The South Alabama Veterans Council has succeeded in bringing together representatives from many of the Veterans groups in Southwest Alabama in a forum that has allowed ideas, plans, and concerns to be shared and discussed. It is an informal organization of Veterans and members of the community that are interested in the issues that concern Veterans and their families.
Most Veterans groups are actively addressing these needs. They have projects and programs that are on-going but also have ad hoc programs to meet a specific goal or address an immediate problem or opportunity.
Prior to the formation of the SAVC, there was very little in the way of communication or coordination between organizations because there was no avenue to do so. The regularly scheduled meetings of the Council have served to fill that gap.
The Council meets every third Tuesday of each month at the Saucy Q's BBQ Restaurant on Government St. starting at 8:30 AM. Usually a guest speaker is featured making the meetings interesting and informative. Often times a member or guest is spotlighted for an achievement that either furthers the cause of Veterans or is a significant contribution to the betterment of society. The meetings are well structured to make good use of the time yet informal enough to be enjoyable. Certainly the food available at the venue is a plus.
Whether you are a veteran or not, if you are interested in joining or just want to see what it's about, you are very welcome to do so. There are no dues or formal registration requirements. You simply need to have a passion for veterans and our military and what they mean to America and those desiring freedom around the world.
If you are in fact a veteran and are not a member of one the numerous veteran organizations in our area, we encourage you to consider joining one. It doesn't matter if you're a retired military officer or a one tour domestic non-com, with the choices available, there is bound to be one that is right for you. Not only will you benefit from a healthy camaraderie, you will have the opportunity continue to serve your local community because most of the organizations do much more than just focus on veterans, especially when it comes to family. If you need help finding a place, just let us know and we give all the help you need.