North Carolina News

Presidential Proclamation

Obama Designates November as Military Family Month October 31 – President Barack Obama today signed a proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month. Click here for the full text of the proclamation.

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Governor Announces Extension of Veteran CDL Training Courses

On October 10, Governor McCrory announced the extension of a military truck driving training program, a joint venture of Johnston County Community College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and Fort Bragg. Established in November 2013, 76 former service members have graduated with their commercial driver license certification from one of six sessions. Each session consists of an 8-week program of didactic learning and driving instruction. Two more sessions will be added, and organizers are seeking […]

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FTCC Ranks 2nd in 2015 Best Career and Technical Colleges

Fayetteville Tech Community College (FTCC) Ranks 2nd in 2015 Best Career and Technical Colleges According to a recent survey, FTCC ranked second and Edgecomb Community College ranked 14th in national rankings based on culture, student support, academic policies, academic quality and financial considerations. A copy of the article can be found here, with a list of the top 36 ranked career, technical, and community colleges here.  

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Report: State needs task force on veterans

A recent report from the General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division calls on state lawmakers to create a task force for veterans, service members, and their families and for the task force to draft and implement a five-year strategic plan. The report comes on the heels of Executive Order 49, which Governor McCrory signed in April. It created a veterans working group with a goal of “making North Carolina the state of choice for veterans”, in part by fostering collaboration between […]

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VA Awards SSVF Surge Funding

VA Awards SSVF Surge Funding to 6 NC Communities and HUD-VASH Vouchers 9 NC Housing Authorities On September 30, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced additional surge funding to existing participants in the Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families (SSVF) program. Six grants were awarded to agencies in NC: Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry serves approximately 300 participant households in twenty-six counties in western North Carolina. Community Link Programs of Travelers Aid Society of Central Carolinas, Inc. […]

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CPCC Receives Two Grant Awards

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Receives Two Grant Awards On September 29, the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Education announced $450M in grants to community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education as part of their job-driven training initiative, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. CPCC was the only community college in NC to receive a grant, which totaled nearly $2.5M. The purpose of the program is to provide […]

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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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