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As we approach Veterans Day on November 11th, MilitaryConnection.com honors and thanks America's Veterans. On this day we all come together to pay tribute to those who serve our nation, past and present. We appreciate all of the sacrifices that you have made for us to enjoy the freedoms we hold dear. We recognize the many sacrifices by family members and appreciate them very much. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of "Armistice Day". In 1938, Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday, to be observed on November 11th. In 1954, the Act was amended, replacing the word "Armistice" with the word "Veterans", and November 11th became the day we honor all American Veterans. In that spirit, we have tried to find as many special offerings for those who serve, past and present.

MilitaryConnection.com is dedicated to serving military, veterans and their family members, 24/7. We invite you, your friends and family to take advantage of the multitude of resources and information provided free to our users. When the next tour is home, it's on MilitaryConnection.com, The Go To Site.

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Reminder - Mail for Troops!

Delivery Deadlines

Delivery Deadlines

The dates for mailing items overseas in time for the holidays are fast approaching, and mailing early may save you money and stress. As we approach the holidays, the mail volume get higher and takes longer to be delivered. The recommended mailing deadlines for sending mail from the United Sates overseas are:

  • Parcel post: Nov. 13
  • Space-available mail: Nov. 28
  • Parcel-airlift mail: Dec. 4
  • Priority and first-class letters or cards: Dec. 11

Shipments should be properly packaged before sending them, and remember to use the appropriate Customs forms for all international mail.


THIS JUST IN...

U.S. Post Offices in Iraq Closing

U.S. Post Offices in Iraq Closing

As  U.S. forces are coming home from Iraq, the U.S. Postal Service will stop accepting mail addressed to military post offices in Iraq starting Nov. 17th. Service members there should advise those who send them mail about the deadline ASAP. U.S. military postal service responsibilities in Iraq will transition to embassy or consulate post offices for service members assigned to Office of Security Cooperation or the Chief of Mission in Iraq. ZIP codes for Iraq military post offices will be from the USPS database to prevent mail from entering the postal system after Nov. 17. For more information, click here.


"Like Us" on Facebook
and Win!

Like us on Facebook!

$50 Visa Gift Card

From now through the end of November, "like us" on Facebook and (most IMPORTANTLY) leave a comment on our wall, and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. We will randomly draw the winner on 11/30/11. So say something nice and Good Luck!


The Soldiers Project

The Soldiers Project

Free Psychological Treatment

The Soldiers Project is a non-profit organization of licensed mental health professionals who provide free, unlimited, confidential psychological counseling to military service members (active duty, National Guard, Reserves and Veterans) who have served or expect to serve in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan. They also provide treatment to family members and loved ones. Treatment is conducted in private offices by volunteer therapists and is entirely confidential and not reported to any governmental agency. For more information, visit them on the web.


Veterans Day Event at the Reagan Library

Veterans Day Event at the Reagan Library

Live Feed Available

To honor the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, the Reagan Library will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Event on Friday, November 11th from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  The day's activities include a flyover, live musical entertainment and a program honoring all branches of our military, featuring our keynote speaker, Navy Seal Eric Greitens.  Following the program, Eric will be available to sign copies of his New York Times Best Selling book, The Heart and the Fist. On Veterans Day, all veterans and military members with valid ID will receive free admission to the Museum & Air Force One Pavilion. To watch the event live, click here. For more information, click here. or call 805-522-2977 


Thank You Veterans

Thank You Veterans

Discounts for Veterans

Many businesses honor Veterans and Servicemembers by offering Veterans Day discounts on goods, services and dining. Most businesses require some proof of military service, which could be a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers) or in some cases, a picture of the veteran in uniform will suffice. We apologize in advance if you are unable to take advantage of any of the discounts or freebies due to the lack of acceptable I.D., non-participation of your local establishment in their national chain's Veterans Day programs, etc. We have personally checked and verified the participation of the companies we have listed here , but we still advise calling ahead in case a reservation is required


Featured School
Allied Health Institute

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: Medical Assisting and Healthcare Management.  Diploma programs include: Personal Trainer, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Assistant, Medical Coding Specialist, Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician, Massage Therapy and Fire Officer I. For more information, click here.


Education Benefits for Veterans & Spouses

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.


