82nd Airborne troops prepare to deploy

Paratroopers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division load aircraft bound for the U.S. Central Command area of operations from Fort Bragg, on Jan. 5, 2020.  Image courtesy of Spc. Hubert Delany/U.S. Army

 

Governor Roy Cooper shared a list of state government support resources for military service members and their families as thousands of troops from Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune are deployed and redeployed in light of ongoing events in the Middle East.

“Our brave service members work tirelessly to keep us safe, and they should be able to carry out their service without worrying about loved ones back home,” said Governor Cooper. “It is important that we provide resources to servicemen and women and their families to ensure that a sudden deployment does not put them at financial or other risk.”

Active members of the military and their families may access various state support resources, including those listed below:

Tax Assistance

The State of North Carolina offers tax assistance to soldiers and other service members who deploy overseas to combat zones. The assistance includes extension of deadlines to file and considerations for combat zone pay.

License Renewals and Duplicates

The Military Internet Unit at the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles offers license renewals and duplicates for service members and dependents by starting the process online and then completing the form via mail and level II-III driving permits for military dependents 18 and over by mail.

DMV will waive lapse of insurance fees if provided a copy of their deployment paperwork. DMV will also add endorsements to drivers license by mail (motorcycle, etc.) for service members and dependents.

Rental and Leasing Resources

The Service members Civil Relief Act and the North Carolina Sevice members Civil Relief Act provide protections for service members and their families, including related to rental and leasing agreements. Service members and their families may be eligible to terminate leases early or be protected from eviction when a deployment or change and duty occurs.

Employee Assistance Program

The State of North Carolina Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a state-sponsored benefit program that offers confidential support and resources to address personal, medical-, or work-related challenges and concerns. EAP services are available to state employees as well as their dependents.

Job Training 

NCWorks is a one-stop online resource for job seekers and employers in North Carolina. Job seekers can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, and search labor market information. The 80 NCWorks Career Centers include both regular staff and Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) staff, and all of the NCWorks job training and job placement assistance is available to service members and their families.

NC4ME Hiring Resources

The North Carolina Department of Military and Veteran Affairs and The North Carolina Department of Commerce conduct regular North Carolina for Military Employment (NC4ME) hiring events for military members, veterans and spouses. Hiring events have led to almost 50% of participants receiving offers or second interviews (compared to 2% for normal job fairs). The next hiring event is January 30 in Sandhills, North Carolina.

Identity Protection Resources

Serving in the military can make it harder to monitor credit and financial information, making service members an easier target for ID theft. If you are being deployed, consider placing an active duty alert on your credit reports and get a security freeze on your credit.

Behavioral Health Services

The Department of Health and Human Services through the Division of Mental Health provides funding to support the delivery of behavioral health services offered through the four NCServes coordinating networks across the state. These networks coordinate assistance to service members, families, and veterans.

NC Pre-K

Children of active duty families, including Armed Forces and North Carolina National Guard, are eligible for NC Pre-K without being subject to income requirements applied to other families.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy—Members of the National Guard and Veterans

The State Of North Carolina provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination, harassment or retaliation against (among others) members of the National Guard or on the basis of veteran status.

Veteran’s Preference

State law requires that employment preference be given for having served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty during periods of war or any other campaign, expedition, or engagement for which a campaign badge or medal is authorized by the United States Department of Defense.

North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

The North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs provides support and services to military members, veterans, and their families and focuses on protecting North Carolina’s military installations. To contact the DMVA, visit:

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