Still Serving Veterans really helped me with the transition from military to civilian life. They helped in giving constructive criticism to my resume, helped me network in the local community, helped me better my LinkedIn page, and best of all they are still going to bat for me every week to make sure my VA claim is processed properly. I could not have done it myself. Jaymie absolutely helped me navigate the burdensome process of filing my disability claim, re-filing, and in the end made absolutely sure that my claim was giving the appropriate attention from the VA. She taught me about the process, and also taught me about the appropriate vernacular, and how to best convey my medical history. A really awesome service was their ability to submit paperwork on my behalf after I took a job on a different continent. This made processing of my VA paperwork much easier. I forgot to sign a signature block on a specific piece of paper to add my dependents to my claim, no problem, SSV acting as my agent took care of it. SSV is not a one trick pony. The office is full of experience, and community links. Ben did a great job of helping me understand some of the more subtle transition moments. Best of all they are always there when ever I need them. Sometimes I just stop by to chat with them because they are awesome people.
I had the privelege of working with Vincent and Julia who gave me vital and important information about the interview process, linkedin best practices and an indepth view of the best strategy to use in looking for new opportunities. Vincent and Julia are very knowledgeable and I appreciate their time with me. Thanks to them, I am revamping my linkedin, my elevator speech, editing my resume and working on taking advantage of the most asked questions during interviews. And SSV will be in your corner till your goal is achieved and even after wards.
Thank you Still Serving Veterans for the wonderful work you do.
Each time I contact someone with Still Serving Veterans, they are very professional. I had the pleasure of working with Bill Koch & Vincent Turner. This is a much needed demeanor when engaging with our Veterans. I appreciate the service this organization provides to our servicemen - Dr. Andrain Yeldell Jones
I needed assistance filing a claim for disability compensation. Moses (located in the Huntsville, Al office), went above and beyond, helping to ensure I submitted an accurate and complete claim. I can't say enough about his knowledge and thoroughness. He made the process seamless. I'm very satisfied with his work and effort in assisting me.
When I was at a loss, SSV did it all...talked me through various mazes ...led me through anguish and soul searching. Keep it going for veterans AND for us family members. Thank you.
I asked for help they had me provide them with my service information and a description of my issue. Then they said it had to be approved. I needed the fees to submit my Merchant Mariner Credential ppwk. They never got back with me. Several weeks later I got an email related to a promotional event SSV was having and I stated that SSV had never helped me. Vincent contacted me by email and said he was sorry he hadn't got back to me. The financial help was not approved and he forgot to tell me. That is SSV. I've been unemployed now for 3 years and the only help I've ever gotten is from the VA. VSO are not always what they claim to be. Their workers get paid first.
As my parents aged they were able to do less around their home. Their level of care increased, along with the increase in healthcare costs and other daily living costs. Their retirement was quickly depleted. I stepped in to help them figure things out. One of the things I discovered was that my Dad was eligible for a VA Pension. Thus began my interaction with Still Serving Veterans to help facilitate the Pension which, in turn, was the baseline for Survivor Benefits and Aid and Attendance for my mother.
Once all the Pension paperwork was submitted, my Dad was fortunate to qualify for a VA Pension. He felt since he didn't retire from the Navy, he wouldn't qualify, but I encourage ALL Veterans who are trying to make ends meet to at least meet with Still Serving Veterans to determine if they are eligible. It basically depends on how long the veteran was in the military, if there was any conflict/war during the service period, if they departed the military in good standing and if they qualify for assistance (i.e. if their bills are outweighing their income).
May 31, 2020, my dad passed. He was 90 years old and lived a great life! Then began the arduous task of applying for Survivor Benefits and VA Aid and Attendance for my mother. I could not have survived this process without Terri Womack (USAF, Retired) with Still Serving Veterans here in Huntsville, AL. Terri guided me through this process of up's and down's, amendment after amendment. She brought me through all the asks for additional information and yes, even denials, all the way through to this year when I found out my mother was approved for VA Aid and Attendance. Without Terri's guidance, diligence, knowledge and patience I would not be where I am today. Thank you Terri!
