North Carolina News

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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Institute for Veterans and Military Families

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University promotes interdisciplinary scholarship about social, psychological and economic issues that affect the veteran and military family community. Areas of interest include education and employment-focused programs, and to this end, they develop policy and research briefs and resources. Two resources that may be of particular interest to those assisting veterans in their pursuit of careers are Guide to Leading Policies, Practices & Resources: Supporting the Employment of Veterans and Military […]

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Defense Centers of Excellence: From Service Member to Civilian: Tools for Transition

The DCoE recently posted resources to assist service members reintegrate into their communities. Resources include information about education, employment, financial health, and life stress. Read more.

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Battered Women’s Justice Project

The Battered Women’s Justice Project recently released an online publication, Representing Victims of Intimate Partner Violence Connected with the Military – A Handbook for Civil Attorneys.  Aimed toward civilian attorneys and legal advocates, the handbook provides information on legal topics that affect military members and their spouses that have been involved in intimate partner violence. A copy of the handbook can be downloaded from http://www.bwjp.org/files/bwjp/files/attorney_handbook_2014.pdf.

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Clinical Tool Screens Risk

Five-question clinical tool the first to help screen risk of violence in military veterans Eric Elbogen, Ph.D., Research Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Program in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Psychologist in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs developed the VIO-SCAN, a 5-question screening tool, to help clinicians identify which veterans may be at greater risk of violence. Responses will determine who will need a full clinical workup, identify risk factors, and assist in developing a […]

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