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DigitalGlobe training satellites on Ukraine

DigitalGlobe, a satellite imagery company with an office in Tampa, is training its eyes in the sky on Ukraine as the result of a passenger plane Ukrainian authorities say was shot down with nearly 300 passengers and crew on board.
Published: 07/17/14
VA a no show; N.Y. store workers fix vet’s wheelchair

VA a no show; N.Y. store workers fix vet’s wheelchair

NEW YORK — What the Veterans Administration failed to do for double amputee Michael Sulsona in two years, some New York hardware store workers delivered in an hour: They fixed his broken wheelchair.
Published: 07/16/14
Friends, family say farewell to St. Petersburg veteran

Friends, family say farewell to St. Petersburg veteran

As thunder boomed, lightning crackled and an honor guard fired volleys into the air, family and friends gathered around a kiosk at the Bay Pines National Cemetery to bid a final farewell to a beloved soldier.
Published: 07/16/14
Gibson: VA has lost trust of veterans, Americans

Gibson: VA has lost trust of veterans, Americans

WASHINGTON — The top official of the Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency has lost the trust of veterans and the American people as a result of widespread treatment delays for people seeking health care and falsified records to cove...
Published: 07/16/14
Medical supplies leave Tampa bound for Syria war refugees

Medical supplies leave Tampa bound for Syria war refugees

A shipping container full of medical supplies is headed to Syria, thanks to donations of money and materials.
Published: 07/15/14
Director tops salary list at VA St. Pete Regional Office

Director tops salary list at VA St. Pete Regional Office

The highest paid employee of the Veteran Benefits Administration’s St. Petersburg Regional Office — the nation’s busiest VA claims processing center — has a salary of $152,536, according to information obtained by The Tamp...
Published: 07/15/14

Criticism led to layoff, former St. Pete VA specialist testifies

Until June 30, Javier Soto was a rating specialist at the Veterans Benefits Administration St. Petersburg office.
Published: 07/15/14
Many of VA region's top salaries, bonuses in Tampa area

Many of VA region's top salaries, bonuses in Tampa area

When it comes to bonuses and salaries, the Tampa area has some of the region's best compensated Veterans Affairs employees.
Published: 07/14/14
In rush to cut benefits backlog, VA made errors

In rush to cut benefits backlog, VA made errors

WASHINGTON — In a rush to cut a huge backlog of claims for disability benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs is making payments to tens of thousands of veterans without adequate medical evidence that they deserve the benefits, the depart...
Published: 07/14/14

Air Force: 3,459 positions to be cut

NORFOLK, Va. — The Air Force said Monday it will eliminate nearly 3,500 positions over the next five years, with Virginia being harder hit than any other state.
Published: 07/14/14