TIME TO SERVE THEM
North Carolina is currently home to the third largest active military population in the country. This population includes each branch of the military: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. An additional 45,000 soldiers, marines, and airmen and women live in all 100 counties of North Carolina and serve in the National Guard or Reserves.
North Carolina’s veteran population is even larger, consisting of nearly 800,000 Veterans. NC ranks fifth in military retirees and ninth in veteran population in the country. More than 100,000 children and adolescents of active members/National Guard/Reserves live in North Carolina.
In January 2011, a report was released to the public and presented to the Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services entitled, "Honoring Their Service: A Report of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force on Behavioral Health Services for the Military and Their Families." The study requested by the North Carolina General Assembly directed the NC Institute of Medicine (IOM) to study the adequacy of mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services available to current members of the military, the National Guard, veterans and their families and to determine any gaps in service.
As a result of the study and its recommendations, every LME/MCO is required to have an identified point of contact for military affairs and to have trained staff to provide services for the military and their families. To learn more, click on Honoring Their Service - Report on Military Behavioral Health in NC.
Trillium Veterans Point of Contact
Other Veteran Services Contacts
||Wounded Warrior Project
|Department of Defense
||Caregiver Support Line
|NC Division of Veteran Affairs
|Veteran Crisis Hotline
- Veterans Health Administration – The Veteran’s Health Initiative on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a 177-page comprehensive independent study course that focuses on military-related brain injuries. The course answers many questions frequently asked by veterans and their families in regards to TBI and symptoms. The course is available as a free download. Follow the links to the TBI study guide Veterans Health Initiative – Department of Veterans Affairs
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is an advocacy and assistance group created to help men and women who have been disabled while fighting for our country. To learn more about what the DAV does, click on Disabled American Veterans.