BUTNER, N.C. (October 2017) — The first facility of its kind in the nation for helping at-risk 21st-century military veterans reintegrate into civilian life will be recognized at a groundbreaking on Oct. 27th.
When completed, the Veterans Life Center will help its 100 to 150 admitted residents through a program of community reintegration by strengthening their mental fitness, physical health and improving life skills with vocational training held on and off-site. The aim is to avert the all-too-frequent crises faced by many returning veterans such as chronic homelessness, incarceration, suicide and premature death.
The Veterans Life Center was the idea of a returning combat veteran who served in a war zone. After years of advocating for this approach to help returning vets, supporters were able to secure construction funding through state grants, private donations and corporate support. It is located on a 9-acre site in Butner.
The groundbreaking event will be held on the construction site on Friday, October 27, at noon at the corner of 9th and H streets in Butner, NC. The news media is invited and facilities and spokespeople will be available. U.S. Senators Burr and Tillis will lead the list of invited dignitaries and are expected to make remarks.
The Veterans Life Center is a residential facility and program designed to help at-risk 21st Century veterans. It is our goal to provide each of our residents the prospect of a constructive and personally satisfying role in civil society. By strengthening their mental fitness and physical health, improving life skills and providing vocational training, we will guide them to career opportunities and community reintegration, averting all-too-frequent crises such as chronic homelessness, incarceration, suicide and premature death.
At full capacity, the facility will have 100 – 150 beds, mostly in double rooms, with showers and bathroom facilities in each of the four wings. There will be a full commercial kitchen with servery and dining room, plus a large multipurpose room, two day rooms, a library, a computer lab, a conference room, store, dispensary, nurse