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We are happy to see that the Administration is making it “Priority One” to take care of our returning troops. These soon-to-be Veterans will join other Veterans in receiving  priority for employment opportunities throughout the country. Following the announcement of the Veteran Job Corps to create jobs for post-September 11th Veterans, comes the proposal of allocating funds to promote the hiring of Veterans for police departments, fire departments and at national parks. At MilitaryConnection.com, we will keep you up to date on the benefits and resources you need to know about. When the next tour is back home, it’s on MilitaryConnection.com, the Go To Site.

Sincerely,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


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

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.
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Featured Employer


Physician Opportunities
in 15 States

Health Management

Calling All Physicians

Health Management Associates, Inc. is an owner and operator of 66 general acute care hospitals in non-urban communities located throughout the United States. Health Management's mission is to enable America's best local health care. They provide the people, processes, capital and expertise that ensures their local hospitals can achieve their mission to deliver compassionate, high quality health care services that significantly improve the lives of the patients, physicians and communities they serve. For more information, click here.

Featured Employer

Pinnacle Health Group

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


Featured Employer

Pinnacle Health Group

Pinnacle Health Group, one of the nation’s largest full-service physician recruitment firms, was established in 1994.Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, their staff of professionals has proudly built a reputation on high quality, results-focused service and guaranteed results. At Pinnacle Health Group, they are dedicated to finding an opportunity that fits your professional expertise, and offers a balanced lifestyle to you and your family. As a member of the NAPR, their recruiters are ethical and knowledgeable. Hundreds of highly regarded healthcare systems across the U.S. seek physicians presented by Pinnacle. Visit them on the web at
www.phg.com


AFVW Expands Eligibility Criteria

More Now Qualify for Residency
AFVW, also known as Air Force Village West, has now opened the doors to those 60 years of age or better who have served not only their country, but also to people who have served their community – including, but not limited to teachers, firefighters, physicians, nurses and government employees,  along with their spouses or surviving spouses. You can enjoy a vibrant retirement lifestyle with others who share your values and an adventurous, independent outlook on life. Offering 15 different floor plans ranging from 644 to 3,300 square feet, AFVW is conveniently located near golf courses, March Air Reserve Base exchange and commissary, airports, mountain resorts, beaches, and casinos.  This secure, gated full service community offers many services, amenities, activities and events to enhance your active lifestyle. For more information, click here.


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. On Thursday, March 1st, the Lt. Dan Band will perform in a Benefit Concert for 27 year old Lance Cpl. Juan Dominguez in Temecula, CA. Cpl Dominguez, a triple amputee, was severely injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. The proceeds from this concert will be a key part of the fundraising effort to build a specially-equipped "smart home" in Temecula for Cpl. Dominguez, who has already endured 23 surgeries. For ticket information, click here


VA Mortgage Rates are at ALL TIME Lows

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VetsCanSave

If your current mortgage rate is 4.25% or higher, and your loan amount is over $100,000, you could be saving hundreds of dollars each month! VetsCanSave.com specializes in helping veterans increase their savings and reduce their debt through mortgage strategies, programs and education. Current homeowners can lower their interest rate with little or no out-of-pocket costs. With mortgage rates at an all-time low, Veterans should consider refinancing with NO CLOSING COSTS! No other program is as simple to enroll in or as easy to qualify for than the VA Streamline Refinance. Loans can close in as few as 30 days. You can even skip up to 2 mortgage payments! For more information, with no obligation, contact them on the web at VetsCanSave.com

 


ASMBA

Membership in ASMBA is open to all persons under age 65, who are currently serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserve (including IRR), or who are military retirees. Membership is FREE and comes with $5,000 FREE Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage and a FREE copy of "What If Something Should Happen", a comprehensive financial planning guide, along with many other benefits! Join today!


