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I think it’s appropriate that Thanksgiving falls a few weeks after Veterans Day; it reminds us that we need to continue to honor and thank those who serve, past and present. Because such a small percentage of the population serves in the Armed Forces, most of us don’t know the sacrifices that are made on a daily basis by military families. So let’s make a conscious effort to remember those in uniform, and the families that serve alongside them, not only on specified holidays, but all year round. A small act of kindness, or just saying thank you for your service, goes a long way. You can also seek out organizations that could use your help as a volunteer or a donation to help a military or Veteran family. Contact us if you need assistance in finding a wonderful non-profit.

Warm regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Gary Sinise Foundation

Gary Sinise

 

Gary Sinise has been a huge supporter of those who serve. He is the “Bob Hope” of our generation and gives generously of his time and resources. Gary and the Lt. Dan Band perform for our troops at over 40 bases annually. In July of last year, Gary launched the Gary Sinise Foundation to honor the Nation's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. The foundation provides and supports unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. For more information on the Lt. Dan Band, click here.


 

ASMBA

Free Membership - for Military & Retirees

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!


Share Your Thoughts

Writers Circle

The Military Connection 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.com 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.


Historically Low Rates

Vets Can Save

 

How about a gift that keeps on giving? If your current mortgage rate is 3.5% or higher, you may be able to refinance before Christmas and save hundreds of dollars every month. You can even skip a payment - all for little to no closing costs. Offering FHA, VA, and Conventional mortgages, VetsCanSave clients benefit from an additional mortgage management program called ArcLoan®. Automatic Rate Cut (ARC) allows veterans to take advantage of interest rate cycles by lowering their mortgages for little to no cost when rates fall, increasing savings and reducing debt. The mission statement at Vets Can Save is “If we can help, we want your business. If we cannot, we want to educate and point the way, within our best ability.” For information, with no obligation, click here. We passionately serve Vets and their families.


Man's Best Friend

Veterans Moving Forward

 

Veterans Moving Forward, Inc. (VMF) announced the placement of its first trained service dog. This month, in honor of Veterans Day, Marine combat veteran Sergeant Kelsey Smith received assistance dog Lori as his permanent partner. A 501(c)(3) public charity, (VMF) is the only veteran-centric, non-profit foundation dedicated to providing trained therapy and service dogs to veterans with physical and mental health challenges. VMF’s service dog program and therapy dog teams meet veterans where veterans are in need—military and veteran hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and with private clinicians. Currently, VMF has eight dogs in the assistance dog training pipeline and is seeking volunteers to help raise, socialize and train future service dogs. If you are interested in learning how to help, or a veteran facing physical or mental health challenges, visit them on the web, on Facebook, or call 866-375-1209.


Free to Join

Gov Vacation Rewards

Get Away From It All

One of the largest websites for travel discounts is Government Vacation Rewards. As a Military Connection subscriber, you will automatically receive a reward credit of $150.00 to use on your first cruise or resort stay. You and your family members not only have access to this free travel rewards program, but also to private fares and inventory, without the huge markup usually found on public sites. Additionally, you can earn rewards on travel. To find out more about Government Vacation Rewards, click here.


Good Read

Good Read

1001 Things To Love About Military Life

Written for today’s military family, active duty service members and Veterans, 1001 Things to Love About Military Life reminds us that people, places, sentiments, and ceremonies are what make today’s military what it is. Written by Tara Crooks, Starlett Henderson, Kathie Hightower and Holly Scherer, the book is full of heartwarming stories and laugh-out-loud lists. This inspiring look at military life is perfect for any military-vested reader. For more information, click here.


Featured School

Westech College

Career Training

Westech College - Veteran and Military Friendly Westech’s Career Education curriculum is designed to incorporate the most widely used and up-to-date methods of teaching and technology practiced in the industry. Their dedicated educators are professionals drawn from their prospective industries and are experienced in their respective fields. Westech’s goal is to facilitate and provide you with the best possible Career Training programs and educational experience. The Career Placement Department is active and dedicated to assist graduates in finding suitable employment. For more information, click here.


