Veterans Affairs

Health
8:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

North Carolina Nurses Demand High Ebola Protection Standards

National Nurses United organized numerous protests across 12 states and in other countries to call for higher safety standards to protect health care workers from Ebola.
Credit Zaldylmg / Creative Commons

Nurses gathered outside the VA Hospital in Durham Wednesday to raise awareness about the risk Ebola poses to healthcare workers. It was part of an international effort, urging hospitals to adopt the highest preparedness standards for staff who might potentially treat a patient with Ebola. 

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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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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
6:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Fayetteville VA Closing Emergency Room

The Fayetteville VA is closing its ER until further notice.
Credit VA.gov

The Fayetteville VA is closing its emergency room  as of 8:00 a.m. Friday.  The emergency room will be converted to an urgent care clinic until further notice.

The hospital says a lack of doctors is to blame for the cut back.

"If there's a veteran out there in the community, or a family member of a veteran who is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, they should not, and I repeat, should not come to the Fayetteville VA emergency room," said Public Affairs officer Jeffery Melvin.  "They should dial 9-1-1 and ask them to take them to the nearest emergency department."

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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
7:24 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Burr Vs. Vets: A Battle Of Official Statements

Republican US Sen. Richard Burr has been sparring with veterans service organizations.

The official statement might be the most passive aggressive technique in politics. And right now, there's a lot of passive aggression in the world of veterans affairs.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

VA Looks Into Allegations Of False Appointment Records In NC

The Durham VA Medical Center
Credit Durham VA Medical Center

The Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating allegations of improper scheduling at VA medical centers across the country. 

Leaked emails from VA offices in Arizona and Wyoming suggest employees changed records to falsely show that veterans were getting prompt appointments. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is testifying about those allegations today on Capitol Hill.

This week, two employees at the Durham VA Medical Center were put on administrative leave amid similar allegations.

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VETERAN JOBS
8:18 am
Wed December 4, 2013

New Office Helps Veterans Turn Miltary Experience Into A Civilian Career

Many active duty soldiers and airmen are returning home and looking for civilian jobs, while serving in the National Guard. The North Carolina National Guard Education and Employment Center is helping Guard members parlay their military experience into job skills for civilian employers.
Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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.

The North Carolina National Guard Education and Employment Center helps guard members look for civilian jobs.

Manager and fellow veteran Austin Walther says they also help vets translate their military experience into civilian job skills.

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Military
4:53 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Hagan: Backlog At Winston-Salem VA Shrinking

The weight of paper files at the VA's Winston-Salem office had threatened to collapse the floor.
Credit Office of the Inspector General/Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan says the Veterans Affairs office in Winston-Salem is cutting down on its backlog of claims. 

The Democrat from North Carolina says the office has processed all claims that have been waiting for two years or more.  Hagan says the average claim now takes 200 days, compared to more than 300 days a year ago.  The Winston-Salem VA processes nearly all claims filed in North Carolina. 

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