Hot Off the Press! The Newest Jobs This Week From

Hello Folks! Welcome to the first installment of Military Connection’s job search assistance program I talked about in an earlier post. In an effort to help our service members, veterans and their families succeed in an otherwise deflated economy, we will be posting the newest jobs from our Job Board each week, both on our blog and on Facebook. I will also be highlighting a job search **or** interview tip that may boost your chances at scoring that gig you want.

So here it is, the first chapter of what will hopefully be a helpful and interesting journey:

  • Production Supervisor – Jeffersonville, Indiana (Manufacturing)
  • Physician &amp,amp, Surgeon (Multiple Opportunities): Orthopedist, Urologist, Primary Care – Tulare, California (Healthcare)
  • Director of Finance &amp,amp, Administration, Europe – University of Maryland University College (Administration)
  • CDL Truck Driver – Williston, North Dakota (Transportation)

To view job descriptions and apply, register as a Job Seeker at

Tip #1: If your resume is light on actual experience, utilize your cover letter to expand your strengths and accomplishments, even if the experience is outside of the specific field of work you are seeking. Use your cover letter as a chance to really let the hiring manager understand why you are right for the job. If you have an unending motivation for success, mention that in your cover letter and explain why your specific skill sets make you an invaluable member of any team.

Be sure to check back next week for more great job opportunities and job search tips from!

Thanks for reading,


Letters from Hollywood – Leeann Tweeden

Leeann Tweeden

As a host for NBC’s “Poker After Dark” and modeling for Maxim magazine, Leeann Tweeden has had national exposure on a number of different fronts. She became the face of Rethinking Autism, a website dedicated to educating the public about Autism, in 2009 and continues to speak out openly about Autism. The USO of Illinois awarded Tweeden the “Heart of a Patriot” award in 2008 for her work entertaining our troops.

To All Our Men and Women Serving In Uniform,

A heartfelt THANK YOU from a grateful American.  I have always counted my lucky stars that I was born in this great nation of ours.  If I was born in Afghanistan let”s say, I would not have the life that I have been fortunate enough to live.  Because of men and women like you, and those that have come before, I have been given freedoms like owning a house, being able to drive a car, and be in the entertainment business as a model and sportscaster.

My father served in the Air Force in Vietnam, as a chief mechanic on B57 bombers in Phan Rang.  He told me what it was like to deploy to a place he didn”t even know where it existed on a map.  He talked about turning 21 and being able to get a beer on base in the Philippines while on leave.  And probably the one thing that made the biggest impression on me was his story of having Bob Hope and Raquel Welch visit them in the jungles on a USO Tour!

At the time (I was probably about 8 years old) I didn”t understand why Hollywood celebrities would travel into a war zone.  My dad explained that the USO and Bob Hope would travel to these locations to ”bring a touch of home” to those who were a long way from it.  He said entertainers would go to express their thanks and it would take their minds off the war for those few hours.  He still talks about that USO tour to this day…

I remember when I got the first call to see if I wanted to entertain the troops on a USO tour!  I couldn”t believe it…I just said YES YES YES, hung up the phone and immediately called my dad and said ”guess what?!”  Since I have not put on the uniform, I feel like this is my way of serving my country.  I feel it”s the least I can do to give back to those of you who give so much.  The saying of, ”you sign a blank check up to, and including, your life” became very clear to me the first time I traveled into theatre.  To date, I have been on 15 USO tours…13 to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.  Some might think I”m crazy, but once you go, you have to go back!

I have visited many of the wounded who have made their way back to Walter Reed and Bethesda hospitals.  I am amazed by them every single day.  They have to overcome so much, but they do it without complaining and with an inner strength that inspires me.  You are not forgotten and we will take care of you!

And one last thing…please thank your families for me too.  They serve right along with you and sometimes I think it”s harder on them.  They”re the ones who have to sit at home waiting for your email *or* your call.  Most of the time they”re in the dark about what”s happening with you, and hearing things on the news only heightens their fear.  I know what it”s like to send your loved one off to war.  My husband (we just got married on July 4th, 2010!) is a C130 AF pilot who has deployed about 8 times now between Iraq and Afghanistan.  He is my hero.  And I pray for him every time he”s in harm”s way.  When he”s gone, I sleep with my laptop on the bed next to me so I can hear the ”you”ve got mail” chime in the middle of the night letting me know he made it back to base safe and sound.

Again, I can”t thank you enough from the bottom of my heart.  You all make me PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!

With Love and Respect,

Leeann Tweeden

Letters from Hollywood – Diane Venora

Diane Venora has years of classic performance under her belt, starring opposite many great actors of the 21st century. She is best known for her work in various Shakespeare roles, for which she has received great reviews over the years.