I wanted to take a moment and thank all of you who work for Still Serving Veterans here in Huntsville, AL. For without each of you I know most people would give up, not being able to understand what is being asked, how to fill out all the forms, to keep pushing through the processes. I know I wanted to give up several times, but I was constantly educated and encouraged to keep jumping over the next hurdle. Today I know I have done everything possible to help my parents.
This folks with Still Serving Veterans need to be afforded every opportunity to grow, educate and reach more Veterans and their families. This is quite the team of exceptional people.
As a transitioning service member there are thousands of veteran's service organizations to choose from. I chose Still Serving Veterans because they are a one stop shop and they actually care about the success of the veteran's they assist. I have spoken on the phone with four different associates who were willing to answer all of my questions, despite the fact that they probably answer them hundreds of times per day. My resume was written with my input and the final product far exceeded what I could have done on my own. I greatly appreciate Still Serving Veterans for everything they have done so far and everything they continue to offer as I get closer to my separation date.
I was nearing a year after retiring from a 30 year career during the COVID pandemic with no real progress occurring with the VA. Jaymie at SSV stepped up to assist me with the process. She was thorough, empathetic and very helpful. In a matter of 4 months, my case as submitted, evaluations completed and my assessment was rendered by the VA. Truly amazing. I was lost and frustrated without SSV's help. Tremendous support. My family and I are very grateful to Jaymie and the entire SSV team.
A top notch organization that helped me even after I transitioned out of my military service. They not only helped me with my resume, they gave me good advice and litterateur on civilian employment and how to adjust to the culture. The men and women of this organization are eager to assist as most of them are prior service that are still serving our military service members through the ruff transition of becoming a civilian again.
The good things mentioned here about this organization can hardly be expressed in words. It seems the deeds are an reward in themselves. I know from experience you do not work here to make money, but what you do make here is a difference. Not just for others, but yourself as well.
SSV was like a helpful safe harbor when transition time came. From filing for VA disability, to preparing my resume and my LinkedIn page, and just spending time talking to the great staff, Paulette, and the rest. Very helpful and positive experience.
Still Serving Veteran's has been the best organization I've worked with during my transition. I started over a year ago and have attended various classes and asked a thousand questions and SSV had the answers. I would have been lost without their great staff. I felt a personal connection with several of them and every piece of information they have provided has been utilized by me at some point during my transition. Whether it was interviewing, resume building or just expectation management, SSV knew exactly how to assist. I can thank of no greater organization and only wish at some point I will be able to repay their kindness, understanding and support.
SSV was helpful, informative, and supportive during my transition into the civilian life. They helped me with my resume and to find a job. Although I no longer work at that company and I am in “retirement mode”, I would still reach out to SSV for assistance in finding employment. I often forward their job posting to my fellow veterans in the area and recommend SSV to them as a resource.
US Army, veteran
I wouldn't be where i am at without still serving veterans. As a military spouse of an active duty member, i was hesitant to reach out for help, but their team is incredible. Kim is the queen of resumes! Not only do they offer resume writing support, they actively fill positions with candidates, have deep relationships with companies who serve the military community and are actively advertising apprenticeship programs for the military spouse community. We are often a forgotten group, led to just learn that we aren't allowed to have our careers because employers wont take a chance on us due to our background. Still serving veterans allows military spouses a fighting chance to find employement and follow up even after we are employed. It's a relationship that grows even between jobs.
Superb service and great, friendly help with both VA claim help and also resume building assistance. Jaymie and Ben are both superstars and extremely helpful. The VA stuff can be intimidating, but Jaymie made it a smooth ride and was looking out for me.
I wish this organization had been around when my father needed support. A friend who served in Vietnam but had never asked for any VA support took my advice and made an appointment with an SSV VA counselor. He received a lump sum and over $300 per month - enough to make a difference!
I've worked for this non-profit for over a year now and I am constantly inspired by the care and support our counselors give to each and every Veteran that walks through the door.
