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Newsletter - May 2013

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May is one of the most patriotic months of the year. In addition to the designation of National Military Appreciation Month, May 8th is VE Day, May 10th is Military Spouse Day, May 18th is Armed Forces Day, and May 27th is Memorial Day. These observances give our nation the opportunity to publically demonstrate our appreciation for the sacrifices made by our servicemembers, past and present, and their families. We have the opportunity to come together to formally honor, remember, recognize and appreciate their sacrifices. I hope you will take the opportunity to perform a small act of kindness for an Active Duty Military service member, Veteran, or their family. Each of us can make a difference.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Missing Veteran

Maribel Ramos

Help Find Her

Cal State University, Fullerton (CSUF) student veteran, Maribel Ramos, has been reported missing since Friday, May 3. Authorities have launched a search for the 36-year-old college student and veteran who vanished just before she was to be recognized at an appreciation dinner over the weekend. Police are characterizing the disappearance as suspicious. Ramos is a former Army sergeant who served in South Korea and Iraq. Authorities are asking that anyone with information or anyone who might have seen Ramos to call the Orange Police Department at (714) 744-7444. Maribel is a proud soldier, a valued student, and loved by her family and friends. A “Find Maribel” Candelight vigil will take place on Monday May 13th @ 7:30PM at Calvary Church of Santa Ana, CA. Maribel's family has also set up a Facebook page to help with the search.


Benefit Concert

Benefit Concert

Training Tomorrow’s Mental Health Professionals

Give an Hour and the Got Your 6 Campaign, are proud to present two days of inspiring events to be held in New York City, June 2-3, 2013, which will inaugurate its program to educate 100,000 graduate students in mental health disciplines on the unique issues of veterans and military families. "A Celebration of Service," will bring together colleagues from the military, government, corporate, educational, and nonprofit worlds to focus training the next generation of mental health professionals. On June 2nd, there will be a benefit concert honoring Col. David W. Sutherland, US Army, Ret. and our own Debbie Gregory. Music will be provided by Little Big Band featuring Mark Rivera, American Idol winner Kris Allen, Danielle Peck, Gloria Reuben, The 9th and The Secret State. For tickets to the concert, click here.


Join ASMBA

ASMBA Military Appreciation

Membership and AD&D Coverage at No Charge

There are over 1.4 million people serving on active duty in our U.S. Armed Forces, and another 851,000 assigned to the seven reserve components. That number doesn’t include the more than 21.5 million veterans. Almost all of these military members and veterans have family members, bringing the total military community to over 50 million individuals. As part of Military Appreciation Month, ASMBA would like to express our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of you and your families for your service, your dedication, and your sacrifice. We truly strive to show our gratitude daily because you are the inspiration for the foundation of our organization. ASMBA is a non-profit, fraternal benefit association made up of people just like you! ASMBA offers FREE basic membership giving you access to a host of options and discounts on long-term care insurance, cancer protection plans, hospital care plans, term insurance and more. Join the ASMBA Family Today!


Team Fisher House

Team Fisher House

Military Races

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.


Assistance for Student Veterans

VFW and SVA

1 Student Veteran

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is offering a new program called "1 Student Veteran". The program provides direct assistance to student veterans experiencing problems accessing their GI Bill or other earned benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Student veterans experiencing such difficulties can now e-mail the VFW. VFW staff will acknowledge receipt of each inquiry within 24 hours during the work week. Next, they will either intervene with the VA on behalf of the student veteran or recommend other courses of action. The new program is made possible by an ongoing collaboration among VFW, Student Veterans of America (SVA) and the VA's Veterans Benefits Administration. "1 Student Veteran" is the latest collaboration between VFW and SVA, resulting from a memorandum of understanding signed by the two organizations in January. Read more here.


Featured School

Heavy Equipment Training

New Heavy Metal Certification Program Launched

The National Association of Heavy Equipment Services (NAHETS) has a new national certification program that measures knowledge and skills for the operation of heavy construction equipment such as bulldozers, graders, front loaders, excavators and backhoes. Safe and effective heavy equipment operators are desperately needed in the growing construction and mining industries. The adaptable equipment proficiency test (ADEPT) is now being implemented in three heavy equipment training, the Colleges of Construction in Northern California, Oklahoma City and Atlanta, Georgia. The test effectively evaluates an operator’s skill level to meet and exceed industry and regulatory standards. A skilled worker with third-party certification is a valuable asset to contractors and employers because it verifies safety, skill and knowledge. For military veterans, certification from an approved heavy equipment training center can be the start of a rewarding civilian career in the construction industry. Military veterans can learn more about this program at www.nahets.org.


