STEPHEN COCHRAN Honored By United States Department of Veteran Affairs

Nashville, TN (April 30, 2010) –Last week, STEPHEN COCHRAN was presented two prestigious awards by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs! Stephen accepted both – USH (Under Secretary for Health) Citation AND Office of Research and Development ACE Award – during Research Week kickoffs celebration in Washington D.C. and Virginia.

Stephen receives the Office of Research and Development ACE Award. Standing with Stephen are Dr. Robert A Petzel, VA Under Secretary for Health (left) and Dr. Joel Kupersmith, VA’s Chief Research and Development Officer (right)

On April 22, more than 300 researchers, health professionals, health industry leaders, VA employees and dignitaries, and Veterans attended the Research Forum at the VA Central Office in Washington, D.C. This year’s event themed “Turning Hope Into Reality: 85 Years of Advancement, Innovation, and Discovery,” celebrated and recognized critical achievements and advancements by VA researchers and also honored the veterans who volunteer to participate in VA research. Stephen was invited to be a guest speaker and moderator for the “Hope for the Journey” veteran panel.

The following day, more than 400 Veterans attended the VA Research Week kickoff activities at the Richmond, Virginia VA Medical Center.

Stephen was invited to be a guest speaker and moderator for the “Hope for the Journey” veteran panel during the United States Department of Veteran Affairs Research Week kickoff event

Stephen shares his message of “Hope” at the VA Research Week kickoff event

In conjunction with the Research Week kickoff events, more than 25,000 copies of Stephen’s “Hope” CD/DVD sets have been distributed to VA medical research facilities across the nation!The packaging includes his new video for “Hope” with a separate DVD video which highlights the Veteran Affairs’ (VA) accomplishments during the past 85 years and outlines research areas that are improving veterans’ lives.

Stephen co-wrote the lyrics for “Hope” to reach out to fellow Veterans and share his personal story of recovery.“After 9/11, I like so many others enlisted to fight for our country. All the men and women of the military share a fellowship whether you served in past or present conflicts. We also have common needs with physical and mental scars.” He continues, “Hope is what gave me the drive to face the battle of walking after my injuries left me paralyzed from the waist down. That hope, and the experimental procedure performed at the VA is what got me to where I am today.”

The VA collaborated with Stephen and his band, the New Country Outlaws, to film the video for “Hope,” which can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZFbWKkEaAw.

For all the latest updates on Stephen, please visit his NEW official artist website at http://www.stephencochranmusic.com!

About the Photo: Stephen receives the Office of Research and Development ACE Award. Standing with Stephen are Dr. Robert A Petzel, VA Under Secretary for Health (left) and Dr. Joel Kupersmith, VA’s Chief Research and Development Officer (right)

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