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Pat McCrory's first public appearance as governor

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Governor McCrory made his first public appearance after the Inauguration at a fundraiser hosted by the Veteran's Leadership Council to raise money for a homeless Veteran's facility in Butner.  

The band, the Marines, and children were entertaining guests in hopes that they'd open their hearts and pockets. But the main attraction was newly inaugurated Governor Pat McCrory.

"This has been a very emotional day for me, and a very proud day for myself and my family," McCrory said.

The governor explained that he comes from a family of veterans and shared personal stories about his grandfather, who served in World War I.

"He came out in one of the waves as a medic, and bullets were flying all around and all of a sudden he heard someone yell, 'McCrory' behind him. He turned his head looking for whoever called ... and as he turned his head a bullet whizzed by his ear. He never found out who called the name, but it saved his life. He believed God called his name and saved his life.

"I wouldn't be governor here today telling you this story had someone not called his name, and maybe it was God."

Newly appointed cabinet member Tony Tata was also there, and as a general he said this is a cause close to his heart.

"There are two terms that should never go together, and that's homeless and veteran. We've got veterans out there that are homeless, and this is a great event to try to raise money for veterans that are homeless and need job skills.

"Fantastic turnout tonight and I'm proud to be co-chair of this event."

Veterans at the event say there's not enough being done for their community, especially for those who have been struggling to make ends meet.

"The veterans who have been fortunate enough not to wind up in the street or in distress can help the ones that are," former state senator and veteran Zeb Alley said.

The Butner Campus that the Veteran's Leadership Council is raising money for will be able to house 400 Veterans and their families.

They raised $225,000 Saturday.

Eileen Park

Eileen joined WNCN after years of working as a foreign correspondent. During her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, reading, and exploring the Triangle. More>>

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