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Jul
24
Thu
9:00 am Community Homeless Stand Down @ Festival Park (downtown Fayetteville)
Community Homeless Stand Down @ Festival Park (downtown Fayetteville)
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm
Presented by the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Cumberland County Continuum of Care on Homelessness. All homeless veterans and homeless non-veterans are welcome. This event will provide free haircuts, medical screenings, food, and much more. Click here for event flyer
1:00 pm Hearing and Vision Impairment fr... @ Webinar
Hearing and Vision Impairment fr... @ Webinar
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
This free webinar offered by the Defense Centers of Excellence will teach participants how to: Describe hearing and balance disorders associated with combat trauma Articulate the basic science concepts of neurosensory disorders Incorporate evidence-based best practices into approaches supporting care and treatment methodologies Summarize methods and tools known to reduce risk of injury to hearing and vision in a combat setting
2:00 pm July Governor’s Working Group Me... @ NCNG Headquarters
July Governor’s Working Group Me... @ NCNG Headquarters
Jul 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meeting in NC Emergency Management Situation Room.   Click here to register *You must register if you plan to attend in person in order to clear security. Please note that registration closes the Monday afternoon prior to the meeting.   If you cannot make it in person, you can call-in to the meeting using the information below: Call-in information: 855-521-0877 (no pass code).  
Jul
29
Tue
1:00 pm The National Governors Associati... @ Webinar
The National Governors Associati... @ Webinar
Jul 29 @ 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[...]
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 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.
Aug
12
Tue
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
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.
2:00 pm August Governor’s Working Group ... @ NCNG Headquarters
August Governor’s Working Group ... @ NCNG Headquarters
Aug 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meeting in JFHQ Command Conference Room. Registration info coming soon. Call-in information: 855-521-0877 (no pass code). Registration closes the Monday afternoon prior to the meeting.

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Governor's Working Group on Veterans Service Members, and their Families
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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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McCrory Announces Federal Grant for Veterans Life Center

Governor Pat McCrory announced that a $4.2 million grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to create a facility for homeless veterans. An unused state building in Butner will become the Veterans Life Center, a place where homeless vets can find the services they need to become independent once again, according to a statement. Click here to read more.

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Raleigh Job Fair

Raleigh job fair for ‘Wounded Warriors’ attracts more than 60 employers On May 29-30, the US Department of the Navy held a job far for Wounded Warriors in Raleigh. The Job Fair attracted potential employers like Boeing, Duke Energy, Wells Fargo, and Microsoft. More than 600 wounded warriors attended the event. Click here to read more

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