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NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

For Those We Serve

MHDDSA Services for Military Personnel and Veterans

North Carolina is the fourth largest military state in the United States with 107,000 members in active duty and 792,646 Veterans. There are 8 military bases in North Carolina alone and the US Army Forces Command and US Army Reserve Command are headquartered in North Carolina.

In addition, 11,500 soldiers and Airmen are reserve members across the state, 97% of which have been deployed in support of the Global War on Terror (GWOT).

photo courtesy of US Army

The nature of military service in North Carolina is changing and increasing. In the past, the US military has maintained large numbers of active duty members and their families overseas in foreign countries like Europe and Asia. Today's trend is to "home base" troops in the US and deploy units overseas to meet the world-wide military operational demands.

This transitional nature of military life has increased the demands of support services for service members and their families, especially the National Guard and Reserve Components. We are in the process of beginning a Vet-Centered, ongoing process in which mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse and traumatic brain injury (TBI) service needs of all Military service members will be identified and addressed through concrete plans and seamless timelines.


Accessing Services through the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

Courtery of USMC; photo by John Robbart IIIVeterans have access to many services for both physical and mental difficulties, including those related to traumatic brain injury and substance abuse. Below is a list of resources that will help veterans access care in these areas.


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