Identity Theft Targets Military and Veterans

MilitaryConnection.com in its ongoing efforts to provide valuable resources has joined forces with Vet-Vault to offer, active military, Guard, Reservists, family members and friends very special pricing for Identity Theft Protection, including a total resolution guarantee.

Did you know that Identity Theft strikes an estimated 10 million Americans each year?  According to a recent report from virus protection industry leader Trend Micro, members of the U.S. military are now being targeted by malware that says that their account has been “flagged” and needs an update before it will be cleared. They are then asked to click on a link, which leads to a page that looks almost exactly like their actual Bank military login page. Attacks like this not only impact credit scores, but for military members, their valuable security clearances are at risk.

In a matter of seconds, personal information can be stolen and used to obtain a new mortgage, line of credit ***or*** additional credit cards. Victims may never know their identity has been stolen until unauthorized transactions appear on credit card statements, collection notices appear in the mail ***or*** loan applications are denied. Among the victims are millions of Veterans, Active Duty, Guard, Reserve and their families who are targeted by criminals.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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Debbie Gregory 800-817-3777
MilitaryConnection.com

October 28, 2010 – Simi Valley, California: MilitaryConnection.com, a comprehensive online directory of resources and information for military, veterans and their families, has joined forces with Vet-Vault.com .  With over an estimated ten million Americans nationwide falling victim to identity theft, our goal is to provide MilitaryConnection.com users significantly discounted pricing on these important Identity Theft Protection and Secure Document Storage services.

Debbie Gregory, CEO of MilitaryConnection.com said, “We want to insure that the identity protection plan we offer is not only the best product available, but is offered to those who serve, past and present, at the lowest possible price.” Gregory is pleased to offer users special pricing to purchase the very best identity theft protection and secure online document storage services at about half the price of most of the services currently available.

“No one understands the importance of securing important documents and credentials more than the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform. We want to provide our users with the means to safely protect their identities and store their important documents from anywhere in the world” Gregory stated.

Through a partnership with Vet-Vault.com, a Florida based Service Veteran Owned Business, the users of MilitaryConnection.com are guaranteed special pricing on one of the most comprehensive identity theft programs available: ID CREDIT VAULT. This service includes:

  • ID Theft Recovery Service   – Total Resolution Guarantee
  • Fraud Alerts Quick Link
  • Monitors Both Credit and Non-Credit Related Databases
  • Anti-Key Logging Software to prevent malicious software tracking key strokes and obtaining confidential information
  • Service Guarantee

Vet-Vault.com will also offer Secure Document Storage Services at a savings with up to 10 gigabytes of capacity including virtual fax services, a content management program and mobile access.

“The special pricing we have negotiated for these services is yet another way we can show our appreciation for the service and sacrifices of our users, their families and friends” said Gregory.

Disabled Army Veteran Skydives With Prosthetic Legs

Dana Bowman is an amazing Army Veteran who lost both of his legs in 1994 in a training accident in Arizona. His partner was killed in this accident.  It has not stopped him. Dana’s drive, determination, and will to succeed are am inspiration to others.  He is a national spokesperson for AMVets.  Dana tours the nation talking about something he knows well, “overcoming adversity.”

Dana, as a double amputee, returned to the Army only nine months after his horrific accident.  Dana has been first at many things.  He was the first amputee to re-enlist in active duty, the first to skydive on prosthetic legs into a re-enlistment ceremony and the first amputee to become a member of the U.S. Army’s elite Gold Knights parachute team.

Earlier this month, Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman skydived in Central Minnesota landing at Great Steps Orthotics &amp, Prosthetics in Sartnell.  Dana has an amazing attitude and does not allow the lost of his legs to stop him from anything.  Dana’s parachuting demonstration coincides with October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month.     Dana’s motto says it all and is, “It’s no the disability, it’s the ability”.

MilitaryConnection.com salutes Sgt. 1st Class Dan Bowman and all disabled and wounded warriors.  He is showing us that nothing is impossible.

Education Center at The Wall

The Education Center at The Wall is an unmatched educational facility that will be built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., near the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. It will tell the stories of the individuals who served and sacrificed in Vietnam and, in doing so, will teach visitors about the values embodied by all those who serve in all of America’s wars.

The centerpiece of the Center will be a Wall of Photos, showcasing pictures of the more than 58,000 whose names are on The Wall. Visitors to the Memorial feel the impact of seeing all those names together, as they walk past row after row of black granite panels with line after line of names. In the Center, visitors will experience those names individually—learning stories about their lives and seeing how those left behind remember their loved ones.

Remembrance is the theme for another exhibit, which will show some of the more than 100,000 items that have been placed at The Wall in tribute over the years. These items are often poignant, sometimes unusual and always personal. They give visitors a glimpse into the lives of those lost and how families have continued on without their loved ones.

