Retired Army Gen. James (Jim) Abraham of Gahanna was recently recognized as a "Milestone Member" for his 30 years of providing free tax assistance to area residents.

Retired Army Gen. James (Jim) Abraham of Gahanna was recently recognized as a "Milestone Member" for his 30 years of providing free tax assistance to area residents.

Abraham volunteers with both the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.

VITA volunteers provide free tax assistance to taxpayers whose incomes are generally $49,000 and below and who cannot prepare their own returns. TCE sites are coordinated and staffed by AARP tax-aide counselor volunteers, who provide free tax help to people ages 60 and older.

Abraham began providing free tax return preparation assistance in 1982. This year, he performed double duty, assisting at both VITA and TCE sites. He helped taxpayers at Church of the Good Shepherd, in the Northgate neighborhood, and at the Northern Lights Public Library, in the Maize-Morse neighborhood. In years past, Abraham has also helped at the Gahanna Senior Center.

He has driven more than 30,000 miles to perform his volunteer duties, and has prepared and filed more than 3,000 returns. Abraham also provided training to dozens of volunteers, and served as regional coordinator for central Ohio TCE program.

He is a distinguished Army veteran of World War II with nearly 40 years of military service.