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Newsletter - March 2013 #3

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April is the Month of the Military Child. Today, there are nearly two million military-connected children. More than 900,000 of these children have had a parent deploy multiple times and more than 44,700 children are living with a parent’s wound, injury, illness, or death. Introduced in 1986 by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, the designation emphasizes the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. Frequent moves, family separations through deployments followed by reintegration issues make life for these children especially challenging. Often military children are looked up to for their resilience and ability to deal with life changing events. Throughout April, picnics, parades, fairs and festivals recognize and applaud Military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make. Although we recognize these children and honor them for their character, courage and resilience this month, we encourage everyone to seek out opportunities to express appreciation for these remarkable children. Let’s hold them in our thoughts and hearts all year round.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Good Read!

American Story Book

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

For forty years, Bob Dotson has been traveling the country, searching for ordinary Americans who have achieved something extraordinary in their lives. Dotson has brought their inspiring stories to millions of viewers who tune in to NBC’s “Today”. But some stories just don’t fit in a five minute television segment. It’s those stories that are brought together in AMERICAN STORY: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things. Bob highlights Americans with thoughtful solutions to problems we all face, incredible ideas that work, a blueprint for our own dreams and a way to make this country better. For more information, click here.


Rates Heading Higher

VetsCanSave

Vets Can Save

“VA. FHA. APR. 5/1 ARM. Closing Costs. NO Closing Costs." What do these terms mean? Our friends at Vets Can Save want to help you navigate the confusing landscape of mortgage options available today. Mortgage loan rates have bounced UP a bit, but they are still great, making now the best time to buy a home or refinance an existing mortgage. VetsCanSave clients benefit from an additional mortgage management program called ArcLoan®. Arc (Automatic Rate Cut) allows veterans to take advantage of interest rate cycles by lowering their mortgages for little to no cost when rates fall, increasing savings and reducing debt. The mission statement at Vets Can Save is “If we can help, we want your business. If we cannot, we want to educate and point the way, within our best ability.” For information with no obligation, click here.


Free Membership

ASMBA

Join Today

ASMBA is a non-profit, fraternal benefit association made up of people just like you. They’ve been serving active duty and retired military personnel and their families for 50 years. They want you to become a part of their family. Sign up online TODAY! FREE ASMBA Basic Membership includes:

  • $5,000 of FREE Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage. There is never any cost or obligation and it’s yours to keep!
  • Access to a variety of discounted programs from companies like Dell, MetLife, LifeLine, ID Theft Assist and more!
  • E-newsletters to keep you up-to-date on all the benefits of your membership.
  • Eligibility to apply for additional low-cost policies, including long-term care, cancer, hospital care, and more!
As a bonus, you’ll receive a FREE copy of If Something Should Happen: How to Organize Your Financial and Legal Affairs. ASMBA offers so much more than basic membership. See everything they provide!


The Mission Continues

Mission Continues

Cool Fundraiser

In the next four weeks, The Mission Continues is looking to fund the supplies and materials that their next 200 Fellows will need to accomplish their missions in their communities. And, in the spirit of ingenuity shown by their Fellows, this campaign has a twist. To thank you for your support, they will be matching your donations with the opportunity to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences that cannot be bought. Donate $10 or more to The Mission Continues via Omaze.com, and you will automatically earn the chance to win one of the following all-expenses-paid experiences- meet Jon Stewart at the Daily Show, play Paintball with the Navy Seals, play Battleships with Admiral Mullen, meet George Stephanopoulos at GMA, or meet the cast of The Newsroom.


We’re Almost There!

Facebook Likes

Help Us Get To 5,000 Likes

We all like round numbers, and 5,000 is a very nice round number! Please help us reach our goal and “Like Us” on Facebook. We strive to post interesting, timely and important information to keep you up to date and informed.


