Articles/Statements On Issues

Resolutions on Veterans Issues
The following we passed at The Wake County Convention on March 23rd 2019

1. Resolution To Reform The Military Discharge Process

Whereas veterans are frequently discharged due to misconduct related to service connected disabilities and;

Whereas many veterans have PTSD due to their duties in combat and;

Whereas veterans with a bad paper discharge aren’t eligible for VA benefits and;

Whereas these veterans are at risk for drug/alcohol addiction, homelessness and suicide and;

Whereas it is very difficult to remedy errors in the discharge process;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Wake County Democratic Party support legislation to the reform the military discharge process.

2. Resolution To Support The Military Justice Improvement Act

Whereas The men and women of our Armed Forces are America’s greatest asset in keeping our nation safe at home and promoting our interests abroad and;

Whereas military sexual assault victims are frequently wrongfully discharged and;

Whereas it is very difficult to remedy errors in the discharge process and;

Whereas Senator Gillibrand (Democrat New York) has introduced The Military Justice Improvement Act, model legislation for reforming the military justice process.

Therefore, be it resolved that the Wake Country Democratic Party support the Military Justice Improvement Act.



3. Resolution to oppose the ban on Transgender Persons Serving in the United State Armed Forces

Whereas The president’s ban on transgender persons serving in the US military is not only hateful and un-American, it harms military readiness and morale and ultimately makes our country less strong and;

Whereas it is the opinion of one person who never has served and against the advice of his military chiefs (Last year, all four service chiefs told Congress that they had seen no discipline, morale or unit readiness problems with transgender troops serving openly in the military (AP).

Whereas the ban echoes of some of the most ignorant, intolerant moments in our history that saw women, black Americans, gays and lesbians barred from fully participating in our armed forces and;

Whereas transgender people have been allowed to serve openly and transition in the military since a longtime ban was lifted in 2016, and they now serve around the globe and;

Whereas Nearly 1,000 troops officially deemed as transgender are currently serving in the American military, according to the Defense Department, and another 228 are in the process of enlisting and;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Wake Country Democratic party oppose the policy to ban transgender persons from serving in the United States Armed Forces.



4.  Resolution to Support Funding To Provide Adequate Funding to Fill Vacant VA Positions

Whereas each day, more than 366,000 VA employees come to work for America’s Veterans and:

Whereas More than one in 10 Veterans Affairs jobs is currently unfilled and;

Whereas despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is opting to leave thousands of positions unfilled.

Whereas the rising number of vacancies threatens to undermine VA care and services,

Therefore, be it resolved that the Wake County Democratic Party support legislation to expand funding so the VA can recruit personnel to fill the 30,000 positions that are currently unfilled.




5.  Resolution TO Support Establishing a Veterans Treatment Court In Wake County

Whereas Wake County has a very large veterans population and;

Whereas Veterans Treatment Courts provide treatment options as an alternative to jail for offenders accused of low-level crimes and;

Whereas many Veterans organizations support the Veterans Court System and;

Whereas a Veterans Treatment court remove veterans from the regular criminal justice process and help them address symptoms that are prevalent among veterans, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse, which is often a form of self-medication and;

Whereas in a treatment court the presiding judge works with the veteran to establish a structured rehabilitation program tailored to his or her specific needs and;

Whereas studies show mental illness often plays a role in crimes committed by veterans, and according to the National Institute of Corrections, veterans account for nine of every 100 individuals in U.S. jails and prisons and;

Whereas there are currently over 334 Veterans Treatment Courts throughout the U.S. serving over 15,000 individuals and;

Whereas the vast majority of veterans, regardless of the mistakes they may have made at a difficult time in their lives, have a unique capacity to contribute to society.

Therefore, be it resolved that the Wake County Democratic Party support the establishment of a Veterans Treatment Court in Wake Country and encourage other counties to carefully evaluate and establish Veterans Treatment Courts where needed.

Ban on Transgender Soldiers

March,13th 2019
The Veteran and Military Family Caucus of The NCDP Statement.
Where the US government has issued a ban on transgender soldiers and the veteran and military family caucus representatives all military members based on our preamble we stand in defense of the rights of all to be equal . We believe it is the opinion of one person who never has served and against the advice of his military chiefs (Last year, all four service chiefs told Congress that they had seen no discipline, morale or unit readiness problems with transgender troops serving openly in the military.(AP)) We believe that this ban will be put into affect as a way to make soldiers choose between serving their country or living life as the feel they should.
Wendy Ella May State Chair/Commander Veteran and Military Family Caucus of The NCDP.


Statement against the President of The United States
use of The national emergency declaration to build a wall.
March, 20th 2019

The Veteran and Military Family Caucus of The NCDP Statement against the President of The United States use of The national emergency declaration to build a wall.
The Trump wall is more transparently political, and less needed, than ever. Building one with funding for American military bases is unconscionable. With over 112,951 active duty military and almost 700,000 Veterans as well as 300,000 Military Families North Carolina has a lot to lose from the President miss guided use of his executive power.
Projects on this state’s military bases, which including Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. Each of those installations stands to lose tens or even hundreds of millions that had been budgeted for repairs and new facilities as well as the civilian job loss which would directly affect the communities surrounding each of these military bases.
The Veteran and Military Family Caucus of The NCDP Calls for immediate action by our federal legislators to protect the rights, health,safety, and communities that this will Directly affect we specifically call on U.S. Senator Tillis to take direct action.
Here is a list from the Department of Defense which will effect North Carolina 6 Military Bases.
Ft. Bragg - $10,000,000 for a dining facility; $10,905,000 for combat medic training; $12,109,000 for maze and tower training; $20,257,000 for resistance training lab complex
Camp Lejeune - $65,784,000 for Water treatment plant; $25,650,000 for communications infrastructure; $58,700,000 for new health care facilities; $20,539,000 for motor transport maintenance; $10,800,000 for fitness training center
Cherry Point - $23,300,000 for airfield security improvements; $115,000,000 for aircraft maintenance and flight tech improvements; $15,671,000 for F-35 maintenance.
Seymour Johnson AFB - $23,100,000 for Air traffic control/base operations improvements; $20,000,000 for tanker delivery system; $6,400,000 for mission storage
New River - $32,580,000 for a new health care equipment
Charlotte Douglas Airport - $29,600,000 for C-17 corrosion control
Our call to action is to call your U.S. Senators and Members of the U.S. House and demand action.
Wendy Ella May
State Chair/Commander Veteran and Military Family Caucus of The NCDP