New Bern event helps make life little easier for veterans


NEW BERN, Craven County - An annual local event is helping veterans connect with resources to help make their life a little easier.

Something as simple as a haircut connects neighbors who share the bond of serving their country. Michael Wilder is just one of the dozens of veterans who attended this year's Veterans Stand Down in New Bern.

"Veterans, we can see each other, some people we haven't seen in a while and talk about different things," Wilder said.

Organizers started the program to help homeless veterans or veterans at risk of being homeless in Craven, Pamlico, Jones and Carteret counties.

"I found some medical and job searches, they got a lot of search information which were very informative," Wilder said.

John Serumagard, also a veteran, said not only do the events like this help veterans get what they need, but it's a reminder of just how much they are appreciated.

"We spend a lot of time and effort with the Kinston Veterans home up in Kinston we provide a variety of services there," said Serumargard, a member of Elks Lodge 764. "The Elks have a motto ... so long as there are veterans, we will never forget."

The event will move to Havelock and the New Beginning Ministry of Faith Campus. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.