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Inaugural 9/11 Honor Walk Coming to Huntsville

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Still Serving Veterans, Soldier 1 Corporation, Turning Point Consultants LLC, Distinct Grace, Blue Star Veterans, and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, have teamed up to bring Huntsville the inaugural “9/11 Honor Walk: Remember. Heal. Celebrate.” on Sep. 13, 2014 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The event is free with preregistration and will bring the community together in order to remember and honor all those affected by the tragic events of Sep. 11, 2001.

On September 11th, our world changed in an instant. We were handed a stunning tragedy the reverberations of which still echo in our lives today. With enormous dedication and courage First Responders rushed into burning towers and into the Pentagon. Passengers took down a commercial jet to save others. Others too, bore an incredibly disproportionate share of our country’s response to the attacks. Our military and their families, with enormous heroism, absorbed the consequences for us all with costs we cannot imagine. On Sep. 13, 2014 we honor them

The Honor Walk is no ordinary walk – it’s a labyrinth walk that is modest yet reflective. The 60×60 labyrinth is a simple path leading in a circular fashion to a center and then back out again. It will be located under the Path Finder Space Shuttle with the Color Guard for a one-of –a –kind first experience in North Alabama to honor the destiny of our times through those who paid for our future. There are no tricks or traps. As in life, there are many twists and turns and this ancient pattern can make visible and concrete the interior journey of those who walk it. Following the walk will be the celebration that will feature music from local bands JED Eye, Distinct Grace, and The Reps.

Tickets to the event are free with preregistration and include access to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s museum. Attendants without tickets will be required to pay museum entry or register at the door in order to access the event. Visit rocketcenter.com/HonorWalk to register for tickets.

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How Shopping at Kroger Helps You Support Veterans

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Still Serving Veterans is now 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.

 

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!

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8th Annual Golf Tournament Supports Veterans & Their Families

Huntsville, Alabama – Local non-profit is holding their annual fall golf tournament to seek funding for the much needed programs and services offered to Veterans and their families.

Still Serving Veterans (SSV) is revving up for their 8th Annual Golf Tournament designed to raise awareness of the hardships Veterans and their families face during transition, as well as to generate funds to support the programs and services SSV provides to all Veterans and their loved ones at no charge to them.

This four person golf scramble will take place on October 7th, 2013 at Cherokee Ridge, a beautiful golf community nestled in the serene landscape of Union Grove, AL. The player fees are $150 per player and include breakfast and lunch, green and cart fees, participation in the tournament, and participation in some other competitions like “Beat the Pro,” “Longest Drive,” “Hole-in-One,” and more. There are also opportunities for sponsorships which range from $250-$5,000 with varying benefits. Follow this link to see all the different sponsorship levels: http://www.stillservingveterans.org/ssvs_8th_annual_golf_tournament.aspx

If you aren’t a golfer but would like to help support the event, there are options for you, too! Become a sponsor of a team of Veterans or advertise your business at one of the golf holes through a hole sponsorship.

From the profit of this event, 86 cents of every dollar goes directly towards supporting the programs and services SSV offers their clients. This includes empowering Veterans and their families to transition into post-military careers and communities through outreach and education, assistance in obtaining all VA Benefits, training for meaningful new careers, individual advocacy and case management support, community partnerships with Veteran Service Organizations for quality referrals, and long-term career development and employment placement.

President of SSV, Will Webb, says, “Our hero Veterans have done noble things in treacherous places on our behalf, so we owe them the best we can give them for their selfless sacrifices.  The support of patriotic, giving partners allows SSV to serve and lift up more Veterans and their family members. Funds from this golf tournament will directly support empowering Veterans.”

