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Appealed from: United States Court of Federal Claims

Senior Judge Thomas J. Lydon

Pamela H. Yanco is the widow of William Yanco, who served as a public safety officer with the Wellesley, Massachusetts police force. Following her husband’s death by suicide, Ms. Yanco submitted a claim to the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (“BJA”) seeking death benefits under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Act of 1976 (the “Benefits Act” or “Act”), Pub. L. No. 94-430, 90 Stat. 1346 (codified as amended at 42 U.S.C. �� 3796-3796c (1994)). After BJA denied her claim, Ms. Yanco brought suit in the United States Court of Federal Claims.

 
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