Programs and Services

National Resource Directory

Support for Active Duty Military, Veterans and Their Supporters

The National Resource Directory is a federal government website connecting wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, families and caregivers to almost 15,000 services and programs at the national, state and local levels. Visitors can find information on topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder, benefits, health care, education, homeless assistance, employment and more. The Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs have made significant improvements to the NRD to increase the site’s ease of use and functionality as a central place online to obtain comprehensive, up-to-date information regarding services and programs available. Stay up to date on programs and services for wounded warriors, Veterans, Service Members and their families by subscribing to NRD email updates. For more information on the NRD, click here or email info@NRD.gov. Military Connection is a proud supporter of the National Resource Directory and the excellent work they provide.


Making the Transition

Military Skills Translator

Military Skills Translator is Here!

It is expected that within the next four years, approximately 1 million U.S. Armed Forces personnel will transition from military to civilian life. Unfortunately, military servicemen and women often have difficulties transitioning to jobs in the private sector. One of the challenges is that military job codes don't easily translate to civilian job descriptions, making it difficult for veterans to find meaningful civilian careers that match their skills and interests. 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

Job Board

Register For Jobs

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

CalVet

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.


Program Extended through 2013

Hire A Veteran

Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Work Opportunity Tax Credits

On January 1, 2013, Congress passed a bill that extended the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits through December 31, 2013. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities, to up to $9,600. There is no limit to the number of qualified veterans for whom you can claim this credit.. This program rewards employers who demonstrate they value hiring our nation’s Veterans. For more information, click here.


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.


Hiring Event April 18th

Patriot Group

MilitaryConnection Joins Forces With The Patriot Group

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. The next event will be held at Liberty Station Conference Center in San Diego, CA. on April 18th , 2013. The event is free for all job seekers and is also open to the public. Prior registration is highly encouraged, but not required. Dress is Uniform of the Day, Business or Business Casual. copies of your resume! Pre-Register here.


Tell Us Your Passion

Writers Circle

Join Our Writers’ Circle Today!

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 MilitaryConnection.com 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 info@militaryconnection.com.


Free & Confidential

Coaching into Care

Helping You Help Your Veteran

Coaching Into Care (CIC) is a telephone-based program developed by The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help callers talk to their Veteran about getting the treatment and support he or she needs. Their target caller is a family member or friend who is concerned about a Veteran who may need mental health care and is reluctant to seek help. The caller likely has had one or more unsuccessful discussions with the Veteran about treatment. Their highly trained responders and licensed mental health professionals provide these free services: •Encouragement and information about getting an evaluation and services •Coaching with callers to develop ideas for improving communication with the Veteran •Suggestions about self-care and education about mental health conditions •Referrals to services and support resources for Veterans and their family members or friends. Need a hand helping your Veteran get into care? Click here or call 888-823-7458 M-F 8AM-8PM Eastern.


Attention: Mental Health Professionals

VA Centers

Free Training Workshop in San Diego, April 5th-6th

The Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH) and Mental Health Systems are sponsoring a training session on Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), an evidence-based treatment for PTSD, on April 5th and 6th. If you are a Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Nurse, Physician, Marital or Family Therapist, plan to attend the workshop featuring Dr. Carie Rodgers. Dr. Rodgers is a nationally recognized CPT trainer who conducts workshops for the VA, in its effort to provide evidence-based treatment for Veterans with PTSD. For more information or to register, click here.


Care Packages

Operation Community Cares

Grass Roots Organization

Operation Community Cares (OCC) is a local grass roots organization, manned 100% by volunteers. They focus on sending out care packages as a way of saying “thank you” to our deployed servicemembers. Although based in California, OCC will send a care package to anyone who is not stateside. To help raise funds to cover some of the anticipated $15,000 shipping bill for the upcoming packing date on June 15th, OCC has partnered with the CVAR Real Estate Professionals Foundation to produce a Golf Tournament on April 18th. There are still some open slots for some golfers, as well as hole sponsor and volunteer opportunities. To request a package, find out more about their events, donate or get involved with OCC, click here.


