Monthly Archives: February 2014

Decatur Fishing Tournament for Wounded Warriors

The 3rd Annual Hooked on Decatur Fishing Tournament for combat wounded Veterans will be held on March 29th, 2014. The coordinators of the event are seeking combat wounded Veterans, from any era, that would like to participate.

They are partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project and Bass Master’s Chris Lane to bring wounded Veterans together here in Northern Alabama to share in a day of camaraderie and relaxation. Any combat wounded Veteran will have their entrance fee waived and will be paired with a boat captain.

We want to get the word out to ALL Veterans, even if you were not necessarily physically wounded in combat, but work with the VA for mental health, or have TBI related injuries. Nobody should be left behind, even if they do not wish to participate, their presence would be greatly appreciated.

Please share with your friends!!

More information can be found at: or

To register as a wounded veteran please call (217) 714-1424 or email
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The First SACVET Female Veteran Warriors’ Summit

The South Atlantic Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc. (SACVET) is sponsoring a “The First Annual Female Veteran Warriors’ Summit” for female veterans in Columbus, Georgia on February 27, 2014. The event will be held at the Columbus Library in the Auditorium, 3000 Macon Rd. The Female Veteran Warriors’ Summit is scheduled to start at 10:00 am and will conclude at 3:30 pm.

The Summit will cover such areas as counseling for PTSD, substance abuse, child development, employment opportunities, veterans’ justice, military sexual trauma and mental health.

The half-day workshop will introduce female veterans to very unique tailored services.

The morning program will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. which is scheduled to focus on veterans support services for female veterans.

The afternoon program will run from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. which is scheduled to focus on mental health, veterans’ justice and health issues.

For further information, please contact A. Harrison, at (706) 593-3393 or email at

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3rd Annual Ladies’ Golf Tournament

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Still Serving Veterans (SSV) will be hosting their 3rd Annual Ladies’ Golf Tournament on April 28th, 2014 at the Links at Redstone and will begin check-in at 7:00am. This event is a four person scramble competition and serves as a fundraiser that supports SSV’s vital programs and services such as job training and placement services; claims and benefits assistance; and connections to resources for Veterans and their families at no charge to them.

Player fees are priced at $75 per player and include a continental breakfast, lunch, and covers green and cart fees. Each player will also receive a player pack with various snacks and gifts. Sponsor levels are available and range from $100 to $5,000 with varying perks including an opportunity to have one or more team in the competition, inclusion in event marketing, and sponsor recognition during the event. Sponsors and players will benefit from a tax deductible donation.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. There will also be additional competitions throughout the course with prizes available to include a longest drive, hole-in-one, closest to the pin, and putting contest.

Register to be a player or sponsor for the 3rd Annual Ladies Golf Tournament now!

If you have any questions or concerns please contact: Shannon Drake / phoone: 256.883.7035 / email:

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Beer & Bacon Bash!

Straight to Ale - PNGStraight to Ale is hosting a crowd-funded event on Saturday, March 29th from 4pm-10pm at the Straight to Ale brewery called Beer & Bacon Bash 2014! The event will serve as a fundraiser for Still Serving Veterans, a local nonprofit that assist Veterans and their families.

It is $10 per ticket, $25 for a ticket and a t-shirt, or $500 for a sponsorship. Tickets get you in the door, plenty of yummy bacon appetizers and dishes, and the chance to hear some great live, local music. Straight to Ale will also have their delicious beers for sale as well.

Because it is crowd-funded, Straight to Ale must raise $5,000 for the event to take place so it is imperative to buy tickets as soon as possible – or else the event may not become a reality. You can make your contribution here and reserve your tickets and t-shirts. There are no set prices for items so you must input the correct amount (i.e. if you want two tickets you will enter $20 for your contribution or if you want two tickets but only one t-shirt you will enter $35 for your contribution). Please also ensure that you leave a valid and active email address when you make your purchase – this will allow Straight to Ale to contact you in case there is any questions about your contribution.

The site will not charge your card unless the event “tilts,” or makes enough money to take place.

We hope to see you there and would appreciate you helping to spread the word. It will be a fun, laid-back event that supports Veterans and their families. Of the funds donated to Still Serving Veterans, 85 cents of every dollar directly funds their programs and services. Overall, it’s a win-win: You get to enjoy beer, bacon, and music and support Veterans!

Check out their Facebook event page here.

