North Carolina News

Wake Tech Retraining Program

Wake Technical Community College has been awarded a grant to develop a retraining program that focuses on older veterans and female veterans, two populations experiencing higher than average unemployment. The program, which expects to begin next year, has a goal to match the skills of veterans with certification programs to see if they can aid the veteran through the educational process quickly. Wake Tech has seen a surge in student veterans on their campuses in the past four years, with […]

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On Becoming a Veteran

Marine Jason Bunce of Jacksonville shares his personal experience transitioning from being on active duty status to becoming veteran.  Bunce, a medically retired Marine staff sergeant who served six combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last eleven years, acknowledges that the transition can be challenging, noting that it takes time to adjust to the slower, less regimented pace of civilian life.  Grant Beck, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Jacksonville reinforces this sentiment stating, […]

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Advocating for MH

Two Marine Medal of Honor recipients visited Camp Lejeune to advocate for mental health treatment. Retired Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston and retired Col. Barney Barnum, both living Medal of Honor recipients, spent Tuesday and Wednesday touring Camp Lejeune and talking to Marines and sailors about combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. During an evening dinner, the two took time to encourage spouses, as well as their husbands, to seek treatment if they need it. Both the general and colonel […]

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Transitional Residence Program

The W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury opened a new transitional living residence for veterans on the Brenner Avenue Campus.  The residence will serve as a stable living environment for veterans who are in need of dual work and mental therapy. Veterans enrolled in the program will spend six to eight months in the house learning budgeting skills, how to grocery shop, and how to prepare their own meals. The program is structured to transition veterans from an […]

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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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