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 civilian jobs and adjusting to re-entry with their families? 
  • Healthcare – One of the many adjustments veterans make when transitioning to civilian life is navigating health care. The veteran may be eligible for one, more than one, or none of the health care programs offered by the government to veterans. We’ll also examine these options, as well as realities of the mental health issues facing Veterans and how they are similar/different to the civilian population. 
  • Education – The GI Bill was created to help returning WWII veterans further their education and create a new life for themselves. Are those dreams from 75 years ago still working and relevant for veterans today?
  • Legislation – We’ll also present the bills currently in Congress They cover a range of topics including mental health services, women veterans, homeless veterans, and the status of veterans dismissed from service due to their sexual orientation.

With a greater understanding from more North Carolinians, we can provide support, a helping hand, and most importantly, our profound appreciation for their sacrifice. Stay tuned for our upcoming toolkit and the next installment of “This Is What Democracy Looks Like” happening on November 14 at 7:30pm.