May 30, 2016 Service Men and Women Honored at State Veterans Cemetery, ABC News 13:
Brandon Wilson, Deputy Director, Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, spoke at a Memorial Day event at the Black Mountain State Veterans Cemetery.
“Hundreds gathered at the State Veterans Cemetery, where more than 5,700 veterans and their spouses are buried, on Memorial Day. It's part of an annual ceremony to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Groundskeepers spent the past few days placing flags at all 5,700 grave sites at the 25-acre facility. The flags are a small part of the celebration to honor all service men and women who died in battle serving their country.
Keynote speaker Brandon Wilson, a Marine veteran from Brevard, challenged everyone to remember fallen veterans every day of the year, not just Memorial Day. Wilson also spoke about the need to embrace all veterans, especially those from the Vietnam War era, who missed out on the respect given to present day Soldiers returning home after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Memorial Day Service Honors Veterans on Balloon Fest’s Final Day
“Despite the dreary weather, Memorial Day at Balloon Fest was a special event. Bagpipes coupled with the blast of hot air balloon burners saluted fallen soldiers. The focus was on our country's freedom and the lives it cost to achieve it.
This Memorial Day ceremony is what brought Sandi Reasoner and her grandsons to the "Field of Flags" at Fleming Loop Park.
"This is exactly the kind of message we want to send to [children]," she said. "To have them grow up knowing these people sacrificed their lives for them to have the freedoms they have."
2016 ACCREDITATIONS: 2016 has been a busy year for the NCDVA Training Team. So far this year the team has accredited 9 new Veterans Service Officers across the state. There are 14 trainees currently participating in the accreditation training program and 7 new members who will begin training in late May. We want to welcome these new folks to the team. We certainly appreciate those who are willing to serve the Veterans of North Carolina and participate in our training program.
CURRENT ACCREDITATION TRAINING GROUPS REGION I AND II: In a new approach to training, each participant has been ask to “Train the Trainer”. As a homework assignment each trainee was ask to pick a topic from the training manual and teach that topic to the group. “I was impressed by each trainees willingness to pick a topic, do the research and create a lesson for class, these were extraordinary presentations”, stated Crystal Anderson, NCDVA Training Team. This allows for the VSO to practice teaching Veterans what they need to know before filing a claim. Crystal Anderson advises “As advocates our most important job is to educate the Veteran about the laws and regulations that govern successful claims processes, the more we know, the more successful we can be at achieving this goal and what better way to learn than to teach.”
REGIONAL TRAINING 1ST QUARTER: Regional Training has been conducted across the state. Region I and II Training involved presentations from both Senate and Congressional liaisons in both the Western and Piedmont Regions. A big thanks and much appreciation go out to Gaston County Veterans Services for hosting the event this quarter as well as John Shaw and American Legion Post 70 in Asheville for hosting the event there. “We rely heavily on our County Partners and others to offer space for training events, we could not do this without their willingness to help. Our success is dependent on good location and welcoming souls” explains Crystal Anderson, Regional Training Officer. Please remember if there are specific topics you want to hear about during Regional schools email Crystal Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions and speakers if you have them.
From front to back: Patricia Marable-Williams, Duplin County; Zaheerah Jenkins, Duplin County; Duane Ashmon, Northampton County; Tyler Staverman, Raleigh Headquarters Call Center; John Youker, Wake County Homeless Veterans Outreach Representative; Jeff Futrell, Region III and Region IV Training Officer.
6th Annual Foothills Veteran Stand Down
The Veteran Stand Down is a grassroots, community-based intervention designed to help the homeless veterans “combat” life on the street. It offers homeless veterans a “hand up” not a hand out. It provides opportunity for veterans to renew their spirits, health and overall sense of well-being while connecting with other veterans that care.
A successful Stand Down requires a group of dedicated volunteers, donors and sponsors, community support, financial support and strong leaders. That is exactly what took place at the 6th Annual Foothills Veteran Stand Down on Friday, April 29th 2016 at the American Legion Fairgrounds in Hickory…a very successful Stand Down! This year there were approximately 250 veterans who attended.
The Morganton and the Hickory VSC, along with county partners from Caldwell and Wilkes, were there to answer disability questions and provide information on additional benefit entitlements. Some of the services available to those who attended were medical care, dental needs, blood pressure checks, vision care, and other medical necessities. Employment resources were also available to include job services, resume assistance, and free tax preparation.
Watauga Register of Deeds Services Officer Kicks Off Veterans Discount Card Initiative
Jesse Wood- HC Press
Coinciding with Veterans Day, the Watauga County Register of Deeds Amy Shook and Watauga County Veterans Services Officer April Pope kicked off the county’s “Thank You for Your Service” program by offering veterans discount cards for the first time Tuesday.
Shook said that the office recorded 126 military discharge papers (DD214) and issued 182 “Thank You For Your Service” discount cards to veterans.
“We had a very busy, but rewarding day as we saw the smiles on the Veteran’s faces when they received their discount cards,” Shook said. “This is a wonderful way to show our appreciation to these Veterans.”
Plans are currently being developed to bring additional businesses into the program, as well as to get the cards into the hands of even more veterans.
If you are interested in obtaining a “Thank You For Your Service” Veteran’s Discount Card, please bring your DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and a current driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID to the Vital Records Division of the Watauga County Register of Deeds office between 8:00AM-4:30PM Monday – Friday to be recorded.
Veterans who have already had their DD214 recorded in Watauga County just need to bring their current driver’s license or other photo ID to receive the discount card.
The Register of Deeds is located in the Watauga County Courthouse, 842 W. King Street, Boone, NC 28607. Please call 828-265-8052 if you have questions or to obtain additional information.
All Veterans who come into the office will be given a current listing of those businesses who have agreed to participate in the program. Upon issuance, the Veteran will be told that they must show the Veterans “Thank You For Your Service” card in order to receive the discount or incentive.
