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NC Womens Veterans Summit 2014

Yesterday, I was at the North Carolina Women Veterans Summit in Raleigh, as a volunteer with the USO-NC/RDU.
It was amazing to see the large number of women, from all eras, in attendance. I know we have women in today’s military, but there were many from the Vietnam War and prior years. Good for them. THOSE were some strong women!

Governor McCrory was in attendance. He signed an executive order, and a proclamation, as well as telling us that the designation of “Veteran” can now be listed on NC driver’s licenses. This article covers his presentation perfectly.

I had an opportunity to roam a bit, to see the various service and support providers.
I was impressed with the number of organizations gathered in one place to assist our women veterans. Of course, most were not “women specific” with services available to all veterans, but there were a dozen or so that were women specific.

I had very nice conversations with a number of folks/organization reps.
• Wags 4 tags, providing service dogs to veterans
• Family Endeavors, support services for veterans
• Focus Family, resiliency training for parents
• UNC Research study, researching cognitive rehabilitation and brain functioning for veterans with TBI & PTSD
• UNC also doing a study on family experiences after a combat-related injury
• The US Military Veterans Foundation, connecting veterans and their families to resources in our community
• Concerned Veterans for America, have an upcoming seminar next Wednesday, April 23rd
• National Guard Integrated Behavioral Health System, offering free and confidential assistance
• The Resilience Academy, teaching the art of insight for having less stress in your life

I was impressed with the folks listed and have information about each of them. If you would like more info, feel free to contact me.

I enjoyed hearing how the USO had been beneficial for the women during their service, but I truly learned more about women veterans, but listening to some of the amazing stories they shared with me. I believe this day-long, free event was a great success. The women veterans of NC were definitely empowered, educated, and enriched!

*Pam Horton is a Certified Stress Management Coach.*

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