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June is a celebratory month, as we honor Dads and Grads, Brides and Grooms, and our American Flag. June 14th is Flag Day, the 234th anniversary of the resolution John Adams introduced before Congress mandating a flag to represent the United States. Most people know that the stars represent the states, and the stripes represent the thirteen original colonies. Lesser known is the symbolism of the colors-red for hardiness and courage, white for purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice. Our flag is the symbol of our nation's strength and unity. It's been a source of pride and inspiration for those who serve and have served our great country, as well as for millions and millions of citizens.

On a personal note, we would like to take this opportunity to wish MilitaryConnection’s own Eric Swain and his fiancée Dessiree the very best for their upcoming June 26th nuptials.


Debbie Gregory, CEO

Healthcare Jobs

Indian Health Service

Nationwide Health Care Careers with the Indian Health Service

When you finish your tour of duty, transition to the Indian Health Service and switch from your armed forces uniform to a US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps uniform. You’ll serve a population that needs your skills while keeping your career benefits and avoiding the hassle and expense of private practice. Best of all, your years of service will count toward federal retirement. IHS is hiring Physicians, Pharmacists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and other health care professionals — get all the details now at http://www.ihs.gov/corps.

Featured School

Colorado Technical University - Dept. of Military Education

Whether you are focused on advancing your career in the military, or seeking career opportunities in the civilian job market, Colorado Technical University’s Department of Military Education is ready to assist you. CTU is committed to providing support and advice about your education and career goals, and making quality college degrees flexible, accessible and rewarding to those who serve in the military, veterans and their spouses. For more information click here.

Featured School

American InterContinental University

American InterContinental University strongly supports the commitment, dedication and bravery exhibited by members of the U.S. Military. By designing education that is flexible and convenient, AIU makes it possible for you to earn an industry-current degree while you serve your country. Whether you are focused on continuing your career in the military or expanding your options in the civilian job market, AIU is uniquely positioned to serve you. For more information, click here.

Attention: Maryland Active Duty and Reserve Component Veterans

The Major General Boyd Cook Memorial Foundation

The Major General Boyd Cook Memorial Foundation provides assistance to post 9/11 Active Duty and Reserve Component Veterans not available from private and public sector entities. The foundation validates need for assistance and serves as a “clearing house”, coordinating assistance with federal, state and local community organizations. For more information, visit them on the web at http://www.mgbc-md.org

Featured Employer
Gwinnett County Government

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. Check out their job openings

PTSD Awareness

PTSD Awareness Day

PTSD Awareness Day: June 27th

June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day, and for the entire month of June, the VA's National Center for PTSD is working to increase PTSD awareness. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, or disaster. Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma. If the reactions don't go away over time or disrupt your life, you may have PTSD. Everyone can help. The more we know about dealing with trauma and PTSD, the more we can help others, loved ones, or even ourselves.

Please visit: www.ptsd.va.gov

Old Navy and OCC Join Forces for our Troops

Old Navy / Operation Care & Comfort

Operation Troop Donation

Hosted by Old Navy in collaboration with Operation Care and Comfort, the third annual “Operation Troop Donation” drive will take place July 1st through the 4th at Old Navy’s fleet of 1,000 US stores. Volunteers are needed in the stores to work alongside Old Navy employees to collect donated items, ask folks to write notes to the troops, etc. If you bring in items such as sunscreen, baby wipes, lip balm, hygiene items, etc. or purchase items such as socks, underwear, tees, flip flops or sunglasses in the store to donate, you will receive a 10% discount off of your entire purchase. Or you can donate $5 in the store to OCC and Old Navy will match the first $100,000 donated, and you will receive the 10% off your entire purchase! For more information, visit them on the web.

The Go To Site

Military Connection

MilitaryConnection.com, the Go To Site, is your online connection to the Veteran and Military communities. If you are a corporation or educational institution looking to reach out to these communities, let us assist you with a customized advertising program. For more information, contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at (800) 817-3777.

Fisher House Foundation

Marine Corps Marathon

*No Federal or Marine Corps endorsement of sponsor is implied

Support Team Fisher House

GUARANTEED Marine Corps Marathon Race Slots! Run to support our wounded warriors and their families. Become a Champion for Military Families at the 2011 MCM to raise money and awareness for Fisher House Foundation. Only a $500 fundraising requirement with all the tools you need to meet and beat that minimum. For more information and/or to register for the team go to http://www.teamfisherhouse.org/MCM

Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay

Calling All Stop-lossed Servicemembers...

Just in case you had forgotten, the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act authorized retroactive stop loss special pay of $500 for every month/partial month served in stop loss status.

Service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended under stop loss between 9/11 and September 30th 2009 are eligible.
The following service-specific sites provide more information and allow you to begin the RSLSP claim process.

Army: 877-736-5554 | Marine Corps: 877-242-2830 
Navy: 901-874-4427 | Air Force: 800-525-0102

More information on the Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay

Phone Apps for Heroes

TBI Phone App

TBI and PTSD Aided by Technology

Smartphone applications and upgrades designed to aid in the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are coming in April, providing new options for service members and their families. Users monitor anxiety, stress, depression, brain injury, post-traumatic stress or general well-being, and the results are charted over time. The goal is to a gain better understanding of emotions and the events they are linked to or caused by, and provide health care professionals with better data for diagnostic planning and the treatment analysis.

Developers at T2 are making an upgraded version of the software also available for iPhone and iPad through the iTunes store. Coming in April is a new app called “Breathe2Relax,” a portable stress management tool.

Visit their website: http://t2health.org/

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Help Fight Breast Cancer

Army of Women

The Army of Women is dedicated to representing all women in breast cancer research. Women of all ages, ethnicities, sizes, and shapes, both women who have had breast cancer and women who have not, are being asked to volunteer. Regardless of whether you are African American, Asian, Caucasian, or Latina, regardless of your age or lifestyle, you are needed. The Love/Avon Army of Women will accelerate the research necessary to discover ways to prevent breast cancer. The goal is 1 million. For more information or to sign up, click here.

Military Connection.com Job Board

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.

You've Earned Them!


Attention Veterans

eBenefits is your one-stop shop for online benefits-related tools and information. This portal is designed for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Service Members, their families, and their caregivers. A Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense Explore eBenefits

Iraq Star Motorcycle

Win a Custom $100K Motorcycle & Help Wounded Warriors

September 11th, 2011 will be the day that the new owner of this custom built motorcycle will be announced.  This one of a kind motorcycle has been a part of Iraq Star's a year-long campaign to raise awareness and donations so that Iraq Star can assist our Wounded Warriors. Iraq Star provides reconstructive surgery to American Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Your minimum $100 donation will get you in the running. For more information, or to enter, click here.

The Lt. Dan Band

Gary Sinise

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band!  Upcoming Military events for this outstanding band include: July 2nd  at Ft. Rucker,  July 4th at Joint Base Lewis/McChord, July 5th at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, and July 15th at Great Lakes Naval Base.

Upcoming public events include: Saturday, July 16th, 6th Annual Rockin' For the Troops Benefit Concert, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL; and Friday, July 29th, Salute to Veterans, EAA AirVenture  Oshkosh, WI, sponsored by EAA Warbirds of America and the Disabled American Veterans. Click here for more info.

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Launch Event Gala


Created by two Operation Iraqi Freedom Marine Corps Veterans, HonorVet.org is a non-partisan organization focused solely on the health and well-being of the men and women who have so bravely served our country. The not-for-profit organization will be holding its Launch Reception and Gala Dinner on Saturday, June 18th at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach, CA. Honored guests include Senator and Mrs. John McCain, and Brothers at War producer Jake Rademacher. Lt. Colonel Orson Swindle III and Commander James Marvin, USN Retired and Louis Zamperini will be the honored speakers. The evening will also feature a live feed to Afghanistan and a Silent Auction. To purchase tickets, donate tickets/tables to active military so that they may attend in your honor,  or for more information, click here.

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