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Although we appreciate our nation’s Military every day of the year, May is one of those months where we have a number of designated holidays: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, and National Military Appreciation Month. These observances allow us, as a country, to come together to formally honor, remember, recognize and appreciate all of those who have served and are currently serving. As we near Memorial Day, I hope you will join me in taking a moment to honor and thank those who gave so much to make our country great. Remember, they gave up all of their tomorrows so that we could live ours in freedom.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Deadline Extended to October 21st

Stop Loss

You’ve Earned 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.


2012 EANGUS Conference

EANGUS Conference

August 25th - August 29th (Expo Dates: 8/25-27)

Plan to attend the 2012 Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the U.S. 41st General Conference/Expo. Complimentary admission to the Career/Education Fair (Military Friendly Schools; ESGR H2H Mobile Job Store). Refer a vendor or potential exhibitor to qualify for a prize drawing To register, click here. For Industry- Interact with influential National Guard mid-management/end-users, policy & purchasing decision-makers. Industry authorized to register only if a firm is an exhibitor or sponsor. A hosted tour of the Boeing plant followed by EXCLUSIVE access of a “pre” opening of the trade show for TAGS/VIPs/Senior Leadership of seven Reserve Components. This is a multi-faceted opportunity to SELL…RECRUIT…TRAIN…HIRE & most importantly, support those who have given so much! For sponsorship, exhibiting, EANGUS Corporate Partnership & EANGUS CARES package information, click here.


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


Working for All Military Families

Vivianne Wersel

Dr. Vivianne Wersel - Making a Difference

After losing her beloved husband, Lt Col. Richard Wersel, Jr, Vivianne Wersel channeled her grief into action. Appalled by a two-tiered death benefit, Dr. Wersel made it her mission to correct inequities in survivors’ benefits and to optimize services provided to survivors. Read about how she lobbied Congress and made a difference for thousands of military families here.


Gary Sinise Featured on 60 Minutes

Gary Sinise

Helping Disabled Veterans

Inspired by the bravery and heroism of those who serve, Gary Sinise co-founded the Lt. Dan Band to entertain U.S. troops and raise money for gravely wounded warriors. Gary was recently featured on 60 minutes. In case you missed the airing, click here to see the interview. We hope you will go out and catch one of the Lt. Dan Band concerts if you get the chance, as they are AWESOME! To view some of their upcoming appearances click here.


Help VeteransAid Help Vets

VeteransAid

Text “VETS” to 80888 to Donate

There are currently thousands of veterans organizations at work in the United States today. Individually, they do not have the resources to adequately meet the urgent needs of the veteran community. A collective effort is necessary to help ease the burden our veterans face as they attempt to live normal lives while plagued with the adverse effects of war. VeteransAid’s mission is to provide a comprehensive, national fundraising platform and global social network in order to stabilize and strengthen the system by which awareness is heightened and veterans’ needs are met. We hope you will support VeteransAid by making a donation. Just text “VETS” to 80888 to donate now. MilitaryConnection.com is a proud sponsor of VeteransAid.


Advertising Discounts in Honor of Military Appreciation Month

Military Connection Newsletter

Attention: Employers, Colleges, Universities, Vocational Schools and Retailers

Military Connection.com provides you with outstanding advertising opportunities to reach an audience of over 800,000 with your jobs, educational opportunities, products and services. You may wish to evaluate various options including being featured on our newsletter. Please contact us for more information and learn about our Military Appreciation Month Special Discounts.

Additionally, MilitaryConnection.com is proud to donate resources to support the wonderful non-profit organizations that assist those who serve, past and present. If you would like us to assist you in getting the word out about your organization and what you are doing for military, veterans and their families, please contact us.


Attention: Veteran Students

Veteran Students

Tell Us If Your School is Veteran Friendly

We hear from many colleges and universities that we talk to just how much they value their Veteran students. Now we’d like to hear from you. If your college or university has gone above and beyond your expectations to ease your transition from military life to civilian life, we’d like to know about it. Please drop us a line at info@militaryconnection.com, and we may just feature your letter and your school on our website.


