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Veterans Life Center receives Duke Energy grant

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BUTNER — The Duke Energy Foundation recently 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,” Hayden added.

The Veterans Life Center is focused on the at-risk men and women who put their lives on the line for the community and country and who now face many crises including homelessness, suicide, incarceration and premature death.

When completed, the Veterans Life Center will serve around 100 resident veterans for periods from 90 days to two years. It is anticipated to be operational by spring 2020.

“Duke Energy recognizes the importance of reintegrating troubled vets in North Carolina back into civilian society,” said Tanya Evans, district manager for Duke Energy’s government and community relations department for the area that includes Butner. “We are proud to support their efforts at an innovative facility being built right here in Granville County.”