Long Forgotten. Those two words define what happened to me, Douglas M. Velardo - retired Air Force Technical Sergeant, when I applied initially at the VA. After many years, I met a retired marine who we are friends now, that if I went to Still Serving Veterans (SSV) they could assist me with the VA claims process. The VA long forgot about me as I previously attempted to do this process on my own, I felt like many veterans who were just set aside as it seemed at that time the VA was doing to many of us. By the way, my lone effort did me absolutely no good. I called and setup an appointment with Still Serving Veterans. And the day I walked into their office and was welcomed by the staff at SSV and counselor Jaymie Testman, I thought to myself "Oh My God", someone does care. Ms. Testman helped guide me and understand the medical issues I had been going through and explained what I needed to do. She helped me apply, which gave me in retirement the VA benefits I deserved over many years of suffering that I had accumulated over 20-years serving my country. The day the VA gave me the new rating, I cried. The last time I cried was when my only living parent dying 1989. I cried because I could not believe that someone like Ms. Testman nor an organization such as Still Serving Veterans could do so much for this long forgotten veteran. Simply put they do a great service for the many other veterans such as myself. Are the great to work with and can they help you? Yes. All I can say is God Bless them all at Still Serving Veterans for the good work they do even for long forgotten veterans such as me.
High Five for Still Serving Veterans!!! This team of talented professionals shared options for employment that I wasn't aware of and or ever considered. All team members are Veterans which gives credence to the their understanding of the transition process. Too, I have received help with LinkedIn, my resume, and networking. I am so thankful for my new position!
I have worked with this nonprofit before and they are amazing. From the staff to the volunteers. It is amazing what they do for the veterans of Huntsville, Al and more.
Not only did this organization help me with my resume resulting in a much-needed career change they also helped me with my VA Disability benefits claim with a positive outcome that now allows me to get access to treatments that will help. This team of Veterans is dedicated to helping other Veterans and I am so thankful for their continued service.
I received outstanding services from Still Serving Veterans. My case worker (Ms. Womack) went above and beyond to answer all of my questions and provide additional resources that could be beneficial to my family. The entire staff was very professional and caring. I would highly recommend Still Serving Veterans to any veteran or veteran's family member looking for advice, education, and or knowledge regarding veteran benefits.
My husband passed away in March 2019, he was a veteran having served four years in the Air Force during the Korean war. I had heard of this organization from a friend. I went there and everyone was so kind and supportive. They reviewed, filed and submitted all the paperwork necessary for a claim to the VA for me. I recently received reimbursement in a very timely manner.
I appreciate their assistance in supporting me during this difficult period in my life. I highly recommend their services. I have mentioned their services to several retired military friends.
Awesome organization who strives at helping veterans. Not only is each member knowledgeable about veterans issues, but they show a level of compassion to each veteran that warms the heart. Especially, Kevin W. who not only helped me with finding employment, but lifted my spirits up after losing my job. Kevin W. could have just given me some job counseling, but instead he gave me the motivation to continue on. He didn’t have too, he chose too. That kind of commitment from SSV is what sets them above any veteran organization.
I went to still serving veterans at least 4 times- the results were just nothing- a thirty minute lecture by my case worker about his problems - then he tried to send me to apply for a job un-loading trucks at home depot- im a 58 year old- I don't need ssv to tell me I can apply for that kind of "JOB"- why does the ceo at ssv make over $100,000.00 per year while homeless vets sleep on the streets and go hungry ? to me this is just an excuse for a select group to get in the spotlight and congratulate themselves for being such do gooders while collecting a pay check- they never did one thing for me - not one- I have heard others with the same issues- a lot of people make a living by shuffling the poor unfortunate vet around . Robert mitchell
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I went to ssv 3 times hoping for a little bit - but was treated like a stain on the carpet that needed to be removed as soon as possible- they ran a credit & background check on me ?!?!?!-and on my next visit my so called case worker spent my 45 minute appointment telling me his life story and his problems!- finally he said go home and look for employment on the internet- wow- I put on a clean shirt and drove 20 miles and put my best foot forward for this. I have had a fairly serious health issue in the last 3 years, lost my job and at age 55 find no one willing to hire me- its hurts. but my treatment at ssv hurt even more- my name is Robert Mitchell 256-828-6889 if anyone might know a job for me. but don't bother ssv- they only care with cameras on.
