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Although we appreciate our nation’s Military every day of the year, May is National Military Appreciation Month. We, as a country, can come together to formally honor, remember, recognize and appreciate all of those who have served and are currently serving. As we near Memorial Day, let us all take a moment to honor and thank those who gave so much to make our country great. Traditional observance includes briskly raising the flag at dawn to the top of the staff, and then solemnly lowering to the half-staff position, in remembrance of those who gave their lives in service to their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who raise the flag to full staff. This symbolizes our resolve to never let their sacrifices be in vain, and to rise up and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all. Remember, they gave up all of their tomorrows so that we could live ours in freedom.

In tribute to my family, I invite you to share in our story through Bob Dotson’s Emmy Award winning “Fighting Grossmans”, chronicling eight brothers who answered our nation’s call to serve, all at the same time. As Dotson says, “America was built not just by great heroes or powerful politicians, but by ordinary people with wonderful ideas — by thousands whose names we don’t know, but should. They may not run for president or star on reality shows, but without their contributions, the kind of country we know would not exist.”
Thank you to all who serve, past and present, and to the loved ones who support them.

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com

(Reprinted with the kind permission of Joe Heller)


L.A. Galaxy Military Salute - June 3rd

LA Galaxy - June 3rd at 8PM - Home Depot Center

2 for 1 Ticket Offer

Your LA Galaxy will be honoring the men and women of our Armed Forces before and during the match against D.C. United on Friday, June 3 at 8pm at The Home Depot Center. The 1st Marine Division band will be hosting a pre-game concert and singing the national anthem. The Marine Corps Color Guard from Camp Pendleton will present the colors. The Air Force recruits will take their Oath of Enrollment in a pre-game ceremony. One member of the Air Force, Marines, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard will be honored prior to the match. Military members wishing to attend this special night are entitled to a 2 for 1 ticket offer and will receive 40% off concessions during the match. To purchase tickets, click here.


Villanova University

Military Experience Will Get You Noticed
Villanova Credentials Will Get You Hired

Increase your salary and your career opportunities with today’s most in-demand training: Learn Six Sigma, Project Management, Information Systems Security, Contract Management and more. Convenient and flexible, 100% online video-based e-learning from U.S. News-ranked Villanova University can also prepare you for respected industry certifications. Learn how active-duty servicemembers, reservists, veterans, spouses and depends receive 15% off each course. Click here!


Army Birthday Ball

Army Birthday Ball

Give A Soldier A Night Off

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (GLAC AUSA) will pay tribute to Hollywood at this year’s Army Birthday Ball, June 3 at the Long Beach Westin Hotel. The black tie gala includes an elegant meal, cabaret-style entertainment, a live band, and the 40th Infantry Division Band. The “Give A Soldier A Night Off” campaign sponsors local Soldiers and their spouses to attend the event.  Tickets are $285 per person.  Members of the public can make tax-deductible donations of one or more seats, or make contributions of $25, $50, $100 or more to sponsor enlisted Soldiers, non-commissioned officers and junior officers.  Open to the public, seats can be purchased or donations can be made here. For more info, call310 562-1121.


Have a Taste for Adventure?

Have a Taste for Adventure?

Do you have a strong interest in food, perhaps culinary skills or chef experience?  Are you interested in biology/zoology and anthropology?  Have Special Forces experience or wilderness survival training? Has hosting a television show ever crossed your mind?  If you fall into two or three of these categories and you’re physically fit, between 25 and 40, Icon Films wants to hear from you. For more information, email matt.richards@iconfilms.co.uk.


Lights, Camera, Action!

The Los Angeles Film School

Proud Yellow Ribbon School

Located in the heart of Hollywood, the Los Angeles Film School provides the best possible environment for learning the art of Filmmaking, Computer Animation, Game Production and Recording Arts. Taught by a faculty of industry-credited professionals, the classes give students a hands-on, industry-like experience with the creative and technical tools employed at all levels of the industry. Because they are committed to helping those who have bravely served our country, veterans, reservists, and their dependents may be eligible for educational benefits through a variety of programs.  Call 877.9LA.FILM  to speak with a Military Services Department representative or visit their website.

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 inquiries@militaryconnection.com or call us at (800) 817-3777.


Help for Care Givers

Elderly Care

Are you looking for free health information for an aging relative or friend? The National Institute on Aging (NIA) can help. Whether you want to know more about long distance caregiving, are interested in preventing falls and fractures, or have questions about  memory loss, the NIA has a variety of publications—many available in Spanish—for military and their families. And because the NIA is part of the National Institute of Health, you can be confident that the information is based on the most current scientific evidence. Read, download or order all of the NIA’s publications at no charge, including So Far Away: 20 Questions and Answers about Long Distance Care Giving by visiting them on the web atwww.nia.nih.gov/health.


