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First Job Fair in Opelika was a Success

ImageYesterday our team in Opelika held their first job fair. A local news station came down to talk to the team and capture the action. Here is what they had to say:

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A non-profit organization called Still Serving Veterans, created to empower and help veterans, held its first job fair in Opelika, Ala. today, Jan. 23. Retired warriors in Alabama and Georgia attended the event in hopes of finding jobs, enhancing their resumes, and network with various companies looking for workers.

Still Serving Veterans began in Huntsville, Ala. in 2006. The organization was originally created to serve severely wounded veterans. However, Bill Koch, the Director of Still Serving Veterans, explained that the mission changed for the better. Now, the organization serves all healthy and wounded veterans of all era.

The organization came to Opelika in May of 2013. About 30 veterans attended the first job fair, and Still Serving Veterans members were confident that they would see bigger number next time.

“We moved to Opelika and opened an office here, because of the city’s proximity to Fort Benning,” Bill Koch said. “Veterans do not have to search and wonder about who and what groups are out there to help them. Veterans can just come to us, and we will take care of them.”

All Still Serving Veterans services are free to veterans.

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Jerry Martin is a veteran who worked for the National Guard for 34 years.

“This is my very first job fair ever,” Martin said. “I still want to work for another 10 to 20 years. I would love to score a job here. However, I know this is a building block for me. I’ll probably see some of these same individuals again in different job fairs. I’ll learn skills today that I will be able to use in the near future as well. “

Another veteran, 38 year old Jeremy Ellis, landed his first civilian job as work force development associate for the Opelika office of Still Serving Veterans. Ellis was medically retired after 20 years of serving in the US Army infantry.

“I joined the Army infantry when I was 17, right out of high school,” Ellis. “I retired at 37. This is my first civilian job, and it is so different from being a soldier.”

Ellis said he enjoys the new job he started August of 2013. He likes that his job focuses on helping other veterans find jobs.

“Taking care of a brother, sister and fellow combat or veteran and those who served their time is such an honor,” Ellis said. “To help warriors transition and find jobs is amazing. When some of these guys call me and thank me to say, ‘I got a new career, money is in my account, food is on the table, bills are paid.’ That’s the biggest thing.”

Interested veterans in the Chattahoochee Valley can visit Still Serving Veterans website at: http://www.stillservingveterans.org

Veterans can make appointments to discuss health care, benefits, jobs and more.

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Operation Christmas Bear by NAVFOC

Operation Christmas Bear

The North Alabama Veterans Coalition is holding their 10th Annual Operation Christmas Bear event this weekend! In case you haven’t heard, it is a free event for the families of our deployed, or recently deployed Servicemembers, including all Active duty Guard, Reservists, & Deployed DOD Civilians.

It will be held at the Jaycees Building on Airport on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 1pm to 4pm. There will be food, drinks, and tons of fun! Santa arrives at 1:30 by fire truck and free portraits with Santa will be available!

View their flyer for details and registration info here: Operation Christmas Bear

Learn more about the North Alabama Veterans Coalition here: NAVFOC.org

2013 Veterans Day Activities

Friday, Nov. 8
YMCA Veterans Prayer Breakfast, Craig and Steven Hogan Family YMCA, 130 Park Square Lane, Madison, 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 for an individual, $200 for a table of eight. Reservations are requested and due by Nov. 5. Walk-ins will not be turned away, but table seating is not guaranteed. For tickets and more information, call 428-9622. Reservations may also be made at www.ymcahuntsville.org.

Veterans Day Dinner, Von Braun Center North Hall, 5:30 p.m. The evening will include keynote speaker Gen. Dennis Via, Army Materiel Command commander, as well as the Hall of Heroes induction, Purple Heart Honor Roll induction and announcement of the North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organizations Coalition’s Veteran of the Year. Reservations are required. Tickets are $40 for an individual, $400 for a table. For reservations, visit www.ausaredstone.org.

Saturday, Nov. 9
Marine Corps Birthday Ball, The Westin, 6800 Governors West NW, Huntsville. Reception begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6. Cost is $75 for an individual; $750 for a table of 10. For tickets call Staff Sgt. Juffure Delle at 213-9683 ext. 105, or stop by Kilo Battery, 3506 Memorial Parkway SW.

Monday, Nov. 11
Breakfast, Von Braun Center North Hall. Doors open at 8 a.m. with breakfast at 8:15 and program at 9. Program includes remarks by Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, Redstone Arsenal senior commander and deputy commander of Army Materiel Command, as well as recognition of Gold and Blue Star families and Heroes Week participants. Cost is $10 for an individual, $100 for a table. For tickets, visit www.ausaredstone.org.

Veterans Day Parade, 11 a.m., beginning in front of the Von Braun Center’s North Hall. Events, to include a Military Walk through Time and the Huntsville Concert Band will be ongoing at Veterans Memorial Park, beginning at 10:30 a.m., until the parade arrives at the park.

Tri-dedication, EarlyWorks Patriot’s Mosaic, Gothic Guild Patriot’s Gateway and Patriot’s Pathway, Historic Huntsville Depot, 320 Church Street NW, Huntsville, 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Open House at the Veterans Memorial Museum off Airport Road.

Corps of Engineers waives day use fees for valid ID holders on Veterans’ Day for boat launches and swimming areas.

Irish Christmas On Sale Now!