Diane VeronaDear Soldier,

I””m sitting at my dining room table thinking about you—-over there–fighting the war with the bad guys who hate us and want to take us out. I””m thinking about you from Hollywood California where I””ve worked for many years in an industry that””s been good to me—-full of blazing innovation, vision and new technology for entertaining the world. But lately, due to what appears to me as a lack of vision, **or** political pride, **or** the arrogance of ignorance, **or** downright ingratitude concerning what it took and takes to make these United States of America the “last, best hope” for the world—we have made movies that have been less than supportive of our military””s efforts to win the war on terror. I ask you to forgive us.

The very idea of FREEDOM brings me back to you. It””s all about you. Without you guys fighting the “good fight” there is no USA. There is no Hollywood, there is no innovation, no vision, no entrepreneurial adventures, no economy, no sitting at this table on a peaceful, cool California night, no NOTHING–period. I don””t know how to tell you how profoundly, inspiringly, undeniably incomparable and critically important you are to me, to my family and to our nation.

I feel small and humbled in the light of your unselfish service and sacrifice. I””ve lived all over the world and only here have I been able to think, breathe, speak, and move freely. So far.

There are many of us passionate patriots here in Hollywood. We cheer you on, we applaud you, we appreciate you, we love you terribly. And tonight, I wanted to tell you so. God bless you forever and ever. I am hugging you all close to my heart.

Diane Venora

Career Success May Just Be Click Away!

These days, everyone can use a little help getting a job *or* beginning a new career. Thanks to the Post 9/11 GI Bill and new legislation, service members, veterans and their families have more opportunities than ever to earn successful careers by achieving their education *or* training goals. The Yellow Ribbon program reaches even farther by providing extensive financial assistance for students looking to attend colleges *or* universities.

But even with the proper schooling *or* training, it can be difficult to obtain a position in the current economic climate. With the unemployment rate still staggeringly high, every bit of help, well, helps. strives not only to provide its users with useful resources and information, but it also puts forth a large amount of energy and passion for connecting applicable users with careers that interest them. We want to see our users succeed in the workforce and are willing to work to make that happen.

In order to better serve our audience and help our users find work as in an increasingly dismal job market, will be highlighting the newest job positions posted on our site each week. We will post these jobs on our blog as well as our Facebook page in hopes of opening up lines of communication and connecting users with positions they might not be cognizant of otherwise.

You can follow us on Facebook *or* Twitter, to get the most up-to-date job information we have to offer. Check back often for the newest job postings!

Questions? Comments? Send them to [email protected].

Thanks for reading!

Katy Cryns

Soldiers’ Angel Receives Presidential Citizens Medal

Maryann Phillips

WASHINGTON (Aug. 5, 2010), PRNewswire-USNewswire—Maryann Phillips of Soldiers’ Angels is a 2010 recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal for her self-sacrificing service to the wounded and their families at the U.S. military’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany.  Established in 1969 by Executive Order of the President, the Citizens Medal is the second-highest government honor a civilian can receive and recognizes “citizens of the United States of America who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.”

Those who know Ms. Phillips are not surprised that the President deemed her worthy of national recognition for her work as the volunteer leader of Soldiers’ Angels Germany.  “The Board of Trustees and all Soldiers’ Angels are so proud of MaryAnn,” said founder Patti Patton-Bader.  “Her acts of care and compassion are nothing short of phenomenal and we are honored to stand wingtip to wingtip with her.”

While maintaining a residence in Wyoming, Ms. Phillips lives and works in Germany, where for the last five years she has devoted herself to caring for America’s wounded military personnel and their families five hours away from her at LRMC. As a volunteer, Ms. Phillips regularly spends hours at the bedside of wounded or dying soldiers, distributes gifts of support to patients and medical personnel, coordinates donations, and leads a staff of local German and American volunteers.  She also spends dozens of hours at home each week, completing paperwork and reassuring stateside families of patients she has met at LRMC.

Ms. Phillips was awarded the medal by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, along with 12 other recipients.  Past military-related recipients have included General Colin Powell, entertainer Gary Sinise and WWII veteran Bob Dole.  The President invited nominations from average citizens for 2010, inspiring military bloggers intimately familiar with Ms. Phillips’ work to nominate her over her strong and self-effacing protests.

According to the official citation, Ms. Phillips received the Medal for “putting her patriotism into action on behalf of our troops and our nation.”

Soldiers’ Angels is an award-winning 501(c)(3) with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and military families through a wide variety of hands-on projects and volunteerism. For more information, visit or call 615-676-0239.