Still Serving Veterans (SSV) can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.stillservingveterans.org and full golf tournament details can be found at http://www.stillservingveterans.org/ssvs_8th_annual_golf_tournament.aspx

Media Contact:

Lindsey Bonen

256.883.7035

lindseyb@stillservingveterans.org

About Still Serving Veterans (SSV):

SSV is a Veteran Service Organization headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama that empowers Veterans and their families to optimally transition into meaningful new careers and post-military lives with all the benefits and services that they have earned.  Founded in 2006, SSV has served more than 10,000 Veterans and their families nationally. Since 2007, SSV has secured over $78 million in cumulative additional benefits, services, and salaries for their Veteran clients. In 2012, SSV’s professional counselors conducted 3,499 one-on-one counseling sessions which secured over $7.7 million for their Veteran clients and helped a record 164 Veterans get hired. SSV is also recognized nationally as a center of excellence for Veteran reintegration and optimization of Veteran services. For more information about SSV, please visit www.stillservingveterans.org

Be A Game Changer! SSV Needs Your Vote!

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Be a Game Changer and Help Still Serving Veterans Win Grant That Will Allow More Veterans to be Served

Still Serving Veterans Needs Your Vote

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HUNTSVILLE, ALA (April 4, 2013) – Huntsville answered the call from State Farm® to submit causes that would make a positive impact in their neighborhood. Now Still Serving Veterans needs your “assist” by voting them to the top and bringing money to Huntsville and surrounding communities. From April 4 through April 22, anyone who has the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist™ Facebook application can vote for SSV’s “Technology 4 Serving Vets” cause which will bring $25,000 to North Alabama.

The $25,000 would bring “Technology 4 Serving Vets.” Still Serving Veterans has big plans to reach more Veterans and families through virtual means but their in-house technology is holding them back. With your help, Still Serving Veterans would use the money from State Farm to buy 20 new computers for staff and Veteran use in their facilities and would then donate the old laptops to needy Veterans to assist in their job searches.

3,000 submissions were received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhood.  At least one cause was received from every eligible state, district and province in the United States and Canada. Then, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 students who are passionate about social responsibility, reviewed the cause submissions and selected the 200 finalists based on criteria they created.

Once the Youth Advisory Board selected the top 200, the program connected each cause with a local nonprofit that can help solve the problem. Forty-three states and Canadian provinces have causes in the top 200.

Still Serving Veterans has until April 22 to rally votes in North Alabama, with anyone voting allowed up to 10 votes per day. On April 29, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced on the Facebook app and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated nonprofits.

Retired Colonel William Webb, USA, SSV’s President and Co-Founder, said, “It’s the support of the community that makes our service possible and lets our military heroes know their sacrifices for our Nation are recognized. This $25,000 grant will enable us to leverage our success and serve at a higher level for our hero Veterans. Education, stable and fulfilling employment, and access to healthcare services empower our nation’s service members and their families to successfully reintegrate into civilian life and lead enriching lives.”

Vote for Still Serving Veterans’ “Technology 4 Vets” cause by clicking here, or for a complete list of the top 200 causes click here.

 

Our Plea:

SSV has been around since 2006, and so have their computers. Staff works with Dell laptops that were manufactured in 2004/2005, have a whopping 2GB of RAM (less than most USBs) with a total of 74GB of memory, and have a plethora of problems. Our IT, Patricia, is constantly trying to keep a handle on the maintenance of the laptops but is now getting in over her head: laptops crash regularly, USB & AV ports are failing or require extensive jiggling, and laptops process at the speed of a fast snail.

Although SSV has big plans to reach more Veterans and families through more virtual means, the technology being used is holding them back. Yet to keep their overhead ratio as low as it is, 14% (meaning 86 cents of every dollar goes directly to programs and services), there is no room in their budget for a technology overhaul.

If allotted the $25,000, SSV would buy 20 new computers for staff and Veteran/client use and then donate their old laptops to needy Veterans to assist in their job search.