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.

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ThanksUSA

Making Education Dreams Come True - ThanksUSA

ThanksUSA was featured front and center on American Eagle’s Billboard in Times Square! Since its inception in 2006, ThanksUSA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, has provided 2,800 scholarships, worth almost $8.5 million, to military households in all 50 states, across all branches of service, including the National Guard and Reserves and the families of the wounded and fallen. ThanksUSA’s scholarships are need-based – directly benefiting those who most need and deserve the opportunity to transform their lives. With these scholarships, the spouses and children of our troops can open doors and pursue educational and job opportunities otherwise out of reach. For the 2013-2014 academic year, ThanksUSA plans to award 500 scholarships totaling $1.5 million. They can only achieve their goal with your continued help. Please consider donating before the end of the year here.


Veterans Housing Rights

Fair Housing Center

Fair Housing Act

It is unlawful for a housing provider to refuse to sell or rent to a person because of her/his disability. It is unlawful to refuse to grant a request for a reasonable accommodation (e.g. allowing a service animal where there is a “no pet” rule or providing for a closer parking space,) or a reasonable modification (e.g. physical structural change) at the tenant’s/requestor’s expense. Additionally, it is unlawful to refuse to sell or rent to a veteran because of the presence of children in the family, to refuse to rent 2nd floor units to families with children, or enforce overly restrictive rules for children (i.e. forbidding outside play). If you believe that you are a victim of housing discrimination, call (619) 699-5888, or email msk@fhcsd.com. To locate a fair housing center near you, click here.


Veteran Business Owners
Membership Is Free!

Vamboa

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.


Nominations are Underway

Military Health System

Female Military Physician Leadership

The nomination process is underway for the 2013 “Building Stronger Female Physician Leadership” course. The goal of the 2 1/2 day seminar is to provide training and mentoring opportunities for mid-career female physicians, from each branch of service, to help prepare them for senior military healthcare positions. Taking place in National Harbor, MD, the seminar will run February 8th-10th . While offered at no cost, the doctors must be nominated by their military treatment facility commanders or equivalent level officer in order to attend. Nomination applications are due by Nov. 28, 2012. For more information, click here.


Jobs & More Jobs

Job Board

Register Now!

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 - #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.


 

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Reach Active Duty Military, Guard and Reservists, Veterans and Military Spouses with jobs, educational opportunities, and excellent products and services. For more information, click here.


Unique Gift to Veterans
"Gives" all Year Long

Veteran License Plates

Veteran License Plates

CalVet’s “Honoring Veterans” license plates make the perfect holiday gift. The plates, available to all California motorists, have the military branch or veteran service organization logo of your choice. Proceeds support the efforts of CalVet and VSOs to connect veterans and their families with the benefits they have earned. Sequential plates are $30 a year ($50 after January 1, 2013), in addition to regular DMV fees. Vanity” plates are $10 more. CalVet Secretary Peter J. Gravett said, “California veteran license plates honor the incredible service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes and help California veterans of every era.” Go to www.cacvso.org. Click on “Veteran License Plates” to view available logos. Then, go to www.dmv.ca.gov. Click on “Vehicle Registration,” click on “License Plates,” and then click on “California Special Interest License Plates” to complete the online application. Order early- Sequential plates can take up to 6 weeks and personalized plates up to 12 weeks to receive.