Training for Vets

Pride America

Pride America Powered by Call Source

The transition back to civilian life can be challenging for members of our nation's military. As these veterans seek to establish new civilian careers, many find themselves in need of employment experience and training. PrideAmerica is a nation-wide program launched to assist these heroes attain their full potential through education and training in the
Multi-Family Housing industry. For more information, click here.


Important Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans in Crisis - Suicide is Preventable!

As more and more men and women in uniform return from Iraq and Afghanistan, there is an increasing need for mental health care. The VA is reaching out to Veterans in crisis and their families to raise awareness about suicide prevention resources, such as the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The PSA encourages Veterans in crisis to call the crisis hotline number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a trained VA mental health professional, 24/7.  An online Veterans Chat program, which provides the ability to communicate anonymously online in real-time with a trained VA mental health professional, can be accessed through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's web page. Suicide is 100% preventable, and it is everyone's responsibility


Who Will Win this
Diamond Ring?

Diamond Ring

My Perfect Union

Submissions Accepted Until November 28th

Scott Anderson, President and CEO of Union Diamond, has announced that they will be awarding a $40,000 platinum and diamond engagement ring to one lucky member of the United States Armed Forces. The contest, titled "My Perfect Union", allows members of the military to nominate themselves or be nominated by friends or family members through a video submission and/or essay submitted to the website. All branches of the U.S. Military are eligible and encouraged to enter as are both active duty and retired members of the Armed Forces.


GI Film Festival

GI Film Festival

Reel Stories, Real Heroes

For one day only, November 5th, 2011, the Gary Sinise Foundation and the GI Film Festival are pleased to present the best military films to Los Angeles. The GI Film Festival, at Raleigh Studios, brings Hollywood and the military together to create a venue for artists to tell the stories of American servicemembers, both past and present. The GI Film Festival, a 501(c)3 non-profit public education foundation, is the first and only film festival in the nation dedicated to the American Armed Forces.  The mission of the Gary Sinise Foundation, also a 501 (c) 3 organization, is to serve and honor our nation's defenders.
For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


Gary Sinise Foundation & the Lt. Dan Band

Gary Sinise Foundation

July 4th, 2011, saw the launch of 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. The launch coincided with the release of Jonathan Flora's documentary "Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good". And don't miss the opportunity to see Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band on:

  • Sat., October 29th @ The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA
  • Sun., October 30th @ Tribute to A.J. Castro,  The Canyon Club, Agoura, CA
Click here for more info.

U.S. Vets Luncheon

U.S. Vets Luncheon

Keynote Speaker:
Louis Zamperini

Honoring Those Who Serve

The 4th Annual "Honoring Those Who Serve" Luncheon  will be held at the Hilton International Ballroom in Long Beach, CA . The luncheon is an opportunity for  us to honor America's veterans and our military for their love of country and their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the preservation of our freedoms. Taking place on Friday November 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m,  the event will honor individuals who have made an impact in the lives of other veterans or active military members. For more information, click here.


Coming Soon…

Email your questions to Ted Puntillo

Q&A with Ted Puntillo, Director of Veteran Services, Solano County and former CA VA Deputy Secretary

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.  If you have a GENERAL question, please send it to info@militaryconnection.com and put "Question for Ted Puntillo" in the subject line. Please remember that this is for General questions only, and specific questions should go to your local Veteran Service Officer.


ESGR Statement of Support

ESGR Support

Attention Employers

The ESGR Statement of Support Program seeks to inform and educate employers about their rights and responsibilities towards their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve, and to also recognize and reward those employers who go "over and above" the requirements of the law. If you are interested in signing a Statement of Support with the Guard & Reserve, please contact us and we will assist in facilitating a signing ceremony.


Featured Employer

Indian Health Service

Nationwide Health Care Careers with the Indian Health Service

When you finish your tour of duty, transition to the Indian Health Service and switch from your armed forces uniform to a US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps uniform. You'll serve a population that needs your skills while keeping your career benefits and avoiding the hassle and expense of private practice. Best of all, your years of service will count toward federal retirement. We're hiring Physicians, Pharmacists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and other health care professionals - get all the details now by clicking here.


Military Connection.com Job Board

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.


