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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 MilitaryConnecton.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


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.


Marine Corps Marathon

John Freer

Join Team Fisher House

Team Fisher House has just opened registration for their Fundraising Team at the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon! The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes 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/MCM to get more registration details.


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.


Fundraiser for Wounded Warrior

Brian Jergens

Receiving the Purple Heart was a bittersweet moment for Sgt. Brian Jergens. The 23-year-old lost a lot to gain the honor: both legs, his spleen and his wedding ring finger. Brian also suffered severe brain damage after a road side explosion. Brian and his wife Jennifer could really use our help.  They are in immediate need of funding to get a vehicle modified for wheelchair access. Brian will be discharged and transferred to an outpatient program, necessitating travel to and from the VA daily for his treatment and therapy. On January 28th, there will be a benefit concert and luncheon at the Palo Alto, CA Elks Lodge. For more information, or to mail a tax deductible donation, click here


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!


Good Works

Good Works

Our friends at Government Vacation Rewards have been busy. Amongst their good deeds they were recently recognized by the Wounded Warrior Foundation as a platinum level corporate sponsor. In addition to the funds they raised through sales promotions (over $12,000), they also donated 180 resort stays. These vacations were provided to Wounded Warriors to use on convalescent leave while undergoing rehabilitation at the Joint Rehabilitation Center in Washington D.C. and other facilities. So our hats are off to GVR for donning their halos and making these vacations happen! For more information on GVR, click here.


Just In From CalVet

CalVet

Long Term Care/Housing

Are you in need of long term care or housing? The Barstow Veterans Home has NO WAITING LIST for Residency in two levels of care: Independent Living and Intermediate Nursing Levels of Care. The 400-bed, long-term care facility is located on 22 acres,  with a panoramic view of the Mojave River Valley. The Veterans Home provides California veterans with a living environment that protects their dignity and contributes to their feeling of self-reliance and self-worth.  The Veterans Home of California in Barstow enjoys the strong support from the local community as well as camaraderie from the neighboring Marine Corps Logistics Base and the National Training Center at Fort Irwin.  For more information 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.


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.
To check out our Employment Area, click here.


Featured Employer

Amgen

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.


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
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.


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


$50 Visa Gift Card !

Training for Military Spouses

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.


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

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


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


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/

Free Community Symposium

National Resource Directory

Newport Beach, CA
NewStartToday.org is a non-profit organization that helps you get back on your financial feet. Stressing the 3 R's of Financial Support/Literacy (Rescue, Restore, Rebuild), NewStartToday will be presenting a free seminar on Saturday, February 11th  in Newport Beach, CA. Among the topic discussed will be reducing and solving financial stress, debt and tax relief, and making good credit decisions. There will also be employment opportunities from companies and organizations that are looking to train and hire.  The event offers personalized, one-on-one consultations and interviews. All are welcome.  Guest speakers and the two hour long symposiums begin at 9:00 a.m. and run every three hours until 7:00 p.m. You are encouraged to pre-register here. For volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, call John T. Moss at 949-313-2026.


Development Camp for Rowers

Development Camp for Rowers

USABA, in partnership with USRowing and U.S. Paralympic , is pleased to host the first development camp for rowers with physical disabilities A special invitation is extended to disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces who sustained physical disabilities (vision loss and lower- and upper-body amputee). Financial support for injured service men and women is available. Participants will increase their individual rowing technique, build rowing confidence, provide opportunities to row in a team boat and learn the skills of competitive racing. For more information, click here.

For more information, contact Garrett Klugh, Camp Coordinator at gklugh@hotmail.com or call (609) 933-9800 or Rich Cardillo, USABA Military Sports Coordinator at military@usaba.org or call (719) 866-3221.


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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.

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.

Allison Vencel
Recipes Galore!

Description: Allison Vencel

 

Hey, Mom, What's for Dinner?

Thanks to our resident recipe blogger, that question will never have you stumped again! Self-taught gourmet cook/chef, author and avid cookbook collector and blogger, Allison Vencel honed her craft as a military spouse stationed at RAF Alconbury, Cambridgeshire, England. During her travels through Europe, Canada and most of the States, Allison became exposed to the culinary traditions of numerous countries and cultures. Her clear, concise recipes are accompanied by numerous photographs that will have even the most novice of cooks enjoying compliments to the chef! Be sure to read Allison's columns here.

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