The Western North Carolina branch of a national program designed to connect veterans with social service programs is expanding. NCServes - Western, which is a part of the national AmericaServes network, will connect veterans, active service members and their families to more than 40 agencies and service providers throughout the region. NCServes - Western covers the following counties - Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania, and Yancey. There are 61,394 veterans in those counties, according to VA projections. Buncombe County is home to almost 20-thousand veterans. The Western branch of NCServes is the fourth in North Carolina, joining branches that serve the Charlotte area, Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville areas, and the coastal part of the state. A two-year $450-thousand grant from WalMart is helping fund NCServes - Western.