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Military Connection has the honor and pleasure to work with exceptional non-profit organizations that serve military and veterans. In fact, this is the best part of what we do. This weekend, I am joining forces with Bonnie Carroll of TAPS.org to welcome 40 widows of fallen soldiers for an over-the-top Southern California weekend. Among the highlights are a visit with Ben Stein, beauty makeovers and photo shoot, a movie premier at CAA, and a visit with our friend Gary Sinise on the set of CSI:NY. Wrapping up the weekend, Lisa Cypers Kamen of Harvesting Happiness 4 Heroes and yours truly will be co-hosting a BBQ on the beach in Malibu, following surfing lessons for the women.

Less than 1% serve, but all of us can make a difference. You can learn more about TAPS and Harvesting Happiness in this edition of the newsletter.

Warm regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO

Deadline October 21st

Stop Loss

You've Earned It, DON'T LOSE IT!

We know it’s only August, but October will be here sooner than you know. Although the deadline to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay has been re-instated and extended to October 21, 2012, this may be the final deadline. 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.

Transition to Success

Transition GPS

Transition GPS

For the first time in 20 years, the military’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) will be getting a major overhaul. Transition GPS will integrate career and education counseling and training across the military life cycle, as well as expanding the three day program to five days. Service members will complete individual pre-separation counseling and develop a personalized Individual Transition Plan, providing a roadmap for a successful transition. Additionally, there is also an optional two day training program to equip them with the tools needed to successfully pursue their post-military goals such as attending college, earning a professional license, or starting a small business. For more information, click here.

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The Barclays - Supporting The Military

PGA Tour

Benefitting the VeteransAid Foundation

The Playoffs Begin at Bethpage! The Barclays PGA TOUR is coming to Bethpage State Park: Black Course in Farmingdale, NY, August 21-26, 2012. The Barclays has partnered with the VeteransAid Foundation, which was formed to raise funds and awareness for veterans’ causes. You can support our nation's heroes by purchasing a $150 Weekly Grounds Ticket through the “TICKETS Fore CHARITY” program. CLICK HERE and enter code TINCUP (all caps). 75% of the net proceeds from your purchase will directly benefit the VeteransAid Foundation! Complimentary tickets are available for all Active, Retired, and Reserve military and their dependents. CLICK HERE and enter code GOLF (all caps) to download your free ticket. Be sure to bring your CAC ID with you to gain admission! Enjoy free food and beverages all week by visiting the Birdies for the Brave Patriots' Outpost on the 18th fairway.

Veterans and Active Duty Military

My Service Impact

A unique team of active duty service members, veterans and researchers from the RESTORES LIVES Center at the University of South Florida and the University at Albany-State University of New York, is reaching out to OEF/OIF veterans and active duty service members to better understand the true impact of combat deployment on health outcomes. If you are active or former military who deployed in support of OIF/OEF, you can participate in their current study, MY SERVICE IMPACT, and help RESTORE LIVES to improve the health services and treatment for all veterans and service members. Please visit www.myserviceimpact.com to fill out an online, non-intrusive, completely anonymous survey. The first 900 participants will be compensated $25 for their time, and further participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of 6 $500 Amazon gift cards.

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.

IAFT - Free Workshops


One of the World's Best Film Schools

Named one of the Best Film Schools in the World by The Hollywood Reporter, the International Academy of Film and Television was founded in 2004. With campuses in Los Angeles, Miami and Cebu, Philippines, IAFT is a truly global film school for filmmakers who seek the complete path to success. IAFT offers elite film school instruction for aspiring filmmakers and actors at an affordable cost, delivering unmatched excellence and value. Diploma and certificate programs include Filmmaking, Performing Arts, Digital Animation and more. The Los Angeles and Miami locations were recently approved for the MyCAA Program, which allows IAFT to provide financial assistance to military spouses interested in attending school for filmmaking or performing arts. Additionally, the Cebu Philippines location has been approved for Chapter 33. For more information on IAFT and how you can take part in a free headshot or makeup workshop, email admissions@iaft.net or visit www.iaft.net.

Featured School

Refridgeration School

MyCAA, Military and Veteran Friendly

RSI career programs are structured to help you train and start a rewarding career in just 6 months. Their students receive hands-on training to gain the skills and techniques for a career edge. A strong emphasis is placed on developing job-friendly refrigeration techniques and electrical skills with diagnostic and mechanical technology proficiency. Programs include Refrigeration Technologies, Electro-Mechanical Technologies, and Associates of Occupational Studies in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering. With classes taught by industry professionals with on the job experience, RSI graduates are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in an entry level position for both residential and commercial environments. For more information, click here.

Featured School

Tulsa Welding School

MyCAA, Military and Veteran Friendly

With campuses in Jacksonville, FL and Tulsa, OK, the Tulsa Welding School offers practical, hands on training for careers in industries ranging from Car Racing, Solar Technology, HVAC/Refrigeration to Auto Manufacturing, Construction, Structural Steel Fabrication, Pipe Fitting, Aerospace/Aviation and more. GI Bill and MyCAA programs available to Veterans, Active Duty and Dependents (check with our campus for specific eligibility). Special Pricing for Military Students, Spouses & Dependents. For more information, click here.