TechEXPO

TechEXPO

Cyber Security Hiring Event
November 3rd in Columbia, MD

Are you a Cyber Warrior and seeking a new employment opportunity?  If so, don't miss the TECHEXPO Cyber Security hiring event next week! Bring many resumes and interview at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel in Columbia, MD on Thursday, November 3rd from 10am-3pm.  Interview for hundreds of positions including Cyber Security Researchers, Developers, Engineers, Examiners, Analysts and many more!  U.S. Citizenship & Cyber Security Experience is required to attend.  Details & Pre-Registration on http://www.TechExpoUSA.com


Save Money at the Commissary

Shep!

Commissary Coupons

Meet Shep!... SHEP is your commissary working dog and his mission is to find the best values at your local Commissary. As a benefit, your Commissary can save the average military family of four about $4,400 annually - even more when savvy shoppers use valuable money saving coupons. You can look for the CommissaryShopper coupons at your local commissary (while supplies last) or click here to sign up to receive them by mail.


Wounded Warrior Project Collaboration

Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project, a national non-profit dedicated to providing awareness, recovery programs and other services to wounded warriors, today announced a collaboration with the National Resource Directory  to implement the NRD's newest feature, a search widget, on its website. The NRD Search Widget, located in the WWP Resource Center, serves as a single point of access to the more than 14,000 government and non-government services and programs listed on the NRD that support America's service members and veterans. This new tool allows visitors to quickly and easily access resources by simply entering a keyword to get information on benefits, education, health, family and caregiver support, housing and more. Click here for more information.


RETIRE IN STYLE! AFVW EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Air Force Village West

More Veterans and Government Employees Now Qualify for Residency

AFVW, formerly known as Air Force Village West, is pleased to announce the expansion of its eligibility criteria for residents 60 years of age or better. Effective immediately, AFVW has opened its doors for residency and now welcomes ALL those who have served in the military (who were honorably discharged) regardless of service branch, rank or grade, ALL those who have served as a government employee and ALL those who have served their community, along with their spouses or surviving spouses. AFVW is an active full-service Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) designed for a stress-free lifestyle, comfortable housing and the added benefit and security of long-term healthcare. If you would like more information regarding AFVW, please call 800-729-2999 or visit them here.


Remember Your Third Grade Teacher?

The Great American Teach-Off

The students in Terry Dougherty's class at Roland Rogers Elementary School in Galloway Township, NJ can brag that their teacher is one of the four finalists in the nationwide teacher contest "The Great American Teach Off''. Nominated by her local Rotary, Mrs. Dougherty started Free Military Child Tutoring-They are Heroes Too! As a mother and military spouse of thirty years, she knows first-hand the separation and transition issues that military children face, and she is making a difference by offering free tutoring services. We hope you will take a moment each day from now until November 7th to vote and help Mrs. Dougherty win a $10,000 classroom grant. Just "join," fill in a few info fields, and vote. You will see a message thanking you for the vote. You can vote once per day. You can also connect and vote through Facebook. We'll keep you posted.

Can You Help?

Veterans for Change

Vets Helping Vets

Founder Jim Davis needs your help to assist other Veterans. The funds in the Emergency Financial Aid program for Active Duty families and Veterans at Veterans for Change has been virtually depleted due to the number of Veterans they have been assisting. If there is any way you can help with a tax deductible monetary donation, you can do it through PayPal here.


Free Music Stream

Before You Go

Before You Go

With lyrics by Dr. Sam Bierstock  and music by John Melnick, "Before You Go" is a tribute to our nation's Veterans. To date, there have been over 25 million downloads of the song. Originally written to thank aging WWII and Korean War Veterans, it was later revised with a version for our Vietnam Veterans. The song has been played in churches, schools and at veterans events,  and it has become an anthem to our aging veterans in thanks for what they sacrificed to preserve our freedoms. To listen to the different versions of the song, click here.


Membership is Free

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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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.


Connecting Veterans and Advisors

ACP AdvisorNet

ACP AdvisorNet: A "Quick Question" Community

American Corporate Partners offers free career counseling and mentoring to recently returned Veterans by Corporate and Education professionals. Currently in the Beta testing stage, ACP AdvisorNet is a free, online business Q&A community for current and former member of the Military, their family members, and business leaders looking to share their expertise. Through an interactive and easy-to-use interface, users can ask questions related to career development, employment, and small business; follow topics and Q&A threads; or message advisors to get answers to their business questions and expand their network. Visit them on the web.


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