“Helping those who served.”
The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA) was first established as a part of the Commission of Labor in 1925 to “aid veterans of the World War.” In 1945, the NCDVA became a separate agency to assist veterans and their families in securing benefits earned through military service.
The Division is organized into the Assistant Secretary’s Office in Raleigh, N.C. State Veterans Service Office located at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Winston-Salem. Fifteen District Service Offices are strategically located throughout the state from Murphy to Elizabeth City. Three State Cemeteries located in Black Mountain, Jacksonville and Spring Lake. Two State Veterans Nursing Homes are located in Fayetteville and Salisbury.
The Assistant Secretary’s Office is chiefly concerned with all administration, training, scholarship program and information. It directs the activities of all offices of the Division, maintains financial records, and approves disbursements.
The State Service Office in Winston Salem is responsible for coordinating with US Department of Veterans Affairs, receives the claims from the Districts, conducts file reviews and personal hearings held at the Regional Office.
The District Offices are staffed by one or more District Service Officers with clerical assistance. They are highly trained officers who provide service directly to veterans and their families. They train, assist and supervise the work of the affiliated County Service Officers in their district.
Nearly all 100 counties have County Service Officers providing either part -time or full-time service. These service officers are employees of their respective county and work in affiliation with NCDVA.
The State Veterans Cemetery Program has a Program Manager in the Assistant Secretary’s Office. Each Cemetery has a Superintendent and four staff members. The Cemeteries are for burial of qualified North Carolina veterans and their dependents.
The State Veterans Homes are staffed by a Program Manager in the Assistant Secretary’s Office. There is a 150-bed facility located in Fayetteville; a 99-bed facility located in Salisbury. Both homes provide skilled nursing care to qualified North Carolina veterans. There are no state-appropriated funds provided to operate these facilities.
In appreciation for the service and sacrifices of North Carolina’s war veterans, a scholarship program at approved schools in North Carolina has been established for the qualifying children of deceased, disabled, combat or POW/MIA veterans.