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Newsletter - May 2014

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May 12-16 marks the 2014 National Small Business Week, recognizing the critical contributions America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners make. The week features a series of events in a number of states that focus on resources, mentoring and speakers, designed to help small businesses. Military and  Veteran-owned businesses make a valuable contribution to our economy. If you are a military or Veteran business owner, we hope you will join VAMBOA, the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association. VAMBOA provides networking, collaboration, mentoring, education, certification and advocacy. Membership in this 501 (c) 6 non-profit trade association is complimentary.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com

   
   

Happy Mother’s Day

Mothers Day

We Salute All Moms

All of us at Military Connection would like to take this opportunity to wish all moms a happy Mother’s Day. To all those military members and spouses who are moms, we know that you have it the toughest. Through multiple deployments, active military and military spouses continue to support our country while serving multiple roles. Through mission, deployment, reintegration and reset, you are essential to the strength of our nation, and we salute you!

   
   

Attention VAMBOA Members

VAMBOA

Fortune 500 Company Is Looking for Suppliers

VAMBOA has a corporate sponsor who is looking to do business with Veteran Owned businesses for the following services: Promotional items- if your company can procure from manufacturers and/or manufacture items such as customized sticky note pads, anatomical models (hands, spines, kidneys), comfort items such as lotions, lip balm, blankets, digital thermometers, fleece blankets, t-shirts/jackets/hats, and similar items
-OR-
DVD and CD duplication 500 to 100,000 units, flash drives and webkeys, 100 – 25,000 units. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please email dgregory@vamboa.org and put “RFP” in the subject line.

   
   

Government Vacation Rewards

GOV Vacation Rewards

Activate Your Free Travel Benefit

Military Connection has partnered with Government Vacation Rewards to provide exclusive access to travel discounts. When you enroll and take advantage of this free program, you’ll immediately receive $150 in travel savings that can be used on hotels, resorts, flights, cruises, and car rentals. Current offers include 7-Night Beach Resorts from as low as $60 per night, 4-Day Western Caribbean Cruises from $30 per day, Las Vegas Hotels from $23 per night and Flights from $111 round trip (select cities). Enrolling provides you access to these deals and thousands more. ACTIVATE YOUR FREE MILITARY CONNECTION TRAVEL BENEFIT by visiting https://www.govvacationrewards.com/connectemail. All military, veterans and retirees, and their families are qualified for this benefit.

   
   

Run for a Cause

Team Fisher House

Support Team Fisher House

Race slots are available for the ever-popular Army Ten-Miler in Washington, DC on 10/12/14. Visit www.TeamFisherHouse.org/ATM to become a CHAMPION FOR MILITARY FAMILIES by raising funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation at this great race. Fisher House builds "comfort homes” at major military and VA medical centers to enable families to be together during a medical crisis. Click here to register as a fundraiser today! MilitaryConnection.com is a proud Champion of Fisher House Foundation.

   
   

ASMBA Insurance

ASMBA

Affordable Coverage

The graduation invites have been mailed. The cap and gown has been ordered. The college acceptance letters have been received! All that’s left is to pack them up and send them off. But there’s one more item to cross off the list - life insurance. While it’s true that the best way to protect your family is to have adequate life insurance coverage for yourself and your spouse, buying your kids their own policy is a smart move. ASMBA’s Child Protection Plan protects you from unexpected financial stress if a tragic illness or accident suddenly takes the life of your child. ASMBA members are eligible to apply for life insurance for their kids through age 23, as long they are enrolled in college? It’s true! And, it’s only $2.00 per month per child for $10,000 of coverage. Visit www.asmba.com to join and to learn about the Child Protection Plan.

   
   

Special Discounts

Advertise with us

Your Company Featured on MilitaryConnection.com

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.

   
   

Home for Veterans

Home for Veterans

Community At Its Best

Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys in collaboration with the California Department of Veterans Affairs is offering an affordable homeownership program for veterans and their families. Veterans earning $52,000 combined family income annually or more & wishing to live in the Santa Clarita area will pay no more than 30-35% of their monthly income for mortgage, tax, HOA, insurance and water. Adapting the well-tested Habitat Enriched Neighborhood™ model developed by Habitat SF/SCV, homeownership is provided along with transitional training and services to promote self-sufficiency. Partnering with other non-profits, local businesses and community organizations, services include veteran-specific counseling, financial training, health and dental screenings, homework help for the children and much more. Inside the community will be several community parks with a large central playground. In addition to the parks, there will also be an urban community garden for families to plant vegetables and fruits of their choice. For more information, click here.

   
   

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.
   
   

Going the Extra Mile

Veteran School Salute

D’Youville College-Award Winning Yellow Ribbon School

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.

   
   

Mark Your Calendar

AUSA Birthday Ball

AUSA Birthday Ball

The Los Angeles Army Birthday Ball is one of the most significant Army events in Southern California. It is an opportunity for outreach to the community, to the local defense industry and – more importantly – to our Soldiers and their Commanders. This year, the event will be held at the Long Beach Westin with a reception and dinner. Live entertainment includes the 40th Infantry Band and the GIs of Comedy. If you can’t attend, won’t you consider giving a soldier a night out? Details can be found here.

   
   

Republic, WA Remembers

WA Remembers

Let Freedom Ring on May 24th

Vietnam Veteran Wives are presenting the 3rd Annual Veterans Tribute and Fundraiser in support of the Ferry County Mountain Veterans Center. All are welcome to join the celebration from noon to 3 pm. There will be music, food and entertainment. For more information, call Danna Hughes at 509 775-2096 or check out the great works that the Vietnam Veteran Wives do at http://www.vietnamveteranwives.org/

   
   

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.

   
   

Resources for Families

Operation Family Caregiver

Operation Family Caregiver

Returning home from deployment and separating from the military with visible injuries can be extremely difficult for Veterans and their families. Coming home with invisible wounds can prove to be even more difficult for some Veteran families. That is why Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) offers coaching, information and resources to these families. The program is provided through the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI). RCI supports caregivers through advocacy, education, research and service. For more information, click here or visit them on the web.

   
   

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.

   
   

C.E. Hours Available for Professionals

Hidden Enemy Document

Leading Conference on Combat Stress

The 21st Annual International Military & Civilian Combat Stress conference, “From The Battlefield To The Neighborhood” will take place at the Tri-City Wellness Center, Carlsbad, California, from Friday-Sunday, May 16-18, 2014. The conference will also premier the documentary "The Hidden Enemy” on Friday, May 16th, at 6 pm. The documentary features interviews with over 80 soldiers and experts. This is the longest-running conference on combat stress in the world. This annual multi-disciplinary event brings civilian and military medical and mental health professionals from around the world together to share their clinical expertise and integrative treatment. For more information, click here.

   
   

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Call for Submissions

Writing by American Warriors

Writing by American Warriors

All military Personnel, Veterans, and their families are invited to submit poetry (up to three), short fiction, essays, Warrior interviews (each has a 5,000-word limit ) or photography (up to three)for Volume 3 of Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. There will be a $250 prize awarded in each category. The deadline for the Call for Submissions and Contest for Volume 3 is June 1st. Two types of entries, anthology only and contest and anthology. Email previously unpublished work to upress@semo.edu. Entries must be sent electronically as Microsoft Word docs (or .docx). Keep poems in one document (with 1st poem as title), name and contact info on 1st page only. Writers may win in any category no more than twice. Limit one submission in each category per person. Include a bio of 75 words or less with your submission. Winners will be notified by Nov. 1, 2014.

   
   

SAT/ACT Test Prep Software

eKnowledge

eKnowledge Supports Military Families

eKnowledge™ has introduced the next generation of advanced Test Prep and multi-media eLearning programs. The new eKnowledge™ SAT and ACT PowerPrep™ programs use highly effective diagnostics to identify each student individual learning “style”, and then adapt the teaching method to fit that style. The Student-Centered Learning Model™ results in highly improved learning performance and superior test achievement. The test prep software includes thousands of sample questions and practice tests. To thank them for their sacrifices, eKnowledge is continuing their test prep software donation program for military families at a 90% discount. To order online click here. (There is a nominal charge for the cost of materials, streaming, support & shipping-less than $20.)

   
   

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.

   
   

Free Sundaes!

Sundaes!

Sweet Treat

For the 5th year in a row, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour is taking this opportunity to say “Thank You” to those who serve, past and present, in the U.S. Armed Forces. Farrell’s is treating these men and women to a free all-American, Red White and Blue Thank You Sundae. This Patriotic treat is a limited edition sundae that is only made during the month of May and for Veterans Day. Through the entire month of May, any U.S. Military personnel past or present, who show their valid Military I.D. will receive a free Red White and Blue Thank You Sundae at Farrell’s in Brea Downtown, Buena Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Mission Viejo, Sacramento or Santa Clarita.

   
   

Helping Hand

JFLA

You Don’t Have to be Jewish

The Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) of Los Angeles was founded in 1904 as a non-profit agency, providing fee-free, interest-free loans to help build and rebuild local communities. The JFLA has offered loans to people from all faiths and ethnicities in the cultural melting pot of the greater Los Angeles area. For the last 110 years, the JFLA has helped people in financial binds cover a broad range of expenses, including family emergencies, tuition, rent, security deposits, moving costs, auto repairs, job training, healthcare expenses and numerous other necessary expenses. For more information, click here.

   
   

Over 270,000 Combined Followers and Growing!

Between Military Connection followers and VAMBOA followers on Twitter, we now have over 259,000 followers on Twitter and over 71,000 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!

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