North Carolina News

IT Certification Program

A new Information Technology Training and Certification Partnership initiative is expected to provide up to 161,000 servicemembers with industry recognized information technology (IT) certifications prior to their leaving the military.  This program, announced at the While House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing is a public-private partnership aimed at providing servicemembers transferable skills for private sector IT work as they transition from military service to civilian sector employment. Read more…

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New VA Hotline for Women

The Veterans Affairs Department (VA) has launched new hotline1-855-VA-WOMEN, this hotline will receive and respond to questions women veterans, their families, and caregivers may have about the services and benefits available to them. The hotline was developed in response to the growing number of women veterans who are expected to access VA services.  Current estimates indicate that women comprise close to fifteen-percent of active duty military and eighteen-percent of National Guard, and Reserve Forces.  The VA reports that nationally there […]

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Camp Lejeune TBI Program

The Marine and Sailor Concussion Recovery Center (MSCRC) at Camp Lejeune’s TBI treatment program for Marines and Sailors offers a multidisciplinary approach to address the physical, cognitive, and emotional effects of TBI. During this sixteen-week program, participants are provided neurological services, speech-language therapy, occupational and vestibular therapies, psychological and neuro-psychological support as well as nurse case management. The goal of the program is to return each individual to their highest level of functioning by providing compensatory strategies that address memory […]

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Changes to GI Bill Benefits

Starting on August 1, 2013, servicemembers who transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member or dependent will incur an additional four-year service obligation, without regard to their time in service. Army Capt. Kurt Rauschenberg, education services officer for the Army National Guard, states, “the post-9/11 GI Bill offers a great benefit to our servicemembers who are looking to expand their education,” adding that “the purpose of the transferability is for recruiting and retention.” These changes will likely […]

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TRICARE Changes

Changes to the TRICARE Prime military health insurance plan policy aimed to control medical costs will result in increased fees for beneficiaries who do not live near military hospitals.  Those affected will automatically be enrolled in TRICARE Standard, a plan with higher out-of-pocket expenses.  According to data from the Department of Defense (DoD), these changes will affect some 170,000 service members and their families, including 14,000 in North Carolina. Read more…

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Research Advances MH Practices

Testimony from Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Army Surgeon General, highlights the advances made in military mental health practices that have improved behavioral healthcare services to troops.  Research, supported by Congressional funding, has resulted in programs such as those that embed combat stress teams in Afghanistan, which have “demonstrated significant reductions in key behavioral health measures while knocking down access barriers and stigma.”  Research has also led to improvements in identifying and treating traumatic brain injury and increased access to […]

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Veterans Upward Bound Project

Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) Veterans Upward Bound project supports veterans with getting and staying on track while pursuing a college education. This program, a first in North Carolina, was made possible by a five-year, $1.23 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education. College president Dr. Bud Marchant stated that many of the veterans who could benefit from this program are “potential first-generation college attendees, low-income, or academically at-risk students.”  The college plans to partner with Wake and […]

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‘Best Warrior’ Competition

Between March 26th and 28th, North Carolina National Guard soldiers gathered at the 2013 Best Warrior Competition at Camp Butner National Guard Training Center.  Thirteen participants were chosen to compete from the more than 10,000 North Carolina National Guard soldiers. The competition included a physical fitness test, land navigation, and soldier skills testing.  After three days of competition, Army Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, the Adjutant General of North Carolina, recognized the accomplishments of all the contestants and named the winners, […]

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April Military Child Month

Since 1983, the Department of Defense (DoD) has recognized military children for the contributions and sacrifices they make to support their parents’ military service. Barbara Thompson, director of DoD’s Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth states that “Military children, youth, and teens are an integral part of their military parent because they stand by them, they’re proud of them, they recognize their sacrifices, and they take on additional responsibilities to meet the needs of their families.” It is important for […]

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Changes to Questionnaire

The Director of National Security James Clapper has agreed to change the National Security Questionnaire to protect victims of sexual assault. This questionnaire contained a question that asked about an applicant’s counseling history. Prior to this announcement, applicants who had received counseling for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) were able to answer “no” to this question, but those who had received counseling for military sexual assault still were required to answer yes.  This announcement came just one day after a panel […]

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