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I love celebrating the 4th of July. It is a reminder that we live in freedom because of the sacrifices made by our forefathers, who believed in a government by the people and for the people. Our country’s active duty military and our Veterans carry that tradition forward, and they are our greatest national resource. We can celebrate them every day by making sure that they have the skills and education needed to secure a good job, a roof over their heads, and first-class heath care. There are a number of great non-profit organizations that are assisting in accomplishing these goals, but they need your help. If you are in a position to make a financial contribution, the assistance is always appreciated. If not, there are also many local volunteer opportunities available.

Finally, I would like to offer condolences to the families of the 19 Hotshot Firefighters who lost their lives protecting the residents of Arizona. Their tragic deaths remind us that those who serve by protecting our health, safety and freedoms, are truly heroic.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO

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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 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 feature some of them in upcoming newsletters. For admission consideration, email your article to [email protected]

Registration is Now Open

National Veterans Small Business Conference

Early Bird Registration Ends July 15th

The National Veterans Small Business Conference (NVSBC) will be held August 6-8th in St. Louis, MO. Hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with other federal agencies, the event is an extraordinary opportunity to grow your business and connect directly with government and commercial procurement decision makers and business partners. Don’t miss the largest government sponsored conference of the year serving the Veteran entrepreneur community. For Registration, Hotel Booking and more information about the Conference visit them on the web.

Complimentary Membership


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.

An American Treasure

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise Makes it Four Years in a Row

In September, 2013, more than 250 severely injured veterans and caregivers from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are expected to arrive in Charleston from across the country to once again participate in the 4th Annual Lt. Dan Week. Coordinated by the Independence Fund, the event is designed to bring the community together in a show of support for some of the most severely injured veterans from the post 9/11 War on Terror. Headlining the event for the fourth year in a row will be Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band. Organizers estimate that they need to raise $150,000 in sponsorship to stage the concert as a free event. To date, Blue Cross is the largest and only Silver Star sponsor for the event. If you are interested in attending or sponsoring the Lt Dan Weekend in Charleston, click here.

Located in Riverside, CA

AF Village West

Retire in Style

AF Village West is an active community designed for those 60 or better, and dedicated to providing unparalleled services to those who have served their community or country. AFVW is proud to share the passion and commitment to others that their residents have demonstrated throughout their lives. Whether enjoying Southern California's weather and unmatched activities, or just relaxing in their own homes, the residents have the opportunity to continue enjoying a rewarding life with family and friends, firm in the knowledge that their long term well-being is secure. At AFVW, they leave no stone unturned to provide the very best service and care. Come for a visit and you will surely want to stay to share great friends, delicious food and the healthy, active lifestyle you so richly deserve. You, too will believe that there is no place like home at AF Village West.

Benefits You Earned

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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.

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

MyCAA Courses


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.

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Women Veterans Leadership Conference

2013 California Women Veterans Leadership Conference

Registration is open through July 17th (or until sold out) for the CA Women Veterans Leadership Conference, which will be held September 25-27 in San Diego. With a mission to provide the framework, opportunity and environment which challenges women veterans to act as leaders in their communities, the conference will provide opportunities to network, identify resources, and gain inspiration and empowerment. For more information, contact: [email protected] or call (916) 653-1402.

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Irvine, CA July 18th-21st

The Wall That Heals

So. CA Opportunity to Pay Tribute

The city of Irvine, in partnership with Vietnam Veterans of America and Vision2Victory, is proud to welcome The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance. Woodbridge Community Park and the City of Irvine are honored to host the event, scheduled for July 18th to 21st. This prestigious and prominent exhibit honoring the men and women who valiantly served our country will be open for public viewing 24 hours a day. Attendees are asked to wear a RED shirt to Remember Every Deployed.

Jobs & More Jobs

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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
Check Sutter First!

Sutter Health

Family Medicine Opportunities in Northern CA

Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region is part of Sutter Health, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit integrated health care systems serving Northern California. Sutter Health is currently seeking full-time and part-time Family Medicine physicians to join their medical groups. These opportunities offer the full support of quality physicians in a collaborative and collegial atmosphere. Benefits include income guarantee, generous compensation and benefits packages, shareholder track, advanced technology, and attractive call coverage. For more information, click here or call Camille Brooks at 1-800-650-0625

CalVet is Hiring!

CalVet Hiring

We Love Hiring Veterans!

The Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles has at least 20 full-time positions available now – and more positions are anticipated! The stunning, new state-of-the-art facility has the capability to care for 396 Veterans in two levels of care: a skilled nursing neighborhood with Memory Care; and an assisted living neighborhood. The Department offers: A unique opportunity to serve those men and women who served their Country; a rewarding, civil service career path; excellent State of California health care, dental and vision benefits for the whole family; State of California retirement plans; 401K plans also available; a beautiful working environment; opportunities for advancement; training, and more.

