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August 4th marks the anniversary of the beginning of the war in Vietnam. Although the conflict was one of the most unpopular wars ever, it was the Vietnam Veterans who paid the price. There are organizations that are working to properly thank these Veterans. What is most heartwarming, however, is the Vietnam Veterans that are working to ensure that OIF and OEF Veterans don't suffer the same fate. If you encounter an active duty serviceman, please remember to say, "Thank you for your service." If you encounter a Veteran, from any era, please take a moment to say, "Thank you and welcome home." It is an expression of gratitude that is greatly appreciated.

Warm regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


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Mentoring Military Children

Big Brother Big Sister

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County received a grant to reach out to military families and provide support through their Military Mentoring Program. The grant was provided by the OJJDP, with a letter of support from the Department of Defense. The program joins military children with Big Brother and Big Sister mentors. These children often face unique challenges that may include separation and loss, in addition to the stresses of military life. Their mentors provide additional support for both children and parents. The program has proven to encourage and improve the children’s educational endeavors and build healthy relationships. The goal is to match a caring adult mentor with any military child who needs or wants one. For more information, email Joy O’Campo or Melissa Gallagher, or call Big Brother Big Sisters Orange County at 714-544-7773. To reach National Big Brothers Big Sisters click here.


Mortgage Rates Hit New Lows ! Refinance with No Closing Costs

Vets Can Save

Serving Those Who Serve

At Vets Can Save, "Vets serving Vets" is more than just an advertising slogan. Joseph Kelly and his team specialize in helping veterans increase their savings and reduce their debt through mortgage strategies. With mortgage rates at a 60 year low, it is time for a "mortgage checkup" if you're currently above 4.00%*
No Points, No Closing Costs, No Kidding BELOW 4% !!

  • New programs for FHA homeowners
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You should consider refinancing with NO CLOSING COSTS! No other program is as simple to enroll in, or as easy to qualify for than the FHA and VA Streamline Refinance. Loans can close in less than 30 days. For more information, with no obligation, contact them on the web at VetsCanSave.com.
* Additional Mortgage Programs Available


Support the VeteransAid Foundation

VeteransAid

 

In 2010, the VeteransAid Foundation (VAF) was formed to help raise funds and awareness for Veterans' causes. VeteransAid, a non-partisan organization, has set out to become the voice of the US veteran community by partnering with existing organizations dedicated to veterans' issues. Through high-profile events, such as concerts, corporate sponsorship, cause marketing programs and national social movements, VeteransAid has set its fundraising goals at an estimated $200 million annually. These funds will be raised and distributed to support programs and services which have a sustained impact on the lives of veterans and promote better living conditions, financial stability, medical and psychological improvements and, overall healthy individuals and families. Click here to receive news and information about the foundation, upcoming events and how you can help. MilitaryConnection.com is a Proud Supporter.


Wonderful Non-Profit

Harvesting Happiness

 

Military Connection CEO Debbie Gregory is a regular guest on Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio, and you can listen to the podcast of her most recent appearance here. Harvesting Happiness 4 Heroes (HH4Heroes) is a nonprofit corporation delivering no-cost, stigma-free post-deployment reintegration programming for returning service members and their families challenged by Post-Traumatic Stress. The focus is on keeping these American heroes and their families happy, healthy, and connected. HH4Heroes offers nationwide workshops, seminars and coaching sessions regarding daily reintegration, adjustment measures and restoring a base point for future happiness, while managing the effects of PTSD. Reintegration Strategies is a no-nonsense handbook that is a must read for all military. Check out other great items that can bring greater wellbeing into your life and the lives of others at Shop Happy. Happiness is an inside job™.


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.

Featured School

Refridgeration School

MyCAA, Military and Veteran Friendly

RSI career programs are structured to help you train and start a rewarding career in just 6 months. Their students receive hands-on training to gain the skills and techniques for a career edge. A strong emphasis is placed on developing job-friendly refrigeration techniques and electrical skills with diagnostic and mechanical technology proficiency. Programs include Refrigeration Technologies, Electro-Mechanical Technologies, and Associates of Occupational Studies in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering. With classes taught by industry professionals with on the job experience, RSI graduates are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in an entry level position for both residential and commercial environments. For more information, click here.


Featured School

Tulsa Welding School

MyCAA, Military and Veteran Friendly

With campuses in Jacksonville, FL and Tulsa, OK, the Tulsa Welding School offers practical, hands on training in industries ranging from Car Racing, Solar Technology, HVAC/Refrigeration to Auto Manufacturing, Construction, Structural Steel Fabrication, Pipe Fitting, Aerospace/Aviation and more. GI Bill and MyCAA programs available to Veterans, Active Duty and Dependents (check with our campus for specific eligibility). Special Pricing for Military Students, Spouses & Dependents. For more information, click here.


