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Letter from VA Secretary, Honorable Larry D. Hall November 2, 2018

Letter from VA Secretary, Honorable Larry D. Hall

November 2, 2018

Each year, we observe Veterans Day in honor of all those who answered the call to serve our country. On Veterans Day (Sunday, November 11th), we pay a special tribute to the men and women and their families who sacrificed so much for our nation and our country. I know firsthand that service members, veterans, and their families are the cornerstone of their communities all across this great state. Day in and day out, I, and my dedicated staff are working tirelessly to ensure that every veteran in our state receives the highest level of service in appreciation for the sacrifice, honor, dignity and integrity they exhibited while serving our country. Veterans, active duty military and their families account for almost ten percent of our total population. These individuals are an incredible asset to our state’s economy and culture.

North Carolina is proud to be the home of the most exemplary military bases in our nation. These facilities are manned by thousands of brave and committed men and women who work hard every day to ensure that the freedoms that we hold dear are kept safe. Our state is one of the top destinations for these individuals when they transition back to civilian life. We work hard to preserve that designation for those transitioning as well as our veteran community.

I am devoted to addressing the needs and challenges that veterans and their families face on a daily basis. My staff and I, along with Governor Cooper, are steadfast in our commitment to enriching the lives of veterans and their families. Together our team stands ready to offer sound advice, assistance and resources to address our veterans’ needs.

I ask, whether you are a veteran, an advocate or a veteran family member that you call (844) 624-8387 or go online for the latest updates and information regarding veterans. Also, below is a short list of upcoming Veterans Day events. For more events and information on discounts, visit our website or our Facebook page. We hope that you will utilize and share this content with fellow veterans and their families. I also encourage you to keep us informed about what we can do to be of greater assistance to you.

It is my goal as your Chief Advocate to make sure that every active service member and veteran knows that North Carolina is honored to have them in our great state.

Thank you for your service and for all you have done and continue to do!

Secretary Larry D. Hall

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North Carolina Veterans Council (NCVC) organizations assault State Legislature June 6, 2018
North Carolina Veterans Council (NCVC) organizations assault State Legislature

North Carolina Veterans Council (NCVC) organizations assault State Legislature

June 6, 2018

* North Carolina MOAA Council of Chapter officials met at the legislature building in Raleigh to prod legislators to vote yes on legislative bills in the House and Senate to provide for veterans’ needs (Top photo, L to R) COL Iggi Husar, US Army (Ret), Coastal Carolina Chapter President; LtCol Greg Chase, USAF (Ret), Council of Chapters 3rd Vice President, Legislative Affairs; LCDR ET Mitchell, USN, Coastal Carolina Chapter Legislative Liaison; David Lee, CAPT, USN (Ret), Council of Chapters President).

* COL Iggi Husar, US Army (Ret), MOAA Coastal Carolina Chapter President and LCDR ET Mitchell, USN, Coastal Carolina Chapter Legislative Liaison, met with Senator Norm Sanderson and House Representative Michael Speciale to discuss veterans issues and legislative bills important to veterans in coastal Carolina (Bottom photo, L to R) Senator Norman Sanderson, COL Iggi Husar, Representative Michael Speciale, LCDR ET Mitchell.

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More NCVC Legislature Visit Photos June 6, 2018

More NCVC Legislature Visit Photos

June 6, 2018

Pictured (L to R) Jim Wiltjer, Diana DiStefano, Don Gersh, Ralph Hinrichs, Juan Chavez and Vern Pike.

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VA Welcome Kit

VA Welcome Kit

* One complaint that Veterans have voiced about the VA is their uncertainty as to where to begin in order to receive services and supports.

* VA’s myriad of services, resources, and materials can be daunting. Therefore, the VA listened and released a Welcome Kit to guide Veterans to the benefits and services that they have earned.

* The VA Welcome Kit is user-friendly and addresses eligibility and benefits in six areas:

- Health Care,

- Finances,

- Housing,

- Employment,

- Education,

- Memorialization.

* Based on Veteran’s stage of life, Veterans can figure out how the VA can help in the present and future.

* Veterans can download a copy of the Welcome Kit for their convenience by clicking here.

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Vietnam War Series by Ken Burns September, 2017

Vietnam War Series by Ken Burns

September, 2017

* Jeff Smith, Military and Veterans Affairs Director for UNC-TV wants members of our North Carolina Council and Chapters to know of the upcoming Ken Burns (pictured, right) Series on the Vietnam War.

