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As 2012 comes to a close, we at MilitaryConnection.com want to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for you, our users and subscribers. We also want to express our gratitude to the numerous non-profits and associations that we have the honor to work with and admire. We want to take this opportunity to recognize our clients, who provide us the opportunity to do what we do and help these amazing non-profits. And of course, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to our troops, first responders, Veterans, and the families who support them. But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our nation’s teachers, the often unsung heroes who teach, care for and protect our children. In light of recent events, this has never more true. Our hope for everyone this holiday season is a renewed sense of appreciation for our loved ones and our freedom.

Warm regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Congratulation to Homefront America!

Homefront America

Walmart Foundation Recipient

We are proud to announce that out of 21,677 nominations for Walmart’s “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, our friends at Homefront America were selected as one of the 140 winners. In addition to the recognition, Homefront America will receive $ 10,000 from the Walmart Foundation for its work to support our troops and military families. This gift will make a significant impact for the military families they serve. For more information, click here.


A Great American

Senator Daniel Inouye

Farewell to a True Patriot - RIP

Our condolences to the family of Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who passed away on December 17th at the age of 88. Inouye was the Senate's most senior member. He was the first congressman to serve the new state of Hawaii beginning in 1959, before moving to the U.S. Senate four years later., Inouye has the distinction of being the first Japanese-American to serve in both houses of Congress. As a U.S. soldier during World War II, Inouye fought in Italy, where he lost an arm, and was later awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery. He wanted only to be remembered as someone who had represented his constituents honestly and to the best of his ability, and that will be his legacy.


Making Your List...

ASMBA

Peace of Mind

The holiday season is here! You’ve made your list, and as you’re checking it twice, remember to include one very special item - FREE ASMBA MEMBERSHIP! Give your family the gift of peace of mind this holiday season - Basic membership in ASMBA is FREE for all active duty, retired, National Guard and Reserve (including IRR) personnel under the age of 65.Sign up today! Once you’re approved, they’ll send your membership package and a free copy of If Something Should Happen: How to Organize Your Financial & Legal Affairs. You’ll also get $5,000 of free AD&D coverage!
Visit ASMBA.com to learn more about the benefits of membership. Everyone at ASMBA thanks you for your service and wishes you a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!


Important Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line

24/7 Crisis Line

The holidays can be a tough time of the year. The VA is reaching out to Veterans in crisis and their families through the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Veterans in crisis to are encouraged to call the crisis hotline number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a trained VA mental health professional, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An online Veterans Chat program, which provides the ability to communicate anonymously online in real-time with a trained VA mental health professional, can be accessed through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's web page.


Free Tickets for Troops

Armed Forces Bowl 2012

Fighting Falcons vs. Rice Owls

The 10th edition of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Texas Christian University’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, featuring the United States Air Force Academy Football team the Fighting Falcons vs. the Rice Owls. The Air Force Association needs your help to supply free tickets to deserving airmen, soldiers, sailors, marines and coast guardsmen and their family members. If you are interested in purchasing and donating these tax-deductible tickets, click here.


Standing Up for the Guard and Reserves

National Guard

Support of Guard & Reserve - It's The Law

Sgt. Maj. Richard Erickson, a U.S. Postal Service employee who was fired when he tried to return to work after four years on active duty with the National Guard, will be reinstated with over $2 million in back pay, benefits and attorney fees, a judge recently ruled. When the USPS refused to reinstate Erickson in 2000, the father of three from Ft. Meyers, Fla., re-enlisted in the National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan as part of a Special Forces team. He has received over 35 medals and decorations, including three combat distinguished valor awards and the Purple Heart. The ruling has strengthened countless servicemembers’ rights under USERRA by setting judicial precedent.


 

AFVW

RETIRE IN STYLE!

Air Force Village West (AFVW) is Southern California’s premier continuing care retirement community located on 221 acres in Riverside, California and provides its residents with high quality services and amenities. Eligibility is open to those 60 or better who have served their country, government or community. At AFVW, their residents enjoy a vibrant retirement lifestyle with others who share the same values, as well as an adventurous, independent outlook on life. AFVW is conveniently located near golf courses, March Air Reserve Base exchange and commissary, airports, mountain resorts, beaches, and casinos. AFVW offers 15 different floor plans ranging from 644 to 3,300 square feet. For more information, click here.


Making the Transition

Military Skills Translator

Military Skills Translator is Here!

The Military Occupational Specialty Translator is a comprehensive database of occupational skills, knowledge, and abilities that can help you align your military experience, education, and training with current civilian workplace needs. This invaluable tool will help you zero in the key words that a prospective civilian employer will recognize. We are proud to make this invaluable tool available on our website here.


 

Advertise with us

Advertise on MilitaryConnection.com - Special Discounts

Reach Active Duty Military, Guard and Reservists, Veterans and Military Spouses with jobs, educational opportunities, and excellent products and services. For more information, click here.


Featured Employer

General Dynamics

Dedicated to Excellence

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


Jobs & More Jobs

Job Board

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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.


Looking for a Job?

