CountyQuarterly feature on 100 Strong Productions 

North Carolina is home to around 700,000 veterans – the eighth largest veteran population in the nation. And with the fourth largest active-duty military presence nationwide, it stands to reason that our state needs to pay special attention to issues impacting our service members. After active duty, veterans face wide-ranging challenges that can seem insurmountable. Imagine devoting formative years of your career to one, tireless pursuit and then everything you’ve known comes to a halt and you must invent a new path for yourself. This is the situation facing our veterans. From starting new careers to navigating a complex process to obtain earned benefits, shifting mindsets and establishing homes, it can be just too much for a person to bear… mental and physical health suffers… unemployment and even homelessness ensue. 

Yet, hope and help are alive in our counties. Veterans service officers in our communities are devoted to doing what they can to make life after the military the best it can be for our veterans. As county residents, we all have a role in helping our valued service members. The question is, exactly how can we collectively turn the tide on the complicated issues facing veterans?

North Carolina is a fast-growing state and a national leader in business as well as agriculture. Meanwhile, amid these success stories, hunger persists in all areas of the state. Food insecurity, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, affects residents from urban tech hubs to the remote areas of the Appalachian Mountains and Atlantic coast. This film explores the challenge of food access in North Carolina and how everyday heroes are working to strengthen food system resilience in local communities.

County Lines 

The County Lines video series shows the ins and outs of county functions and illustrate the responsibilities, processes, and hard-working people that make county governments operate in North Carolina. Each episode will highlight a different county function and give legislators, new county leaders, and North Carolinians from all corners of the state a look at where their lives and county government meet. For more information on this series, email