Veterans Standdown:

4th Annual Craven County Veterans Stand-down held on Friday September 8, 2017 at the Army Reserve National Guard Armory in New Bern, NC and Saturday September 9, 2017 at the New Beginnings Ministry Campus in Havelock, NC. Events will begin at 9:00 am with a breakfast snack, after the opening ceremony, followed by speakers and lunch to be served at 12:30 with the program ending approximately at 1:00 pm.

What is a veterans’ stand-down? The original Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment.

Free rides to the event will be provided on September 8/9th by DAV chapter 40 and New Beginnings Ministry by contacting their local County Veterans Service Officer or 252-514-4828 ext. 241 no later than 1 September. Hope to see you there!


Women Veterans Outreach:

According to the Department of Defense, in 2010 more than 30,000 single mothers have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and as of 2006 more than 40% of active duty women have children. For any veteran with dependent children, being identified as homeless creates a threat and fear of youth protective services assessing the situation as dangerous and removing the children from their parent. This is one of the reasons VEBCOG and NC Works has partnered together to hold a Women Veterans and Active Duty Women Outreach Event.