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Newsletter - JULY 2014 #2

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On July 16th, First Lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker at the United Way’s Unite for Veterans Summit. As I watched the live stream, I was grateful to see the spotlight shining on our nation’s Veterans, especially as it pertains to housing and education. Issues faced by veterans and military families have remained one of the first lady's top priorities.

I am honored to serve on California’s Interagency Council in both the Employment and Housing groups, Co-Chairing Cal TAPS and the Affordable Housing sub-committees. I couldn’t agree with Mrs. Obama more when she said, "After everything they have done for us, the idea that any of our Veterans are spending months or even years struggling to find a job is unacceptable." Educating Veterans so that they can find substantial jobs is key to eliminating homelessness for the 58,000 Veterans who need housing.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


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Rock On

Leading By Example

Leading By Example

After missing last summer’s event due to a scheduling conflict, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band made sure the schedule was clear for this year’s Rockin’ for the Troops event, a benefit for Operation Support Our Troops - America in Wheaton, IL. It’s probably safe to say that Gary is among the elite supporters of our military, Veterans and first responders. He sets the bar for the rest of us as to how we can best support those who lay their lives on the line for us all. Next up for Gary and the band is a September date at Camp Lejeune, followed by Lt. Dan Weekend 5 Veteran Benefit Concert, benefitting the Independence Fund at the North Charleston Coliseum, SC, on Saturday, September 20, 2014.


In the News Now

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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.


New Award Program

Nominees Accepted Through August 18

Nominees Accepted Through August 18

The Kennedy Center will host the inaugural Lincoln Awards on January 7, 2015. The Lincoln Awards will recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation's Veterans and military families. The awards will be handed out at a nationally televised concert that will air to coincide with March 4, 2015, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural where he stated the national commitment to care for Veterans and their families. If you know someone whose work for our Veteran community is inspiring, recognize them by nominating them for one of the awards. Just being nominated is an honor. The categories include: Standard Bearer, Veteran, Public Service, Medical and Science, Caregiver, Entertainer, Artistic, Citizen, Corporate Citizen and Non-Profit Citizen. To submit a nominee or for more information, click here.


Tell Us Your Passion

Join Our Writer Circle Today

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].



Join Team Fisher House

Join Team Fisher House

Do you like to run? How about running for a good cause? Fundraising for Fisher House is easy, fun, and rewarding with Team Fisher House. When you register, you get an online donation page created just for you that you can customize and make your own with your photo and your story. As a team member, you also get a really cool Team Fisher House shirt and hat to wear during training and on race weekend! So what are you waiting for? Click here for more information.


Phoenix Conference

Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States

Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States

Plans for the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) annual conference are well underway. EANGUS has only one mission-to provide a voice on Capitol Hill on enlisted National Guard issues. These issues affect not only National Guard, but all reserve component members. The conference, from August 10th-14th in Phoenix, AZ, will also feature a job fair for service members, Veterans, retirees and their families. For more information, click here.


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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.


July 26th - Arlington, VA

Singing Their Hearts Out

Singing Their Hearts Out

The Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO) brings together elements from its repertoire of Veteran, military and military family member musical groups and artists to present a great night of entertainment! Performances by "Voices of Service", members of America's Got Talent "American Military Spouses Choir" and "4TROOPS," along with special military guest singers will come together for heartfelt and uplifting performances. For more information on the July 26th concert at Lubber Run Amphitheater, click here or contact [email protected]


It’s For A Good Cause

On Your Mark Get Set

On Your Mark, Get Set…SHOP!

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Macy’s will host its 9th annual Shop For A Cause, benefiting charities nationwide. Since 2006, Shop For A Cause has raised more than $48 Million for charities across the country. This is your opportunity to be part of the excitement AND help Give an Hour. Purchase your discount shopping passes for $5 from Give an Hour and you will be supporting our Veterans, while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day. Give an Hour will receive 100% of the shopping passes sold. Give Help. Give Hope. Buy your pass here.


Restoring Lives

Healing From Within

Healing From Within

Operation Warrior Wellness (OWW), a division of the David Lynch Foundation, offers the Transcendental Meditation-based Resilient Warrior Program, a simple, easy-to-learn, evidence-based approach to relieving symptoms of PTSD and major depression and developing greater resilience to stress. Since its initial launch in 2010, the OWW initiative has partnered with leading veterans service organizations, Army and Marine bases and VA medical centers across the country to deliver the Resilient Warrior Program to veterans, active-duty personnel and military families in need. The initiative also partners with military colleges to create a new generation of more resilient officers. If you would like to sponsor a Veteran for this life-changing training, please click here.


Ventura, California

Military and Veteran Expo

Military and Veteran Expo

Veterans in Ventura, CA should mark their calendars for the 3rd Annual Military and Veteran Expo on August 16th from 10-2. There will be over 100 Military Collaborative agencies present, including the Ventura County Veterans Service Office to answer questions and help navigate VA benefits. There will also be a Veteran Job Fair, the Air Force Band of the Southwest in concert, information on the Veterans Court, kids craft and activity area, health care screenings, free lunch and free giveaways for Military, Veterans and their dependents (must register at the event to receive.)

Complimentary transportation will be provided for those in need by Oxnard Family Circle Adult Day Health Care, by calling 805.751.4152. If you are interested in supporting this event or need more information, please contact the Ventura County Military Collaborative Director, Kim Evans, at 805.218.1930, or visit their website at


Bethesda, MD

Lukes Wings

Luke’s Wings

On September 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., Luke’s Wings will host “Heroes Walk to Fly,” a 1.5-mile family-friendly walk in Bethesda, home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Walter Reed is the nation's largest military medical center serving Wounded Warriors from across the country. At the finish line, there will be a block party with live music and fun family activities. Proceeds benefit Luke’s Wings, which provides airline tickets for our Wounded Warriors and military friends and families. For more information, visit them on the web.


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