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

Scholarships Available for H&R Block Income Tax Course

H&R BlockFull scholarships are available to military spouses for the H&R Block Income Tax Course at no charge. Learn how to prepare taxes now. Upon successful completion of the course, you could potentially become a tax professional and earn extra income.

Flexible course times and convenient locations fit your schedule. Bilingual courses are available.

Contact Debra Jefferson, Employment Readiness Program, Army Community Service at 256-876-5397 or email her at debra.d.jefferson.civ@mail.mil. Information is also available at ACS, Bldg 3443, Aerobee Road, Redstone Arsenal Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Enroll now by calling 800-472-5625 or visit their website at www.hrblock.com/class . Use the coupon code 94B25D when you enroll online or by telephone.

Classes available in Huntsville, Decatur, and Cullman starting in August. For more information, the local H&R Block office is at 4710 University Drive, Huntsville, AL 35816 or call 800-472-5625.

Red Cross Support Request

PURPOSE: Fox Army Health Center (FAHC) has a significant gap in services with respect to the Information Desk/reception area. This is a critical function across Army Medical Treatment Facilities and most definitely with FAHC. The Information Desk is usually run by Red Cross volunteers. It is so vital to the mission, it is often staffed with their best and brightest volunteers.

REQUEST: FAHC is requesting volunteers for its Information Desk operation. We would eventually like coverage M-F from 0730-1600. However, we will certainly take any assistance until volunteers can be identified, processed, and properly trained. The front desk operation is not like the pharmacy where there is a significant train up period and need for longevity. These volunteers would be useful for a few months as much as they would for a few years.

DUTIES: Red Cross Volunteers serving at the Information Desk will often serve as the first point of contact with Fox Army Health Center customers. Volunteers will be expected to:

  • Intake and greet customers who walk-in
  • Provide information about FAHC either in person or via telephone
  • Answer routine inquiries and/or direct phones calls to the appropriate department or person
  • Provide directions to customers
  • Provide paging services
  • Provide escort services as needed
  • Sign in and out wheelchairs for patient use

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have the ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with visitors. Must be well groomed and dressed in accordance with Red Cross and FAHC dress standards.

TO VOLUNTEER: The local Red Cross Office is the start point for volunteering. The Red Cross POC is Ms. Charmaine Winston at (256) 536-0084 ext 210. For other questions about this initiative, volunteers can also contact Brian T. Freidline at (256) 955-8888 ext 1180.

Thank you for your offer to assist!!!!

Resource Spotlight: Priority Veteran

Priority Veteran

Priority Veteran provides intensive one-on-one assistance to help veterans locate stable permanent housing and link them to resources to gain the skills and knowledge to help them remain financially stable. Case Managers help veterans create a Housing Stability Plan as well as access medical or mental health services, veteran’s benefits enrollment, job search assistance, financial coaching and more.

In partnership with United Way of Central Alabama, Priority Veteran provides veterans across Alabama with federal, state and local resources; linking veterans to hope. Priority Veteran began offering services to veterans in October 2013 with a $2 million Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

What is Priority Veteran?

It is a service coordination program for homeless veterans and their families to help them secure permanent, sustainable housing and provide access to resources such as medical or mental health services, benefits enrollment, job search assistance, financial coaching, etc.

Who qualifies for Priority Veteran?

  • Veterans and their family members who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • Very low income veterans based on area income standards
  • Veterans discharged other than dishonorable
  • Veterans with 24 months of service or with a VA Medical Card

What does ‘homeless’ mean?

The veteran (and family) does not have fixed, regular and adequate nighttime shelter or will lose nighttime shelter within a short period of time.

What are some of the services Veterans can receive from Priority Veteran?

Priority Veteran offers can assist low-income, homeless or at-risk veteran families with:

  • obtaining permanent, stable housing
  • obtaining VA benefits
  • obtaining federal and/or state benefits
  • accessing community-based resources
  • obtaining/completing employment training
  • obtaining employment
  • Advocacy in landlord/tenant disputes
  • Advocacy in rent/utility arrearages
  • Temporary Financial Assistance
    • Deposits
    • Rent assistance
    • Moving costs
    • General housing supplies
    • Utility assistance

Can families get help for a veteran?

Yes, services are for veterans and their families.  Veterans have to voluntarily agree to a Housing Stability Plan.  Families can call Priority Veteran and encourage veterans to enroll.

Can veterans get financial assistance from Priority Veteran?

Priority Veteran can assist with the cost of some service(s) in the Housing Stability Plan if the veteran will be homeless if that service is not provided.  This decision is made on a case-by-case basis.

 

Find out more about Priority Veteran and how to contact them by visiting their website: http://priorityveteran.org/priorityveteran/

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