North Carolina News

Veteran Unemployment Rates

The US Department of Labor reports a decline in the 2013 unemployment rates for veterans who have served since 2001.  While this news is promising, this downward trend is not present for all veterans.  Younger veterans aged 18-24 are experiencing an unemployment rate of 21.4%; this is despite the training and job skills these younger veterans have acquired in the military.  For North Carolina veterans, the unemployment rate is 6.2%, highlighting the importance of continued support for employment programs. To […]

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FTCC Career Services

Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) plans to open the All American Veterans Center this spring.  This center will support the needs of the 2,900 student veterans who attend FTCC.  The broad range of services offered will include help with education issues, job searches, entrepreneurship, and counseling. The college is collaborating with a number of veteran groups and agencies to bring these new services on campus. To read more, click here.

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New DMV Veteran Designation

Honorably discharged North Carolina veterans who have served in any branch of the U.S. military can now obtain a “VETERAN” designation on their license or state-issued ID by showing their DD-214 discharge at a DMV license office. It took three years and an act of the state legislature to put in this designation place. Veterans can have this designation added at no charge when they renew their license. To read more, click here.

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Research on Bomb Blasts

New research shows that veterans exposed to intense explosive blasts are at risk of damage to their brain’s white matter even when symptoms do not present. The findings, published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation suggest that the absence of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnosis does not necessarily erase a veteran’s risk of brain damage from blast exposure.  Senior author Dr. Rajendra Morey states that very little is known about how explosive forces from bombs, grenades, and other […]

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COACH Program Expands

The Durham VA Medical Center program “Caring for Older Adults and Caregivers at Home” (COACH) began as a pilot in 2010 and is now a fully funded program in Durham and is expanding to two more locations, Greenville and Morehead City. The COACH program is open to Veterans aged 65 or older living within a 50-mile radius of either the Durham VA Medical Center, Greenville VA Health Care Center, or Morehead City VA Community-Based Outreach Clinic with a caregiver at […]

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Suicide in the Military

The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) is the largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among U.S. military personnel. The findings related to suicide attempts and deaths have been released in a series of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry articles. Study findings include: the rise in suicide deaths from 2004 to 2009 occurred not only in currently and previously deployed soldiers, but also among soldiers never deployed; […]

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A Call for Service

In the article, “Our Opportunity to Serve Veterans,” Kathryn Power, M.Ed., Regional Administrator and Lead, Strategic Priority for Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) calls on community providers to become educated about the needs of our Veterans and their families.  Ms. Power writes, “There is a misconception that Veterans are only served through closed systems, and that the civilian community does not have the opportunity to interact with the Veteran population,” […]

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UNC Team Helps Vets

Dr. Eric Elbogen, a forensic psychologist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, heads a team that developed tools that mental health clinicians can use to assess and reduce risk for violent behavior in Veterans. The research identified risk factors associated with risk of violence in Veterans and provided information to aid in the construction and development of clinical checklists used by doctors in the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital system and non-VA medical facilities treating military Veterans.  The […]

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NCNG Tax Preparation

The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) is providing free tax preparation to service members, Veteran retirees, and their families throughout the state of North Carolina.  Certified staff travels across the state to make the service available to soldiers who may not have the ability to get to the JFHQ location in Raleigh. The tax center also provides times on the weekend so that service members do not have to take time off from their civilian jobs. Since opening three years […]

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Soldier 360 Program

The Soldier 360 leadership-training program is experiencing success at Fort Bragg and earning high praise from Fort Bragg leaders. This five-day training program includes non-traditional therapies and aims to increase resiliency among noncommissioned officers.  Mary Lopez, a retired colonel and director of Soldier 360, says that the program provides enlisted leaders with tools, techniques, and programs that could help a soldier in need.  Participants in the course describe how the training has helped them both mentally and physically. To read […]

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