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I want to express our concern for our neighbors who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Relief organizations like the American Red Cross are deploying resources to the communities affected by the storm, and the most effective way to help those in need is by making a financial contribution to those efforts by clicking here.

As we approach Veterans Day on November 11th, MilitaryConnection.com honors and thanks America's Veterans. On this day we come together to pay tribute to those who have served our nation, past and present. We appreciate all of the sacrifices made so that we can enjoy the freedoms we hold dear. There are a number of special offerings for Veterans that we hope you will check out here.

I would like to join our grateful nation in extending our heartfelt gratitude to the first responders, National Guard, and Reserve forces for their brave assistance in aiding those affected in the storm areas.

Warm regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Guard & Reservists

ESGR

Nominate Your Employer - Freedom Award

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a DoD agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is presented to civilian employers for supporting their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Nominations may be submitted by Guardsmen, Reservists, or family members acting on their behalf, through January 21, 2013. For more information, click here.


Historically Low Rates

Vets Can Save

Vets Can Save

"VA. FHA. APR. 5/1 ARM. Closing Costs. NO Closing Costs." What do these terms mean? Our friends at Vets Can Save want to help you navigate the confusing landscape of mortgage options available today. Mortgage loan rates have been steadily dropping to depths we’ve never seen before, making now the best time to buy a home or refinance an existing mortgage. VetsCanSave clients benefit from an additional mortgage management program called ArcLoan®. Arc (Automatic Rate Cut) 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.


Easter Seals Serving Military Families

Easter Seals

 

Easter Seals doors are open to military families. The national non-profit either delivers direct services to or engages military families with other service providers in hundreds of communities across the country. Military service members, veterans and their families take part in all of its offerings—from early intervention, inclusive child care, med rehab and autism services, to respite, job training and employment, camping and recreation, caregivers support and adult day programs. Easter Seals provides support and services to veterans through its Community OneSource hotline, Operation Employ Veterans employer training, caregiver training contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and homeless veterans job training. The organization is expanding its services, reaching out to returning military service members, veterans and their families to assure they receive the services they need, when they need them. Easter Seals is also leading collaborative partnerships among community service providers. For more information click here or call (866) 423-4981.


The Warrior Cup Invitational PGA Tour Pro AM

Warrior Cup

Scottsdale, AZ

The 2nd Warrior Cup Invitational hosted for a second time by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, is set for November 13 and 14, 2012 at Troon Monument Golf Course in Scottsdale, Arizona. The highly anticipated event will include a banquet dinner with silent/live auction and golf tournament at the breathtaking Troon Monument Golf Course with 20 PGA Tour professionals, a roster of A-list celebrity, and highly decorated military personnel. The beneficiaries to this event are the Headstrong Project, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and Give An Hour. The Warrior Cup Team is proud to honor Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder of Give An Hour. Give An Hour provides free and confidential mental health counseling to service members, their loved ones and their communities. To register for the Pro AM, please visit us at www.warriorcupinvitational.com or contact evelyn@getheadstrong.org


Read an Excerpt

The Yellow Birds

The Yellow Birds

Poet and solider Kevin Powers’s THE YELLOW BIRDS is a breathtaking account of friendship and loss. Told from a young man’s point of view, The Yellow Birds captures the emotional and physical experience of soldiers in that strange and difficult war, trying to evade death and keep one another safe. The novel’s intimacy, immediacy, and beauty completely is astounding. The scenes in which the young soldier tries to reconnect with life and family after his return to the United States are every bit a harrowing as the actual combat. We invite you to read an excerpt from The Yellow Birds by clicking here.


Share Your Thoughts

Writers Circle

Calling All Writers!

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.


 

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Featured Employer

NASO

NASO Jobs

A leading manufacturer of window coverings has multiple openings for Territory Sales Managers in 21 major metro areas throughout the U.S. If you enjoy calling on retail home center stores and have previous sales experience, this may be your dream career. Successful candidates will be self-motivated, upbeat, professional and able to work independently. Responsibilities for the position include: meeting sales objectives by servicing and maintaining special order sample displays and sample books, promoting new products, maintaining strong rapport with store associates and assisting in resolving customer service issues. Some overnight travel may be required. Benefits include company vehicle, 401K, bonuses and travel expenses. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to isha.garcia@custombrandsgroup.com with “Veteran Opportunity” in the subject line.


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

General Dynamics

The best people. The most advanced technologies. Welcome to the incredible world of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

No one understands General Dynamics’ commitment better than someone who has served our nation in the military. That’s why at General Dynamics C4 Systems your experience is valued, to say the least. It’s your unique perspective and knowledge that will help them develop the next generation of technologies that will help protect our nation. General Dynamics invites you to continue your career with an organization that is as dedicated to excellence as you are. To view their job openings, please visit www.gdc4s.com/careers


Hiring Event
November 15th

Patriot Group

MilitaryConnection Joins Forces With The Patriot Group

The Patriot Group, Inc. (TPGI) is a California Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Their mission is to provide the highest professional military hiring events, education, resource fairs & career placement services for our transitioning military, spouses, caregivers, veterans and their families. The next event will be held in Anaheim, CA. on November 15th, and is free for all job seekers. The event is also open to the public. Prior registration is highly encouraged, but not required. Dress is Uniform of the Day, Business or Business Casual. copies of your resume! For more information, click here.


