MADISON COUNTY – Still Serving Veterans or SSV has been named “Nonprofit Organization of the Year,” the second time for this award in SSV’s 17 years of operation.
SSV staff accepted the honor at the 37th Annual Small Business Awards Gala with the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
“We strive to uplift and support the citizens of our community,” said President and CEO Paulette Risher. “We are so grateful for this recognition and for the military community that helps support and promote our free services for veterans.”
SSV’s mission is to honor veterans and their families by empowering them to build rewarding lives through connections to fulfilling careers, benefits and services. The organization proactively strengthens veteran communities through leadership and collaboration.
John T. Wright of Madison is Chairman of the Board of SSV. Three of SSV’s advisers are Madison residents – retired US Army Staff Sergeant Moses Nervis; retired Master Sergeant Julia Chambers, US Army; and United States Air Force veteran Kristyn Garstka.
“It is truly an honor to have served on the board for over five years now and to have seen the attention to detail, hard work and commitment of the team,” said Kristen Strickland. Strickland is Vice President, Sales Agent at Bank Independent.
Founded in 2006, SSV’s goal was to help seriously injured veterans transition to civilian life and obtain VA benefits. “We soon realized that many uninjured veterans also had difficulty finding employment. We began supporting all veterans and members of the National Guard or Reserve seeking civilian careers,” Risher said.
Still-serving veterans can address civilian life needs, such as tailoring civilian-friendly resumes and LinkedIn profiles, offering mock interviews, and explaining salary negotiation. “We ensure veterans get the VA benefits earned through military service. All SSV services are provided free of charge,” Riser said.
In 2021, an impressive number of clients – 1,052 veterans – found new or better jobs. “We already surpassed that number in 2022,” Riser said. Also in 2021, SSV Benefits Advisors helped veterans secure more than $3 million in VA benefits, including disability, burial, pension/survivor, and education benefits.
“It’s an especially great honor for still-serving veterans to be recognized as Non-Profit Organization of the Year. Our board and staff are dedicated to supporting veterans who have given so much to serve our country, often at great personal cost,” Riser said.
For more information, visit ssv.org.