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New Benefits Incoming for Veteran Caregivers

By Nathan Huret August 28, 2020

Military veterans with severe chronic diseases or disabilities have two options for care.  They may be admitted to a VA hospital if they require specialized medical support.  But for many American veterans, it is the spouse or a family member who steps into the role of a part-time to the full-time caregiver.  Especially when the veteran is unable to conduct activities of daily living (cooking, cleaning, and self-care). But what impact does that have on the household?  Veterans have a standard monthly income established by their earnings and length of service.  Additionally, if a veteran was wounded in service, they…

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It Has. It Can. It Will.

By Nathan Huret August 22, 2020

There is one aspect of our modern US military which has always amazed me – the ability of individuals that come from every corner of our country, from different cultural backgrounds, from different races, religions, political persuasions, [insert typical cultural divider here] to rise above that multitude of differences to form one team, with one mission, for one country. The thought immediately conjures up a stupidly Hollywood example – the scene as Forrest Gump describes fellow members of his platoon, “There was Dallas, from Phoenix; Cleveland – he was from Detroit; and Tex… well, I don’t remember where Tex come…

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Veterans Say Separation and Transition Programs Still Fall Short

By Nathan Huret July 11, 2020

Unless you have served in the military it can be difficult to understand the realities of transitioning from military life back to civilian life.  Just as the military thoroughly trains and prepares soldiers for active duty, is the same level of conditioning provided for veterans to step down from military service? There are most definitely programs for military men and women who are transitioning from active duty back to civilian life. These programs are designed to help military personnel get ready for a different kind of life. Returning to their former civilian lifestyle. But if these programs exist with the…

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Coming Home is Sometimes Harder Than Staying in Military Service for American Veterans

By Nathan Huret June 24, 2020

The road to home is long for veterans, who count the days to completing their military service when they can return to civilian life.  But when the day comes, it is not always the joyful homecoming and freedom they anticipated after being discharged. Today more than ever before, the obstacles that veterans face while they transition from active service to civilian life are being recognized.  The Annual National Veteran Suicide Prevention Report for 2019 shares some tragic statistics.  There has been an average of 6,000 veteran suicides annually since data was collected and reported annually in 2005. What are some…

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‘Veterans Economic Recovery Act of 2020’ Will Help Veterans Unemployed By Covid-19

By Nathan Huret June 11, 2020

In 2019, unemployment rates for American veterans fell to its lowest point in twenty years.   Increasing community outreach and non-profit support programs for military veterans was making a measurable difference. The Covid-19 coronavirus has had a substantial impact on unemployment rates.  For veterans, the month of June saw jobless rates almost reaching 12%.  In May, the jobless rate for veterans exceeded 20%, and advocate agencies have expressed that extended unemployment for veterans could lead to a large spike in homelessness. Female veterans were the hardest hit by the coronavirus related labor contraction in the United States.  The unemployment rate for…

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Finding Civilian Employment While Coping with Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

By Nathan Huret May 23, 2020

Do you know a military veteran that lost his or her job, because they failed to disclose a diagnosis of PTSD to their employer?  It happens more often than you think it does.  Have you ever worked with a veteran who was triggered into post-traumatic stress disorder episodes? About 11% to 20% of American military veterans have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  A dramatic circumstance, witness to violence and death, or near-death experiences in military combat can cause PTSD.  Survivors can also experience guilt if they were one of few that survived a combat event, where some of…

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Military Spouses Can Explore Freelance Jobs That Move With Them

By Nathan Huret May 17, 2020

Building a career when ‘staying put’ in one location for any lengthy period of time is not always an option. It has an impact on the kind of career experience you can acquire. And the duration of your employment history, as a military spouse.  With little notice, it can be time to pack up and ship out to another military base, state, and city.  And that makes job search much harder. But freelance opportunities may be the answer. In the past, military spouses have been limited to the kind of employment they could pursue, because of the frequent relocation requirements. …

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Who would you want in your “foxhole”?

By Nathan Huret April 13, 2020

First, let me start by hoping and praying that you and your family are doing well and are staying safe during these very uncertain times. I hope so and I hope that continues. So much has changed in one month – worlds have literally been turned upside-down in the span of just 30 days.   After the longest economic expansion in our country’s ENTIRE HISTORY, the economy appears teetering in multiple areas, with a downward spiral that seems to be impacting EVERY sector from your favorite diner to funeral homes. In the span of weeks, there are more K-6th graders…

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Simplicity = Intense Focus

By Nathan Huret February 21, 2020

In a late 2019 blog post, I detailed the year that had been – a year of so much “new” for HKY4Vets that it was honestly difficult to remember ALL that had been devised, planned, worked on, changed, moved forward and hoped for in those 12 short months. I went on to claim that with so much of that “building” behind us, it felt like we could move forward and really grow. I viewed 2020 as a year of growth AND maturity for HKY4Vets. But I left it on a cliffhanger…..never really mentioning what we foresaw as our strategic objectives…

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Middle of the Pack (pt. 2 of 2)

By Nathan Huret January 27, 2020

Back in December I wrote a blog that detailed our region’s population of military veterans (feel free to catch Pt. 1 here if you missed) – getting into demographic aspects of population, age and eras of service, through levels of education and skill sets. The data clearly showed several things: Owing to the large installations within NC, we do have a larger than average veteran population within our region when compared to national percentages. Veterans tend to skew older age-wise than the typical civilian population, but our region was slightly atypical for veteran populations with a majority (56%) of our…

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“Our heads are spun…”

