Resources for Veterans and their Families

Mecklenburg County Veterans Services

The Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Veterans Services Division is open 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to provide service to clients on a walk-in basis. ​Our main office is located on the 2nd floor of the Hal Marshall County Services Center at 700 N. Tryon Street in Charlotte. We invite you​ to come into the office and speak with one of our certified veterans services officers.

(704) 336-2102

Mecklenburg County Veterans Services

 

Veterans Bridge Home

VBH works with Veterans and their families to identify and prioritize their goals, then educates them on the resources available to reach those goals before finally connecting them to community resources, as well as other Veterans, to create a holistic network of support.

(704) 332-8802

Veterans Bridge Home

 

The Salvation Army

Shelter Care for Homeless Veterans: Providing resources for veterans and families

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has selected The Salvation Army as a contractor to provide temporary residential housing and supportive services to homeless veterans and their families. A special wing of the Center of Hope shelter has been reserved for this unique program, and partners such as Charlotte Bridge Home are helping us to provide veterans the resources and support they deserve to live independently and fully.

The Salvation Army Center of Hope

 

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Mission: The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) will end homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
1730 M Street NW
Suite 705
Washington, DC 20036

info@nchv.org

Phone: 202-546-1969
Toll-free phone: 800-VET-HELP

Veteran in crisis? Dial 877-424-3838 for 24/7 assistance.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

 

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

DMVA has a devoted team of professionals committed to ensuring that all those who served –and their loved ones –are made aware of and maximize all the benefits and resources available.  DMVA has qualified benefits specialists in 12 offices throughout the state, an established relationship with County Veterans Officers which are in most counties in the state, and an established relationship with the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs.  We work to ensure that veterans are appropriately served.

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(704) 563-2037
5500 Executive Center Drive, Suite 132
Charlotte, NC 28212

Please visit website for other office locations.

DMVA: Benefits and Claims

 

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Remembering our Veterans: Jacqueline Tyes

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Jacqueline Tyes, Past Commander

First Female Commander of NC State & Mecklenburg County

Jacqueline Nicole Tyes is the daughter of Edwin and Marion Tyes. She is a native of Buffalo, New York, but currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jacqueline comes from a strong military family. Her father served in the United States Army. She and her three sisters also served in the military, her youngest sister is still serving in the United States Army. Upon graduating from Leonardo Da Vinci High School at the age 17, Jacqueline joined the United States Navy. She honorably served in the Navy as a Boatswain’s Mate for a Diving and Salvage Unit for three years before being injured and medically discharged. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Education both from D’Youville College. Jacqueline then went on to serve as an Educator for 17 years until she retired in 2015. Over her 17 year career as an educator, she taught Pre-K through eighth grade. She taught all subject areas including Spanish. She also taught four classes as an Adjunct Professor at Buffalo State College early on in her career. Ms. Tyes acquired credentials to teach in New York State, Florida as well as North Carolina. Upon retirement, Jacqueline began writing professionally. She started a blog in February of 2018 theENCOURAGErcom.wordpress.com , coauthored a book with other female veterans that released spring of 2018 (Behind The Ranks, Vol II), and will be releasing her first Children’s Book in November 2018 (The Beauty of Black A-Z).

Behind the Rank

Jacqueline currently serves as an advocate for veterans with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), where she was unanimously elected to serve as the First Female Commander for the state of North Carolina in June of 2016. She speaks regularly at various institutions on Veterans’ issues such as Colleges, Legislative Forums, ROTC Ceremonies, and Veteran Symposiums just to name a few. Ms. Tyes also participates in Veterans Day Parades, Ceremonies honoring Veterans, Stand Downs, and DAV Conferences and Conventions both State and National. Jacqueline is also an active member of Alpha Omega Phi Military Sorority & Fraternity. She was one of ten veterans who received the National Victories For Veterans Award in June 2017. She is also a recipient of the Legacy Award for 2018. Ms. Tyes is committed to empowering military personnel, veterans, and their families to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. Jacqueline aspires to enlighten, encourage, and empower people of all ages through her speaking, teaching and writing in hopes to give them a lifelong love for reading, learning, and self-improvement.

