North Carolina News

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald Visits Duke University

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald Visits Duke University In a recent visit to Duke University, Secretary McDonald met with medical students to promote the VA as an ideal place of employment. The VA is facing an estimated shortage of 28,000 physicians, nurses, other healthcare providers, and administrative staff. Click here to read more

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Wounded Warrior Project Annual Survey

Wounded Warrior Project Releases Results of 5th Annual Survey On September 16, the Wounded Warrior Project released the results of their annual survey. More than 21,000 wounded veterans responded. Highlights include the following: Primary type of health coverage: Veterans Affairs at 59.2%, up from 52.7% in 2013 The top five reported injuries and health problems experienced during post-9/11 service were (1) sleep conditions (75.8%), (2) post-traumatic stress disorder (75.2%), (3) back, neck, and shoulder problems (72.3%), (4) depression (67.1%), and […]

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President Obama Visits Charlotte

On August 26, President Obama attended an American Legion conference and spoke about his plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). His plan is four-prong: to increase VA funding in 2015, to expand suicide prevention training, to eliminate the claims backlog, and to end veteran homelessness. For more details, click here.

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VISN 6 Newsletter

VISN 6 Publishes its Monthly Newsletter The Voices of VISN 6 provides information on developments in medicine, technology, and access that impact health care for Veterans in our State. VISN 6 includes the VA Medical Centers and facilities in the states of North Carolina, Virginia, and part of West Virginia.

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HUD-VASH Vouchers

HUD-VASH Vouchers Go to Chatham County The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the awarding of $7 million to 24 local public housing agencies across the country to help nearly 1,000 homeless veterans find permanent housing. The supportive housing assistance is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the VA. In NC, Chatham […]

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Ending Vet Homelessness

Two Areas in NC Pledge to End Veteran Homelessness The National Alliance to End Homelessness is now tracking the cities where mayors and other local government officials have signed onto the challenge to end veteran homelessness. As of July 22, they have developed a map, which indicates which mayors or other local government officials have committed to join the initiative. So far in NC, two areas have made this pledge—Asheville/Buncombe County Continuum of Care (CoC) and Raleigh/Wake County CoC. For […]

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Interview with Dr. Ken Blackman

On July 6, Stories from the Road featured an interview with Dr. Blackman, a recovering veteran who is committed to helping peers and training them. Click here to read more.

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All-American Veterans Center

All-American Veterans Center at Fayetteville Technical Community College – a Best Practice for Vets On June 16, Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) opened its All-American Veterans Center to support its student veterans. Named as one of eleven outstanding Student Veteran Centers in the country by the Student Veterans of America, FTCC has enrolled about 3,000 student veterans since 2012. To read more, click here.

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US Department of Labor Announces Recipients of Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program

In a June 26 press release, the US DOL announced grants totaling $36,710,368 awarded to 156 organizations nationwide to provide more than 12,000 veterans with training to help them succeed in civilian careers. Two grants went to North Carolina—the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, Inc. ($200,000) and the Volunteers of America of the Carolinas, Inc. ($299,435). Click here to read more.

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Walking through Grief: Tools for Finding Hope Along the Grief Journey

The Fort Bragg Employee Assistance Program is hosting a 10-week support group for individuals experiencing the death of a loved one. The session provides both support and coping strategies. The closed group begins on August 7 and ends on December 11. A box dinner is available at 5:30; the group runs from 6 to 7:30 pm. To obtain more information and to register, contact Lisa Taylor at Lisa.M. Taylor36.civ@mail.mil or 910/396-5784.

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