North Carolina News

NC Veteran Stories Archived

Archivists continue collecting personal histories for the Military Collection in the North Carolina Archives.  To date, more than 1,000 video archives have been completed since the project began in 1996. Veterans share their stories with Rusty Edminster and Fred Smith, both veterans who volunteer for the project.  Veterans give an hour or two of their time and receive copies to share with family and friends when the interviews are complete.  Veterans who are interested in participating in this project are […]

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Wounded Warrior Survey

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has released the findings of their 2013 Annual Alumni Survey based on responses from nearly 14,000 Iraq and Afghanistan servicemembers. The survey, conducted annually, provides insight into this current generation of veterans, and allows WWP to track over time the needs and challenges wounded veterans are facing. Survey trends indicate that mental health concerns are higher than anticipated for this generation of wounded veterans and both visible and invisible injuries are having a compounding effect […]

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New Legal Clinics

The W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury is now offering veterans help in navigating the legal system by providing free legal clinics on campus. Veterans can receive guidance on basic civil matters like housing cases, mortgage foreclosures, child support modification and defense, wills, and power of attorney. The clinics will be offered the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 2 p.m. in the Homeless offices in Building 11. The clinics take appointments and walk-ins, and provide […]

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Erasing Stigma

Staff Sergeant Erick Millette spoke to a crowd of people about overcoming PTSD and erasing the stigma attached to mental illness at Embrace Life Day in Winston-Salem.  Millette shared his story of surviving nine improvised explosive devices (IEDs) being knocked unconscious six times.  In addition, during his time in the army, he suffered head trauma, a left knee injury, and lower back injuries. Despite these various injuries, the post-traumatic stress disorder has been the hardest for him to overcome. In […]

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Counties Plan for Veteran Courts

Harnett and Cumberland Counties have both applied for funding to open special courts for military veterans. Cumberland, home to 10,900 veterans has been trying to establish a veterans court for the past four years and submitted a federal grant that was denied. Cumberland County has once again applied for a federal grant and expects to hear within the next month whether the grant is approved.  Harnett County, which neighbors Cumberland, has applied for a state grant to fund their veterans […]

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Intrepid Spirit Clinic Opens

On October 2, the newest Intrepid Spirit Center opened on Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The Center, the second of nine satellite facilities of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, is one of two planned for North Carolina; the second will be located at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville. The mission of the clinic is to combat the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), both considered signature wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The new […]

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Gold Star Mother’s Day

Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed on the last Sunday of September, a tradition dating back to 1936 when mothers of fallen service members began calling themselves “Gold Star Mothers” during the First World War.  Ilario Pantano, Director of the NC Division of Veterans Affairs, writes about the comfort these mothers have given to others in the News and Observer opinion piece, Mothers of our fallen soldiers offer comfort to others.  Mr. Pantano writes, “Today is Gold Star Mother’s Day, […]

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NCNG Gratitude Walk

On September 10, soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard, retired military, and civilians alike came together in observance of the Guard’s third Annual Gratitude Walk, which focuses attention on suicide. Nationally, the Guard’s aim is to stomp out the stigma associated with suicide, support survivors, and reinforce the message that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Speakers at the event talked about their own personal experiences and provided encouragement to others to seek help when needed. […]

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FSU Social Work Program

The Department of Social Work at Fayetteville State University received the 2013 HBCU Award for Best Social Work Program. FSU is one of the few programs in the country offering a Military Behavioral Health Certificate Program.  The certificate provides mental and behavioral health professionals knowledge and skills that enhance their abilities to provide quality care for active duty military service members, veterans, citizen soldiers, and their families bringing together courses in areas of military culture, programs, and services as well […]

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Bull City Stand Down

On September 20, thousands of military veterans spent the day at the National Guard Armory and Durham County Memorial Stadium connecting to services, nonprofits, and other veterans. 120 community providers were present to give veterans information, haircuts, legal assistance, housing benefits, substance abuse and mental health assistance, basic medical care, a dental clinic, flu shots, showers, food, clothing, toiletries, and camouflage bags to carry it all. To read more, click here.

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