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Every day, we read stories about bravery, heroism, and triumph in the face of adversity. But when I read about Brendan Marrocco, I was in complete awe of this young man. On his Facebook, he describes himself as a "wounded warrior...very wounded." Marrocco has the distinction of being the first soldier to survive losing all four limbs in the Iraq War. Marrocco, a 26-year-old New Yorker, was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009. In December, the talented physicians at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore successfully completed a double-arm transplant. "Not having arms takes so much away from you. Even your personality, you know. You talk with your hands. You do everything with your hands, and when you don't have that, you're kind of lost for a while," the 26-year-old New Yorker told reporters Tuesday at a news conference at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Brendan’s determination to regain his independence was one of the chief reasons he was chosen to receive the surgery. His message for other wounded warriors? "Just not to give up hope. You know, life always gets better, and you're still alive," he said. "And to be stubborn. There's a lot of people who will say you can't do something. Just be stubborn and do it anyway. Work your ass off and do it."

If you would like to send an email greeting of encouragement to Brendan, click here. If you would like to send a card, you can mail it to us at Military Connection, 250 E. Easy Street Suite 4, Simi Valley, CA 93065. All cards and emails will be included in our care package to Brendan.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO

Joshua Galle

Joshua Galle

Making a Positive Difference

Our friend, Joshua Galle, has received Kentucky’s highest honor-being named a Kentucky Colonel! An Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Combat Veteran, Josh served 2 combat tours in Iraq with the United States Marine Corps as a Non Commissioned Officer. Josh has an established career in the Human Resources and Business Development fields. Since 2008, he has successfully recruited and hired more than 2000 military veterans and their spouses. A frequent speaker, Joshua’s passion is advocating for the Military/ Veteran community, especially through employment. Although he was a little reluctant to have us feature him in this newsletter, Joshua humbly accepted our offer because, he stated, "I know that when sharing these types of public recognition, it inspires others to do more." We send Joshua a big "OORAH".

The Wild Blue Yonder

Gary Sinise

Flying With Gary Sinise

Climb into the cockpit with Gary Sinise as he flies in a Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady at 70,000 feet from Beale Air Force Base. Follow along as Gary undergoes the extensive day-long U-2 training program, then join Gary as he soars into the sky, and witness the awe-inspiring views of the earth's surface! The DVD that chronicles Gary’s adventure, High Flight, is available for purchase from the Gary Sinise Foundation website, with proceeds benefiting the foundation. To find out about the heartwarming bonus content, click here.

Homes for Heroes

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat For Humanity & CalVet

Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys is building homes for Veterans in collaboration CalVet. They are building a 12-home community in Sylmar and a 87-home community in Santa Clarita. These are affordable homes for low to very-low income veterans, their families and families of the fallen. The Sylmar homes are already under construction and the Santa Clarita homes will start construction in the spring. Move-in to these homes will be 18-24 months from now. Sylmar very low-income veterans making $45000 and above will pay as little as $1250 a month including mortgage, tax, HOA, insurance and water. SCV low-income veterans making $52000 and above will pay as little as $1700 a month including mortgage, tax, HOA, insurance and water. They are accepting applications NOW. Veterans should call (818-884-8808) or go to to apply.

PGA Gives Back

PGA Birdies for the Brave

Complimentary Admission

The PGA TOUR is committed to giving back to the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces. As part of its Birdies for the Brave military outreach initiative, the PGA TOUR is offering complimentary admission for military to select PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, and Tour events nationwide. Upcoming events include the Northern Trust Open (Los Angeles), Accenture Match Play Championship (Tucson), Cadillac Championship (Miami), and many more. Many of these events also offer complimentary food and beverage for military in the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost. To find out how to obtain your complimentary tickets to a PGA TOUR event in your area, please click here or send an email with any questions not answered on the site.

