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The spectacle and celebration of our nation's 236th anniversary is now a memory. Along with waving the flag and singing patriotic songs, the 4th of July reminds us of our good fortune to live in the greatest country in the world. The United States is truly the land of the free and home of the brave, and we are all fortunate to live amongst everyday heroes. We are thankful for the brave men and women who serve or have served in the armed forces, our first responders, our healthcare professionals, and ordinary people who do extraordinary deeds.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Own Your Vacations!

Vacations

Major Discounts for Military & Veterans

Why stay in a hotel when you can own at a luxury resort? Fidelity Real Estate Agency | Timeshare Division specializes exclusively in vacation ownership resales. Fidelity Real Estate Agency is the most successful timeshare resale company in the industry. As the recommended resale broker for The Walt Disney Company’s Disney Vacation Club, when you choose Fidelity Real Estate Agency, you know you are working with a trusted company. They have a proven record of providing some of the best timeshare resales available, and will be able to provide you with the support and service you deserve, both now and in the future! Simply tell them where you want to own and they will help turn your dream vacation into a reality. Inventory is available worldwide. For more information, click here.


VeteransAid Foundation

Vets Aid

Military Connection is a Proud Supporter

VeteransAid Foundation is a not for profit foundation that aims to support our veterans for the long haul. By supporting and recognizing their valued and heroic service to our country, we are able to express our gratitude to these amazing men and women. It is our responsibility to help them return to and continue with the lives they left behind before their service. To help now, you can text your donation - text "VETS" to 80888 and you can automatically donate $10. Stay tuned for information regarding a star-studded benefit on November 10th, featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment. To find out more, please click here.


Weekend Retreat

TAPS Makeover

Southern California Weekend for Widows of the Fallen

Military Connection has joined forces with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and Operation Makeover to put together an over-the-top weekend in Southern California for 40 widows of fallen soldiers. The weekend will feature bonding, pampering and fun. The retreat, scheduled from August 1st to August 5th, will include makeovers, surfing lessons, a visit to the set of CSI:New York, and enjoying the sights and weather of So. CA. If you are in a position to help (transportation, activities, etc.) or you would like to make a financial contribution to TAPS or Operation Makeover, click here.


Short Sale Assistance for Military Homeowners

Short Sale

 

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced short sale assistance for military homeowners with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac Loans. FHFA Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco announced that military homeowners who receive Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders will be eligible to sell their homes in a short sale even if they are current on their mortgage. Because PCS orders often require quick moves and can create hardship for military homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages, many service members felt their only option was either to maintain financial obligations on two residences or to default on their mortgage. Under the new policy Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not pursue a deficiency judgment or any cash contribution or promissory note from members of the military with a change in duty station for any property purchased on or before June 30, 2012. For more information, click here.


A Word of Caution

Fraud Alert

Scam Alert!

Emails are being sent to individuals, including active duty military, military retirees and civilian employees which have the appearance of coming from Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS). In spite of the fact that these emails carry a .mil domain, they are NOT government emails. These emails promise additional compensation, but they are actually trying to rip you off. For more information, click here.


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.


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 in the VOW To Hire Heroes Act. For more information contact us.


The Military Connection Writers’ Circle

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 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


July 12th, Washington, D.C.

Compensation Report

Military Compensation Report

On Thursday, July 12th, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments release its latest report: Rebalancing Military Compensation, An Evidence-Based Approach. This groundbreaking study presents a new concept for changing the mix of pay and benefits in the military compensation system. The report presents a comprehensive approach for rebalancing the military compensation system based on the preferences of those who serve. The author of the study, CSBA Senior Fellow Todd Harrison, will present the key findings and recommendations of the study.

The event starts at 9am and is open to the public. It will be held at the National Press Club (529 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20045). Please RSVP to: rsvp@csbaonline.org. Seating is limited.


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.

Schools - Contact Us to advertise your School in the next newsletter.

Featured School

Westech College

Westech College - Veteran and Military Friendly

Westech’s Career Education curriculum is designed to incorporate the most widely used and up-to-date methods of teaching and technology practiced in the industry. Their dedicated educators are professionals drawn from their prospective industries and are experienced in their respective fields. Westech’s goal is to facilitate and provide you with the best possible Career Training programs and educational experience. The Career Placement Department is active and dedicated to assist graduates in finding suitable employment. For more information, click here.


Casting Call

Bunim Murray

Live Fire!

