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Newsletter - March 2013

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As of January, 2013, there are 844,000 veterans unemployed & looking for work, including 252,000 post-9/11 veterans. In spite of the fact that they have valuable military experience, veterans frequently find it difficult to obtain formal private sector recognition of their military experiences and skill sets. We encourage the use of the Skills Translator. Additionally, frequent moves, and the resulting need to search for new employment, can be a significant problem for military spouses. We ask potential employers to keep these issues in mind when evaluating Veterans and their spouses for employment. Additionally, there are Substantial Tax Credits For Hiring Veterans available through the VOW To Hire Heroes Act. For more information, please click here. Those who have served in our Armed Forces and their families make great sacrifices, and when their service is completed, we owe it to them to successfully transition to the civilian labor market.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


IRAQ STAR is Now R.A.W.

Rebuilding

Pro Bono Surgeries

The Iraq Star Foundation is now Rebuilding America's Warriors The name change better reflects their mission offering reconstructive surgery to wounded and disfigured soldiers returning from all wars from September 11, 2001 forward. They are addressing ongoing issues not only caused by shrapnel, but the conditions under which our troops survived during their deployment. They offer our soldiers the confidence to seek their dreams of a normal life, or as many call it, their "new normal". The R.A.W network consists of 287 surgeons in 47 states, Donations go directly toward the soldier's transportation, hotel accommodations, food, surgical costs, medical supplies, hospitalization, anesthesia, medications, and aftercare. Rebuilding America's Warriors Foundation prevents the wounds of war from permanently disfiguring the promising young lives of those who fought to preserve our freedom. R.A.W. is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation.


Buy 7 Days & Get 7 Days

AFVC

Vacation Madness

Announcing Armed Forces Vacation Club’s VACATION MADNESS SALE! For a limited time only – Receive a FREE† Vacation with the Purchase of ANY 7 Night Stay! Book By March 15, 2013. †For a limited time only, when you purchase a 7 Night Vacation Rental you will receive a free† 7 Night Space-A Stay. Must enter promo code MADNESS when making the initial booking. Offer valid for bookings made from March 1, 2013 through March 15, 2013 at 5PM ET. Bookings made through this offer are non-refundable. Free Space-A Stay must be booked by March 31, 2013 for travel 4/5/13 through 6/16/13; all travel must be completed by 6/23/13.


Rock & Roll with Gary Sinise

Lt Dan Band

Building for America's Bravest

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band are getting ready to hit the road again in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation. The foundation, in partnership with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, have created Building for America's Bravest™, a program formed to address the housing needs of triple and quadruple amputees, as well as several other severely wounded service members. Ten homes have been completed or are under construction, and the Lt. Dan Band performed concerts in each community to rally support and raise funds. This year, the Lt. Dan Band is planning 11 more concerts to support several new projects. To see the schedule of upcoming concerts, click here. For more information or to make a donation, click here.


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DoD and USDA Partner Up

Distance Education

Distance Education through the Military Academic Advancement Program (MAAP)

Online programs are particularly useful to those in the military community. The Department of Defense and the Department of Agriculture are partnering in a new initiative which offers graduate-level distance education opportunities through a consortium of land-grant universities. MAAP allows students to enroll in any of the member universities, in specific distance-learning programs, and take courses offered through other schools in the program. The option of taking courses through several schools can speed a student's progress through a graduate program. The program is open to military spouses, veterans, service members and civilians serving the military community. To view participating universities, click here.


Proud Yellow Ribbon School

Dyouville College

Veterans & Military

D'Youville College is a proud Yellow Ribbon School located in Buffalo, New York, easily accessible from NYC, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Rochester and Syracuse. D'Youville offers various degree healthcare programs including: Nursing - Physical Therapy - Chiropractic - Pharmacy as well as International Business - Accounting - Information Technology - Childhood and Adolescent Education & More. For more information, call 1-800-777-3921.


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.

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.


