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Upcoming Events

Apr
23
Wed
11:30 am Reforming Veterans Affairs: Preserving Promises to North Carolina Veterans @ Raleigh Marriott City Center
Reforming Veterans Affairs: Pres… @ Raleigh Marriott City Center
Apr 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Reforming Veterans Affairs: Preserving Promises to North Carolina Veterans PANELISTS: Senator Richard Burr (NC), Illario Pantano (NC Dept of Veteran Affairs), Pete Hegseth (Concerned Veterans [...]
Apr
24
Thu
8:00 am Operation North State “Top Shelf Fishin’ Festival”
Operation North State “Top Shelf…
Apr 24 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Operation North State’s second fishing festival for active duty military and Veteran wounded warriors. The event matches experienced wounded warrior fishermen with experienced volunteer host [...]
Apr
25
Fri
8:00 am 3rd Annual Foothills Homeless Veterans Stand Down @ American Legion Fairgrounds
3rd Annual Foothills Homeless Ve… @ American Legion Fairgrounds
Apr 25 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
This Stand Down is designed to provide homeless Veterans with medical services, dental care, food, clothing, education, tax assistance, employment counseling, eye care, haircuts, shoes, [...]
Apr
26
Sat
9:00 am Brain Injury Association of NC Walk & Roll-athons @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Brain Injury Association of NC W… @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am
Walk & Roll-athons raise awareness of brain injury as a major public health concern and as a life changing injury that has an enormous impact [...]
10:00 am Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors Event @ Onslow Beach, Camp Lejeune
Celebration of the Military Chil… @ Onslow Beach, Camp Lejeune
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
This event for military kids and families provides an opportunity to participate in family friendly outdoor events, games, crafts, food, and prizes. Download this flyer [...]
May
3
Sat
9:00 am Brain Injury Association of NC Walk & Roll-athons @ Bur-Mil Park
Brain Injury Association of NC W… @ Bur-Mil Park
May 3 @ 9:00 am
Walk & Roll-athons raise awareness of brain injury as a major public health concern and as a life changing injury that has an enormous impact [...]
May
17
Sat
8:00 am North Carolina Minuteman Muster Race and Open House @ NC National Guard Military Center
North Carolina Minuteman Muster … @ NC National Guard Military Center
May 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
This community outreach initiative is designed to demonstrate the collaborative multi-agency domestic response mission of the North Carolina National Guard and its many emergency response [...]
May
20
Tue
all-day Bridge II Sports Valor Games Southeast
Bridge II Sports Valor Games Sou…
May 20 – May 22 all-day
Valor Games Southeast is one of four events in the Valor Games Series. The Valor Games is a competition for all wounded, ill, and injured [...]
May
22
Thu
2:00 pm May Focus Meeting @ NCNG Headquarters
May Focus Meeting @ NCNG Headquarters
May 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meeting in NC Emergency Management Situation Room. Click here to register. Enter passcode: MAY FOCUS Registration closes the Monday afternoon prior to the meeting.
May
28
Wed
all-day Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring Conference @ Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown
Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring Co… @ Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown
May 28 – May 29 all-day
The Department of the Navy Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring Conference This conference brings together government, military and industry leaders that are committed to hiring and [...]

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Military Caregivers Study

A recently released RAND Corporation study of more than 28,000 military caregivers finds that there is a need for increased support for the 1.1 million-plus spouses, parents, and friends caring for veterans injured and disabled since September 11, 2001. The Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers study found that caregivers provide an estimated $3 billion in care annually, but despite those contributions, there are few public or private programs that directly support their needs. Researchers identified more than 100 programs that […]

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YMCA Wounded Warrior Center

The Fayetteville YMCA plans to build a $20 million wellness center geared to injured soldiers. The Wounded Warrior Center: A Living Monument, will be part museum and part recreation and rehabilitation center. The 110,000 square-foot facility will have three indoor pools, including a 10-lane competition-style pool with seating for 500 people.  Membership to the new center will be free to injured soldiers and open to the public through the YMCA. To read more, click here.

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Post 9/11 Veterans Survey

A poll of Iraq or Afghanistan veterans conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation explores the views and experiences of adults who served in the wars as members of the U.S. military in the period after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The findings show a majority of veterans of these conflicts say that Americans appreciate their service and that gestures of support are genuine, but many report a number of challenges, including economic struggles, worse […]

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New Jacksonville Clinic

A Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient center in Jacksonville broke ground last week. This center will help to meet the high demand for health care in the fastest-growing VA region, which includes North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network’s Daniel Hoffmann states that the region’s growth is expected to continue for the next decade and because of this, “It’s important that we stay ahead of the curve.”  The new facility will provide a more convenient location and […]

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Veteran Unemployment Rates

The US Department of Labor reports a decline in the 2013 unemployment rates for veterans who have served since 2001.  While this news is promising, this downward trend is not present for all veterans.  Younger veterans aged 18-24 are experiencing an unemployment rate of 21.4%; this is despite the training and job skills these younger veterans have acquired in the military.  For North Carolina veterans, the unemployment rate is 6.2%, highlighting the importance of continued support for employment programs. To […]

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FTCC Career Services

Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) plans to open the All American Veterans Center this spring.  This center will support the needs of the 2,900 student veterans who attend FTCC.  The broad range of services offered will include help with education issues, job searches, entrepreneurship, and counseling. The college is collaborating with a number of veteran groups and agencies to bring these new services on campus. To read more, click here.

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New DMV Veteran Designation

Honorably discharged North Carolina veterans who have served in any branch of the U.S. military can now obtain a “VETERAN” designation on their license or state-issued ID by showing their DD-214 discharge at a DMV license office. It took three years and an act of the state legislature to put in this designation place. Veterans can have this designation added at no charge when they renew their license. To read more, click here.

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Research on Bomb Blasts

New research shows that veterans exposed to intense explosive blasts are at risk of damage to their brain’s white matter even when symptoms do not present. The findings, published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation suggest that the absence of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnosis does not necessarily erase a veteran’s risk of brain damage from blast exposure.  Senior author Dr. Rajendra Morey states that very little is known about how explosive forces from bombs, grenades, and other […]

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COACH Program Expands

The Durham VA Medical Center program “Caring for Older Adults and Caregivers at Home” (COACH) began as a pilot in 2010 and is now a fully funded program in Durham and is expanding to two more locations, Greenville and Morehead City. The COACH program is open to Veterans aged 65 or older living within a 50-mile radius of either the Durham VA Medical Center, Greenville VA Health Care Center, or Morehead City VA Community-Based Outreach Clinic with a caregiver at […]

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Suicide in the Military

The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) is the largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among U.S. military personnel. The findings related to suicide attempts and deaths have been released in a series of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry articles. Study findings include: the rise in suicide deaths from 2004 to 2009 occurred not only in currently and previously deployed soldiers, but also among soldiers never deployed; […]

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