Thoughts On Veterans Day From A Non-Veteran

"To me, Veterans Day is about freedom, reflection, and honoring those that make the sacrifice required to allow for my freedom."-- Chris Key, Huntsville Utilities Accounts Supervisor By COL (RET) John OlshefskiSenior VP of Customer CareHuntsville UtilitiesRecently, a friend and publisher of this awesome magazine – Bob Druckman, asked if I would share my thoughts … Continue reading Thoughts On Veterans Day From A Non-Veteran

Veterans Need Mental Health Care, Too

By Unity Psychiatric Center When describing veterans, words like strong, brave and selfless come to mind. These words are apt, but only tell part of the story. Veterans can face the same life struggles as non-veterans, as well as unique challenges that go hand-in-hand with military service. Deployments and being in war zones are known … Continue reading Veterans Need Mental Health Care, Too

Don’t Forget: Remembering Veterans Needs After Service

By: Staff Sgt. Melissa Braun, USAF, Retired There’s a lot of forgetfulness when it comes to veterans. This isn’t to say veterans are forgetful – more so feeling forgotten. From Saigon to Afghanistan, transitioning into and out of the military, undiagnosed and untreated ailments tied to service, and many instances in between, veterans often feel … Continue reading Don’t Forget: Remembering Veterans Needs After Service

What Is a VA Loan?

By Darin WindhamRealtorKey Finders Group RE/Max Alliance November reminds us of the beginnings of cold weather, football, hot drinks by the fire, and of course Thanksgiving and Black Friday. And it’s also the month we celebrate Veteran’s Day. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of … Continue reading What Is a VA Loan?

Protecting Our Protectors: Caring for Our Veterans

By Mayor Tommy Battle Paying tribute to our military veterans is something we do with honor in Huntsville. From supporting events like the annual Veterans Day Parade to visiting the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, the Rocket City is very proud of all of those who selflessly serve our nation. Recognizing our veterans for their service … Continue reading Protecting Our Protectors: Caring for Our Veterans

Still Serving Veterans

By Major General U.S. Army (RET) Paulette Risher President/CEO, Still Serving Veterans Still Serving Veterans (SSV) is a 15-year-old Huntsville-based nonprofit whose primary mission is to help Veterans, service members, members of the Guard and Reserves and their families build meaningful lives by connecting them with good jobs, the benefits they have earned, and the … Continue reading Still Serving Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans

By Kenneth Anderson, DirectorHuntsville City Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In August 2021, America’s longest war ‘ended’ with a painful reminder of how costly military conflicts can be right up until the end. As American service members assigned to support the final evacuations of citizens, civilians and allies (Operation. Freedom’s Sentinel) in Afghanistan, were … Continue reading Honoring Our Veterans

Following his calling: Meet Ty Oswald

Ty Oswald is an Army veteran, dad, husband and has PTSD. He is a Huntsville native (Buckhorn High School) and the military was always his calling. “Both of my parents served and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. He served for 6 years as an OH 58 Avionics and Weapons Systems Specialist. He deployed … Continue reading Following his calling: Meet Ty Oswald

The VFW Poppy Program

By April Thomas, Quartermaster Gentry –Isom VFW Post 2702 The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veteran’s service organization and Gentry-Isom VFW Post 2702 has been serving veterans in the Huntsville area since 1945. Located at 2900 Memorial Pkwy Frontage Rd NW in North Huntsville Post 2702 is breathing new … Continue reading The VFW Poppy Program

Thank You, Really, For Your Service

By Frances AkridgeCity Council RepresentativeDistrict 2Unless we’ve walked in their shoes- or their boots—we can’t imagine the depth of the sacrifice and dedication that it took for our neighbors to serve while on active duty. My appreciation for the depth of service by Veterans grew over time. As a child, I recall worrying about my … Continue reading Thank You, Really, For Your Service