Veterans

We visit the Veterans Organic Garden in New Bern and talk to disabled former service members who are growing crops for the community.

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 horticultural therapy."     

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.