Job seekers click here and apply for the examinations now at: Veterans and disabled Veterans are encouraged to apply, and will receive preference points on all State of California examinations! Many positions are also available at the Barstow, Chula Vista, Fresno, Lancaster, Redding, Ventura and Yountville Veterans Homes of California!

Featured Employer
Nursing Opportunities in GA

DeKalb Medical

Where Opportunity Meets Future

DeKalb Medical values your military service, and invites you to serve your community through your nursing career. Recognized by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a Top Workplace, and voted by their employees and Atlanta Magazine as a Best Place to Work, DeKalb Medical offers excellent orientation programs and mentoring opportunities. They excel at matching nurses to roles that showcase their strengths while highlighting their expertise. “My experiences in the military shaped me into the nurse I am today. Once I left the military, there was only one hospital I wanted: DeKalb Medical. I chose DeKalb Medical because of the great nursing environment, and the competitive salary and benefits…this is a stable work environment, and my manager has been here over 12 years. Everyone is willing to help”. –Katie, RNC. To learn more and apply online, visit them on the web. EOE

Featured Employer
Work for the Federal Government


Marketing & Regulatory Programs Business Services

Your future career could be with the USDA's Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP). MRP provides resource management and administrative services to support the three MRP agencies--the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). MRP employees provide administrative support services in the areas of budget, finance, human resources, information technology, procurement, property management, and related administrative services. As a Federal employee, you will be eligible for a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family.. Preference is given to Veterans, and federal service is a great way to continue your service to our country. To learn more, click here.

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 to register to run the 2013 Army Ten-Miler as a Champion for Military Families! is a proud supporter.

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Financial Guidance

Veterans Plus

Learning to Manage Your Money

As a 501 (c)3 organization, VeteransPlus has been providing financial education and counseling for active duty military, veterans, survivors and their families since 2008. If you or someone you know wants to make a change for the better in their financial lives, then VeteransPlus has the experience to guide you. Veterans Plus counselors, all Veterans themselves, take a one-on-one tailored approach to learning more about your unique circumstances, and then craft specifics solutions for you. Education is their foundation, and bringing financial capability to you is their mission. For financial wellness, visit them on the web or call 888.395.6632.

Two Ways to Help

Operation Gratitude

Support Operation Gratitude

Gift Card Week is now taking place! Celebrating a special occasion? Simply visit the Gift Card Week website to purchase a gift card by July 11, and two percent of the total value of all gift cards sold will be donated to Operation Gratitude. Gift cards are available for major retailers and restaurants. You may also purchase and donate a gift card that will be included in one of the Operation Gratitude care packages. And speaking of the care packages…do you have some Beanie Babies that could use a new home? Beanie Babies and other varieties of small, plush toys are included in ALL the care packages that Operation Gratitude sends to deployed Troops! One Service Member explained, “…it may sound silly but the beanie Baby brings an odd feeling of comfort to a grown man.” Another wrote, “Every work center in my division has a Beanie donated by Operation Gratitude; they’ve become something like mascots to my Sailors.” For more information, click here.

Honoring Korean War Veterans

Korean War Veterans Memorial

60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

On July 27th, at 8:00 a.m. EST, there will be an national commemorative event at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC., recognizing the service and sacrifice of those who served. The special salute will include tributes to Korean War Veterans, recognition of United Nation Allies, and formal remarks from Senior Government Officials. VFW halls around the country will be holding “Pancakes for Patriots viewings of events. The Korean War benefitted from the new Mobile Surgical Hospitals (MASH) units, which were stationed close to the fighting front, and reduced battlefield deaths by 50%, compared to WWII. For more information, click here.

Special Offer


Exclusive Costco Offer for Military, Veterans and Their Families*

Costco National Membership Programs has a special membership offer for Active Duty Military, Veterans and their families. Purchase a new Costco Membership, or upgrade your existing membership to an Executive Membership and you will receive $50 worth of coupons, including 3 free items! To be eligible for this offer, you must be able to validate proof of military service either electronically or by uploading a valid service document. You will be asked to black out any sensitive information you don’t want to share. If you are joining Costco for the first time, you will need to print the offer application and take it to any U.S. Costco location. With more than 600 locations worldwide and 69 million members, Costco is known for superior service, great value and customer satisfaction. Click here to validate military service.

In the News Now

MC Blog

Check Out Our Blog - Latest and Greatest

The 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.

Share Your Experience


PBS Documentary Seeking Military Families

A PBS documentary in the making, “Coming Back” is seeking participants from military families. The three-part documentary series scheduled to air on PBS in May, 2014, will tell the stories of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and the challenges they face as they re-adjust to life on the homefront. The documentary will also focus on how military families deal with redeployment. They are particularly looking for a military spouse who is expecting his or her partner to return from serving in Afghanistan this summer, and would be willing to participate in the series. According to Associate Producer Kem Poston, “One of the most important aspects of this project will be not just to examine the reintegration process for veterans, but also to look at how families are dealing with re-entry.” To be considered for participation in the documentary, contact Kem Poston at 617-284-2840, or email [email protected].

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