In a brief ceremony at the Butner, NC construction site for the Veterans Life Center, Bank of America presented a $75,000 check to the Veterans Life Center. The money will go toward the development of the program that will be coordinated at this location, which is designed to help 21st Century vets who are experiencing difficulty reintegrating into civil society following their duty. The 44,000 square foot residential facility will have 100 beds for male and female heroes.
Charles Bowman, Bank of America’s North Carolina State President made the presentation. “Our young veterans face many obstacles when they return to civilian life, and the Veterans Life Center will provide them a safe place to live, help restore them to mental fitness, teach them life skills, provide spiritual and family counseling and oversee vocational education and professional certifications that will enable these heroes to find a job and build a career. We believe in their success and have committed to hire 10,000 veterans, guard and reservists over the next few years. Programs like this will help make that commitment a reality,” Bowman said.
Col. (Ret.) and Smith Anderson attorney David Hayden, Chairman of the Veterans Life Center Board of Directors, accepted the award and said, “We are humbled to have the backing of such a widely known and influential institution such as the Bank of America. It is our goal to provide each of our residents the prospect of a constructive and personally-satisfying role in civil society, and the generous support of the Bank of America is a significant boost to achieving our mission.”
PHOTO CAPTION: ) L to R – John Turner, Founder and Senior Consultant, VLC; David Hayden, VLC Chairman; Charles Bowman, North Carolina State President, Bank of America; Virginia Parker, Bank of America; Thomas Gorry, Executive Director, VLC; Chris Judy, Treasurer, VLC; Marilyn Avila, Vice President, VLC.