Bunim-Murray Productions is casting weapons specialist military veterans for a brand new competitive challenge show, LIVE FIRE! If you are former military, at least 18 years old, and are ready to compete, you could win a big cash prize. To apply, email the following info to livefirecasting@bunim-murray.com: your name, email address, a contact phone number, and a brief bio telling them what makes you the “ultimate competitor”. Please include your credentials in the bio and attach several recent photos to your email. (The photos MUST be attached to the e-mail, as they will not visit external websites to view your pictures). Interviews are by appointment only and they are casting quickly, so contact them ASAP if you are interested.


Are You Ready For Your Closeup?

Ricki Lake Show

Makeovers - Fatigues to Fabulous!

The Ricki Lake Show is looking for female veterans who have separated from the military within the last 4 years to receive “the works”. They’re pulling out all the stops for women who are having a hard time letting go of the fatigues and transitioning back into civilian life and civilian fashion. If you’re in California, you’re outgoing with a great story to tell, and your family/friends want to see you looking fabulous, email a PHOTO and a PHONE NUMBER to info@militaryconnection.com and you will be contacted with more details. The deadline for consideration is July 31st, but don’t wait until the last minute.


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.

Employers - Contact Us to advertise your career opportunities in the next newsletter.


Featured Employer

Health Management

Calling All Physicians

Health Management Associates, Inc. is an owner and operator of 70 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

Gwinnet County Gov

 

As Georgia's second largest county, Gwinnett is a family of lively, growing communities and a great place to live. Known for its laid-back lifestyle and unique town centers, Gwinnett offers the best of all worlds: family-friendly communities and big city amenities the Atlanta region has to offer. If you are looking for a career in Law Enforcement, Public Administration or Technology, Gwinnett County is hiring. Click here to view job openings.


Fort Hood Job Fair

Military Edge

July 12th Job Fair

The Military Edge is hosting a job fair on Fort Hood, TX on July 12, 2012. This job fair is free and open to the public. The Military Edge National Job Fairs are held near major military installations across the country, allowing companies the opportunity to meet face-to-face with transitioning/former military personnel and civilians.Job seeker registration not required. Dress for success, bring plenty of resumes, and be prepared to talk to company recruiters that are hiring! For more information visit them online or email twhite@themilitaryedge.com


Stop Loss Pay
Average Benefit - $3,700!

Stop Loss

Deadline Extended to October 21st - Claim it or Lose it

The deadline to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay has been re-instated and extended to October 21, 2012. Service members and veterans whose military service was involuntarily extended under the “Stop Loss” program between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Sept. 30, 2009, are eligible for special retroactive pay. The special pay is compensation for the hardships the involuntary extensions caused, officials said. Eligible members or their beneficiaries may submit a claim to their respective military service to receive $500 for each full or partial month served in a Stop Loss status. Because the majority of those eligible had separated from the military, many eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries are not aware of the benefit. For more information, click here.


Donate a Seed for Hope

Field for Hope

Eradicate the Stigma of Depression

On July 1st, the International Foundation for Research & Education on Depression (iFred) launched Field for Hope. The project joins together fifteen non-profits that are working to de-stigmatize depression by planting 1 million sunflowers worldwide. Why sunflowers? Sunflowers grow towards sunlight, are the color that symbolizes joy, happiness and hope, and are rich in nutrients that are important to those suffering from depression. To donate a seed or for more information, visit them on the web.


Military & Veteran Discounts

Vet Discounts

You Deserve a Deal!

Many businesses honor Veterans and Servicemembers by offering discounts on goods, services and dining. Most businesses require some proof of military service, which could be a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers) or in some cases, a picture of the veteran in uniform will suffice. We apologize in advance if you are unable to take advantage of any of the discounts or freebies due to the lack of acceptable I.D., non-participation of your local establishment in their national chain’s programs, etc. The companies are listed here, but we always advise calling ahead for verification.


Women With a Purpose
July 20th

Women with a purpose

Ladies, Stand Down!

U.S.VETS, in partnership with CalVet, is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Female Veteran Stand Down, "Women With a Purpose". The stand down is on July 20th in Los Angeles, CA. It will take place at USC, and bring together over 95 service providers to offer free medical, mental health, dental, nutrition, housing services, employment workshops, legal services, financial counseling, and daycare to female veterans. MilitaryConnection.com is a proud supporter of US VETS and CalVet. For more information, click here.


Working for California's Veterans

Calvet

 

With one of the largest Veteran populations in the country, CalVet, is constantly at work for California’s Veteran population. Their main goals are: increasing the accessibility and utilization of benefits and services to Veterans and their families; providing the highest quality of care and services to the state’s Veterans and their families; and creating fiscal and operational efficiencies within CalVet. MilitaryConnection.com is proud to support the California Department of Veteran Affairs. To keep current on their progress, check out their newsletters here.


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 new veterans business owners.


 

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