Wonderful Non-Profit

Harvesting Happiness


Military Connection CEO Debbie Gregory is a regular guest on Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio, and you can listen to the podcast of her most recent appearance here. Harvesting Happiness 4 Heroes (HH4Heroes) is a nonprofit corporation delivering no-cost, stigma-free post-deployment reintegration programming for returning service members and their families challenged by Post-Traumatic Stress. The focus is on keeping these American heroes and their families happy, healthy, and connected. HH4Heroes offers nationwide workshops, seminars and coaching sessions regarding daily reintegration, adjustment measures and restoring a base point for future happiness, while managing the effects of PTSD. Reintegration Strategies is a no-nonsense handbook that is a must read for all military. Check out other great items that can bring greater wellbeing into your life and the lives of others at Shop Happy. Happiness is an inside job™.

Support Team Fisher House

Team Fisher House
No endorsement by US Army is intended.


Race slots are still available for the sold-out Army Ten-Miler in Washington, DC on 10/21 (registration deadline 8/30). Visit www.TeamFisherHouse.org for more information and/or to register. MilitaryConnection.com is a proud sponsor of Team Fisher House. Fisher House Foundation's "comfort homes", located at major military and VA medical centers, enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center, providing the comforts of home in a supportive environment. No family ever pays to stay at any Fisher House! Go to TeamFisherHouse.org to join their team of Champions for Military Families.



Helping the Families of America's Fallen Heroes

TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars, case work assistance, and 24/7 crisis intervention care for anyone grieving the death of a loved one who served in the military. Through their Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps, TAPS has provided support to more than 30,000 surviving family members of our fallen military since 1994. All services are provided free of charge. You can support TAPS by making a donation online. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free crisis line at 800.959.TAPS.

American Flag Retirement

American Flag Retirement

The Kitchen Table Gang Trust

When bright and beautiful, they were proud symbols of sacrifice. But faded and frayed, they need to be disposed of. If you have an old, tattered flag that is unfit for display, the Kitchen Table Gang will properly dispose of it with dignity and in accordance with federal laws. Retired each year on Flag Day, June 14th, send your flags to the Kitchen Table Gang Trust, 42922 Avenue 12, Madera. CA 93636-8866 . The service is entirely FREE! The 'Kitchen Table Gang' is a rag-tag bunch of military retirees trying to make life more pleasant for hospitalized veterans. The Kitchen Table Gang Trust has been helping veterans and military personnel for over 32 years. They also have patriotic programs for civilians and scouts. Additionally, they assist deployed soldiers and Marines with "CARE" packages. In the last year, they have sent over 38,000 packages to these deserving men and women!

Project Hired

Project Hired

Harvest Moon Recognition Dinner

Project Hired is now selling tickets for their Recognition Dinner and Auction, to be held on October 4th in Campbell, CA. Project Hired’s mission is to assist individuals with disabilities gain and sustain employment through partnerships with businesses and the community. Join them as they celebrate 10 years of special memories while recognizing exceptional 2011-2012 client and partner accomplishments. For more information, visit them on the web.

Good Read!

Multitude of Hope

Rediscovering the American Dream

Pundits are saying the American Dream is over. Peter Weddle disagrees. His new book is A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream. The story engulfs you in a no-holds-barred conflict between a self-styled monarchy of greed-is-good investors and a virtual colony of revolutionaries using the Web to even the score. Part edge-of-your-seat thriller, part exploration of modern American culture and part primer on how to find a job and hang onto it in today’s economy, this is one novel you won’t want to miss. To read a free excerpt, click here. Or, order a copy at Amazon.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 info@militaryconnection.com

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.

Gary Sinise Foundation & the Lt. Dan Band

Lt Dan Band


Gary Sinise has been a huge supporter of those who serve. He is the “Bob Hope” of our generation and gives generously of his time and resources. Gary and the Lt. Dan Band perform for our troops at over 40 bases annually. In July of last year, Gary launched the Gary Sinise Foundation to honor the Nation's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. The foundation provides and supports unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. For more information on the Lt. Dan Band, click here.

Featured Employer

Amgen is committed to diversity, which is reflected in every part of their organization, from hiring Veterans and minorities to promoting and maintaining an inclusive, high-performing culture where all team members embrace and leverage each others' talents and backgrounds. Amgen nourishes innovative thinking, and assists employees in achieving their full potential, ultimately contributing to Amgen's success. For a list of job opportunities, click here.

Hiring America’s Heroes

Hiring Veterans

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 especially 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 who hire Veterans from the VOW To Hire Heroes Act. For more information contact us.

Veteran Business Owners
Membership Is Free!


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.
Coming soon - Training for future veterans business owners. New program starting in California.

A Word of Caution

Fraud Alert

Scam Alert!

Emails are being sent to individuals, including active duty military, military retirees and civilian employees which have the appearance of coming from Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS). In spite of the fact that these emails carry a .mil domain, they are NOT government emails. These emails promise additional compensation, but they are actually trying to rip you off. For more information, click here.

Working for California's Veterans



With one of the largest Veteran populations in the country, CalVet, is constantly at work for California’s Veteran population. Their main goals are: increasing the accessibility and utilization of benefits and services to Veterans and their families; providing the highest quality of care and services to the state’s Veterans and their families; and creating fiscal and operational efficiencies within CalVet. MilitaryConnection.com is proud to support the California Department of Veteran Affairs. To keep current on their progress, check out their newsletters here.


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