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I attended a job fair and met the wonderful staff at
Still Serving Veterans in Phenix City AL. I just walked up and simply asked them what they did. I'm a widow of a Veteran and they offered to help me any way they could. They made me an appt and the resume' that i had made was not sufficient. They helped me to re-write my resume' and gave me some information on some job leads. Thanks to them I am gainfully employed and starting a new chapter in my life. I am very blessed to have found them because I've been lost since my husband passed and they rescued me. I am grateful.
Still Serving Veterans is phenomenal! They provide a multitude of services for veterans. They assisted me with filing my VA disability claim. I also had the opportunity to attend their Resume Writing and Interview Class. They help veterans in a number of different ways. If your a veteran and in Alabama give them a call! I'm proud of what the services they provide to us veterans. They get it and are passionate about helping Veterans however they can.
Retired US Navy.
I started my journey with SSV (Huntsville, Ala) about a year ago. I am proud of my association with all these dedicated people. If it were not for the assistance and support of Ms. Trudy Lewis and the entire staff, I would still be struggling to get help for my service connected problems. Thanks to folks like Ms. Lewis and the SSV organization staff of volunteers I received immediate help and guidance on what I had to do and provide to VA so as to obtain the help I now so gratefully receive. With the assistance and support of Ms. Lewis I was able to obtain records and documentation that I could never procure on my own. I received more help and assistance from "day 1" working with Ms. Lewis and SSV than I received from DA, VA and TRICARE, in the past 20 years. I can not say thanks enough for
the genuine caring shown to myself and my family by the blessed folks at SSV.
Still serving veterans made me feel comfortable from the moment I walked into the door. They sat down with me and completed a resume for me that was very professional. They gave me great tips on how to setup my Linked in account and information on creating a profeesional email account. They gave great information about posting on facebook. They offered to do mock job interviews with me. I was called for an interview for a job based off of the resume they assisted me with. I was chosen over individuals who had a college degree while I was 6 classes away from completing mine. I would recommend them to any veteran.
Members of still serving veterans provided me with that welcoming feeling of camaraderie during the civilian re-integration period. They provided me with a handful of resources that are also helpful to other veterans to get back on their feet such as resume preparation, jobs search, and mock interviews to name a few. Another value that intrigued me most of some of the staff was their ability display care, by periodically checking in with members who've received their services in the past, and ensuring them that someone from Still serving Veteran is always there to help with anything.
This organization is furnishing veterans & spouse with skills to be successful on the civilian job market by networking and restructuring resumes to nurture a particular job interest. Their local office is readily available and the staff is friendly, polite and packed with lots of knowledge in reference to available positions and social events.
Went in with a solid resume. Still serving assisted with some tweaking and interview tips Everyone in the Phenix City office had great personalities and were willing to help. Their follow ups were great and timely and appreciated.
My name is Daphne, I was job hunting and seems as if I could not get a job interview, for jobs I am totally qualified to do. Just the same I was a little reluctant to go to "Still Serving Veterans" mostly because I did not understand what they really assist a veteran with. Well I finally needed some assistance trying to figure out what I was doing wrong....
My first appointment was 26 Jan 2016. And we went from there. The have a GREAT team, they assisted me with my resume, and ideas and different approaches for how to job hunt head on, and I finally got and interview.. It might not sound like much but that's a huge stone for me. I've been looking for work since July 2015. My goal was to check and search the internet daily and fill out at least 1 job application a day. Absolutely NO HITS...until I went to "Still Serving Veterans" From Jan 26, to 4 March 2016..... I finally got an interview.
Thank you so much to Still Serving Veterans for you assistance with all that you do for FREE to veterans actively trying to find employment. Keep up the GREAT work with that GREAT team. Daphne
I met an Advisor while at a Job Fair and they really try to help with and educate in the job search. And they still contact me from time to time! I Love what they are doing for Veterans and their families!
