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Newsletter - January 2014 #3

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With over one million Veterans expected to return home in the next three years, we have an unprecedented opportunity, as well as a civic obligation, to strengthen their pathways to success. To prepare for their return home and their transition back to civilian life, separating military men and women will need to follow one of several paths: jobs and careers, pursuing higher education, technical training, or beginning their own business. Service members who are exiting active duty should be armed with the tools and information they will need to live, succeed, and prosper. At, we offer the resources and information to ensure that all Veterans have a seamless pathway to pursuing future employment opportunities by gaining the knowledge and skills needed for success. We are also partnering to create training programs and jobs for Veterans. If you want to partner with Military Connection to aid the less than 1% who serve, please contact me.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


A Night of Harmony

A Night of Harmony

Award Dinner and Benefit Concert

The David Lynch Foundation will host A Night of Harmony, honoring legendary music producer Rick Rubin on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Rubin, a long time practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, has brought to fruition the dreams of music artists such as Beastie Boys, Weezer, Audioslave, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, Adele and many more. The epic night will feature performances by Dixie Chicks (back together again to honor Mr. Rubin), Damien Rice and Jake Bugg. Proceeds from this event will go towards bringing meditation to at-risk youth and Veterans. For more information on ticket and table packages, click here. The David Lynch Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that heals and transforms the lives of at-risk populations suffering from traumatic stress through teaching of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique. For more information on the Foundation's programs, click here.


What is a Hero?

Gary Sinise

Tangible Accomplishments

We often feature the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Lt. Dan Band in our newsletters. We like to refer to Gary as the “Bob Hope of our generation.” We often tell you about the great work Gary’s foundation is doing, and we often tell you where you can catch a performance by the Lt. Dan Band. But this month, we hope you will take a few minutes (well, actually nine minutes and twelve seconds) to visit the Gary Sinise Foundation’s YouTube channel, so that you can see and meet the wounded warriors the foundation serves. Nine minutes and twelve seconds that may possibly change the way you define the word “hero”.


A Veteran’s Perspective

A Veterans Perspective

First-hand Advice Staff Writer and Navy Veteran Joe Silva has been diligently putting pen to paper (or more accurately, fingers to keyboard!), writing a series of articles to benefit both Veteran students and Veteran job seekers. The articles give Silva the opportunity to impart his military experience to other Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Veterans. The education articles recount Joe’s experience using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, offering direction and advice on how to get the most from GI Bill benefits, and the back-to-school experience as a whole. The employment series discusses the valuable Veteran employment resources that are available, including how to use military experience to land a job. To read Joe’s continuing series, click here.


A Hero’s Welcome

Welcome Home Soldier

Leading By Example

The Veterans of Winter Park, Florida wanted to give a soldier a loving welcome home. Working with Budweiser as their sponsor, they were able to give 24-year-old Lt. Chuck Nadd "A Hero's Welcome." Lt. Nadd, who served in Afghanistan as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot and operations officer, was told by his CO that he had been chosen to be featured in a documentary about soldiers. He never expected to see the entire town of Winter Park assembled to give him an old-fashioned ticker tape parade, complete with marching bands, antique vehicles, the VFW motorcycle club, and the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The entire event can be seen in a 60 second Super Bowl commercial on February 2nd, but if you’d like to watch the documentary on how this all came together, and we strongly recommend you do, click here, and have Kleenex ready.


Benefits You Earned

Check out your benefits!

Your 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.

Yellow Ribbon School

D'youville College

D'Youville College - Going the Extra Mile

D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, a recipient of the Military Connection “Veteran School Salute” is a Yellow Ribbon School that has shown a dedicated commitment to their Veteran and military students. D’Youville is consistently developing innovative ways to serve those who have served. The Veteran School Salute recognizes Veteran-friendly colleges, universities and vocational schools that go above and beyond in their efforts to provide premium education services for their Military, Veteran and military-dependent students.


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!


Tax Time

Taxes Due

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

In an effort to ease the stresses of military life, Military OneSource is providing free financial services for those who are serving in our nation’s military. In partnership with H&R Block, Military OneSource is offering all Active-duty, Guard and Reserve personnel free tax preparation and filing services for state and federal tax returns. This program is designed to address the unique tax requirements and issues affecting military personnel and their families. The program’s tax experts are able to help military families navigate changes in tax laws that may have a particular impact on or benefit for members of the military -- as well as any tax implications related to military benefits. For more information, click here.


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!


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.


Accepting Submissions

National Veterans Day Poster

Will Your Idea Be Picked?

