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Villages Honor Flights Visits Washington D.C. Memorials

http://www.photoshow.com/watch/WQ9RR2VZ Fellow retired WV ANG member William (Barney) Barnhart became Veteran guardian again as his Villages Honor Flight traveled to Washington D.C. to view some of the nations most revered veteran monuments. The Florida honor flight arrived at BWI on May 19...This was their schedule: Depart American Legion 347 (the largest Legion Post in the WORLD) at 4:15 am Depart Orlando Airport at 7:25 am Arrive BWI 9:35 am Depart BWI 10:35 am Arrive Arlington for noon Changing of the Guard Arrive at Air Force Memorial 12:40 pm for lunch Arrive at WW II Memorial 2:55 pm Depart the Mall area WW II Memorial at 5:10 pm Barbara and I met them at 3pm at the WWII Memorial where I met Barney and his WWII Vet Fred Triese. A group photo was taken of all 35 veterans and their guardians and I was able to give out a bunch of my US blinking flag pins and other trinkets to the WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans. Barbara and I were...

VITA Tax Season ends and a Death in our family

Our VITA tax season for Wheaton Library VITA ended on April 18 this year ( I actually prepared a couple of returns on April 19) with over 450 people helped at our Taxwise sites, and 214 military active duty helped at our USO-Bethesda ( Walter Reed) site. Our Taxwise sites included the Long Branch library in Silver Spring, and the Rockville Housing Enterprises facility located off Gude Drive. In addition, I prepared returns for a couple of WWII Navy vets at the Old Soldiers Home/ Lincoln Cottage in D.C. Our numbers were over 40 percent smaller than last years due to the death of one of our prolific Hispanic preparers, German Sigurany, the moving of our library location from Wheaton Library to Long Branch ( Wheaton Library is being renovated), and the loss of a half dozen veteran preparers. Three new preparers did join or ranks, and they are very quick learners and have a extensive tax background. But...

We attend and photograph Celebration of Volunteers at Ft Belvoir

Barbara and I attended the USO-Metro 2016 Celebration of Volunteers awards luncheon at the Ft Belvoir Officers Club on April 9. It was a difficult trip due to the heavy snow showers and icy rain. But it seems that there were few no shows, because the snow mostly melted by the opening ceremonies at 11:00am. I took lots of photos ( Barbara took only a few) and I put 94 in a photoshow. See link below: http://www.photoshow.com/watch/yy2tB6qP [caption id="attachment_1359" align="alignnone" width="300"]April 9 2016 USO Metro Celebration of Vounteers[/caption] IMG_7360 haskell winner and friend IMG_7442 oldest uso volunteer IMG_7483  luncheon photo IMG_7591 sue H. and award luncheon

Heiser and I receive Appreciation Certificate for Military Tax Help at USO-Bethesda / Walter Reed

[caption id="attachment_1356" align="alignnone" width="281"]Comptroller Letter 2016 Comptroller Letter 2016[/caption]DSC_0270-march 21 uso bethesda Dave Heiser and Steve Swartz Peter Franchot [caption id="attachment_1351" align="alignnone" width="300"] Comptroller of MD Petr Franchot Visits USO Bethesda to honor volunteers Comptroller of MD Petr Franchot Visits USO Bethesda to honor volunteers[/caption] In early March, 2016, I called the Maryland Comptroller's Office and made some comments about his newsletter, the Revenews. I wanted to let the office know that our VITA Volunteers and AARP-TCE volunteers who prepare Maryland tax returns do not need to pay fees. His office called me back and asked to meet me and some of my VITA volunteers at the USO-Metro Bethesda Walter Reed Hospital location. IRS retirees Dave Heiser and me help the military with their tax returns at the USO...

We are in the DOE and VITA numbers down

[caption id="attachment_1345" align="alignnone" width="300"]Deer in our back yard Deer in our back yard [/caption] On March 11, (Friday) Barbara and I awoke to some see four visitors in our back yard. As you can see from the photo, four female deer ( a lot of doe) decided to stay with us for the day and eat our clover. I took some photos and occasionally they would look my way ( shot from our bedroom window), but mostly they just ignored us. Speaking of ignoring us....our VITA numbers are down over 40 percent this year. We had to move our library location from Wheaton Library to the Long Branch Library in Silver Spring. Instead of the normal 40-50 people per session, our tax group is getting only about a dozen per session. I guess the Long Branch Library is not as accessible as Wheaton. As of March 14, our...

VITA numbers down as is IRS Customer Service

This tax season has presented many challenges for our VITA site including the temporary moving of our location to the Long Branch Library and the death of one of our Hispanic Tax preparers. German Sigurany, an IRS Revenue Officer from Puerto Rico, died January 4 from a heart attack. We have a couple of new volunteer tax preparers, but even though they are very dedicated and tax smart, there is a learning curve. In addition, we have had some terrible cold weather and snow to deal with and problems with TAS and IRS call in assistance. Our numbers are down 40 percent from last year at this time and we are struggling to get Spanish language translators. But our volunteers are in good spirits and we hope to continually get better....