Seeing how these families are altered is the best illustration of the true cost of war.

Other exhibits will help visitors—especially those too young to remember—learn some of the key dates of the Vietnam War.

The Center will teach visitors about the values embodied by all of our nation’s service members, values such as loyalty, duty, respect, service, honor, integrity and courage, and illustrate these values of service through the lens of the Vietnam War. But as they leave, visitors will be reminded that these characteristics have been with us since the early days of our nation. They will see images of people who served in all of America’s wars, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan, reminding us that service to country is one of America’s enduring legacies.

Letter from Hollywood – Tim Abell

A former Ranger with the 75th Ranger regiment, Tim Abell is now an actor and producer. He currently hosts “GRATEFUL NATION”, a show celebrating and thanking our warriors with incredible hunting trips. A tireless supporter of our Troops and veterans, Tim was one of DB Sweeney’s technical advisers on “GARDENS OF STONE.”

To all the men and women serving in our armed services:

Thank you all, for being part of that 1% who felt the calling, to serve something bigger than yourselves. In today’s “Me” generation, and especially in, Hollywood, in the entertainment industry, there is a certain sense of entitlement that many of our fellow Americans feel. The feeling that, “Why should I risk my life or that of my son or daughter’s life when somebody else will”.

I salute you for your courage, your faith, your convictions, your selflessness. I salute your service and your sacrifices. I salute your esprit de corps and intestinal fortitude to drive on and complete your mission. I salute you for signing a blank check to our country to secure and maintain our freedoms and way of life. I salute those of you who return home, not whole in spirit, mind and body, and I especially salute those who have sacrificed all, and leave behind grieving loved ones to carry on. Without you men and women in uniform, standing guard on the wall of freedom, we have nothing.

I am proud to say, I support you and your mission. Thank you all for your service to our great country. God Bless and God Speed.

Sua Sponte!
Tim Abell

Special Stop-Loss Bonus Deadline Extended To December 3, 2010

The U.S. Department of Defense has extended the deadline for the government’s stop-loss bonus. The new deadline is December 3, 2010. It had originally been October 21st. The extension will give veterans extra time to get their paper work completed to claim this bonus, and we at MilitaryConnection.com want to make certain that all military veterans who are eligible to receive this money have the opportunity to file for it.

The bonus is for veterans who were involuntarily kept on active duty after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The extension was signed by President Barack Obama. The Pentagon estimates that about 80,000 eligible service members, veterans and beneficiaries have not yet applied for the special stop-loss pay. The program affects members of the military whose service was involuntarily extended under stop-loss between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009. Eligible members **or** their beneficiaries are required to submit a claim to their respective military service in order to receive the benefit.

Stop-loss has been used extensively since 9-11 to maintain personnel strength in deploying units. Service members may have their tour involuntarily extended until the end of their unit’s deployment. The special pay is meant to remunerate the service members for their sacrifices.

Eligible Veterans can go online at www.defense.gov/stoploss, and complete DoD Form 2944, “Claim for Retroactive Stop Loss Payment.”

We, at MilitaryConnection.com, are interested in what you think and your comments. We encourage you to share them.  If you have gone through the process, please let us know your experiences.

Army Ranger Killed on 12th Deployment

Our nation mourns another brave soldier who fell in the line of duty. On Friday, October 1st, Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Lance Herman Vogeler was killed in action by direct enemy fire during an intense firefight in Afghanistan””s Helmand province. He had been previously deployed to Afghanistan seven times, in addition to four tours in Iraq.

“He died doing what he felt called to do,” said his parents”” pastor, the Rev. Peter C. Myers. “Lance did not love war,” Myers said. “But he had a job to do, and he took it extremely seriously.”

Vogeler served his country with honor and dedication. He had completed numerous military education courses, which included the U.S. Army ranger Course, the Infantry Mortar Platoon Course and the Emergency Room Medical Technician Basic Course.

Vogeler has been posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal, among many other medals and ribbons, according to the Army News Release. “I wish the American people could truly understand the dedication and sacrifice that Lance Vogeler made for his country,” Col. Michael E. Kurilla, commander, 75th Ranger Regiment, said in the news release. “Since December 2001, Lance has either been in combat **or** training for combat. This was his 12th combat deployment. Lance was the quintessential Ranger, he is a hero to our Nation, the Army, and his family.”

“In an organization full of great men, Lance Vogeler stood out for his leadership, dedication and all of his talents,” said Lt. Col. Michael Foster, commander of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “He has done so much for his nation over the past nine years of combat action it is hard to put it into words. His loss will be felt across the whole battalion and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Volger is survived by his wife, Melissa, son, Kyle, daughter, Madison,  parents, Timothy and Donna, brother Chris, his grandmother and parents-in law.