Brandon L. Wilson
Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans, Chair
Mr. Brandon L. Wilson currently serves as the director of Veterans Services of the Carolinas with the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. His duties include overseeing six federal and state grants supporting Veterans and their families in 74 counties across North Carolina. This $5 million portfolio includes Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), a VA housing program addressing homelessness; Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP), an employment program from the Department of Labor designed to support Veterans in transition from homelessness to the workforce; and Healing Outreach Partnership for Empowerment (HOPE), a program aimed at intensive outreach to the homeless population that struggles with mental illness and substance abuse from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, Wilson spearheads NCServes, the state’s first service coordination platform for Veteran service members and their families, utilizing a shared web-based platform with both public and private partners to address more than 20 service needs.
Before these roles, Wilson held numerous positions with the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, including regional Veteran service officer, state training coordinator, and deputy director of the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA). While in Raleigh, Wilson served on the NCDVA senior leadership team. He was instrumental in creating the NC4VETS Resource Guide, the transformation and restructuring of the agency, and the establishment of a new North Carolina cabinet-level agency of Military and Veterans Affairs. As the state training coordinator, Wilson developed a new training platform for Veterans Service Organizations that led to a 42% increase in fully developed claims, supporting the growth of North Carolina’s Veteran portfolio by more than $1.2 billion, the fastest growth rate of VA claims in the United States in 2015. He began his career as the director of Veterans Services with Haywood County in 2009.
Wilson is a combat Marine who served in the infantry during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has served as an advisor to many local and state Veterans committees, including the North Carolina State Veterans Commission, the North Carolina Veterans Council, and the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness. He currently serves on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) state committee for Veterans and the State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee, an advisory board to the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Wilson is also an active member of the Waynesville Rotary Club and Sunday school director at Allen’s Creek Baptist Church.
Wilson resides in Waynesville, North Carolina, with his wife, Sara, and their two daughters, Daisy and Anna.