Today’s Friday Field Notes features the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Military Outreach program, as described by J. Scott Enroughty. The program’s mission focuses on creating awareness and understanding of the issues and stresses faced by military families and youth while building community partnerships to increase capacity for youth, families, and veterans.NC Cooperative Extension Military Outreach exists to design programs that help North Carolina military youth, families, and veterans find positive ways to cope with stress of military life.North Carolina State Extension Military Outreach is proud to support the more than 138,867 active duty, reserve and guard troops who call our state home. Particularly during this time of global deployment, service members need to know that their families here at home are surrounded by supportive citizens, offering a cadre of services and resources to help ease the stress of pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment. More than 109,000 military youth from the ages of 0 to 18 call North Carolina home.Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members live throughout North Carolina – they are in our backyard. Some counties have a higher concentration of families, while others have only one. Because these families are spread throughout the state, they all do not have the support systems that are typically available as active duty military families who live on or near military installations.North Carolina State Extension Military Outreach is a collaborative effort with North Carolina communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether families are experiencing deployment for the first time, second time or another series of multiple deployments, NCSEMO’s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being. We offer a variety of programs and activities to support the military families in North Carolina. A few of the programs and activities:NC Cooperative Extension Military Outreach “Red, White & Blue” 5KNation Youth Science DayNC Zoo Snooze“Rock the Wall” at Triangle Rock ClubScience Day at Morehead PlanetariumWolfpack Leadership & College ExperienceMilitary Appreciation Day Baseball Game & Run with the PackMilitary Appreciation Day Football GameA Day at the Theatre (Raleigh Little Theatre)CSI Camp at Catawba Science CenterBugFest – North Carolina Museum of Natural ScienceAmerican Indian Heritage Day – North Carolina Museum of HistoryFor more information or if you have questions, contact J. Scott Enroughty or 919.515.8500.