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Newsletter - December 2015

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As the holidays are quickly approaching and 2015 is coming to an end, we at want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday season. The end of the year affords us the opportunity to reflect back on the passing year, and we are thankful for our audience and your support. We also want to express our gratitude to the numerous non-profits and associations we have the honor to work with for the wonderful work that they do. Thank you to our clients, who provide us the opportunity to do what we do to assist these amazing non-profits. And of course, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to our troops, first responders, Veterans, and their supporters. We hope that, as always, you find the information in our newsletter valuable, and share it with those who can benefit from it. Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy, prosperous New Year.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Way to Go!


Altavita 5K- A Great Success

When Altavita Marketing was organizing a 5K charity run/walk, they sought out a deserving non-profit that could benefit from the race proceeds. That non-profit turned out to be Rebuilding America’s Warriors (R.A.W.). The 5K took place on Saturday, November 14th at the Altavita Continuing Care Retirement Community in Riverside, CA. It was a huge success, with more than 100 participants taking part, and a great day for all. Age was no factor, as the oldest participant, 84 years young, and the youngest participant, four years old, could both attest to! And the best part? Altavita’s check in the amount of $5,158, which will go a long way to help our brave servicemembers who carry scars as a result of shrapnel, burns, and artillery wounds.


New Year, New You!

Johnson Creek

Johnson Creek

A New Year is rolling in. Time for a new you. Drop that nasty cigarette habit and try Taste you can Trust™ from Johnson Creek Vapor Company. They are America’s first and largest manufacturer of award-winning eLiquid for eCigarettes. Using only the highest USP grade ingredients, they make their eLiquid in their ISO 9001:2008 certified laboratory in the United States. With 37 flavors and many nicotine levels (including zero), current smokers or vapers of legal age can enjoy a new experience! The Johnson Creek™ Military Discount Program provides at least 25% off for active duty personnel and veterans. Their world-class customer relations team is ready to assist you with any questions you may have. Email them at or call (800) 280-0775 M-Th: 9am-5pm CT and Fridays 9am -2pm CT.  Wholesale options also available. * Unfortunately, Arkansas does not allow them to ship product within their state.


The Go To Site

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us, the Go To Site, is your online connection to the Veteran and Military communities. If you are a corporation or educational institution looking to reach out to these communities, let us assist you with a customized advertising program. For more information, contact us by email at or call us at (800) 817-3777.


Going the Extra Mile

D’Youville College

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.


Plan to Attend

Los Angeles Stand Down

Los Angeles Stand Down, December 19-21

Veterans and their families in need of services should plan to attend this 3-day event in downtown Los Angeles. The stand down, running from December 19-21,  brings together dozens of service providers from the public and private sectors. Vets can receive help with everything from housing and employment assistance to a variety of VA services to dental and other medical and wellness services. The Los Angeles Stand Down is the largest event of its kind in the country. This year the event is expected to serve over 2,500 vets from the greater Los Angeles area. This event allows for overnight stays. Click here for more information or  to register.


Education Resources

Education Resources

Charting Your Future

Did you know that has an entire section devoted to educational resources? If you’re looking for a college, university, trade or technical college or university, you’ll want to check out the Virtual School Directory. If you want to calculate your housing benefits while you’re in school, we have the BAH Housing Calculator. There are many, many more resources available, so check it out!


Calling All Experienced RNs


Take Your Career to the Next Level!

Why do top healthcare professionals choose Guthrie? For many, it’s the opportunity to work within a nationally recognized integrated health care system. Add to that a generous loan repayment program and relocation assistance, all in a setting that is unmatched for its beauty and quality of life, and you have a winning combination. With a long history of excellence in health care, Guthrie provides a first class working environment which combines a love of nursing with excellent compensation and benefits. If you are looking for the medical sophistication of a metropolitan hospital with the advantages of living and working within a rural community, Guthrie may be the right choice for you. If you are an experienced RN interested in learning more, Guthrie wants to make it easy. Just email your resume to Recruiter Kim Maycumber  or give Kim a call at (570) 887-6319.


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 valuable employment resources we provide.


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.


The Holiday Spirit

The Holiday Spirit

There’s Still Time to Help

If you would like to support or adopt a military service member or a military or veteran family from your community, consider these tips: If you are located near a military installation, contact a military chaplain (Battalion Chaplain in the Army) or a Family Readiness Group Leader. Some installations run a Santa's shop program in which donations are received so military families in need can "shop" for items for their family. has listings of military installations by service branches.


Join Now- Membership is Complimentary


Resources for Veteran and Military Business Owners

The VAMBOA website is chock-full of important resources and valuable links for veteran and military business owners. For instance, click here for a list of website links that will help veteran entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses. Another resource is the SBA, and the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program, which  is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. The SBA has 15 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC). To find out more, click here.


Congratulations Bonnie!

Congratulations Bonnie!

Our Friend and Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner

In a White House ceremony on November 24th, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) President and Founder Bonnie Carroll received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Carroll founded TAPS in 1994, when there was no national support network for families of America's fallen heroes. After losing her husband, Brig. Gen. Tom Carroll, in an Army plane crash in 1992, Carroll turned her tragedy into a purposeful effort to create what is today the national program providing compassionate care for all those grieving the death of a service member. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, recently retired 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said "I simply don't know how the Armed Forces of the United States and their families would have persevered during the past 21 years of prolonged service, commitment and sacrifice without Bonnie Carroll and the dedicated men, women and children of the TAPS family she has loved, led and nurtured.”


A Sense of Camaraderie

Vet Life Community

Vet Life Community

Vet Life Community is a network of local weekly support meetings - veterans helping veterans face to face - offering tools to help them as they transition back into life outside the military. Their mission is to provide a program for veterans and their families that helps develop social, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Meetings are free for all participating veterans and their loved ones. Vet Life Community echoes the sense of camaraderie that veterans felt when they were in the military, providing a place where veterans can meet other veterans who really understand; people who have “been there.” Community members can get together for ball games, televised sports, or even just a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop.  For more information, visit them on the web or email


Great Non-Profit

Supporting Military Families

Supporting Military Families

To ensure that “no child is left behind,” Homefront America sponsors two different programs during the holiday season. Homefront Santa and Gifts for our Little Unsung Heroes. Homefront Santa endeavors to match sponsors to military families; and Gifts for our Little Unsung Heroes provides each registered child with unwrapped toys or gift cards. Their Christmas Toy Store offers parents of military children the opportunity to "shop" at the Toy Store at no cost to them, while their children enjoy lunch with Santa and his Elves, arts and crafts, activities, face painting, and caroling. In addition, holiday meals for families are also provided. For more information, click here.


The Gary Sinise Foundation

Taking Care of Those Who Care for Us

Taking Care of Those Who Care for Us

The Gary Sinise Foundation’s holiday campaign, The Gifts of Our Defenders, is a month-long recognition of the Freedom, Safety & Security that our defenders fight each day to provide. Through the First Responders Outreach program, the foundation provides resources for training, equipment, and support for the brave men and women who are America’s firefighters, police, and EMTs. The foundation also tends to the need of those who have served, building customized Smart Homes for wounded veterans, lifting spirits at military hospitals, and supporting their families all year long.


Pin-ups for Vets

Pin-ups for Vets

Putting the “Fun” in Fundraiser!

On January 23, 2016, American Legion Post  43 in  Hollywood, CA will host Pin-ups for Vets annual fundraiser “Salute and Shimmy.” Proceeds from the event help the non-profit support VA hospitals by purchasing new therapy equipment, boosting morale and delivering appreciation gifts on the Pin-ups’ “50-State VA Hospital Tour.”  Their old-time variety show recreates the Old Hollywood Canteen from WWII that entertained the troops coming back from the war. Veterans attend free! For more information, go to


Not Going to College?

Get BAH For On-the-Job Training

Get BAH For On-the-Job Training

Did you know that since 2011, if you use the Post 9/11 GI Bill for on-the-job training or for an apprenticeship, you’re entitled to receive BAH? If you didn’t know, you’re not alone. The VA has the tendency to emphasize the educational components of the GI Bill, offering few details on how to access the on-the-job training and apprenticeship benefits. If you’re interested in learning more, click here.


Did You Know?

Get BAH For On-the-Job Training

Some 200,000 Guard and Reserve Troops Were Not Veterans!

Although they signed up to serve, some 200,000 Reserve and National Guard retirees have not had “Veteran” status. Until now. On November 10th, the Senate passed the Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act (S 1203 and on November 16th the House passed the Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act (HR 1384. These bills bestow veterans’ status to as many as 200,000 Guard and Reserve retirees. If you would like to read more about this, click here.


Senior Computer Education

Senior Computer Education

Six Months Complimentary Membership

Non-profit Seniors Computer Group (SCG) of San Diego has been helping seniors with computer education for almost 30 years. It is devoted to its motto of "Seniors Helping Seniors", and meets weekly in San Diego, promoting computer proficiency and fellowship. Meetings feature presentations on computer subjects and a Question and Answer session. Free coffee, and almost-free cookies, at each meeting. A potluck and a drawing for valuable computer prizes is held approximately four times a year. SCG is offering six months of free membership to active duty military, retired military, veterans and surviving spouses.  Membership is open to all ages, but one must be over 50 to be a voting member. The organization meets Saturday mornings at the Wesley Palms, a retirement community in Pacific Beach. More information is available on their website


Full Scholarships Available

David Lynch

Learn The Evidence-based Transcendental Meditation

For a limited time, veterans of OEF/OIF are eligible to receive a full scholarship to learn the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique. TM has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, decrease insomnia, improve relationships, and decrease the use of psychotropic medication. Through a generous grant from the David Lynch Foundation, the scholarships are available to veterans in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC. For more information, click here.


Mark Your Calendar

Mark Your Calendar

A Night of Honor

On February 20, 2016, Rebuilding America's Warriors (RAW) is hosting A Night of Honor, acknowledging injured U.S. combat vets who courageously served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event at the Hyatt Regency, Indian Wells, CA,  will feature Army Veteran Bryan Anderson, a triple amputee injured in Iraq in 2007. Bryan, the author of “No Turning Back”, is an inspiration to everyone he meets. He serves as an Ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and speaks to veterans around the country via USA Cares. A 2015 Special Edition Trail Rated Willy's Jeep, custom-wrapped in a military theme depicting Army, Marines, Air Force, and Navy, will be auctioned at the event. Pre-event bids may be submitted by calling 760-568-4039. Injured vets that RAW has helped through free reconstructive services will be flown in from around the country for this special event, and you have the opportunity to sponsor a vet at your table. Entertainment will be provided by the Gatlin Brothers.


Over 541,000 Combined Followers and Growing!

Between Military Connection followers and VAMBOA followers on Twitter, we now have over 453,000 followers on Twitter and over 88,000 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!