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8:12 am
Wed November 12, 2014

For Fort Bragg Couple, Military Service Leads To Marriage And U.S. Citizenship

Fourth from left, Webton Webley

This is a story about two new Americans: Webton Webley, a 26-year-old active service member of the U.S. Army, and his wife 23-year-old Sherell Perry-Webley, an U.S. Army reservist.

Sherell's and Webton's lives in the U.S. have been closely intertwined. They went to the same high school in Jamaica, and Sherell eventually got a green card through her mom, who was living in Fort Lauderdale. Webton arrived to Florida on a visa to study at Miami-Dade College. Webton says that's actually the first place they spoke.

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Military
1:48 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Honoring Veterans: 'It's Personal To Me' Says Governor McCrory

Gov. McCrory launched NC4VETS this week.
Credit NC Governor's Office

This Veterans Day, Gov. Pat McCrory has high praise for the new U.S. Veterans Affairs secretary. He's also touting new programs to help former and active members of the Armed Forces in North Carolina. 

He tells Eric Hodge that showing gratitude to veterans is something he takes very personally.

McCrory's father was a Navy pilot and his father-in-law flew P-47s in the Army Air Corps. But his real role model was his cousin Paul. Paul was a Marine who trained at Camp Lejeune and served in the Vietnam War.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Understanding And Treating PTSD In The Military

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    

Nearly one in five veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

That’s a sobering statistic for the researchers and psychologists who are trying to understand and treat PTSD. It also means more veterans than ever are suffering from PTSD’s debilitating symptoms.

But the research is yielding new treatment strategies and veterans are finding new ways to fight the severe depression and anxiety that comes with the disorder.

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Military
9:17 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Become US Citizens, And Other Worthy Ways NC Honors Their Service

Some vets will become U.S. citizens in Durham today. Other N.C. communities will commemorate Veterans Day with moments of silence and motor cycle rides.
Credit Jnn13 / Wikipedia

Communities across North Carolina are hosting events in honor of Veterans Day today. 

Airman First Class Fabiola Tan of Durham becomes an American citizen today. She is one of six U.S. military veterans and service members who naturalized in a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ceremony in Durham County this morning.

Tan came to the United States from the Dominican Republic before she turned four.

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Military
8:03 am
Mon November 10, 2014

North Carolina Companies Work To Help Women Veterans Find New Careers

Credit Staff Sgt. Heather L. Rodgers / U.S. Air Force via Flickr/Creative Commons

Computer giant Lenovo is teaming up with the non-profit Dress for Success to help get female veterans into the civilian workforce.

Numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show the unemployment rate among female veterans is nearly double what it is for male vets.

Beth Briggs is Executive Director of Dress for Success Triangle.  The organization trains women to get them back in the workforce and provides them with a wardrobe. 

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Business & Economy
10:29 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Durham Business Owner Reaches Financial Goal, Still Closing Doors

Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits owner and Marine veteran Matt Victoriano
Credit Carol Jackson

Update 9/6/14:

Today is the last day of business for Durham's Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits. Owner Matt Victoriano, who opened the shop earlier this year, was behind in rent after a lackluster summer. But area business owners and customers rallied behind Victoriano, a former Marine sniper. His Indiegogo campaign, and an auction, raised enough money to cover his immediate needs. Even so, the business will close, and open at a later date in a new location.

From Intrepid Life's Facebook page:

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Politics & Government
2:48 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Obama In Charlotte: Proposes 'Veterans Counseling Veterans'

President Obama speaking at the American Legion's 96th national convention.
Tasnim Shamma WFAE

President Barack Obama spoke today to hundreds of American Legion veterans who had gathered in Charlotte, NC, for their national convention. His remarks come just months after a health care scandal and leadership change at the top of the Veterans Administration. The President announced 19 new executive actions to improve veterans' care -- one of which focuses on the rising rate of suicides among former soldiers.

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

President Obama To Speak To Veterans In Charlotte Today

President Barack Obama will speak to veterans at the American Legion's national convention on Tuesday.
Credit The White House

President Barack Obama is coming to North Carolina to speak to the American Legion convention, where Sen. Kay Hagan says she will talk to him about Washington's commitment to the state's military veterans.

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Military
8:02 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Ft. Bragg's Transition Summit Attempts To Connect Soldiers With Employers

Ft. Bragg's Transition Summit is meant to connect soldiers and veterans with potential employers through meetings, forums and a job fair.
Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Fort Bragg is hosting a Transition Summit today and tomorrow to help out-going soldiers find jobs outside the military.

The federal unemployment rate for veterans is about six percent.  That's according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' July numbers.

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The State Of Iraq

Soldiers stationed in Safwan, Iraq
Credit Creative Commons

Islamic militants are slowly gaining more control of Iraq. 

The group known as the Islamic State is asserting its will in the northern part of the country. It has made Mosul its de facto capital, and has driven thousands of Christians out of the city.

But the battle is not just sectarian, it is political.

The U.S. has been unsuccessful in its push for the Shiite majority to be more inclusive toward Sunnis and Kurds, and some say a one-state solution cannot work.

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