"Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead..."

Join us in Congratulating Chris Rolph on his new role at Accenture.
You may remember Chris was last year's Student Veteran of the Year. Chris was not originally from here, but Queens University and Accenture helped us keep him here.
Here's what Chris had to say about his transition: " My name is Chris Rolph; I served in the United States Air Force for 4.9 years (active duty plus some guard time). I was a C130-J Loadmaster and was stationed in Ramstein, Germany."
Why did you move to Charlotte? - "I came here to attend Queens University and join the Charlotte Air National Guard. Also, I knew that Charlotte was a fast-growing city that would provide a great deal of professional opportunity upon graduation."
How was Veterans Bridge Home able to help you?- "Where to start? VBH was instrumental in the standup of the Queens University Student Veterans Association. They have helped structure a community of support for veterans in the Charlotte area and most of all, they have been mentors and friends to me along my journey of transition."
Rainbow Run Benefiting  VBH

Saturday, Sept. 8th
NoDa Charlotte

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Contact Kevin Grimes for additional info @ kgrimes@veteransbridgehome.org 

The inaugural 2018 Stonewall Rainbow Run 5k and after party is intended to be an annual fundraiser to bring the community together while raising critical funds for worthwhile Charlotte non-profits. This themed run (and party) will surely have you stocking up on neon accessories and colorful outfits!
Red, White & Brew Stable Call

Thursday, August 30th
1800 - 2100, Order from Menu
Lenny Boy Brewing Company 
3000 S Tryon St, Charlotte 28217

In the U.S. Cavalry it is a tradition to hold "stable calls" where leaders can gather together in a relaxed atomasphere and get to know one another over a drink. Friends of Veterans Bridge Home recommended that we bring this tradition to our community so veterans and non-veterans can get to know one another.

If you are interested in meeting new people and enjoying a cold drink, come out to Lenny Boy Brewing Company (3000 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28217) on Thursday, August 30th from 6-9pm.
Marine Week!

September 5th - 9th
Various Events, Times & Locations

Marine Week will feature a variety of family-friend events throughout the city of Charlotte September 5-9. Each of the events below are open to the public and we encourage you to attend as the U.S. Marine Corps take over the city! Be sure to follow Marine Week on social media for the latest updates and details throughout the week with hashtag #marineweek.

Patriots Path - Drinks & Drawings

Friday, September 7

Join Patriots Path for a late summer soirĂ©e with live music, drinks, hors d'oeuvres,  and a live auction of "service inspired" art created by  Charlotte artist and veteran, Sean Johnson. 
SC State Guard 10k & Military Tribute Concert ft. Edwin McCain

Saturday, October 13th
Camden, South Carolina

The South Carolina State Guard is hosting their annual 10K endurance hike through Camden, SC on October 13th, 2018. Following the hike, will be our first Tribute to Military Concert featuring Edwin McCain. The concert will be inside the Camden City Arena and will be open to the general public. Local businesses and food vendors will set up booths outside the arena. A local band, Sea Bolt, will open for Edwin McCain and will play from 10:00am - 1:00pm. This event will be family friendly.
Battlefields 2 Ballfields

Battlefields to Ballfields will provide veterans an opportunity to integrate back into their communities through officiating and scholarships.
The Foundation will pay for uniforms and dues that are required by the associations the veterans will join at the local level. Battlefields to Ballfields will pay for their equipment, training materials, insurance, and provide a mentor--who will train and follow them as they move up the ladder in officiating.
Those who have been involved in officiating already have felt the joy of stepping out onto the field or a court. With it comes a great sense of value that leaves one with a feeling of accomplishment.
On The Radar

September 2nd, 0800 - Free Veterans Yoga

September 4th, 0700 - Veterans Coffee at Harris YMCA

September 6th, 0730 - 0900 - Monthly Ballantyne Networking Coffee

September 10th - 15th - Suicide Prevention Week

September 12th, 1145 - 1300 - Monthly Uptown Networking Lunch

October 27th, 0800 - Hero Run

We look forward to seeing you soon!