North Carolina News

Community Mental Health Summit

The 3rd annual Community Mental Health Summit was held in Durham on August 27 at the Durham Arts Council. This year’s event was attended by nearly 100 community mental health providers, Veterans, and VA employees in an effort to increase collaboration between Veteran-centric entities in the area and expand resources available to Veterans in North Carolina. Special emphasis this year was placed on addressing the needs of our state’s increasing number of aging Veterans, women’s health and domestic violence issues, […]

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Governor Forms Public-Private Partnership to Help Transitioning Veterans and their Families

Governor Forms Public-Private Partnership to Help Transitioning Veterans and their Families On September 1, Governor Pat McCrory announced a $1 million gift from the Walmart Foundation to a public-private partnership designed to help newly separated Veterans transition into civilian life in the State. Led by the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs NC4VETS, partnerships have been formed with NCServes, a network of service providers for Veterans and their families in Charlotte that is collaborating with the Institute for Veterans and […]

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Military Supports 578,000 Jobs in North Carolina

On August 18, the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission and the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced that the military supports 578,000 jobs in the State and that 368,000 are in the private sector. The study also found that the military boosts personal income in the state by nearly $34 billion and contributes $66 billion to Gross State Product (GSP). In the next three years, 78,000 active duty personnel will separate from the military in North Carolina, and many will […]

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Buncombe County’s First Veterans Treatment Court

In March, a new Veterans Treatment Court opened its doors in Buncombe County. The court offers justice-involved Veterans who are charged with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony offenses and struggling with addiction, mental illness, and/or co-occurring disorders (PTSD/TBI) with an intensive treatment program. Participants who successfully complete this 18-24 month program may have their case dismissed, consistent with North Carolina law. More info

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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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