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Newsletter - September 2017

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Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge fan of Joe Walsh and the Eagles. Not only is Joe one of the most talented musicians on the planet, he is also a great supporter of our nation’s veterans.  Joe has launched the non-profit VetsAid to support those who have served.  To kick it off, Joe is staging a star-studded benefit concert. The VetsAid inaugural concert will take place on September 20th at Fairfax, Virginia's 10,000-seat EagleBank Arena. Already confirmed to play are Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, and Gary Clark Jr., with more artists still to be announced. I would like to encourage all Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Aviators, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reservists, Veterans and all of those who love and support them to either buy a ticket to VetsAid or make a donation.

I would also like to acknowledge the heroic actions of the first responders and everyday citizens who are stepping up to help those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  This natural disaster has highlighted the fact that when one part of the country needs our help, we unite and come together to help. Perhaps going forward, we can focus more on what makes us the same, rather than our differences.

Best Regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com

   
   

Hurricane Harvey

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We are With Houston

As we all know, Hurricane Harvey has ravaged the Texas Coast, and has left Houston, our nation's fourth-largest city, grappling with unprecedented flooding. The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is a web site that lists opportunities for others to get involved. You can also donate directly to the Red Cross, United Way, Americares, Salvation Army, Save the Children, Global Giving, Direct ReliefHeart to Heart, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas, Austin Pets Alive, Animal Defense League of Texas and the Houston Humane Society

   
   

Benefitting Those Who Have Served

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A Concert You're Won’t Want to Miss

Joe Walsh and friends present VETSAID: THE CONCERT FOR OUR VETERANS on September 20, 2017 at  Eaglebank Arena in Fairfax,  VA featuring full sets from Zac Brown Band | Gary Clark Jr. | Keith Urban | Joe Walsh and a once-in-a-lifetime finale jam session with surprise guests! VetsAid is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by rock legend Joe Walsh to raise and disperse sorely needed funds to veterans groups across the country that are serving the men and women who served our country with the dignity, compassion and honor they deserve.TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

   
   

Going the Extra Mile

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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.

   
   

Changes Are Coming

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The New GI Bill

The “Forever GI Bill,” a sweeping expansion of GI Bill education benefits, has been signed into law. The bill will increase veteran’s benefits by more than $3 billion over the next decade. One important change, reserved for those who become eligible after January 1, 2018, is the removal of the 15-year limit on using their GI Bill benefits, which offers them more flexibility. Additionally, the Forever GI Bill boosts education assistance for National Guard and Reserve troops, Purple Heart recipients and for the dependents of fallen troops. MilitaryConnection.com has a comprehensive education area, and we invite you to check out the numerous education resources here.

   
   

Today’s the Day!

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Please Support Michelle

You could call Technical Sergeant Michelle Greene a bit of an overachiever. The  27-year-old has already completed nine years of military service, while taking on a full time course load to complete her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports Science at D’Youville College, a Veteran School Salute awardee and Yellow Ribbon Program Participant. But today is the day that Michelle begins her 22 day bike ride from Buffalo, NY to a Mississippi Air Force base to benefit Mission 22. You can follow Michelle’s journey on Instagram @fitinstinctmvmt or on her web site with her live tracker. We hope you will support Michelle’s journey by buying a shirt or making a donation of any amount.  All proceeds will go to Mission 22 and their programs.

   
   

Featured Employer

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Hundreds of Transportation Jobs

As the largest private-sector provider of multiple modes of transportation in North America, Transdev North America is committed to improving quality of life for people in cities by providing enhanced options for mobility. Every year, from coast to coast, more than 400 million passengers travel with us to work, study, shop or play. In the U.S. and Canada, we operate public transit and other transportation services for 200 cities and communities. In every mode (bus, rail, paratransit, taxi and shuttle services), in both urban and regional areas, Transdev North America is committed to setting the standard for performance excellence. Our 20,000 transit professionals include employees with expertise in a variety of fields in our transit, rail and on-demand businesses. These include training, finance, commercial driving, human resources, facility management, customer service, environmental compliance, labor relations, business technology and IT, and many more.

   
   

A Win-Win

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Become A Veteran Friendly Employer

At MilitaryConnection.com, we are experts in reaching military and veteran candidates.  We can help you attract, hire and retain viable candidates who have served.  Additionally, we will assist branding you as a military/veteran friendly employer. If you would like to learn more about the various options we offer to place your company in front of viable candidate

   
   

Fore!

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Play for a Cause

Calling all Southern California Golfers: The first annual Fighting the Hidden Wounds of War Golf Tournament will be on September 28th at Navy GC Seal Beach! The day will feature a scramble format, followed by a silent auction, lunch and award ceremony for closest to the pin, longest drive, and best foursome score. Confirmed Auction items include: Round for two and lunch at Hillcrest CC, Round for two and lunch at Mountain Gate CC, Los Angeles Rams tickets and more! For info, Email Lt. Alexander Miller, alexander.miller.22@us.af.mil or Andrea Schmitt, aschmitt@thesoldiersproject.org. To register, go to https://www.thesoldiersproject.org/tourney/

   
   

Addiction Risks

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VA Inspector Issues Opioid Report

A new report is warning of 'a significant risk' of addiction and health complications for veterans who are prescribed opioid prescriptions outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The July report from the VA Office of Inspector General found that the VA is having communications problems with the private-sector healthcare providers they hire to treat veterans — problems that could lead to overprescription of addictive opioid drugs for pain management. The problem, according to the IG report, is that a veteran's private providers and VA doctors are not always talking to each other, and as a result, they may work at cross-purposes. The report is available on the VA Office of Inspector General website.

   
   

VA is Hiring Vets

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Complaint Hotline

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that the two-month pilot phase of the new White House VA Hotline for complaints has shown that veterans calling the hotline respond best when their calls are answered by fellow veterans. Thus, VA is searching for highly qualified veterans to staff the hotline instead of contracting the service to a third-party vendor. VA is also hiring additional VA personnel to complete the planned move to a 24-hour operation. This decision will delay the full-time stand-up of the 24-hour service by two months. Until that time, the hotline's current pilot program service at 855-948-2311 is available to receive calls during weekdays.

   
   

The Go To Site

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Reach An Audience of Military and Veterans

MilitaryConnection.com, the Go To Site, is your online connection to military service members, veterans and their supporters. If you are looking to hire or educate military and veterans or have an important product, service or message, allow us assist to you with a customized advertising program. We  can help to brand your organization as   “Military/Veteran Friendly.”   We have a significant reach with over 1,000,000 combined fans and followers on social media, a database of over 200,000 emails and robust traffic of more than 2,000,000 monthly page views.  We also work with hundreds of non-profit serving this community and can facilitate win/win partnerships. For more information, contact us by email at info@militaryconnection.com or call us at (800) 817-3777.

   
   

On the Blog

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Are Your Ready for Navy Football?

The U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen won’t just be playing on Saturdays, they’ll also be featured on third installment of A Season With — , the Showtime series that takes viewers behind the scenes with a sports team. The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Florida State Seminoles were featured in seasons one and two. To read the entire article, click here.

   
   

Honor Flight San Diego

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Opportunity for WWII Veterans

The non-profit Honor Flight San Diego (HFSD) is seeking veterans interested in participating in the next Tour of Honor trip from San Diego to Washington D.C. on Sept. 29th. Trip priority is given to World War II survivors, veterans who are terminally ill and those who are most senior, according to HFSD. The Tour of Honor is a three-day trip to visit iconic veteran memorials around the nation’s capital. The trip is provided at no cost to the veteran as a way to thank the men and women who fought in WWII for their service before time runs out, according to HFSD.

   
   

Give an Hour

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Expansion into California Communities

Give an Hour California is the first regional initiative designed to expand and deepen Give an Hour’s mental health services in California. Give an Hour has been instrumental in the development of the community-based approach to addressing the challenges that face our nation's military community, having created a successful model for harnessing skill-based volunteers eager to offer their services. Give an Hour’s national network of nearly 7,000 licensed mental health professionals has provided more than 224,000 hours of care and support to those in need valued at nearly $23M.

   
   

Like Us & Follow Us

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Join Us on Social Media

We are proud to announce that Military Connection and VAMBOA, the Veterans and Military Business Owners exceed 1,100,000 combined fans and followers on social media. To keep current between newsletters or to find the latest news that affects Veteran Business Owners, "Like" Military Connection and VAMBOA on Facebook, Military Connection and VAMBOA on Twitter and Military Connection  and VAMBOA on Instagram.

   
   

Top Gun Fans

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Own a Piece of Hollywood History

A flight suit worn by Tom Cruise during the filming of “Top Gun” will take its place among 600 pieces of movie memorabilia up for sale next month in a London auction, according to multiple media reports. Collectors and super-fans interested in the gear donned by Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell during his journeys into and around the danger zone likely will need to cough up between $26,000 and $39,000 to win the bidding at the Prop Store’s live auction, set for Sept. 26.

   
   

On the Blog

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VA Appeals Reform

On August 23rd, President Trump signedinto law the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. The bipartisan reforms will speed up the veteran disability appeals process from the current wait times, which has, at times, been as long as five years. To read the full article, click here.

   
   

Home Sweet Home

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VA Construction Loans

One of the acceptable uses of VA loans is that they can be used to build a home on a piece of land. Qualified military borrowers can use VA entitlement toward a new construction mortgage. But it isn’t always an easy road. There are several tips that will come in handy of you’re planning to build a house with a VA construction to permanent loan: (1) you will need a licensed, insured builder that is willing to submit documentation to become an approved builder. The VA program does not allow for owner/builders; (2) the borrower and the builder must submit a complete set of plans and specs for the home when applying; (3) the builder takes on more responsibility with this loan than with a 20 percent down conventional loan; (4) closing costs are a part of the builder's responsibility; (5) build a home that is common in size and design for the area; and (6) do not build on land that is larger than what would be considered 'standard and customary' for the area.

   
   

Another Resource

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Managing PTSD

A panel of experts from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) has developed the latest guideline for managing PTSD and acute stress disorder. The 2017 Clinical Practice Guideline includes the most effective treatments for PTSD, rated both for the quality of the clinical studies and the strength of the recommendations. There are a number of treatment options including psychotherapy (talk therapy) and/or medication. But, studies have shown that in general, trauma focused psychotherapy is more effective than medications. Use the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid to help you compare PTSD treatment options.

   
   

For Veteran Business Owners

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Connect With Corporations

VAMBOA, the Veterans and Military Business Owners Association, is a non-profit trade association with more than 7,000 members. The association works to ensure the development, growth and prosperity of Veteran Owned Businesses, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Businesses of all sizes. VAMBOA focuses on connecting you with corporations that want to work with a diverse supplier network. Join today, membership is complimentary. Be sure to take the survey so VAMBOA will know which issues are important to you.

   
   

Beginning Next Week

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September 6-8, 2017 – Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA

The Fourth Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA.  September 6-8. During this three-day event, representatives of community agencies and national organizations will gather to share best practices, identify trends and find solutions, and solidify future collaborative relationships.  Panels of experts will discuss the most urgent problems facing those who serve veterans today.  Exhibit booths will offer participants a wealth of information about programs throughout the country.  Ample opportunity to network will be given for all participants.  Formal training sessions will be available for attendees. For information and registration links, click here.

   
   

Preserving Their Stories

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For Future Generations

The Making History Project is a Florida non-profit organization located in Miami, Florida. The mission of the Making History Project is to preserve Veterans’ stories. Stories concerning a Veteran’s military service are preserved through in-person video oral history interviews. Once an oral history interview is completed, a DVD copy of the interview is given to the Veteran. The oral history interview is also permanently archived with the U.S. Library of Congress and the University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program so it may be accessed by future generations. The Making History Project is a regular attendee at Veteran reunions, commemorations, battlefields, and museums. In furtherance of research related to combat trauma, the Making History Project has presented at academic conferences for the Oral History Association, the Midwest World History Association, and to Veteran groups. For more information, visit them on the web.

   
   

WWII Veterans

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Chemical Exposure Bill

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that will make it easier for World War II veterans exposed to chemical weapon agents to receive VA benefits. The Arla Harrell Act, S. 75 addresses an unfortunate and little known chapter in American history when more than 60,000 American troops had participated in chemical weapons tests. As many as 4,000 troops were subjected to extreme, full-body exposure to chemical agents. According to some accounts, as many as 60,000 enlisted men were enrolled in this secret test program. Because these programs were classified, doctors did not record servicemembers exposure to these extremely toxic chemicals. Read the Act on Congress.gov.

   
   

Use Your Smart Phone or Tablet

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The New MilitaryConnection.com App

Our newly released app accommodates our users who are accessing MilitaryConnection.com via cellular devices and tablets. The free app, available for both Apple and Android devices, was developed in-house, with the goal of making it extremely user friendly for the hundreds of thousands monthly unique visitors who rely on the website daily.

   
   

Resources Available

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Get All of Your Benefits

Aging In Place connects seniors, families, and caretakers with the information and professional support they need to make the best decision for their physical, emotional, and financial well-being. Their resources and network of experts help ensure your home evolves to best accommodate your changing budget, mobility, and health. They also have a guide completely dedicated to veterans.