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What local community groups are helping active and former military adjust to civilian life?

Mike Voorheis

The Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums perform during the Step Up For Soldiers Children’s Fishing Tournament at Kure Beach Pier Saturday, June 19, 2010. Staff Photo By Matt Born/Wilmington Star-News.

Q. What local community groups are helping active and former military adjust to civilian life? Are there any liaisons between governmental agencies and Cape Fear NGOs to assist veterans in recovering from war? What is being done while the veterans supercenter is getting built?

A. Tom Russell, founder of Step Up for Soldiers, listed his and three other organizations that help veterans adjust to civilian life.

Step Up For Soldiers: An all-volunteer nonprofit “dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families.” It focuses primarily on those involved in Operation Enduring Freedom and later.

Hope for the Warriors: A national nonprofit founded by military wives. It supports “wounded U.S. service members, their families, and families of the fallen.” Programs include A Warrior’s Wish, hope and morale, family support, outdoor adventures and wounded warrior barracks.

Gold Star Mothers: Mothers of service members who died in the line of the duty reach out to the families of other soldiers who died in battle. They also help veterans make presentations of claims to the Veterans’ Administration.

Until the Veterans Administration clinic opens on the grounds of the Wilmington airport, veterans can visit local clinics for standard procedures and will need to travel to the VA center in Fayetteville for more involved procedures.

In Wilmington, the local VA Clinic is at 736 Medical Center Drive and is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 763-5979.

In Brunswick County, the Outreach Clinic is at 20 Medical Campus Drive, Suite 106, Supply. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 754-6141

Each county has a Veterans Services Office to assist veterans.

Brunswick: Building F, 10 Referendum Drive NE, Bolivia [Map this]. 253-2233. Click here for the website.

New Hanover: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 36, Wilmington. 798-7611. Click here for the website.

Pender: 108 S. Cowan St., Burgaw [Map this]. 259-1203. Click here for the website.

If you know of other groups, please enter the information in the Comments section below


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One Response to “ What local community groups are helping active and former military adjust to civilian life?”

  1. On April 10, 2012 at 8:20 am Kevin Murphy wrote:

    Another group helping our wounded service Men and Women is a local Non- Profit Ocean Cure. Ocean Cure offers Free surf lessons to our Wounded Warriors throughout the year in an effort to build confidence, help with relaxation and possibly find a new hobby to help with stress relief. To date Ocean Cure has served over 200 Men and Women at Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Cape Lookout.

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