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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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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/

Lockheed Martin Supports SSVs Workforce Transition Programs

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] will present a $10,000 grant to Still Serving Veterans (SSV) on Monday to aid in transitioning Veterans to meaningful post-military careers.

There are over 32,000 veterans in Madison County, 430,000 in Alabama, many of whom have disabilities. The unemployment rate for Veterans is over twice the national average, and severely disabled Veterans need significant training and assistance to find meaningful employment. Veterans’ physical and psychological injuries hamper finding work which directly leads to financial struggles.

Lockheed Martin, a member of the Huntsville community for almost 50 years, is proud to partner with SSV to support Veterans’ advocacy initiatives and long-term development and employee placement for Veterans. The Lockheed Martin-funded grant will enhance the SSV’s Workforce Community Blueprint Transition program, which provides resources for counseling, coaching, job transition and assistance in obtaining Veterans Administration (VA) benefits.

“The selfless service of America’s military provides the freedoms each of us enjoys every day. At Lockheed Martin, we are committed to providing Veterans opportunities when they no longer wear the uniform,” said Joanne Maguire, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. “This partnership with Still Serving Veterans is an example of how we continue to support and honor the sacrifices and service of our Veteran population during their transition from military service.

SSV’s focus is on empowering Veterans and their families by helping them reintegrate into the workforce and community after their service to our country. “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,” said SSV President COL(R) Will Webb. “Our hero Veterans have done noble things in treacherous places on our behalf.  After their sacrifices, a meaningful new career is the best ‘thank you’ we can give them and their families. This partnership with Lockheed Martin will help to achieve these successes thru workforce transition assistance for our community.”

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.  The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

Founded in 2006, Still Serving Veterans’ (SSV’s) mission is to empower Veterans, including wounded warriors and their families, by helping them reintegrate into the workforce and community. Services include outreach and education, individual case management, referral to mental health counseling with a focus in PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI), long-term career development and employment placement, financial planning, and help securing VA benefits. SSV works with Veteran businesses and coordinates employment opportunities with the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) in Madison County and in all of Alabama.

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. 

 

Do You Want to Support Veterans in Your Community?

Do you want to learn unparalleled leadership skills?

Do you want to become engaged in your community through service to others?

Do you want to actively support veterans reintegrate into the community and empower them to lead others?

Have you persevered through professional and personal challenges?

Are you ready to be a leader and change-maker?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, then we WANT YOU!

Points of Light, in partnership with AmeriCorps and The Community Blueprint, is looking for 40 Veteran Leader Corps Members for a year of service to the veterans community nationwide.

What is a Point of Light Veteran Leader Corps (VLC) Member? A POLVLC Member is a dedicated, determined, and self-confident individual who will:

  • Create and develop ongoing volunteer projects that serve and engage veterans
  • Provide veterans with leadership and job readiness training
  • Link veterans with a mentor who will provide ongoing coaching and support
  • Engage their local community in the effort to support veterans

Why join the Veteran Leader Corps? Not only will you be providing irreplaceable service to the veteran community, but you will build a brighter future for yourself through improved leadership skills, professionalism, responsibility, and an unbreakable connection to your community.

Benefits include:

  • Joining the 80,000 active member AmeriCorps community
  • Participation in Points of Light Corps Member Training Institute and National Service Member Conference
  • Hard skill development: project management, evaluation, case management, community mapping, and employment preparation
  • Living Allowance of $12,100 plus health insurance
  • Child care subsidy (if eligible)
  • $5,550 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of service

Positions are available in the following communities: Denver, Colorado; Indiana; Miami, Florida; Macon, Georgia; Vicksburg, Mississippi; Huntsville, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; Washington, D.C.

Please contact Bill Koch for more information and to apply!

Click here for position description.

Free Childcare for Vets

Academy for Learning Character Development is offering free Daycare for Veteranschildren while the Veteran is looking for employment. The Academy is a non-profitable organization located at 3807 Telstar Circle Huntsville, Alabama by Gate 9. Click here for a map.

“We strive to provide parents with a peace of mind by providing an environment for students to grow academically, socially, and spirituality,” says the Academy for Learning Character Development.

Their hours are 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours if needed. To jump on this offer of free childcare for Veterans seeking employment please call (256) 533-3300.