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.

Featured Yellow Ribbon School

Dyouville College

Veterans & Military

D'Youville College is a proud Yellow Ribbon School located in Buffalo, New York, easily accessible from NYC, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Rochester and Syracuse. D'Youville offers various degree healthcare programs including:
International Business - Accounting - Information Technology - Childhood Education - Adolescence Education - Nursing - Physical Therapy - Chiropractic - Pharmacy & More...
For more information: 1-800-777-3921


Featured School

Intercoast

Intercoast- Careers on Target

InterCoast is proud to provide education opportunities to veterans, service members and their families. We believe every military family member should have access to a quality education at an affordable price. InterCoast is Nationally Accredited by ACCET and is honored to serve those who have served our country. The education and skills training you’ll receive from InterCoast is directed toward the development of technical skills and knowledge, along with the development of professional attitudes and behaviors related to study and work habits, interpersonal communication skills and confidence. Week day and weekend programs are available with small class sizes. Campus locations are conveniently located in California, Maine & New Hampshire. Receive lifetime career assistance with your program enrollment. Request program information today by visiting www.intercoast.edu.


Talking With Heroes

Bob Calvert

Mission: Small Business Grant

Talking with Heroes is a non-political, online talk show that gives military personnel an opportunity to share the positive work they do worldwide. Guests include leaders from military support and veterans groups, ministries, companies, entertainers and others who support our troops and their families. Founder Bob Calvert needs our help to vie for a grant from Mission: Small Business in order to continue his good works. We hope you will take a moment to vote for him here. You can log in using your Facebook account, and fill in the business name field with TalkingWithHeroes (no spaces), select Colorado for the state, and Colorado Springs for the city. Then click on the “Vote” button, and you’re done! We thank you on Bob’s behalf.


National Veterans Small Business Conference

VET Biz Conf

June 26-29, 2012 Detroit, MI

Network with nearly 300 procurement decision makers from federal agencies at the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo! Join the event, sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in Detroit, June 26th through 29th. Learn why 77% of last year’s attendees said the National Veteran Small Business Conference helped them connect directly with procurement decision makers. This year’s National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo will run concurrently with two other events that are free and open to the public: the Veteran Open House, which was first introduced in 2011 and focuses on Veteran benefits, and the VA for Vets Hiring Fair, which was first held in January 2012 in Washington, DC and provides on-site hiring. Act fast! The deadline to secure housing ends May 25th. Click here for more information.


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.


Team Fisher House 2012 Military Races

Team Fisher House

I Want You!

Join Team Fisher House at the 2012 Navy Ten Nautical Miler, Air Force Marathon, Army Ten-Miler, or Marine Corps Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation. 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.

Team Fisher House Navy
Team Fisher House Air Force
Team Fisher House Army
Team Fisher House Marines
June 3
Millington, TN
September 15
Dayton, OH
October 21
Washington, DC
October 28
Arlington, VA


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 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.


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.


Featured Employer

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls

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.


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.


Free Veteran Hiring Fair

VA For VETS

 

Thousands of federal and private sector career opportunities are available nationwide. Veterans can register now and take advantage of free career coaching services to apply for these jobs in advance of the event. By applying for jobs early, Veterans increase their chances of securing an interview at the Hiring Fair and receiving a tentative offer on the spot. All experience levels and career types are welcome. The Veteran Hiring Fair is sponsored by VA for Vets. To learn more about VA for Vets and the Veteran Hiring Fair click here.