By Nathan Huret January 10, 2020

The 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg can deploy at a moment’s notice – literally within hours (to anywhere in the world) in a crisis situation. In response to rising tensions in the Middle East, it did just that. Strategically, I understand the deployment – the current situation in the Middle East is a virtual powder keg and our forces sheer presence is a tremendous deterrent thankfully. But since the initial news of the deployment came out, I cannot help but think of the families and the situations the 82nd is leaving behind at just a moment’s notice. I keep…

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2019 – Transition & 2020 – Growth

By Nathan Huret December 27, 2019

For HKY4Vets, 2019 has been monumental – a year of so much “new” that it is honestly difficult to remember ALL that has been devised, planned, worked on, changed, moved forward and hoped for these past 12 months. Try as I might to stay away from our own “End of Year List”, it is impossible not to at least mention that as of January 1, 2019: The organization never had a vision or mission statement nor a plan of work that defined our 2019 overarching strategies tied to objectives to carry out those strategies. The HKY4Vets brand, to universally tie…

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A Dive Into Our Region’s Veteran Data: Early Takeaways (Pt. 1 of 2)

By Nathan Huret December 5, 2019

Before Thanksgiving I received a request from a local veteran in pursuit of some demographic data on our region’s veteran population. I didn’t know the information myself admittedly, but found it particularly interesting, especially in light of new research from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) comparing the various veterans’ benefits offered state by state (future blog post – feel free to read the report and get ahead). I am including all of the demographic data (all from the 2018 American Community Survey) I pulled at the bottom of this article (for all my fellow data nerds), but…

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Building a [skill]bridge….

By Nathan Huret November 11, 2019

For those that follow HKY4Vets, I suspect you might be growing accustomed to these somewhat longer “dry spells” with no updates (outside of our social media outlets). Always know when we go a tad bit quiet, it usually means we are really deep into making some really cool things happen – hopefully to the benefit of transitioning military, military families and our awesome HKY4Vets business partners. True to form, we are in that quietly, crazily active period right now. I thought I might preview a little bit of the happenings in anticipation. The short version is – HKY4Vets is actively…

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Serving Those Who Have Served – Overcoming The Hesitation

By Nathan Huret September 20, 2019

As I was doing my weekly content creation/search for our various social media outlets, I came across an article written by Amy Williams, who was chosen this past Summer to participate in the George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program. Amy works with the Post-9/11 veteran population, but she has never served and was never a military spouse. In her blog article for the Institute, she describes feeling rather intimidated being among this select group of non-profit, business, education and other leaders from across the country because she hadn’t served. She didn’t have that experience of everything from “Boot…

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5 Things to Know About the USO Pathfinder Program

By Nathan Huret July 23, 2019

The following is taken from Chad Storlie with USAA’s “Going Civilian” blog. Chad wrote it so well and provided such good information, we foresaw no need to try and improve upon his work. Thanks Chad and USAA! “The USO has long been know as the military oriented organization that brings entertainers to deployed locations, the smiling greeters that welcome you with coffee & snacks no matter the hour when your touchdown after deployment, or the well needed rest areas in airports to recharge during a long trip. These are all facets of great USO services, but the USO also has…

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Meet a HKY4Vets Leader: Cary Bowman

By Nathan Huret May 21, 2019

We continue our efforts to highlight the brilliant and strategic minds behind the HKY4Vets Military Taskforce. Today, meet Mr. Cary Bowman, who served in the US Army from 1983 to 2015. The following are some excerpts from a recent interview with Cary. What motivated you to join the military? A desire to serve my country, grow and mature, adventure. Why did you pick the Army over other service branches? Educational benefits, always thought of being a soldier. Where did you serve the majority of your time in service? Fort Bragg, Washington DC, and multiple locations in NC with the Guard.…

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Carolina Caring Honors Our Nation’s Heroes with Dedication Ceremony

By Nathan Huret May 17, 2019

Each one of us owes our military veterans a debt of gratitude for their selfless service. As part of Carolina Caring’s (www.carolinacaring.org) mission to provide exceptional, compassionate care and enhance living for individuals and their families facing the end of life, Carolina Caring is committed to honoring all veterans in our country and in our care. This month, the organization will be unveiling their “Salute to Heroes Memorial” on their campus at 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC. The memorial pays tribute to the heroes in our community, honoring the sacrifice and commitment of law enforcement, firefighters, active military and veterans,…

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Meet a HKY4Vets Leader: Tim Adams

By Nathan Huret May 15, 2019

In an effort to highlight the brilliant and strategic minds behind the HKY4Vets Military Taskforce, I thought it might be interesting to showcase some of the leaders that volunteer their time to guide this effort forward. Today, meet Mr. Tim Adams, who served in the US Army from 1992 to 1996. Tim is now an Assistant Principal at Oxford Elementary School for the Catawba County School System. The following are some excerpts from a recent interview with Tim. What motivated you to join the military? College and adventure Why did you pick the Army over other service branches? They recruited…

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Recap – 2019 Foothills Veterans Stand Down

By Nathan Huret May 2, 2019

United by the theme of “No Man Left Behind”, the Veterans Transitional Advocacy Board recently hosted the 8th annual Foothills Veterans Stand Down at CVCC’s Tarlton Complex. Stand Down is a term that originated during the Vietnam War used to describe the practice of removing combat troops from the field and taking care of their basic needs in a safe area. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the Stand Down was “a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations” where troops had access to clean uniforms, warm meals, medical and dental care, mail, and camaraderie, all in…

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