North Carolina News

NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Releases 2015 Annual Report

On January 28, Governor McCrory issued a press release on the publication of the annual report of the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. One of the report’s findings is that the State is attracting more Veterans to live in the State. NC has the 8th largest veteran population in the country, which translates to a boom to the state’s economy. Federal expenditures on NC veterans grew 12% in 2014 to $8.2 billion, an increase of $1 billion compared […]

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NC Grant and Per Diem Providers Meet at First-ever Summit

Operation Home, a Task Force of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members and Their Families, conducted a summit of VA-funded Grant and Per Diem (GPD) providers in NC on January 6. GPD programs provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless veterans. Directors and front-line staff shared their program successes, challenges, and role in ending veteran homelessness in the State. Some of the providers have made, or are now considering changes in their program design that would further […]

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Memorial Fund to Honor Persian Gulf War Veterans

On January 15, at a ceremony commemorating the 25th anniversary of the start of Operation Desert Storm, Governor McCrory announced that the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will distribute a $100,000 memorial fund to the state’s Museum of History. The fund was a gift from the Kuwaiti Government in 1992 as seed money for a larger memorial. For a variety of reasons, the effort stalled and the money sat unused for 24 years, until now. The fund […]

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Fort Bragg’s Intrepid Spirit Center

On January 4, the Fort Bragg Intrepid Spirit Center opened its doors to patients with mild traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, and psychological health conditions. The Center is one of seven National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) satellites and is located at 3908 Longstreet Road in Fayetteville. Read more

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Military Pipeline Project Results in 370 Hires by NC DPS

In May 2015, Governor McCrory launched the Military Pipeline Project, a public-private partnership, in which state and local agencies recognized the skills and experience of Veterans by hiring them. In 2015, the NC Department of Public Safety hired 370 Veterans as a part of this project. Read more

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Governor Appoints Members to NC Military Affairs Commission

On November 20, Governor McCrory announced the appointment of seven individuals to the NC Military Affairs Commission, including: Retired General Dan McNeill (Cumberland County), Retired Brigadier General Paul Dordal (Cumberland County), Retired Brigadier General Mabry Martin (Forsyth County), MAJ GEN James N. Stewart (Mecklenburg County), Rear Admiral Steven Ratti (Brunswick County), Joy Thrash, Executive Director of the North Carolina Defense Business Association (Cumberland County), and Patricia Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel and Facilities (Wake County). Read more

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Governor McCrory Signs Legislation to Support National Guard and Veterans

Governor McCrory Signs Legislation to Support National Guard and Veterans On October 30, Governor Pat McCrory signed bills supporting the National Guard and Veterans into law during a ceremony at the Charlotte Fire Department Headquarters. House Bill 709: NC National Guard members will be eligible for tuition assistance enrolled in a graduate certificate program. House Bill 558: The NC National Guard and a Reserve component of the US Armed Forces will be represented on the governor-appointed NC Military Affairs Commission. […]

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Spirit of ‘45

On October 25, Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care, the Embassy Suites-Greensboro, and their sponsors, many of them Veteran organizations, hosted the Spirit of ’45 WWII Veterans Celebration Dinner. Over 100 WWII Veterans, including 4 women, were recognized at the event. Keynote speakers included WWII Veteran, retired Major General F. Lloyd Wilkerson, and Secretary of the newly created NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, retired Major General Cornell Wilson, Jr. Nearly 450 attended the Celebration. Honored […]

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New NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

On October 20, GEN Cornell Wilson will be sworn in as the first Secretary of the newly created Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. An open house will be held at the Department: November 10, 2015 Seaboard Building, 413 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 Beginning at 9:45 am GEN Wilson and other officials are expected to speak at 10:00 am. The public is invited to attend the open house.

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Operation: GoodJobs

The Governor has made Veteran employment one of the priorities of his administration: “Veterans are extremely important to our nation and we must continue to honor and support them in any way we can – and that includes helping them find jobs. Veterans are a real selling point for businesses in North Carolina, and I want to make it easier to connect veterans to businesses who are looking for hard-working and intelligent men and women.” A recent partnership of the […]

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