Love what they do to help veterans and soldiers. They have been very helpful through my job searching process. They have also been very supportive every step of the way. Love how they call an see how things are going. Also love how they give you information to help you along the way. Like sending me an email about an upcoming job fair. They do a wonderful job and I would recommend them to any veteran or solider I know looking for help.
Still Serving veterans is like career center.Helping with things such as Resume building,Job search,Tips on Interview Technique Skills,and a Great point of contact for various jobs in our community.All with a Friendly and Professional touch for Free! Check it out, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Still Serving Veterans is not just a great name or organization. It is committed people helping, sacrificing and striving to assist veterans in finding employment The process was smooth and their continued resolve to follow through is superb. From the initial, first time encounter to the first person to person appointment to go over goals, producing a finish product (resume), information gathering for jobs and subsequent follow up, has been wonderful. The entire team of Kim Woods, Jim and Charles have been great in extending their knowledge and passion for helping others.
Still Serving Veterans gave me the tools I needed to hopefully land a good job and Veterans benefits. The day I called them, I was seen the next morning. Still Serving Veterans will do what they advertise, and it's all free!
I am in the process of transitioning and am confident because I have Still Serving Veterans and Joe Woods assisting me along the way. Very professional and helpful. Still Serving Veterans is there when I need them for questions anxious moments /questions such as resume building and building health records of which I otherwise would not have known, they arecovered there. Because of this service I'm less anxious regarding my separation process. I'm looking forward to continued positive experiences.
The name speaks for itself and says it all! This group of professionals will take the time out to point you in the right direction when searching for employment. Their follow up is unlike anything I've encountered which further lets you know that they really do care about finding the right job for you.
I have been unemployed for a substantial period of time. At about the 4 month point, I went to Still Serving Veterans and was immediately provided outstanding personal service. I get regular Emails for jobs and talk to them weekly. Although I still am seeking work, they have helped me immensely. My job history was of good paying jobs and many employers simply won't make an offer but Still Serving Veterans keeps me morivated. I wish to acknowledge two people in particular; Paulette Risher and Anthony Bush. They have both been exceptional! I believe in what this organization does and highly recommend them as a Top of the Line organization!
Great experience. Their sole purpose is to help veterans and they don't charge a dime. Great people, always willing to help with great attitudes.
I met several staff members who were veterans themselves and quickly became acquainted with their services. Jeremy squared me away with a workable and solid resume. Kim kept me in line and on time by communicating timely and relevant information. Charlie and I engaged in a powerful "sitdown" about entrepreneurial and business startups, all intertwine in sharing Gods' Word. Three meetings within three weeks with three awesome people. A great experience I must say.
- Alvin Benjamin
I'm using their there search engine for Jobs. I hold them in the highest esteem. They also provide me with temporary available jobs. I hold them in the highest esteem. I don't have anything else to say about the Still Serving Veterans.
Still helping veterans is a very helpful and caring organization that does what they can to ensure you are assisted, would recommend to every veteran for help in employment and va benefits two thumbs up
I have a really good experience and they were very helpful. They helped out with my resume and gave me several contacts in order to be successful in the job market
Still Serving Veterans assisted me with my employment transition when I retired from the military and relocated to Alabama. They assisted me with improving my resume and provided me with leads on potential jobs. The veteran community is made better with them involved.
This organization is a top of the line service for veterans, I have recommended their services to some my veteran friends because they have helped me and continue to demonstrate a genuine concern for us veterans.
There are a lot of GOOD organizations out there providing opportunities for military Veterans and their families. What sets Still Serving Veterans apart and makes them a GREAT organization, is their love and insurmountable passion for developing relationships with Veterans and families.
Still Serving Veterans is the rose among the weeds. Tirelessly looking to connect Vets with quality jobs, community relationships, while motivating the community to play an active role within those Veterans' lives. Still Serving Veterans is the light, piercing through the darkness, firmly planted in the harbor, and reaching out to guide military Veterans to safety.
I am proud to find an organization that is willing to help carry my ruck that extra mile and empowering me to make a difference in my community.
Aka Reveille Joe
I have worked with SSV as a partner in the community they are a big supporter on doing the right thing. They have a great group of people there that looks after the Veteran. Thanks for all your help Bill, Will and team.