 

Cooking Vegan with Saran Almond

Hello and welcome to Vegan Cooking with Saran!  As a fairly new vegan; since August 1, 2017, this has been a journey of self discovery, priorities, and discipline.  It’s amazing how pivotal of a role food plays in our lives, and I’m not even talking about health.  Socially, mentally, emotionally…what we put in our bodies affects our mood, productivity, social consciousness, and conversations.  I have been forced for my own well-being and for the sake of educating others to learn about nutrients, vitamin sources, picking fruits and veggies, and where to find the best bargains (Hint: Farmers Markets).  I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve been asked “So, you only eat salads?”  (Insert annoyed emoji) I must admit that I’ve had to get creative in the kitchen but I’ve enjoyed creating and recreating recipes.  You can see exactly how I made the dishes listed below by watching Cooking Vegan with Saran Almond I have listed the ingredients below; however, you must SEASON TO TASTE…then ENJOY! I’d love to see/hear about how your versions of these dishes came out…post with #veganSaran Please like, share, comment, and subscribe. To find farmers markets, local farms, farm stands, pick your own, and food co-ops near you visit www.localharvest.org

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Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower
  • Earthbalance Soy Free Vegan Butter
  • Silk Almond Milk
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Parsley Flakes

 

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Black Beans & Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of black beans
  • 1 can of petite tomatoes
  • 1 pack of McCormick Taco Seasoning
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Seasoning Salt
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Adobo

 

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Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Soy Sauce
  • Garlic Powder
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Accent

 

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Avocado & Tomato Salad

Ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper

 

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Sauteed Beets

Ingredients:

  • Beets
  • Earth Balance soy free vegan butter
  • Shallots
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper

 

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Basmati Rice

Ingredients:

  • Mahatma Basmati Rice
  • Himalayan Sea Salt

 

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Beet Greens & Collard Greens

Ingredients:

  • Beet Greens
  • Collard Greens
  • Shallots
  • Olive Oil
  • 3 sliced garlic cloves
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Red Pepper Flakes

 

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Squash, Zucchini & Rainbow Peppers

Ingredients:

  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Rainbow Peppers
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Rosemary Garlic Seasoning
  • Olive Oil
  • Earth Balance soy free vegan butter

Enjoy!!!

What I Learned From The Black Business Expo

 

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When I found out about the 2018 Queen City Black Business Expo, I was very eager to get involved and share this experience you.  At first sight there were rows of tables adorned with marketing material, sample products, gifts, and candy…all surrounded by people who want to know about a particular service or product. The hum of conversations, questions, and transactions filled the air as black business owners proudly shared their labors of love.  This event was just as important for black consumers as it was for the business owners who find themselves missing options, brands, and products that are made for them.  Going in, the goal was to celebrate, promote, and support black entrepreneurship.  Coming out of this event, I left with some pointers that you may apply to your own business or aspirations of entrepreneurship.

The first questions I asked were: WHO ARE YOU? & WHAT DO YOU DO?

While the answers to these questions will always vary from business owner to business owner the way in which these questions are answered is the same.  Your response to this question should be:

  1. CLEAR
  2. CONCISE
  3. CONFIDENT

When it comes to entrepreneurship there are a lot of things we can do on our own; however, it is important to seek help when you need it.  There are tons of resources from the Small Business Association to  the Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center here in Charlotte, NC to help you get started and keep you encouraged along your way to entrepreneurship.  Note: Many of these services are offered at no cost.

While life’s timing isn’t always perfect and priorities change, it’s important to stay focused on your goals.  I asked entrepreneurs to finish this phrase, IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW… Surprisingly to me, most of them responded that they would have started sooner.  I am a firm believer that no matter what road you travel in life, detoured or not you will inevitably reach your destiny.  So if your road leads you to entrepreneurship, why not start now?  Why wait?

I was most inspired by the child entrepreneurs who created Candles By Kids These children were an example of what our community needs…more black entrepreneurs.  Encouraged by their father, the Moody twins and Alyssa-Ann Warren have created a brand and a work ethic that will keep them on the road to success.  I’ve always felt that education begins at home.  What our school systems fail to teach should definitely be taught at home.  Specifically, entrepreneurship.  For a lot of our children entrepreneurship isn’t ever presented as a option.  We learn to get an education, and get a job.  There is nothing wrong with that thought; however, the key to financial freedom, and ownership of your time and money is ENTREPRENEURSHIP.  If you aren’t already, let’s trying teaching our children that.

On the road to business success we learn many things, and none rang truer to me than hearing an entrepreneur finish this phrase as follows: THE KEY TO BUSINESS SUCCESS IS…consistency.   The moral of the story is this…you can’t invest part-time effort and expect full-time results.  Do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it.  CONSISTENCY is key…and CUSTOMER SERVICE is a must.

