Veterans

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We detail a new pilot program started by two medical students in Greenville that seeks to help military veterans transition back to civilian life.

Veterans Today

One of the hardest jobs veterans have in Eastern North Carolina is – finding a job. Hundreds of thousands of Veterans in the state still couldn’t find jobs in 2015, though the unemployment rate fell sharply from the previous year. Government and private sector initiatives have been established to solve the unemployment problem among the veteran population with some success. But as Chris Thomas reports, hiring men and women who served the nation in combat is still a hard sell. Veterans are...

We visit the Veterans Organic Garden in New Bern and talk to disabled former service members who are growing crops for the community. Finding a job is hard enough. If you’re a disabled or homeless veteran, finding employment can be even more of a challenge. A non-profit in New Bern called Veterans Organic Garden is hiring disabled and homeless veterans, and producing organic fruits and vegetables for the community. The idea came about in 2010. After two years of planning, Executive Director...

This week on the Down East Journal, we explore how law enforcement officers in eastern North Carolina are using body cameras, from urban areas to rural towns. And, we visit the Veterans Organic Garden in New Bern and talk to disabled former service members who are growing crops for the community. The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

This week on the Down East Journal, we highlight a non-profit in Greenville reaching out to veterans and disabled seniors who live at home. This weekend, Rebuilding Together Pitt County holds a community outreach and home remodeling event in Greenville. More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Veteran Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden

A nonprofit in New Bern breaks ground soon on an organic garden maintained by disabled and homeless veterans. The mission of the Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden is to reduce the unemployed and disadvantage veteran population and provide a pathway to work. Executive Director of non-profit group Lovay Wallace Singleton says the effort has multiple benefits. "We are trying to increase the quality of life for disabled veterans by providing them exercise, rehabilitation and...

The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced they’re implementing an initiative to expedite disability compensation claims for Veterans who have waited a year or more.