RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue urges North Carolinians to remember veterans and their families on Memorial Day, and has called on legislators to support her budget plans that invest in initiatives that enhance educational and job opportunities for those who have served the nation.
“As we pause to honor the sacrifice of all brave servicemen and women, we also must strengthen our resolve to assist our veterans with educational and job opportunities when they come home,” Gov. Perdue said. “To accomplish this, we must make it easier for eligible veterans to obtain the skills and training necessary to succeed in the competitive job market.”
The governor’s budget seeks to provide tuition assistance by classifying certain military veterans — and their dependents — as resident students for tuition purposes. Programs also would be established to provide peer and counselor support to students whose parents are deployed.
To learn more about the governor’s recommendations to benefit veterans and their families, visit www.InvestingInOurFuture.nc.gov.
Perdue also encourages citizens to remember residents of the N.C. State Veterans Nursing Homes. One way to do this is to send cards, wish-list gifts or monetary donations to benefit residents.
“We will soon open two new State Veterans Homes — one in Kinston and one in Black Mountain — to provide needed residential health care for our veterans,” Perdue said. “But there are many basic needs that can be met today through the generosity of our citizens who, through simple acts, can both recognize the selfless service of our veterans and significantly improve their lives.”
Contributions received through the nonprofit Friends of the N.C. State Veterans Homes are tax deductible. Monetary contributions can be made to Friends of the N.C. State Veterans Homes and should be addressed to Holiday Cheer, c/o James Woodard, N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs, 1315 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1315. Donations may be accompanied by a signed card or given anonymously.