North Carolina News

TBI Treatment and Research

Understanding traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its effects is a still a challenge for researchers. Since 2000, more than 294,000 service members have sustained a traumatic brain injury, according to the Defense Department, with more than 80% occurring in a non-deployed environment. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) supports research along the entire continuum of care and has been conducting innovative ways to learn more about TBI. Read more

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Meeting Addresses VA Concerns

The American Legion has been vocal about the delays in veterans receiving care at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country. NC has not been immune to these delays. According to the nationwide audit released June 9, patients at the Fayetteville VAMC wait an average of 29 days for a primary care appointment. New patients wait an average of 83 days. These findings prompted a June 12 visit by acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson, who pledged more support for […]

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McCrory Announces Federal Grant for Veterans Life Center

Governor Pat McCrory announced that a $4.2 million grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to create a facility for homeless veterans. An unused state building in Butner will become the Veterans Life Center, a place where homeless vets can find the services they need to become independent once again, according to a statement. Click here to read more.

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Raleigh Job Fair

Raleigh job fair for ‘Wounded Warriors’ attracts more than 60 employers On May 29-30, the US Department of the Navy held a job far for Wounded Warriors in Raleigh. The Job Fair attracted potential employers like Boeing, Duke Energy, Wells Fargo, and Microsoft. More than 600 wounded warriors attended the event. Click here to read more

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Free Museum Admission for Military Families

The fifth annual launch of Blue Star museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and over 2,000 participating museums across the US, will offer free admission to service members and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Click here for more information – Participating NC Museums

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3rd Special Forces Group headquarters to be dedicated

3rd Special Forces Group headquarters to be dedicated in honor of Fort Bragg soldier The only Fort Bragg soldier to have earned the Medal of Honor during the wars in Iraq in Afghanistan was honored on Monday, May 19. The 3rd Special Forces Group will dedicated its headquarters to Staff Sgt. Robert Miller, who was posthumously awarded the nation’s highest military award in October 2010. Click here to read more on the dedication

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Telepsychiatry Brings Emergency Care To Rural Areas

North Carolina is facing a very big mental health care challenge — 28 counties across the state do not have a single psychiatrist. That’s despite the fact that in recent years, emergency rooms in the state have seen more patients with mental health, developmental disability or substance abuse problems. So the state is trying telepsychiatry. When a patient comes into an emergency room, they can be connected via a two-way video connection with a psychiatrist. A by the nonpartisan North […]

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Program aims to identify mental health issues in troops

If you saw a service member or veteran struggling with substance abuse, post-traumatic stress or depression, would you know how to encourage them to get help? A new program aims to teach educators, law enforcement officials and community workers to recognize the signs of mental illness and understand how to spur those affected to seek treatment. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans was developed by troops for the National Council for Behavioral Health, modeled on a program for teachers, social […]

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Addressing PTSD in Fayetteville

Recently, members of the Fayetteville community—mental health agencies, law enforcement, Fort Bragg, and the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center—met to explore the possibility of adopting the Silent Siren program. Started by the wife of an Iraqi veteran who experienced PTSD crises, the program promotes the use of voluntary alerts to the 911 emergency response system in order to support the individual with PTSD and his/her caregivers. Education for first responders, mental health workers, and family members is emphasized so […]

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NAMI Homefront Featured

WRAL-TV in Raleigh recently featured the program during their evening newscast. NAMI Homefront will be aimed at helping the large military population living with mental illness and is designed to provide as much education and support to veterans’ families as military members themselves, said executive director of NAMI N.C. Deby Dihoff. Click here to read the full article and view the video, which also includes an interview with Focus member and contributor 1st Lt. Mike McMichael. More about NAMI and […]

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