Before Applying to the PDBR

Lawyers Serving Warriors

Get Free Legal Help

Veterans who were medically separated between 9/11/2001 and 12/31/2009 with a combined disability rating of 0%, 10%, or 20% as a result of a Physical Evaluation Board, are eligible to apply to the Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) for a review to determine if they can be upgraded to military retirement. Nearly 40% of veterans applying to the PDBR have received increases in their combined disability ratings. To assist veterans APPLYING to the PDBR, The National Veterans Legal Services Program’s ( NVLSP) Lawyers Serving Warriors® project has trained hundreds of attorneys to help veterans craft persuasive applications to the PDBR to take advantage of this one-time opportunity for an increased disability rating. All legal assistance by NVLSP and the attorneys volunteering with Lawyers Serving Warriors® is free of charge. For more information, click here.


More Legal Assistance

Lawyers Serving Warriors

Combat-Related Special Compensation

A relatively unknown benefit that is for veterans of all eras, Combat-Related Special Compensation provides tax-free disability compensation for injuries incurred in combat. NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors ® project has a number of volunteer attorneys standing ready to help veterans fill out their paperwork and submit a solid application for this benefit. CRSC can provide hundreds of dollars per month in additional tax-free compensation to veterans with combat-related disabilities. This benefit is paid in addition to any amount of compensation a veteran may be receiving from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs. Get more information here.


Attention Commissary Shoppers:

Eat Healthy Your Way

Enter to Win!

Enter for a chance to win a $50 commissary gift card! Visit www.eathealthyyourway.net/heinzmealtimesavingssweepstakes to enter. 100 winners will be randomly selected. Sweepstakes begins on Oct. 1, 2012 and ends on Nov. 15, 2012. Eat Healthy Your Way is a commissary magazine distributed quarterly with easy, delicious recipes, helpful shopping and nutrition information. Find more easy recipes, healthy cooking information and giveaway opportunities at www.eathealthyyourway.net.


Good Read

J.R. Martinez

J.R. Martinez

Many of you know J.R. Martinez; wounded Army warrior, actor, winner of season 13 of Dancing With The Stars, motivational speaker, and author. His incredible story of surviving a roadside bomb attack in Iraq, suffering smoke inhalation and serious burns over 34% of his body, undergoing dozens of surgeries, and overcoming the odds is truly inspiring. He travels the country, sharing his message of optimism and resilience. But now he wants to hear from you. Do you have an inspirational story from your own life? He’ll be highlighting stories every month from people of all walks of life. Go to www.jrmartinez.com to submit yours today. His book, Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit, comes out October 30, but you can pre-order your copy here. And you can follow him on Twitter.


Free to Join
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and $150 Credit

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.


Great Non-Profit

Give an Hour

Free & Private Mental Health Counseling

Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that develops national networks of volunteers who are capable and committed to responding to chronic issues within our society. Founded in 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in the Washington, D.C., area, Give an Hour is currently dedicated to providing free mental health services to military personnel, their loved ones, and hometown communities affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour’s volunteer mental health professionals pledge to give one hour of their time each week, and now number more than 6,400. These licensed providers are located in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. To date, they have donated more than 70,000 hours of free counseling, valued at approximately $7 million. To learn more, visit http://www.giveanhour.org or connected.giveanhour.org.


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.


CA Native American Veteran Service Fair

CA Native American Veteran Service Fair

Davis, CA

On November 10th-11th, DQ University will host the Big Time Veterans Pow-Wow. Confirmed attendees include the First Nations Veterans Service Organization, the Inter-Tribal Council of California, the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the Office of Tribal Government Relations, CalVet and the VA Medical Van. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. DQ University is a place for people to learn and practice the wholesome values of their Native American ancestors, while growing in personal skills and academic knowledge. The school's primary purpose is to empower with education and inspire the American Indian/Native American of all tribes and nations, north and south of U.S. borders and from around the world. For more information, email SkyRoadWebb@gmail.com or call (904) 254-4770.


Become a Legacy Corps Volunteer

Legacy Corps Volunteer

Opportunities in D.C., MD & VA

Easter Seals of the Greater Washington-Baltimore Region is seeking civilians, current military members and veterans, ages 17 and older, for opportunities in community service. You will be providing in-home respite care to an older adult or child and helping a family caregiver by giving them a much-needed short break. Respite activities include active listening with the care recipient, preparing light snacks or lunches, taking the care recipient to medical appointments or other outings, walking or other non-medical ambulatory exercises to maintain mobility, storytelling, etc. All activities are of a non-medical nature. A high school diploma or GED and legal US residency required. For additional information or to request an application, please contact: Adrienne Montgomery at (301) 920-9748 or by email.


