Veterans Affairs

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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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

For Returning Vets, Challenges On The Homefront

The Durham VA Medical Center
Credit Durham VA Medical Center

A panel of experts discuss medical care, social support and services for returning soldiers

The latest research suggests that for veterans, social support is just as important as medical care.

Host Frank Stasio talks with UNC Chapel Hill Associate Professor of Psychiatry Eric Elbogen, about his study 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 Durham VA Medical Center, and Jason Hansman of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America.

The State of Things
11:50 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Why Hundreds Of Thousands Of Vets Are Waiting For Their Disability Claims

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

Hundreds of thousands of veterans have been waiting months - sometimes years - for their disability claims to be processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Recently, piled up claims threatened to buckle the floor at the Winston-Salem office. 

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Education
3:56 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Veterans Affairs Chief Visits UNC

Eric Shinseki
Credit Dept. of Veteran's Affairs

The UNC System hosted the federal government’s top Veterans Affairs official yesterday. V.A. Secretary Eric Shinseki met with UNC leaders to discuss expanding higher education opportunities for military veterans. 

Several UNC system schools have long and proud histories of educating military veterans. And as General Shinseki pointed out, veterans have a lot to offer the universities and the state of North Carolina as students and employees.

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Military
7:29 am
Thu April 4, 2013

North Carolina To Open New State Veterans Home

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

North Carolina will open its newest full-service State Veterans Home Thursday in Kinston.  Residents there can have on-site registered nurses, therapists and service officers to assist with VA benefits to deal with their physical injuries.  They will also be either next to, or a short drive from, a local hospital should they need more intensive medical care. 

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Military
2:10 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Fayetteville VA Reaches Out to Homeless Vets

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.

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Military
6:00 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Military Support Groups Collaborate in Raleigh

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. Randy Marsh is chair of the Wake County Military and Veterans Resource Coalition.

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