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Scholarships for Military Dependents

Thanks USA

Accepting Applications From April 1st to May 15th

Now starting its eighth year, ThanksUSA has awarded 2,800 scholarships worth almost $8.5 million and plans to award 500 scholarships at $3,000 each in 2013. ThanksUSA provides financial need-based scholarships to children and spouses of US military personnel. Awards granted to dependent children are for full-time first-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. Spouses may also attend part-time (a minimum of six credits per term) at any university, college or vocational school. Spouses may also use the award for non-degree licensure/certification programs. Kaplan University is proud to offer a full undergraduate scholarship through ThanksUSA for an eligible military spouse. In addition, 50 Educational Support Scholarships, which provide for reduced tuition of up to 55 percent, are also available to eligible military spouses. For eligibility requirements and application, visit them on the web.


Dental Help for Veterans

Rebuilding Americas Warriors

Pro Bono Dental Surgeries

No one has been able to pinpoint the exact cause, but a number of Afghanistan/Iraq War Veterans are experiencing massive dental deterioration. Because the source of the problem remains a mystery, rebuilding the teeth of these Veterans is only covered by the VA for those who are 100% disabled by other injuries. With surgeries costing thousands of dollars, many of these Veterans do not have the option of fixing the problem. Thanks to Rebuilding America's Warriors (RAW) , a 501(c)3 charitable foundation, dental reconstructive surgery is available for some of those in need. For more information on RAW, click here.


Benefits You Earned

Check out your benefits!

The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers

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

Featured School
Gunsmithing Careers

Sonoran Desert

School of Firearms Technology

Fired-up about firearms? Veteran Jason Pfannenstiel is! Jason, who served three tours in Iraq, is turning firearms into a career. And like Jason, you too can earn your Gunsmithing Certificate at Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI). Learn ballistics, troubleshooting, engraving, stock fitting, customizations and more. You can earn either an Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree or a Gunsmithing certificate, even while deployed. You’ll begin with comprehensive lessons and tools from SDI, one of the nation’s most comprehensive distance-learning Gunsmithing colleges. Enrollment is easy with V.A. approval for using your G.I. Bill. Jason’s experience with SDI’s self-paced study prompted him to say, “Self-paced distance learning can sometimes drag on. But the way SDI's course is set up the information grabbed my attention. For anyone looking into SDI as an option for school, I can tell you this......DO IT!” Give your career an edge. For more information, click here or call 480 314-2102.


Special Discounts

Advertise with us

Your Company Featured on MilitaryConnection.com

Reach Active Duty Military, Guard and Reservists, Veterans and Military Spouses with jobs, educational opportunities, and excellent products and services. For more information, click here.


Jamming With Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

The Lt. Dan Band Is Hitting the Road

Dates and Locations for the summer/fall concert dates for the Lt. Dan Band are now available. Many of the concerts are fund raisers for “Building for America’s Bravest”, a joint effort of the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to the Tower Foundation. Through this strategic partnership, Building for America’s Bravest builds Smart Homes for severely injured military personnel, giving them the opportunity to lead full and independent lives in spite of their injuries. To see the tour schedule, click here.


Looking for a Job?

Weddles 2011-2012

Job Alerts

For over 15 years, Army vet Peter Weddle has published the leading guidebook to job boards and career portals. Available at Amazon.com, WEDDLE’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet is considered the Gold Standard for job seekers and career activists. In fact, no less an authority than Dick Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?, rated the Guide “Highly recommended!” Now, you can sign up for WEDDLE’s Job Alert and get your very own, private connection to some of the best open jobs on the Web. This FREE resource scours the job postings at leading job boards and career portals and connects you with those that match your capabilities and aspirations. It’s the easiest way possible to find your Dream Job. Click here to reach WEDDLE’s Job Alert and sign up today!


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 HumanityCA.org to apply.


Targeting Entrepreneurs 50+

Small Business Administration

April is Mentor Month

Thinking about using your decades of experience to start a business of your own? Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? Or, are you wondering how you will manage once you retire? A growing number of individuals over the age of 50+ are turning to small business ownership. The SBA calls them “encore entrepreneurs”. Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or intend to wait until retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities. The SBA and AARP can help. In April, SBA and AARP offices across the U.S. will host the first ever “National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month”. To locate events in your area, click here. Additionally, you can visit the SBA website for free online courses and other resources to help you start or grow your small business.


Veteran Business Owners
Complimentary Membership

Vamboa

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.