2015 Hope Fest Brings Awareness to Veterans Homelessness
On Friday, November 20, 2015, the Town of Morganton brought awareness to Veterans Homelessness through its 2015 Hope Fest. The event took place at the Collette Street Recreation Center as part of the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. NC4VETS’s Teresa Hildebran and Angela Hall attended the event providing veterans services and resources, sharing the Division’s 2015 NC4VETS Resource Guides with both Veterans and their families.
Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, local churches and civic organizations were also in attendance, staffing tables and providing information on services provided to assist with hunger, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse and employment.
Lunch was offered for those who attended and a donation table was setup for people to give back to those in need.
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Catawba Regional Hospice Hosts Veteran Focused Networking Symposium
A group of Veteran advocates ranging from local county and state Veterans Service Officers to nonprofits and veteran focused businesses recently attended Catawba Regional Hospice's main campus for a networking symposium. The event focused on bringing greater services and care to the regions veterans. Cindy Travis, a Veterans Service Officer for Catawba County was a guest speaker at the event, presenting an overview of the Department of Veterans Affairs Pension Program. “There are options for our Veterans and their families. We are here to help those families, and to make sure they know there is help out there for them,” Mrs. Travis said.
Cindy, who is also a level 4 member of the "We Honor Veterans" program noted the importance of having local veteran’s resource agencies working together, supporting not only the veteran but each other.
We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) which works in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The program invites hospices, state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to join in a pioneering program which focuses on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. By recognizing the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families, community providers, in partnership with VA staff, the program aims to assist caregivers with accompanying and guiding veterans through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.
Congratulations to Martha Roark for this Years Name the Turkey Contest!
Hickory Veterans Coffee Call
Hickory, NC- At a local Veterans Coffee Call, Donna Hicks Spencer with Catawba County’s Register of Deeds presented the new “Thank You for Your Service” Veterans Photo ID Discount Program.
The program encourages veterans to register their DD Form 214 by providing a discount card which can then be used at participating local businesses.
Martha Roark, Veterans Service Technician of Hickory Veterans Service Center participated in the presentation by offering information about the Veteran Designation on NC Driver License and the purpose of the VA Medical Center’s ID card…referencing the NC4VETS Resource Guide.
Meredith College Honors Veterans
Meredith College held its annual Honoring Women Veterans event on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, in Jones Chapel.
The keynote speaker was Patricia Harris, a retired Army veteran who is the founder and CEO of Women Veterans Support Services, Inc.
“It was for the love of my country that I stepped forward,” said Harris about her military service. “I am here because of the women who went before me.”
Harris spoke about women veterans throughout U.S. history, some of whom disguised their gender in order to serve before women were allowed to enlist. Harris said patriotism, educational opportunities, and economic reasons are among the motivations for modern women to join the military.
As founder of Women Veterans Support Services, Inc., Harris helps veterans transition to civilian life after their service ends.
“The challenges veterans face are the war we continue to fight at home,” Harris said. Her organization, which specializes in crisis management for homeless and in-crisis women veterans, connects veterans with needed resources.
Harris asked all veterans present to stand for recognition. The service also included a medley of service hymns and ended with a presentation by the Enloe High School U.S. Army JROTC Drill/Exhibition Team.
Meredith College will also sponsor “Angel Giving” – a way for the community to give gifts to children of homeless families, with the focus on gifts for children of local homeless women veterans. The Honoring Women Veterans planning committee will set up displays in Cate Center and Johnson Hall Rotunda with cards listing items needed for children. The committee encourages Meredith community members to consider picking up a card with a gift listed on it, purchase the gift, and then bring the unwrapped item to the Dean of Students Office by Tuesday, December 1.
VA Makes Changes to Veterans Choice Program
Changes Remove Barriers and Expands Access to Care
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced a number of changes to make participation in the Veterans Choice Program easier and more convenient for Veterans who need to use it. The move, which streamlines eligibility requirements, follows feedback from Veterans along with organizations working on their behalf.
“As we implement the Veterans Choice Program, we are learning from our stakeholders what works and what needs to be refined,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “It is our goal to do all that we can to remove barriers that separate Veterans from the care they deserve.” To date, more than 400,000 medical appointments have been scheduled since the Veterans Choice Program went into effect on November 5, 2014.
Under the old policy, a Veteran was eligible for the Veterans Choice Program if he or she met the following criteria:
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Wake Forest Law Students Start Clinic to Help Veterans
Winston-Salem Journal- December 2, 2015
When military veterans return home from duty, they can find civilian life disorienting and difficult to navigate.
That’s where the new Veterans Legal Clinic, associated with Wake Forest University School of Law, comes in. The legal clinic was officially launched this fall, said Steve Virgil, a professor at the school. Virgil is the executive director of the law school’s experiential education programs.
The clinic serves North Carolina military personnel, including active-duty service members, reservists, veterans and non-affiliated veterans. It deals with a number of issues, including employment law, consumer protection and landlord/tenant issues.
Foothills Host Mini Veteran Stand Down and Service Fair for Veterans
On November 12, 2015 Veterans throughout the Foothills area were provided a range of services and supplies during the first annual Foothills Veteran Mini Stand Down and Service Fair.
The event was held at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir, NC and offered veterans a one-stop-shop of veteran’s services and resources. County and state Veteran Service Officers were on site answering questions, establishing VA disability claims, and offered a range of knowledge and expertise in veteran’s resources and services.
There were approximately 110 veterans and their dependents in attendance and about 25 various vendors.
New NC Veterans Cemetery Dedicated in Goldsboro
Colin Campbell- News & Observer
As fighter jets from the nearby Seymour Johnson Air Force base roared overhead, politicians and veterans gathered Monday to dedicate a new burial ground – the fourth state-run veterans cemetery in North Carolina.
“Isn’t that a beautiful sound?” Gov. Pat McCrory said as the planes drowned out his remarks. “I love it. That’s the sound of freedom right there.”
The Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery has been in the works for more than a decade in Wayne County, which is home to the base and its frequent training flights. The federal government provided a $5.4 million grant to build the cemetery on county-owned land a few miles east of Goldsboro, but local leaders weren’t successful in making it a federally run national cemetery.
