North Carolina News

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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TBI Treatment and Research

Understanding traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its effects is a still a challenge for researchers. Since 2000, more than 294,000 service members have sustained a traumatic brain injury, according to the Defense Department, with more than 80% occurring in a non-deployed environment. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) supports research along the entire continuum of care and has been conducting innovative ways to learn more about TBI. Read more

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Meeting Addresses VA Concerns

The American Legion has been vocal about the delays in veterans receiving care at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country. NC has not been immune to these delays. According to the nationwide audit released June 9, patients at the Fayetteville VAMC wait an average of 29 days for a primary care appointment. New patients wait an average of 83 days. These findings prompted a June 12 visit by acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson, who pledged more support for […]

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