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NFL Protests/Race Relations/Police Brutality: Joel Segal

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Joel Segal received his law and undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joel is currently the Executive Director of the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition. The 20 Member Coalition is working to rapidly transition the state of the North Carolina He is the Co-Founder and the National Director of the “Justice Action Mobilization Network,” a multi-racial and diverse climate emergency “network” that is comprised of several clean energy and green organizations, civil rights groups, social justice organizations, environmental groups, business, artists, current and former elected officials who are working to address the climate emergency. Joel has co-authored clean energy/green jobs legislation in Congress, and is organizing Congressional briefings and national radio shows on the climate and the poverty emergency.

Joel is the former senior legislative assistant and speech writer to Rep. Conyers, Dean of the Congress, from 2000-2013. He helped lead efforts and co-authored legislation in the U.S. Congress on universal health care, the Affordable Care Act, Global HIV/AIDS, Hurricane Katrina, and Jobs For all legislation. He co-authored over 15 bills while working in Congress for Rep. Conyers; and other Members of Congress. Joel organized scores of Congressional briefings and town hall meetings across the country on universal health care and Global HIV/AIDS from 2000-2013, which helped build support inside and outside of Congress for passage of the “The Affordable Health Care Act, PEPFAR, and the Katrina Relief Act.

 

He is the co-author of HR 676, “Expanded and Improved Medicare For All,”  and was the senior technical consultant on Michael Moore’s documentary movie SICKO. Joel recruited rock artist Bono to help lead efforts to fight global HIV/AIDS, and cofounded the Global HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Joel successfully lead efforts while working for Rep. Conyers to improve work resident physician working conditions, who now work 80 hours a week instead of 120 hours, co-founded the Out of Iraq Caucus, and lead efforts to save the Detroit Medical Center by compelling the Bush Administration to provide the city of Detroit with a $40 million dollar grant to prevent Detroit’s only public hospital from closing.

Joel recently co-founded the 81 Member “Congressional Voting Rights Caucus,” and the “Voting Rights Alliance” to address voter suppression—he has also co-authored bills in Congress on voter suppression.

Joel established the “Middle East Peace Working Group,” a diverse working group of Middle East peace leaders who are Arab, Jewish, Christian, and Palestinian. The main objective of the organization is to work for peace in the Middle East, peace between Israel and Palestine, economic development, and a regional peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, and an independent and economically viable Palestinian state.

Joel was the former senior legislative assistant to former Charlotte City Councilman Dan Clodfelter from 1990-1992, and the Executive Director of “The Community Works,” Charlotte’s first transitional housing and jobs program for the working homeless from 1992-1994. He was the former Deputy Director of Human Resources and a Senior Manager of the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services from 1994-1998.

Joel is a professional jazz funk bass player, composer,  and is a practicing Buddhist and neo-orthodox Jewish American.

The Assessment

 

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When you’re in the midst of a storm (storms that life sometimes bring) you have to make an assessment, a self assessment.  Take inventory of all the things that you have and the things that are required to get you through it.  This is an evaluation of your character, your perseverance, your goals, your habits, and a gamut of other things that may be required for your storm.  One of the most important assessments is that of those around you, your inner circle.  If you don’t have one, think of the people you talk to most and those with whom you spend the most time.

In recent conversations with a few people, I heard them speak louder than ever in their silence.  The silence spoke doubt and reeked of judgement.  It’s crazy, the closer I look at my surroundings it makes me ever so aware of who I really am.  A girl with a dream and no drive?  A woman with talent and excuses to match?  A person wasting away trying to keep up with the Kardashians or the Jones’…you pick.  Or maybe, just maybe I’m in a delusional competition…one in which my competitors aren’t even aware that I’m in the game.

On occasion, I find myself asking people what kind of person they think I am?  I remember a time where I didn’t care what anybody thought.  In the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter…but it does.  No matter what you do or how you do it someone is going to judge you, not agree, criticize, request or expect more.  However, the energy you receive is also the energy you exude.  See, it’s not about acceptance or approval.  It’s about doing the things that you enjoy, and give you purpose.  It’s about creating the best life for yourself.  It’s about surrounding yourself with people and things that will help you reach your potential.  While it doesn’t really matter what people think about you.  It does matter what they think about themselves and how they weather their own storms, and it’s subsequent impact on you.

As you complete your assessment ponder this: Am I the person I intend to be?  This is not a question about how kind and considerate you are.  This is a question about WHO you are and what you want out of life.  In your quest to become the person you intend to be consider your own drive and motivation as well as that of your inner circle.  Think about the what and WHO are required in your time of storm. Your inner circle must consist of people who possess the traits and characteristics of the person you intend to be.  If not, you’re going to need more than an umbrella to weather that storm.