“The national government was not in a position to make such a commitment,” said U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, a Farmville Republican who spoke at the dedication.
That’s when the state stepped in and agreed to manage the property and oversee burials, making the plots free to North Carolina veterans and their spouses. Jimmy Woodard, facilities manager for the N.C. Department of Veterans Affairs, said states are increasingly taking on the responsibility of burying veterans.
“I think (the federal government) will open a few or will expand some, but they’re turning it over to the states to take over that program,” Woodard said.
The ceremony honored Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, a soldier with ties to North Carolina who was killed last month during a raid to free Islamic State hostages in Iraq.
“My goal is to have no one buried here, but the price of freedom is not free,” McCrory said.
Hiring Fair to Feature Employment Opportunities Aimed at Veterans
More than 50 career opportunities are slated to be available for area veterans at an upcoming job fair hosted by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s NCWorks Career Center in collaboration with Onslow County’s Disabled American Veterans Organization-Chapter 16.
The job fair is open to all military veterans, active duty personal and eligible individuals, and will be held at the Disabled American Veterans-Chapter 16 building at 300 Sherwood Road in Jacksonville. The fair will only be open to Veteran and Military personnel from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and then open to the general public from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nov. 24. according to a press release.
The job fair will also offer free preparation workshops to prepare potential applicants for resume writing, interviewing skills, proper attire and the application process to securing job employment, according to the release.
To register for workshops or receive additional information about the job fair, call 910-347-2121.
Veterans Day Parade Attracts the Patriotic
Fayetteville, N.C. - James Lambert sat on the curb along Hay Street Saturday morning with his dog, Fatman, waiting for the Veterans Day parade to pass by.
Lambert, who wore a hat and vest decorated with POW-MIA badges, held a folder full of pictures of his uncle, Daniel Pitzer, who was a POW in Vietnam for about five years. He said he wanted to show the pictures to Retired Lt. Col. Raymond Schrump, a POW who was riding in the parade.
"I actually had Col. Schrump's (POW) bracelet," Lambert said. "I wore it for 17 years."
Lambert was one of thousands who braved a threat of rain to watch the annual parade, which began at 10 a.m. and wound its way through downtown Fayetteville.
The theme of the parade was "Honoring Women who Served our Nation." Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson, the first African-American woman to achieve the rank in the U.S. Army Reserve; and Fort Bragg Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Yolanda Tate served as marshals.
Parade chairman Kirk deViere said the procession included 100 entries including military units, high school ROTC units, veterans' associations and other groups.
"There is not a better city in this country to host this parade today," deViere said.
Military units in armored vehicles, marching bands and floats traveled slowly down Hay Street. True to Fayetteville fashion, the parade had to stop a couple of times because of a passing train.
NC4VETS PSA Reaches
Under the leadership of Secretary Cornell Wilson, the new North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will focus on protecting North Carolina’s military installations, working with the communities around military bases, helping military families and veterans get the support and services they need, and helping connect veterans with jobs. Cornell Wilson has served under Governor McCrory as military affairs advisor since October 2013. A retired Marine Corps Major General, he served as Commanding General of U.S. Marine Forces, Southern Command and oversaw a $1.5 billion budget and 81,000 Marines and civilians.
For the military and veterans, the governor has initiated in-state tuition for veterans, veterans driver’s licenses, veterans treatment courts, and counting military experience for becoming things like commercial driver’s or police officers. The governor cited the newly created departments as a way to build on this progress.
NC4VETS Hosts its 2015 Annual Fall Conference
State Veteran advocates receive updates and information on new and existing programs and services.
North Carolina’s Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA) recently held its annual Veterans conference hosting over 120 county, state and federal veteran service advocates from across North Carolina, Washington D.C., Virginia and South Carolina. The four day event allowed Veterans Service Officers (VSO), Veterans Service Technicians (VST), administrative support personnel, and Veteran advocates to network, share resources and collaborate, sharing best practices experienced in the field.
Breakout sessions and strategically scheduled classes were designed to provide insight into VA programs and additional state and federal resources, specifically designed for veterans and their families. In addition the classes were designed to enhance and promote greater peer to peer communication.
Updates and information on several of North Carolina’s Veteran programs included its new Women’s Veterans Program, Homeless Veterans initiative, State Nursing Home and Cemeteries Programs, and the State Scholarship program.
In addition, guest speakers from the Veterans Affairs Benefits Administration discussed Compensation and Pension Updates and a SEP and D2D workshop.
Please join Secretary Cornell Wilson for this ribbon cutting event, to be held promptly at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday November 10, 2015. As this day is also the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, there will be the traditional cake cutting ceremony immediately after.
The historic Seaboard Building Is located at 413 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh NC 27603. Visitor parking is available in State Lot 75, which is directly adjacent.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)
Seaboard Building - 413 N. Salisbury St. Raleigh, N.C. 27603
News From North Carolina's Veterans State Service Office
POA Revocation: NCDVA will soon begin revoking POAs for veterans that started the appeal process with another Veteran Service Organization. Unfortunately, we usually do not catch these until it is time to review the file for an appeal hearing. It has been the policy of NCDVA not to accept POA for a veteran who has already submitted a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) while having POA with another Veteran Service Organization.
Folks in the field continue to accept NCDVA POAs for veterans who have already begun the appeal process. I have requested on numerous occasions for Service Officers to contact the State Service Office Service Center to ascertain if a veteran has an issue on appeal before accepting NCDVA POA. Unfortunately, this is not happening and we find ourselves trying to clear up appeals initiated by other Veteran Service Organizations. I encourage you to contact our office if there is any doubt as to whether the veteran has issues on appeal before accepting a NCDVA POA (336-631-5474).
I have spoken with Mike Gearren, the Head Coach of the Appeals Team, and he is going to provide us a list of NCDVA veterans awaiting appeal hearings of any type. Connie Phelps, our Appeals Chief will purge this list to ascertain whether these veterans were with NCDVA when the appeal was initiated. Again, if the veteran filed a NOD while with another Veteran Service Organization, we will be revoking their NCDVA POA. The veteran will still have the right to attend any scheduled hearing and represent themselves or seek assistance from any other Veteran Service Organization, preferably the Service Organization they were with when the appeal was initiated.
