North Carolina News

VA Promotes E-Benefits

The Winston-Salem Regional Veterans Affairs (VA) Office processes nearly all of the claims for the more than 773,000 veterans living in North Carolina.  It has been able to clear most of the cases that had been waiting two years or more, and now is working on cases that have waited 12 months or more.  To achieve this reduction in backlog, the regional office hired 25 more employees, reached out for assistance from offices in other parts of the country, and […]

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New JCC Program

A new grant-funded program at Johnston Community College is offering Fort Bragg soldiers and spouses access to reduced-fee truck driver training courses on base. Participants who complete the course can apply for their commercial driving license, a path to a post-military career. To read more, click here.

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Housing for Homeless Vets

Ten veterans in Raleigh have moved into new apartments built specifically for them by the CASA program.  Program participants will help support their housing needs by paying 30% of their income; the rest of the funding to run the program comes from a combination of funds from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, the city of Raleigh, and Wake County.  CASA has plans to build one more facility in Wake County and another facility in Durham County. To read more, […]

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Vet Services Office Moves

The Cumberland County Veterans Services offices moved to a new location at 301 Russell Street in Fayetteville.  The new location has been renovated to include more office space allowing veterans more privacy when they meet to discuss their cases. Additional changes in the physical layout of the office will accommodate wheelchairs and scooters, increasing accessibility for those who need it. To read more, click here.

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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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