North Carolina News

NC to Host Valor Games

Bridge to Sports, a Durham-based non-profit, announced that one of the four national adaptive sports competitions for wounded and injured veterans and active duty service members will be hosted by the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and North Carolina State University on May 21-23.  The event is free to the public, and athletes can visit here to register. Read more…

Read More

Army Report

A new Army report names Fort Bragg as one of 21 bases that may potentially lose thousands of jobs should realignment occur. Fort Bragg currently employs 14,000 civilian employees.  The workforce has been aware of the possible cuts since September when they were informed by leadership. Read more…

Read More

New Findings

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reports that the water contamination at Camp Lejeune occurred as early as 1953, four years earlier than previously reported. This new information estimates that between 33,000 and 53,000 marines and their families were exposed to the contamination. The US Department of Veterans Affairs has been provided this report, and it is hoped that it will assist in the evaluation of health related claims. Read more…

Read More

Individualized Treatment Needed

A new Gulf War and Health Series by the Institute of Medicine reports that individualized treatments for veterans with Gulf War Syndrome are needed.  Gulf War Syndrome, characterized as a chronic multisystem illness (CMI), and defined as having symptoms in at least two of six categories–fatigue, mood and cognition, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and neurologic—which last for at least six months. Gulf War Syndrome affects at least one-third of veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. The recommended treatment approaches include […]

Read More

Shooting Tragedy & PTSD

In a recent Washington Post article, past Veterans Focus presenter Marshele Carter Waddell writes about the recent shooting deaths of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield by fellow veteran Eddie Ray Routh.  Ms. Waddell shares what she has learned from conducting workshops with the faith-based community, veterans, and their families on the topic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Read more…

Read More

Military-Connected Youth and Substance Abuse

Researchers at the University of Southern California analyzed data from the new military module of the 2011 California Healthy Kids Survey, finding that military youth in middle and high schools with a deployed parent or sibling, showed increased drug and alcohol use.  Lead author Tamika Gilreath and her colleagues call for additional community and school-based programs for these youth stating, “The potential for strain and the trauma associated with multiple deployments in the past 10 years of war seem to […]

Read More

Women’s Role in Combat Expanded

Upon unanimous recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced the end of the direct ground combat exclusion rule for female servicemembers. It is expected that this change will ensure that the best qualified and most capable servicemembers, regardless of gender, will be available to carry out the mission.  In order to meet this directive, military services will undertake an evaluation of all occupational performance standards to ensure they are up to date and gender-neutral; […]

Read More

High Suicide Rates Continue

The Department of Defense has reported that during 2012, across all four branches of the military, more than 349 service members committed suicide.  These numbers come at the same time efforts to curb suicide in the armed branches have increased.  Advocates stress that services are needed not just for servicemembers, but also for their families, who are often the first to see problems in their loved ones.   Both governmental agencies and non-profits are working hard to provide prevention and educational […]

Read More

Hearing Loss a Problem

Hearing loss is a preventable condition that has affected at least twenty-five percent of soldiers who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and it is not solely a combat-related condition.  Fort Bragg Spec. Jon Michael Cripps of the 18th Airborne Corps, whose hearing loss is attributed to the constant noise of computers, generators, and air conditioners states “You think about maybe getting wounded in battle, getting those kinds of scars,” but  “Losing your hearing is just not something you think […]

Read More

Homeless Vet Programs Having an Impact

A new report from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) indicates that homelessness among veterans has decreased 17.2 percent since 2009.  Advocates and Veterans Affairs staff attribute this decline to the success of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, and the VA-HUD partnership which provides vouchers for veterans to rent from private market landlords. The numbers have not declined for all veteran groups though, as pointed out by advocates who report an increase in […]

Read More