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Newsletter - September 2013 #2

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I have always been proud of the role that Military Connection plays in helping Veterans find jobs. I am also proud that we “walk the walk” in that department. I am happy to welcome aboard our two new staff members, Andrew Ayers and Joe Silva, both of whom are Navy Veterans. Andrew, our Marketing and Outreach Intern, served from 1992-2012 as an Aviation Maintenance Administrationman. He is currently attending college on the Post 9/11 GI Bill, majoring in business. Joe, our new Staff Writer, served as an Operations Specialist from 2004-2009, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, using the Post-911 GI Bill. To read more about Andrew and Joe, click here. If you are an employer or an institution of higher learning looking to reach the military/veteran audience, please feel free to contact me. And remember, when the next tour is back home, it’s on, the Go To Site.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Online Help

Manage Stress

Manage Your Stress

The VA PTSD Coach Online offers simple exercises, tools and strategies for coping with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Provided by the VA National Center for PTSD, the site allows you to choose a problem to work on, be it sleep problems, anxiety, sadness, feelings of disconnection, etc. PTSD Coach Online is for anyone who needs help with upsetting feelings. Trauma survivors, their families, or anyone coping with stress can benefit from these tools.


Generosity Personified

Gary Sinise Foundation

Gary Sinise Aids Fire Department

Our friend Gary Sinise is at it again. Through his foundation, Gary has made a large donation to help the first responders who rescued people and fought the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history. This week, Bob Harvey, the Black Forest Fire Chief, accepted a check for nearly $60,000. The money, from the Gary Sinise Foundation, will replace desperately needed equipment lost this summer, including radios and fire hoses. Gary’s foundation develops programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build Veteran, military and first-responder communities. A video message from Gary accompanied the check, with Gary saying he was "honored" to present the donation.


Good Read

Best of the Best

Serving the Veteran Community

U.S. Veterans Magazine’s goal is to provide transitioning service members, Veterans and their families with valuable information and resources concerning education, employment, entrepreneurship and much more. Each year, the magazine publishes their “Best of the Best” list to inform readers of the employers, companies, educational institutions and government agencies that go above and beyond to support the Veteran community. The newest issue, with legendary entertainer and Navy Veteran Bill Cosby, features their current annual list and it is their belief that access to these resources is earned, therefore no Veteran EVER pays for an issue of their magazine! Click HERE for your complimentary subscription to U.S. Veterans Magazine.


Start a Team!

Snowball Express

Helping the Children of the Fallen

Do you want to make a positive difference in the life of a child? The Snowball Express exists to bring together children of our fallen military heroes from across the nation. Nearly 2,000 attendees were able to experience the gift of Snowball Express in 2012, and it is their goal to bring every eligible family who wants to attend in 2013. Encourage your family, friends, and co-workers to join the on-line “Sponsor a Child” program and help raise the needed funds. Each $250 will help bring one child to this event that honors and celebrates their hero. This amount helps cover everything for four days including: food, lodging, entertainment, transportation, and more. Start a team to raise the funds that will impact the lives of these children who have suffered the greatest loss, that of a parent. For more information, click here.


We’re Honored!

Weddle's Named as a Top 100 Employment Website

Military is proud to announce that we have been designated by Weddle’s as a Top 100 Employment Website for the fifth year in a row! WEDDLE’s Research & Publishing specializes in all aspects of employment, from job search and career self-management to recruiting, sourcing and workforce management, and their guides have been described as the “Zagat” of the online employment services industry. The Top 100 is Peter Weddle’s personal pick of the 100 truly exceptional job boards and career portals out of the over 100,000 sites on the Web today. At, we want to help you find meaningful employment. To that end, we offer a multitude of tools to assist you, including our Job Board, our Virtual Job Fair, Live Job Fairs, resume writing tips, interviewing hints, a Skills Translator, Salary Calculator, and much, much more.


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.


Featured Employer

CalVet is hiring

CalVet is Hiring!

The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) is hiring! In addition to the 36 Veterans Claims Representatives (VCR) being hired to speed up the processing of benefits claims filed by California Veterans, CalVet has openings that run the gamut from analysts to cooks to engineers, and more! If you want to check out all of the openings, click here if you are already registered as a user or click here if you need to register. Once you are logged in, click on the CalVet link in the alphabetized listings to see what fantastic job opportunities await!


Truly Inspirational

Beating the Odds Foundation

The Power to Succeed in the Face of Obstacles

Beating the Odds Foundation’s Quarterbacks of Life® initiative teaches students that no obstacle is too big to overcome, and helps them achieve their full potential. Co-founded by four-time Super Bowl Champion Rocky Bleier and Bob Wieland, the 2001 Vietnam Veteran Foundation “Man of the Year”, the foundation needs your help. For a $35 donation, you will receive Quarterback of Life stories on a DVD. Among the selection is Rocky’s story of beating the odds to become a top running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers, even after sustaining combat wounds in Vietnam. And you will hear about how Bob walked on his arms, from California to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, DC, after losing his legs in Vietnam. For more information, go to


Attention Women Vets

Reboot Workshop

Empowering Female Veterans to Succeed

Making the transition back to civilian life and civilian work environments after serving in the field can be a difficult challenge. National Veterans Transition Services Inc., (NVTSI) a.k.a. REBOOT Workshops™ in partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University and 52 local and national businesses, invite you to the Women Veteran’s In Transition Resource Expo. This special networking and resource event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 8 2013, at Liberty Station Conference Center in San Diego, CA. The expo is designed to connect women transitioning from military service and female Veterans with employers, businesses, and organizations, giving back to those who served in the armed forces. As part of the expo, a panel of successful women from different services will share their experiences about transitioning from military service, provide advice, and answer questions. To register for the expo please email Martha DeLoera, or call 619-822-2701. For more information, or visit them on the web.


