puerto Rican veterans who survived the horrors of Korea wonder when their commander-in-chief will address their islands humanitarian crisis.

Could North Korea Shoot Down U.S. Warplanes?

Some of Pyongyang's surface-to-air missiles are old, but its newer ones could threaten American aircraft.

The Marines Finally Have Their First Female Infantry Officer

The lieutenant, who wants to keep her identity private, will lead a 40-person platoon.

Here Are the Options for Dealing With North Korea

As tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to intensify, two experts discuss the remaining options.

U.S. Was Ill-Prepared to Help Train Afghan Security Forces, IG Finds

One U.S. officer watched TV shows like Cops and NCIS for lesson plans, watchdog says.

Cyber Defense Is Very Much About Political Decisions

When European defense ministers played a tabletop cyber defense exercise, things got hard very quickly.

Analysis: Giving the Deep State More Leeway to Kill With Drones

President Trump is poised to compound the most grave moral failing of his predecessor by making targeted killings less safe, less legal, and less rare.