Commentary

December 7, 2012

Spouse’s volunteer experience at tax center time well-spent

Being a military spouse can be lonely at times, especially when the military member is deployed. I like to fill my time by volunteering. In the past, I’ve volunteered for many things, but I never thought I would find myself at the Luke Air Force Base Tax Center.

Our family had just moved to Luke and I was making plans to visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center to get information on volunteer opportunities on and off base. My husband came home one day with a message from his first sergeant saying the tax center was really short on volunteers. My first thought was, “taxes, really?” Anything to do with taxes is the one thing I would rather avoid, but there was a need, and I was up for the challenge. To my surprise, I enjoyed the experience.

As with every move, you leave behind your group of friends and look forward to establishing new friendships. Volunteering at the tax center provided me with the opportunity to combine two of my favorite activities, meeting new people and helping others.

The tax center offers two types of training, classroom and online. The training covers all levels of preparation, starting from a very basic return to more difficult returns. I was able to choose a certificate level within my comfort zone. When I was preparing a client’s return, I never felt overwhelmed because I knew one of the other volunteers would be willing to answer my questions.

At the tax center, we offered free tax preparation and filing to all active-duty members, retirees and dependents. It was an honor to help these people. I was able to connect with people from all over the country, hear stories from retirees, and exchange information with active-duty members and spouses about places we had been stationed. Many of these clients are very grateful for the services the tax center offers.

Last tax season, the center was able to operate three days a week. In order to help as many tax payers as possible this season, more volunteers are needed. Volunteers can give as few as four hours a week.

Active-duty members who volunteer receive an enlisted performance report bullet, and it is a fantastic opportunity for retirees and military spouses to network and meet new people while helping current and former service members.

For more information on training to become a volunteer tax preparer, call the 56th Fighter Wing legal office at (623) 856-6901.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Strong followers challenge authority

It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the importance of strong followership. Great leaders...
 
 

Travel access, opportunities not to be ignored

Possibly one of the greatest and overlooked gifts we have in the military is our ability to travel. More often than not, we are stationed at bases around the world where we have the access and opportunity to travel and see the local sites. However, it happens way too often that we ignore those opportunities....
 
 

Dollars and Sense

Understanding the benefits of compounding are important. Would you rather take $1 million today, or take one cent today with a payment every day for 30 days, each payment doubling from the previous day’s amount? A wise person would take the penny today, because the compounding impact of doubling the previous amount results in a...
 

 

This Week in History

July 25, 1944: Operation COBRA For several weeks following D-Day, the U.S. Army was mired in Normandy’s hedgerow countryside. Hedgerows were a mix of woods, small farm fields and winding sunken roads that lay between low banks topped with rows of tall thick hedges. The hedgerows gave the German defenders considerable cover and they used...
 
 
labamba

Fly Over: ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘La Bamba’

On DVD: ‘The Princess Bride’ This 1987 romantic comedy fairytale stars Cary Elwes (Westley/The Man in Black), Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya), Chris Sarandon (Prince Humperdinck), Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), Andre the G...
 
 
Article-photo

Chaplain’s Thoughts

“A chair with just two legs . . . really isn’t much of a chair?” ~Anonymous There are four components of Airman resilience: social (connecting with friends, family and colleagues), mental (honing mental skills and abiliti...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin