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March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant health issue which affects civilians and service members and veterans alike. The high rate of TBI and blast-related concussion events resulting from current combat operations directly impacts the health and safety of service members, Veterans and their families. The good news is that there has been a tremendous amount of research and advocacy as a result of war-related TBIs, and it's improving the way these injuries are being treated. Today, there are many organizations and non-profit groups that are working to improve the care for service members with TBI and increase education and awareness surrounding TBI.

Warm regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Featured School

Military and Veteran Friendly School

Liberty University has provided Christian distance education for over 25 years.  In fact, we pioneered the field.  Today, our online program has 70,000 students, and we offer over 115 programs of study with classes that are completed in convenient 8 week formats.  For our 20,000 military students, veterans, and their spouses, we offer tuition discounts, book vouchers for undergraduate students, and fee waivers.  We also offer a dedicated Military Affairs Office.  Military students speak to an advisor from this office who is equipped with specific knowledge about Military TA, the GI Bill, and Veterans’ Benefits. Liberty also offers a free evaluation of military training and experience for college credit based on the American Council on Education (ACE) guide recommendations and has a generous transfer policy. Begin your Future today!  Click for more information!

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Check out our Education Area including our Veteran School Directory & thousands of scholarships.


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Join us for CollegeWeekLive SPRING on March 21st & 22nd from 10am-10pm EST, where you can have live conversations with universities of interest to you, and gain advice from admissions experts. Watch live video presentations from current college students that have already been through the college search process... And enter to win a $1,000 scholarship! Sign-Up Now.


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!

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Housing Relief for Heroes

$116,785 + lost equity + Interest and more…

There will soon be support for our servicemembers and veterans, who were wrongfully foreclosed upon or denied a lower interest rate on their mortgages. Under a new agreement, the Federal government will 

  • Review every servicemember foreclosed upon since 2006 and provide any who were wrongly foreclosed upon with compensation equal to a minimum of lost equity, plus interest and $116,785;
  • Refund to servicemembers money lost because they were wrongfully denied the opportunity to reduce their mortgage payments through lower interest rates;
  • Provide relief for servicemembers who are forced to sell their homes for less than the amount they owe on their mortgage due to a Permanent Change in Station;
  • Pay $10 million dollars into the Veterans Affairs fund that guarantees loans on favorable terms for veterans; and
  • Extend certain foreclosure protections afforded under the Servicemember Civil Relief Act to servicemembers serving in harm’s way.

For more information, click here.



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

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.

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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.


More Reasons to
Hire Veterans

According to CalVet, businesses that openly support veteran causes, including veteran employment, stand to gain in ways they may not have considered. Research shows that business support of social causes is important to and rewarded by consumers. Additionally,  Veterans may strongly support a company, brand or product because it is owned or managed by, employs, or is loyally patronized by other veterans. Employers that support veterans– especially by offering them employment–stand to strengthen their talent pool, get substantial tax breaks and other savings, and gain a competitive edge. Equally, or perhaps even more important, is that hiring our nation’s heroes is the right thing to do. It improves their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities in which they live. Isn’t that the least we can do for them?


Featured Employer

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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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.


Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Veterans who have dependents may be able to use the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program to provide some assistance to their loved ones when they are no longer here.  The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program provides a monthly benefit to surviving spouses and dependent children of service members who die as a result of active military service. Surviving spouses of veterans may also be eligible for the benefit if the veteran died:

  • After military service as a result of service-connected disability;
  • Was rated with a 100 percent service-connected disability for more than 10 years; or
  • Was released honorably from the service at the 100 percent disability rate and dies within five years of discharge.
For more information, click here

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 (see listings below), but much of the calendar is filled with private concerts dedicated to supporting our veterans, military volunteers and their families. Some upcoming 2012 events are: April 13th - 29 Palms | April 14th - Ft. Irwin | May 19th - Ft. Carson | July 20th - Great Lakes NB | August 5th - DAV Convention. For more information, click here.


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Fisher House Marathons

Team Fisher House has opened registration for the 2012 Fundraising Teams for both the Marine Corps Marathon and the Air Force Marathon, with the Army and Navy registration opening soon. Fisher House Foundation’s "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers, 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/AFM to get more registration details.


FREE SURGERY FOR DISFIGURING WOUNDS

Iraq Star

The Iraq Star Foundation, now in its fifth year, provides free aesthetic surgery for soldiers wounded in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan wars.  265 Board Certified surgeons in 44 states are providing their skills to remove shrapnel, treat burn scars, revise artillery scars,  implant eyebrows, tooth restoration, etc.  If you have suffered a disfiguring wound,  call the Iraq Star Foundation at 310.245.6775 or 760.568. 4039 or contact us via email. Iraq Star's Mission is to prevent the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from permanently disfiguring young lives, please let them help you. Visit www.iraqstar.org and view videos of events and news coverage of Iraq Star wounded receiving their life changing surgeries.


Support for TBI

Info on Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. Each year there are a reported 1.7 million civilian brain injuries in the United States. In the military between 2000 and the fourth quarter of 2011, more than 230,000 service members sustained a TBI. Brain injury, caused largely by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), has become the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most brain injuries are mild, and most people recover in a matter of weeks. BrainLineMilitary.org provides military-specific information and resources on traumatic brain injury to veterans; service members in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve; and their families. Visit them on the web.


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


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 - We want to hear from you!


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.

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VA Offers Marriage Retreats for Returning Vets

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs is trying a new approach when it comes to caring for and healing our Nation’s wounded Veterans. Now, in addition to repairing their damaged bodies and minds, VA is attempting to go one step further and repair their crumbling marriages. Research shows that 70 percent of combat Veterans are experiencing marital problems, with 20% of them deciding to divorce before they even return home. When the VA’s marriage retreats first began, only Veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts were being accepted. Since then, the VA has opened the program to anyone who’s ever worn the uniform. For more information on upcoming marriage retreats please call 706-733-0188, extension 6118, 6114, or 6172.


2012 National Convention

The 2012 National Convention for the Distinguished Flying Cross Society will be held August 19 – 23, 2012 at the Seattle Airport Marriott Hotel in SeaTac, Washington.  The convention’s primary focus will be to honor those members of the Distinguish Flying Cross Society from World War II.   Numerous tours are planned in the region to include a tour of the Boeing Wide Body Plant in Everett,  The Flying Heritage Collection Museum,  Joint Base Lewis McChord, the Seattle waterfront, and Pike Place Market, to name a few.  The Distinguished Flying Cross Society has nearly 6,000 members and is headquartered in San Diego, California.  It is open to members of all five services that have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.  For more about the Society call 866-DFC-MEDAL (332-6332) click here.  For more information on the 2012 convention, send an email.


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


Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

In 2009, Actor Jon Voight surprised a few thousand people at a tribute to Vietnam Veterans held at California High School and said "I would like to see a day of true remembrance...to honor our Vietnam War heroes". On Sunday, March 25, 2012, at 11:00am, there will once again be a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day celebration at California High School, 9800 Mills Avenue, Whittier, CA 90604.  Jose G. Ramos, who served as a Medic in Viet Nam with the 101st Airborne Division, started this program in 2004. For more information go to www.whvvd.org, or call Jose Ramos at: 562-696-3965. All Military Veterans are invited to attend this celebration! 


 
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