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Congratulations and thank you to our elected officials for reaching across the aisle and passing the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. This law will help reduce military and Veteran suicides as it improves access to quality mental health care. Clay Hunt was a Marine Veteran who died by suicide in March 2011 at the age of 28. This young man constantly voiced concerns about the mental health care he was receiving for his PTSD, especially the heavy reliance on medication. There are numerous non-profits working to change the approach, among them Give an Hour, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and the David Lynch Foundation, to name a few. If you (or someone you know) struggle with a mental health issue, please know that you are not alone, and help is available. The Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7, via the internet, telephone or text.

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Franchise Discount for Veterans

Franchise Discount for Veterans

Ready to Be Your Own Boss?

JDog Junk Removal (“JDog”) is the first company to build a national military Veteran brand, offering franchise opportunities exclusively to members of the military, Veterans and their family members. JDog operators are immediately recognizable by their “military themed vehicles” and uniforms that feature their mascot, the military bulldog. Conceived by Army Veteran and current CEO Jerry Flanagan and operating on the principles of respect, integrity and trust, JDog is poised to lead the way for all Veteran franchise opportunities. If you want to join a proven brand with a business strategy that will benefit you as a hardworking, motivated entrepreneur, then JDog Junk Removal is for you. For more information and to learn about the limited time franchise fee discount, click here.


Yellow Ribbon School

Yellow Ribbon School

Stand Out. Achieve. Inspire.

The University of Louisville is a military friendly school and a proud Yellow Ribbon program participant. We are uniquely qualified to recognize the challenges faced by members of the armed forces and by Veterans, and strive to provide the support needed to succeed in an educational setting. We offer 100% online programs so that no matter where you are in the world, you can complete your bachelor's or master's degree without ever entering a traditional classroom. Education is one of the main influencing factors for landing better jobs as a civilian. And through the education you'll receive at the University of Louisville, you're preparing for a smooth transition from your green-collar duty to your white-collar career success by adding tremendous value to your talent and experience. Choose an area of study and online program that best fits your goals to start your future now. To learn more about UofL’s online programs, click here


Questions, Questions...

Cal Vet

Your GI Bill Benefits

The Post 9/11 GI Bill affords many great benefits, including tuition, a housing allowance, and a book/supplies stipend. But how do you choose a school that will best meet your needs? What is the best way to use your benefit? How do you connect with other Veterans and become part of that community? Military Connection Staff Writer Joe Silva shares his experiences as a Veteran student who has navigated these waters, having achieved his Bachelor's degree, and steaming full speed ahead (Navy puns intentional, Joe!) towards his Master's. We invite you to read his articles to find answers to your questions.


Featured School

Street Shares

Education Focused on High Demand Civilian Careers

As you transition to civilian life, consider a career in the high-demand healthcare industry. Transformational leaders capable of solving critical issues are urgently needed in this fast-growing industry. An advanced degree in nursing or organizational management can open the door to a leadership opportunity in this fast growing industry. American Sentinel online degree programs are affordable and attainable. Courses can be taken anywhere and anytime. Degree programs include: RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN, M.S Nursing (with 5 specialization), Doctor of Nursing Practice (2 specialization), MBA Healthcare, MS Business intelligence and Analytics, M.S. Information System Management and more. American Sentinel is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education. American Sentinel is a proud supporter of their military students, providing no-cost evaluation of military training, CLEP and DSST exams, ACE- evaluated and industry-certification training, as well as prior college credits. Learn more here.


Ready For a Break?

Vacation Getaways

$279 Weeklong Vacation Getaways

Don’t miss your chance for sun and sand! Select 7 Night Resort Stays are $279 through February 24, 2015. Armed Forces Vacation Club is a no-cost membership club open to active duty, guard, reserve and retired members of the Armed Forces. AFVC provides access to Space-A resort rentals worldwide. Forget cramped quarters. Spread out in family-sized resort accommodations, many of which include on-site recreational facilities, living rooms, full kitchen, washer and dryer, kids’ activities and on-site pools! Destinations include Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Branson and more! Start your search today, you’ve earned it! Learn More


Featured Employer

Featured Employer

Dedicated to Professionals Who Are Dedicated to Children

As one of the nation’s leading pediatric healthcare systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. Nemours offers integrated, family-centered care to more than 280,000 children each year in their pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Their dedicated professionals integrate medical care, research, health education, and prevention to help improve the lives of children every day. As a Nemours Associate, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate across disciplines, pursue your passion for excellence in children’s health care, and advance professionally as you work alongside some of the country’s top pediatric practitioners. To learn more about Nemours and view current opportunities, click here.


Good Read

Micaela Bensko

A Lesson for All

Congratulations to our friend Micaela Bensko on the release of her new book, The Soldier and the Squirrel. This beautifully illustrated hardbound book tells the heartwarming story guessed it…a soldier and a squirrel. But this is no ordinary soldier, and this is no ordinary squirrel. The soldier is a Purple Heart recipient, and the squirrel, along with his fellow backyard cohorts, do what they can to spread a little happiness. Illustrated by Stephanie Orehek, the book is available now at


Now through March

Street Shares

Your First Loan Payment for your Veteran-Owned Business is on StreetShares

Veteran-owned and run, we get the challenges veteran business owners face, which is why we’re committed to funding them. On, Veterans skip the hurdles typical of banks and complete a fast and free loan application for loans up to $50,000. We believe so greatly in Veteran-owned small businesses that we personally back a portion of every loan. And now through March, StreetShares will make the first loan payment, up to $600, for Veteran borrowers funded on the StreetShares marketplace. StreetShares offers one and three year business loans of $5,000 to $50,000. To qualify, businesses should be at least one year old and earning revenue. Learn more at


Thank You For Your Support

Thank you for your support!

We Appreciate the Confidence! has been chosen as a recipient of the 2015 User's Choice Award by Weddle's. Weddle's is the largest print publisher of guides to the 200,000 employment-related sites currently operating on the Internet, and has been called the "Zagat of the online employment industry." While our users know that we offer so many other resources on our website in addition to employment, it's always nice to be recognized. With so many employment sites operating on the internet today, it's hard to stand out, and that's why there's no better accolade than recognition from the job seekers and recruiters who use our website. We thank our users for voting for us, and we look forward to maintaining this high level of user satisfaction throughout the coming year.


Jobs & More Jobs

Jobs & More Jobs

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 all the valuable employment resources we provide.


Mortgage Strategies

Mortgage Strategies

Put Yourself in Trusted Hands

It is becoming more and more common for current and potential homeowners to search for mortgages online. While this may be an easy way to obtain information, doing so may put multiple companies in contact with you that haven’t been vetted. You have no idea of each lender’s reputation, experience, or competitiveness. And considering the sensitive information that you will be sharing with any potential mortgage company, you want to look for a trusted recommendation with a sound reputation and valuable experience. At Military Connection, we have seen, first hand, the lengths that VetsCanSave goes to in order to secure a competitive rate, even for those “hard to finance” users. It’s important to note that VetsCanSave will never sell or forward your information to multiple lenders. As the father of three Veterans, VetsCanSave President Joe Kelly has made it his mission to educate consumers on mortgage strategies that increase savings while reducing debt. You can be assured that the team at VetsCanSave will give you the benefit of their many years of experience, along with the highest level of customer service.


Special Discounts

Advertise With us

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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.


Retire In Style

AF Village West

You’ve Earned It

AF Village West is Southern California’s most expansive CCRC and active retirement community, built upon a foundation of strong values and a dedication to service. The beautifully landscaped 221-acre campus offers everything you need to live within an actively engaged environment with residents who share an independent outlook on life. AF Village West is a community dedicated to providing unparalleled services to those who are 60+ and have served their country or community in a wide variety of ways. You will also have peace of mind in knowing that should your needs change, you will be cared for by the same people you have come to know and trust. For more information, visit them on the web.


Playing for Charity

aero fest

AeroFest 2015

Don’t miss Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at the inaugural AeroFest on March 20th and 2st in Mobile, Alabama. The benefits celebrates our nation's heroes, the injured military service members and Veterans who have made enormous sacrifices in the name of a grateful nation. With a world-class lineup of music, art, sports, education, festivities and fun, the event will give these heroes some well-deserved respite while they take in the latest technology in mobility, adaptive equipment and training. AeroFest, a 501(c)6 non-profit will donate 60% of the event net proceeds to charity. The remaining 40% will be retained to support future event operations. For more information, visit them on the web.


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 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 is here to serve you and be your voice.


Changing the Story

Give An Hour

Join the National Campaign

“The Campaign to Change Direction” is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to “change the story” in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. The movement aims to allow us to see mental health as having equal value to our physical health, encourage us to care for our mental well-being and the mental well-being of others, and allow us to recognize the signs of emotional suffering in ourselves and others. On March 4th, The Newseum, Annenberg Theater in Washington DC will be the setting for the launch of this important movement. If you would like to attend, click here for complimentary tickets, subject to availability.

For those outside of DC, the event will be live streamed and can be viewed at


Save the Date

Reboot Workshop

Reboot on March 9th!

Female Veterans face greater challenges than their male counterparts. Yet there are very few programs to help them re-assimilate into civilian life. To answer the call, National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI) also known as REBOOT, has launched the Women Veterans Initiative. Designed to meet the unique needs of female Veterans as they transition from military to civilian life, the REBOOT Workshop™ is the nation's only transition program that provides women Vets with the tools they need to succeed. The 15-day course of progressive training builds upon the participants' military training, skills, and experience, and comprehensively addresses the personal, social, & professional aspects of military-to-civilian life transition. To enroll in the March 9th session, click here.


Connect and Network

War Horse

Easing Transition

For those returning from military service, the transition to civilian life can present certain challenges- finding a job, securing housing and learning different skills. War Horses For Veterans® was created to provide Veterans all across the country with networking support in the special context of an equine bonding experience. Based just outside of Kansas City, Kansas, War Horses for Veterans is a three-day program that offers participants the opportunity to connect with horses, while sharing an experience with their peers, in a safe and comfortable environment. Co-founded in 2014 by Veteran Patrick Benson, the non-profit provides an all-paid networking opportunity for Veterans who meet the criteria. Applicants should be aware that this is not a treatment program, but rather an experience.


Thank You Sec. Gravett

Cal Vet

Welcome Aboard Acting Secretary Endsley

CalVet has flourished under the leadership of Secretary Peter Gravett, a reluctant and humble hero. His leadership over the past four years has greatly benefitted the Veterans of California. During his tenure at CalVet, Gravett expanded the department’s outreach, education, and advocacy in service to California’s nearly two million Veterans and their families. We wish him the best in his retirement. We would also like to welcome Acting Secretary Debbie Endsley. Appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Endsley is both the wife and daughter of Veterans. She stated that CalVet was one of the few state departments she wished she had worked for during her 37 year career in public service. We see great things in the future for the state’s Veterans.


Over 474,000 Combined Followers and Growing!

Between Military Connection followers and VAMBOA followers on Twitter, we now have over 375,000 followers on Twitter and over 99,000 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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