— The following edition of Veterans Corner is written by AARP volunteer and Navy Veteran Brian Smith. On Thursday, February 7, Governor Hogan signed a proclamation declaring 2019 as Maryland’s “Year of the Veteran.” Many veterans and family members joined the governor at the Maryland State House for the announcement and the reception that followed. Now onward toward making this “Year of the Veteran” truly meaningful, namely by enacting veterans-related legislation. Early this session, I had the opportunity to interview U.S. …

— By Miriam Davidson As past president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, Frank Barrios has collected some big donations for the homeless over the years. But few were as meaningful as the contributions he once received in front of a grocery store in a low-income part of town. “There were a lot of homeless people in the area,” Barrios, 76, recalled. “Several of them dug into their pockets and put all the money they had into …

— AARP Mississippi invites Jackson residents to raise their voices on issues that are important to them. The Jackson Age-Friendly survey is an opportunity to speak up on issues that affect Jackson residents of all ages. The city of Jackson recently signed on as a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The network helps participating communities become great places for people of all ages by adopting features such as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access …

— It’s time for that once-every-10-years job opportunity! If you are looking to earn extra income for your household, you may want to consider becoming a U.S Census worker.  To prepare for the 2020 census, the U.S Census Bureau is hiring thousands of recruits to work temporary jobs across the nation. Working for the census will allow you to help out your community and earn money at the same time. The U.S Census helps determines each state’s representation in Congress, how funds …

— AARP salutes those who have served and still serve. We support our veterans and their families with information on career support, caregiving resources, community connections and more. It’s why we’re proud to recognize Veterans that served during the Vietnam Era and their families. Join Our Vietnam Veteran Era Appreciation Program AARP Virginia is helping veterans face their unique challenges so they can discover their Real Possibilities. Learn how we can help you and your family at aarp.org/veterans Saturday, March 30, …

—   AARP’s social impact work is at the heart of all we do. As a strong, nonpartisan advocate for social change at the local, state and national levels, AARP fights for issues that matter to people 50-plus, their families and society. Here in Kansas, our work during the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session will focus on, but is not limited to, the following issues of important to the residents of the Sunflower State: Caregiver Support: AARP Kansas will continue our work …

— (Ridgeland, MS) – AARP Mississippi applauds the Mississippi Legislature for passing House Bill 366, The Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act. The legislation was signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant today. “Expanding access to broadband is an important quality of life issue for Mississippians who live in rural areas,” said AARP Mississippi State Director Kimberly L. Campbell, Esq. “High-speed internet access can provide opportunities for Mississippians to use telehealth, distance learning and other technologies. It also could help combat social isolation …

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— Join AARP Georgia and The National Association of Veteran Families to learn how you might be eligible for Long Term Care Benefits to pay for Home Care, Assisted Living or Dementia Care. Please join us Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, Columbus, Ga. 31906. The event is free, but registration is required using this link.

— The following edition of Veterans Corner is written by Navy Veteran Brian Smith. A somber note to start this edition is the passing of President George H.W. Bush. A prominent member of the greatest generation, his loss is a poignant reminder of how quickly we are losing these amazing World War II Veterans. According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, only 496,777 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are alive in 2018. Sadly, we …

— Gloria Harlan of Biloxi has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2018 AARP Mississippi Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Mississippi selected Harlan for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited her community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Harlan volunteers with the American Red Cross in Mississippi and other parts of the country. She …