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Setting Up/Renewing Your Kroger Community Rewards to Benefit SSV

Still Serving Veterans is 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.

If you are already registered, be sure to update your
community rewards information each August!

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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Blue Pants Brewery’s “We Care Wednesday” Supports SSV

bluepantslogonewgrungeMadison-based Blue Pants Brewery is hosting a “We Care Wednesday” that will support Still Serving Veterans on June 11. The event will run from 3pm to 10pm and will feature live music from local artist Robby Eichman. A food truck will also be present. $1 of every purchase made during the event will be donated to Still Serving Veterans to support their mission: assisting Veterans and their families find jobs, receive their benefits, and find resources within their community to meet all needs.

Blue Pants’ brewers started out as homebrewers, playing with ingredients, and learning which tastes they love. They use their skills and creativity to create unique, or just exemplary beers, that may not fit any particular style category but are always good. Brews currently available are:

  • SPARE PAIR Pale Ale 6.0%
  • BOURBON WEE HEAVY Strong Scottish Ale 13.0%
  • WEEDY’S Double IPA 8.5%
  • WORKMAN Common Lager 5.0%
  • AMBER WADERS OF GRAIN Amber Lager 5.0%
  • SLIP ROSE Strawberry Saison 6.5%
  • KNICKERBOCKER Red Ale 7.0%
  • BREECHES ESB English Bitter Ale 5.0%
  • HIGHWATER Hoppy Tripel 9.0%
  • PINSTRIPE Stout 8.0%
  • TUXEDO BLACK IPA 7.0%

Performer Robby Eichman plays sunny Rock and Roll by employing the use of loop pedals, guitar, tambourine, and harmonica. He plays a mix of covers and originals. Robby was also named one of the top three vocalists in the Tennessee Valley. He wears his catchy influences on his sleeve and plays catchy music, which has proven to charm crowds into staying for “just one more song” until last call time and time again.

Blue Pants Brewery is located at 500 Lanier Rd. Madison, AL 35758 (map)

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After Korean War Veteran Pilot Dies, Family Donates Belongings to Local Vets in Need

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on May 23, 2014 at 11:22 AM, updated May 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – In 1968, Lt. Col. Andy Andrews was sent to Vietnam.

Lt. Col. Robert Joseph Michael “Andy” Andrews with a P-51 Mustang. Andrews was a U.S. Air Force pilot who flew combat missions in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. (Submitted)

An Air Force fighter pilot since receiving his silver wings in 1945 at age 19, Andrews had just finished training on the F-4 Phantom II fighter jet – the backbone of the U.S. Air Force.

“The Phantom was the love of his life,” recalled Andrews’ son Brian. “He loved that plane.”

The Vietnam War was at its peak, and Andrews was stationed in Thailand with the 8thTactical Fighter Wing. During his tour of duty, he flew 102 missions, providing close air support to ground troops.

The F-4 Phantom is a two-seater jet, with the pilot in front (that was Andrews) and a radar intercept officer behind. Andrews jokingly called whoever was in the plane with him “Gib,” short for “guy in back.”

For the majority of the missions Andrews flew in Vietnam, “Gib” was his buddy Matt Henrikson. The two had a close bond, said Brian Andrews, the unshakeable kind of friendship forged in the thick of combat.

Henrikson, who lives now in Virginia, will make the trip next week to say his last goodbyes to his friend.

On Friday, Andrews will be buried with full military honors at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota.

A decorated veteran of both the Vietnam and Korean Wars, Andrews died unexpectedly last summer in Huntsville at the age of 87. His body was cremated, according to his wishes, and his family held services both in Huntsville – where his son and daughter-in-law live – and in Colorado Springs, where he spent the bulk of his retirement after his 31-year career in the Air Force.

Brian and his wife Lisa speak fondly and reverently about Brian’s father, and the life he led. Even though his death was sudden, they worked to find a way to pass on his legacy through the donation of his possessions to local veterans in need through the Huntsville-based Still Serving Veterans organization.

WWII and Korea

Andy Andrews was 17 in 1943 when one of his neighborhood buddies – a few years older – came home on leave during World War II, telling stories about flying fighter planes. Andy knew immediately he wanted to fly them, too.

He went to the local recruiting office to sign up, but the recruiters sent him home because he wasn’t 18. When he did turn 18 in November 1944, they called him back and sent him to basic training.

