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Newsletter - July 2013 #2

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One of MilitaryConnection.com’s main areas of focus is working with employers who want to hire veterans. We have been designated as a Top 100 Employment web site by the International Association of Employment Web Sites. Veterans are highly viable candidates in all occupational areas. We often educate companies on why veterans make great employees: their discipline, skill set, experience, loyalty, and their strong work ethic, which is second to none. The word has gotten out that besides being the right thing to do, hiring veterans makes sense due to the substantial tax benefits offered by the federal government, starting at $2,400 and going as high as $9,600 per hired veteran.

If you are an employer who wants to learn more about hiring veterans and evaluate the advertising options we offer, please feel free to contact me. If you are a Job Seeker, we invite you to take advantage of the multitude of employment resources, including our Job Tips and our Virtual Job Fair, among others. Also, Register as a Job Seeker and upload your resume so that employers can find you.

When the next tour is back home, it’s on MilitaryConnection.com, the Go To Site.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Casting Call

Mans Best Friend

Man’s Best Friend is Looking for You

If you are dynamic and engaging, and looking to adopt a dog in Southern California, there’s a new television series that is looking for you! Perhaps you are a Veteran who needs a service dog, or just desire the companionship of a dog to complete your family. Or perhaps you have a special needs child who could benefit from having a new best friend. If you think you are a good match to share your home and a whole lot of love with a four-legged addition to your family, email us at [email protected]. Dogs will be rescued from local shelters and fully trained by a renowned dog trainer before being placed. Grooming, vet services and food will be provided for one year.


Use Your VA Benefits

VetsCanSave

Waiting for the Right Time to Buy?

NOW is a great time to buy a home! Home values have been back on a rising track, and while mortgage rates have started to rise as well, rates are still very good. If you have VA eligibility, you can buy a home with ZERO down payment, and in many cases, at no cost! Offering FHA, VA, and Conventional mortgages nationwide, VetsCanSave clients benefit from an additional mortgage management program called ArcLoan®. Automatic Rate Cut (ARC) allows veterans to take advantage of interest rate cycles by lowering their mortgages for little to no cost when rates fall. This results in increased savings and reduced debt. For more information with no obligation, or to get pre-approved, click here. VetsCanSave passionately serves Veterans and their families.


Affordable 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.


Happy Anniversary!

Gary Sinise

The Gary Sinise Foundation Celebrates Two Year

On June 30th, the Gary Sinise Foundation celebrated its second anniversary. In their short history, they’ve already accomplished so much. With the help of their generous donors, the foundation has been able to bring real change to the lives of so many grateful heroes and their families in meaningful, tangible ways. We’d like to share a few of them with you: * Built or began construction on 26 Smart Homes for a severely wounded hero * Performed 80 Lt. Dan Band military support and benefit concerts * Hosted 3 Invincible Spirit Festivals attended by 16,000+ guests *Provided financial aid to more than 60 veterans and their families. We could continue, as the list goes on and on. For more information on the Gary Sinise Foundation, click here. To check out the Lt. Dan Band tour dates, click here.


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 [email protected] or visit them on the web.


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.

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.


Share Your Thoughts

Writers Circle

The Military Connection 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 400-600 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 feature some of them on our blog. For admission consideration, email your article to [email protected]


Special Discount Code for Veterans

Citizen Twain

Live Stage Performance in Culver City, CA

Catch Val Kilmer’s acclaimed one man show, Citizen Twain. Kilmer, famous for his portrayals of iconic characters such as Doc Holliday (Tombstone) and Batman (Batman Forever), inhabits the spirit of another legendary American figure: Mark Twain. Exploring the famed author’s wry humor—from politics to death, love, money, watermelons, God, racism and cats—Kilmer channels the wit and wisdom of the man considered to be the world’s greatest storyteller and the first stand-up comedian. Special $20 tickets for Students & Veterans on all main floor tickets for Tue, Wed & Sun night performances until July 28 are limited and subject to availability. For more information, click here. You must enter promotion code: VAL6713


Veteran Small Business Owners

NVSBC

Connect, Learn, Grow

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with other federal agencies and commercial partners, is hosting the National Veterans Small Business Conference (NVSBC) from August 6-8 at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, MO. Over 4,000 attendees will have the opportunity to grow their businesses and connect directly with Government Procurement Decision Makers (PDM) and business partners. NVSBC is the VA’s largest nationwide conference and the premier government event designed to help Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) maximize opportunities to compete for and win new business. For more information, visit them on the web.