ThanksUSA Gala

Troops Gala

Treasure Our Troops

Washington DC’s Newseum was the site for the September 25th ThanksUSA Gala. ThanksUSA honored Col. Lanier Ward, survivor of a critical battle in Iraq (and inspiration for ThanksUSA), Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, and NBC’s Tom Brokaw. Caitlyn Mitts of Houston, Texas attended the gala to receive the first posthumous award in the name of Army Cpl. Tomas Sotelo, Jr. Sotelo, a 20-year-old Houston native, died after his vehicle was hit by an IED in the same battle that injured Col. Ward. Caitlyn is the surviving daughter of Staff Sergeant Charles Mitts of the Air National Guard. “My dad was not only an incredible father, he also served his country with courage. He died doing what he loved,” Caitlyn told ThanksUSA. To support the good works done by this great non-profit, click here.


FREE for Veterans

Operation Comedy

National Comedy Tour Comes to Long Beach

OPERATION COMEDY is a 5 year old national comedy tour that provides the BEST in complimentary entertainment for Veterans and their loved ones only. The next stop is Saturday November 2nd at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA featuring an all-Veteran line up of comedians from Comedy Central, HBO, the USO and more! The show starts at 8, doors open at 7 and the entire event will be filmed for TV! Show is ONLY open to vets and a guest. To reserve your seat please visit:


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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


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.


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.


Show Them You Care

Homefront America

Giving Thanks by Sharing

Every military family deserves to celebrate Thanksgiving with a delicious turkey. Each year, the Homefront America "Giving Thanks to Heroes" program provides military families with all the necessary side fixings for their Thanksgiving dinners. You can help by sponsoring one or more Turkey Certificates for our military families this Thanksgiving holiday. Each certificate is valued at $ 10.00, and can be redeemed at any grocery store or supermarket (even commissaries). For more information, call 949-248-9468, e-mail [email protected] or visit them on the web.


The Best of the Best


All About Your Success

For over 15 years, Army vet Peter Weddle has published the leading guidebook to job boards and career portals. Described by the American Staffing Association as the Zagat of job boards and other Internet employment sites, WEDDLE’s is one of the Web’s most trusted sites for job search and career resources. WEDDLE’s books and Webinars provide powerful tools and state-of-the-art techniques for finding a new or better job and advancing in your career. Available at, The Career Fitness Workbook guides you towards the job of your dreams. The website also features Job Search Webinars, Success Tips & more. See the all new


Coping with Trauma


Warrior Wives Conference

Veterans 360 is hosting a conference for the wives of our combat Veterans. This short conference is designed to educate military spouses, who are often the leaders of the family unit, on the impact that combat trauma can have at home. This October 24th educational conference will empower spouses to take back their family from the damaging effects of PTS/combat trauma. Education can be key in reducing the epidemic levels of domestic violence, divorce, suicide and the negative effects of combat trauma on children. To pre-register for the event, to be held in San Marcos, CA, click here. Space is limited, so register now.


Wounded Warriors Getaways

Warrior Bonfire

Bonding for Purple Heart Recipients

Warrior Bonfire Project is an organization created to help wounded Veterans to get our and active again through various events like hunting, fishing, camping, skiing etc. Many of our returning wounded do not wish to seek counseling from those who do not nor could ever understand what they have been through. The goal of Warrior Bonfire is to bring Purple Heart recipients together and heal through the camaraderie of those who have shared the same or similar experiences. For more information, visit them on the web.


Luncheon in So. CA.

Women Veterans

Honoring Women Who Serve

All women Veterans and Active Duty Servicewomen are invited to attend the California VA GLA 8th Annual “Honoring Women Veterans - Active Military Luncheon.” The event will take place on Saturday October 26th at the Sepulveda VA, from 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Registration Begins At 10:00 A.M. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Julie Stranges at 818 895-9325.


Bring the Family

Wings Wheels and Rotors

Fun Day Out!

Wings Wheels & Rotors (WWRE) is an annual open house and family event hosted by the Los Alamitos Area Chamber of Commerce and the California National Guard's Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB). All the activities take place at the flightline on Los Alamitos Army Airfield (KSLI), the last remaining military airfield in the greater LA/Orange County area. Don’t miss this opportunity to see custom cars, motorcycles, roadsters, antique vehicles and hot rods. There are also events for the kids. Admission is complimentary. For more information, click here.


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Care to Cruise for a Cause?


A Little R&R with Admiral Mullen & General Casey

Our friends at Government Vacation Rewards invite you to support our nation’s Veterans while “getting away from it all”! Princess Cruises is launching their first fundraising sailing, Cruise for a Cause, benefiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and Operation Homefront. The four day cruise departs November 5th from Houston, TX and sails to the Western Caribbean. For more information, call 866 691-5109 or visit them on the web.


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 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]


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.


In the News Now

MC Blog

Check Out Our Blog - Latest and Greatest

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