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Newsletter - April 2013

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April is National Financial Literacy Month, highlighting financial literacy and emphasizing the importance of establishing and maintaining healthy financial habits. In a challenging economy, it is necessary, now more than ever to manage your finances wisely. At the top of this list is establishing an Emergency Savings Account. If you think you can’t afford to put money away, look at modifying a few of your spending habits that can translate into saving you money. You can make your own meals instead of eating out, skip the gourmet coffee a few times each week, or rent a movie instead of going to the movie theater. For more money saving tips and discounts, visit our Deals page here. We also recommend teaching your children the value of money, emphasizing saving at an early age, and giving them tasks to earn their own money.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


The Mission Continues

OMAZE

What do Jon Stewart & Navy SEALs have in common?

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.


Asheville, N.C. Marriage Retreat

The Cove Asheville

Complimentary for Servicemembers

Are you an active-duty, Guard, or Reserve servicemember? If so, the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C., invites you and your spouse to attend their upcoming military marriage retreat, Keeping Marriage Strong in a World of Havoc, June 28–30, 2013. The retreat, with author and pastor of Denton Bible Church Tommy Nelson, is free of charge, and includes lodging and meals. Refresh your spirit as you stroll mountain trails, connect with new friends, and experience life-changing Bible teaching for the special circumstances that frame your relationship. “Were it not for a seminar at The Cove, my marriage may have ended,” wrote one servicemember. “I now have a whole new outlook.” Military financial resources are available for any other 2013 Cove seminar or Personal Spiritual Retreat. Space fills up quickly, so complete your application today! For more information, call 1-800-950-2092 or visit TheCove.org.


Get Away From It All

Gov Vacation Rewards

Exclusive Travel Deals for Military Members, Veterans & Government Employees

Receive exclusive military travel discounts with Government Vacation Rewards (GVR). The program is free, just sign-up to save! Book hotels, cruises, flights, car rentals and more. With a Best Price Guarantee and No Booking Fees, you can rest assured that you are getting the lowest price on your vacation. And with GVR’s loyalty program, you can save up to $150 on vacations. Sign up now to start saving!


Recovery through Fitness

Catch a Lift

Gym Memberships for Wounded

Catch A Lift Memorial Fund is a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization that provides free gym memberships or in-home equipment to veterans who have been wounded post 9-11 in Iraq or Afghanistan. The foundation was established by the family and friends of Army Reserve Cpl. Chris Coffland, who was killed in action in Afghanistan. Wounded veterans can begin their healing process and improve their mental and physical health through physical fitness. Please visit them on the web if you would like to apply, learn more, donate, volunteer or become a corporate sponsor of the Catch a Lift Memorial Fund.


Helping our Military Heroes

Give an Hour

A Celebration of Service

Give an Hour is joining forces with Got Your Six to produce A Celebration of Service, the kick-off to Give an Hour’s program to educate 100,000 mental healthcare graduate students on the unique issues of veterans and military families. In coordination with Got Your 6, Give an Hour has made a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative) to provide training, education, and resources to these future mental healthcare providers. If you would like more information, click here. MilitaryConnection.com has been working with Give an Hour for years and is a proud supporter.


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 [email protected].


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.


Retire in Style

AFVW

Located in Riverside, CA

AF Village West, located in Riverside, CA, is an oasis of lush green lawns, swaying palm trees, streets lined with pepper trees, and red tile roofs. AF Village West is an active community designed for those 60 or better, dedicated to the well-being of a special group of people: those who have served their country or their community. While living in the city known as the City of the Arts, you will find amenities such as Concierge Service, a world class Chef, heated indoor-outdoor pool and spa, a fitness center and a golf course just across the street, and more. For more information, visit them on the web.


Oasis for Healing

Artists for Trauma

May 4, 2012, Los Angeles

Have you or someone you know suffered physical, mental or emotional trauma? Artists for Trauma provides a pathway for trauma survivors to re-connect with themselves and their communities through a wide range of artistic disciplines. Six volunteer artists will guide creative workshops throughout the 2nd Annual “Oasis for Healing” event, in partnership with the Veterans Park Conservancy. These workshops include photography, painting, sculpture, dance, music and more. All trauma survivors and their families are welcome to attend on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Women Veterans Rose Garden, Los Angeles National Veterans Park. For more information, click here.


Great Night Out

CAMMO

Military Talent at its Best!

The Center for American Music Opportunities (CAMMO) is partnering with Hinton Battles’ “Love Lies” tour to showcase the talent of American military service members around the country. As part of CAMMO’s partnership with the “Love Lies” tour, active-duty servicemembers will have performances during the show stops as part of Thursday-night military nights. These nights will showcase choir performances consisting of troops from military installations near the tour stops. The production has set up special pricing for military, with a percentage from every ticket purchased at the military prices going directly to support families of deployed and wounded military servicemen and servicewomen in CAMMO Music Therapy Programs. “Love Lies” features an all-star cast including Brian McKnight and Angie Stone. For more information, go to www.cammomusic.org.