Very helpful and support numerous veteran opportunities. Provide great advice and tie you into network for looking for employment.
I received Incredible personalized (and personal) support from the staff after I learned that I was subject to layoff by my company, even as a senior (30+ years experience with an engineering Master's degree) candidate for placement. My situation is not an "easy fix" in this economy and yet they took on my case with compassion and focus. I remain actively in the hunt but I don't think I could find more capable hands or hearts on which to rely for sound advice and reliable direction in a scenario I did not anticipate and have not been through in some time. Bravo to SSV from a grateful veteran!
Helpful and connected. Robust network allows for maximum exposure or in my case, opportunities for me to volunteer. They helped place my best friend, thank you. I am wary of some of the other huge veteran charities who pump out large sums but also have a huge overhead; luckily SSV is transparent and committed to veterans. I have nothing but good things to say about SSV.
As a volunteer I helped organize a motorcycle poker run with proceeds going to SSV; I helped with their resume workshop which had an awesome turnout and through them I am able to help veterans who may need a handyman or small repairs.
After the economic decline in 2008, I ended up loosing my business. Through SSV I was able to enroll in renewable energy courses. This lead to becoming certified as a Building Analyst. Because SSV partnered with other local non-profits that provided a gateway into a job.
still serving veterans is just a rip off- the big cheese makes well over a hundred thousand per year to run this so called "non -profit"- as a veteran I went to them for a little help finding a job and was treated to a 45 minute lecture y my case worker about how little he was paid to work as ssv!- they couldn't wait to show me the door- I returned 2 more times thinking maybe I just went on a bad day- wrong! they just ask the federal govt. for grants and hand outs from local companies and individuals so they can eat donuts and pocket the rest as "operating expense" ie a round of golf followed by a round of martinis or two- give to an honest non profit and help the needy
Robert, You have made several disparaging remarks on this site and others. Allow me to address your specific comments. The office spaces you refer to are the result of a very generous landlord who is determined to help us with our mission. Our new office space actually costs less than our previous space. The desks you condemn are used furniture that was donated by a local bank. We are not a clique of former or wannabe contractors, we are Veterans ourselves determined to help other Veterans because there is a need. We have helped over 16,000 Veterans since our inception and last year helped 315 Veterans get jobs. We are justifiably proud of the organization’s accomplishments. Can we help everyone? The answer is nobody can help everyone. Your experience with the counselor was unfortunate, but that is not indicative of this organization. In fact, that particular counselor is no longer part of Still Serving Veterans and we have other counselor’s that you could have, and are welcome to talk to. Our financials are posted for anyone to look at, and we undergo two robust audits every year from outside agencies. We do not now, nor have we ever received Federal funding. We have received awards from the Better Business Bureau for ethics, the Department of the Army, and are recipients of the Call of Duty’s seal of distinction. The people who work here are passionate and committed to helping Veterans. We are proud of who and what we are, and will gladly do our best to help you, if you still need and/or want help. Bill Koch Director, Still Serving Veterans
I was fortunate enough to learn about Still Serving Veterans last October...what a wonderful organization! I have been volunteering there and not only is it a fulfilling experience, the staff there makes you feel so very appreciated.
Volunteering with Still Serving Veterans has been a great experience. I have learned a lot more about the Huntsville veteran community, the needs of our local veterans and ways to help them that I never knew were possible. They will help a veteran with any problem. If they don't have some who can help, they will find another person or organization who can. I have witnessed this organization change lives for the better on numerous occasions.
The people who came to the event were very appreciative of those taking the time to help them. The people I came in contact with were genuinely excited on what they learned and seemed positive with the critique on their resumes.
SSV is one of the few nonprofits that provide our Veterans , wounded warriors and their families a holistic approach to reintegration. They are a national fully service agency for providing Veterans assistance in filing their VA claims or appealing their claims. They provide an individual employment plan for Veterans and mentor them so they can be trained, educated and provided with a meaningful new careers as they transition into post military live. The staff are all Veterans and professional counselors who can assist with benefits and job placement.
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