BUTNER, N.C. June 3, 2019 – The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a $5,000 Community Grant to the Veterans Life Center. Currently under construction in Butner, the Veterans Life Center is a residential facility for 21st-century veterans experiencing difficulty reintegrating into civilian life.
“We greatly appreciate this generous gift from Duke Energy,” said David L. Hayden, chairman of the Board of the Veterans Life Center. “This money will go to help us design and implement the program to provide therapy, counseling and educational services to the men and women vets we will serve.
“Duke Energy has stepped forward to meet the urgent need faced by far too many of our returning heroes who are suffering from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury or other behavioral health problems resulting from their service experiences.”
Tanya Evans, district manager for Duke Energy’s government and community relations department for the area that includes Butner, said of the Veterans Life Center and the grant, “Duke Energy recognizes the importance of reintegrating troubled vets in North Carolina back into civilian society. We are proud to support their efforts at an innovative facility being built right here in Granville County.”
The Veterans Life Center is focused on the at-risk men and women who put their lives on the line for our community and our country and who now face many crises including homelessness, suicide, incarceration and premature death.
When completed, The Veterans Life Center will serve approximately 100 resident veterans for periods from 90 days to two years. It is anticipated to be operational by Spring, 2020.
About the Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts, and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.