North Carolina's elected officials are looking for ways to encourage more military members to remain in the state once they leave the service with jobs, and in some cases give them a second chance.
There's expected to be a spike in separations from the military at North Carolina installations through 2016 as Iraq and Afghanistan operations wind down and troop levels settle. Gov. Pat McCrory and other state leaders say the surge is an opportunity to find ways to keep them in the state for good by highlighting their skills to potential employers.
One pilot program is also designed to help veterans who may be dealing with substance abuse or mental health problems. Harnett County will hold the state's first veterans' treatment court later this week.