Homefront America

Enjoy an evening of fine dining and support military families at the same time! Join Homefront America at Ciao Pasta Trattoria in San Juan Capistrano, CA on Tuesday, June 28th. For just $20, you can enjoy an authentic taste of Italy in view of the beautiful mission. Net proceeds benefit Homefront America.

For more information, click here.


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Class Begins June 6th

AHIT

American Home Inspection Training at No Cost to Service Members.

If you're currently in the military, there is no out of pocket cost for you to get started. If you happen to be a veteran, we have a substantial Vet discount for you.

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Physician Opportunities
in 15 States

Health Management Associates

Calling All Physicians

Health Management Associates, Inc. is an owner and operator of 60 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.


Benefit Concert

Rock for Vets 2

Bobby Kimball, the original lead singer of TOTO, along with a few of his friends, are headlining the second annual ‘Rock for Vets 2’ Benefit Concert on Saturday, July 30, 2011. Proceeds from the Long Beach, CA concert will provide musical equipment, coaching and opportunities for the Veteran Music Therapy Program. Tickets can be purchased or donated here. Additionally, The Rock Club has teamed up with Mobile Green, a mobile phone exchange company that is providing some greatly needed funding.  So please donate your unused mobile phone at the door.


Entrepreneurial Elegance

Entrepreneurial Elegance

Build and strengthen your entrepreneurial skills, allowing you to be more confident, purposeful, organized, effective, and successful in your business and your life. The master resume writing team of Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark present you with this opportunity to share in their critical knowledge, best practices, essential resources, innovative ideas, and much more. With ample opportunity for Q&A, you'll get specific answers to your individual questions. For more information, click here.


Knotts Berry Farm

Free Admission for Military Personnel

Knott's Berry Farm, Knott's Soak City Orange County and San Diego are pleased to announce that they will offer FREE admission to active and retired United States Military personnel on Sunday and Monday of both the Memorial Day and July 4th weekends as part of their Tribute to the Armed Forces program. In addition, active and retired members of the U.S. military will be able to purchase discounted admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) for Knott's Berry Farm and Knott's Soak City.  This free ticket offer will be available on the Sunday and Monday of both the Memorial Day and July 4th weekends and a valid military ID must be presented.


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.


Gary Sinise

A Musical Treat

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: Friday, May 27th, a Benefit for US Marine Cpl. Todd Nicely at The Family Arena, St Charles, MO; 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.


Check out your benefits!

Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers

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


Free Membership

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.


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Enter for a chance to Win: Portrairs of Heroes Song Contest

Portrait of Heroes Song Contest

If you have a military hero in your life, Sears is giving you a chance to have that hero’s life story turned into a song. Through June 1, veterans, service members, military spouses and family members are invited to submit a photo of their hero and describe, in 1,000 words or less, what makes him or her a star. Entries will be judged on the originality of the story, their connection to the “heroes” theme and how much the photo brings the story to life. Presented by Sears through its Heroes at Home program, which offers needed home renovations to military families. For more information or to apply online, click here.


Enter for a chance to Win: Portrairs of Heroes Song Contest

Take Control of Your Future

Allied Health Institute provides quality distance education in high demand job fields in a wide range of healthcare occupations. Most classes are completed entirely online, allowing students great flexibility, while receiving support from instructors, peers and student services. Programs that contain clinical training and externships are designed to enhance career skills, providing students with hands-on training and real-life experience.  Associate of Science Degree programs include: Alternative Medicine-Chiropractic Technologist, Medical Assisting and Healthcare Management.  Diploma programs include: Personal Trainer, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Assistant, Medical Coding Specialist, Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician, Massage Therapy, Home Health Aide, Phlebotomy Technician and Fire Officer I. For more information, click here.


Fast Turnaround Loans

Pioneer Military Lending

Pioneer Services - serving the military for over 20 years

When you need a simple, affordable military loan, Pioneer Services is here to help. Their online application is fast, easy, and confidential. They offer personal installment loans with manageable payments and no hidden fees. Fast, affordable military loans from $500 to $10,000 are available for all ranks and branches and retired military.


Support Iraq Star

Support Iraq Star

Our good friends at Iraq Star work to heal the wounds of war. This non-profit foundation is dedicated to providing reconstructive surgeries to assist war veterans recovering from physical and mental injuries. We hope you will support them by checking out the Iraq Star PX, where you can purchase merchandise such as hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, wristbands  and totes, with all profits going to the foundation.


Brads Deals

Hundreds of Deals & Discounts for Military

Thanks to BradsDeals.com, we have a list from "A" to "Z" of stores and businesses that offer year-round discounts to Active Duty Military and Veterans. To see the entire list that includes offers from Retail stores, Restaurants, Lodging and more, click here.

 

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