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Jul
31
Thu
all-day The Journey from “Welcome Home” ...
The Journey from “Welcome Home” ...
Jul 31 – Aug 13 all-day
Offered by the US Army Reserve, this 5-part series is offered during a two-week timeframe and takes about 6-8 hours to complete. Participants work at their own pace. Courses are open for the following dates: Start Date            End Date 07/31/14              08/13/14 08/21/14              09/03/14 08/28/14              09/10/14 09/11/14              09/24/14 09/25/14              10/08/14 About two days before the start date, the online facilitator will contact you with specific instructions, and the facilitator will be available to help with questions and spur conversations during the[...]
Aug
5
Tue
1:00 pm Free Webinar Series offered by t...
Free Webinar Series offered by t...
Aug 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Free Webinar Series offered by the National Governors Association (NGA) The NGA is offering a free four-part webinar series to assist state and local governments learn about the available opportunities, leading practices and lessons learned from ongoing veteran reintegration programs. While the first two seminars on homelessness and education are over, two webinars remain on Access to Care on August 5 and on Employment on August 12. Both are conducted from 1 to 2 pm. Click here for more information[...]
1:00 pm The National Governors Associati... @ Webinar
The National Governors Associati... @ Webinar
Aug 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
State and local governments are fighting a battle on the home front: How to reintegrate returning veterans into society. The numbers are staggering: 48,000 vets will return from Afghanistan by the end of the year. 100,000 troops and Marines will be downsized from the Army and Marine Corps within five years. 2.5 million Military men and women are already home from Iraq and Afghanistan While the quantity of returning veterans will vary by community, many of their needs will be[...]
Aug
8
Fri
all-day Mental Health Summit – Asheville... @ Asheville VAMC
Mental Health Summit – Asheville... @ Asheville VAMC
Aug 8 all-day
2014 marks the second year that the US Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a Mental Health Summit at each of the VA Medical Centers.  The VA is interested in developing and sustaining partnerships with community agencies and organizations to meet the mental health care needs of Veterans and their families.  The Summit offers a forum for the VA to provide information about its services and resources and to obtain input on what community providers can offer.  For more information.
10:00 am Federal Budgeting and the Milita... @ Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Federal Budgeting and the Milita... @ Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sponsored by the Fayetteville Regional Chamber of Commerce, this free event will highlight  how the military budget works and how it affects community businesses and state and local government.  Representative David Price will keynote this event, accompanied by panel members, Lance DeSpain, the NC Military Foundation, and Ben Freeman, a defense spending expert at a DC-based think tank called Third Way.
Aug
10
Sun
2:00 pm 50th Anniversary of the Tonkin G...
50th Anniversary of the Tonkin G...
Aug 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
50th Anniversary of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution Marking the Start of the Vietnam War The NC Division of Veterans Affairs is sponsoring memorials to honor our Vietnam Veterans on Sunday, August 10, from 2:00-3:00 pm. Please contact the representative in the location nearest you: Haywood Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Haywood County, Brandon.Wilson@doa.nc.gov (828/646-6937) NC Vietnam Veteran Memorial, Davidson County, Barry.West@doa.nc.gov (336/766-1496) Vietnam Memorial of Mecklenburg County, Joe.Rapley@bellsouth.net (704/563-2037) NC Veteran’s Park, Fayetteville County, Charles.Sanchez@doa.nc.gov (910/486-1551) Jacksonville Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Onslow County,[...]
Aug
12
Tue
1:00 pm Free Webinar Series offered by t...
Free Webinar Series offered by t...
Aug 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Free Webinar Series offered by the National Governors Association (NGA) The NGA is offering a free four-part webinar series to assist state and local governments learn about the available opportunities, leading practices and lessons learned from ongoing veteran reintegration programs. While the first two seminars on homelessness and education are over, two webinars remain on Access to Care on August 5 and on Employment on August 12. Both are conducted from 1 to 2 pm. Click here for more information[...]
1:00 pm The National Governors Associati... @ Webinar
The National Governors Associati... @ Webinar
Aug 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
State and local governments are fighting a battle on the home front: How to reintegrate returning veterans into society. The numbers are staggering: 48,000 vets will return from Afghanistan by the end of the year. 100,000 troops and Marines will be downsized from the Army and Marine Corps within five years. 2.5 million Military men and women are already home from Iraq and Afghanistan While the quantity of returning veterans will vary by community, many of their needs will be[...]
Aug
14
Thu
1:00 pm Webinar: Recovery-Oriented Serv...
Webinar: Recovery-Oriented Serv...
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
For many veterans, post-deployment civilian life may be complicated by behavioral health issues that have an impact on their social, vocational, financial, and physical and mental health. Although a variety of support options exist, many veterans remain disconnected or underserved, as evidenced by elevated rates of homelessness, suicide, substance abuse and addiction, and untreated post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). SAMHSA is offering a free webinar, Recovery-Oriented Services for Veterans Click here to read more and to register.
Aug
28
Thu
all-day Mental Health Summit – Salisbury... @ Salisbury VAMC
Mental Health Summit – Salisbury... @ Salisbury VAMC
Aug 28 all-day
2014 marks the second year that the US Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a Mental Health Summit at each of the VA Medical Centers. The VA is interested in developing and sustaining partnerships with community agencies and organizations to meet the mental health care needs of Veterans and their families. The Summit offers a forum for the VA to provide information about its services and resources and to obtain input on what community providers can offer. For more information.

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Governor's Working Group on Veterans Service Members, and their Families
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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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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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