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Military Appreciation Day at Golden Corral


Louis Drogos, Navy Nurse, with husband, Gene, Navy Lighter than Air crewman. World War II
Louis Drogos, Navy Nurse, with husband, Gene, Navy Lighter than Air crewman. World War II

Golden Corral and its guests raise millions for Disabled American Veterans organization.  They do this by providing a free meal to local veterans at most Golden Corral restaurants.  The Disabled American Veterans are present at the dinner and accept donations for their programs to assist disabled veterans.


The Golden Corral Community. 2014 Military Appreciation Monday ‘thank you’ dinner is Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5 pm.  Learn more


Why not team up with fellow members and head to Golden Corral for a little socializing?

NC Division of Veterans Affairs

DVANC-logoNeed a one-stop shop for current news and information on local veterans affairs? The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs has a site just for you. Visit their site at:


The division is there to help veterans avoid and solve problems relating to veterans programs and benefits.  You should never have to pay for assistance with veterans services or claims.  Learn more


The division also publishes a periodic newsletter that has current information and news on employment opportunities for veterans.  Take a look

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Roundtable  0

In partnership with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9100, the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center, Chapel Hill,  invites all veterans to come out and a guest speaker’s story, share yours, and learn of the various services and resources available to you as a veteran.  This month’s event is on Monday, January 27, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Although there will be set speakers, it would be expected that others join in and share as well. One of the most important things about this program is that information and updates for Veterans are shared in the last 15  to 20 minutes of the session  For example,  did you know that veterans can get their computers worked on for free?

This is the beginning of a new program focusing on area veterans and veterans services.  There will be new speakers for each meeting.

If you would like to be a speaker for future meetings, contact Cydnee Sims, Robert and Pearl Seymour Center Operations Manager, at (919) 245-4250. Refreshments provided.

Facilitators for the inaugural event are:  Lee Heavlin, Past North Carolina VFW District 6 Commander and Peter O’Grady, member American Legion Post 6, Chapel Hill.

Directions:  2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina  27516

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Verizon Offers Military Discounts  0

Verizon honors a special discount for Federal and Military employees.  The discount covers not only active duty and retirees, but also those who have served.  You just need your DD Form 214 to show you served.

The discount includes telephone, data links, and accessories.  It also waives activation fees.  Learn more, download:  Verizon Military Discounts

Need a Replacement DD Form 214?  0

A DD Form 214 is the uniformed services’ Report of Separation and Record of Service. Every person serving in the military, regardless of branch of service, is issued a DD Form 214. Do you know where your copy is located?

The DD Form 214 is the first thing asked for by the VA when a veteran requests care or VA benefits. It is also needed to obtain a military honor guard, interment in a national or state veterans cemetery or for a flag from the post office for a military funeral.

The same form is needed to support membership in a veterans group or to hold office. For the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the DD Form 214 is not required for membership, but in absence of a DD Form 214, there are other means to prove eligibility. For example: photos of the candidate serving in-theater, letters from an overseas site or station, military awards certificates, general orders, military assignment orders, and other documents can support eligibility.

Do you know where your DD Form 214 is located? Do you know how to request a replacement? Click here to learn more.

Military Federal and Senior Discounts  0

Did you know that Federal employees, past and present, can get a discount on their wireless phones? How about veterans and military discounts at restaurants, stores, and service centers? And, if you are an AARP member, there are local discounts for you.

First the AARP deal of the week. If you visit the local Regal Cinema at Timberlyne Shopping Center in Chapel Hill, your AARP card can give you a large discount at the concession counter! This was passed on to this roving reporter by an alert employee who spotted his AARP card. It is nearly half off! Time to take the kids to the movie and actually be able to afford the snack counter. Of course, active duty and retired military get a discount, as do seniors.

Denny’s Restaurants also give all AARP card holders a 20% discount!

Now for the details on other discounts. Colleges are receiving new students on the GI Bill and are watching out for them. Here is a link to the University of North Texas’ Veterans’ Center and their current list of discounts. Link

The Veterans of Foreign Wars also has a huge selection of discounts for members. Why not maximize the value of your VFW membership? Learn more

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Orange County Focus Group on Veterans Service Officer  0

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – The Orange County Department of Social Services will hold four focus groups to gather feedback about how the county can improve the services it provides to area veterans.

There will be two focus groups in Chapel Hill and two in Hillsborough over the next two weeks.  The focus groups will be located at Social Services buildings in each town, and there will be both afternoon and evening sessions. The times and addresses of the focus group session are:

Chapel Hill:

  • Monday, Aug. 13, from 6-7 p.m. and
  • Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 1-2 p.m.

Location:   Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC  27516


  • Friday, Aug. 17, from 1-2 p.m. and
  • Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 6-7 p.m.

Location:    Department of Social Services, 113 Mayo Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278

If you would like to participate in a focus group, please contact Jonathan Yeomans at tel:919-245-2885 or 919-245-2869

The position of Veterans Service Officer at the Orange County Department of Social Services in Hillsborough was recently vacated.  The department plans to use the focus groups to get feedback about services and functions of the Veterans Service Officer that are the most important to the veteran community.

District Veteran Service Officer Terry McMillan will be available at the Orange County Social Services office in Hillsborough from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday until the position is filled.

Vet Job Fair  0

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Job Fair for veterans and their spouses in Chapel Hill on June 1st.   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is working in cooperation with GE and Hero2Hired and other partners.

More than 50 employers will be at the fair!  Update your resume and sign-up!  All local vets are encouraged to attend the Job Fair.

The fair will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Friday Center at 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill.  Job seekers should pre-register at  Walk-in job-seekers are allowed with proper military identification.