Author: Joyce W.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Veterans Stories

If you missed our November edition of “This Is What Democracy Looks Like” last week, we highly recommend you give it a watch. Our fabulous host, Cristel Orrand, and retired Air Force technical sergeant, Gerald Givens Jr. shared some wonderful insights on what it means to serve and how veterans transition back to civilian life. Sergeant Givens commented his Air Force experience taught him how to “get rooted in shooting for excellence”. Integrity and excellence in all they do is a key core value in the service. He not only embraced that during his tenure, but also brought that...

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Make Some Noise About #GOPTaxScam

With the GOP tax bill being passed by the House last week, the bill now moves to the Senate for a vote after Thanksgiving. We’ve outlined some of the crazy things we saw in the bill, but this is more than just crazy, it’s also dangerous to the middle class in America – and the majority of voters. Congressman John Barry Larson outlines some of this insanity and calls it for what it is – political theater. The fact the GOP is slipping this through to appease their donors and just to say they got something done is horrendous....

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Veterans Focus Toolkit is Here!

This month as Stronger NC focuses on ways to best support our veterans when they return from their military service, we are happy to present our Veterans Focus Toolkit. With five military bases, a military ocean terminal, a US Coast Guard base, and over 100 National Guard facilities, North Carolina is home to many veterans across all branches of service. While these veterans serve honorably, build critical skills sets and contribute so much to society, they also face some unique challenges as they make the transition from active military to civilian life. In this toolkit, we examine those challenges so...

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Stranger Things: The GOP Tax Plan

Like you, we’ve been reading all the news about the new GOP tax proposal. Since it’s difficult to keep up with all of the changes being proposed, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 things we think are noteworthy. Plus, a call to action from Indivisible at the end. Higher education tax breaks targeted: There are a few different tax breaks that will be eliminated or reduced by the GOP tax plan – student loan interest deduction, tuition discounts for college workers, employer tuition and debt assistance, and elimination of Coverdell savings accounts. All of these changes make it...

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Stronger November: Veteran’s Issues

Veterans are all around us, especially here in North Carolina, where we have five military bases, including Fort Bragg, the largest base by number of personnel out of all the branches of military; a military ocean terminal, a US Coast Guard base, and over 100 National Guard facilities. North Carolina has also designated the month of November as Veterans’ History Awareness Month.  This month Stronger NC will focus on some of the important issues facing our veterans. These include: The Military to Civilian Transition – What do veteran’s face after they leave the service when it comes to getting...

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