Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!
Last week we asked you what was your favorite part of October. (More on those answers later) We chose a reader who responded at random to win a bag full of swag. And the winner is: Kenneth Parker! We will reach out to coordinate your swag bag.

Thank you all so much for answering. A little birdy told me the newsletter author's birthday is next week so make sure you open next week's newsletter for another chance to win!
STAT OF THE WEEK 28.7% 28.7% of you who responded to the poll thinks football is more important than pumpkin spice or the Navy birthday. Close behind was cooler temps/fall. Curious of the numbers? Here they are:

  • Football! - 28.7%
  • Cooler Temperature/Fall View - 25.5%
  • Pumpkin spice - duh! - 17.1%
  • Halloween - 17.1%
  • USN Birthday - 11.6%
Event Highlights

Ballantyne Breakfast | Wednesday October 5 | 7:30am - 8:30am | Another Broken Egg Cafe 11324 N. Community House Rd, Charlotte NC | Cost: First Time Free - Register

Wednesday Workout | Veterans Memorial Park 2400 McClintock Road
Charlotte, NC 28205 | Wednesday, October 5 | 6 AM - 6:45AM | Cost: Free Register

Panthers In The Park/Play 60 Combine | Sunday, October 9 | 1pm - 3pm | Cost: Free - Register

Military-Veteran Career Networking Event & Happy Hour | Friday October 7 | 1pm - 6pm | Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum at Wake Forest University | Register
Volunteer Opportunity
Have you been interested in giving back to the community? Volunteer with us in partnership Mecklenburg County Parks & Rec to beautify public parks around Charlotte.
Oct 13, November 4th & 10th | 8:30am - 12pm

Veterans Coffee | Thursday October 13 | 7:30am - 8:30am | VBH HQ, 5260 Parkway Plaza Blvd Ste 110, Charlotte NC | Cost: Free | Register

Spouse And Hiring Event | Wednesday, October 26 |1:15pm - 4:00pm | 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh NC Room 3222. | Cost: Free - Register

Ft Mill Veteran Lunch | Thursday, October 20 |11:30am - 1:00pm | Towne Tavern 2000 SC-160, Ft Mill SC | Register

Panthers In The Park/Play 60 Combine | Sunday, October 23 | 10am - 12pm | Cost: Free - Register

Check out our calendar here for more events.
Fri, Nov 11, 2022 2:00 PM EST
2022 Carolinas Veterans Day Festival
Memorial Stadium, Charlotte
Hero Run 5k & 1k Fun Run
Join us as we honor our local hero Jake Miller at the 2022 Hero Run. Saturday, November 19 | 8am | Fairview Plaza (Southpark) Charlotte
We have events in all our regions. Whether it's to share a meal or help a friend, we would love to connect with you. Check out all of our events here.
VBH Team Spotlight
Our Charlotte care coordination team goes further than just the center of Charlotte. Our Charlotte coordination team services Veterans and their families in Anson, Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union & Wilkes counties.

  • Network Director: Diane Weekley, BCC
  • Care Coordinators: Dwayne Wells, Thomas Jacobs, Bryce Humphries, & Shakira Woodberry

To contact Charlotte Care Coordination staff dial 855-425-8838, Press 1

Veterans of all eras will be eligible for caregiver benefits starting Oct. 1, an expansion that is expected to add thousands of families to the program in the next year.

The move was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 but had been delayed two years as officials refined processing and support for the program. Currently, only veterans who served before May 1975 or after September 2001 are eligible for the benefits.

Veterans Affairs leaders are dismissing accusations that they are significantly undercounting suicides among veterans, saying that a recent critical outside analysis relied on problematic comparisons that confused the issue.

Earlier this month, department officials released their annual report on veterans suicide, showing a decrease in deaths of nearly 10% from 2018 to 2020 (the latest year for which census data is available).

Dahmer: Monster — The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” premiered this week on Netflix. The eerie show centers on sadistic serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer and details how his dark path was forged.

And while he was notorious for committing the heinous serial murders of 17 people between 1978 and 1991, a lesser known portion of his story includes a brief stint in the U.S. Army.

The Red Cross's Service to the Armed Forces group is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver Welcome Home Kit (household goods to assist homeless Veterans who recently moved into a home). They need volunteers to serve as delivery drivers. If you are interested in volunteering for this program or other Red Cross opportunities, please go to Look for the word Volunteer in the upper righthand side and get started.

VBH Battle Buddy Program We are looking for real life heroes and you can train to save a life! Sign up and learn all about it here.

Don't miss out on volunteer opportunities! Subscribe to our volunteer distribution list here.
JOB OPENINGS & Hiring Fairs


Amazon | Military Recruiting Events Calendar | View

NC4ME | Monthly Hiring Events across NC | Register

Hiring Our Heroes | Hiring Events Calendar | View

Triad Region

NCServes is the first state-wide network to coordinate care for Veterans and their families.
Every Veteran and every family is different.

Therefore their care must be tailored to meet their unique needs. The only way all of these needs can be met is through a networked approach.

Ask if the organization you are working with if they are a NCServes member.
BECOME A PATHFINDER Do you want to pay it forward? For only $20 a month you can become a VBH Pathfinder and assist a veteran family in need. Click here to donate.