It was great to see everyone at the Conference, and your NCDVA State Service Team is already looking forward to next year’s conference, where we will be training with our County partners. Thank you folks for all you do for the veterans of North Carolina!
Mike Ayers – NCDVA State Service Officer Manager
Governor's Working Group Concludes its 2015 Schedule
GWG ANNUAL SUMMARY
Please note that the January and February 2015 meetings were canceled due to ice. In both instances, the Governors Working Group had VA leadership scheduled to speak. They now will present at the January 28, 2016 meeting.
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Below are the topics and guest speakers who presented during the 2015 Governor’s Working Group meetings.
Post-Deployment Reintegration: Karen Goetz, Welcome Back, Veterans! initiative; Dave Roddenberry, Veteran Peer to Peer Program; Bill McMillian, reintegration; MAJ Sarah Miller, NC Guard reintegration; Jillian Thompson and Kendra Monden on National Veterans Creative Arts Festival; and Enrique McClymont, NC National Guard Gratitude Walk in September.
Student Veterans in Higher Education: Bruce Capehart, M.D., NC STRIVE; Doug Taggart, Troops to Teachers; Wilson Lester, Veterans Upward Bound, Central Carolina Community College (email@example.com); Matt Thewes, All-American Veterans Center, Fayetteville Technical Community College; Ann Marie Beall at UNC; Troy Hershberger, NC Housing Finance Agency.
Post-Deployment Mental Health Challenges: Bruce Capehart, M.D., Durham VAMC, Post-Deployment Mental Health. It’s Not Just PTSD.; Kristin Humphrey, Ph.D., Salisbury VAMC PTSD Inpatient Unit; Stan Kimer, LGBT Considerations in Mental Health Challenges, Total Engagement Consulting; Elizabeth Callahan, VISN 6, VA Veterans Choice Program; Denise Neunaber, Let's Get Working to End Veterans' Homelessness; and Ilario Pantano, NC4VETS resource manual and website.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Robin Hurley, MD, Salisbury VAMC; Donna Dennis, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center; Helaine Bilos, and Heather McAllister, Neuro Community Care, LLC, Contractor for the Wounded Warrior Project Independence Program.
Business and Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Veterans: Scott Daugherty, Executive Director, NC Small Business and Technology Development Center; Scott Dorney, North Carolina Military Business Center; CJ Scarlet and Kyle Winder, Veterans Business Association; Annette Stevenson, SAS and Terri Kane; Brad Lienhart and Paul Dillon, Co-founders, VetStart.Biz; and Dean Bundshcu, Founder, Startup Veterans.
Nonprofit Resources: Tammy Lester, AccessNC; LTC Chris Forsythe, Director-South, Chairman's Office of Reintegration Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Wounded Warrior Project: Carol Sharpe; USO of NC, John Falkenbury, President; and Amber Alexander, American Red Cross, Liaison to the NC National Guard.
Addressing Disabilities and Employment: Jim Swain, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, NC DHHS; Sandra Moonert, Enable America
Employment for Veterans: Kimberly Lindsay, NC4ME; Gerardo Cruz, Role of the Local Veteran Employment Representative; Gail Horn, Role of the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program; Archie Barrow, Stand Downs; Lane Dyer, the Transition Assistance Program; and Jeff Cleland and Ilario Pantano, NC Serves.
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Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery set for Dedication Ceremony
With 300 days of construction nearing completion, the NCDVA is poised to dedicate the state’s fourth veterans cemetery on Monday, November 9th at 2pm. Located in Goldsboro, NC, Phase I consists of 20 acres of developed land with the capability to accommodate 6,488 veterans and their dependents.
The 5.3 million dollar grant provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs includes an administration building, open air committal shelter, and maintenance area. Unique to this new build, over 1,800 preplaced concrete vaults have been provided for in ground casket interments, saving the family hundreds of dollars.
882 in-ground sites as well as 480 upright columbarium niches are available for cremated remains. A memorial wall located on the north side of the cemetery is available for veteran tributes. The Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery operational date is projected for spring of 2016.
North Carolina’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will host the dedication on Nov. 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., and is open to the general public.
Fayetteville Hits Milestone in Fight to End Veteran Homelessness
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For it’s second year, the Smoky Mountain Veterans Stand Down kicked off in Franklin, N.C.
NC4VETS team members from across western North Carolina were on site to assist and support over 240 veterans who attended the event. In addition to the NC4VETS team, over 57 agencies, nonprofits, and city and county programs came together in support of the regions veterans.
The free, community-sponsored event was organized to give homeless, in need or low-income veterans both short and long-term assistance.
Veterans were greeted by volunteers and organizations offering food, clothing, ministry, employment counseling, Veteran Service Officer counseling, education services and medical and legal services.
Veterans and support services came from several counties across western North Carolina to include; Macon County, Cherokee County, Clay County, Graham County, Haywood County, Jackson County and Swain County.
Click here to visit the Smoky Mountain Veterans Stand Down Facebook page for additional stories and photos.
eMerging Entrepreneurs to host Free Workforce Training Program for Veterans and Military Spouses at Durham’s Emily K. Center
The organization’s “Service to Success” program; in coordination with NC WORKS; will extend career training resources to NC service-members and their families.
. eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc.; with the support of the Emily K. Center and the NC Department of Commerce’s “Division of Workforce Solutions” (or NC Works); is excited to announce the 1st installment of its “Service to Success” program, which aims to provide local veterans, reservists, transitioning service-members, and military spouses with workforce training and job placement resources. The program is designed to equip our nation’s heroes with access to resume writing assistance, skills evaluations, interview prep, and other career development resources to accelerate their transition back into the North Carolina job market.
