A 2005 alumnus of the North Carolina Central University School of Law has been named assistant secretary for the state Division of Veterans Affairs, officials announced this week.
Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed Timothy E.Wipperman, a Durham resident and U.S. Army veteran, to the post effective July 11.
The agency serves as an advocate for veterans and their families, offering assistance through a network of district and county offices. The staff assists in the presentation, processing, proof and establishment of claims, privileges, rights and benefits that veterans are entitled to under federal, state and local laws. The agency also provides skilled nursing care and burial plots to qualified veterans, as well as a scholarship program for children of North Carolina disabled, combat or deceased war veterans.
“Tim brings exceptional credentials and a welcome degree of experience and commitment in serving veterans,” said Moses Carey, secretary for the state Department of Administration, which oversees Veterans Affairs. “At a time when our military community is expanding, his leadership will help us carry out the Division of Veterans Affairs’ motto of ‘helping those who served.’ ”
About 800,000 veterans live in North Carolina, which also counts about 120,000 active members of the military and 25,000 guard and reserve forces. With many bases here, the military’s total impact on the state’s economy is about $25 billion annually.
“I am excited about this opportunity,” Wipperman said. “Each generation of veterans faces unique challenges, while at the same time sharing in some that are common to veterans of all eras. I look forward to helping North Carolina’s veterans receive the benefits they deserve.”
Wipperman has 21 years of active duty in the U.S. Army, both as an officer and an enlisted man. He served with conventional and unconventional units including more than three years with the Alaska Army National Guard. As an attorney, he has represented clients in all levels of the state court system in criminal and civil cases.
While in law school, Wipperman was senior editor of the NCCU Law Review and received the Floyd B. McKissick Award for leadership and scholarship. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS, Association of the U.S. Army and Military Officers of America Association, as well as a member of the American Legion, the American Bar Association and N.C. Bar Association.