Great Read

Expeditioners Book

For Young Adventurers

Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands is underway! Brilliant explorer Alexander West has just died under mysterious circumstances, but not before smuggling half of a strange map to his intrepid children—Kit the brain, M.K. the tinkerer, and Zander the brave. Why are so many government agents trying to steal the half-map? (And where is the other half?) It’s up to Alexander’s children—the Expeditioners—to get to the bottom of these questions, and fast. The San Francisco Chronicle says, "Beautifully written and nail-bitingly thrilling, this is an easy series to get hooked on." To purchase this thrilling read for young adventurers, written by S. S. Taylor and illustrated by Katherine Roy, click here.

Tell Us Your Passion

Writers Circle

Join Our Writers’ Circle

Do you have something you’re passionate about, or want to let others know about your program or how you are making a difference? If you love to write, we invite you to participate in the Writers’ Circle. The Writers’ Circle features guest writers who want to share their thoughts, deeds and ideas with our audience. To be included, your article must be 300-600 words of original content, not copy written, and non-political. We will put articles in the Writers’ Circle on our web site, as well as featuring some of them in upcoming newsletters. For admission consideration, email your article to [email protected].

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Homefront America

Scholarships Available

Homefront America offers year-round programs to help enhance the quality of life for our military families. Their programs focus on meeting the emotional and social developmental needs of the children, especially during deployment separation. Applications are being accepted for the American Patriot Freedom Scholarship Award for Military dependent children. To apply, click here.

Run for a Cause

Team Fisher House

Team Fisher House

Join Team Fisher House at the 2013 Marine Corps Historic Half, 10K, or 5K in Fredericksburg, VA. Become a Champion for Military Families by raising funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation. You'll have access to a fantastic new online fundraising platform, get phenomenal weekend support, and have a great time! Find out more at is a proud Fisher House sponsor.
*No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.

Check Out Your Benefits!

Check out your benefits!

The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers

Check out our Education Area including our Veteran School Directory & thousands of scholarships.

Scholarship Opportunity

Tillman Foundation

Apply to Become a Tillman Military Scholar by February 15th

Education. Leadership. Service. The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships, building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. The Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active and veteran servicemembers and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice. Applications are being accepted now through February 15th. To apply, click here.

Habitat Hearts for Heroes

Habitat Hearts for Heroes

Come to the Builder’s Ball

The annual Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV Builder’s Ball brings together community leaders in the corporate, political, and philanthropic community to honor colleagues who share their passion about the importance of affordable housing and services for our low-income working and veteran neighbors. Each year they present the Hammer of Hope Award to distinguished individuals who have helped forward Habitat’s mission to lift working families out of an endless cycle of poverty housing so they can build brighter economic futures. Click here to purchase tickets.

Featured School

Westech College

Career Training - Veteran Friendly!

Westech College - Veteran and Military Friendly Westech’s Career Education curriculum is designed to incorporate the most widely used and up-to-date methods of teaching and technology practiced in the industry. Their dedicated educators are professionals drawn from their prospective industries and are experienced in their respective fields. Westech’s goal is to facilitate and provide you with the best possible Career Training programs and educational experience. The Career Placement Department is active and dedicated to assist graduates in finding suitable employment. For more information, click here.

Making the Transition

Military Skills Translator

Military Skills Translator is Here!

The Military Occupational Specialty Translator is a comprehensive database of occupational skills, knowledge, and abilities that can help you align your military experience, education, and training with current civilian workplace needs. This invaluable tool will help you zero in the key words that a prospective civilian employer will recognize. We are proud to make this invaluable tool available on our website here.

Jobs & More Jobs

Job Board

Register Today!

Visit our Job Area - Check out our Job Board with thousands of jobs in many occupational areas. Register as a Job Seeker and upload your resume so that Employers can find you. You should also check out our Virtual Job Fair of top jobs, and all the valuable employment resources we provide.

Featured Employer

Health Management

Physician Opportunities in 15 States

Health Management Associates, Inc. is an owner and operator of 70 general acute care hospitals in non-urban communities located throughout the United States. Health Management's mission is to enable America's best local health care. They provide the people, processes, capital and expertise that ensures their local hospitals can achieve their mission to deliver compassionate, high quality health care services that significantly improve the lives of the patients, physicians and communities they serve. For more information, click here.

Featured Employer


CalVet is Hiring!

The Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles has at least 20 full-time positions available now – and more positions are anticipated! The new state-of-the-art facility has the capability to care for 396 Veterans in two levels of care, skilled nursing neighborhood with Memory Care and an assisted living neighborhood. CalVet offers a unique opportunity to serve those who have served their country through a rewarding civil service career path. Employment benefits include: family health care, dental and vision benefits and retirement plans, with 401K plans also available. Work in a beautiful environment with opportunities for advancement. For more information, click here. Veterans and disabled Veterans are encouraged to apply, and will receive preference points on all State of California examinations. Positions are also available at the Barstow, Chula Vista, Fresno, Lancaster, Redding, Ventura and Yountville Veterans Homes of California.

Featured Employer

Gwinnet County

Georgia On My Mind

As Georgia's second largest county, Gwinnett is a family of lively, growing communities and a great place to live. Known for its laid-back lifestyle and unique town centers, Gwinnett offers the best of all worlds: family-friendly communities and big city amenities the Atlanta region has to offer. If you are looking for a career in Law Enforcement, Public Administration or Technology, Gwinnett County is hiring. Click here to view job openings.

Job Fairs
February 7th

The Patriot Group

California Hiring Event, Education & Resource Fair

The Patriot Group, Inc. (TPGI) is a California Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Their mission is to provide the highest professional military hiring events, education, resource fairs & career placement services for our transitioning military, spouses, caregivers, veterans and their families. TPGI hosts these events to promote employment, educational opportunities and resources. The next event will be held at Liberty Station Conference Center in San Diego on February 7th. The event is open to the public.For more information, contact Carolyn Hall at 714-369-0922 or email [email protected]. Check out's Job Fair Directory.

Healing Through Music
February 22nd San Diego

Guitars for Vets

Rock and Recovery

Veteran’s Village of San Diego and Guitars 4 Vets (G4V) are joining forces to present a night of R&R (Rock and Recovery) “Bands of Brothers” at the War Memorial by the Zoo. Featuring the VVSD band, Tunnel Vision, and The Cause with special guest Jerome Mole, the concert will be on February 22nd from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Donations will be accepted. G4V, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, enhances the lives of ailing and injured military veterans by providing them with guitars and music instruction. Through self-expression and the healing power of music, G4V strives to restore the feelings of joy and purpose that can be lost after suffering trauma. For more information, click here.

Veteran Business Owners
Membership Is Free!


Veteran Business Owners

VAMBOA is a non-profit trade association working to ensure the development, growth and prosperity of Veteran Owned Businesses, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Businesses of all sizes. VAMBOA will serve the needs of the veteran and military business communities by uniting veteran and military business owners for collaboration, connections and contracts with both private corporations and government agencies. Join today and take the survey to let them know what issues are important to you. Membership is Free! You have honorably served our nation. VAMBOA is here to serve you and be your voice.
Coming soon - Training for future veterans business owners. New program starting in California.

TAPS Receives Grant


Helping the Surviving Families

Thanks to the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has received an $80,000 grant that will enable them to improve support for military families grieving the death of a service member. The grant funding will also help support the TAPS National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camps. Held annually since 2009, this event draws hundreds of military families grieving a death by suicide who are seeking resources and support. The 2013 seminar and camp are scheduled for October 11-13 in Colorado Springs. Join in supporting TAPS.

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32nd Annual

Race on the Base

Race on the Base

The 32nd Annual RACE ON THE BASE – The Southland Credit Union Los Alamitos Race on the Base will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The City of Los Alamitos, the California National Guard and the Cancer Support Foundation are happy to invite you to participate in the community event. Approximately 6,000 participants, spectators and volunteers attended the last event. The race is held on the runways at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos and features helicopters, planes and military vehicles with music throughout the course. All proceeds will benefit the USA Water Polo National Training Center at the Joint Forces Training Base. The 5K Walk is co-hosted by the Cancer Support Foundation and a portion of the proceeds, generated from the 5K Walk and through race registration, is donated to the organization. The day offers something for everyone including Triathlon, 5K & 10K, & 1K courses. To join, simply go online at or call 800-426-1917.