North Carolina News

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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New VA PTSD Study

In early 2014, the VA plans to conduct a four-year study to compare the effectiveness of two types of psychotherapy—Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy—for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Despite solid evidence that both treatments are effective in Veterans and non-Veterans, there is a lack of evidence about the effectiveness of these treatments compared with one another and if the treatments work better in different population groups. The study sample includes 900 male and female Veterans diagnosed with PTSD […]

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ECU Operation Re-Entry Van

Eastern Carolina University (ECU) has received a grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help equip a van with satellite communication and other technology to bring medical, psychiatric, and behavioral health services to veterans and their families where they live.  The program plans to be operational in eastern North Carolina communities early next year. The van will allow one-on-one interventions via telehealth and web-based and application-based systems including motivational interviewing, biofeedback, telepsychiatry consultation, and […]

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New TBI Study

Preliminary research completed at Saint Louis University on military veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) showed that changes in brain tissue due to blast injury are apparent in brain images years after the blast. The study looked at data from diffusion tensor imaging, a type of highly sensitive magnetic resonance image (MRI), which was used to examine the way water moves throughout the brain’s white matter. Researchers noted that in the civilian population, cognitive issues related to mild TBI caused […]

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Surry Community College Program

Surry Community College has announced a new program to help the long-term unemployed, veterans, and National Guard members. Funded by a North Carolina Back to Work grant, the program assists eligible North Carolina residents by offering free short-term trainings and providing the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials. Trainings are available in a number of fields related to manufacturing, healthcare, law enforcement, and more. To read more or obtain contact information for the program, click here.

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Community Blueprint Event

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 […]

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Veterans Writing Groups

Established in January 2013, the Veterans Writing Collective at Methodist University provides veterans a safe and supportive forum to express themselves and share their experiences in writing. The group is focused on the mechanics of writing; however, many members describe their participation as therapeutic. Membership is free to all active duty and retired military personnel, as well as their families. A similar group has been started at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Information on the UNC Pembroke program […]

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Job Program a Success

Since opening in June 2013, the North Carolina National Guard’s Employment and Education Center (EEC) has successfully assisted nearly 200 soldiers, airmen, and eligible North Carolina Guard dependents find work. The EEC teaches Guard and their families how to get the most out of their education benefits and connects them to potential employers. The Center links employers and servicemembers, offers workshops on building resumes, and provides interviewing skills.  Services are open to all North Carolina National Guard members and qualified […]

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PTSD Therapy

In the recent CBS 60 Minutes segment, The War Within: Treating PTSD, therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are featured. These therapies aim to help the nearly one in five veterans who suffer from PTSD.  Clips from the program include the personal experiences of veterans who share their stories about the effects PTSD has had on their lives, and how participating in therapy has helped them. To access this story, click here.

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