Give A Soldier A Night Off

Army Birthday Ball

J.R. Martinez Feted at Army Birthday Ball

He danced his way into the hearts of millions during last season's "Dancing With The Stars." J.R. Martinez, the Civilian Guest of Honor, will share the dance floor with hundreds of other Soldiers as they dance the night at the Army Birthday Ball. The event will take place on Friday, June 1st , in Long Beach, CA. And now it’s your turn to be a hero. “Give a Soldier A Night Off" is an opportunity for you to treat a local Soldier and his/her date to the annual Army Birthday Ball. Tickets are $285 per person. Tax-deductible donations of one or more seats, or contributions of $25, $50, $100 or more to sponsor enlisted Soldiers, non-commissioned officers and junior officers. The Army Birthday Ball is open to the public. Donations can be made or seats can be purchased online via a secure Pay Pal site. For more information, visit them on the web or call Patti Mente at 310-764-3336.


Military Spouses

Military Spouses Speak

We Want to Hear From You

You may not wear a uniform, but we salute you-for your sacrifices, your bravery, and for the support you give your spouse so that he or she can do what they do to protect the freedom we hold dear. Our new area "Spouse Speak" is a sounding board for military spouses to share what’s on your mind. This is a forum for you to speak to those who share a commonality with you that only can be understood by those who share the experience with you. We invite you to send your submission here.


Beth Steinke
Military Spouse and Mother

Beth Steinke

Finding A Better Way

Writer’s Circle contributor Beth Steinke is a proud, active duty Navy wife and mother who has faced head on the peaks and valleys of a military life. She knows all too well the struggles of deployment, the thrill of homecomings and the uncertainty of next year. For many years, Beth worked on behalf of military families with Operation Homefront, a non-profit supporting military families struggling with the challenges of deployment and pain of injury recovery. In Finding a Better Way, Beth shares her path to improving her life, and guides us towards finding our own path. You can read Beth’s article here.


Military Spouse Privilege Petition

Military Spouse

Sign, Support & Share!

NEED 25,000 Signatures by June 2nd

Please help Military Spouses by taking one minute of your time to sign this petition. EO 13473 is a non-competitive appointment authority that federal civilian agencies use to hire military spouses for government jobs. Spouses who move with their soldier to a new duty station, spouses of soldiers killed, disabled or injured in action may use this this benefit. Spouses have a 2 year window of eligibility from the date in the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. Some PCS orders indicate a report date that can be a month, six months, sometimes a year later! The clock on this two year eligibility begins ticking as soon as orders are received. When the report date is months later, there is a loss of time to use this benefit. Please take one minute to sign this petition to change the date to the report date; one minute is nothing compared to the sacrifices these spouses make to ensure that you have the freedom to sign this petition.


For Those Who Served in OEF/OIF/OND

VA Health Care

Have you registered for VA health care?

OEF/OIF/OND combat Veterans can receive cost free medical care for any condition related to your service in your theater of operation for five years after the date of your discharge or release. For this reason, combat Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply for enrollment within their enhanced eligibility period, even if no medical care is currently needed. Your 5-year enrollment period begins on your discharge or separation date from Active Duty military service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, your most recent discharge date. Comprehensive VA health benefits -- including preventative care, mental health care, prescriptions, emergency and surgical care -- are available to all Veterans (usually with a co-pay). Click here to register.


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.


The Kitchen Table Gang Trust

Welcome Home Troops

Welcome Home Troops

The Kitchen Table Gang Trust has been serving our veterans and military for over 32 years. You have probably seen them on the nightly news or in the local press, handing out flags to those who are welcoming home our troops. The Gang, a 100% voluntary operation with no paid staff, no office, no advertising department, have given out over 15,000 flags, but they need your help to continue. The men and women who are returning home as part of the draw-down of troops from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other overseas deployments deserve to be welcomed home by a sea of red, white and blue. To help the Gang continue their mission, please consider making a donation of any size here.


 

Twitter The Go To Site

WE DID IT! OVER 103,000 FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER!

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America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

Free National Parks Pass for Military

A Free annual pass is now available to active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173). The pass must be obtained in person at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. It covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge Entrance Fees, and Standard Amenity Fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites. The pass admits the pass owners and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to additional 3 adults at sites that charge per person. For more information, click here.


 
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