RALEIGH, N.C. — Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) agency, announced State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) is a finalist for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. SECU is one of only 30 finalists selected from 4,049 nominations received earlier this year from Guard and Reserve service members or their families.
Members of the Home Services Team of Coastal North Carolina (HSTNC), a group of southeastern North Carolina businesses that provide home services such as roofing and appliance repair, are in the midst of a campaign entitled “Helping Heroes for the Holidays.” Between now and Christmas, each of the group’s member will contribute $5 for every new customer to Step Up For Soldiers, a New Hanover County-based non-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of disabled veterans and their families. Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer organization that places special emphasis on helping disabled veterans who were involved in Operation Enduring Freedom and subsequent combat operations. For more information about Step Up For Soldiers, visit http://www.stepupforsoldiers.org.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — According to a press release from Governor Bev Perdue, Department of Defense spending in North Carolina grew by 10 percent and exceeded $4.0 billion in federal fiscal year 2009 – an increase of $363.8 million over procurement in the state in 2008.
“These numbers continue to indicate that North Carolina is becoming a very significant player in the global military and defense industry cluster,” said Gov. Perdue. “The state has made great strides to leverage expanding markets, capture federal revenues and grow jobs right here in North Carolina – the most military friendly state in America.”