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As the year winds down and the holidays approach, we at MilitaryConnection.com want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and wish you a healthy and happy holiday season. We hope that throughout the year you have utilized the valuable resources and information we send out through this newsletter, as well as the resources on our website. We hope you visit often.

As we enjoy the holidays with our loved ones, let's remember that those who sacrifice and serve our nation are far from home and families. There are a number of fantastic non-profit groups that send a bit of home and comfort to our troops year-round, and they deserve our support. And remember those acts of kindness for military families, who also serve, but seldom get the recognition.

Warm regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Upcoming Webinar

Upcoming Webinar

December 13, 2011
10 a.m. Pacific

Your Path to a Career in IT: How the Post 9/11 GI Bill Can Work for You

The IT industry is screaming for more qualified skilled workers. What if you could complete valuable career training in weeks? Veterans attending this webinar will be shown how they can prepare in just weeks, not years, to position themselves to enter the private or public workforce in the highly sought-after IT field.

This no-cost, one-hour webinar will outline the process of proceeding from job-seeker through training and certification and on to a rewarding career.  Speakers will also share potential funding sources from the US government that are available to many veterans. Register today!


Education Benefits for Veterans & Spouses

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.


Proud Yellow Ribbon College

D'Yourville 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 Nursing, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic and Pharmacy. Business degrees offered include International Business, Accounting and IT. Education degrees are available in both Childhood and Adolescence Education. D'Youville College offers Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate Programs.

For more information: 1-800-777-3921


Helping our Veterans

Leshonda with Iraq Star Surgeon Dr. Laurence Rifkin

Leshonda with Iraq Star Surgeon Dr. Laurence Rifkin

Did you know that less than 1% serve in the Armed Forces?  It is up to the rest of us to do our part. At MilitaryConnection.com, we are committed to serving our nation's military, veterans and their families.  We have the pleasure of working with and assisting many outstanding non-profits, associations and government agencies.  Over Thanksgiving, we were notified by the Iraq Star Foundation of a situation regarding a disabled Veteran in need, who had been severely wounded in Iraq, and was now homeless, in of all places, our nation's Capital. This was unacceptable!  By pooling resources, we were able to assist in bringing Leshonda to California, where she is now starting to put her life back together. But she needs support. The Iraq Star Foundation is providing Leshonda with the additional reconstructive surgeries she needs. In the meantime, she is submitting for much deserved benefits, which will take 3-6 months to process. If you wish to contribute to Leshonda, or receive a list of non-profits that help our heroes and their loved ones, please click here.  Indicate if you want to assist Leshonda or  receive a list of non-profits, and if you have any special area of interest you would like to support. It is up to the 99% to stand up for our Veterans. 


Nominate Your Favorite!

Teachers Change Lives

Inspirational Teacher Awards

In many people's lives there is at least one teacher who inspired them, and helped them become who they are today. They often see in us more than we see in ourselves, more than our families see and, as a result, help us to evolve into who we ultimately become. To celebrate the significant role of teachers in society, The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards will spotlight some of the country's most inspirational teachers and recognize them for their contributions. For more information or to nominate your favorite teacher, click here. Nominations close on Friday, December 16th, so don't wait!


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

July 4th, 2011, saw the launch of 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. The launch coincided with the release of Jonathan Flora's documentary "Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good". And don't miss the opportunity to see Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band on:

  • Fri., December 30th @ Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Click here for more info.

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.


Providing for California's Veterans

Cal Vet

CalVet is working hard to help veterans get connected with the resources they need. It is their goal to make government more efficient, effective and accountable for all of California's veterans. The departments within CalVet handle the housing of over 1000 elderly and disabled veterans, offer low interest rate home loans, and help to connect thousands of veterans to their compensation and pension benefits. For more information, visit them on the web


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!


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Standowns For Homeless Veterans

Veterans Stand Downs

Everyone Can Help

For those who have served our nation to be homeless is a national tragedy. Everyone can do something to help our nation's Veterans. MilitaryConnection.com is proud to provide information on "Stand Downs",  the grassroots, community-based intervention programs that help homeless veterans.   These one to three day events provide access to community resources and basic services such as temporary shelter, food, showers, and health services.  For more information on Stand Downs, click here. For a list of Stand Downs Events – click here. If your community is planning a Stand Down, please contact us and we will list it in the directory. Thank you for supporting those who have served.


