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June is known for weddings, dads and grads. Let us all remember that there are dedicated men and women who will not be with their loved ones to celebrate these milestones because they are in service to our country. The sacrifices they make don’t end there. June 27th has been designated as National PTSD Awareness Day. The day is intended to increase awareness about PTSD and help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health issues. The legislated date is the birthday of Staff Sgt. Joe Biel, who suffered from PTSD after serving two tours in Iraq. Unfortunately, Staff Sgt. Biel took his own life. The DoD reports that the VA has treated more than 217,000 veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq for PTSD, with many cases of PTSD unreported. To learn more about post-traumatic stress, visit the VA’s National Center for PTSD at http://www.ptsd.va.gov.

On a personal note, we would like to thank everyone who has supported us in the Mission: Small Business qualifying round. We far surpassed the number of votes required, and look forward to moving on in the competition.

Warm regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO

Hiring America’s Heroes

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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.

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.

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.

VeteransAid Foundation

Vets Aid

Military Connection is a Proud Supporter

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 expresses our gratitude to these amazing men and women. We have a responsibility to assist 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.

Disneyland Special

Disneyland Military Special

Park Hopper Tickets for Military

The Disneyland Resort is saluting U.S. military personnel by offering 3-Day Park Hopper tickets for just $99 each, through September 28, 2012. The 3-Day Park Hopper tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets by any eligible U.S. military personnel or their spouse for just $99. Restrictions apply. For information regarding Military Promotional Tickets, military personnel may contact their participating U.S. military base ticket office or click here. To check out other deals for military and Veterans, visit our Deals Page.

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band


Actor Gary Sinise quietly tours with his musical crew known as the Lt. Dan Band. Basically, they’re a cover band who joins forces with the USO and flies anywhere there are stationed troops, with the goal of entertaining and letting them know they are truly appreciated for all their efforts. Additionally, the Lt. Dan Band's performs at many events which are open to the public, but much of the calendar is filled with private concerts dedicated to supporting our veterans, military volunteers and their families. For upcoming 2012 benefit concerts click here.




Air Force Village West (AFVW) is Southern California’s premier continuing care retirement community located on 221 acres in Riverside, California and provides its residents with high quality services and amenities. Eligibility is open to those 60 or better who have served their country, government or community. At AFVW, their residents enjoy a vibrant retirement lifestyle with others who share the same values, as well as an adventurous, independent outlook on life. AFVW is conveniently located near golf courses, March Air Reserve Base exchange and commissary, airports, mountain resorts, beaches, and casinos. AFVW offers 15 different floor plans ranging from 644 to 3,300 square feet. For more information, click here.

Deadline Extended to October 21st

Stop Loss

You’ve Earned It - 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.

Complete Your Bachelor’s Degree Online In Less Than 18 Months!

Central Christian College

Featured School

Students enrolling in Central Christian College’s Criminal Justice degree program receive a free iPad for online study. Central Christian College, a non-profit, accredited institution, is proud to offer America’s Heroes online programs in Criminal Justice, Ministry, Sports Management and Aviation Management. You and your family can receive a quality education by using military benefits and applying to our college’s fast, online process. With over 120 year of experience in adult education, Central Christian understands the importance of a degree to you and your family. Courses are flexible, affordable and designed for rapid completion. If you are familiar with Facebook or Twitter, you will love their online learning platform that makes communicating with your online instructors and fellow students easy and convenient. Take the next step toward a rewarding future with higher earning potential! Call 888-312-0395 or click for more information.

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.

Santa Isn’t Just for December Anymore

Santa America


Did you know that there are a LOT of professional Santas that are ready, willing and able to provide love, hope and joy to the American Soldier by just contacting Santa-America.org? In fact, LCDR Jack Arthur (USN-Ret) is in charge of the year-round Santas who currently volunteer in local hospitals and hospices. These Santas stand at the ready to visit base hospitals or, if needed, at bases for an early Christmas party to those being deployed, or a late party to welcome home those who missed the Christmas Season. Please contact volunteer coordinator Elf Nita at [email protected] for additional info.

Veteran Business Owners


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.

Honoring California's Female Veterans

US Vets


U.S.VETS' 2nd Annual Female Veteran Stand Down will 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. "Women With a Purpose" will be held in Los Angeles on Friday, July 20, 2012 at the USC-Davidson Conference Center Campus from 8am to 4pm. MilitaryConnection.com is a proud supporter of US VETS. For more information, click here.

Free Show for Those Who Serve

GI Comedy

The GIs of Comedy

Standup Comics. All Veterans. Still Serving. One Joke at a Time. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the GIs of Comedy at their last L.A. show before they hit the road. Mark your calendar for June 29th for the show at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal Citywalk. Admission is FREE for Veterans, Active Duty, Guard & Reserve. RSVP to [email protected] by June 28th with the name of the attendees. To check out their upcoming tour dates, click here.

Twin Cities Heroes Parade

Twin Cities


A grassroots team of citizens have come together to present a fun and memorable parade to honor veterans, active service members and their families. They hope the parade will act as a community unifier and demonstrate their appreciation for those who serve, past and present. They also hope to promote awareness of the unique challenges that face veterans and their families, and to act as a catalyst for action by community members all over the state to do something positive for their service members, veterans and families in their area. For more information, visit them on the web.

Guided European Battlefield Tours

Battlefield Tours


If a trip to Europe is part of your upcoming vacation plans, here is a fascinating add-on for all you history buffs. Matt Limb Battlefield Tours prides itself on delivering exclusive battlefield tours that satisfy the needs and requirements of its many and varied clients. Whether you are retracing the steps of a family member who may have paid the ultimate price of war, or just have a keen interest, being there is the only true way to fully understand what our forefathers endured on the field of battle. For more information, click here.

Valuable Read

Harvesting Happiness


Harvesting Happiness for Heroes: Reintegration Strategies for Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Grief, and PTSD offers a stigma-free approach to assisting active duty military, Veterans and their loved ones in healing the wounds of war, and rediscovering happiness in their hearts. The ultimate goal of the strategies presented in the book is stopping pain by understanding it, moving through it, and transforming the emotional recovery process with compassion, dignity, and support. For more information, click here.

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 [email protected]

Team Fisher House 2012 Military Races

Team Fisher House

I Want You!

Join Team Fisher House to GET A RACE SLOT and raise funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation at these 2012 SOLD OUT RACES:

  • Air Force Marathon
  • Army Ten-Miler
  • Marine Corps Marathon
By becoming a Champion for Military Families with Team Fisher House, you will be supporting America’s service members, veterans, and their families at their greatest times of need – during hospitalization for illness, injury, or disease. Find out more at www.TeamFisherHouse.org
MilitaryConnection.com is a proud Team Fisher House sponsor.

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Veterans' Scene

Veterans Scene

Q&A With VSO Ted Puntillo

Ted Puntillo, the Director of Veteran Services for Solano County, shares a wealth of information in matters that most concern our Veteran population. 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 shares important information on topics such as Veteran hearing loss, Aid & Attendance Benefits, Dependency & Indemnity Compensation, and more.


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