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Newsletter - June 2013

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June is PTSD Awareness Month, putting the national spotlight on what is now being recognized as a stress disorder that affects 1 in 5 servicemembers. Recently, an episode of Food Network’s show “Chopped” featured four military veteran chefs. One of the contestants, Robbie Myers, revealed that he suffered from PTSD. The former Army Senior Food Service Manager shared the difficulty he has had finding a job, due to the stigma of his diagnosis. The Fort Drum veteran and talented cook went on to win the competition, proving that he could perform under intense pressure. If you are, or know of, a Service member in need of help or treatment, resources from the National Resource Directory (NRD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)’s National Center for PTSD, are excellent places to start. Also, our friends at Give an Hour are at the ready to provide free and confidential mental health resources for those who serve, past and present, and their family members.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Dental Help for Veterans

Rebuilding Americas Warriors

Pro Bono Dental Surgeries

A number of Iraq War Veterans are experiencing major dental problems since returning home. The problem for these veterans is that the VA doesn’t pay for dental care unless a soldier is 100 percent disabled. That means they have to pay huge dental bills without any government help. One non-profit that is stepping up to the plate is Rebuilding America’s Warriors (R.A.W). Dedicated to providing reconstructive surgeries to American war veterans who have recently been wounded and/or disfigured while on active duty, R.A.W has enlisted the help of a dozen dentists nationwide. For more information, click here.


Hosted by PGA Pro Joe Grohman

Joe Grohman

Free Golf Clinic for Disabled Veterans

On June 11, 2013, Joe Grohman, PGA Head Professional, Navy Golf Course, will be conducting a free clinic for disabled Veterans. The clinic will be conducted 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at the Navy Golf Course, 5660 Orangewood Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630 (714-889-1576). You will witness a specialized event designed to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of the game of golf for our wounded and disabled heroes. After the clinic, a lunch will be provided with a tour of the Blind Rehabilitation Clinic and the Spinal Cord Injury Center at the VA Long Beach, 5901 E. 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90822. The tour will be from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. If you would like to attend, RSVP to MG (Ret) Paul Mock at ausaglacfamilies@aol.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.


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.


Fraud Alert!

Fraud Alert

Job Seekers BEWARE!

A company calling itself Monument Secure (NOT Monument Security) is sending out emails targeting veterans. Claiming that they are a Security Services provider, they pretend to be hiring security personnel, but require a “refundable” $300.00 to obtain a “guard card”. If you see them advertising or receive an email from them, don’t fall for their scam. AND SHAME ON THEM!


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Mark Your Calendar

Hire a Patriot

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.


Buying a Home in CA?

CalVet

CalVet Has Competitive Loans

The CalVet Home Loan Program offers low interest rates on 30-year mortgages to qualified veterans looking to purchase a home. CalVet’s interest rates are now very competitive with rates being offered by commercial institutions. California’s CalVet Home Loan program is one of only five similar programs in the country that help veterans who would not normally qualify for loans when using a commercial banking institution. Veterans interested in finding out more information should call 866-653-2510, email Loanapps@calvet.ca.gov or visit them on the web.


Give an Hour

Give an Hour Concert

A Celebration of Service

Give an Hour would like to thank everyone who participated in A Celebration of Service this past weekend in New York City. The weekend was full of informative, engaging, and inspiring events: the MOU Signing Ceremony with the Army National Guard, the Community Service Project, the benefit concert, and the all-day conference to train the next generation of mental health professionals on military culture. The concert was an evening of music, healing, and awareness building, led by new advisory board member Mark Rivera (a member of Billy Joel’s band since 1982 and Music Director for Ringo Starr’s All Star Band), Kris Allen, Gloria Reuben, Danielle Peck, The Secret State and The 9th. The conference gathered respected mental health and military professionals from around the country, for panels streamed live to a national audience. For videos, photos, and more, click here. Give an Hour thanks those who support the men, women, and families of who serve our nation, past and present.


Welcome Home Assistance

Team AMVET

Furniture Needed

The Team AMVETS “Welcome Home” furniture assistance program is a partnership between the VA and the AMVETS Department of California Service Foundation. Team AMVETS is pleased to provide furniture, appliances, and other household items to Veterans who have been homeless, but are now in the process of rebuilding their lives through the HUDV-VASH housing program. You can help our Veterans by donating gently used furniture and appliances by calling 1-877-990-8387 or by visiting their website. And if you’re in the mood to shop, visit their online auction site.


