North Carolina News

Governor Announces GWG Appointments

On July 24, Governor McCrory announced thirty appointments to the Board of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families. View the List of Appointees

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New Training Program for Veteran Support Specialists

Developed by Duke University’s Evidence Based Implementation Center (Duke EPIC), the 40-hour Veteran Support Specialist (VSS) Program is a grant-funded initiative for Veteran Service Officers of the NC Division of Veterans Affairs. The program offers comprehensive guidance and training on effective ways to serve veterans and includes topics such as recovery, peer support, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, trauma informed care, conflict resolution, suicide prevention, and integrated health care. More information

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VA Homeless Veterans Community Employment Services (HVCES)

Launched earlier this month, this new initiative features community employment coordinators (CECs) at each of the four VAMCs in NC. CECs are responsible for identifying job-ready Veterans and establishing relationships with local employers. Veterans receive individualized assistance and resources in finding the types of stable jobs needed to sustain housing. NC CECs are the following individuals: Asheville VAMC: Russell Drewes Durham VAMC: Patrice Epps Fayetteville VAMC: Tara Gilbert-Ross Salisbury VAMC: Quentin Sanders Read more  

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NC STRIVE 2015! Conference

On June 16, NC STRIVE (Student Transition Resource Initiative for Veteran’s Education) held its inaugural conference with 200 attendees from two-year and four-year public and private colleges and universities across the State. Representatives from the University of North Carolina General Administration and fourteen schools from the UNC System; eleven private four-year colleges; and the North Carolina Community College System and 23 community colleges participated. The purpose of the conference was to share best practices to better serve veterans, service members, […]

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Governor Announces New Strategy to Address Veteran Homelessness

On June 17, Governor McCrory will hold a press briefing on his new statewide strategy to address Veteran homelessness through the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families and its component agencies (e.g., NC Department of Commerce, the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the NC Division of Veterans Affairs, etc.) in partnership with the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development in concert with Mayors, municipalities, and the North […]

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Governor Signs House Bill 595

On June 3, Governor McCrory signed House Bill 595 into law. This law provides credit for military police training and experience toward a Veteran’s Law Enforcement Officer Certification. Read more

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Governor Discusses Veteran Treatment Courts on CBS Sunday Morning

On May 24, Governor McCrory appeared on CBS Sunday Morning to discuss the value of veteran treatment courts in diverting them from the traditional criminal justice system to judicial monitoring and the provision of treatment and support services. He specifically mentioned veteran treatment courts in the counties of Harnett and Cumberland. Read more

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Infographics

Funded by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance Center has assisted members of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families in developing infographics on specific topics. If you use any of these infographics, please email Dr. Fang (wei.li.fang@governorsinstitute.org) as to how you are using them. We would love to know if they are helpful and/or how they can be improved or disseminated.   […]

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HUD-VASH Vouchers

US Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards HUD-VASH Vouchers The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the awarding of its 2015 HUD-VASH (VA Supportive Housing) vouchers. In this partnership between two federal agencies, HUD provides rental assistance while the VA provides case management and clinical services. Nearly $65 million will help about 9300 homeless veterans across the country. Read more In North Carolina, 11 housing authorities received $1, 520,514 to support 264 vouchers.

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NCDVA Partners with Duke EPIC on VSO Training

The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA), in partnership with the Duke Evidence-based Practice Implementation Center (EPIC), recently announced a two-year initiative to train Veterans Services Officers so that they can provide improved mental health services to veterans and their families. Other partners include the NC Department of Human Services and the Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. More info

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