 

About Still Serving Veterans:

SSV is a Veteran Service Organization headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama that empowers Veterans and their families to optimally transition into meaningful new careers and post-military lives with all the benefits and services that they have earned.  Founded in 2006, SSV has served more than 10,000 Veterans and their families nationally. Since 2007, SSV has secured over $78 million in cumulative additional benefits, services, and salaries for their Veteran clients. In 2012, SSV’s professional counselors conducted 3,499 one-on-one counseling sessions which secured over $7.7 million for their Veteran clients and helped a record 164 Veterans get hired. SSV is also recognized nationally as a center of excellence for Veteran reintegration and optimization of Veteran services. For more information about SSV, please visit www.stillservingveterans.org

About State Farm®:

State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 43 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca.

About the Youth Advisory Board

The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of 30 students, ages 17-20, from across the United States and Canada who serve a two-year term. Their directive is to implement a $5 million-a-year signature service-learning initiative to address issues important to youth and communities. The Board is completely autonomous and youth-driven, and funds projects focused on issues selected by the board that impact youth. It consists of a diverse group of full-time students at high schools and universities. Each member commits about 15 hours a month to the Board and participates in three face-to-face meetings per calendar year. The Board will fund the 40 grants awarded through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program with a portion of its $5 million funding in 2013. For more information on the Youth Advisory Board, visit www.statefarmyab.com.

Links

Neighborhood Assist: http://www.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist

Youth Advisory Board: http://www.statefarmyab.com/

Criteria: https://www.state-assist.com/

Vote for SSV: https://www.state-assist.com/cause/129/technology-4-serving-vets

See Top 200: https://apps.facebook.com/sf_neighbor_assist/

Want a Job? Nexus Offering A Way Into Energy Field

Nexus Energy Center is launching their Energy Connection program that will offer various energy certifications – aka a way into the ever expanding energy job field.

The introductory luncheon has been postponed until Spring next year. There will be community leaders speaking, our own President Will Webb will be there talking about entrepreneurship along with Dr. Wardynski, Huntsville City Schools’ superintendent, and John Allen from Southern Construction.

Perk: First 50 Veterans and first 50 Drake students get in FREE!!! So hurry up and reserve your spot!

For further questions please email Megan McFerran (megan@nexusenergycenter.org).

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about community leadership, energy jobs and certifications, and get an awesome meal! Hope to see you there!

Wear Blue: Run to Remember

Wear Blue: Run to Remember serves as a living memorial to the service and sacrifice of our Fallen Warriors.  The group walks/runs together once or twice a month, and participate in running events around the community to raise awareness and to “remember” our Fallen SoldiersAt each meeting, they begin with a moment of silence, then those that would like, call out the name of the Soldier‘s they are running for.

There are approximately 250 Surviving Family Members of over 100 Fallen Soldiers who reside in the 11 counties surrounding Redstone Arsenal.  It is their desire to run in honor of each of these Soldiers and in support of their Families left behind.  Some members run in honor of Fallen Soldiers they have once served with or have known.

They are now recruiting participants whether you want to run, walk, or just support the cause!  If you are interested please call or email Charity Watral at (256) 542-1208charity@usaeod.net.  Also, to purchase a shirt or other Wear Blue: Run to Remember merchandise go to http://www.wearblueshop.org/.

If you do not wish to participate by running they are looking for volunteers to help with holding flags along the course that honor a Fallen Soldier.  They are also looking for volunteers to help with a Wear Blue: Run to Remember” water station. 

 

Fort Campbell Job Fair

Are you looking for a job?

The Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) along with Army Community Service‘s (ACS‘s) Employment Readiness Program (ERP), is holding a job fair in Fort Campbell, KY (only 3 hours from Huntsville!).

National/International Employers will be present on September 19 and Local/Regional Employers will be present September 20. The fair will be open from 9:00am to 3:00pm on both days. Click here to see a list of employers that will be present.

The event will be held at Cole Park Commons (1610 William C. Lee Rd.). For more information, please call (270) 798-5000 or (270) 412-6181.

Everyone is welcome! If you are looking for a new career, don’t pass up this opportunity! Meet with representatives of various companies that are ready to hire. Be sure to dress for success and bring your resume. Bill Koch, our Director/Workforce Development, will be present. See you there!!!