Mazda Military Appreciation-Free Race Admission/Hospitality

Mazdas53NoBackgroundLR.jpgIn honor of National Military Appreciation Month (May), Freedom Autosport has teamed up with Mazda and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to provide FREE general admission to all active military in uniform and veterans with military ID who attend the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, powered by Mazda on Saturday May 3. The day will include opportunities for VIP hot laps, autograph sessions, tech talks, driver meet and greets, and garage tours, and feature a special Military Hospitality Area sponsored by Freedom Autosport and MAZDA Motorsports.

Free lunch will be provided for active military, veterans and families.

Freedom Autosport will also be providing free t-shirts to military families while supplies last

The Monterey Peninsula’s love affair with world-class racing traces its beginnings to the inaugural running of the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1950. Those sports car events quickly outgrew the public roads of the Del Monte Forest yet the popularity of the races and the financial impact on the community had impressed the military authorities at Fort Ord and they wanted to pick up where Pebble Beach left off. In 1957 the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a group of local businessmen dedicated to keeping sports car racing alive on the Monterey Peninsula, began negotiations with the Army to build a race track on Fort Ord property. Major General W.M. Breckenridge cut the ribbon at the new facility for its first race November 9, 1957.

In addition, there is a 30% military discount on tickets for Friday and Sunday . Please contact the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ticket office in advance at 800-327-7322 to receive the military discount.  Click HERE for more information about the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, powered by Mazda, May 2-4.


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Swing “Fore” Children with Cancer

Swing “Fore” Children with Cancer is an annual father-child/grandfather-grandchild golf tournament that increases awareness about the Crim Fund and raises funds to support the Pediatric Oncology program at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children. Proceeds will provide games, toys, and financial support for pediatric cancer patients and their families as well as college scholarships for children who have completed their treatment.

Dr. Crim called SSV to offer a spot to play in the tournament to two Veterans and their child or grandchild. If you are a Veteran interested in playing please contact Shannon Drake through email ( or by phone (256.883.7035).

Monday, June 16*

at The Ledges

11:30 a.m. – Registration & Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Shotgun Start

Dinner & Awards immediately following play.

*Practice round tee times may be scheduled for the week prior to the tournament. Please contact the Ledges Pro Shop to reserve tee time (256) 883-4191

About the Tournament

Format: Two person best ball

Tournament Fee: $300 per 2-person team – includes lunch, awards dinner, snack bag, player gift, and 2 rounds of golf for each player (practice round and tournament play)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Father-Daughter or Grandfather-Granddaughter teams
  • Father-Son/Grandfather-Grandson teams
  • Child must be 10 years of age or older & able to play golf
  • Children are divided into age divisions:
    • 10 yo – 14 yo
    • 15 yo – 17 yo
    • 18 yo +
  • All players must have golf handicap

About the Fund

The Dr. Frank Crim Compassion Fund for Children with Cancer was established by Betty and Philip Bentley in honor of their dear friend. The purpose of the fund is to provide for the special needs of local children and families of children with cancer and blood disorders. These patients are treated at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children.



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Huntsville forum will give veterans opportunity to discuss benefits, healthcare and more







(Original article by Leada Gore.  Retrieved from

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Madison County veterans will have a chance to speak out on issues that are important to them at an upcoming forum.

Rep. Mo Brooks will host the forum April 17 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Huntsville/Madison County Public Library’s auditorium.

Local veterans will have the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from the Montgomery VA Regional Office, Birmingham VA Medical Center, Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, Still Serving Veterans, and Madison County Veterans Service Office about issues including benefits, education, healthcare, and the claims backlog.


