Community leaders who assist military families gathered at Fayetteville Technical Community College for a town hall event entitled A Community Conversation:  Supporting Our Military, Veterans, and Their Families to discuss issues affecting servicemembers, veterans, and their families living in Fayetteville and the surrounding area. The event celebrated two years of collaborative efforts by partners from private corporations, local government, churches, and other nonprofit groups. Panelists shared success stories and identified areas for improvement, noting that there was a need to “break down” the walls separating Fort Bragg and the surrounding community.  Similar sentiments were shared by Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commander of Fort Bragg.  Anderson said he and other leaders have some of the same priorities as those living in the community, stating that “Fort Bragg is Fayetteville,” and that 70% of Fort Bragg soldiers live off post.

The Fayetteville Community Blueprint meets every third Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Partnership for Children, 351 Wagoner Road, Fayetteville.