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Newsletter - October 2014 #2

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If you are a Veteran business owner, I hope you will join VAMBOA, the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association. This non-profit Veteran business trade association promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Join today for networking, collaboration, mentoring, education, certification and advocacy. Membership is complimentary, and VAMBOA is gearing up to have a busy and eventful 2015. Along those lines, November 3 - November 7, 2014 is Veteran Small Business Week, a Small Business Administration (SBA) initiative to reach out to Veteran entrepreneurs to ensure they have the tools and capital they need to start or grow a business. Veterans are highly-skilled and highly-trained leaders in their communities; it makes sense that after serving their country, they would want to bring these skills back home and start businesses. During Veterans Small Business Week, SBA staff all across the country will be working with partner organizations on educational efforts, mentoring, and training for Veterans. The SBA provides Veterans access to business counseling and training, capital and business development opportunities through government contracts.

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Featured Company

Veteran Friendly, Both As An Employer And An Educator

Veterans themselves, Gene and Bill England wanted to do their part to help soldiers get jobs upon leaving the U.S. military. So the owners of refrigerated trucking company C.R. England decided to make it their goal to hire 350 Veterans by year's end to drive their fleet of semi-tractor trailers. The company underlined that commitment by showing off five trucks and trailers that were newly redecorated with a military theme. Those rigs will only be driven by Veterans. C.R. England's initiative also provides tuition incentives for Veterans to pursue more education, along with access to career counselors to find the right kind of driving job within the company. Veterans also get hats and vehicle decals that recognize them as an "Honored Veteran" and the opportunity annually to drive the military-branded trucks. Candidates must be Veterans with a clean safety record.


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Government Vacation Rewards

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Activate Your Complimentary Travel Benefit

Receive exclusive military travel discounts with Government Vacation Rewards (GVR)! 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 even more! For more information, visit them on the web.


Complimentary Membership

Veteran Business Owners

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 will serve 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 them 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.


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. For more information, click here.


Unfortunate News

If It Seems Too Good To Be True…

Yet Another Scam Targeting Veterans

Attention Veterans: There is another unfortunate scam targeting Veterans and their families. Dishonest advisers are claiming to offer free help with paperwork for pension claims. The scheme involves attorneys, financial planners, and insurance agents trying to persuade Veterans over 65 to make decisions about their pensions without giving them the whole truth about the long-term consequences. Specifically, these unscrupulous brokers try to convince Veterans to transfer their assets to a trust -or to invest in insurance products- so they can qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits. What they don't reveal is that these transactions could mean that the Veteran loses eligibility for Medicaid services, or loses the use of their money for a long time. Adding insult to injury, the advisers are charging fees that range from hundreds to thousands of dollars for their services. Knowledge is power. Stay informed and beware.


Check Out Your Benefits!

Check out your benefits!

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.

Helping Veterans

Veterans Moving Forward

Help patriotic puppies become service dogs for Veterans who need them. Support Veterans Moving Forward during their annual fundraiser, celebrating Veterans and canines who serve. You can help in three ways: buy raffle tickets, attend Cocktails with Canines on Nov. 7th, and/or sponsor a Service Dog. Funds raised will go towards acquiring, training, and providing service and canine therapy dogs to Veterans with physical and mental health challenges, at no cost to the Veteran.


Alive Day Festival

Fundraiser, Fun Day, Or Both?

Sunday November 9th, 2014 at the Catalina Coffee in Redondo Beach, CA, the Veterans Memorial Taskforce and a growing list of sponsors will support the Wounded Heroes Of America (WHOA) raise funds for local heroes wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The “Alive Day” festival activities will include a Bicycle Ride for Heroes, BBQ , Bands, and a Bounce House for the kids. For more information, click here.


CA State Capitol Park

CalVet Invites The Public To View The Wall, November 7-11

The Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance honors our fallen service members, from the U.S. Embassy bombing in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983, to current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Wall also honors civilians and first responders who died during the terror attacks of 9/11. Inscribed with 11,000 names, the Wall was designed and built by Vision2Victory, a non-profit organization granting wishes to combat-injured Veterans. The Wall was originally intended to be displayed once, in honor of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. It became popular, and began touring the country three years ago. Through the kind assistance of CalVet, the Wall is coming to Sacramento, CA. Volunteers are needed to set up and tear down the exhibit, stand guard at the exhibit, and staff Veteran service organization (VSO) information tables. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Phil Rios.


Operation Gratitude

Not For Locals Only

Operation Gratitude is gearing up for the busiest season of the year! Between now and the end of 2014, they will ship more than 40,000 packages to our Deployed Troops, New Recruits, Military Families and Veterans. There are three ways you can get involved, from anywhere in the country: First, you can participate in the #SayThanks Campaign and send a message and picture directly to our troops. Second, you can send a package. If you have a loved one, friend or colleague serving overseas and want to send them a package of goodies, click here. And lastly, make a donation to assist Operation Gratitude, so that they can continue to make sure our service members are remembered, year round.



Team Fisher House

With the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon & MCM10K fast approaching, congratulations to the team- they have already raised over $480,000 for Fisher House! Become a Champion for Military Families - Register as a Fundraiser for Fisher House. Turn your words of “I support our troops” into ACTION by raising funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation. Your efforts will have a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of service members, veterans, and their families when they need it most. For more information, click here.


Preparing for College

SAT and ACT College Test Prep Programs

Through the Military Donation Project, eKnowledge has donated more than 207,000 SAT and ACT programs valued at over $48 million. The SAT and ACT PowerPrep™ Programs are available online or on a single DVD. Each program includes more than 11 hours of video instruction and 3000 files of supplemental test prep material, thousands of interactive diagnostic tools, sample questions, and practice tests. Students select the training they need and study at their own pace. Order online or by phone at 951-256-4076.