* Jeff wants to make sure that all have the opportunity to view one of the upcoming screening opportunities across NC. These events include:

- Jacksonville DAV - 8/16

- Wilmington Battleship NC - 8/28

- Welcome - Richard Childress Racing - 9/6

- Southern Pines - Sandhills Comm. College - 9/7

- Asheville - 9/11 NC History Museum - Raleigh - 9/14

* For more information on this or any of UNCTV productions relating to Veterans Affairs, Jeff Smith can be reached at e-mail: jsmith01@unctv.org or via his cell at 919-815-2363.

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Department of Veterans Affairs New Rule on Presumptive Care - Now In Effect March 14, 2017 (effective date)

Department of Veterans Affairs New Rule on Presumptive Care - Now In Effect

March 14, 2017 (effective date)

* The document (right) can be opened in a larger view - right click on the image - in order to read, or it can be downloaded to your computer below.

* Please ensure widest delivery of this information to all veterans who may have been affected by this situation at Camp LeJeune.

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VA LeJeune (pdf 206.1 Kb)

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VEAC February 10-11, 2017

VEAC

February 10-11, 2017

Need help filing a VA claim? Questions about survivor benefits? Filing an appeal? Check out this event that will take place in Roanoke Rapids on February 10th and 11th.

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Your #1 Priority - MOAA Survey July 15, 2016

Your #1 Priority - MOAA Survey

July 15, 2016

The results of a survey conducted by Military Officers Association of America provided information regarding topics of greatest importance to our Association's membership.

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North Carolina Veterans Council - Legislative Day, Raleigh, NC May 11, 2016
North Carolina Veterans Council - Legislative Day, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Veterans Council - Legislative Day, Raleigh, NC

May 11, 2016

* The North Carolina Council of Chapters participated in the Legislative Day held in Raleigh on this date.

* Following set-up, events of the day included an opening ceremony in front of the Legislative Building, the many veterans and veterans groups honoring the colors, and a bagpiper playing "Amazing Grace and leading the procession into the building to "Storm" the legislators.

* Representatives of the veterans groups met with Senator Louis M. Pate to share the 2016 Legislative Goal and Associated Talking Points.

* A Vietnam War 50th Commemorative Ceremony was held at 9:00 AM to invite all eligible veterans from the conflict to be recognized with a commemorative lapel pin and certificate as part of the ceremony. A total of 49 serving veterans were honored.

* All veterans attending the legislative day met with Speaker Tom Moore in the House Chambers to hear his remarks and were then given a period for Q&A.

* In the afternoon, veterans were invited to attend the House and Senate sessions, beginning at 2:00 PM and hear the reading of resolutions sponsored by NelsonMullins and to receive recognition by the legislators.

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NC Coalition on Aging

February 16, 2016

* The below, downloadable file contains a wealth of information about the activities of the NC Coalition on Aging which is supported by the NCCOC.

* Open/read to stay informed as we're all aging!

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160216 - Coalition on Aging Update (pdf 91 Kb)

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Veterans Benefits by State

Military.com web post

* Here is an excellent review of veterans benefits in a state by state comparison on Military.com

* Check it out.

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Senator Thom Tillis

Senator Thom Tillis

In His First Year, Tillis Focuses On Reaching Across The Aisle, Supporting Our Military And Veterans:

* Tillis explains to WRAL why he broke with his own party on some key votes, including supporting the recent budget agreement to avert a government shutdown: “We all know the problem. We’ve got to step up as leaders and some of us have to be part of the solution. That means you have to be willing to take tough votes and then come back to your state and look your constituents in the eye and explain to them why you did.”

* The Asheville Citizen-Times highlights Tillis’ success in finding common ground with Democrats: “…Tillis has had kind words for Obama's secretary of veteran's affairs, former corporate executive Robert McDonald, and said he has had success pushing some initiatives with Democratic members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, which Tillis serves on. The Senate passed Tillis' bill to exclude compensation given to victims of state eugenics programs when considering their eligibility for federal benefits. Tillis-backed provisions in a highway bill that became law designate two Interstate highway corridors in eastern North Carolina, and Tillis has had some luck in at least slowing plans to close an Air Force unit at Fort Bragg.”

