Military Connection: Study Finds Value in Pre-Deployment Meditation

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By Debbie Gregory.

Before American service members are deployed to a combat zone, they are trained on nearly every aspect of warfare. They are prepared, as best as humanly possible, for every scenario and contingency. While our military’s method of training leads to successful mission accomplishment, there is a growing rate of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms among Veterans. Researchers are trying to determine if, along with combat training, service members were trained in relaxation exercises such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga, would they be better equipped to defend against PTSD?

MilitaryConnection.com supports the David Lynch Foundation, a non-profit organization that has seen amazing results from the utilization of meditation. A study conducted at the University of Miami contends that meditation for soldiers in the months leading up to deployment can shield against mental lapses.

Other studies, including one conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, are researching to determine if meditation, yoga and deep breathing can help Veterans with PTSD.

The University of Miami study expands on the principle that one of the best ways to protect service members from mental health issues is by training their minds, much like they train for physical challenges.

The UM research team, led by neuroscientist Amishi Jha, studied 75 active duty U.S. Army soldiers from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, who were eight to ten months away from deployment to Afghanistan. The soldiers were given eight hours of mindfulness training over eight weeks, as they prepared for deployment. After their deployment, the soldiers were tested for attention lapses and mind wandering. The results showed the training promoted cognitive resilience by guarding against the loss of attention during high-stress periods.

This study was based on prior research, also conducted by Dr. Jha, which provided 24 hours of mindfulness training to a group of Marine reservists before deploying to Iraq. The earlier study found that the more time spent by military service members practicing daily mindfulness exercises, the better their moods and working memory.

Because of the implications and potential to revolutionize the state of mental health for service members, the studies have received funding from the Department of Defense. The research demonstrates a link between mindfulness training and protection against attentional lapses in a shorter time frame than previous studies. Mindfulness is defined as the ability to be aware and attentive in the present, without emotional reactivity or volatility.

“Ensuring our men and women are both mentally and physically prepared is essential to mission success. This study provides important information to help us do that,” said Major General Walter Piatt, Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army in Europe.

If you would like more information on the David Lynch Foundation, and how TM is healing traumatic stress in at-risk populations visit them on the web at http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: Study Finds Value in Pre-Deployment Meditation: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Hearing Aid Adjustments Without Going to the VA?

VA audiology app

By Debbie Gregory.

Every Veteran is aware that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) often has long wait times for appointments. Depending on where they live, the reputation may or may not be warranted. But, the VA has been rapidly working to improve the efficiency of its healthcare system so that it can provide the best possible care for those who served in the military.

One of the areas that the VA has sought to improve upon is exams for hearing aid adjustments. For short (15-20 minute) appointments with an audiologist, many Veterans were suffering through wait lists, long drives and hours-long stays in VA waiting rooms. So the VA Center for Innovation (VACI) conducted a competition to solicit the best solutions for this problem from the private sector.

One of the innovations that came out of the process was a technology that has the potential to revolutionize care for Veterans with hearing problems. A smartphone app, developed by Dr. Lu Beck, Chief of Rehabilitation Services for hearing aid company Phonak, will allow audiologists to perform hearing aid adjustments remotely. Using this technology, a Veteran only needs their smart phone and an internet signal to get a hearing aids adjustment, without the wait or hassle  they currently have.

In the very near future, all a Veteran will have to do is make an appointment online, and when the date and time of their appointment arrives, log on to the app with their smartphone. At the same time, the audiologist will log-on  from his or her office. The doctor and patient will then communicate over the phone or via text. The doctor will make adjustments to the patient’s hearing aid, with the entire process over in just a few minutes.

For the remote appointments, patients will need either a tablet or smartphone that can successfully download the app, a Phonak hearing aid, and an iCube Bluetooth device.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: Hearing Aid Adjustments Without Going to the VA? By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: IBM offers Training/Certification to Veterans

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By Debbie Gregory.

Recently, IBM launched its new Veterans Employment initiative to help Veterans and military spouses through i2 Analyst’s Notebook software training.