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 serves 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 us 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.


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!


Free Mental Health Services

Give an Hour

Flying High over Times Square

Give an Hour(GAH) will once again fly over New York’s Times Square, from now through mid-October. GAH’s latest advertising campaign will be on the Jumbotron on 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue. Their aim is to create awareness for the invaluable services being provided by more than 6,700 mental health professionals in the Give an Hour network, professionals who offer free and confidential mental health services to military, veterans and their families. If you live in New York or plan to visit, keep an eye out for their ad. You can also learn more about GAH by visiting their website. MilitaryConnection.com is a proud supporter of Give an Hour.


Featured Employer
Valuing Your Military Experience

Golden Living

Join the Golden Living Family

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 they look for at Golden Living because those are the qualities shared by every member of their team. With six companies – Golden Living, Golden LivingCenters, Aegis Therapies, Aseracare, AlixaRx and 360 Healthcare Staffing – they’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, they’re honored to offer you the opportunity to join their family.


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.


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.


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.


Jobs & More Jobs

Job Board

Register Today!

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.


Participate in a Paid Study

Smart Phone

Los Angeles Area Veterans With Galaxy Smart Phones

In an effort to help veterans with their psychological health and wellness, UCLA is looking for volunteers to participate in a paid study that will test two new tools. The first tool is a virtual human that is controlled by a computer program, with whom you would carry out a 20-30 minute conversation. The other tool is a smartphone app that you would use with your Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 or Galaxy 3 (required) for about 1 month. If you are a female or male veteran who was deployed to a combat zone in support of the recent wars in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, between the ages of 21-40, and you are not on active duty or a Reservist on orders, click here to apply. If you meet this description, you will be considered, regardless of your psychological health status. For more information, visit them on the web.


Run, Run, Run!

Team Fisher House

Be Part of a Winning Team

Team Fisher House places equal emphasis on raising awareness as it does on raising funds. Become a Champion for Military Families by raising funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation. Fundraising is easy, fun, and rewarding with Team Fisher House. Not only will you raise funds and awareness for a 4-star rated military charity, you'll also get your own personal cheering squad along the race course! Go to http://www.teamfisherhouse.org/ATM to register to run the 2013 Army Ten-Miler as a Champion for Military Families! MilitaryConnection.com is a proud supporter.


Bay Area Mental Health Summit

Town Hall

Veterans Town Hall/Collaborative

On the third Wednesday of each month, the San Francisco Veterans Town Hall/Collaborative is held at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco. There is information about wellness programs for Veterans, psychotherapy options, managing crisis, and specialized programs for female Veterans and combat Veterans. If you want to learn more about some of the issues facing our Veterans and hear about the resources, programs, benefits available for our veterans and families attendance is open to all. Make sure you bring a government issued picture I.D. to be admitted. For more information, call Eddie Ramirez at (415) 750-2189.


Adaptive Sport Programs

Adaptive Sport

Keeping our Wounded Warriors in the Game

It’s no secret that physical activity is essential to overall good health, regardless of whether or not you have a disability. Adaptive sports are focused on cultivating a person’s ability, and provide enjoyable, yet therapeutic, activities in a non-treatment setting. Keeping our Wounded Warriors engaged gives them the ability to participate in their own recovery. In 2007, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Paralympic Division was asked to lead the U.S. Paralympic Integrated Adaptive Sports Program, ensuring that physical activity opportunities were available for disabled veterans and service members throughout the country. The program is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the USOC, which also provides personnel and program support alongside many partner organizations. These organizations strive to provide Veterans with Paralympic sport programming, as many of our Wounded Warriors want to remain physically active and competitive. For a listing of many of these community sports programs, 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.


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