“Service to Success is specifically designed to be inclusive of military spouses, who’s social and economic needs are oftentimes overlooked,” says T.J. Breeden, Founder & Executive Director of eMerging Entrepreneurs. “Working in conjunction with NC Works and others will allow us to not only bridge the gap, but more importantly stretch our capacity to meet the needs of all who are impacted.”
Sessions will begin on Friday October 16th, 2015 from 11am – 12pm at the Emily K. Center, located downtown Durham at: 904 W. Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701.
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Southeast Leaders Discuss Uncertainty Facing Defense Communities at ADC Forum
NC4VETS staff and Fayetteville Veterans Service Center attended the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) Regional Forum in Fayetteville, N.C., last Monday. Frank Hicks, NCDVA Region III Manger, Chuck Sanchez, Fayetteville Veterans Service Officer, and Tiffany Verton, Fayetteville Veteran Service Technician provided NC4VETS Resource Guides to guests and members of the committee, while promoting Veteran services and resources North Carolina offers its military veterans.
Speakers at the Regional Forum discussed a variety of ways communities can prepare for impacts at local installations stemming from statutory spending caps, force structure reductions and a looming Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round.
Mike Cooper, president of ADC and chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, told attendees it was a precarious time for DOD and defense communities.
While an installation such as Fort Bragg likely is safe from a potential closure, its host community shouldn’t get “fat, dumb and happy,” said John Robinson, managing partner of the D.C.-based The Roosevelt Group.
Robinson encouraged communities, or the state, to invest local monies in infrastructure projects needed by the installations they host. That point was underscored during a panel of garrison commanders from four of the North Carolina’s installations who acknowledged the need for community investment in education and roadways, reported the Fayetteville Observer.
The need to maintain Fort Bragg’s road system is generating “insurmountable expenses” for the post at a time when it is being forced to cope with funding constraints, said Col. Brent Funck.
A handful of partnerships with local agencies, though, are expected to help trim Fort Bragg’s expenses, Funck said. One partnership is helping maintain the Army’s Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville. The installation also is exploring a collaboration with Cumberland County for animal services, according to the story.
Monday’s event was the second of a series of regional forums hosted by ADC to introduce community leaders and other local officials to the broad range of issues facing defense communities. The third forum is scheduled for Nov. 12-13 in Colorado Springs.
Family of Heroes offers Veterans, Military, and family members a free tool to better understand PTSD
Family of Heroes is an online evidence-based resiliency & PTSD training simulation where family members learn essential skills to manage the challenges they may face in adjusting to post-deployment life. This includes managing expectations from their veteran's return, learning to identify post-deployment stress, and managing conversations with the goals of de-escalating arguments, negotiating family responsibilities, and, if needed, motivating the veteran to seek help for post-deployment stress, PTSD, or thoughts of suicide.
The simulation is a result of a collaboration between the VA of NY/NJ and Kognito, with feedback from over 100 family members around the country. Since its launch in November 2011, it has been disseminated by the Air Force Space Command, Rocky Mountain MIRECC, and numerous state and non-profit agencies. The simulation is listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
For any questions regarding licensing Family of Heroes, please contact 212-675-9234 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Number 22: Is There A 'False Narrative' For Vet Suicide?
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On Friday September 18, Governor Pat McCrory signed a $21.735 billion state budget, that supports the agenda he proposed in the State of the State address and in his budget proposal submitted in March 2015. Among those initiatives was the creation of a cabinet level Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. While we are still clarifying the precise details of when and how all the parts will take effect, what we know for sure is that you and your hard work made North Carolina a leader in taking care of its veterans and you should all be very very proud indeed! Stay tuned to our online newsletter www.nc4vetsnewsletter.com for future details and announcements that will follow.
NCDVA to Host Annual Training Conference
The 2015 Fall Training conference is here, and will take place at the Double Tree Hilton in Atlantic Beach, NC. For those who have to travel, Sunday Oct. 11 is the designated travel day. Monday October 12, will be a training day for NCDVA staff only, and will address the new department, and the new NCVIP process as well as updates from across the state. Tuesday will begin the training with our County partners as well as other veteran's advocates, who are welcome to attend the remainder of the conference. Some of the speakers will include; updates from the VARO, Pension Maintenance Center, Stakeholder Enterprise Portal (SEP) and D2D technology. In addition to the great training, there will also be a multiple guest speakers and entertainment provided at the banquet dinner. We look forward to seeing everyone there, and please travel safely.
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NC4VETS Veterans Service Center Supports 102nd Annual Hickory American Legion Fair
The Hickory VSC participated in the 102nd annual Hickory American Legion Fair Thursday, Sept 3rd and Friday, Sept 4th. This six day fair drew surrounding counties with a crowd in the thousands. Thursday, Military Veterans were honored with free entrance into the fair and on Friday, senior citizens were able to enter free of charge to enjoy the fair fun.
Robert Medlin , Martha Roack and Alice Wrenn of Hickory Veterans Service Center, were on site to provide veterans resources and information regarding VA benefits. NC4VETS Resource Guides were handed out to Veterans and their family members.
DHHS Deputy Director Flo Stein Receives Jody Kellermann Award
The Jody Kellermann Award recognizes the contribution of an individual in North Carolina who “exhibits excellence in leadership and service in the field of substance abuse treatment and prevention.”
Flo Stein currently serves as Deputy Director, North Carolina Division of Mental Health Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is responsible for managing community-based substance abuse, mental health and developmental disabilities programs in the State of North Carolina. Flo has served on numerous statewide and national commissions, task forces, expert panels, and advisory groups to include co-chair and co-founder of the Governor's Working Group on Veterans, Service Members and their Families
Gov. McCrory Hosts Veterans, Active Duty, Reserve and Guard Members for Military Appreciation Day
Asheville, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory hosted veterans, active duty, reserve and guard members' and their families at the Governor's Western Residence on Saturday, September 19, to celebrate Military Family Appreciation Day. The event included lunch, live music performances, professional family photos and various activities for kids.
"Not only was Saturday's event a time to recognize and honor our military and their families, but also to remind all families about the importance of spending quality time with one another,” said Governor McCrory.