Do you have an idea for the 2014 National Veterans Day poster? Each year, the Veterans Day National Committee sponsors a contest to find the finalist for the National Veterans Day poster. In the past, they’ve received submissions from industry, academia, Veterans and family members, and elementary and middle school children, among others. More than 20,000 copies are distributed globally. The poster graces the cover of the official program for the Veterans Day Celebration at Arlington National Cemetery, establishes the theme for the ceremony, and is a popular memento from the event. It will also be used for flyers, programs and photographs If you have an idea that reflects the valor, courage, selfless service and sacrifice of our men and women who have served, and would like to submit it to the Veterans Day National Committee for consideration, email Micheal Migliara.


2014 Stand Downs

Veteran Stand Downs

Taking Care of Veterans

Robert Van Keuren and Dr. Jon Nachison, with the support of the Vietnam Veterans of San Diego, held the first Stand Down in the summer of 1988. Over the years, Stand Downs have spread throughout the country. The basic services offered at most Stand Downs include food, clothing, medical, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling and referral, and most importantly, companionship and camaraderie. To see a listing of upcoming Stand Downs, click here. If you have information regarding an upcoming Stand Down that is not listed, please contact us with the date, location, and contact information.


Assisting Veterans

Corps Connections

Serving Those Who Serve

Corps Connections was formed to provide a community of support for Veterans in need. With many years of experience in Veteran service and case management, they are able to offer assistance with medical benefits, discharge disputes/record corrections, dependent/surviving spouse benefits, legal assistance, and Chaplaincy and memorial services. Corps Connection also has a vast resource network of organizations that provide recreational activities, TBI/PTSD counseling, horse therapy and more. Although they primarily focus on Marine Corps and Navy Veterans, they may be able to assist other branches of service. They are based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but are able to assist Veterans all over the country. For more information, click here.


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.


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Reach Active Duty Military, Guard and Reservists, Veterans and Military Spouses with jobs, educational opportunities, and excellent products and services. For more information, click here.


Supporting Those Who Serve

Salute Americas Heroes

The Road to Recovery

The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (CSAH) was established in 2004 to provide severely wounded Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families, with emergency financial assistance and other support services to help them recover from their injuries and rebuild their lives. Since its founding, CSAH has provided more than 27,000 separate emergency aid payments, grants and holiday gift checks. Aside from the emergency financial assistance, other key missions include Heroes Thanking Heroes, a call center program that provides qualified Veterans, military spouses or caregivers the opportunity to work part-time from home. Additionally, other major drivers of this organization include Education and Training, Public Interaction and Outreach, On Base Events, Program Grants, and Field Support . For more information, click here.


It’s Your VA

Support for Veterans

Support for Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration wants to let Veterans know about the health support services available to them. Whether you are a Veteran, related to one, or count one as a good friend, the VA has a valuable list of the things they do for America’s Veterans. From health benefits and Veteran Centers to resources for PTSD and homelessness, the VA website has compiled a list of the top ten most useful links. And for Veterans that may not have access to a computer and the internet, remind them that they can access these resources via the computers at their local public library. For more information, visit them on the web.


Coping with Trauma


Warrior Wives Conference

Veterans 360 is inviting you to hold the date, May 16th, 2014 for their 2nd Annual Warrior Wives Conference. The 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. Get the tools needed to empower you, as a military spouse, and take back your 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 Carlsbad, CA, click here. Space is limited, so register now.


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Save the Date

Give an Hour

Three Days of Service, Education and Celebration

Mark your calendar to participate in Give an Hour’s “A Celebration of Service” April 6th-8th, 2014. The three day event in Washington, DC will feature a community service project, a conference to discuss educating the next generation of mental health professionals, a VIP reception and a performance of Water by the Spoonful, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegria Hudes. For more information, visit them on the web.


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.


Healing and Balance


Providing Hope and Help

HOPE4PTSDVETS.ORG is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by a combat Veteran, and serves Veterans and their families in and around the Austin, San Antonio, and Houston areas. Based in Wimberley, Texas, HOPE4PTSDVETS.ORG provides holistic healing strategies to Veterans wounded by combat trauma. These services include peer-driven support, meditation and mindfulness training, retreats (based on the wellness strategies laid out in the guidebook), and a Veterans Court program. They also offer a guidebook to holistic healing entitled "The Art of Healing from War" written specifically for combat trauma/PTSD Veterans, and provided free of charge, nationwide. For more information, click 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 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 [email protected].


Over 252,000 Combined Followers and Growing!

Between Military Connection followers and VAMBOA followers on Twitter, we now have over 252,000 followers on Twitter and over 43,000 on Facebook! So if you want to keep current in-between newsletters or find out the latest on news that affects Veteran Business Owners, "Like" us on Facebook and join Military Connection and VAMBOA on Twitter!