 

 

 

Pet Cancer

 

For many of us, our pets are family.  Just like our human family members, pets require preventative healthcare and medical attention.  Our special guest, Dr. Christy Montgerard addresses both pet cancer and preventative healthcare.  This episode provides pertinent information about what a cancer diagnosis means for you, your pet, and your family.  For pet cancer resources please visit our resources tab and select pet cancer.

Reinvention

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Have you ever been in a bad situation, knowing that you should leave and you stayed? Unhealthy relationships, dead-end jobs, lapses in judgement, procrastination, etc, etc.  It’s funny how easy it is for us to get comfortable being uncomfortable.  It’s strange but true for many of us, including myself.  With this on my mind, it became very apparent that I need to do something different so that I can achieve something different.

From the very beginning I’ve had this vision of what my show would look like.  Although, I’m very proud of my show and what I’ve been able to accomplish I still haven’t created the show I envisioned.  As I sit here with a myriad of ideas feeling like I’m not making any progress, I watch the number of my YouTube views plummet with each new show.  All while my counterparts seem to be doing amazing.  My thoughts as I make my observations are, “Do I really have to be the butt of the joke, contribute to the overload of celebrity gossip, start rolling my eyes and sucking my teeth with hands flailing?”  After taking note of what I don’t want to become.  I took note of what is working for them.  Enter the reinvention of ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’  I’m sure you’ve been here before.  Feeling like you have to do something but you just don’t know what to do.

So, what would she do? She spoke to her sister who made a suggestion.  I must admit, I didn’t receive what she told me right away because of course I’ve had this vision from the beginning, and I want to do it my way.  Then I asked myself a question.  Is there only one way to achieve your goals?  The answer for both you and me is NO. If there is more than one way to do a thing and the one way you’ve been doing it isn’t working why not try another way and see how that works.

The next step is to get out of my own way.  What needs to happen now? I need to do something NOW starting right NOW.  No more excuses about not having: enough time, enough resources, a good support system, etc, etc. I am a person of action, and there is no time like the present.  Why? Because tomorrow isn’t promised.  We all have the same number of hours in a day.  The difference between those who live their best lives and see their dreams to fruition and those who don’t is commitment to achieving goals, tapping into your resourcefulness, being honest with yourself, and taking action NO EXCUSES.

We can keep going in the one way direction that is leaving us unfulfilled or dare to step out on faith and try another way, and perhaps another way until we reach our destiny.  Be inspired by who you can become.  Be inspired by possibilities.  Life is about choices.  Choose to live your best life starting now.  The only limit you have is YOU…so get out of your own way and go for it!!!

~Saran Almond

Twitter: WWsD_theshow

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Learn To Meditate

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, depressed, or just plain tired?  If you find yourself not knowing what to do, try this:

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Have you ever wondered about meditation or considered meditating?  If you have questions, he has answers.  Guru Ranjit Deora provides facts about meditation, helpful tips, and a one on one guided meditation just for YOU.

A common misconception about meditation is that it is a religious practice.  Meditation is the relaxation of the mind and body.  It has been used to aid in pain relief, restful sleep, stress reduction, attaining greater self understanding, and to improve one’s ability to concentrate among many other benefits.  There are many variations of meditation, this show explores Mindfulness Meditation and Mantra Meditation.

FAQ:

  1. What do you need to meditate?  A quiet place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted.
  2. Who can meditate?  Anyone
  3. Why should I meditate?  To increase consciousness, increase awareness, gain inner peace.                                
  4. When should I meditate?  At your discretion; however, it’s suggested that one should meditate once in the morning (upon waking) and once in the evening (before sleeping) at the same time every day.
  5. Where can I meditate?  Anywhere that you are able to sit comfortably and quietly.

Get comfortable, JOIN ME and learn HOW to meditate under the guidance of Guru Ranjit Deora.

 

 

 

 

The POWER of

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It is said that knowledge is Power so therefore in order to acquire knowledge you have to get the information.

In finding my Purpose I know that I am here to encourage, inspire, and uplift people and communities by Providing information.  Recently, I received some very encouraging words from a couple of viewers thanking me for doing my show and encouraging me to keep going.

Sometimes we all need a little Push to get us back on track.  That’s what those comments did for me so I started Praying.  Then I started Planning.  I vowed to stay Positive and be not only consistent but Persistent when things get difficult.

I often find myself very busy and feeling like there isn’t enough time.  Does that happen to you? Well there’s a big difference between being busy and being Productive.  I was stagnant making no Progress.  I needed to take a step backwards in order to move two steps forward.  Now through my Planning, I’m acquiring information, and learning with understanding so that I can Position myself as a “Changemaker.”

With this knowledge I definitely have the POWER to…make a difference.

Psalms 82:3-4

~Saran