JOEMC is excited to announce an opportunity for veterans with disabilities to challenge themselves, overcome barriers and learn “what’s within them is stronger than what’s in the way.”

The co-op, in conjunction with one of our financial partners, is searching for disabled veterans from the JOEMC service territory to nominate for the No Barriers Warrior’s Expedition Program.

The program, sponsored by Co-Bank, provides expeditions that mentally and physically challenge veterans on outdoor expeditions through mountaineering, rafting and rock climbing. Co-Bank covers the full cost for participants including meals, gear and travel expenses.

Veterans must have VA disability rating to qualify. These five-day expeditions offer veterans an opportunity to challenge limitations (both real and perceived) and to create a network of support that can last a lifetime.

For consideration, individuals nominating a veteran, even if self-nominated, should submit a letter summarizing the veteran’s military background, their VA disability rating, length of military service, and why they think attending a No Barriers expedition would be of benefit. Letters may be emailed to Paula Redick or mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to Jones-Onslow EMC, Attn: Paula Redick, 259 Western Boulevard, Jacksonville, NC 28546. Once we receive your request, we will be in contact to give you further instructions on the application process.

The nomination deadline for the No Barriers Warriors expedition is April 1, 2018. For more information, click here or visit