Joining Forces Community Challenge

Vote For Give an Hour

Give an Hour is one of the 20 finalists selected to compete in the Joining Forces Community Challenge. Finalists are profiled on Challenge.gov, where the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite--the People's Choice winner.  Public voting and additional judging will take place after finalists are announced and continue into February, when the White House will announce a winner on February 24, 2012.  Winners' profiles will be featured at Champions of Change, the Obama Administration's Web site, where extraordinary community efforts in the areas of innovation and education are celebrated. You can support the good work they do by voting for them here.


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
  • Veterans' Vocational Officers

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


Music Therapy

Scheduled to begin March 1, 2012, the Center for American Military Music Opportunities (C*A*M*M*O) is announcing a music therapy service. ”VIBEZ”, a portable listening program, is designed to provide therapeutic support to veterans recovering from the stress and trauma associated from combat. Veterans or their families/caregivers will be able to log on to the C*A*M*M*O website at www.cammomusic.org  to learn more about the program, register, and work with C*A*M*M*O staff to identify preferred music which can then be downloaded onto an MP3 player you send in, or available for a nominal fee.  Scholarships may be available.


News From CalVet

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Protect Your Benefits

Holly Patreaus, wife of Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, heads the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Servicemember Affairs. Her job is to educate military personnel and their families about how to protect themselves against unscrupulous and predatory lenders. New schemes are popping up all the time to separate our nation’s heroes from their hard-earned cash. To read more about these schemes and what you can do to protect yourself, click here.

Many older veterans are beginning to feel the effects of injuries sustained during military service decades ago or are finding their symptoms have gotten worse with age. Veterans’ benefits, available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) and the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), can help veterans of any age but may be especially important to those nearing or in retirement. For more information, click here.


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.

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


Join Team Fisher House

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Fisher House Marathons

Team Fisher House has opened registration for the 2012 Fundraising Teams for both the Marine Corps Marathon and the Air Force Marathon, with the Army and Navy registration opening soon. Fisher House Foundation’s "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers, enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. No family ever pays to stay at any Fisher House! Join the team to raise funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation - Join the Champions for Military Families team! Go to TeamFisherHouse.org/AFM to get more registration details.


FREE SURGERY FOR DISFIGURING WOUNDS

Iraq Star

The Iraq Star Foundation, now in its fifth year, provides free aesthetic surgery for soldiers wounded in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan wars.  265 Board Certified surgeons in 44 states are providing their skills to remove shrapnel, treat burn scars, revise artillery scars,  implant eyebrows, tooth restoration, etc.  If you have suffered a disfiguring wound,  call the Iraq Star Foundation at 310.245.6775 or 760.568. 4039 or contact us via email. Iraq Star's Mission is to prevent the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from permanently disfiguring young lives, please let them help you. Visit www.iraqstar.org and view videos of events and news coverage of Iraq Star wounded receiving their life changing surgeries.


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eKnowledge Supports Military

eKnowledge

Free SAT/ACT Test Prep Software for Military Families
eKnowledge™ has introduced the next generation of advanced Test Prep and multi-media eLearning programs. The test prep software includes more than 11 hours of video instruction, thousands of sample questions and practice tests, resulting in highly improved learning performance and superior test achievement. To thank them for their sacrifices,  eKnowledge is continuing their test prep software donation program for military families. To order online click here.   For more information,  call 951-256-4076.
*There is a nominal charge of $17.55 per program for the cost of materials, streaming, support & shipping


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.


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

Got Heart, Give Hope

Hope for the Warriors

This Valentine’s Day, Hope For The Warriors will start accepting nominations for their annual Got Heart, Give Hope Gala to be held on May 23.  On this special evening, Hope For The Warriors honors the courage of our nation’s wounded and fallen heroes and their families, focusing on the hope they inspire through their remarkable stories of recovery and achievement.  One man honored at last year’s Gala was Christian Haerter, father of LCpl. Jordan Haerter, KIA.  Christian demonstrates everlasting love and devotion to his son through his commitment to his own nonprofit, and through his commitment to Hope For The Warriors®.  To learn more about Christian, other awardees and this year’s gala, please visit www.hopeforthewarriors.org/gotheartgivehope.html.


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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