Monthly Archives: March 2014

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.


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New Program Director of Veteran Job Placement

Paulette - Color - WebStill Serving Veterans (SSV) is welcoming their new Program Director of Veteran Job Placement, Retired Major General Paulette Risher.

Thanks to extended funding from the Call of Duty Endowment, an organization that seeks and funds only the most effective and cost-efficient Veteran job placement organizations, SSV will begin expansion by establishing satellite offices in strategic regions of Alabama. This funding has also allowed SSV to bring Risher on board as the Program Director of Veteran Job Placement. In this position, Risher will be responsible for streamlining SSV’s Veteran Employment Services and coordinating the opening of satellite offices.

Risher brings some 40 years of experience in consulting, leading, managing and training to current SSV operations.  Paulette is twice retired, once as an Organizational Psychologist with the United States Air Force Research Laboratory and once as a Major General (2-Star) in the United States Army Reserve. With 34-years of Army service, Paulette was the first woman to command an Army Special Operations unit as a flag-officer. When she returned to active duty in 2002, she served as the President of the Joint Special Operations University and the Director of U.S. Special Operations Command’s Center for Knowledge and Future (J7/J9). Upon leaving active duty, Risher joined a major consulting company and led their organization and strategy team in Huntsville for three years. Subsequently she served as the Principle Director in Huntsville for Digiflight, Inc.

Paulette currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tennessee Valley Chapter of Women in Defense and had previously served on the Board of Directors of Still Serving Veterans.  She is a member of the Association of the United States Army; the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Paulette is also an active member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

A Call to Honor



The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Huntsville Chapter 1067’s 3rd Annual Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home ceremony will be held on March 29th at the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial in downtown Huntsville.  A meet and greet will be held at the memorial from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the ceremony itself scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.

Over 58,000 U.S. soldiers lost their lives and more than 300,000 were injured during this conflict.  Please join us in honoring those heroes who so valiantly fought under the banner of freedom and liberty.

For more information on this event, please visit:

Upcoming Event: Huntsville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Come Walk With Us!


What is it?

The Huntsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual tradition celebrating Irish culture & heritage in a positive family atmosphere. If you are a supporter of Still Serving Veterans, we want to encourage you to join the procession and walk with us!

Where is it?

The parade will make a loop through downtown Huntsville. The staging area where we will meet before the parade begins is located directly behind our building (224 Spragins Street) in the gravel parking lot.

A map of the route may be viewed at

**Please note that the blue line (Spragins Street) indicates the staging area.  All parade participants should enter the staging area at the intersection located at Spragins & Clinton.

When is it?

The parade will be this Saturday, March 15th at 11:30 a.m.  If you plan on walking with us (and we hope you will!), staging will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Additional Information

For more information on this event click 2014 Parade Guide for Spectators or visit:

If you would like to walk with us and have any questions, please call 256-883-7035 or email Lindsey, our Development/PR Specialist, at

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Resource Spotlight: Veterans Business Assistance Center – An Outreach Program of WBCNA

The Women’s Business Center of North Alabama (WBCNA) is an organization that helps women and men start and grow a business and generate economic growth for the region. This is accomplished by serving as the premier source for information and access to resources; facilitating their self-discovery and personal development; and providing a mentoring process to support, nurture and advocate the development of their business.

WBCNA also has an outreach program called Veterans Business Assistance Center (VBAC) that specializes in assisting Veterans in becoming entrepreneurs. The VBAC provides critical training and resources to Veterans in our region who are starting or growing small businesses that contribute to our community’s economic growth and job creation.


“We are coaching more and more Veterans who want to own their own business,” says Joanne Randolph, President and CEO of WBCNA. “We have already reached out to Veterans who are successful business owners and they have generously offered their support in helping other Veterans get started and to grow.” Business coaches who have already offered their services are:

  • Larry Anderson, President of ALATEC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business
  • Joe Fitzgerald, President of Decision Sciences Company and Founder of Honor Flight
  • Rob Kuehn, President & CEO of Silver Eagle Consulting, a Veteran Owned Small Business
  • Kris McGuire, CEO of Victory Solutions, Inc., a Service Disabled Veteran and Woman Owned Small Business

The following services are being offered to all U.S. Military Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reservists, National Guard Members, and Active Duty business owners and start-up entrepreneurs in North Alabama:

  • One-on-one business coaching by successful Veteran business owners
  • Networking opportunities and business matchmaking
  • Website resources for Veterans
  • Comprehensive Entrepreneurial Training

Most of these services are free and only minimal fees are charged for training. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 256-535-2038 Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm. For more information you can email Their facilities are conveniently located at the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce at 225 Church Street.

View the VBAC website, VABAC online resources, and WBCNA scheduled events.

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Wives & Warriors

Poem by Valerie Moore for S/SGT Lawrence H. Moore, USMC

I could not have loved you
more if you had been that
perfect returning warrior.

In fact, I might have loved
you less if our days & nights
had been filled with the
ordinariness of life.

And ours were not ordinary
times; for our moments were
filled with apprehension, and the
shock of intruding memory
on our days mercifully
surrendered its own past for our
here & now.

I could not have loved you
more because our shared
grief birthed compassion
when we forgave the
unforgivable in each other
while we wives & warriors held on for even more.