A Heroes’ Hero

Dwight Radcliff was someone who truly made a difference in the lives of many homeless veterans.   Dwight was an a tireless worker for U.S. Vets, Inc. which helps thousands of veterans and their families find jobs, homes and counseling.  US Vets recently broke ground on a $35 million affordable housing complex for low-income vets in Los Angeles.  Radcliff joined the group in 1997 after his own struggle with substance abuse and homelessness.  Radcliff played guitar and went on tour with Stevie Wonder in the 1980s. When he died, he played with a vet band called Living Proof. sends its heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of Dwight Radcliff.

Official Statement regarding the death of Dwight A. Radcliff

Dwight Radcliff

Los Angeles, August 2, 2010 – It is with deepest regret that U.S. VETS announces the passing of its President and Chief Executive Officer, Dwight Radcliff, 55, who died suddenly on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Marina del Rey Hospital near his home.

“There are truly no words that I can use to describe Dwight Radcliff.  He was the most caring, sensitive, practical man I have ever met,” said Keith Ellis, U.S.VETS Chairman of the Board. “I had the honor to serve as his mentor while he was serving as mine; he has taught me what giving back really means.  The U.S.VETS Board of Directors and staff are committed to serving veterans 365 days of the year, although Dwight will not be here to lead us, we will move forward in his name and continue his legacy.”

Dwight Radcliff, a Veteran, died fighting for the rights of all veterans.  He will be sorely missed and will never be forgotten by all those veterans and family members whose lives have been touched by his dedication.   Dwight often referred to veterans as heroes. He will forever be remembered as a heroes’ hero

Dwight Radcliff served in the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1974.  Following a successful career at the Veterans Administration, he joined U.S. VETS in 1997 after serving as the original VA Social Work Associate for the inaugural U.S. VETS site in Inglewood, California.  In 1997 he developed and implemented the signature program “Veterans In Progress,” which has now been implemented at all U.S. VETS locations across the nation.  He received numerous awards for his service to veterans, including the VA Special Contribution Award, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans “Unsung Hero Award, U. S. VETS’, “Employee of the Year, 2000”, and commendations from Congresswoman Maxine Waters and other civic leaders.

Based on his leadership, his distinguished service, and his commitment to veterans, Dwight was appointed by the U.S. VETS Board of Directors as President and CEO in December 2008.  As CEO, Dwight Radcliff led the U.S.VETS team through one of its most difficult — and most successful – periods.  He was instrumental in developing the staff and programs that serve thousands of veterans in ten facilities across the United States.   Today, U.S. VETS is the largest non-profit provider of veteran housing programs in the country, and is a recognized leader in providing housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support to veterans and their families.

The Board of Directors, the Staff, and the veterans of U.S. VETS extend our heartfelt sympathy to Dwight’s family, who will remain in our thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time.

Funeral services are pending at this time.

New School Year, New Lessons Learned

As the beginning of a new school year races closer, we are yet again facing the same dilemma we find year after year: Spider Man or Cars folders?

The end of summer is an exciting time for both children and parents. Kids are enjoying the last of their free time, stretching out daily by the pool or playing in the park until night fall. Parents are finishing the budget, setting up doctor appointments and stocking up on lunch bags and poster board.

It’s times like these that the weight of a deployed military member sits heavy on the shoulders of those left to keep the pieces together. One parent scheduling parties and appointments, driving to the mall for new clothes, organizing school supplies, registering for school, planning meals, budgeting the checkbook, etc. It can be overwhelming to say the least.

In all the hustle and bustle of preparing for a new school year, it is important to take time out for family. If possible, schedule a Skype chat session with your deployed loved one to let him or her get a chance to join in on the excitement. Have your children write letters to their mother, father or sibling serving overseas that capture the joy, questions, fears or goals about the upcoming year. Make this family time a priority in your school planning. It will help ease the stress and relieve some of the “single parent” pressures.

Take time out for yourself, as well. Especially as the school year progresses, you will be faced with multiple frustrations, aggravations and stresses that come with the territory and it is imperative you are braced to deal with them. Have your service member talk with your children about being good students, finishing homework on time, going to bed early and simply listening to you with the least amount of struggle. These small pieces of advice will sink in more effectively coming from the deployed family member.

Above all, remember your support systems: your friends, your family, your military spouse support group. All of these will serve as crutches in times of distress and will help you get through the school year with as much ease as possible.

So, when the smallest decisions seem to be the toughest (i.e. which superhero folders to purchase), remember that you’re not alone.

Do you have questions or suggestions for single parent families as they prepare for the upcoming school year? Please send them to [email protected].