RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina leaders gathered Tuesday to celebrate the new Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, holding a ribbon cutting outside the department’s Raleigh office.
Inside, there is a call center for veterans needing help with issues ranging from PTSD to finding employment.
Vets were on hand Tuesday talking about how important it is to have the new department.
“We address ourselves [in North Carolina] as the most military friendly and yet we were only one of about 10 or 12 states that did not have a Department of Veterans Affairs, didn’t have a person sitting at the table with the governor,” said Jeff Joyner of the American Legion.
Cornell Wilson, the new military and veterans affairs secretary, is a retired major general with the Marine Corps.
“We’re the voice for the military in this state,” Wilson said. “We have a lot of military installations here – 120,0000 soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen and Coast Guardsmen. We want to make sure they can train and deploy as their mission at these bases.”
One Vietnam veteran, Lenny Lazzara, said, “This is going to work wonders and hopefully the other states will see what North Carolina is doing.”
You can find out more about the call center at its website at: http://www.nc4vets.com/