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.

New Career
Funding For
Military Spouses

MyCAA

MyCAA Courses

If you are a military spouse and qualify for MyCAA funding, your tuition could be 100% covered! MyCareerSkill is a Distance Learning Initiative offering MyCAA approved, fully funded Career Training. The online learning portal and easy to use portable training allow military spouses to learn at home or remotely while tracking their progress. Students also have access to interactive learning support over the Internet featuring live online mentors and self-paced learning materials. The Medical Front Office Assistant & Administration Program and Pharmacy Technician Program train military spouses for exciting new careers in Health Information Systems Administration. These 100% online video-based distance learning programs not only prepare a student for a rewarding career, they validate a student's knowledge through nationally recognized industry certifications. All brought to you by Florida Gulf Coast University. To learn more, click here.


Featured Military Friendly School

International Academy of Film and Television

One of the World's Best Film Schools

International Academy of Film and Television was named one of the Best Film Schools in the World by the Hollywood Reporter. With campuses in Los Angeles, Miami, Hong Kong and Cebu, IAFT is a boutique film academy for filmmakers who seek the complete path to success. IAFT offers hands-on, learn-by-doing instruction for aspiring filmmakers and actors at an affordable cost, delivering unmatched excellence and value. Diploma and certificate programs include Filmmaking, Acting, and 3D Animation. The Los Angeles and Miami locations were recently approved for the MyCAA Program, which allows IAFT to provide financial assistance to military spouses interested in attending school for filmmaking or performing arts. Additionally, the Cebu, Philippines location has been approved for Chapter 33. For more information on IAFT, call today to find out how you can get started at 1.800.509.5529 or visit www.contactiaft.com/Military.


 

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Gary Sinise and
the Lt. Dan Band

Gary Sinise

Helping Disabled Vets

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. In Gary’s words, “We can never do enough for those who sacrifice so much in service of our country, but we can always try to do a little bit more.” You can check out all of the concert dates here.


Health Support Services for Veterans

Dept of Veteran Affairs

 

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) wants to let Veterans know about the health support services available to them. The VHA is home to the U.S.’s largest integrated health care system, consisting of over 150 medical centers, over 1,300 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to millions of Veterans each year. Check out 13 of the VA’s top links for Veteran services, including physical and mental wellness links, by clicking 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.


Vote Soon !

Air Charity Network

Help Air Charity Network Win!

Air Charity Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a national network of Angel Flight Regional Affiliates. These dedicated volunteer pilots transport those in need to facilities that provide lifesaving medical care. They have transported Wounded Warriors, disabled Veterans, and even a legendary Tuskegee Airman to an assisted living Veteran’s home. The all-volunteer charity is in the running for one of Lightspeed Aviation Foundation’s $10,000 grants. Your vote will increase their chances of winning, so we hope you will take a moment of your time and click here to vote.


"Honor Page" to Honor Veterans

Tempered Steel

Show Your Gratitude

This Veteran's Day, Tempered Steel is proud to announce the First Annual "Veteran's Day Honor Page". What is an honor page? It’s where they invite you to share a few words about your Veteran or share the name of a veteran or person who is currently on active duty. What to share? Your eternal gratitude, honor, meaningful moment, your support or a blessing for their commitment to protecting this country! If you have crossed paths with someone who has a remarkable story, or heard one through a friend, co-worker or on the news, you’re invited to share it. Please click here to "Honor a Veteran" and support Tempered Steel.


Good Read

Good Read

Stories By Veterans

WAR STORIES, a collection of short stories written by veterans, touches upon every aspect of military life from hand-to-hand combat to losing a comrade, to honoring the war dead, to remembering the Indian Wars, WWII, and lost loves. This anthology, with selections from 27 authors complemented by Vietnam Veteran Robert Wilson’s art, features new and previously published fiction, and is loaded with the imaginative powers of veterans from every war since the Korean War to OIF and OEF. This collection is packed not only with stories that bleed off the page and into your mind, but also with a new understanding of military life for those who have never experienced it. WAR STORIES is available for purchase at the MilSpeak Books storefront and major eBook retailers.


Live Performance

Fit for Society

Los Angeles, CA

Presented in recognition of Veterans Day, Fit for Society is a compelling and unflinching play about the trials and anecdotes of the military experience during a time of war. Honest, funny, moving, poignant and awe-inspiring, Fit for Society is told from the perspective of actual soldiers, survivors and family members. In an interactive reception following the performance, several USC veterans will share how their military experiences have shaped their lives in a conversation moderated by Dr. Anthony Hassan, a clinical associate professor at the USC School of Social Work and serves as the director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR). For more information click here or contact visionsandvoices@usc.edu.


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