• 2014 Southern Spring Home & Garden Show Preview GalaNormans with group
  • Connecting veterans with resources, community, success
  • Connecting veterans with resources, community, success
  • Connecting veterans with resources, community, success
  • Connecting veterans with resources, community, success

Charlotte Bridge Home

Corporate Sponsors

Harris Teeter

Novant Health

Perkins USA

Southern Shows

US Airways

Wells Fargo

 

2014 Community Veterans Summit - Charlotte, April 8th
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Admission is free, please register at https://2014cbhsummit.eventbrite.com, hope you'll join us!

Watch videos from last year's Summit here.

cbh summit 2014 invitation

 
End of Year Summary - 2013
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CONNECTING VETERANS WITH RESOURCES, COMMUNITY, SUCCESS

  
Charlotte Bridge Home (CBH) and all of our community supporters are excited about the results we've had in 2013 and look forward to 2014 with even greater confidence.  We are dedicated to upholding our mission of providing assistance to those for whom a transition into civilian life is the ultimate challenge. Thanks to your commitment of time, talent and treasure, we are leading the community in helping Charlotte veterans successfully transition home after military service by identifying their education, employment and healthcare needs and then connecting them to available resources.  Those of us that have made (or are making) the transition to civilian life know that these challenges include:
 
    • Navigating the VA and other support systems,
    • Loss of purpose and feelings of isolation,
    • Dealing with invisible war injuries (PTSD, TBI),
    • Access to and retention in post-secondary education,
    • Housing and financial insecurity,
    • ... And above all getting and keeping meaningful Employment. 
Through generous support from the Charlotte community, CBH staff and volunteers have developed a holistic program that helps veterans address these challenges. The demand for our services is growing exponentially, as thousands of veterans leave the military each month. 

After assisting over 500 Veterans and family members in 2013 the CBH Team is excited to kick off 2014 and has already hit the ground running ...  this year we will:


    • Identify 300 additional veterans in Charlotte and introduce our transition services
    • Partner with 4 military organizations to assist in the pre-transition process
    • Recruit 50 Charlotte employers to improve (or start) their veteran hiring programs
    • Launch Volunteer Mentor, Sponsor, Buddy program

We look forward to an even more productive 2014,  join us in our mission to successfully integrate Veterans into the Charlotte Community.

Cindi Basenspiler
Executive Director, Charlotte Bridge Home 
(US Army Captain, 1993-2001)

 

 
Organization Helps Vets Transition After War
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Did You Know
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  • Employment is the #1 challenge our returning veterans are facing
  • The top 10 reasons to hire veterans (ask us at Charlotte Bridge Home if you really want to know)
  • We prepare soldiers for months, even years to accomplish their military job, BUT we don't prepare them at all for the rest of their civilian lives
  • Estimates are that 30-40% of returning veterans present with TBI, Post-Traumatic Stress or both
  • Service members, veterans and their families living in rural areas are less likely to have access to a local mental health professional
  • >60% of the 2.5 million OEF / OIF / OND returning veternas are eligible for VA services, BUT only 866,000 have sought VA care
  • The wait to receive mental health care at a VA facility can be several months (currently an average of 9.5 months nationwide)
  • >56% of community providers (nationwide stat) do not routinely ask if a client or patient has served in the Armed Forces
  • Only 29% of these same community partners know how to refer a veteran to the VA for medical or mental health services
  • Imagine moving to a new community without family support - that is one of the challenges our transitioning service members face
  • Charlotte Bridge Home serves veterans as a continuation of the military "sponsorship" program - WE WILL CONNECT YOU