Team Fisher House

Team Fisher House

Be a Champion for Military Families

Team Fisher House had a fantastic 2012 Military Race Season! They set new participation, volunteer, donor, and sponsorship records at the Air Force Marathon, Army Ten-Miler, and Marine Corps Marathon. Here's their race line up for 2013: Marine Corps Historic Half (5/19/13 Fredericksburg, VA), Air Force Marathon (9/21/13 Dayton, OH), Air Force Half-Marathon / Navy 5-Miler (9/13 Washington, DC), Army Ten-Miler (10/20/13 Washington, DC), and Marine Corps Marathon & MCM10K (10/27/13 Arlington, VA). Go to TeamFisherHouse.org to sign up for their mailing list and be notified when team registration opens. Be a Champion for Military Families by raising funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation in 2013!


Rice to the Occasion Rice Cooker Sweepstakes

Eat Healthy Your Way

 

Enter for a chance to win a Zojirushi Rice Cooker and a selection of Lundberg rice products. 12 winners will be selected. Everyone who enters the sweepstakes is eligible for a FREE downloadable mini-cookbook with Lundberg rice cooker recipes. Sweepstakes begins on Oct. 1, 2012 and ends on Dec. 15, 2012.


Dinner on a Dollar

Dinner on a Dollar

 

Founded by Claudia Strasbaugh, Dinner on a Dollar began with the goal of finding ways to help people put enough food on their dinner tables The non-profit organization has seen tremendous growth over the last two years, reaching their audience through an online presence and monthly newsletter. For more information, click here.


Volunteers Needed

The Soldier Project

Free Psychological Services - Soldiers Project

The Soldiers Project (TSP) offers free psychological services to our military service members and their loved ones in the private offices of volunteer therapists. Through their 'Adopt a College' program, they offer therapy, workshops and consultation to a number of colleges in Southern California and in New York. And through their Family Ties program, they're training military families to act as mentors for each other through the process of re-integrating into our communities. Each of us, in our own way, can show our military families that we will stand with them as they come 'all the way home'. If you'd like more information regarding volunteer with TSP, please contact Patti Ranous or visit them on the web.


Army's Warrior Care Month

US Army

Caring for Soldiers

Observed by the military services each November, Warrior Care Month is the time that the Army reaffirms its commitment to quality health care, education and careers for our nation's wounded, ill and injured service members. The theme for this year's observance is Success through Transition - Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship. The Warrior Transition Command (WTC) is the lead proponent for the Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP) providing support and services for wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers. For more information, click here.


Free Legal Help

Lawyers Serving Warriors

Applying for Combat-Related Special Compensation

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) has launched a new program through its Lawyers Serving Warriors® project to provide free legal representation to veterans applying for a new federal disability benefit – Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC). Because Congress believed that veterans who suffer from combat-related disabilities deserve a greater amount of disability compensation, it made veterans who are permanently retired for disability or on the Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL) eligible for CRSC in 2008. CRSC can provide a veteran with hundreds of dollars per month in additional tax-free compensation in addition to whatever compensation the veteran may be receiving from the VA or the military. Lawyers Serving Warriors® will screen information supplied by eligible veterans and, if they qualify, connect them to one of the hundreds of volunteer attorneys who have been trained by NVLSP to represent applicants for CRSC. To request assistance with a CRSC application, click here.


Free Resource Guide

Resource Guide

Grief Assistance Over the Holiday Season - TAPS

The holidays can be challenging to navigate for anyone who is grieving. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the nation's frontline nonprofit organization providing comfort and care to the families of our fallen troops, has published a set of helpful tips and a holiday resource guide to help grieving families. The guide can help anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one during the holiday season, not just those grieving a military loss. You can find the tips and resources on the TAPS website at www.taps.org.


Attention: Gulf War Veterans

Massachusetts General Hospital

Volunteers Needed for Study

The Nerve Injury Unit, Dept. of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital is conducting a study on Gulf War Illness in Veterans. If you served in the region from 1990 to 1991, regardless of whether you have the illness or not, and would like to participate in the study, please contact The Nerve Injury Unit , M.D. at 617 726-9391 or via email. There is a $100 stipend at the conclusion of the study. Please note: this is not a treatment study, and there are no medications or new procedures being tested.


 
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