ESGR Statement of Support

ESGR Support

Attention Employers

The ESGR Statement of Support Program seeks to inform and educate employers about their rights and responsibilities towards their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve, and to also recognize and reward those employers who go "over and above" the requirements of the law. If you are interested in signing a Statement of Support with the Guard & Reserve, please contact us and we will assist in facilitating a signing ceremony.


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


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.


Military Connection.com Job Board

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
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.


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.


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.


Attention Boxing Fans: Benefit for Veterans

Veterans Farm

Home of the Red, White and Blueberry

The second annual "Fight for the Veterans" is coming up on January 21st at the UNF arena in Jacksonville, FL. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to Work Vessels for Veterans and Veterans Farm to support disabled combat veterans. Veterans Farm founder Adam Burke, a combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient knows that simply giving veterans a hand out is not a sufficient and sustainable way to help these men and women get their lives back on track. Horticulture therapy has been proven to help with cognitive issues which our veterans are facing. This therapy can help veterans to learn new skills, as well as improve decision making and problem solving skills. In addition to learning a valuable skill, veterans have the opportunity to find healing and regain a sense of purpose for their lives. To find out more, visit them on the web.


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.


Bob Calvert

Talking With Heroes

Bob Calvert and his Talking With Heroes team spent July and August with the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, gathering their personal stories. The unedited footage of these interviews can now be seen on YouTube  and Facebook. Additionally, they are releasing the interviews on a four DVD set. We encourage you to view the footage and purchase the DVDs to support Talking With Heroes and the good works they do. Additionally, there are fundraising opportunities for organizations, companies, ministries and individuals to earn money while sharing stories from our troops. DVD Books from Afghanistan will be released before the end of December 2011. Talking with Heroes is a non-political, online talk show that gives military personnel an opportunity to share the positive work they do worldwide. Guests include leaders from military support and veterans groups, ministries, companies, entertainers and others who support our troops and their families. 


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


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.


Send a Digital Season's Greeting

Ohio & Illinois Centers for Broadcasting

Free For Military Families

The Ohio and Illinois Centers for Broadcasting will help you make your loved ones happy this Holiday season by creating a Digital Care Package to share with your military loved ones. The OICB campuses are inviting military families and friends to record a "Digital Care Package" - a personalized video greeting to service members stationed away from home this season. All you have to do is call their campus to set up an appointment, and they will take care of the rest!  OICB staff will produce the message with a special holiday flair and post it on your Facebook wall or email for you to share! For more information on how you can record a Digital Care Package, visit them on the web or click here to locate the campus nearest you.


Donate for the Holidays

America's Adopt a Soldier

Give Forward America

Making a difference in the lives of our Nation's Service members, Veterans and their families, America's Adopt a Soldier needs your help to continue their good works. They are in need of monetary donations, gift donations, phone cards, notes and letters to send to our troops year round. If you can help, please send your donation to: America's Adopt a Soldier, P.O. Box 1049, Springfield, VA  22151 or click here for more information.


Operation Outreach

Operation Outreach

Afghanistan-NKAIA

Volunteers from the U.S. Military, ISAF/NATO, and civilians are conducting a drive to provide school supplies and clothing to poor children and families of this impoverished country. They are currently looking for donations of school supplies, including new or used school bags, clothes, shoes and toys. If you anything to donate, please send them to ATTN:
Any Soldier, NKAIA- Operation Outreach APO, AE 09320


Healing Through the Arts

Healing through the Arts

Photo by Richard Termine

On November 16th the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) hosted a two-part presentation at the White House featuring NEH-funded programs that work with veterans, military families, and caregivers. The Maine Humanities Council's Literature and Medicine, an inclusive reading and discussion group for VA hospital staff, is active in 20 VA hospitals across the country. One participant said it "teaches so much compassion and empathy and to see the world through the patient's eyes." The Aquila Theatre's Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives is visiting 100 sites around the country, performing Ancient Greek drama and discussing themes like soldiers' homecoming. Because it was written by combat veterans for combat veterans, Greek drama is still relevant to modern war veterans, even after 2500 years. The event video is available online.

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