Turbo Tax Thanks Junior Enlisted

TurboTax

E-1 to E-5 Complimentary

To thank you for your service, Turbo Tax is offering complimentary tax software to Junior Enlisted grades E-1 to E-5, and reduced prices on software for grades E-6 to E-10 & Officer. Get extra help and guidance from TurboTax experts that know the difference between "basic pay" and "combat pay." They will walk you through the military-related tax situations including state of residence, uniform deductions and PCS. For more information, click here.


A National Tragedy

Homeless Veterans

Taking Steps to Help Homeless Veterans

The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (SCVA) is to consider legislation that would allow taxpayers to use their IRS tax refunds to help homeless veterans. Check the Box for Homeless Veterans Act of 2013 was introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., along with fellow senators Mark Begich, Dianne Feinstein, Chris Coons, Mary Landrieu, Barbara Mikulski and Jeff Merkley. If enacted, the legislation would allow taxpayers to check a box on their annual tax return and make a donation of $1 or more to the federally maintained fund. Donated funds would be used to provide assistance to homeless veterans through programs currently in place at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Labor. Let’s keep an eye on this. Please see list of Stand Downs and best practices on our site. Send us your local Stand Downs.


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.


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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 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.


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.


Job Fairs

Military Edge

Valuing Your Military Experience

With Job Fairs from coast to coast, The Military Edge brings together major U.S. employers who value the experience and work ethics of those who have served. The Military Edge National Job Fairs are held near major military installations across the country, giving employers the opportunity to meet face-to-face with transitioning/former military personnel and civilians. There is no fee for job seekers, and all events are open to the Public. For upcoming dates and locations, 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.


Jobs & More

Job Board

Register Now!

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.


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!


VA Blue Button

VA Blue Button

Your Records

The VA Blue Button has expanded significantly for 2013. This expansion includes additional types of information for Veterans. Several new types of information from the VA Electronic Health Record are now available for authenticated VA patients, including the VA Continuity of Care Document (VA CCD). The VA CCD is a feature that contains a summary of the Veteran’s essential health and medical care information. Visit their Resources page to learn more and view updated sample files.


Getting Your Benefits

CalVet

You’ve Earned Them

Thanks to California County Veterans Service Officers (CVSOs), tens of thousands of California veterans are getting the federal benefits they’ve earned. In 2011-2012, CVSOs set a new-veterans benefits record in benefit payments. Secretary Peter J. Gravett explained, “The partnership between CalVet and the CVSOs is critical to the ability of each to effectively reach and assist California veterans and their families…We appreciate the work the CVSOs do and congratulate them on their steadily increasing benefit payment numbers.” State and federal veterans benefits, available to everyone honorably discharged from the U.S. military, include disability compensation and pension payments, healthcare, tuition and training, housing, home loans, etc. CVSOs, trained and accredited professionals, help veterans and their families navigate the complex benefit application process. This service is provided at no cost. For a list of CVSOs, click here.


Visit Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando

Complimentary 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket

Complimentary 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket If you plan to visit Universal Orlando before the end of March, be sure to pick up your complimentary ticket. Valid for Active Duty (includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reservists) or Retired Military service members with valid military photo ID, tickets can be obtained by visiting participating military base ticket office (ITT/LTS) by March 31, 2013. They also have a deal for base personnel. For more information, click here.


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.


Camp Lejeune Veterans

Camp Lejeune

Caring For Camp Lejeune Families

If you served on active duty at Camp Lejeune or lived on the base with your family between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987, you may have been exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 is a comprehensive, bipartisan legislative package to provide for the needs of these veterans, their families, and survivors through improved healthcare, housing, education, and memorial services. The VA Office of Public Health website provides information about Camp Lejeune water contamination here.


Run for a Cause

Team Fisher House

Marathons That Rock

Become a Champion for Military Families by raising funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation. Join Team Fisher House at one of these 2013 Military Races:

You'll have access to a fantastic new online fundraising platform, get phenomenal weekend support, and have a great time! MilitaryConnection.com is a proud sponsor of Fisher House Foundation.