Benefits You Earned

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The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers

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

McGraw Gives Back

Tim McGraw

HomeFront Mortgage-Free Homes

Tim McGraw continues his HomeFront program this summer, awarding mortgage-free homes to military veterans and their families. McGraw teamed up with Chase and Operation Homefront, and they have already awarded over 30 newly renovated mortgage-free homes to deserving military families. This summer, they will award a home at each of McGraw’s 31 Two Lanes of Freedom Tour stops. McGraw explained, “I got as much – or more – out of the experience than the veterans who received the new homes … These families made an incredible mark on me, and I’m more grateful than I’ve ever been for the sacrifices they make every day to serve our country.” This program is part of a larger initiative to help raise awareness about issues facing veterans and their families, including employment, home ownership and education. Tim’s Two Lanes of Freedom Tour kicked off May 2 in Birmingham Alabama and continues to 20 more cities.


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.


World Sport Chicago

Valor Games Midwest

Hosting the 2013 Valor Games Midwest

World Sport Chicago invites veterans and service members with physical and visual disabilities to register for the 2013 Valor Games Midwest, August 12-14, in Chicago, Ill. This introductory competition is an opportunity for veterans and service members with physical and visual disabilities to learn about and compete in a variety of adaptive sports. Activities include shot put, discus, archery, cycling, indoor rowing and powerlifting. Individuals that qualify to compete are those with amputation, spinal cord injuries, blindness/vision, traumatic brain injury, permanent orthopedic injuries, any disability rating from the VA and those with PTSD. Participants are responsible for the cost of their travel to/from Chicago, but upon arrival, all expenses related to lodging, meals and ground transportation are covered. There is no cost to register and adaptive equipment is provided. For more information, or to register, click here.


Are You Eligible?

Social Security

Benefits for Military

Our thanks to Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Yolanda York, who wants you to know that the SSA honors those who have served. They offer a wide range of services for Veterans and active duty military. Service members who return home with injuries have access to an expedited process. Learn more about it on their Wounded Warrior website. Benefits through Social Security differ from VA benefits, requiring a separate application. Active duty military on medical leave or hospitalized should consider applying for disability benefits. Additionally, families of the fallen may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. Learn more about Social Security survivors benefits here. If you’ve served in the Armed Forces and you’re planning your retirement, you’ll want to read Military Service and Social Security. You also may want to visit the Military Service page of their Retirement Planner, online here.


May 24-26, 2013

F7 Retreat Workshop

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.


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

Golden Living

Nationwide Openings

Golden Living is a family of companies that specializes in post-acute and long-term healthcare. Your passion for service, your ethics, your dedication to excellence, it’s all been proven by your service. Those are the qualities we look for at Golden Living because those are the qualities shared by every member of our team. With six companies – Golden Living, Golden LivingCenters, Aegis Therapies, Aseracare, AlixaRx and 360 Healthcare Staffing – we’re able to offer career opportunities that fit almost anyone’s background or level of experience. Opportunities include: Nursing Home Administrator, Hospice Agency Executive Director, Clinical/Nursing, Certified Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy, Therapy, Medical Billing Collections, Sales, and IT. At Golden Living, it’s our honor to offer you the opportunity to join our family.


Mark Your Calendar

Patriot Group

Patriot Job Fair

Hire A Patriot, in partnership with The Patriot Group, Inc., is presenting “HIRE A PATRIOT”, a Military/Veteran Career, Education and Resource Fair. The fair is open to the public, and especially welcomes Active Duty Military, Veterans & their Families. The event will take place on Thursday June 13, 2013 from 10am - 2pm at the Commerce Hotel & Casino - 6131 East Telegraph Road, in Commerce, CA. The Patriot Group, Inc. is a Certified CA Disabled Veteran Business (CA DVBE) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business.


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.


