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The milestone ten year 9/11 Memorials have concluded, and we Americans can be proud of how our country came together to remember those who perished in the attacks. It was heartwarming to see all of the tributes to our active duty military and Veterans, first responders and medical personnel. I personally was amazed at the turnout for our local 9/11 Freedom Walk at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. We were honored to have Rear Admiral Robert Girrier of the USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group address the crowd, less than 24 hours after returning home from a 7 month deployment in Iraq. Admiral Girrier was followed by New York City firefighter Lt. John McCole, who shared his emotional memories working the World Trade Center rescue mission. But probably the most moving speaker to address the crowd was Lt. Colonel Tim Karcher, an American Hero and Wounded Warrior. Lt. Colonel Karcher was wounded twice in Iraq, the second time resulting in the loss of both his legs. Despite his loss, LTC Karcher is undeterred in his passion to serve his country, and his devotion to his family. “Let us never forget the tragedy, but let us also rekindle our patriotism and resilience that we felt that dark day 10 years ago.” He also went on to say, “I can tell you that I am married to a heroine and our three daughters are incredibly courageous and strong”. LTC Karcher reminds us that the families of our military and first responders also serve, and their support is invaluable. We all owe them our gratitude.

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


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Healthcare Patient Safety Program Managers
Teamwork that Benefits Our Nation's Heroes

Check out these outstanding nationwide healthcare jobs for both transitioning military and veteran healthcare professionals currently available at specific Air Force bases nationwide. Qualified candidates will direct the establishment and operations of the Military Health System Patient Safety Program and work closely with Military Treatment Facility leadership. For more information, click 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.


Cell Phone Deals

Armed Forces Vacation Club

Thank You For Your Service

Whether you’re looking for the latest high-octane smartphone with blazing 3G/4G data transfer rates, or an inexpensive phone that simply makes phone calls, ExclusiveWirelessDeals.com has you covered! ExclusiveWirelessDeals.com offers more wireless carriers, resulting in more choices, convenience and savings. With free shipping, lower prices and a commitment to 100% customer satisfaction, why would you shop anywhere else? ExclusiveWirelessDeals.com was created for you in appreciation of your service. Check out special deals, free phones with select rate plans, and free blue tooth headsets. Exclusive Promotion for Active Military, Veterans, Family members, Government employees and friends- DISH Network TV- Free Equipment & Free Installation! Call 1-866-560-8388 and mention Coupon Code 51898.   Your satisfaction is their Number One Goal!


Armed Forces
Vacation Club

Armed Forces Vacation Club

Only $349 For a One Week Vacation Stay

The Armed Forces Vacation Club is a "space available" program that offers military and other Department of Defense-affiliated personnel the opportunity to enjoy vacations at popular destinations around the world – for the incredibly low price of just $349* USD per unit, per week.
Those eligible and their family and friends have access to spacious accommodations at more than 3,500 resorts, apartments, condominiums and homes in more than 80 countries. Stay with your loved ones at a beachfront resort in Mexico, a well-appointed cabin in the Canadian Rockies, or a centuries old home in the English countryside. Take your leave at a do-everything resort near Orlando's theme parks, Greece's ancient ruins or Tuscany's rolling hills.
With Armed Forces Vacation Club, your vacation options span the globe.


Proud Yellow Ribbon College

D'Yourville College

Veterans & Military

D'Youville College is a proud Yellow Ribbon School located in Buffalo, New York. D'Youville College offers Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate Programs. D'Youville offers various healthcare programs and more including:

Nursing • Physical Therapy • Chiropractic • Pharmacy & More...

For more information: 1-800-777-3921


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.


Important Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans in Crisis

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 hours a day, seven days a week.  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


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.


Allison Vencel
Recipes Galore!

Allison Vencel

Hey, Mom, What’s for Dinner?

Thanks to our resident recipe blogger, that question will never have you stumped again!  Self-taught gourmet cook/chef, author and avid cookbook collector and blogger, Allison Vencel honed her craft as a military spouse stationed at RAF Alconbury, Cambridgeshire, England. During her travels through Europe, Canada and most of the States, Allison became exposed to the culinary traditions of numerous countries and cultures.  Her clear, concise recipes are accompanied by numerous photographs that will have even the most novice of cooks enjoying compliments to the chef! Be sure to read Allison’s columns here.


Women Veterans

Cal Vet

October 7th and 8th, 2011

CalVet and the Inland Empire Veterans Collaborative are hosting the 2011 CalVet Women Veteran’s Conference: Enhancing Inner Beauty, Inner Strength in Ontario, CA. 

The two day conference is designed to educate active duty military, National Guard members, reservists and military veterans of all eras on the issues that are relevant to the women veteran community. The conference will provide a network forum, employment assistance and information about health care benefits and other services. The Conference gives women veterans the opportunity to share their stories, goals and inspiration. You can converse with California Legislators in an open forum, participate in workshops, hear motivational and keynote speakers as well as a panel of women representing different branches of the military. Visit the conference website for information.


