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VETERANS AWARE – March 1, 2014

Bruce C. Solomon, MSW


What is MyFreeTaxes? The MyFreeTaxes Partnership?


  • Taxpayers earning $58,000 or less can prepare and file their federal and state taxes online and in person for FREE in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through the MyFreeTaxes Partnership.
  • The MyFreeTaxes Partnership is a collaborative national initiative of Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute and United Way Worldwide sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.
  • Since 2009, the MyFreeTaxes Partnership has helped millions of low- to moderate-income individuals and families increase financial stability through in-person traditional, volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) and online self-tax preparation through


What is National Disability Institute (NDI)?


  • National Disability Institute is the first national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to building a better economic future for people with disabilities.
  • NDI launched the Real Economic Impact Network, a national initiative capturing the power of collaboration with the IRS and more than 900 community partners in more than 100 cities across America to foster full participation of people with disabilities in the economic mainstream.
  • NDI provides training, technical assistance, support and resources in six key areas: financial education, tax preparation, benefits planning, employment, asset building and public policy.


Why MyFreeTaxes for veterans?


  • Department of Veteran Affairs reports 22.5 million veterans in the U.S. and more than 37 million veterans, dependents or survivors are eligible for veterans benefits.
  • Veteran Statistics underscore the need for financial capability strategies for veterans and their families, who are entitled to and in need of resources to maintain and build financially secure futures.
  • A veteran lives in one in five households benefiting from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau reports:

ü  1.5 million veterans are at risk for homelessness

ü  In 2009, the median income of a veteran was $35,622, qualifying many to use


Why partner with NDI’s MyFreeTaxes Initiative?


  • MyFreeTaxes is a FREE, reliable, national resource available for integration into your current array of services.
  • MyFreeTaxes serves a diverse customer-base, including those who may be unemployed, struggling to stay within low-to moderate income range once employed, and/or challenged to develop assets.
  • Organizations that incorporate on-site tax preparation into their service delivery models report that participants have a better set of tools to find work, obtain benefits that help build sturdier financial futures, and have a higher likelihood of completing a skills program and/or staying on a job longer.
  • Of the 23.6 million military veterans in the U.S., six million had disabilities with nearly half of all veterans returning from current conflicts having service-connected disabilities.
  • NDI staff has experience both personally and professionally related to disability and the military and veteran community, and can closely support your efforts to integrate MyFreeTaxes within your service delivery model.


Veterans Sweat Lodge


“Red Healing” is a commonly practiced methodology used around the nation to afford relief and comfort to veterans who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, a variety of addictions, and other phenomena which plague our veterans.  There will be a ceremonial sweat lodge held on March 14, 2014 for the purpose of offering some “Red Healing” to the veteran population of Washington County.


Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 5:30 PM

1884 East Middleton Drive

St. George, Utah 84770

Hosted by: Vivian  Email:


Please bring cotton shorts, a cotton top if you want, and a towel if you are going to participate.

A feast will be held after the sweat, please bring something to share with others.

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