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

NAHETS

Construction Jobs Rise Faster than National Employment

Major news outlets, from Newsweek to CNN, have reported that one of the most dynamic sectors of job growth in the United States is in the construction industry. New housing projects and commercial developments are underway, and road and infrastructure construction programs are fueling job creation. Military Veterans are in demand for these new jobs, but they also need to have the appropriate training. One of the industry’s greatest needs is skilled heavy equipment operators for backhoes, bulldozers, graders, cranes and other heavy construction machinery. The NAHETS Colleges of Construction provide intense instruction in their Yellow Metal Boot Camps, offering 3-week training programs that are eligible for VA and post-911 benefits. Located throughout the country, these schools provide the skills and certification necessary to get access to these high paying jobs, along with housing and job placement assistance. To get started, visit www.nahets.com. The future in the heavy metal construction industry is today.


Legislative Support for Veterans

Legislative Support

In State Tuition Benefits

In January, Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL) sponsored H.R. 357, the Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013. At MilitaryConnection.com, we support this bipartisan bill that requires schools eligible for GI Bill education benefits to give veterans in-state tuition rates, regardless of residency status. Anything that can be done to express our nation’s gratitude to those who serve deserves our thumbs up!


Featured School
You Served Us

Touro University

Now Let Touro University Serve You

Learning that leads to earning- Touro University Worldwide’s unique online degree programs were specifically designed for working professionals. They’ve developed exclusive programs to give you the training and the skills that you need to achieve your goals in this fast-paced world. Learn, study, and achieve your degree online from a respected and accredited university. Earn an online degree from Touro University Worldwide.

  • Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Media and Communications Psychology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Psychology in Human and Organizational Psychology
Touro University Worldwide has helped thousands achieve their goals. You could be next. Learn how you can pursue your dream through higher education with an online degree from Touro University Worldwide. Click here to request more information or apply today.


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.


They Serve Too

Military Child Month

Honoring Military Children

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. 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. 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.


Rock 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.


Explore Your World

Sierra Club

Military & Veteran Discounts

The Sierra Club’s Military Family and Veterans Initiative provides service members, veterans and military families the opportunity to take advantage of outdoor programs and resources as a way to cope with the challenges associated with the deployment cycle. This month, the Sierra Club is partnering with organizations nationwide to host events for military children in observance of Month of the Military Child. Visit the Sierra Club website for event details, and don’t forget to take advantage of your military discount!


Attention: Employers

Hiring Veterans

Read Why Hiring Veterans Makes Good Sense

“A Compelling Case for Hiring Veterans” is a must-read for any Employer or HR professional. Written by our own Debbie Gregory for the National Association of Health Care Recruiters. The article focuses on the Healthcare industry, but the practical information applies to most industries across the board. Debbie addresses the obstacles faced by our separating military and Veterans, with an emphasis on the positive effects and outcomes for all. To read the article, click here.


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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

HMA

Physician Opportunities in 15 States

Health Management Associates, Inc. is an owner and operator of 71 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.


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.


Sending Care Packages

Operation Gratitude

Say Thank You to our Military

Operation Gratitude sends care packages to deployed service members. Each care package contains an assortment of approximately fifty snack, entertainment and hygiene items, along with personal letters of appreciation. The mission of this non-profit organization is to put a smile on a service member's face by letting him or her know they are thought of and appreciated. Their policy is to send packages individually addressed, and they plan to send 100,000 packages this year. If you have submitted rosters/names to them in the past, you will need to re-submit the names as names are not carried forward from previous submissions.

If you would like each person on your team to receive a care package, and if your unit is currently deployed and will still be in country/at sea after August 1, 2013


May 24-26, 2013

F7

Supporting Women Veterans

F7 is holding their annual Special Edition LSR Retreat & Workshop, honoring all women who serve, past or present, be it military, fire, medical, police, other service-oriented industries, or the women in families of those who serve/served. The F7 Group is dedicated to securing and providing resources, training, support and mentoring. The LSR Retreat & Workshop is a series of life-changing events and experiences that incorporate specific tools to empower and encourage personal and career development, focusing on a brighter future. The retreat brings women together to participate in a series of events designed to empower them. The Fe-Ma-Le Foundation provides need-based scholarships. For more information, click here.


In the News Now

MC Blog

Check Out Our Blog - Latest and Greatest

The MilitaryConnection.com blog tackles some of the stories that are in the forefront of military news. With the top stories found on our homepage, the blog gives you the opportunity to state your opinion and interact with other users. We hope you will feel that the blog is provided as a service to our users, and participate by commenting on the stories you feel strongly about.


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.