North Carolina News

Asheville VA MH Summit

On Friday, August 9, the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville hosted a community mental health summit.  Close to 100 health care providers attended.  VA officials discussed steps they were taking to meet the increasing need for mental health treatment at their facility.  The topics at the summit ranged from homelessness and suicide prevention to the addition of peer programs.  This summit was one of 152 summits being held across the nation, and one of the four to be […]

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NC Community Colleges Survey

Earlier this year, a survey was administered to community colleges regarding the types of behavioral health and other support services that are provided to student veterans.  Of the 58 community colleges, a total of 38 community colleges responded, with 9 additional schools completing the survey but not self-identifying.  The most commonly provided services were a Veterans Coordinator (38 schools), counseling center (31), and office of student veteran services (20).  Fourteen of the responding schools offered veteran-specific individual counseling services. For […]

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NC Veteran Survey Results

Results of Survey Administered to NC Community Colleges regarding Behavioral Health and Other Support Services for Student Veterans Earlier this year, a survey was administered to community colleges regarding the types of behavioral health and other support services that are provided to student veterans.  Of the 58 community colleges, a total of 38 community colleges responded, with 9 additional schools completing the survey but not self-identifying.  The most commonly provided services were a Veterans Coordinator (38 schools), counseling center (31), […]

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Helping Marriages Heal

For some servicemembers, the return home to their spouse and family is a difficult journey complicated by mental health conditions, disabilities, or financial problems. This was the case for Staff Sgt. Joe Payne, an Army combat engineer and his wife Mary of North Carolina.  The Paynes share their story of post-deployment marital problems and how they began rebuilding their marriage and relationship with the help of the Wounded Warrior Program’s marriage retreats. Read more…

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Military Consumer Protection Day

On July 17, Attorney General Roy Cooper visited Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to mark the first Military Consumer Protection Day.  This new joint initiative provides free resources and education to protect active duty and retired servicemembers, military families, veterans, and civilians in the military community from fraudulent financial schemes. While at the event, Cooper provided tips and resources to help the military community in North Carolina. Read more…

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New Fort Bragg Family Center

The new Fort Bragg Family Readiness Group Center, housed in the former Pope Officers’ Club, opened its doors on July 25, 2013.  Resources at the Center include public computers, a large conference hall, classrooms, and a childcare room.  The childcare room, a welcome addition, will offer free babysitting for children age six weeks to 12 years old while their parents are in meetings or classes. Read more…

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Veteran Receives New Home

U.S. Army Cpl. Cody Stanton, an Afghanistan veteran and double amputee received a new specially adapted home built by Operation Coming Home volunteers in Holly Springs.  The Operation Coming Home project conducts fundraising events, coordinates building projects, and presents adapted living homes to some of the most physically challenged military veterans at no cost to the servicemember or their family.  Stanton received keys to his new home on June 27, as part of a ceremony attended by soldiers, community leaders, […]

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Homeless Vet Program Awards

Private nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing have received nearly $6 million in Veterans Administration homeless prevention grants as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.  This funding will help programs in fifty-four of North Carolina’s counties to serve approximately 2,400 homeless and at-risk veteran families who need temporary financial assistance. To read more, click here.

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Furloughs at Lejeune

Government officials this week furloughed behavioral and mental health workers, striking a blow to a military already trying to clear a backlog of mental health claims. These furloughs are affecting behavioral health programs at Camp Lejeune resulting in fewer available behavioral and mental health appointments for marines, sailors, and their families and longer waits for these services.  Despite the furloughs, the director of mental health for Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Navy Capt. Sawsan Ghurani, said the quality of care will […]

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New TBI Tissue Bank

Pentagon officials announce the establishment of the world’s first brain tissue repository established by the Defense Department.  This repository will aid researchers to understand the underlying mechanisms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service members with the goal of providing a better understanding of how to prevent, diagnose, and treat traumatic brain injuries and to ensure that servicemembers have productive and long, quality lives. Dr. Daniel Perl, a neuropathologist and the director of the repository states, “Little is known about […]

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