* The Wilmington Star reports on Tillis’ committee work and his prioritization of providing constituent services to North Carolinians: “U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, meanwhile, said he was pleased with his work on the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees. That work included globetrotting to numerous countries and meeting several dignitaries, such as King Abdullah of Jordan. He said his office also focused on constituent services, fielding more than 300,000 constituent letters and handling thousands of cases -- primarily focused on issues for veterans.”

* The Fayetteville Observer highlights Tillis’ efforts to champion Fort Bragg: “Sen. Thom Tillis promises to be a familiar face on Fort Bragg. And he plans on bringing powerful friends with him. North Carolina's junior senator is on a mission to educate Congress on the unique role of Fort Bragg….He promises a truly unique sight for senators, governors and others on the national political landscape who get a close look at Fort Bragg, its leaders and its troops. And if the time comes for more cuts to be made, hopefully they'll remember what they learn here.”

* Tillis tells WNCN he will remain focused on the need to improve the quality and access of care for our veterans: “There are a lot of fundamental changes that have to happen in the VA. Otherwise, we’re just taking the pressure off momentarily but the same problems will persist. We’ve got to be able to provide veterans the choice when a VA facility can’t see them, to provide another option so that they can get the care that they deserve.”

* Tillis outlines the progress of his eugenics compensation legislation in an op-ed published by the Wilmington Star: “Several weeks ago, the Senate unanimously passed my bipartisan bill to assist living eugenics victims by excluding their payments from state eugenics compensation programs — including North Carolina’s — from consideration in determining federal benefits. Without this legislation, many eugenics victims who receive compensation payments could see their federal benefits reduced or even have their eligibility eliminated, which simply is not fair. The good news is that the House has already moved my bill through committee, and final passage is expected early next year, when it will then head to the president’s desk for his signature.”

* During an interview with TWC News, Tillis stresses the need for Washington to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past: “I didn’t like the fact that we did like other Congresses have done and go to a budget bill the last couple weeks of session. We need to put a priority on the budget and appropriations process for the first six months of this year so we’re not repeating the mistakes that were made by Republicans and Democrats in the past.”

Link: Visit Senator Tillis on Facebook:

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TriCare Survey from MOAA

TriCare Survey from MOAA

* Most, if not all, persons represented by our Council may have already received a legislative alert or participated in this MOAA sponsored survey...however, for those who have not yet had an opportunity to complete the survey, please do so at the link provided.

* Thank you.

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Division of Veterans Affairs Fall Conference

Division of Veterans Affairs Fall Conference

COL Jeri Graham, USA (Ret.) attended the fall conference as a member of the Veterans Advisory Group. The group meets with the Veterans Affairs Commission. Pictured here are Glenn Batten, Deputy Director (L) and Ilario Pantano, Division Director (R).

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NC4VETS Newsletter December 3, 2015

NC4VETS Newsletter

December 3, 2015

The current NC4VETS Newsletter is available to open and read here.

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Memorial Day, Boone Mall, Boone, NC May 25, 2015

Memorial Day, Boone Mall, Boone, NC

May 25, 2015

* Presented here are a medley of service songs (music only, no pictures - Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force and Navy) played by the Watauga Community Band at today's Memorial Day celebration at the Boone Mall hosted by the High Country Chapter, Military Officers Association of America. Thanks to all our Armed Forces Veterans - those in attendance, those not in attendance and those who've made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation...

* THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE!

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VA Health Care

VA Health Care

The VA has eliminated net worth determinations when reviewing eligibility for VA health care. Previously, income and net worth were factors for those veterans placed in Priority Groups 7 & 8. The VA will be sending letters out to those veterans previously placed in these priority groups, so that they may resubmit their income information to determine if they will be eligible for a higher priority group.

Link: Click here to read the VA’s press release:

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Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission Report January 29, 2015

Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission Report

January 29, 2015

The MCRMC report, released on January 29, 2015 can be read in it's entirety by clicking the below link.

Link: Click here to open MOAA post on the issue:

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150129 - Report of the MCRMC (pdf 7 Mb)

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North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs Annual Report 2014

North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs Annual Report

2014

The 2014 North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs Annual Report can be read by clicking the below link.

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North Carolina Governor McCrory Press Release January 29, 2015

North Carolina Governor McCrory Press Release

January 29, 2015

A press release detailing North Carolina Veterans Affairs released by the Governor's office can be read by clicking the below link.

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