Upcoming Events

all-day 2016 Freedom Balloon Fest @ Fleming Loop Recreational Park
2016 Freedom Balloon Fest @ Fleming Loop Recreational Park
May 27 – May 30 all-day
Presented by Fidelity Bank, the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest will take place in the Fuquay-Varina Fleming Loop Park over Memorial Weekend. The event will include 35 hot air balloons taking off into the skies, more than 20 hours of live music, military equipment and interactive displays, 40,000 square feet of amusements geared for the kids, a craft beer and wine garden, and the Merchants, Arts, and Crafts Village courtesy of the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce. View the full schedule of[...]
6:00 pm Coca-Cola 600 @ Charlotte Motor Speedway
Coca-Cola 600 @ Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 29 @ 6:00 pm
The US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Charlotte Motor Speedway are partnering to salute those who are serving and who have served over Memorial Day weekend. The VA will have a team of health and benefits experts on hand as well as the Mobile Vet Center. Discounted tickets are available for Service Members, Veterans, and their families (use offer code 16VET). View Event Flyer
9:00 am Give an Hour Training @ The Virginia War Memorial
Give an Hour Training @ The Virginia War Memorial
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Give an Hour offers an instructional course for mental health professionals, which explores the unique stressors associated with the OEF/OIF/OND conflicts. Culturally sensitive assessments and interventions will be discussed. Three free CEUs will be available from the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association. Register
11:00 am PTSD Town Hall Meeting @ Misson Health/AB Tech Conference Center
PTSD Town Hall Meeting @ Misson Health/AB Tech Conference Center
Jun 11 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
On June 11, from 11:00a to 6:00p, the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) will be presenting the first PTSD Town Hall Meeting in the State. They previously hosted five Agent Orange Town Hall Meetings throughout North Carolina. The goal of the Town Hall Meeting is to educate those exposed to traumatic events while in the military and its effects on the individual and family members. Military Veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard, Army Reserve, and their families are invited to[...]
8:00 am NC STRIVE 2016! Conference @ Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center
NC STRIVE 2016! Conference @ Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center
Jun 15 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
On Wednesday, June 15, from 7:30a to 4:30p at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford, NC, NC STRIVE (Student Transition Resource Initiative for Veteran’s Education) will host a conference that focuses on the transition of military members to higher education. Through a plenary address, panel presentations, discussions, and exhibits, we will highlight best practices in the transition from military to academic, from DoD to VA care, and from student to the workforce. The agenda consists of exciting speakers[...]
Governor's Working Group on Veterans Service Members, and their Families
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USX Everest TEAM 2016

All Army Team Highlights PTSD in their Mount Everest Climb

The ALL ARMY Everest Team of LT Elyse Ping Medvigy , 2nd LT Harold Earls, and SSG Chad Jukes will be summiting Everest within the next several days to bring attention to the issues of PTSD and Suicide among Active Duty and Veterans.  This will be the first expedition where an Active Duty Army Team and Disable Army Veteran will have reached “THE TOP OF THE WORLD”. Read more

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NC Announces New Strategic Plan

North Carolina Announces New Strategic Plan on Military Preparedness The North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission have unveiled the state’s new Strategic Plan for Supporting and Enhancing North Carolina Military Missions and Installations. The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to ensure North Carolina is in an advantageous position as the Department of Defense adjusts to budget constraints. The report outlines a four-pronged strategy to maximize the value of North Carolina’s […]

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Fort Bragg Intrepid Spirit Center

Although the Fort Bragg Intrepid Spirit Center opened its doors to service members in January 2016, the official dedication occurred on March 31.  Funded by the nonprofit Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), the Center provides treatment and support services for service members with traumatic brain injury or psychological health conditions. It is the fifth of nine Intrepid Spirit Centers.  North Carolina also has a Center in Jacksonville. Read more

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NC4ME Military Employment Summits

For the second consecutive year, NC4ME (NC for Military Employment) is hosting a series of Military Employment Summits. As part of the Governor’s plan to make North Carolina the number one state for veteran employment in the state, the Summits provide an opportunity for business leaders to learn how Veteran hires drive business results and how to integrate military employment into their business strategy. The first of this year’s Summits occurred in Greensboro on February 24. View the Press Release […]

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Military Pipeline Employment Initiative

Since the launching of the NC Military Pipeline program in March 2015, Governor Pat McCrory has strongly advocated for the employment of military Veterans post-deployment. On February 10, the NC Department of Information Technology and Cisco collaborated to sponsor a job fair at Camp Lejeune. Over 65 service members, with an interest in working in information technology in state government, attended. Read more On February 12, ten Veterans were among the 29 cadets graduating with the State Highway Patrol as […]

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Rapid Results Veteran Boot Camp

On February 9-10, the Task Force for Ending Veteran Homelessness in North Carolina, a committee of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans and Their Families, and the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs conducted the Rapid Results Veteran Boot Camp. Funded by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the teams were equipped through the engagement of Rapid Results Institute to return to their counties with a 100 Day program focusing on specific goals of housing homeless veterans, […]

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NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Releases 2015 Annual Report

On January 28, Governor McCrory issued a press release on the publication of the annual report of the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. One of the report’s findings is that the State is attracting more Veterans to live in the State. NC has the 8th largest veteran population in the country, which translates to a boom to the state’s economy. Federal expenditures on NC veterans grew 12% in 2014 to $8.2 billion, an increase of $1 billion compared […]

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NC Grant and Per Diem Providers Meet at First-ever Summit

Operation Home, a Task Force of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members and Their Families, conducted a summit of VA-funded Grant and Per Diem (GPD) providers in NC on January 6. GPD programs provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless veterans. Directors and front-line staff shared their program successes, challenges, and role in ending veteran homelessness in the State. Some of the providers have made, or are now considering changes in their program design that would further […]

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Memorial Fund to Honor Persian Gulf War Veterans

On January 15, at a ceremony commemorating the 25th anniversary of the start of Operation Desert Storm, Governor McCrory announced that the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will distribute a $100,000 memorial fund to the state’s Museum of History. The fund was a gift from the Kuwaiti Government in 1992 as seed money for a larger memorial. For a variety of reasons, the effort stalled and the money sat unused for 24 years, until now. The fund […]

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Fort Bragg’s Intrepid Spirit Center

On January 4, the Fort Bragg Intrepid Spirit Center opened its doors to patients with mild traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, and psychological health conditions. The Center is one of seven National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) satellites and is located at 3908 Longstreet Road in Fayetteville. Read more

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