So. CA Living

Affordable Homes for Veterans

Veterans Village is an affordable housing community located in Southern California. The 43 unit property is being built specifically for low-income families and individuals, with preference given to Veterans and their families. Application distribution will begin online or on-site November 4th, continuing through November 24, 2014. Section 8 vouchers welcome. Rents will range from $480-$961 a month for a one bedroom unit, $576-$1,153 for two bedroom units and $666-$1,332 for three bedroom units. Maximum income limits are $34,260 for one person, $39,120 for two persons, $44,040 for three persons, $48,900 for four persons, $52,860 for five persons, $56,760 for six persons, and $60,660 for seven persons. Fifteen units will be set aside for permanent supportive housing with lease-up in early 2015. *Income limits and rents are subject to change due to strict accordance to program guidelines. For more information click here or call (818) 685-9919.


Paying Tribute

Madison Square Garden, November 5th

Stand Up for Heroes kicks off the New York Comedy Festival with an electrifying night of comedy and entertainment, honoring the sacrifices made by service members, Veterans and military families. Among the stars headlining Stand Up for Heroes 2014 will be Louis C.K., Bruce Springsteen, John Mulaney, John Oliver, Brian Williams and other surprise guests. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Theater, Madison Square Garden. Proceeds from Stand Up for Heroes go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation to help wounded Veterans and their families succeed in all aspects of their lives. This will be the eighth year that the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival have joined forces to offer Stand Up for Heroes. To date, the event has raised more than $21 million.


Good Read!

Helping Veterans Get Back to Work

Looking for work can be daunting, whether you are just transitioning out of the military or are a Veteran in career transition. In Melissa Washington’s new book, Get Back to Work: Smart and Savvy Real World Strategies to Make Your Next Career Move, Melissa shares the most effective methods for job searching in today’s workforce. Throughout the book, she offers specific tips and guidelines especially helpful for Veterans, with more than 25 Veteran-specific resources. Melissa is a Navy Veteran, Marine wife and entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in staffing and recruiting. After a job layoff in 2009, she embarked on a career reinvention that led her to helping others get back on track, and back to work. Click here for a special Veteran discount or visit Melissa online, on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.


CAMMO Says “Sing!”

Calling All Military Kids

The Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO) is bringing military family programming to Washington, D.C. communities with the “CAMMO KIDS” music program. CAMMO KIDS is a vocal performance program for children age 12 and under who have one or more parents serving in the U.S. military. CAMMO KIDS is dedicated to artistic development and expression through contemporary music. CAMMO’s established array of music programs for military members and their families include the American Military Spouses Choir, Sony Music Veteran recording artists 4TROOPS, the Voices of Service, and countless other developing veteran, service member and military family member musical expression opportunities. If you and your child are interested in the program in and participating in upcoming performances in the Washington, D.C., area, please contact Cathie Lechareas or Christal Rheams by November 1. Practices will begin at USO-Fort Belvoir, Va., on November 2, 2014.


Veterans Day Concert

Honoring Their Service

"The Concert for Valor" will honor the courage and sacrifice of America’s Veterans and their families on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The live event will be presented on HBO at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. HBO will offer its affiliates the opportunity to open the signal, allowing nonsubscribers to view the special. The concert will feature top talent from the music and entertainment industries, including legendary singer Bruce Springsteen, country superstar Carrie Underwood, rapper Eminem, actor/singer Jamie Foxx, Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl, metal band Metallica, comedian John Oliver, singer Rihanna, and the Zac Brown Band. There will also be special appearances by Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, among many others.


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Mark Your Calendar

D.C. Health Fair

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Headquarters on 7th Street, SW in Washington, D.C. will host the first Veterans Day Health Fair. This collaborative Health & Education effort is to inform, educate, provide health screenings, and enroll eligible Veterans, and their family members/dependents in the VA Medical Benefits Program. Services will also be provided to non-veteran employees by the HUD Health Unit. Veterans who have not previously enrolled in the VA Health Care System need to bring their DD214 and a Photo ID. Services inside of the HUD facility will be provided only to HUD Military Veterans and Veterans with a valid HSPD-12 ID Card. For more information or to RSVP, contact Walter Elmore at 202-402-7120, or Ms. Saad Akhdar at 202-402-4203.


The Soldiers Project

Thank You Judith

After 10 years as The Soldiers Project's Executive Director and Chairman of the Board, Dr. Judith Broder announced her retirement. Dr. Broder's vision and tireless dedication has helped thousands of Veterans and their loved ones receive critical mental health services. With nothing more than a dream, a phone line and a website, Dr. Broder created an organization that now provides nearly $1 million in pro bono therapy annually. In 2014 alone, over 350 Veterans received free therapy from The Soldiers Project's volunteers. They also provide treatment to family members and loved ones. Treatment is conducted in private offices by volunteer therapists, and is entirely confidential and not reported to any governmental agency. Dr. Broder leaves behind a legacy of selfless service, sacrifice, and absolute dedication to our Nation's Veterans and their loved ones.


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Military Monday

Calling All Car Enthusiasts

Monday, November 24 will be the first-ever "Military Monday" at the LA Auto Show. The LA Auto Show is proud to partner with Bob Hope USO to present special events and opportunities planned to recognize our troops, their families and Veterans. A “Bob Hope USO Center” will be open inside the show, with a live entertainment stage outside. All are welcome to join in and help salute the troops. Tickets are specially priced at just $12.00. Click here to purchase tickets for Military Monday. To purchase tickets to donate to our military troops, click here.


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