North Carolina News

Cheryl Rawls Receives the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

At the July 28 meeting of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families, Secretary Cornell Wilson presented Ms. Rawls with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards given by the Governor of the State.  She was provided with this award for her service and commitment assisting Veterans obtain the benefits that they deserve through the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).  Ms. Rawls has been promoted to serve as Director of Pension […]

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Veteran Homelessness Declines by 19% from 2015 to 2016 in NC

Sponsored by the NC Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the NC Coalition to End Homelessness, the six teams comprising the Rapid Results Veteran Boot Camp Initiative met to discuss accoomplishments and recommendations at its June 22-23 meeting.  In addition, the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs released a report, which indicated that the number of North Carolina homeless veterans fell from 1,092 in 2015 to 888 […]

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Successful NC STRIVE Conference for Higher Education

On June 15, the Planning Committee for the NC STRIVE 2016! Conference hosted a daylong meeting at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. Interagency collaboration was exemplified by the participation of the Chair and four Vice Chairs of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families—Secretary Cornell Wilson, NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, kicked off the conference, followed by Flo Stein, Deputy Director, NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse […]

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2016 Women Veterans Summit & Expo

On May 25, the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the NC Veteran’s Business Association, SAS, and multiple partners hosted the 2016 Women Veterans Summit & Expo at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center, North Carolina State University, in Raleigh.  While the goal of the Summit is Empower.  Educate.  Enrich., this year’s theme is Sharing Stories, Making History.  The conference featured keynote speaker and award-winning author Tracy Crow, who provided copies of her book, On Point:  A Guide to […]

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All Army Team Highlights PTSD in their Mount Everest Climb

The ALL ARMY Everest Team of LT Elyse Ping Medvigy , 2nd LT Harold Earls, and SSG Chad Jukes will be summiting Everest within the next several days to bring attention to the issues of PTSD and Suicide among Active Duty and Veterans.  This will be the first expedition where an Active Duty Army Team and Disable Army Veteran will have reached “THE TOP OF THE WORLD”. Read more

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NC Announces New Strategic Plan

North Carolina Announces New Strategic Plan on Military Preparedness The North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission have unveiled the state’s new Strategic Plan for Supporting and Enhancing North Carolina Military Missions and Installations. The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to ensure North Carolina is in an advantageous position as the Department of Defense adjusts to budget constraints. The report outlines a four-pronged strategy to maximize the value of North Carolina’s […]

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Fort Bragg Intrepid Spirit Center

Although the Fort Bragg Intrepid Spirit Center opened its doors to service members in January 2016, the official dedication occurred on March 31.  Funded by the nonprofit Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), the Center provides treatment and support services for service members with traumatic brain injury or psychological health conditions. It is the fifth of nine Intrepid Spirit Centers.  North Carolina also has a Center in Jacksonville. Read more

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NC4ME Military Employment Summits

For the second consecutive year, NC4ME (NC for Military Employment) is hosting a series of Military Employment Summits. As part of the Governor’s plan to make North Carolina the number one state for veteran employment in the state, the Summits provide an opportunity for business leaders to learn how Veteran hires drive business results and how to integrate military employment into their business strategy. The first of this year’s Summits occurred in Greensboro on February 24. View the Press Release […]

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Military Pipeline Employment Initiative

Since the launching of the NC Military Pipeline program in March 2015, Governor Pat McCrory has strongly advocated for the employment of military Veterans post-deployment. On February 10, the NC Department of Information Technology and Cisco collaborated to sponsor a job fair at Camp Lejeune. Over 65 service members, with an interest in working in information technology in state government, attended. Read more On February 12, ten Veterans were among the 29 cadets graduating with the State Highway Patrol as […]

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Rapid Results Veteran Boot Camp

On February 9-10, the Task Force for Ending Veteran Homelessness in North Carolina, a committee of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans and Their Families, and the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs conducted the Rapid Results Veteran Boot Camp. Funded by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the teams were equipped through the engagement of Rapid Results Institute to return to their counties with a 100 Day program focusing on specific goals of housing homeless veterans, […]

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