At the July 28 meeting of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families, Secretary Cornell Wilson presented Ms. Rawls with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards given by the Governor of the State.  She was provided with this award for her service and commitment assisting Veterans obtain the benefits that they deserve through the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).  Ms. Rawls has been promoted to serve as Director of Pension and Fiduciary Services for VBA headquarters in Washington, DC in September.  She will be replaced by Mark Bilosz as Director of the VBA Regional Office in Winston-Salem.

Cheryl Rawls award

Cheryl Rawls, Director, Regional Office of the Veterans Benefits Administration, US Department of Veterans Affairs, receiving the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Secretary Cornell Wilson, NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

In back: James Prosser, Assistant Secretary for Veterans Affairs, NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Dan Hoffmann, Director, VISN 6, US Department of Veterans Affairs; Will Collins, Assistant Secretary, NC Department of Commerce; Flo Stein, Deputy Director, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, NC Department of Health and Human Services; and Joe Kelly, Assistant Secretary for Military Affairs, NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs