A Wilmington-based organization called Thumos Project is a group of veterans and civilians dedicated to assisting veterans and their families. One aspect of support offered is Agri-therapy, with the aim of creating sustainable development through agriculture. Working the land is acknowledged as intrinsically meaningful work and as a gift to the community.

Fayetteville VA Medical Center --

Fayetteville VA Medical Center --

Connecting Veterans and Civilians through Story

Jun 6, 2015

Author Lawrence (Larry) Winters is a Vietnam Veteran and an author of two books:  The Making & Unmaking of a Marine: One Man's Struggle for ForgivenessBrother Keeper.  Dina Greenberg is a writer and facilitator of narrative workshops.  These two are teaming up this weekend at the Cameron Art Museum for a workshop called "The Stories We Carry," an opportunity for Veterans and Civilians to connect through stories and writing.

A new affiliation between UNCW and the Fayetteville VA Medical Center opens the door for students, researchers and VA staff to work collaboratively. The agreement, signed Monday, is a collaboration that aims to improve health care for veterans.

Starting Monday, military veterans in the Coastal Carolina region will be able to seek medical treatment closer to home. The new Wilmington Health Center, located next to the airport, will enhance and expand health care for as many as 18,000 veterans.

Veterans requiring specialty treatment falling outside the capacity of smaller outpatient clinics in Wilmington and Brunswick County endure long trips to Fayetteville to receive care. Fred Roche, the administrator of the new Wilmington Health center, says much of that travel time will now be alleviated.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s announcement to lift the combat ban for women serving in the military came as no surprise to author Kirsten Holmstedt. The Iraq War started while she was working on her MFA in creative writing at UNCW in 2003. She heard about women serving in the line of fire and decided to collect their stories first-hand. 

Three bills were filed in both the North Carolina house and senate last week to assist veterans with tuition for state schools. 

Stand Down Helps Homeless Veterans

Feb 3, 2012

A Stand Down refers to a safe place for exhausted combat units to rest and recover away from the battlefield during wartime. Here at home, Stand Downs are also known as community events connecting homeless veterans to services and supplies they don’t have. 

Many NC Veterans Paying Out-of-State Tuition

Nov 14, 2011

When changes to the GI Bill took effect in August, the revisions bridged a gap between the cost of public and private higher education for student veterans. While capping private tuition at nearly $18,000 the revisions also specify that only in-state tuition is covered. WHQR's Sara Wood reports this has created a financial burden for several hundred student veterans in North Carolina.