Veterans Bridge Home helps Charlotte-area Veterans successfully transition home after military service by identifying their education, employment and healthcare needs and connecting them to available community, state and federal resources.
After the regimen and sacrifice of military duty, transition to civilian life can be challenging as Veterans reunite with their families, pursue a new profession, locate services which were all on base, and build a social network. In some cases they also recover from wounds and also pursue further education. Veterans Bridge Home serves as an entry point for Veterans who don’t know where to turn to access support and services. Because Veterans return home to a civilian community and not to federal agencies or bureaucracies, each community must reach out and actively assist in the reintegration process alongside federal agencies such as the Veterans Administration.
Charlotte has the opportunity and privilege to help bring our nation’s warriors and their families home with the same energy and commitment that our Veterans have displayed in serving our nation. In so doing, Charlotte will serves as a leader to inform other communities that wish to create more welcoming and livable communities for returning Veterans and their families.
Veterans and their families are able to successfully pursue their dreams of building a relevant and productive life in the Charlotte region. Our community benefits from their leadership and commitment and the drain on community resources is reduced.
VBH is the one-stop shop for Veterans in Charlotte and the surrounding communities experiencing transition. Without VBH, the civilian community can feel overwhelming and confusing to a Veteran just leaving the armed forces. With VBH, Veterans in transition have a single point of contact to help navigate this very important life event, in a compassionate, low-pressure and productive manner.
The number of Veteran and Military families VBH connects and serves continues to grow each year, highlighting the need in our community. VBH continues to lead the community towards making Charlotte a national model of public-private partnerships that assist in transitioning our nation’s returning Veterans.
For these efforts, Veterans Bridge Home has been recognized by the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office, US Airways, Gary Sinise Foundation and most recently George W. Bush Institute.