Bourbon & Shamrocks

Still Serving Veterans, along with the Irish Society of North Alabama, will have our 4th Annual Irish Christmas on November 22, 2013 at the Jackson Center from 6pm-11pm! This year it will be all about thanking you, our supporters; being right before the holidays we want you to relax and celebrate the successes you have helped us reach through service to our Veterans and their families.

Irish Dancers

The gala will be held at the Jackson Center in Research Park this year and will feature Irish cuisine like Irish Soda Bread, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Baked Salmon, and more. We will entertain you with Irish music from Bourbon & Shamrocks and the Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band along with the lovely Irish dancers from the Fitness Arts Center. And who can forget the whiskey tasting?? For an additional cost you can sample whiskeys, scotches, and chocolates while listening to the history and unique taste of each liquor as well as how each chocolate compliments the corresponding liquor.

All you can drink beer from Straight to Ale!

All beer and wine included in ticket price! Tickets will be $65 for Dinner only and $90 for Dinner and Whiskey/Chocolate Tasting. Coming with a group or making it a company party? Become a Celtic Guardian and sponsor a table for 8 for $800 – sponsors also enjoy added perks like wine table-side and special recognition opportunities.

Tickets are on sale now and there are limited seats available! Be sure to reserve your spot by purchasing your ticket today! Make sure you also check out pictures from last year and read more about the event.

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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

Trace Adkins to Perform at 2nd Annual Veterans Benefit Concert in Huntsville!

The American Freedom Foundation announced its 2nd annual American Freedom Festival Huntsville presented by Northrop Grumman to be held on March 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Von Braun Center Propst Arena featuring legendary country icon Trace Adkins with special guest star, Jana Kramer.

This benefit concert for our Veterans and Men and Women of America’s Armed Forces will benefit Still Serving Veterans and other Huntsville area Veterans Community Blueprint partner organizations.

Ticket Information

$74.50 (Limited Number of Gold Circle – which will include preferred seating)

$59.50 (Floor Seating)

$44.50 (1st Level – Arena Bowl)

$29.50 (2nd Level – Arena Bowl)

Tickets are on sale NOW and will be available through the Von Braun Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or at www.americanfreedomfoundation.org and via Phonecharge at (800) 745-3000.  Accessible seating is available for patrons with disabilities

About Trace Adkins

In the fifteen years since his platinum debut, Trace Adkins has released ten studio albums, three greatest hits packages, and thirty chart singles including modern classics like “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Then They Do,” “Hot Mama,” “Songs About Me,” “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.” He has also racked up four Grammy nominations and five ACM and CMT awards. But there’s more. In recent years, Trace has made his mark as a TV and film actor, a voiceover artist, an author, a social commentator, and a participant on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.  He has turned his entertainingly articulated views into a well-received book, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, and has even inspired an action comic book series, Luke McBain, that has proven to be one of the genre’s hottest sellers.  Adkins’ newest project, Proud To Be Here, exhibit his strength, focus and passion for a fully lived life infuse in every song.  It is the perfect distillation of Trace’s art, displaying once again his ability to pour emotional truth into his music, whether it is of the tender or the rowdy variety.  Accomplishments like that – along with sales in the tens of millions – explain the respect Adkins has earned from Country fans and the industry alike.  www.traceadkins.com

About Jana Kramer

If you ask Jana Kramer to describe her life in this very moment she would say, “Dreams really do come true.” The singer/songwriter/actress has already had success with three songs that were featured on The CW’s “One Tree Hill,” where she plays the firecracker actress, Alex Dupre. Jana debuted on the country music scene with the popular hit single “Why Ya Wanna” earning  her the title of highest charting debut single from a new female artist since Taylor Swift, peaking at #3. “Why Ya Wanna” was certified Gold and garnered nominations for 3 American Country Awards including New Artist of the Year.  Her highly praised self-titled debut album premiered on the album chart at #5. The new follow up single “Whiskey” is impacting radio now, impressively gaining over 30 adds in its’ first week.  All eyes are on Jana as she boldly graces country music with a fresh, new sound and powerful new music.  “Country music is in my blood, “ said Jana.  I love country music because it tells a story and I have a lot of stories to tell.”  www.janakramer.com

About The American Freedom Foundation, Inc.

The American Freedom Foundation, Inc. mission is to honor the men and women of America’s armed forces, raise awareness for their service and sacrifice and raise money for organizations that serve and support our Veterans, active duty military and their families. Throughout its short history, the American Freedom Foundation has made grants of approximately $1.1 million to over 30 military organizations.  The American Freedom Festivals are a series of concert events that take place across the country featuring music performers, actors, athletes, dignitaries and other supporters, joining together to help support and fulfill the mission of the American Freedom Foundation, Inc.

About Still Serving Veterans

Still Serving Veterans (SSV) is an Alabama-based Veterans’ service organization that empowers Veterans, wounded warriors and their families to optimally transition into meaningful new careers and post-military lives with all the benefits and service that they have earned.  Founded in 2005, Still Serving Veterans (SSV) has helped more than 5,000 Veterans and their families connect with the services they need to deal with life changing injuries while reintegrating into civilian lives and careers.  SSV has secured over $63 million in additional benefits, services, and salaries for our one-on-one case managed Veterans since 2007. In 2011, SSV opened 655 new Veteran cases, secured over $9.19 million for Veteran clients, and helped 130 Veterans get hired. www.stillservingveterans.org

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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.