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.