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Inaugural 9/11 Honor Walk Coming to Huntsville

2014 911 Walk Hsv

Still Serving Veterans, Soldier 1 Corporation, Turning Point Consultants LLC, Distinct Grace, Blue Star Veterans, and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, have teamed up to bring Huntsville the inaugural “9/11 Honor Walk: Remember. Heal. Celebrate.” on Sep. 13, 2014 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The event is free with preregistration and will bring the community together in order to remember and honor all those affected by the tragic events of Sep. 11, 2001.

On September 11th, our world changed in an instant. We were handed a stunning tragedy the reverberations of which still echo in our lives today. With enormous dedication and courage First Responders rushed into burning towers and into the Pentagon. Passengers took down a commercial jet to save others. Others too, bore an incredibly disproportionate share of our country’s response to the attacks. Our military and their families, with enormous heroism, absorbed the consequences for us all with costs we cannot imagine. On Sep. 13, 2014 we honor them

The Honor Walk is no ordinary walk – it’s a labyrinth walk that is modest yet reflective. The 60×60 labyrinth is a simple path leading in a circular fashion to a center and then back out again. It will be located under the Path Finder Space Shuttle with the Color Guard for a one-of –a –kind first experience in North Alabama to honor the destiny of our times through those who paid for our future. There are no tricks or traps. As in life, there are many twists and turns and this ancient pattern can make visible and concrete the interior journey of those who walk it. Following the walk will be the celebration that will feature music from local bands JED Eye, Distinct Grace, and The Reps.

Tickets to the event are free with preregistration and include access to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s museum. Attendants without tickets will be required to pay museum entry or register at the door in order to access the event. Visit rocketcenter.com/HonorWalk to register for tickets.

Employment Services Team Gets Pat on the Back

Still Serving Veterans works diligently to help Veterans and their dependents find meaningful employment, receive all the benefits and services they have earned, and connect to other resources within their community. We are constantly surrounded by success stories and every now and then a client goes out of their way to express their gratitude.

Linda Gets FlowersThis time the lucky recipient of praise was Mrs. Linda Warriner, one of Still Serving Veterans’ Employment Services Specialists in the North Alabama office. One of her clients, Sheila, dropped off a lovely flower arrangement and a sweet “Thank You” note. In addition, Sheila agreed to tell one of our big supporters, the Call of Duty Endowment (CODE), about the great experience she had with us during her job search.

At the age of 57, Sheila was having difficulties finding a job. She felt that she was sending out endless amounts of resumes and was not getting any call backs and was beginning to give up hope. After a five month dry spell, Sheila decided it was time to get some help and stumbled across Still Serving Veterans.

“Still Serving Veterans was a great asset to me,” Sheila said. “Mr. Armstrong sent me leads that I applied for. I really appreciated the leads. They were for great companies. Ms. Linda Warriner was the one that called me and kept my spirits up,” Sheila beamed. “She was always upbeat, supportive, kind, professional, and helpful. She went above and beyond what she had to do to help me find a job. If a job opening came across her desk that fit me, she called me or sent them my resume. I would have lost hope of finding a job if it hadn’t been for her. She is a real jewel.”

“Linda Warriner is a major asset to Still Serving Veterans and all the Veterans who go there for guidance and help,” Sheila continued. “I wish we had more people that cared as much as she does. Thanks to Linda Warriner and Still Serving Veterans, I will be employed and useful in the work environment. I can never thank her enough for caring ways and persistence in getting me a job.”

Huntsville’s 2014 Armed Forces Celebration Events & Freebies

Monday, August 4

0900: Armed Forces Celebration proclamation at the Huntsville/Madison County Veterans Memorial on Monroe Street near Washington Street. (The Chamber auditorium at 225 Church Street is the rain site.)

1830: Army Materiel Command Band performs in Big Spring Park. Weather-permitting, there will be a fireworks display at 2100 This event is free of charge.


Tuesday, Aug. 5 & Wednesday, Aug. 6

1900: The U.S. Army Soldier Show

Von Braun Center Concert Hall. Tickets for both shows are no longer available. Doors of the VBC Concert Hall will open 10 minutes prior to show time.  If there are available seats at this time we will let people in without a ticket.


Wednesday, August 6

12 p.m.: Armed Forces Celebration Luncheon

featuring AMC’s Gen. Dennis Via in the Von Braun North Hall. (Must register in advance: click here for registration)


Thursday, August 7

1000: Purple Heart Day Award

Program at the Huntsville/Madison County Veterans Memorial. The community is invited.


Friday, August 8

0800: “Iron Mike Golf Tournament”

AUSA Redstone at The Links at Redstone Course on Redstone Arsenal. For more information/registration, click here.

1700-2100: Armed Forces Celebration softball games 

Huntsville Metro Kiwanis Sportsplex Field #2 at 3590 Patton Road. There is no charge to attend.

1700: Game 1 – Team Redstone Leadership vs. Team AUSA.

