Because of the proximity of several military bases and military hospitals, Carteret County is home to many veterans. The more than 9,000 veterans living on the Crystal Coast make up nearly one-fifth of the permanent population. There are numerous veterans' organizations in the area, and all welcome new members. The Carteret County Veterans' Service Office at 3710-B John Platt Drive in Morehead City (252) 728-8440, offers problem-solving services to veterans. The Carteret County Veterans Council, (252) 223-5056, is the coordinating body for member veterans' organizations of Carteret County, and meets at the Veterans' Service Office. The council sponsors the Morehead City Veterans Day Parade and Carteret County Memorial Day Ceremony and promotes exhibits and issues relevant to veterans.
The Morehead City VA Outpatient Clinic, (252) 240-2349, operated by the Durham VA Medical Center, is located at 5420 U.S. Highway 70 West in Morehead City. The clinic, which is open Monday through Friday, provides primary care, mental health, immunizations, dental and blood-drawing services by appointment to VA enrolled patients in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties. Walk-in and emergency services are not available.
Other veterans' organizations in the area include Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2401, (252) 728-4390; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9960, (252) 393-8053 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 749, (252) 393-6178.