At 19 he graduated from the Army Air Force pilot training program and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in October 1945, just a few months after the war ended.

Every member of Andrews’ graduating class was dismissed from service and sent home…except Andrews. He stayed in the service and was assigned to accompany coffins bearing the remains of servicemen as they were sent home to their families.

In 1949, Andrews was one of the youngest to be sent to jet pilot school. Shortly afterward he was shipped overseas to the Korean War, where he flew an F-86 Sabre jet in 61 missions before contracting malaria and being evacuated from Korea.

At some point soon after he began losing his hair – possibly due to his illness. Being a no-nonsense kind of person, he decided to just shave it all off. He got married, and had a son – Brian Andrews – in the 1950s.

My dad’s the kind of guy who wanted to have all the information that was available because he planned everything to the last detail.

A decorated career

Andrews was sent for a year-long tour to Vietnam from 1968-1969. After he returned, he was assigned to positions with the Air Defense Command and NORAD. He had reached the highest rank he could achieve in the Air Force without a college degree, and retired from the Air Force after serving 31 years.

Among his 30 awards and decorations are three Distinguished Flying Crosses, eight Air Medals, the Bronze Star, a Joint Services Commendation Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals and four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards.

It’s unusual for an Air Force pilot to fly nearly 30 years, said Brian. But Andy Andrews loved flying – so much so that he was flying combat missions in Vietnam at the age of 43.

A lasting legacy

Brian and his wife Lisa moved to Huntsville eight years ago, and spent a considerable amount of time trying to convince Andy to move here so they could better care for him. After decades spent flying, Andrews had lung problems and needed to use an oxygen tank in the thin Colorado air. Eventually, he agreed to come to Huntsville. The couple meticulously planned an apartment for him.

“My dad’s the kind of guy who wanted to have all the information that was available because he planned everything to the last detail,” said Brian. “He used to call the apartment manager frequently, and they got to be really good friends. He was friends with the maintenance supervisor before he moved here.”

Late last summer, Andy moved into his new apartment. The Andrews looked forward to introducing him to the strong military retiree community in Huntsville.

But one day later, tragedy struck. The Andrews came to Andy’s new apartment, bringing his favorite chicken pot pie for dinner. Andy had trouble unlocking the door for them, and fell back, breaking his hip.

He was rushed to the hospital, and underwent hip replacement surgery. A few days after surgery his health began declining as he had difficulty breathing.  He died Aug. 3.

Many friends, family and neighbors came out for his memorial services in Huntsville at the Church of the Nativity, Episcopal and in Colorado Springs.

Afterward, Brian and Lisa Andrews had a brand-new apartment, completely furnished, but empty.

“We could have just had an estate sale, but Lisa had the idea that it would be great if maybe there was a veteran who could use some of my dad’s things,” said Brian. “We wanted them to go to a good home, to someone who would appreciate them.”

The couple talked with a neighbor who worked for Still Serving Veterans, a Huntsville-based nonprofit organization that helps veterans and their families transition to post-military life through services like job coaching, VA claims assistance and connections to community resources.

SSV arranged to help the Andrews donate most of Andy Andrews’ belongings to local veterans in need. Some of his memorabilia was donated to SSV for display in the office.

“I think he would be very pleased,” said Brian of his dad. “He was a strong supporter of the military. Even as an officer, he really identified with the younger airmen who might need help getting their feet off the ground.”

The Andrews waited purposefully for spring to bury Andy. He qualified for burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, but the Andrews chose the Black Hills National Cemetery because Lisa’s father is also buried there, and they have family in the area.

“Dad was a very generous guy,” said Brian Andrews. “I think he would be very pleased with the way this has been wrapped up, and all the people who have benefited from his legacy.”