“Military families make so many sacrifices each and every day and I know how important it is to spend time with family. I will continue to do anything I can to help make that a reality and support our military families and veterans.”
While in Asheville, the Governor also took the opportunity to tour the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) Veterans Restoration Quarters to learn what it is doing to assist our veterans. Through the Veterans Workforce Investment Program (VWIP), the ABCCM is helping veterans across Western North Carolina with career training, financial assistance for supplies for school and/or work, and finding meaningful and well-paying careers. It also runs Operation Welcome Home, a program designed to give homeless veterans the education and training that leads to career level employment and then to re-establishing their own home.
NCDVA Training Overview
Region II: Training was conducted in Advance, N.C. and Monroe, N.C. Training focused on utilizing outside resources for Veterans and their families. Mike Ayers, NCDVA State Service Office (SSO) Manager, reached out once again to encourage communication with the SSO concerning Notice of Disagreement (NOD) submissions. “We would like to receive a courtesy copy of all NODs,” Mike pleaded, “and a phone call prior to filing to see if there is a way to avoid the long appeals process. New and Material evidence can make a big difference in the wait times veterans are experiencing with Decision Rating Officer reviews and appeals.”
Region III: Training conducted in Fayetteville, NC focused on utilization of outside resources. “Often times we find ourselves restrained by VA Law and eligibility for benefits that may not exist. However, we are learning more and more about resources in our communities which may serve veterans who do not qualify for VA benefits. Community mapping has become an important part of our jobs, allowing us to connect veterans with benefits and services outside of the VA system,” stated Crystal Anderson, Region II Training Manager.
Region III recently welcomed three newly accredited Veteran Service Officers (VSO) to the team. Region II has an active group with five participants entering their 12th week of training.
Region IV will be wrapping up six months of training and will hold accreditation testing in Kinston, NC on October 9, 2015.
We would like to extend thanks to all of the trainees across the state for their willingness to learn and eagerness to serve the Veterans of North Carolina.
- Crystal Anderson, NCDVA Region II Training Manager
SNEAK PEEK: VA's Charlotte Health Care Center on Target for April Opening
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says its 295,000-square-foot outpatient health-care center in Charlotte will open in April, 2016.
That roughly $104 million, six-story building is being constructed on a 35-acre parcel at West Tyvola Road and Cascade Pointe Boulevard.
Childress Klein of Charlotte teamed up with Cambridge Development Group of Virginia on the project. Together, they have formed Childress Klein-Cambridge Healthcare Solutions to design, build and provide facility management. The VA has a 20-year, $13 million annual lease for that facility, which is expected to offer enhanced outpatient primary care and specialty services for more than 35,000 annually.
“Demand for care for veterans is growing nationwide — and especially in Charlotte,” says Kenneth Mortimer, director of the VA Charlotte Health Care Center. “We’re driving forward to get this up and running for our veterans.”
The center is part of the Salisbury VA Health Care System, which includes the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center and community-based outpatient clinics in Charlottes University area, Hickory and Winston-Salem. Those facilities served 92,000 veterans in fiscal 2014.
This medical complex brings state-of-the-art medical care closer to home and expands upon the types of health-care services veterans can receive, Mortimer says.
The health center will offer out-patient primary care and specialty services such as cardiology, neurology, dental and oncology.
“We’ll be able to bring care close to the veterans here,” Mortimer says. “It helps us take care of them the best we can.”
That facility is more than four times the size of the current 65,000-square-foot Charlotte Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, located in the University area.
The University facility will remain open, but plans call for the bulk of its 250 full- and part-time employees to transfer to the new site.
Just 43 will remain at the University clinic.
There’s potential for nearly 700 people total to be employed at the new health-care center in the future, Mortimer says.
Jobs and health-care services will be added to meet patient demand, he adds. (Jennifer Thomas, Charlotte Business Journal, 9/24/15)
Over 100 Businesses Attend NC4ME Summit
WILMINGTON, NC — North Carolina for Military Employment held a job summit at CFCC for more than 100 businesses about the benefits of hiring military candidates.
NC Veterans Foundation Deputy Director Stuart Ruffin says businesses shouldn’t hire veterans because it’s the right thing to do, but because it drives bottom-line business results.
He says what most businesses don’t understand is that military talent translates well into the labor pool.
“In our state, there are around 800,000 veterans, around 372,000 working age veterans and over the next 27,000 will transition out of North Carolina’s bases, said Ruffin.” “We are 4th largest military population meaning there’s a huge influx of talent that businesses can take advantage of.”
During the summit, training was also provided for human resources leaders from across the state in hopes of more veterans being hired in the future.
Raleigh Vet Center Relocates
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VSS Project Completes Phase II; Graduates Pilot Cohort Team
Durham, NC – For the past 5 months, Veteran Service Officers form North Carolina’s Division of Veterans Affairs have been hard at work training on a new state certification, Veteran Support Specialist (VSS). As part of a newly developed program hosted by Duke University’s Evidenced-based Practice Implementation Center (Duke-EPIC), the group of 10 vigorously completed the second of three phases of training.
The second phase included 20 hours of interpersonal instructional training, which supplemented an earlier block of 40 hours of Peer Support Training, which the team underwent earlier this summer.
The 20 hour instruction period focused on a more in depth look at Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Co- Occurring Disorders, Self-Care, Community Mapping and Motivational Interviewing.
Duke-EPIC’s VSS project has involved training from over 20 clinical professionals who have helped breakdown several barriers and misconceptions regarding psychological disabilities. Brandon Wilson, the Divisions State Training Coordinator, and one of the lead architects of the program had commented that “this type of training will significantly increase the level of care our Veteran Service Officers (VSO) will be able to provide veterans and their families. Historically speaking, our VSO’s were only trained on federal, state and local benefits, by adding this dimension of training, we will be arming our staff with several additional tools to provide a higher level of service when assisting our Veteran population.”