Support Coming Home Project

Coming Home Project

Simulate a Better World Challenge

The Coming Home Project has, since 2007, served over 2,500 post 9/11 service members, veterans and their families from 45 states with reintegration programs characterized by compassion, excellence and innovation. Coming Home is a finalist in WILL Interactive's "Simulate a Better World Challenge." If selected, WILL and Coming Home plan to create a powerful, state-of-the-art interactive learning platform to assist veterans find jobs and employers find, connect effectively with, hire and retain them. As the only veteran services organization among the four finalists, Coming Home needs your vote. Simply go to http://willinteractive.com/challenge, select "Veteran Transition and Reintegration into the Workforce - Coming Home Project" and then click "Submit." For more information on the Coming Home Project, 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


Veteran Business Owners
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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.
Coming soon - Training for future veterans business owners. New program starting in California.


Support Team Fisher House

Team Fisher House

 

Team Fisher House has hit a milestone at the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon. The Team topped $100,000 in June, well on their way to reaching the $400,000 goal. There are only 19 race slots available for the sold-out MCM in Arlington, VA (10/28 - registration deadline 8/10). Race slots are still available for the sold-out Army Ten-Miler in Washington, DC on 10/21 (registration deadline 8/30). Visit www.TeamFisherHouse.org for more information and/or to register. MilitaryConnection.com is a proud sponsor of Team Fisher House. Fisher House Foundation's "comfort homes", located at major military and VA medical centers, enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center, providing the comforts of home in a supportive environment. No family ever pays to stay at any Fisher House! Go to TeamFisherHouse.org to join their team of Champions for Military Families.


Female Military Doctor Awards

Military Doctor

 

Don’t miss the chance to recognize inspiring female physicians for their leadership and military service. Nominations are underway for the 4th annual "Building Stronger Female Physician Leaders in the MHS" awards program is underway. You can nominate female physicians serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Public Health Service. The deadline is September 28, 2012. Click here to learn more about the selection criteria and process, or download the nomination form here. If you would like to tell us about your favorite military doctor contact us at info@militaryconnection.com


Hiring America’s Heroes

Hiring Veterans

Pledge Jobs For Heroes

MilitaryConnection.com is proud to announce our new initiative, Hiring America's Heroes. Help us connect veterans, disabled veterans and spouses with jobs. We are especially interested in jobs that can be performed remotely. Let's bring jobs back to America! There are significant tax credits, up to $9,600 for employers who hire Veterans from the VOW To Hire Heroes Act. For more information contact us.


Thousands of Jobs

Thousands of Jobs

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.


Making the Transition

Reboot Workshop

Assisting Veterans

After serving in the military, making the transition back to civilian life can be a difficult challenge. This is especially true for the newer and younger generation of servicemen and women who deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan. There is an enormous need for transitional counseling and services to assist them in finding employment and adjusting to the social environment of the civilian world. That’s where Reboot Workshop comes in. REBOOT is a new and innovative program that aims to address the complex needs of recently separated service members and veterans. REBOOT gives them the confidence and know-how to address their needs by combining psycho-social training with real-time employment strategies over a 15-day period. REBOOT’s proven evidence-based social solutions provides veterans with the skills and knowledge to successfully integrate/reintegrate into civilian life and seek and maintain meaningful employment. For more information, click here.


Featured Employer

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls - #1 of 100 Best U.S. Corporate Citizens

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader that creates quality products, services and solutions that make essential contributions to the modern world in which we live, work and travel. With careers from finance to engineering to administration, Johnson Controls’ employees have the opportunity to learn and develop, to grow and perform to their fullest potential. They work in an environment that values their ideas, teamwork and personal safety. Their 162,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. In 2011, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #1 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. To view current open positions, click here.


Featured Employer

Amegen

 

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.


 

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LDW3
Gary Sinise Benefit Concert

Gary Sinise

September 15th, Honoring Severely Wounded Veterans

On September 15th, 2012, the Independence Fund will once again host Gary Sinise as he leads the Lt. Dan Band in a concert honoring severely injured veterans. The sales of American “Freedom Flags” by organizers of the upcoming Lt. Dan Weekend 3 (LDW3) will raise money to help severely wounded veterans and will also honor a purchaser’s loved one, business or group. All proceeds go to the Independence Fund, a 100% volunteer effort dedicated to providing the tools, therapies and guidance to those veterans severely injured in the War on Terror that they otherwise are not receiving. If you would like more information on LDW3, click here. For more information on the Lt. Dan Band, click here. MilitaryConnection.com salutes Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.


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