Weddles 2011-2012

Free Job Alerts

For over 15 years, Army vet Peter Weddle has published the leading guidebook to job boards and career portals. Available at Amazon.com, WEDDLE’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet is considered the Gold Standard for job seekers and career activists. In fact, no less an authority than Dick Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?, rated the Guide “Highly recommended!” Now, you can sign up for WEDDLE’s Job Alert and get your very own, private connection to some of the best open jobs on the Web. This FREE resource scours the job postings at leading job boards and career portals and connects you with those that match your capabilities and aspirations. It’s the easiest way possible to find your Dream Job. Click here to reach WEDDLE’s Job Alert and sign up today!


An American Treasure

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Throughout the year, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band perform at many events which are open to the public, in addition to private concerts dedicated to supporting our veterans, military volunteers and their families. Gary also heads up the Gary Sinise Foundation, where they strive to serve our Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. They do so through the creation and support of programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. For more information, visit them on the web.


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 300-600 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.


Unique Gift for Veterans

Veteran License Plates

Veteran License Plates

CalVet’s “Honoring Veterans” license plates make the perfect holiday gift. The plates, available to all California motorists, have the military branch or veteran service organization logo of your choice. Proceeds support the efforts of CalVet and VSOs to connect veterans and their families with the benefits they have earned. Sequential plates are $30 a year ($50 after January 1, 2013), in addition to regular DMV fees. “Vanity” plates are $10 more. Click here to view available logos. Then, go to www.dmv.ca.gov. Click on “Vehicle Registration,” click on “License Plates,” and then click on “California Special Interest License Plates” to complete the online application. Order early- Sequential plates can take up to 6 weeks and personalized plates up to 12 weeks to receive.


Self Assessment

MilitaryPathways

Military Pathways

Military life, especially the stress of deployments or mobilizations, can present challenges to service members and their families. The Department of Defense is offering the Military Pathways program as part of its ongoing support of military members and their families. The program is accessible online and provides free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for veterans, family members and service personnel in all branches, including the National Guard and Reserve. For more information, click here.


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.

Your Vote Counts

Team Fisher House

Vote For Miles

By the end of 2012, the Fisher House program will have served over 178,000 military and Veteran families, saving them over $200 million in lodging and transportation. Additionally, they have provided over 32,000 Hero Miles tickets and $11 million in scholarships. Their success is made possible through the generous support of everyday people. Each father or mother, husband or wife, child, sibling or grandparent who has a "home away from home" at Fisher House is helped by your spirit of generosity and patriotism. Please take a minute to vote for them to win the 10 Million Charity Miles contest here, now through the end of Christmas night.


Burn a Candle, Save a Life

VAMBOA

Attention:Veteran Business Owners- Membership is Free

Candles 4 Cancer is the brainchild of Air Force Veteran Ryan Donovan, who was looking to build a business, while helping raise funds for cancer research, which has touched her family. 10% of candle proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society. 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.


Caring for Four-Legged Family Members

Soldiers Pets

Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pets’ is a 501c3 non-profit that supports the beloved pets of active duty Military, Wounded Warriors and homeless Veterans. They ensure that pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment, humanitarian mission, or unforeseen medical and/or homeless hardship situation. Their Foster Home and Military Pet Assistance Programs have reached many wonderful milestones over the years, including the upcoming "Military, Veteran & Pet Sanctuary" in Gatesville, TX. For more information on how you can help, visit them on the web.


Team AMVETS

AMVETS

Supporting “Spirit of America”

Each Year, AMVETS hosts the Spirit of America Youth Conference at Valley Forge, PA. To qualify for the conference trip, a National essay contest is held for high school students, and AMVETS sponsors winners from each state. This year AMVETS Department of California Service Foundation (Team AMVETS™) was able to send 55 high school students and 10 adult chaperones to the event, all thanks to the support from donors and shoppers at the Team AMVETS Thrift Stores.


Attention: IT Professionals

TAPS

Employment Opportunity

Join the motivated and caring professionals who serve the families of our nation's fallen heroes. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is looking for an IT Manager to work at their National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is a great opportunity for a brilliant technician with vision and enthusiasm, and an especially meaningful place to serve for a veteran or military family member. TAPS is America's leading nonprofit Veterans Service Organization chartered solely to assist the surviving families of military members who have died while serving our nation. If you would like to know more about the requirements for this position, click here.


Helping Operation Troop Aid

Troop Aid Ralphie May

Win a Trip to Vegas!

American stand-up comedian Ralphie May has chosen Operation Troop Aid as the official military charity for his Nashville appearances at Zanies, through Christmas Day. One half of all door proceeds from the two Christmas Day shows at Zanies will be donated OTA. Additionally, a $10 donation will get you one OTA wristband and one raffle ticket for a chance to win a trip for two to see May perform in Las Vegas, May 24 - 26 2013. The winner will receive two roundtrip flights, one hotel room, one spa package, dinner for two at the Silverado steakhouse and tickets to May’s show. Thanks to Ralphie May for his support of our Troops. For more information, click here.


 

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