A Conference Like No Other

Wounded Warrior Workforce

Wounded Warrior Conference

Project HIRED’s 2013 Wounded Warrior Workforce Conference is just weeks away! Project HIRED invites business leaders, government agencies, non-profits, & veteran job seekers of every branch and conflict, including those with disabilities, to join them in San Jose, CA for this one-of-its-kind event! The Wounded Warrior Workforce event is the most comprehensive veterans employment event in Northern California. Together with their 2013 partners, the City of San Jose and Work2Future, Project HIRED is excited to again host this TWO DAY event, which continues to offer employers, job seekers, & supporting organizations unparalleled information, resources, & access to each other. To learn more, visit them on the web.


We Like Kris!
American Idol

Kris Allen

Spring Tour on Now

Since skyrocketing to stardom as the 2009 winner of American Idol, Kris Allen has taken his impressive talent and warm-hearted charm on the road with the likes of Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Barenaked Ladies and Lifehouse, as well as headlining club tours across the country. When he’s not on the road, Kris can be found lending his talent and time to organizations like World Vision, Little Kids Rock and Donorschoose.org or spending time with his family in Arkansas. When the USO asked Allen and his band to take on an overseas tour to play for service members and their families in Europe, he said it was a “no-brainer.” He also called it an honor. Kris is on the road through May with his latest album, "Thank You Camellia.". For more information, click here.


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Walking for the Fallen

Walking for the Fallen

A Marine With A Mission

Retired Marine Corps Sgt. Chuck Lewis is walking for the fallen. U.S. soldiers, sailors and Marines killed in war or those who returned with physical and mental disabilities are the focus of his cross-country campaign. Lewis is committed to walking from Everett, WA to Washington, D.C., a distance of 3,300 miles, over the the next six months. Lewis, 62, from Ronan, MT, is walking to raise money and awareness for programs that help military veterans. The Vietnam veteran has a goal of raising $50,000, and is relying on the kindness of those he is meeting along the way for a shower and a place to sleep. If you would like more information, or to track Lewis’ travels, click here.


Father’s Day Reunion

Fathers Day Reunion

Apply Now!

Operation Homefront is covering the cost of travel this Father’s Day to join active duty service members together with their families. Service members from all branches of the Armed Forces are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to E1-E6 applicants. Registration closes May 24, 2013, or possibly sooner if all tickets are distributed. For more information, click here. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to reunite deserving service members and their families! To see if you or a family member qualify or to apply, click here.


Good Read

Those We Love Most

Those We Love Most

Those We Love Most, written by Lee Woodruff, explores the ways in which a close-knit family is broken and made whole again after one pivotal moment results in the ultimate tragedy. This beautifully written book about family, love, betrayal, forgiveness, demonstrates our ability to pick up the pieces when we are faced with the unimaginable. This is solid contemporary fiction at its best. Lee’s first book, In an Instant, was co-authored with her husband Bob, the ABC News Anchor who was critically injured in Iraq in 2006. Their book helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction. Visit Lee on the web 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.


Wall Street Warfighters

Wall Street Warfighters Foundation

Helping Disabled Veterans

The mission of Wall Street Warfighters Foundation is to identify, develop, and place service disabled veterans in careers in the financial services industry. The program is a six month in-residence course which includes class work, field work, exam preparation and testing, mentorship, apprenticeships and internships, all designed to expose these veterans to the broader aspects of the financial services industry, and to help them gain access to rewarding careers. Corporate partners benefit by adding proven problem solvers to their organization’s workforce, and are enriched through the mentorship and leadership opportunities the program offers.


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.


Calling All Patriots!

Jeans for Troops Day

Sign Up For "GI Go Jeans For Troops Day" May 23rd

Join the Nationwide Movement! Engage your Employees/Students and collect $5 donations to benefit the GI Go Fund. The GI Go Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that provides assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan,. Allow participating employees to wear jeans to work/school on May 23 for "GI Go Jeans for Troops Day." Register your company/school and each participant will receive a sticker to be worn on their shirt to show their support.


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True Talent

Danielle Peck

Danielle Peck

Country music singer-songwriter Danielle Peck is reaffirming her hopes and dreams with a new single, "Impossible Dreams," and video that's sure to do the same for her fans and music lovers. The song celebrates the "everyday heroes" who strive and achieve despite the odds. It sets the stage ahead of an upcoming new album, How Freedom Feels, produced by Lari White, which will build on her prior chart successes including "I Don't," "Findin' A Good Man" and "Isn't That Everything." A tireless performer who has spent most of her adult life on tour, Peck continues to travel the country, including performances and appearances at this summer’s CMA Music Festival, in support of the new project.


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