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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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OK Tornado Relief Drive

25-28 April 2011 – You remember the reports…

“Officials have confirmed an EF4 tornado swept through areas of Limestone and Madison Counties, where they are continuing to survey damage.  An EF4 tornado with wind speeds of 190 mph started by Browns Ferry and continued to track along U.S. 72 at Tanner to Harvest and Anderson Hills. A weaker tornado was also confirmed along Gooch Lane at Wall-Triana Highway in Madison.  A total of seven tornadoes were confirmed across the state, and the Weather Channel reported six were EF4 tornadoes. At least 210 people have died in Alabama and nine people were killed in Madison County…”

Floods of assistance came into Alabama as we tried to recover from this devastating storm system that literally, “knocked us off our feet”.  But through our perseverance,  and assistance, most of which came from private citizens, not government, we have recovered.  It wasn’t easy.  It was hard work.  But at least we didn’t feel like we were alone.  We had people that came to help.  We had people that couldn’t come, so they sent things that were desperately needed, and appreciated.  We had people sending their prayers and they were certainly appreciated.

Now is your chance to give back, Team Redstone!

Oklahoma has been hit recently, not by one, but two major storms, that produced tornadoes that have devastated Moore, Shawnee, El Reno and the surrounding area.

Team Redstone is sponsoring an effort called “Team Redstone Gives Back”.  We will be collecting clothing, stuffed animals, coloring books and crayons, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items.  Collection points will be set up throughout the Arsenal during the week of 17-21 June.  Please help us, help Oklahoma like so many people helped us.  What you donate will make a difference.

Please ensure that all clothing is in good shape.  You may also include cards with words of encouragement.

Collection points will be set up at the new Redstone Welcome Center, AMC Headquarters (Bldg 4400), NEC-R Lobby (Bldg 3400), Sparkman Center Complex lobby (Bldg 5400).  If you organization would like to serve as a collection point, please let Randall Yeoman know.

Points of contact for this drive are Randall Yeoman, 256-842-9139, randall.p.yeoman.civ@mail.mil and Edwin Smith, 256-842-3028, edwin.n.smithiii.ctr@mail.mil.  If you have any questions or your organization wants to serve as a collection point, please contact Randall or Edwin.

For further information, see the flyer: OK Tornado Drive.  Tell someone.  Do your part!  Let’s all work together to see that those affected by the tornadoes, are once again, OK!

Upcoming Fall Golf Tournament! Save the Date!

2013 Flyer - Save the Date

Help Veterans though the SSV Golf Tournament

Help us help our Veteran heroes by supporting and participating in our 7th Annual Golf Tournament in October. This is one of SSV’s most important fundraisers and we need your help to make it a success. The event will be held on October 15th, a Monday, at Cherokee Ridge Golf Course. Last year, the Tournament brought in over $60,000 and because over 80 cents of every dollar raised goes towards the services we provide, around $50,000 went straight to helping Veterans! We at SSV are excited about this year’s Tournament and want YOU to get involved.

There are many ways you can support local Veterans through our 7th Annual Golf Tournament:

Sign-up to Play!

Click here and register as an individual player or as part of a team. Don’t have a team? That’s fine; we will match-up individual players with other players or teams as needed!

Sponsor a Veteran Player!

Even if you aren’t a golfer, you can still support our heroes by sponsoring a Veteran to play (click here). This way you are contributing towards Veteran services as well as showing a Veteran a good time – it’s a double whammy!

Sponsor the Event!

There are three different sponsorship levels: Platinum ($5,000+), Gold ($2,500+), and Silver ($1,500+). Each level includes varying amounts of registered players, recognition on carts and at holes, as well as formal acknowledgment in the program.  Click here to learn more about the different sponsorship levels.

NOTE: Again, if you don’t have enough players to fill the allotted spots provided, we can fill them with Veterans!

Sponsor a Hole!

Another way to show your support is to sponsor a hole at the Tournament. For $250 you can get your name or your company’s name and logo on a sign at a hole on the course. Don’t limit yourself to just one: Multiple hole sponsorship purchases are available! Click here.

Make a Monetary Donation!

Every penny counts when it comes to serving our Veterans. We welcome any donation amount from our supporters because without you we would not be able to reach and serve as many Veterans as we do. Click here to make a donation.

Donate a Prize!

We want to offer great prizes at our 7th Annual SSV Golf Tournament to show how thankful we are for the players’ participation and support. You can donate a prize to the Tournament to help us voice our gratitude! We are looking for items big and small. If you are interested please email Lupi Rodriguez and tell her what you want to bring to the table!

 Volunteer!

Finally, you can donate your time! We could use some volunteers on our committee to help us plan the event as well as volunteers to help us set-up and execute the event. If you would like to help us please email Lupi Rodriguez and tell her what you would like to do.