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As 2011 comes to a close, we at MilitaryConnection.com want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a lovely holiday season and a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year. The end of the year affords us the opportunity to reflect back on the passing year. As we welcome home our troops, let's all remember the sacrifices that have been made by our men and women in uniform and their families.

MilitaryConnection.com is known as "The Go To Site". There are thousands of pages of resources and something of value for everyone including military, veterans, family members and civilians. Throughout the year, we hope you will visit us often and remember, "When the next tour is back home, it's on MilitaryConnection.com".

Warm Regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Merry Christmas My Friend

Merry Christmas My Friend
Written by:
James M. Schmidt

In 1987 while serving as a sniper in the U.S. Marine Corps, Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt wrote a poem to hang on the door of the gym in the enlisted quarters. When his commanding officer saw the poem, he immediately had copies sent throughout the Barracks. The poem has been included in the Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck Magazine, as well as its annual appearance in various versions on the internet every year around the holidays. Mr. Schmidt, Esq., has graciously given us permission to reprint the original version here.


Featured Employer
Be Part of the Sterling Team

Sterling Meat Company

So. CA Job Opportunities

With job openings for both experienced personnel and those ready to be trained, Sterling Meat Company values your Military experience. At Sterling Meat Company they recognize that when you transition from the military, you come to them with a stellar work ethic and a willingness to be a part of the team. They have various openings, from Customer Service Reps and Shipping/Receiving Clerks to Drivers and Meat Cutters. To see all the available job openings, click here. To apply for any of these positions, please send your Resume or Letter of Interest to Wendy Polanco.


EMPLOYERS
Do The Right Thing

Veteran Tax Credits

Receive Tax Credits & Gain Viable Employees

PRESIDENT SIGNS "VOW TO HIRE HEROES ACT" WITH GENEROUS TAX CREDITS FOR EMPLOYERS

Breaking News - On November 21st, President Obama signed into law Returning Heroes & Wounded Warrior Tax Credits

  • The Returning Heroes Tax Credit is a new hiring tax credit that will provide an incentive for businesses to hire unemployed veterans of $2,400 to $5,600.
  • The Wounded Warrior Tax Credit will double the existing tax credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities up to $9,600.

For more information on these tax credits & to reach an audience of viable Veterans in occupational areas across the board, contact us by email or call 800-817-3777, ext. 124.
To check out our Employment Area, click here.


Featured Employer
Gwinnett County Government

As Georgia's second largest county, Gwinnett is a family of lively, growing communities and a great place to live. Known for its laid-back lifestyle and unique town centers, Gwinnett offers the best of all worlds: family-friendly communities and big city amenities the Atlanta region has to offer. If you are looking for a career in Law Enforcement, Public Administration or Technology, Gwinnett County is hiring. Check out their job openings


Hiring Event

Tech Expo

Tech Expo

TECHEXPO Top Secret wants to help you land a new career this New Year! The nation's premiere producer of hiring events for Security-Cleared professionals is kicking off 2012 with four job fairs in January.  Interview in the D.C. Metro Area on January 18th in McLean, VA & January 19th in Baltimore, MD.  TECHEXPO will also be in San Diego, CA on the 24th & Colorado Springs, CO on the 25th.  For more event information or to pre-register visit http://www.TechExpoUSA.com.  An active Security Clearance issued by the US Federal Government or Military is REQUIRED to attend.


Proud Yellow Ribbon College

D'Youville College

Veterans & Military

D'Youville College is a proud Yellow Ribbon School located in Buffalo, New York, easily accessible from NYC, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Rochester and Syracuse.  D'Youville offers various degree healthcare programs including:

International Business • Accounting • Information Technology • Childhood Education • Adolescence Education • Nursing • Physical Therapy • Chiropractic • Pharmacy & More...

For more information: 1-800-777-3921


Our Facebook Winner!

Like us on Facebook!

$50 Visa Gift Card

Congratulations go out to Gloria-Jean Brown from Chester, Pennsylvania, the winner of our Facebook contest. It was so much fun making new friends, that we're going to do it again! From now through the end of January, "like us" on Facebook and (most IMPORTANTLY) leave a comment on our wall, and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. We will randomly draw the winner on 1/31/12. So say something nice and Good Luck!


Check out your benefits!

Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers

Check out our Education Area including our Veteran School Directory & thousands of scholarships.


Congratulations!

Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude Delivers 750,000th Package

As more than 2,000 volunteers, corporate sponsors and other special guests looked on, Operation Gratitude founder Carolyn Blashek hand-delivered the milestone 750,000th Care Package to its special recipient, a decorated combat veteran and wounded warrior, Sgt. Eric Rodriguez. Rodriguez, 29, joined the U.S. Marine Corps at 17-years-old, straight out of high school. He thought he had been invited to speak about the morale-boosting impact care packages have on deployed troops at the Armory. While that was true, there was an additional reason Operation Gratitude invited him - to award him the milestone Care package. For more information, visit them on the web.


Homes For Our Troops Benefit Festival

Homes for our Troops

January 27-29, 2012

Homes for Our Troops builds specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely wounded in combat operations since September 11, 2001, at no cost to the veteran. HFOT relies completely on private donations, and receives no government funding whatsoever. All monies raised allows the vets the chance to live their lives, as independently as possible, in their own homes. The 5th Annual Homes For Our Troops Benefit Festival will take place January 27 - 29 at George Bush Park in Houston, TX. The event will feature live music , a car show, BBQ cook off, military exhibits and much more. For more information, click here.


Operation Troop Appreciation

Operation Troop Appreciation

Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA) is dedicated to members of our Armed Forces serving and sacrificing for our country.  By providing them with "wish list" items to raise their morale and to aid in the success and safety of their missions, OTA presents a united front to our deployed military by supporting them as individuals.

OTA's mission is to build and sustain the morale of deployed troops, enabling them to complete their missions with the assurance that the American public supports and appreciates their selfless service and daily sacrifices.

Visit OTA to learn more.


Membership is Free

VAMBOA - Veteran and Military Business Owners Association

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.


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We Salute You

We Salute You

Those Who Serve Our Veterans

We want you to know that we at MilitaryConnection.com consider it an honor to work with you. We applaud all of you...

  • Transition Assistance Officers of all Services Branches,  Nationwide
  • Veteran Service Officers, Nationwide
  • Veterans' Employment & Training Officers, Nationwide

...who work so hard to help those who serve transition, find jobs and training.


National Resource Directory

The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a web site for wounded, ill and injured Service Members, Veterans, their families and those who support them.

It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs.

http://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/

Gary Sinise Foundation & the Lt. Dan Band

Gary Sinise Foundation

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. Click here for more info.


Calling All Animal Lovers

Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet

Help Build a Sanctuary

Supporting our Military, Veterans, and their beloved pets, Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet ensures that the pets of deployed or injured servicemembers are cared for and loved until they can be reunited with their owners. Now, through the Pepsi Refresh Project, they have the opportunity to establish the first "Military, Veterans & Pets" sanctuary in Texas. From now until December 31st, we encourage you to VOTE for this worthwhile cause and help them help our four-legged heroes. For more information, click here.


Make the Connection

Make the Connection

Make the Connection, a new campaign launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs, connects Veterans and their families with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives. On the website, MakeTheConnection.net, Veterans can watch hundreds of videos from their peers with inspiring stories of strength, learn what has worked for other Veterans, and find local resources and support. Find out more and view Veterans' stories at MakeTheConnection.net/stories-of-connection


Column of Interest

Ted Puntillo

The Most Common Disability

Ted Puntillo, the Director of Veteran Services for Solano County, shares with us the most common disability that occurs in the Veteran population, and what it means to those who have it. To read more about it, click here. When it comes to Veterans' benefits, Ted Puntillo is one of the most knowledgeable people on the planet! The former Deputy Director of CalVet and current Director of Veteran Services for Solano County, Ted will be sharing important information on topics such as Veteran benefits, disability, compensation, etc. through his columns on MilitaryConnection.com.


Sedgwick Selects IraqStar

Iraq Star

You Can Help Iraq Star Help Heroes

This holiday season, Sedgwick invites you to be a hero by watching their "Tribute to the Troops" video. For each of the first 50,000 views of this video, Sedgwick will donate $1 to our friends at Iraq Star, an organization that provides reconstructive surgeries to soldiers who suffer disfiguring injuries. So with the click of your mouse, you can be a hero - watch the video, share it with your friends and families, and use your social media outlets to spread the word. Let's do something big to help an organization that takes care of our injured war heroes.


Resources

Free Government
Resource Sites

Veteran Government Resource Sites

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


Free Mental Health Care

Give An Hour

Nationwide Free and Private Mental Health Counseling for Military, Veterans and Their Families

MilitaryConnection.com wants to let you know about our friends at GiveAnHour.org who are there to help you with counseling for PTSD or any other mental health issue. GiveAnHour.org provides free and private mental health services by licensed mental health professionals, to those who serve in our military, veterans and their families, suffering from the psychological effects of war.

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