North Carolina News

Veterans Courts

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) estimates that there are about 140,000 veterans in American jails today. More than half of these veterans have substance abuse problems, and a quarter were inebriated at the time of the violation that landed them in prison. Experts say many are “self-medicating,” countering the strains of their service, PTSD, emotional stress, mental fatigue, survivor guilt, and/or family disruption with drugs or alcohol. Recognizing that many veterans are in need of treatment, not incarceration, many […]

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Stand Down a Success

The Veteran Stand Down and Outreach Event hosted by the Onslow County Career Center offered hot showers, meals, toiletries, clothing, and a variety of resources to more than 100 veterans. Fifty organizations representing the Department of Veterans Affairs, schools, nonprofits, and crisis response services were available to help the veterans who attended.  Veterans received assistance with applying for and checking on the status of benefits, enrolling for care, and becoming members for the many veteran service organizations present. To read […]

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Voices from the Homefront

The Cape Fear Regional Theatre has received a grant to create a documentary theatre piece based upon the voices of the military community as told through the stories of families with deployed service members. The theatre is in the planning phases of the “Voices from the Homefront” project, this will lead to community engagement workshops where spouses and children of deployed service members can share their experiences and contribute to the final product. To read more, click here.

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New TBI Clinical Recommendations

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center has released new clinical recommendations to help service members who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as concussion, to progressively return to their normal activities following their injury.  The guidelines are available here.  The recommendations developed with input by academic experts, sports concussion clinicians and military TBI experts are for use by military and civilian health care professionals. To read more, click here.

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Red, White, and Blue NC

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has launched the Red, White, & Blue North Carolina website, a new resource for current and former military service members, their families, and their providers.  The new site is comprised of two micro sites, one for members and another for the providers who treat them. BCBSNC collaborated with the North Carolina Focus on Service Members, Veterans and Their Families to create and provide training, as well as include useful third-party links and toolkits […]

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Ft. Bragg Intrepid Spirit Center

Construction is underway on the Fort Bragg Intrepid Spirit Center in Fayetteville.  The new center is the second for North Carolina; the first opened late last year at Camp Lejeune.  The Fayetteville location will have 25,000 square feet, with 50-60 staff providing interdisciplinary care to as many as 1400 soldiers diagnosed with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.  Services will include behavioral health, neurology, pain management, and physical therapy.  The program will work closely with the Womack Medical Center, […]

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TBI Benefits Expanded

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved new regulations that will make it easier for veterans to receive additional disability pay for conditions related to traumatic brain injury. The change in regulations is the result of findings in the Institute of Medicine report, Gulf War and Health, Volume 7: Long-Term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury. The new regulations will take effect in January 2014 and are expected to affect some Veterans living with TBI who also have Parkinson’s disease, […]

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Companion Dogs for Veterans

The North Carolina non-profit Wags4Tags is working hard to achieve its mission of providing trained companion and emotional support dogs to veterans who need them.  The program highlighted by the University of North Carolina in this video trains the dogs that have been rescued from kill shelters across the state. Once trained the dog is matched with a veteran who has completed the program’s application process and been approved. Wags4Tags requires the veteran attend hands on sessions with their new […]

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Training and Coordination Needed

In a recent statement to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) CEO and Medical Director, Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., called for better coordination of opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing inside and outside the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  Dr. Lewin also expressed concerns that better training is needed for VA staff that provides medication management to veterans with multiple medical conditions and veterans being treated for opioid dependence who also have co-occurring diagnoses such as post-traumatic stress disorder […]

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Veterans Internship Program

The city of Jacksonville has developed a new internship program that will provide members of the Marine Wounded Warrior Battalion an opportunity to receive civilian job training.  The interns will be provided between three to eight months of on-the-job training in a field they are interested in with the hopes of gaining employment once they complete the program. It is expected that five internships within various city departments will be available in 2014. To read more, click here.

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