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Governor's Working Group on Veterans Service Members, and their Families
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Governor Signs House Bill 595

On June 3, Governor McCrory signed House Bill 595 into law. This law provides credit for military police training and experience toward a Veteran’s Law Enforcement Officer Certification. Read more

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Governor Discusses Veteran Treatment Courts on CBS Sunday Morning

On May 24, Governor McCrory appeared on CBS Sunday Morning to discuss the value of veteran treatment courts in diverting them from the traditional criminal justice system to judicial monitoring and the provision of treatment and support services. He specifically mentioned veteran treatment courts in the counties of Harnett and Cumberland. Read more

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Infographics

Funded by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance Center has assisted members of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families in developing infographics on specific topics. If you use any of these infographics, please email Dr. Fang (wei.li.fang@governorsinstitute.org) as to how you are using them. We would love to know if they are helpful and/or how they can be improved or disseminated.   […]

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HUD-VASH Vouchers

US Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards HUD-VASH Vouchers The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the awarding of its 2015 HUD-VASH (VA Supportive Housing) vouchers. In this partnership between two federal agencies, HUD provides rental assistance while the VA provides case management and clinical services. Nearly $65 million will help about 9300 homeless veterans across the country. Read more In North Carolina, 11 housing authorities received $1, 520,514 to support 264 vouchers.

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NCDVA Partners with Duke EPIC on VSO Training

The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA), in partnership with the Duke Evidence-based Practice Implementation Center (EPIC), recently announced a two-year initiative to train Veterans Services Officers so that they can provide improved mental health services to veterans and their families. Other partners include the NC Department of Human Services and the Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. More info

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Results of Survey of NC Military Families

The North Carolina National Guard; the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services; the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse; and Military One Source partnered to develop and administer an online survey of military families.  Of the 59 respondents, 53 had received services from the NC National Guard Family Program, 42 from Military or Army One Source, 37 from the NC National Guard behavioral health line, and 22 from Community Care of North Carolina.  Similar to other […]

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VA Establishes MyVA Advisory Committee

On March 13, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the establishment of the 14-member MyVA Advisory Committee. The Committee brings together skilled experts from the private, non-profit, and government sectors to assist in reorienting the Department to better meet the needs of Veterans. This Committee is charged with advising the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with a focus on improving customer service and Veteran outcomes and setting the course for long-term reform and excellence. The first meeting will occur […]

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Operation Homefront Awards

Established in 2002, Operation Homefront is a nonprofit that has assisted thousands of military families, with 92% of its total donations going directly to programs that provide that support. Every March it announces the recipients of the Military Child of the Year Award—one from each military service including the National Guard. This year the Marine Corps award recipient is from NC—Christopher-Raul Rodriguez, 17, a senior at Lejeune High School, Camp Lejeune. He is the school’s team captain for varsity baseball […]

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Governor Announces Veterans Employment Initiative

On March 5, Governor McCrory announced an initiative designed to assist veterans in seeking jobs. Retired Major General of the US Marine Corps General Cornell A. Wilson, the Governor’s Military Affairs Advisor; Ilario Pantano, Director, NC Division of Veterans Affairs; and Will Collins, Executive Director of NCWorks are among those expected in attendance in Camp Lejeune. Cisco Systems, a committed partner, has been instrumental in preparing Veterans for high tech jobs through its Networking Academy. “We want veterans to work […]

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Veterans Health Conference at UNC-Charlotte

On February 24, UNC-Charlotte College of Health and Human Services hosted the Veterans’ Health Conference, with Ilario Pantano, Director, NC Division of Veterans Affairs and Retired Major General Marianne Mathewson-Chapman, former Deputy Surgeon General of the National Guard as the keynote speakers. The conference addressed the need for a coordinated effort to improve healthcare for military and veterans and for culturally competent health and social service providers. Read more

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