Governor’s report shows North Carolina is one of the nation’s most veteran friendly states (NC)

RALEIGH, N.C. — More military veterans are choosing to make North Carolina their home, thanks, in part, to efforts by Gov. Pat McCrory to make North Carolina the most veteran friendly state in the nation.

“Veterans come to North Carolina with a desirable skill set,” McCrory said. “They’re leaders, they know how to get a job done and they are disciplined. Veterans are a major asset to our economy and many will go on to be respected leaders in our communities and state.”

North Carolina now has the 8th largest veteran population in the country according to statistics in a new report released today by the new Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The increase in veterans is also a boom to the state’s economy. Federal expenditures on North Carolina veterans grew 12 percent in 2014 to $8.2 billion, an increase of $1 billion compared to 2013. These expenditures include direct compensation and pension payments, medical care and education, training and employment.

Now at approximately 775,000, North Carolina’s veteran population is growing again, reversing a decline from 2000-2011. During that same time period, neighboring states of South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia experienced healthy increases in their veteran population.

To help attract and keep more veterans in North Carolina, McCrory fought for and won many legislative initiatives such as in-state tuition, veteran treatment courts and streamlining the state’s professional licensure process for vets who had applicable military training and experience.

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Source: Gov. Pat McCrory

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