Silver Star Families of America

Cal Vet

Aid for Heroes

Silver Star Families of America is dedicated to supporting and assisting wounded, ill, injured and dying active duty and Veterans and their families of ALL Branches of Service from ALL Wars. They recognize the sacrifices of the wounded and sick originating in a warzone by honoring them with the Silver Star Service Banner.  Qualifications  include:  Purple Heart recipients, victims of friendly fire, those who suffer from PTS, Agent Orange effects and Gulf War syndrome.  SSFOA assists in educating the public concerning the plight of these heroes and provide many programs to aid them. SSFOA is a not for profit, all volunteer organization that depends totally on donations.  For more information on how you can help, click here.


A Free Writers Workshop for Veterans

Free Writeres Workshop for Veterans

Writing My Way Back Home

We each have a story to tell. This weekend-long writing workshop at the University of Iowa will help you learn how to tell it well. By using writing exercises to explore deployment and wartime experiences—the fear, the boredom, anxieties, thrills, brutality, tears and beauty—learn how to write a story and make it compelling. Workshop participants will explore the many approaches to writing personal stories, poems, songs and plays. Opportunities to work one-on-one with professional writers during the weekend, as well as a two-week online follow up, will help continue the writing and revision process. No writing experience is needed to attend this workshop. For more information, click here.


Soldiers' Angels Puts
Veterans to Work

Free Writeres Workshop for Veterans

Help Employ Veterans

Soldiers' Angels Soldier Support Center and Warehouse is staffed and run entirely by Veterans and Angel volunteers. Staffing the center with Veterans helps provide a comfortable, soft-landing for their transition to civilian life. By surrounding them with like-minded people, they are able to develop the confidence and skills to re-enter  the corporate world. You can help Soldiers’ Angels employ a returning hero by donating towards their payroll at the Soldiers’ Angels Warehouse for an hour, a day, a month or a year. Donate online or send a check or money order to:

Soldiers' Angels, S.A.V.E.     
1792 E. Washington Blvd,
Pasadena, CA 91104.

For more ways to get involved with Soldiers’ Angels, visit them on the web or contact by email.


Military Connection Salutes ESGR

ESGR

Supporting Those Who Serve

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service.  ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. 


Attention Military Gamers

Pro vs. GI Joe

Pro vs. GI Joe, a private, non-profit organization,  provides America's heroes with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to participate in live online video game competitions with professional athletes and celebrities via the Internet.  In 2010, the organization launched "Rehabbing with the Troops", a program created exclusively for wounded warriors using the Pro vs. GI Joe model of connecting pros and troops, with the pros serving as the troops' personal trainers as part of their rehabilitation and recovery process. For more information, please visit www.provsgijoe.org.


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Support the USO

Operation Wheels & Warriors

Classic Cars

On Saturday, October 15, 2011, celebrate the history and mission of the USO through the decades with an up-close and personal look at vehicles dating from World Wars I and II through the Vietnam War and today. The Agoura, CA event will feature classic and luxury civilian automobiles from these decades, surrounded by their military vehicle contemporaries. Bring the whole family and help the Bob Hope USO at LAX support our military men and women. For more information, visit their Facebook page.


Helmets Off to Heroes

Helmets off to Heroes

Fantasy Day of Driving
Deadline to Apply: September 30th

Attention: Veterans and Active Duty Service Men and Women- Drive Lab is offering a fantasy day of high performance driving, including a drive clinic and time on an open racetrack, with each driver receiving individual instruction from a specialized drive instructor. The event will be held at the Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia on Veterans Day, November 11th, 2011. The event is open to ALL service men and women, including handicapped veterans who drive specially equipped vehicles. Wounded Warriors, who can no longer drive, are also invited to attend the event and receive rides with trained drivers around the track. The event is FREE to all drivers, passengers and their families, but registration ends September 30th.  To participate, send contact information with “Helmets Off to Heroes” in the subject line to info@drive-lab.com


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.


StrongBonds.org

Chaplains

Strong Bonds is a unit-based, chaplain-led program which assists commanders in building individual resiliency by strengthening the Army Family. The core mission of the Strong Bonds program is to increase individual Soldier and Family member readiness through relationship education and skills training.

Strong Bonds is conducted in an offsite retreat format in order to maximize the training effect. The retreat or “get away” provides a fun, safe, and secure environment in which to address the impact of relocations, deployments, and military lifestyle stressors. For more information, 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 Saturday, October 15th @ USO GALA - NAVY PIER, CHICAGO.  Click here for more info.

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.

 


F4RV

Free RV Rentals

F4RV, a full-service RV rental company, announced a free rental program for qualified military families. Owners Rory Smith and Sarah Letts-Smith are a military family, Sarah being a veteran of 28 years in the US Army Reserve. After three combat deployments, the Smiths found that their RV trips before and after Sarah’s deployments helped bring their family closer. Wanting to share this gift with other military families, they started F4RV. For more information, visit them on the web.  To say thank you, US Military veterans receive a 20% discount off regular RV rental prices, and a 10% discount is extended to public school teachers, police, and firefighters.


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