from The Roanoke Times
Former Roanoke disabled veterans’ group treasurer to serve 60 days, repay $24K
It’s still not clear exactly how much the treasurer of a Roanoke veterans group stole over the past several years.
In February, James Keith Clem, 69, pleaded no contest to two counts of embezzlement, and he’s said he inappropriately spent about $21,000 using an organizational debit card that was issued in his name.
Officials with the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans claimed the figure was closer to $30,065, siphoned in small amounts between 2011 and 2014.
Bank records show many of Clem’s purchases were made at places like Walmart, Kroger, Lowe’s, Outback Steakhouse and Cracker Barrel.
RALEIGH — Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation yesterday that allows disabled veterans to park in a handicapped parking space upon displaying a Partially Disabled Veteran special license plate which is administered by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. House Bill 256 also clarifies that medical certification and recertification requirements for handicapped parking privileges may be satisfied by a disability determination issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs indicating the person is handicapped.
“Disabled veterans deserve our full support, from connecting to jobs, education, health care or other services,” said Governor McCrory. “This legislation builds on our commitment to make North Carolina the most military and veteran-friendly state in the country.”
MiraCosta opens So Cal’s only Veterans Business Outreach Center
CARLSBAD — Veterans from as far away as Santa Barbara will be able to get tips about running their own businesses through a center that officially opened in a MiraCosta College branch office in Carlsbad on Tuesday.
“They’ll come in with an idea, and we’ll help them shape it by doing business plans, marketing plans and gaining access to capital,” said Carlos Figari, director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center.
Representatives of county, state and federal officials were among those Tuesday attending the opening ceremony of the outreach center to help spread the word.
The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and will offer free business advice to veterans in San Diego, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties.
Senate Passes Veterans Bill to Support Veterans, Service Members and Their Families
From the Massachusetts State House:
BOSTON– Today the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 2325 “An Act Relative to Housing, Operations, Military Service, and Enrichment”, also known as the Massachusetts HOME Act. This legislation expands on the commitment the Massachusetts Senate has made to our veterans, service members and their families by expanding state benefits and services.
“This legislation not only provides comprehensive services and programs to those who serve their country, but give them the recognition that they deserve,” said Senator Mike Rush (D-Boston) Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. “It is our job as elected officials to do all we can to support those brave men and women and their families who serve this great country.”
Graham has big dreams of small businesses for veterans
By Leanna Scachetti
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Local veterans got a chance to jump start their dreams Wednesday night.
Representative Gwen Graham hosted a veteran’s small business workshop with the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
It was in Gulf Coast State College’s Advanced Technology Center, home to the college’s hub for technology and entrepreneurship.
For a few hours, experts counseled local veterans on how to develop their business plan, seek out financing options and were introduced to local resources.
VLM Stone 8/9/2016