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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MyCAA Courses

MyCAA

New Career Funding For Military Spouses

If you are a military spouse and qualify for MyCAA funding, your tuition could be 100% covered! MyCareerSkill is a Distance Learning Initiative offering MyCAA approved, fully funded Career Training. The online learning portal and easy to use portable training allow military spouses to learn at home or remotely while tracking their progress. Students also have access to interactive learning support over the Internet featuring live online mentors and self-paced learning materials. The Medical Front Office Assistant & Administration Program and Pharmacy Technician Program train military spouses for exciting new careers in Health Information Systems Administration. These 100% online video-based distance learning programs not only prepare a student for a rewarding career, they validate a student's knowledge through nationally recognized industry certifications. All brought to you by Florida Gulf Coast University. To learn more, 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 You can also read about accredited universities for military distance learning here.

Mesa CC eLearning

Mesa Community College

Fully Accredited Online Degrees and Certificates

Earn academic credits that will transfer anywhere! Arizona’s Mesa Community College is fully accredited and well respected for the caliber of our faculty – so no matter where you might complete your degree, your MCC class credits count. Because our instructors have real world experience and create their own online classes, you’ll be learning from the best. MCC offers over 500 flexible online classes to choose from. Earn an online degree or certificate in one of 20 of today's most sought-after programs – with key online tools and support available for free. Study and complete your assignments when and where your schedule allows. Enroll today. Click here or call 480-461-7000. As part of the Maricopa County Community College District, MCC is an EEO/AA institution.


Proud Yellow Ribbon School

Dyouville College

Achieve Your Educational Goals

D’Youville College is extremely veteran friendly. In addition to the educational benefits provided through the VA, state VTAP, and tuition-assistance via the military, D’Youville goes above and beyond with both a 50% veterans waiver and a 20% veterans dependent waiver. This proud Yellow Ribbon School also provides deferred billing, book vouchers, and a Veteran-Student Emergency Fund to assist student- veterans/dependents who face an unexpected financial crisis. Their Veterans Affairs Office sponsors a chapter of the Student Veterans of America Association on campus. Additionally, D’Youville provides not only a dedicated computer room, but also a lounge, complete with free coffee, tea and hot cocoa, for their student-veterans/dependents. They have mentoring and tutoring services for student-veterans, and operate a VA Work Study Program on campus for student-veterans and their dependents. For more information on how D’Youville can help you achieve your educational goals, click here.


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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.


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Vets360

Vets360

Military and Veteran Suicides: Stemming the Tide

As they transition to civilian life, many veterans are unemployed, underemployed, homeless, in support programs or despondent. Sadly, veteran suicide levels are at their highest point since WWII, with 22 or more veterans taking their own lives each and every day. Veterans 360 has developed a clearly defined program to provide young, recently-separated combat veterans with a program of support that will help them develop the professional and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in civilian life. Veterans 360 advocates an education versus cure approach. They help these veterans manage the resources that are available to them, and guide them so they are better able to complete a successful transition into civilian life. For more information, visit them on the web.


Thanks, Craig!

Homefront America

Help Homefront America Win!

Craigconnects, founded by Craig Newmark of Craigslist, has partnered with the Rahr Foundation to give away $ 100,000 to help veteran and military organizations to raise funds for their causes, and Homefront America is honored to be one of the participating charities. The challenge period is from May 23rd and ends on July 3rd, and the winners of the challenge will receive the following:

  • 1st place - $ 35,000
  • 2nd place - $ 25,000
  • 3rd place - $ 15,000
An additional $ 25,000 will be given to charities throughout the campaign in Bonus Challenges. So, how can YOU help? Simply go to Veterans Charity Challenge, and/or share the link with everyone you know. You can make a huge difference for our military families!


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.


America’s Adopt a Soldier

Americas Adopt a Soldier

Golf Tournament Benefitting our Veterans

America’s Adopt A Soldier’s annual golf tournament fundraising event will be held on Monday, July 1, 2013. Please join them at the Army Navy Country Club in Fairfax VA, for a day of fun, friendship, prizes and food- all to help raise funds for a wonderful cause. Your generosity will help America’s Adopt A Soldier continue to “Make A Difference in the lives of our Service Members, Homeless Veterans, Veterans and their families”. 100% of all donations go directly to support the programs and projects of this 100% Volunteer organization. Registrations are due by June 13th. For more information visit them on the web. To purchase tickets, click here.


Good Read

Hovering Horizons Book

Life From the Chopper View

Hovering Horizons is the exciting, death-defying story of Kenneth Whitley, decorated Vietnam Veteran Cobra pilot. It details how Whitley’s boyhood in a small Texas town helped create the warrior he became. Whitley takes readers through the many perils and split second decisions that he needed to make in order to stay alive in Vietnam. It continues with his journeys in Arabia and Africa, where he also met with exciting challenges of a completely different nature. Hovering Horizons is an excellent read for veterans, pilots, thrill-seekers, history buffs, or anyone who has ever wondered what it's like to live (not just travel) all around the world. Whitley’s unique stories and insights will keep you turning the pages, and when you're finished, you'll wish there were more. It’s that intriguing. Available on Amazon.com.


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