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Resource Spotlight: Free Tax Preparation Assistance


Tax season is here! We are all aware of how complicated filing your taxes can be and to ensure you get back everything you deserve, having a little help doesn’t hurt. Unfortunately, many places require a fee for their service – but there is free help out there. Below are a few organizations that will help you file your taxes at no charge.

First off, here is a list of some items you will need to bring (some requirements may vary):

  • Proof of identification – Picture ID
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration or
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
  • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

It is extremely important that each person use the correct Social Security Number. The most accurate information is usually located on your original Social Security card. If you do not have an SSN for you or a dependent, you should complete Form SS-5, Social Security Number Application. This form should be submitted to the nearest Social Security Administration Office.

If you or your dependent is not eligible to get a Social Security Number, you may need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

Below are the different programs and organizations that you may be able to take advantage of:

Find a VITA Site Near YouVITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) – Help for Low Income Individuals/Families
The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.

There are thousands of VITA sites located across the country. You may find a site near you between January and April using the VITA Locator Tool or call 1-800-906-9887.

TCE (Tax Counseling For The Elderly)
The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors. IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

Find a TCE or AARP Tax-Aide Site Near You
A majority of the TCE sites are operated by the AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide Program. To locate the nearest TCE site or AARP Tax-Aide site between January and April use the AARP Site Locator Tool or call 888-227-7669.

Self-Help Tax Preparation – For Simple Returns or Those No Computer Access
In addition to traditional face-to-face tax preparation, the IRS is offering a self-assistance service at many VITA and TCE locations. If individuals have a simple tax return and need a little help or do not have access to a computer, they can visit one of the participating tax preparation sites and an IRS-certified volunteer will guide them through the process.

Local Tax Support for Low Income Families

UAHuntsville, along with United Way of Madison County, will be offering free tax preparation and fast electronic filing for households earning less than $52,000 per year with one or more children or $20,000 per year without children. The free tax preparations begin mid-January. For appointments call: 1-888-99-TAX-AL (1-888-99-829-25).

There will be two locations: Optimist Recreation Center (703 Oakwood Ave, Hsv, AL 35811) and United Way of Madison County (701 Andrew Jackson Way, Hsv, AL 35801)

Local Tax Support for Military Families

The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate offers free tax assistance and electronic filing for state and federal taxes to Military Family Members.

You can call 256-840-1040 to make a reservation or ask a tax question.

Blinded Veterans Association Scholarship Available

bvacirlogoThe Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) will award 7 scholarships for the 2014‑2015 academic year.  There will be six (6) scholarships for $2,000 each available through the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program and one (1) for $1,000 offered through the Thomas H. Miller Scholarship Program.  The Scholarship Committee will choose seven 7 recipients and three alternates.  This is the 31st year of the program.

Dependent children, grandchildren, and spouses of blinded veterans to include Active Duty blinded service members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the scholarships.  The veteran must be legally blind; the blindness may either be service‑connected or non‑service connected.  The veteran need not be a member of the Blinded Veterans Association.  Additional­ly, to be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must have been accepted for admission, or already be enrolled, as a full-time student in an accredited institution of higher education, or business, secretarial or vocational training school.

The scholarships are intended to be used to defray a student’s educational expenses, including tuition, books and other academic fees.  Scholarship payments will be made by the BVA directly to the educational institution.

Applications for the scholarship may be obtained from our website: Requests can also be made by email or by mailing your request to:  Blinded Veterans Association, 477 H Street, N.W., Washington, DC  20001-2694.

Completed applications and supporting materials must be returned to the BVA by no later than Friday, April 18, 2014 to qualify for the 2014‑2015 academic year scholarship program.  Due to time constraints related to processing the applications for the Scholarship Committee’s review, applications arriving subsequent to the aforementioned deadline WILL NOT be accepted.

Scholarships will be awarded on a “most-highly-qualified” basis utilizing the following criteria: answers to questions in the application form; transcripts of high school and/or college records; three letters of reference; and a 300-word essay on the applicant’s post-education, lifetime career goals and aspirations.

Each scholarship is awarded for one year only.  Applicants are advised that the number of scholarships a recipient may receive under each program will be limited to four (4).

The Blinded Veterans Association is a national non‑profit organization concerned with the welfare of blinded veterans.  Founded in 1945 by a group of veterans who were blinded in World War II, the BVA is chartered by the U. S. Congress and serves as the official representative of blinded veterans throughout the United States.  The Blinded Veterans Association has been providing service to blinded veterans for over 68 years.

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