Redstone Arsenal Prescription Take Back Spring 2014

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and government, community, public health and law enforcement partners announced a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, 19 April 2014, from 10 A.M.-2 P.M. local time.  The Redstone Arsenal Exchange, Building 3220 will be this years’ take-back location.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Got Drugs?
Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal.
Med-Rid Services will be present for sharp disposal.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
10am - 2pm
@ The Exchange

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GENTIVA Hospice Grief Camp for Kids



Offered at no charge and run by clinical experts who understand the healing process, Camp I Believe is a place for children ages 7-14 who have experienced the loss of a family member to come to heal, play and grow. For more information, see the camp brochure.

Children do not have to be affiliated with Hospice, and only need to have experienced a loss to participate.



To apply for a given date and location, please download the appropriate application:

Date Facility Name City Application
June 6-8 Blue Springs Baptist Conf. Ctr. Marianna, FL Download
July 11-13 Camp Forest Glen Huntsville, TX Download
July 25-27 Children’s Harbor Alexander City, AL Download
August 4-7 YMCA Camp Copneconic Fenton, MI Download
August 8-10 Camp Lake Stephens Oxford, MS Download
August 8-10 Marietta Baptist Camp Marietta, SC Download
August 12 Johnson Street Church San Angelo, TX Download
August 29-31 YMCA Camp Shady Brook Deckers, CO Download
September 6-7 Camp Baldwin Elberta, AL Download
October 18-19 YMCA Camp McConnell Micanopy, FL Download
November 7-9 Camp Will-A-Way Winder, GA Download
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Still Serving Veterans Opens a Satellite Office in Eastern Alabama

Still Serving Veterans (SSV), a Huntsville-based nonprofit that empowers Veterans and their families to optimally transition into post-military lives and careers, has continued its expansion throughout the state of Alabama with the opening of a new office in Phenix City. The new Still Serving Veterans East Alabama Office is located at 3601 Summerville Road Suite C in Phenix City, centrally located to serve the greater Fort Benning, Columbus, and Opelika/Auburn communities.

Still Serving Veterans’ expansion is enabled by a generous grant of the Call of Duty Endowment (CODE), a nonprofit created by the makers of the popular Call of Duty videogames that funds Veteran job placement programs. Still Serving Veterans is one of the original four nonprofit organizations to be awarded CODE’s Seal of Distinction. CODE funding allowed SSV to initiate operations based in the Home of the Brave in Opelika in 2013, and has enabled Still Serving Veterans to help a record number of Veterans find high quality new careers. With the expansion of these services across Alabama, SSV’s service to Veterans will dramatically increase.

Retired Major General Paulette Risher, SSV’s Program Director of Veteran Job Placement, said, “The Call of Duty Endowment’s grant to Still Serving Veterans is an incredible gift to America’s servicemen and women who have served their country and now seek new careers and new lives in settings where their skills, talents, and values will make a difference.  The establishment of the East Alabama Office is the first step in a plan to provide Still Serving Veterans services across the State and region.”

It is projected that more than 200,000 service members will transition from active duty service each year over the next five years. These hero Veterans will return to a struggling economy with record sustained high unemployment. Hardest hit are our valiant young Veterans: unemployment for Veterans 18-24 years old is a staggering 15.6% as compared to 11.4% for non-Veterans in the same age group. As more service members return home from deployment, the services that SSV provides will rise in demand, so geographic expansion is a major way SSV will meet that demand to serve more Veterans.

“Still Serving Veterans is honored to be able to expand our service to the great Americans in East Alabama. We owe our hero warriors and their families the best we can give them. Together, Alabama communities are making a life-changing, and in some cases life-saving, impact on Veterans,” Retired Colonel Will Webb, SSV’s President and Co-founder said.

The Still Serving Veterans’ East Alabama Office will continue SSV’s holistic approach to serving Veterans and their families with a three-pronged mission of Veteran Employment Services, Veterans Benefit and Services case management, and community outreach and referrals. If you or someone you know is a Veteran or spouse/direct family member of a Veteran in need of assistance in these areas, please call the East Alabama Office at (334) 384-9111.

Healthcare Education at J.F. Drake State Technical Community College for Adults Aged 50+

Drake Healthcare Education 50 Plus


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