It was a dignified show of honor to the nation’s veterans. McEwen Funeral Services in Charlotte is a community leader in recognizing those who have worn the uniform of our country.
Sacrifice without remembrance is meaningless. U.S. Navy Veteran Jeffery E. Friar
Friar told the members of the audience at Sharon Memorial Park to thank a veteran more often, and volunteer to help with military-related causes.
Veterans Day 2012 in Charlotte Metro and a growing number of service men and women are choosing this area as home upon military separation.
Needs Of Returning Veterans
There is a focused, cooperative effort underway among non-profit military service organizations in the Charlotte area, pooling resources to meet the needs of a growing veteran population.
Former U.S. Army engineer with the Special Forces Command and founder of the Military Family LifeStyle Charitable Foundation Rick Cantwell says the veteran population is experiencing immense growth in Charlotte. “As Charlotte has honed itself as a financial center, veterans and defense contractors have moved in.”
Over 50,000 veterans reside in and around Charlotte-Mecklenburg — over 6,000 from the Gulf War II era.
Military-service organization Charlotte Bridge Home (CBH) partnered with the Foundation for the Carolinas in studying the critical issues facing local veterans reintegrating into society. At a recent meeting of the Charlotte Veterans Network LinkedIn group, CBH Program Director Paul Passaro said, “We’re the only community in the country who has done a study like this.”
The Executive Summary report identifies key challenges:
- Finding employment
- Dealing with a loss of purpose and isolation after leaving the military
- Navigating the network of benefits, services and support available to veterans
- Long wait times in obtaining VA benefits
- Ready access to healthcare, including behavioral health services
- Coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or depression that are prevalent among the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars
- Accessing and having success with post-secondary education
- Dealing with housing and financial instability, possibly leading to homelessness for some
- Accessing resources addressing the unique needs of female veterans
- Finding support for family members of veterans, such as spouses, children and siblings
Go here to access the complete report.
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