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Inaugural 9/11 Honor Walk Coming to Huntsville

2014 911 Walk Hsv

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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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!

Red Cross Support Request

PURPOSE: Fox Army Health Center (FAHC) has a significant gap in services with respect to the Information Desk/reception area. This is a critical function across Army Medical Treatment Facilities and most definitely with FAHC. The Information Desk is usually run by Red Cross volunteers. It is so vital to the mission, it is often staffed with their best and brightest volunteers.

REQUEST: FAHC is requesting volunteers for its Information Desk operation. We would eventually like coverage M-F from 0730-1600. However, we will certainly take any assistance until volunteers can be identified, processed, and properly trained. The front desk operation is not like the pharmacy where there is a significant train up period and need for longevity. These volunteers would be useful for a few months as much as they would for a few years.

DUTIES: Red Cross Volunteers serving at the Information Desk will often serve as the first point of contact with Fox Army Health Center customers. Volunteers will be expected to:

  • Intake and greet customers who walk-in
  • Provide information about FAHC either in person or via telephone
  • Answer routine inquiries and/or direct phones calls to the appropriate department or person
  • Provide directions to customers
  • Provide paging services
  • Provide escort services as needed
  • Sign in and out wheelchairs for patient use

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have the ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with visitors. Must be well groomed and dressed in accordance with Red Cross and FAHC dress standards.

TO VOLUNTEER: The local Red Cross Office is the start point for volunteering. The Red Cross POC is Ms. Charmaine Winston at (256) 536-0084 ext 210. For other questions about this initiative, volunteers can also contact Brian T. Freidline at (256) 955-8888 ext 1180.

Thank you for your offer to assist!!!!

Resource Spotlight: Priority Veteran

Priority Veteran

Priority Veteran provides intensive one-on-one assistance to help veterans locate stable permanent housing and link them to resources to gain the skills and knowledge to help them remain financially stable. Case Managers help veterans create a Housing Stability Plan as well as access medical or mental health services, veteran’s benefits enrollment, job search assistance, financial coaching and more.

In partnership with United Way of Central Alabama, Priority Veteran provides veterans across Alabama with federal, state and local resources; linking veterans to hope. Priority Veteran began offering services to veterans in October 2013 with a $2 million Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

What is Priority Veteran?

It is a service coordination program for homeless veterans and their families to help them secure permanent, sustainable housing and provide access to resources such as medical or mental health services, benefits enrollment, job search assistance, financial coaching, etc.

Who qualifies for Priority Veteran?

  • Veterans and their family members who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • Very low income veterans based on area income standards
  • Veterans discharged other than dishonorable
  • Veterans with 24 months of service or with a VA Medical Card

What does ‘homeless’ mean?

The veteran (and family) does not have fixed, regular and adequate nighttime shelter or will lose nighttime shelter within a short period of time.

What are some of the services Veterans can receive from Priority Veteran?

Priority Veteran offers can assist low-income, homeless or at-risk veteran families with:

  • obtaining permanent, stable housing
  • obtaining VA benefits
  • obtaining federal and/or state benefits
  • accessing community-based resources
  • obtaining/completing employment training
  • obtaining employment
  • Advocacy in landlord/tenant disputes
  • Advocacy in rent/utility arrearages
  • Temporary Financial Assistance
    • Deposits
    • Rent assistance
    • Moving costs
    • General housing supplies
    • Utility assistance

Can families get help for a veteran?

Yes, services are for veterans and their families.  Veterans have to voluntarily agree to a Housing Stability Plan.  Families can call Priority Veteran and encourage veterans to enroll.

Can veterans get financial assistance from Priority Veteran?

Priority Veteran can assist with the cost of some service(s) in the Housing Stability Plan if the veteran will be homeless if that service is not provided.  This decision is made on a case-by-case basis.

 

Find out more about Priority Veteran and how to contact them by visiting their website: http://priorityveteran.org/priorityveteran/

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

App Links Struggling Veterans with Nearby Network of Military Friends

(Original Article by Matthew M. Burke from Stars & Stripes: http://www.stripes.com/news/app-links-struggling-veterans-with-nearby-network-of-military-friends-1.229096#)

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Jacob Wood was at the funeral of a fellow Marine veteran who committed suicide in 2011 when he discovered just how close potentially life-saving help had been.

The two men served in the same sniper section during deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, but when his friend returned home, he fell into isolation and depression.

Wood discovered that on the day the Marine sergeant took his own life, three other Marines from the unit lived within just 15 miles. None knew the fellow veteran was in distress nearby.

The experience inspired Wood to help co-create a smartphone application designed to link struggling veterans with an informal network of military friends who might be just down the street. POS REP, short for position report, allows those in distress to pop off an electronic “help flare” so other users of the military social app in the geographic area can spring into action.

POS REP is among a wave of mobile apps created for the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder cases and suicides among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. These apps are creating a breadth of choices that may aid those coping with the wounds of war, but they have also raised concerns over the privacy and safety of veterans who disclose health information and their location through their smartphones and tablets.

“This tool is really going to be a game-changer,” said Army veteran Anthony Allman, 30, who helped Wood and co-creator William McNulty, also a Marine Corps veteran, get POS REP off the ground. “I hope [the app] has an impact [on the issue of suicides], at least by showing veterans they’re not alone. There is a community around them.”

So far, the app is only designed to work with troops in the U.S., but the designers hope to expand it to the overseas audience eventually.

Health professionals have long recognized the benefits of bringing combat veterans together for support and healing in groups, including the military social networks that have recently sprung up online.

The POS REP app provides an online social network for military chat but takes the technology a step further by placing users on a local map showing where other veterans and services are located through global positioning. The users, who can see and be seen by others, can also use the app to update service record information or show support for service organizations.

Allman said the app allows veterans to lean on each other and provide help among friends. The app developers hope to add users across the United States and develop partnerships with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to add to the services listed on app maps, Allman said.

But worries over privacy and safety might hinder its growth. The app has already been criticized for potentially providing locations and personal data that could be used to target veterans.

Allman said POS REP users can choose whether to be seen on the network map through the app settings and only approximate positions are provided. The development team works with partnering organizations to verify that people joining are in fact veterans and is working to further protect the network from non-veterans.

The DOD declined to comment on POS REP but said security and privacy are top concerns when it comes to such applications.

The DOD itself has developed a wide range of mobile apps — some harvest personal health data and also use GPS — to assist veterans and service members with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

Department apps include BioZen, which collects bio-feedback data such as respiratory rate, skin temperature and brain waves from users using mobile devices, and T2 Mood Tracker, which allows users to record changes in behavior and monitor their mental health. According to the department, the mood tracker application has gained popularity outside the military community.

DOD spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said servicemembers and veterans should be cautious when choosing apps for their mobile devices.

“With constantly evolving technology, like GPS software, it’s incumbent on individuals to make smart decisions regarding their privacy,” Christensen wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes.