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We are proud to see the progress being made to support our Veterans with the enactment of both the VOW To Hire Heroes Act and the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The VOW To Hire Heroes Act provides tax credits of up to $9,600 per hire to employers that hire Veterans. Our Veterans can use their Post 9/11 GI bill benefits to educate themselves and qualify for better jobs. The Post 9/11 GI Bill pays tuition directly to qualifying colleges, universities, trade schools and certificate programs. Additionally, Veterans receive tax free living expenses while taking classes (including distance education classes) and $1,000 per year for books and supplies. More than 700,000 Veterans have already signed up for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to further their education and skills. Many more will follow as they transition out of the military. If you want to learn more about these tax credits and education benefits, please email us at [email protected].

At MilitaryConnection.com, we strive to deliver an informative newsletter that is of interest to our audience. We hope you like what you see. If there is something you would like us to include in the newsletter that you haven’t seen, please feel free to contact us and let us know. MilitaryConnection.com is dedicated to our military, Veterans and their families. We invite you to use the thousands of pages of resources and information on our site. Employment and Education are two major areas of focus. When the next tour is back home, it’s on MilitaryConnection.com, The Go To Site.

Warm regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


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Give an Hour

Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential
One of our own...

TIME Magazine announced that our friend, Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour, has made their 2012 list of the 100 Most Influential People In The World. (The World!) The TIME 100 recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world's most influential individuals. Barbara has worked tirelessly for the past seven years to build a strong, national network of mental health professionals who provide free services to U.S. troops, veterans, their loved ones and their communities. Since 2005, Barbara's work has brought together over 6,100 providers, who have donated nearly $5 million worth of services. If that weren’t enough, Give an Hour was also chosen by The White House as a Joining Forces Community Challenge winner! Barbara’s dedication and collaborative spirit is contagious. Barbara's work with Give an Hour is a shining example of what can be achieved when citizens step forward to address a need.


Attention: Veteran Students

Veteran Students

Is Your School Veteran Friendly?

We hear from many colleges and universities that we talk to just how much they value their Veteran students. Now we’d like to hear from you. If your college or university has gone above and beyond your expectations to ease your transition from military life to civilian life, we’d like to know about it. Please drop us a line at [email protected], and we may just feature your letter and your school on our website.


Complete Your Bachelor’s Degree Online In Less Than 18 Months!

Central Christian College

Featured School

Students enrolling in Central Christian College’s Criminal Justice degree program receive a free iPad for online study. Central Christian College, a non-profit, accredited institution, is proud to offer America’s Heroes online programs in Criminal Justice, Ministry, Sports Management and Aviation Management. You and your family can receive a quality education by using military benefits and applying to our college’s fast, online process. With over 120 year of experience in adult education, Central Christian understands the importance of a degree to you and your family. Courses are flexible, affordable and designed for rapid completion. If you are familiar with Facebook or Twitter, you will love their online learning platform that makes communicating with your online instructors and fellow students easy and convenient. Take the next step toward a rewarding future with higher earning potential! Call 888-312-0395 or click for more information.


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 & thousands of scholarships.

Helping Our Heroes

Asmbastar Foundation

 

The ASMBA STAR Foundation was established to help meet the rapidly growing financial, emotional, physical and psychological needs of our military members and their families. By providing support and assistance to military organizations who furnish programs and services such as therapeutic sessions to injured military, enrichment activities for military dependent children, educational scholarships & employment assistance programs for military spouses and caregivers, as well as an endless amount of services to injured, traumatized, homeless and/or unemployed military, we are making a significant and lasting impact in the military community. For more information, visit www.asmbastar.com


Share Your Thoughts

Writers Circle

The Military Connection Writers’ Circle

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 MilitaryConnection.com 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 400-500 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]


Support the VeteransAid Foundation

VeteransAid Foundation

 

In 2010, the VeteransAid Foundation (VAF) was formed to help raise funds and awareness for Veterans' causes. VeteransAid, a non-partisan organization, has set out to become the voice of the US veteran community by partnering with existing organizations dedicated to veterans' issues. Through high-profile events, such as concerts, corporate sponsorship, cause marketing programs and national social movements, VeteransAid has set its fundraising goals at an estimated $200 million annually. These funds will be raised and distributed to support programs and services which have a sustained impact on the lives of veterans and promote better living conditions, financial stability, medical and psychological improvements and, overall healthy individuals and families. Click here to learn more about VAF and to register to receive news and information on how you can help.


Thousands of Jobs

Thousands of Jobs

Thousands of Jobs

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

General Dynamics

The best people. The most advanced technologies. Welcome to the incredible world of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

No one understands General Dynamics’ commitment better than someone who has served our nation in the military. That’s why at General Dynamics C4 Systems your experience is valued, to say the least. It’s your unique perspective and knowledge that will help them develop the next generation of technologies that will help protect our nation. General Dynamics invites you to continue your career with an organization that is as dedicated to excellence as you are. To view their job openings, please visit www.gdc4s.com/careers


Hiring America’s Heroes

Hiring Americas Heroes

Pledge Jobs For Heroes

MilitaryConnection.com is proud to announce our new initiative, Hiring America's Heroes. Help us connect veterans, disabled veterans and spouses with jobs. We are interested in jobs that can be performed remotely. Let's bring jobs back to America! There are significant tax credits, up to $9,600 for employers in the VOW To Hire Heroes Act. For more information contact us.


CASTING CALL

Casting Call

Military Wife Singers Needed

C*A*M*M*O, The Center For Military Music Opportunities, is casting military wife singers for the May 6th Kennedy Center’s Annual Spring Fundraising Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Thirty to forty post- 9/11 military wives will form the choir to perform a new piece of music focusing on military spouses and their honor and courage. This year, the Kennedy Center presents the artistry of 16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster.has achieved a phenomenal string of hits over the past three decades. Special guest performers include Jewel, Barry Manilow, and others. This is an amazing opportunity to perform with some of the world’s best entertainers and represent your community/base. If you are interested in participating, please email CAMMO Artistic Director Victor Hurtado, or call 800-517-5261 by April 26, 2012 for more information.


Team Fisher House 2012 Military Races

Team Fisher House

I Want You!

Join Team Fisher House at the 2012 Navy Ten Nautical Miler, Air Force Marathon, Army Ten-Miler, or Marine Corps Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation. By becoming a Champion for Military Families with Team Fisher House, you will be supporting America’s service members, veterans, and their families at their greatest times of need – during hospitalization for illness, injury, or disease. Find out more at www.TeamFisherHouse.org
MilitaryConnection.com is a proud Team Fisher House sponsor.

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Twitter The Go To Site

WE DID IT! OVER 101,000 FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER!

Thanks to all of you who have joined us on Twitter. For those of you who are not yet following us, we hope you will join us at http://twitter.com/thegotosite. Also follow & like us on Facebook!


TAPS Seeks Military Mentors

TAPS Seeks Military Mentors

‘Good Grief Camp’

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is seeking active duty Service Members and recent Veterans to serve as volunteer mentors to children of the military fallen over Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. TAPS, a nonprofit organization that provides support and care to families of the military fallen, will host nearly 500 children and teens from across the nation at its 18th Annual TAPS Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp. For more information, visit them on the web.


Attention: Attendees & Exhibitors

Veteran Business Conference

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo. As the largest nationwide conference of its kind, this event focuses on helping Veteran-owned businesses maximize opportunities in the federal marketplace. Attendance at the main event features dining with decision makers, business requirement breakout sessions, training breakout sessions, the Expo, VetGovPartner networking roundtables, plenaries and all receptions. Exhibitors will have the unique opportunity to position their companies in the heart of public sector procurement and purchasing, and capitalize on face-to-face contact with your key audience. As an exhibitor, you can maximize networking opportunities and launch and demonstrate new products and services. You can increase your company’s profile and build relationships with key decision makers. For more information, visit them on the web.


Veteran Business Owners

VAMBOA

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. Follow us on Twitter.


Kaufman FastTrac

Kaufman FastTrac

Veteran Entrepreneurs

Military Veterans are committed to excellence, driven by passion, and focused on success. These same values are critical to running a business. As military men and women begin the next chapter of their lives, entrepreneurship is an appealing option. FastTrac NewVenture helps aspiring and startup entrepreneurs to determine the viability of their business concepts and enables them to engineer a plan and a framework to successfully launch their companies. FastTrac GrowthVenture is for existing business owners who have already enjoyed some measure of success. It provides the tools and support to carefully review and evaluate important aspects of their firms, explore next stage growth and opportunities, and reshape companies for future profitability and improved performance. These courses are being offered to Veterans, free of charge, in various cities across the United States . To learn more, click here.


The Unseen Wound Friend Raiser

The Unseen Wound Friend Raiser

 

On May 19 2012, The Unseen Wound is hosting a “friend raiser” at Liberty Station, San Diego. Join them for an afternoon of education and fun in the California Sun. The event is focused on the support options that are available to young combat veterans who might be struggling to reenter civilian life. PTS and TBI are wounds or war, and it is important to educate and coach young veterans on how to recognize the symptoms, understand the effects and cope with the challenges that civilian life will present. The day includes music, food and ale, impressive speakers and guests of note. Click here to register, learn more about the program, offer support, or make a donation. Remember, May 19th is Armed Services day – so please thank a veteran.


Officials extend deadline to apply for 'Stop Loss' pay

Officials extend deadline

Officials Extend Deadline

The deadline to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay has been re-instated and extended to October 21, 2012. Service members and veterans whose military service was involuntarily extended under the “Stop Loss” program between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Sept. 30, 2009, are eligible for special retroactive pay. The special pay is compensation for the hardships the involuntary extensions caused, officials said. Eligible members or their beneficiaries may submit a claim to their respective military service to receive $500 for each full or partial month served in a Stop Loss status. Because the majority of those eligible had separated from the military, many eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries are not aware of the benefit. For more information, click here.


Thanks A Million

Military Appreciation Cards

Military Appreciation Cards

A simple thank you can speak volumes. Wreaths Across America will send you FREE thank you cards that you can personalize and present to any veteran you know, meet, or see, to thank them for their service. The goal is to thank one million veterans and active duty personnel during Military Appreciation Month in May, and another million the remainder of the year. Please visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org to order and learn more about the organization’s mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.


Helping Wounded Heroes

Helping Wounded Heroes

 

America’s Huey 091 Foundation’s principal mission today is to “Help Restore the Freedom and Dignity to our Nations’ Wounded Disabled Heroes”. This all-volunteer, non-profit organization provides advanced mobility devices, which used to include the iBOT, to wounded disabled veterans. Sadly, the iBOT, an extremely stable powered wheelchair developed by Dean Kamen, was discontinued in 2009. America’s Huey 091 Foundation is trying to revive the manufacture and maintenance of the iBOT. Check out the website which features a video, introduced and narrated by Gary Sinise, demonstrating the life changing benefits the iBOT has provided to four handicapped veterans. For more information how you can help return the iBOT to production, email Colonel (Ret) Charles Bogle.


Advertising Discounts in Honor of Armed Forces Day

Military Connection Newsletter

Attention: Employers, Colleges, Universities, Vocational Schools and Retailers

Military Connection.com provides you with outstanding advertising opportunities to reach an audience of over 800,000 with your jobs, educational opportunities, products and services. You may wish to evaluate various options including being featured on our newsletter. Please contact us for more information and learn about our Armed Forces Day Special Discounts.

Additionally, MilitaryConnection.com is proud to donate resources to support the wonderful non-profit organizations that assist those who serve, past and present. If you would like us to assist you in getting the word out about your organization and what you are doing for military, veterans and their families, please contact us.


Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band

 

Actor Gary Sinise quietly tours with his musical crew known as the Lt. Dan Band. Basically, they’re a cover band who joins forces with the USO and flies anywhere there are stationed troops, with the goal of entertaining and letting them know they are truly appreciated for all their efforts. Additionally, the Lt. Dan Band's performs at many events which are open to the public (see listings below), but much of the calendar is filled with private concerts dedicated to supporting our veterans, military volunteers and their families. Some upcoming 2012 benefit concerts are:
• April 27th- Bryan Dilberian Benefit, Brooklyn, NY
• April 28th- Joseph Wilkinson Benefit, Albany, NY
• May 4th- 2012 USVAP Benefit, Chicago, IL
• May 5th- Steppenwolf Annual Gala, Chicago, IL
• May 18th- World Trade Center Steel Dedication, Pueblo, CO
• May 24th- JB Kerns Benefit, Martinsville, VA
• May 25th- ParadeRest Benefit, Charlottesville, VA
• May 26th- Rolling Thunder Public Concert, Washington, D.C.
For more information click here.


Resources For You

Resources for you

Attention All Veterans!

There are a large number of websites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file and/or ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Most of this information is free and available to all veterans, but you have to ask for it. We invite you to look over the list of websites in the event that one or more of them will be advantageous to you. We also recommend that you bookmark the page for future use.

Check out our Veteran Government Resource Sites Directory


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