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What's good? Congress passed the PACT Act last week expanding VA healthcare and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve. Are you connected to the VA healthcare and benefits system? We can help.
STAT OF THE WEEK 247 According to our stats, VBH has connected 247 Veterans from 35 counties in North Carolina with VA benefits so far in 2022. If you have not connected with the VA benefits you earned through your military service, you could be missing out on healthcare and financial benefits. If you have been "meaning to do this," reach out to us here and we will help you figure it out.
ICYMI Last week our Triangle Network Director, Mike Merzke posted a photo from the VFW Post 2740 (Durham) monthly breakfast. That breakfast started with 3 people last year and had two dozen last Thursday.
WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE

Wake Forest Vet Coffee | Monday, August 8 | 8:30 - 10AM | 225 East Holding Ave., Wake Forest, NC

Crossridge Cafe Veteran Coffee | Tuesday, August 9 | 7:30 - 8:30 AM | CrossRidge Cafe (2001 Parkway Dr, Indian Land, SC 29707)

Wednesday Workout | Wednesday, August 10 | 6 - 6:45 AM | Veterans Park (2400 McClintock Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205)

Lancaster Veteran Breakfast | Wednesday, August 10 | 8 - 9:30 AM | Punky's On Main (306 S. Main Street, Lancaster, SC 29720)

Don Timmons Veteran Coffee | Wednesday, August 10 | 9 - 11 AM | Richard Childress Racing 425 (Industrial Dr, Lexington, NC 27295)
Mental Health First Aid Training | Wednesday, August 10 | 8 AM - 5 PM | Goodwill Opportunity Campus (5301 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208)

Charlotte Veterans Lunch | Wednesday, August 10 | 11:45 AM - 1 PM | Goodwill Opportunity Campus (5301 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208 *NOTE THE ONE-TIME LOCATION CHANGE*)

Veterans on Wall Street Social | Thursday, August 11 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Suffolk Punch Brewing (2911 Griffith St, Charlotte, NC 28203)


Check out our calendar here for more events.
Metrolina Market Care Coordinator, Shakira Woodberry is a native Charlottean. Eight months after graduating from high school, she joined the Army. Her first duty station was in Bad Krueznach, Germany where she served almost four years as a mail clerk, armorer, duty driver, supply clerk, and special duties. She deployed from Germany to Bosnia and after her tour oversees, Shakira served in San Antonio, Texas at Fort Sam Houston.

After 8 years of service, she settled in Atlanta, Georgia and eventually moved back to Charlotte where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is passionate about all things related to veterans and has maintained a Facebook Veterans group for almost 10 years.
EVENT HIGHLIGHT
Charlotte Veterans Lunch | Wednesday, August 10 | 11:45 AM - 1 PM | Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont (5301 Wilkinson BLVD, Charlotte, NC 28208)
We had to move this lunch to a new location for the month due to a scheduling conflict. Lunch is still $10, $5 if you RSVP, FREE for first timers. Bring a friend, and join us for lunch, fellowship, and an interesting guest speaker. This month we are talking about Veterans Mental Health. We hope to see you there.
NEWS
Leo Shane on the PACT Act (C-SPAN)
Leo Shane talked about the passage of the PACT Act, which will expand health care benefits for veterans' exposed to toxins during their military service.
The Marine Corps announced that Lt. Gen. Michael Langley has been confirmed to head U.S. Africa Command and will be promoted to the rank of general in a ceremony Saturday. Langley will be the first Black Marine to hold the rank in the 246-year history of the branch.

Langley will take command of AFRICOM, based in Stuttgart, Germany, on Aug. 9, where he will oversee all American military forces stationed in Africa, according to a statement from the command. President Joe Biden nominated him for the job in June. Read more.
(Task and Purpose)
Skittles. From sour to tropical to the rare package found in an MRE, who doesn’t love to taste the rainbow?

For anyone worried that a tour of duty in Europe may mean a Skittles sabbatical, worry not. While the colorful candy is now banned across much of the European continent, Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores will continue to stock the brand. Read More

If there is one indisputable fact, it’s that dinosaurs are awesome. Anyone who disagrees is entitled to that opinion, but they are simply wrong.

And while there are plenty of films that chronicle the scaly heroes of the Mesozoic Era, it also is fun to see movies and shows about dinosaurs living among humans. Read more.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Gastonia Veteran Breakfast | Tuesday, August 16 | 8 - 9:30 AM | Outback Steakhouse (501 North New Hope Road, Gastonia, NC 28054)

VA in my Town - Charlotte VA Benefits Live Event | Thurs. - Sat., August 18 - 20 | 9 AM - 3 PM (Saturday 9 AM - 2PM) | Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (3400 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216)

Veterans Doughnuts and Coffee | Thursday, August 18 | 9 - 10 AM | Rock Hill Hospice Community Care Center (2275 India Hook Rd. Rock Hill)

Charlotte Veterans Coffee | Thursday, August 18 | 7:30 - 8:30 AM | VBH HQ (5260 Parkway Plaza Blvd, Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28217)

Ft. Mill Lunch | Thursday, August 18 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM | Town Tavern Restaurant (2000 Highway 160 West, Ft Mill, SC 29708)

Veteran Pottery Class | four classes: August 23, 26, September 6, and 13 | 10 AM - 12 PM | 4237 Raleigh St. Suite 5, Charlotte, NC 28213 | Cost: $48.00 for all four classes
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

#VetsGiveBack
Join us at a volunteer opportunity on Thursday, August 11 at Veterans Park to do some area beautification with a corporate Veterans group from SEI. RSVP here. Details: 8:45 AM - 12 PM, Thursday, August 11 at Veterans Park (2136 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205)

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 RedCross.org. Look for the word Volunteer in the upper righthand side and get started.

VBH Battle Buddy Program You can learn all about it and sign up here!

Don't miss out on volunteer opportunities! Subscribe to our volunteer distribution list here.
EMPLOYMENT

Cox Enterprises | Automotive and Body Repair Technicians, Bodyshop Painters | View
For more information contact Peter Mahmood at peter.mahmood@coxinc.com

CBRE | Administrative, Engineers, Technicians, IT, Marketing, Supply and more | Apply
Several remote positions plus jobs across the US in many areas of operations. 

Discount Tire | Entry Level Service Technicians | Apply
No automotive experience required, get paid while you train-$14-$16/hr.
For more info contact Kaitlin Roz at Kaitlin.roz@discounttire.com

Vectrus-DoD contracts | Logistics & Supply, Maintenance, IT, Transportation, HR and more | Apply
CONUS and OCONUS, for more info contact Rhonda Lewis | Email
Mobile: 719-637-4284

Honeywell International | Marketing & Sales, IT, Finance, Business Management, Customer Service, more | Apply

FedEx | Drivers, Retail Customer Service, Warehouse Associates, IT, | Apply
Lots of entry level positions with a career path within the company
VETERAN SERVICES
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.
COVID RESOURCES Know Your COVID-19 Community Level

COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area. 
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