1900: Game 2 – Huntsville/Madison County Leadership vs. Senior Rec League All Stars.


Saturday, Aug. 9

1000: F16 Red Tail dedication at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Aviation Challenge to honor the legacy squadron. This event is open to the public.


Also during Armed Forces Celebration, free or discounted admissions to attractions for active or retired military I.D. card holders (and military families) are offered by:

  • Heart of the Valley YMCAmore information
  • Huntsville Museum of Art
  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center
  • Burritt on the Mountain
  • EarlyWorks Museum Complex
  • Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center
  • Huntsville Botanical Garden - more information

Botanical Garden Entry Free For Vets & Military Aug 3-9

Lockheed Martin has partnered with the Huntsville Botanical Garden to present the Armed Forces Week at the HSV Botanical Garden this week!

All veterans and active duty military are invited to visit the Garden along with their families at no cost. All that is needed is a military ID to access the Garden this week, August 3-9. 2014. If you are able to pass along and share with the Blue Star Mothers, any veterans and active duty military, please do so! We would love for anyone and everyone who is military to benefit from this week.

Botanical Garden Deal for Veterans

Setting Up/Renewing Your Kroger Community Rewards to Benefit SSV

Still Serving Veterans is enrolled in Kroger’s Community Rewards program. The program gives rebates to SSV whenever a customer shops at Kroger with their Kroger Plus Card! All you have to do is register your Kroger Plus Card online and choose Still Serving Veterans as your preferred nonprofit. It’s a great, easy way to support Veterans and their families in Alabama.

If you are already registered, be sure to update your
community rewards information each August!

Below are instructions on how to participate:

  • Go to https://customer.kroger.com/communityrewards.aspx
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
  • Do you use your phone number at the register? This is your Alt ID
  • If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, the site offers an option to create one during the registration process
  • Click on Sign In if you are already registered or Create An Account if you are new to the site
  • Enter your email address and create a password, then enter your zip code to select your favorite Kroger store location
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Kroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Kroger Community Rewards® makes fund-raising easy…all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!

SSV East Alabama Is Making A Difference

East AL Ribbon Cutting 2014 5-6 (17)Still Serving Veterans’ East Alabama office in Phenix City may only be 3 months old but they are already making waves in the Veteran community. Check out what one Veteran had to say about their services:

“Mr. Livings,

I wanted to take the time to show my appreciation for everything Still Serving Veterans has assisted me with during my transition from the United States Army to the Civilian world. In May 2014 I attended a job fair at Fort Benning, Ga. at the time I was in the process of being medically discharged from the military due to service connected disabilities. Not having a clue of my future or what I should do to prepare myself you gave me your business card and let me know Still Serving Veterans was there to assist.

June 2014, I came to your office and was greeted by Jeremy Ellis whom took the time to get to know me and get a idea of what I was looking for as a Veteran. We discussed employment opportunities and preparation for my transition from a soldier to a civilian. Mr. Ellis took the time to rebuild my resume to attract employers by highlighting my military experience and education, and provided me with necessary resources (i.e What Color is your Parachute?) to understand how to be successful finding employment. Mr. Ellis also emailed me regularly with available job openings and asking if I needed assistance. After a few weeks struggling and realizing how difficult it was to find employment I began losing motivation and started to lose hope. Luckily Mr. Ellis contacted me to get a status, I notified him I had at that time been unsuccessful. Immediately I received a call from yourself and was directed to a open position.

Within 48 hours I was working and other doors had opened up for me. July 2014, After a brief period with the employer, I accepted another interview and received a conditional offer from a employer I was excited to work with. Not only did we reach the goal of finding employment but we were successful finding a position that has opportunities with possible career advancement and financial stability for my wife and I.

Also in July 2014, Wayne Knight provided me with assistance in applying for the post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits and counseling on the process of applying and registering for College courses to further my education and career.

I am thankful for everything Still Serving Veterans and your staff has helped me with. I will continue to ask for assistance because my transition has just began but now has hope. I’m excited to notify current and future Veterans of the service that is provided.

Respectively,

Jose”

The East Alabama office serves the greater Auburn/Phenix City/Columbus area and focuses on employment services and connections to other community resources. Although the office does not yet have VA Benefits & Claims Assistance capabilities, clients in need of this service can be referred to the Huntsville office staff in which case meetings will be conducted over the phone or, in some cases, clients may be referred to a local Veterans representative.

If you a Veteran/transitioning service member, a Veteran dependent, a military spouse, or someone you know is and needs help finding employment, receiving VA benefits, or any other service please call or email Still Serving Veterans today:

Website: http://www.stillservingveterans.org
Email: admin@stillservingveterans.org

East Alabama Office (serves Auburn/Phenix City/Columbus area & beyond):
3601 C Summerville Rd., Phenix City, AL 36867
Phone: (334) 384-9111 | Fax: (334) 384-9112

North Alabama Office (serves TN Valley area & beyond):
224 Spragins St., Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 883-7035 | Fax: (256) 883-7166

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