Dave Roddenberry, Duke-EPIC's lead Project Manager on the VSS program, was onsite to thank all of the VSS trainees for their contribution to the project, reinforcing that their feedback and participation have made the projects progression smooth and successful to date. Mr. Roddenberry had also commented on through their feedback and interaction with training professionals, the program will be able fit a more defined mold, which in turn will shape how the program is implemented to the rest of the state’s Veteran Service Officers early next year.
On September 22, 2015, the final day of the second phase of training concluded with a graduation and presentation of certificates. Both North Carolina’s Division of Veterans Affairs Director, Ilarion Pantano, and Deputy Director, Glenn Batten were present to thank Duke University and all of the Divisions Veteran Service Officers for their involvement and hard work during the projects training cycle.
For more information on this project contact Brandon Wilson at Brandon.Wilson@doa.nc.gov or Dave Roddenberry at David.Roddenberry@duke.edu
VA Awards Local Grants to Prevent and End Homelessness
Flexible Grants Are Helping Achieve Lower Rates of Veteran Homelessness, Community By Community
Thousands of very low-income Veteran families around the nation, who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing, will continue to have access to crucial services with the renewal of approximately $300 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced on September 14, 2015.
SSVF renewal funding, which supports outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to prevent Veteran homelessness or rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless, went to 286 non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The awards made in North Carolina:
NCDVA Training graced with visit from Jackson County WWII Veterans
NCDVA Training Team
NC4VETS Supports Veterans at The American Legion Veterans Benefits Action Center
Overview: NCDVA Accomplishments
Two weeks ago, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) announced they had significantly reduced the number of backlogged disability claims, and was “now under 100,000- the lowest in the department’s history.”
In support of the VBA’s progress, the Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA) would like to provide an overview of our accomplishments and personal drive in supporting North Carolina’s Veterans.
In 2013, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Winston-Salem Regional Office, North Carolina’s Division of Veterans Affairs, along with its county partners, completed 11,405 disability claims, 22% of all claims submitted to the VA in North Carolina. In 2014, the Division ramped up its outreach and advocacy efforts, restructured its Veteran Service Centers, reinforced highly populated veteran regions, and launched a state-wide campaign (NC4VETS) to promote and connect with veterans across the state.
The Division’s determination to provide greater resources towards training and support of county and state Veteran Service Officers, led to a more efficient and streamlined process for developing disability claims. These positive actions were directly seen when processed claims soared in 2014, just 12 months later, to a record high of 24,256 claims completed; an increase of 113%.
Additionally, the Divisions progress and actions can be measured through its developments and partnerships with local non-profits, veteran service organizations, state agencies, and local organizations.
In the past two years the Division:
Giving these efforts, North Carolina has seen a steady decrease in veteran’s unemployment, an increase in total VA expenditures; including VA Compensation and Pension, and an overall increase in the states veteran population. However, in the past few year’s accomplishments could not have been possible without the tremendous hard work and long hours served by NCDVA staff, as well as the growing and enriched partnership between NCDVA and County Veteran Services.
Victory for the Governor’s Working Group: We had a wonderful Military Hiring Summit in August at MetLife!
A year ago, we set out on a mission to stimulate veteran hiring, using off the shelf parts, and existing capabilities and resources leveraged in new ways. Here is an outstanding review of our new vet-jobs effort, NC4ME, spearheaded by Kimberly Lindsay, which we were able to grow organically out of the Governor’s Working Group, using public/private support and a non-profit to raise money and fund the effort, with help from MetLife, Cisco, Commerce and NCDVA. - Ilario Pantano, Director, North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs.
N.C.'s First Police Officer Sworn In with Credits for Military Police Education
The first person in the state to benefit from a program which evaluates their military service and training and gives them credit for their Basic Law Enforcement Training standards, has joined Jacksonville Police in a ceremony at the Center for Public Safety last Tuesday.
The NC Military Affairs Commission helped to advance the credit for military training program and the area legislative delegation supported change to the state legislation for certifying police officers. In short, the program evaluates the training an exiting military member has received and awards credit toward the NC Basic Law Enforcement Training standards. NC Training & Standards evaluates the training and awards credit for the hours.
William A. Hollis, III retired from the Marine Corps with 21 years of service, having been commissioned as a Captain. His military law enforcement experience includes a wide variety of positions from Special Operations Officer to Police Patrolman.
Normally 624 hours would be required to be completed before an officer is fully vested. Hollis received credit for all but 120 hours as a result of his well-documented training and education.
He was joined by Major General Robert Dickerson, USMC Retired who is a member of the NC Military Affairs Commission and who advocated for the program.
Mayor Sammy Phillips, a former police officer, administered the oath of office to Hollis congratulating him and welcoming him to the proud legacy of Jacksonville Police.
Governors Working Group Minutes: Nonprofit Resources for Veterans- August 27, 2015
August’s Governors Working Group brought in experts from across the state to discuss resources for veterans ranging from employment to social support programs.
Presentations were conducted by:
- Tammy Lester, AccessNC, NC Department of Commerce
- Amber Alexander, Liaison to the NC National Guard,
- Carol Sharpe, Wounded Warrior Project
- John Falkenbury, USO of NC
Handouts: Hawk Eye Coach Training
Caldwell County Veterans Service Office Hosts NCDVA Region I Training
Region I conducted regional training Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Lenoir, N.C. and was hosted by the Caldwell County Veterans Service Office. County Manager Stan Kiser, opened the training with a special message thanking all 33 Veteran Service Officers who were in attendance. The training provided insight into new and existing resources throughout the region, and provided an open environment for officers to discuss success stories and lessons learned.
Russ Vickers with NC Workforce Solutions, presented on employment, Loretta Deaton provided an overview of VA VET Centers, and Karen Creech spoke on the importance between Veteran Service Officers and the state's Local Management Entities (LME’s) and Management Care Organizations (MCO’s). Ms. Creech presented on behalf of Partners Behavioral Health LME.
For more information on NCDVA's Training Program contact Brandon Wilson at email@example.com or by calling 844-NC4-VETS.
A call to action to honor all Purple Heart Veterans
It was 1966 and without telling his family he made a decision, to take chance out of the draft. He volunteered to join the United States Army. It meant his getting a ticket to Vietnam.
