Huntsville’s Still Serving Veterans Awarded $600,000 Call of Duty Endowment Grant
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The work of Still Serving Veterans, a non-profit group that helps transitioning soldiers and veterans, will now be supported by a new grant.
Still Serving Veterans has received a $598,000 grant from Call of Duty Endowment, a private, non-profit foundation that supports groups placing former service members into careers while raising awareness of the value veterans bring to the civilian workplace.
Call of Duty recognized SSV's significant contributions to our veteran community. For example, last year SSV conducted more than 5,500 one-on-one professional counseling sessions with veterans.
"That netted for them - in new benefits, salaries and services - over $9.6 million in value that they wouldn't have gotten if they didn't have an advocate working for them," explains Will Webb, President of Still Serving Veterans.
The grant comes five months after SSV was named one of the endowment's inaugural "Seal of Distinction" award winners, an initiative launched to highlight nonprofit organizations proven to be the most effective and efficient at placing veterans into high-quality careers.
The grants are allowing for expansion across the state. Tuesday, Webb helped with a ribbon cutting at a pilot SSV satellite office in Phenix City, Al. Webb says growth won't stop there.
"We will be expanding to several other sites in Alabama," promises Webb. "This is an exciting time for Still Serving Veterans but also a time for us to leverage what we've been able to do to date and take it to more communities throughout the state."
SSV is taking a measured approach to expansion - researching areas with most veteran need and business-friendly environments. SSV is looking closely at south Alabama and the Fort Rucker area near Dothan. Other areas of future interest would include Montgomery and the Birmingham area, Webb says.
Headquartered in Huntsville, SSV works with veterans and their families to help the transition from military life to careers. Since its founding 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.