Veterans Affairs http://wunc.org en New Office Helps Veterans Turn Miltary Experience Into A Civilian Career http://wunc.org/post/new-office-helps-veterans-turn-miltary-experience-civilian-career <p></p><p>Veterans returning from deployment face a quickly-changing job market. Many have a difficult time explaining how their military experience has prepared them for the civilian work force. The unemployment rate for veterans is about 7-percent, on par with the national average.</p><p>The North Carolina National Guard Education and Employment Center helps guard members look for civilian jobs.</p><p></p><p>Manager and fellow veteran Austin Walther says they also help vets translate their military experience into civilian job skills.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:18:44 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 26803 at http://wunc.org New Office Helps Veterans Turn Miltary Experience Into A Civilian Career Hagan: Backlog At Winston-Salem VA Shrinking http://wunc.org/post/hagan-backlog-winston-salem-va-shrinking <p>U.S. Senator Kay Hagan says the Veterans Affairs office in Winston-Salem is cutting down on its backlog of claims.&nbsp;</p><p>The Democrat from North Carolina says the office has processed all claims that have been waiting for two years or more.&nbsp; Hagan says the average claim now takes 200 days, compared to more than 300 days a year ago.&nbsp; The Winston-Salem VA processes nearly all claims filed in North Carolina.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:53:12 +0000 Will Michaels 22643 at http://wunc.org Hagan: Backlog At Winston-Salem VA Shrinking For Returning Vets, Challenges On The Homefront http://wunc.org/post/returning-vets-challenges-homefront <p>The latest research suggests that for veterans, social support is just as important as medical care.</p><p>Host Frank Stasio talks with UNC Chapel Hill&nbsp;Associate Professor of Psychiatry <a href="http://www.med.unc.edu/psych/directories/faculty/elbogen">Eric Elbogen</a>, about his <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22795217">study</a> showing that vets lacking social and financial stability are more likely to engage in violent behavior than those with posttraumatic stress disorder. Joining the conversation are Pete Tillman, public affairs officer for the <a href="http://www.durham.va.gov/">Durham VA Medical Center</a>, and <a href="http://iava.org/jason-hansman">Jason Hansman</a> of <a href="http://iava.org/">Iraq &amp; Afghanistan Veterans of America</a>. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:03:07 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 17465 at http://wunc.org For Returning Vets, Challenges On The Homefront Why Hundreds Of Thousands Of Vets Are Waiting For Their Disability Claims http://wunc.org/post/why-hundreds-thousands-vets-are-waiting-their-disability-claims <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of thousands of veterans have been </span><a href="http://cironline.org/reports/vas-ability-quickly-provide-benefits-plummets-under-obama-4241" style="line-height: 1.5;">waiting</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> months - sometimes years - for their disability claims to be processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.&nbsp; Recently, piled up claims </span><a href="http://veteransnewsblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/vaoig-12-00244-241.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">threatened</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://veteransnewsblog.fil Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:50:10 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 17464 at http://wunc.org Why Hundreds Of Thousands Of Vets Are Waiting For Their Disability Claims Veterans Affairs Chief Visits UNC http://wunc.org/post/veterans-affairs-chief-visits-unc <p>The UNC System hosted the federal government’s top Veterans Affairs official yesterday. V.A. Secretary Eric&nbsp;Shinseki met with UNC leaders to discuss expanding higher education opportunities for military veterans.&nbsp;</p><p>Several UNC system schools have long and proud histories of educating military veterans. And as General&nbsp;Shinseki pointed out, veterans have a lot to offer the universities and the state of North Carolina as students and employees.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:56:25 +0000 Dave DeWitt 17012 at http://wunc.org Veterans Affairs Chief Visits UNC North Carolina To Open New State Veterans Home http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-open-new-state-veterans-home <p>North Carolina will open its newest full-service <a href="http://www.doa.state.nc.us/vets/stateveteranshomes.aspx">State Veterans Home</a> Thursday in Kinston.&nbsp; Residents there can have on-site registered nurses, therapists and service officers to assist with VA benefits to deal with their physical injuries.&nbsp; They will also be either next to, or a short drive from, a local hospital should they need more intensive medical care.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 11:29:14 +0000 Gurnal Scott 13122 at http://wunc.org North Carolina To Open New State Veterans Home Fayetteville VA Reaches Out to Homeless Vets http://wunc.org/post/fayetteville-va-reaches-out-homeless-vets <p>The Veterans Affairs office in Fayetteville is looking for ways to help homeless veterans there. The VA says the number of homeless female veterans is rising as more women serve in the military. Stephanie Felder is the homeless program coordinator at the VA in Fayetteville. She says the meeting attracted nonprofit groups and employment agencies to help put male and female veterans back to work.<br> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:10:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8227 at http://wunc.org Military Support Groups Collaborate in Raleigh http://wunc.org/post/military-support-groups-collaborate-raleigh <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">Wake County is hosting a networking fair today for organizations that support military personnel and their families. County leaders say the event is designed to develop stronger ties between local military groups. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Will Michaels 9000 at http://wunc.org