ICYMI: Josh Stein Tours Harnett County Veteran’s Farm, Shares Commitment To Supporting NC Military Families
Ahead of Veteran’s Day last week, Attorney General Josh Stein visited the Veteran’s Farm of North Carolina to learn more about how the organization is providing “service members and veterans a pathway to a new future,” and to share his commitment to supporting North Carolina’s military families as they transition to civilian life.
The Veteran’s Farm of North Carolina supports veterans in “learning agricultural skills to provide them with a job,” and also “helps them heal physically and emotionally.” U.S. Marine veteran Robert Elliott opened the Veteran’s Farm seven years ago, and has since helped more than 1,000 veterans access agricultural “training, education, and equipment loans.”
Sanford Herald: Josh Stein pays visit to Veterans Farm in Cameron
- Josh Stein, the state’s attorney general who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the NC Governor, spent time last week visiting the Veteran’s Farm of NC Inc. in Harnett County.
- It was an opportunity to see firsthand how veterans are learning agricultural skills to provide them with a job, but more importantly helps them heal physically and emotionally.
- Robert Elliott, a veteran of the U.S. Marines, developed the program using his knowledge of farming to create the farm.
- Veterans can sign up to study the necessary aspects to develop a farm and keep it operating. The Farm Military Agriculture Program is part of the Fort Liberty Career Skills program while the Veterans Agricultural Training Program is a comprehensive six-month program that covers the basics needed to start, run and secure resources.
- “I’m running for Governor because I believe in the promise of this state,” Stein said, “that you work hard and where you come from should never limit how far you can go.”
- People should have a “fair shot at starting a business or getting a job,” he said.
- Stein said he was pleased that organizations like the Veteran’s Farm offering “service members and veterans a pathway to a new future.”
- Through their work over the past seven years, they’ve provided training the organization has provided training, education, and equipment loans to more than 1,000 residents of the state, Stein said.
- “North Carolina is the most veteran-friendly state in America, and as governor, I’ll fight to keep it that way,” Stein said. “That means ensuring veterans can access employment, receive job training, find affordable housing, or start a small business, including a farm, after their military service.
- “Our veterans have sacrificed for this country, and we are forever in their debt.”