"Never heard of Vietnam," said Stubbs. "It was never brought up in any history class, or anything of that sort."
A few weeks after induction he was finished with basic training and on his way to southeast Asia. A few days in country, he was in the jungle, in the fight.
"You lose guys. I went from Private to Sergeant in nine months," said Stubbs .........contiued.
Invisible Wounds of War; Veterans Writing Project
Invisible Wounds of War is a writing project that explores the psychological, spiritual and moral injuries of war.
We want to hear from Veterans and active duty military personnel across the state about the invisible wounds they have sustained from war. We’re collecting anonymous submissions of writing through our website at www.invisiblewoundsnc.com or through the mail
attn.: Jen Johnson P.O. Box 1963 Wilmington, NC 28402.
We will transcribe the writing onto 5x7” wooden plaques that will be displayed in a final exhibit at the UNC-Wilmington Library that opens November 5, 2015.
"The panelists were very enthusiastic about your proposal and saw its potential for large impact – including the possibility of serving as a replicable model with the potential to save lives." - NC Humanities Council
For Veterans and active duty military personnel who want a more in depth writing experience, we are offering a FREE 4-hour writing workshop on September 12 in Wilmington. To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-208-0518.
North Carolina’s Veterans Affairs State Service Office
Often times Veteran Service Officers (VSO) across the state require assistance with complex and vital veteran disability claims. In support of both county and state VSO’s, the state manages a dedicated team of professionals that specialize in VA disability claims and appeals. NCDVA’s State Service Office, located in the VA Regional Office, Winston-Salem, works daily as a direct link between the Federal VA and the state’s VSO’s to ensure proper representation is provided for veterans filling or appealing a disability claim.
Mike Ayers, Director of the State Service Office, welcomes inquiries from both county and state Veteran Service Officers and enthusiastically praises them for the wonderful jobs they do on a daily basis supporting and assisting veterans.
Mr. Ayers and his team of appeals specialists represent claimants in the VA's decision review hearing process, and are dedicated to giving each claimant the representation they deserve.
The Division’s State Service Office team is invaluable to North Carolina’s advocacy of veteran’s affairs, and we don’t know what we would do without their service.
Please meet the State's Service Office Team!
5 Best Degrees for Military Veterans
For soldiers looking to get out of the military and back into civilian life, the transition can be daunting. How do you get a job? What jobs are in demand? Should you go back to school?
Approximately half of veterans, 53 percent, will experience a period of unemployment upon transition, according to the 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Using the Post-9/11 GI Bill to get a college education is a “key strategy” to improve veterans’ and their families’ economic opportunities, the study found.
In order to get the most out of your education benefits and land the civilian job of your dreams, it’s important to choose the right degree.
VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs
NC4VETS Service Office Finds Veteran Service Dog in Unusual Place
Barry West, a Veteran Service Officer from the Clemmons Veterans Service Center often spends time volunteering at his local Humane Society. As Mr. West, a 13-year seasoned Veteran Service Officer with North Carolina’s Division of Veterans Affairs, walked through the kennels, Magnum was the only dog sitting calmly, not barking excitedly.
“He was just leaning his face gently against the fence when his mildness grabbed my attention.” West said.
West took the 3-year-old dog for a walk that morning and instantly noticed how well behaved he was. “For such a big guy he is very well-tempered, sits on command, and very well responsive to commands in general. I am blown away at how well-mannered he really is for such a young dog.”
As Barry and Magnum returned, he quickly found that Magnum had previously been a service dog for a disabled veteran, dropped off after the veteran could no longer care for him due to family circumstances.
“Whether it's PTSD, depression, or a physical condition, a pet has an amazing ability to help bring someone out of that cycle of constant self-reflection"
“The more I volunteer, the more I’m finding that there are many dogs like Magnum available at local humane shelters across the state, dogs that would be fitting companions and service dogs, they just need to find the right veteran to be paired with,” said West.
The Humane Society prides itself on taking appropriate time to interview not only the applicant, but also looks to see how the pet and applicant interact with one another, so that both find what they are seeking in a relationship.
If you would like to learn more about Magnum, he is currently available for adoption at the Davie County Human Society in Mocksville, N.C. (336) 751-5214.
If you are smart, creative, driven we want to talk to you! NCDVA is currently hiring for the following positions:
* Lead Veterans Service Officer Canton, NC
* Veterans Service Technician Clemmons, NC
* Maintenance Mechanic I Jacksonville, NC
Have an Event Supporting Veterans You'd Like to Share? Post it Today at www.nc4vets.com/events for Statewide Exposure.
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 8:30am
505 Highland Oaks Drive
Winston Salem, NC 27103
126th Annual Soldiers Reunion
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 9:00am
Newton, NC 28658
Military Appreciation Night at the Winston-Salem Open
Monday, August 24, 2015 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm
100 West 32nd Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
AL Veteran Benefits Action Center
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, August 28, 2015 - 9:00am
2736 NC Highway 210 Smithfield, NC 27577, Phone: 919-989-5380
Smithfield, NC 27577
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:30am
627 South Main Street
King, NC 27021
Governors Working Group
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 2:00pm
Situation Room of Emergency Management, Joint Force Headquarters
1636 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh
Raleigh, NC 27607
And Many More!
Salisbury State Veterans Home Joins National Commemoration of WWII
Veterans and residents of the State Veterans Home in Salisbury, N.C. took part in a nationwide event last Friday honoring the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The commemoration took place at the Salisbury National Cemetery which included a wreath laying ceremony accompanied by a salute fired by the Honor Guard, and the traditional playing of "Taps." It's all part of a national emphasis called "Spirit of '45."
Mr. Bittle O. Deal, a WWII POW held in Germany and a resident at the Salisbury Veterans Home, hoisted the POW flag as the commemoration took place.
The Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive organization pays tribute to the men and woman who lived through the Great Depression and served during World War II.
Aug. 14, 1945, is recognized as the official end of World War II, and Friday through Sunday was designated as the 70th anniversary commemoration weekend.