The i2 Analyst’s Notebook is software created by IBM that allows analysts to quickly collate, analyze and visualize data from disparate sources, while reducing the time required to discover key information in complex data. The software delivers timely, actionable intelligence to help identify, predict, prevent, and disrupt criminal, terrorist, and fraudulent activities. Those certified in the program by IBM are in high demand.

The first training of this type took place in September, 2014, as part of a partnership between IBM, Corporate America Supports You (CASY), and the Military Spouses Corporate Career Network (MSCCN). Through the program, 90% of the trainees attained an i2 certification.

The collaborative is on a mission to expand the program in 2015, with as many as seven separate trainings taking place this year, partially funded by a grant from IBM. Through the program, as many as 100 Veterans and military spouses will be instructed on the i2 Analyst’s Notebook by expert software trainers, each session lasting five days.

Employers are expected to hire approximately 190,000 data analysts over the next few years, requiring credentials that the certifications from this program will meet. The partners in this collaboration all recognize the need within the industry,  as well as the need to combat the high unemployment rate for Post-9/11-era Veterans. They see an opportunity to solve both issues simultaneously.

Along with training Veterans and military spouses, the i2 training initiative also partners with IBM clients, including employers such as JP Morgan Chase and Citi, to try to find jobs and assistance for trained and certified graduates of the program.

The IBM-CASY-MSCCN partnership has identified more than 490 military occupational specialties and other desirable traits and experiences that the ideal candidate would be familiar with.

For those interested in the i2 Analyst’s Notebook training, applicants should first review the 2015 training calendar to view session dates, and then register at http://casy.us/JobSeekers/

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: IBM offers Training/Certification to Veterans: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: New Mandate Makes Veterans “Protected Class”

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By Debbie Gregory.

In March, 2015, changes are in store for the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA).

VEVRAA requires contractors and subcontractors, who wish to do business with the federal government, to employ and advance specified categories of Veterans protected by the act, and prohibits discrimination against such Veterans.  The legislation also requires contractors and subcontractors to list their employment openings with the appropriate employment service delivery system, granting covered Veterans priority in referral to these openings.

The upcoming changes expand the definition of “covered” Veterans to include Disabled Veterans, Veterans who served on active duty during a time of war, Veterans who received a campaign medal, expedition badge, or service medal, and any recently separated Veterans. The upcoming new mandate will be enforceable as part of a company’s 2015 Affirmative Action plan and is intended to establish a Veteran employment standard that is more in line with the national Veteran population.

Up until recently, the unemployment rate for Post-9/11 era Veterans was approximately 10%. While consistently lower over the last several months, Veterans of this generation have  faced an unemployment rate that is significantly higher than their non-Veteran peers. For January, 2015, the Gulf War II era Veterans saw a 7.9% unemployment rate, while non Veterans of the same age saw a rate of just 6%, according to the most recent data offered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The DOL also found that once employed, Veterans make significantly less than their non-Veteran co-workers. The DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that overall, male Veterans earn 2.7% less than non-Veterans, and female Veterans earn 6.3% less than non-Veterans. Also, male Vietnam Veterans earn 6.9% less than non-Veterans, and male Gulf War II Veterans earn 1.4% less.

What is different today is that there aren’t as many Veterans in the executive level and hiring-level positions as there were in previous years. After World War II, there were many WWI and WWII Veterans hiring fellow Vets. These Veterans went on to hire Koren War and Vietnam War Veterans. The “greatest generation” and their Veteran hires all held executive positions  through most of the 80’s and into the 90’s. And the economy was good enough to provide for Veterans until the mid-2000’s.

And now, since there are fewer Veteran doing the hiring, there is a disconnect between employers and Veterans who are looking for civilian jobs.

Essentially, this new VEVRAA mandate is intended to force businesses to hire more “covered” Veterans if they want to vie for federal government contracts. This will be accomplished by broadening the program’s eligibility for Veterans and designating them as a protected class.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: New Mandate Makes Veterans “Protected Class” By Debbie Gregory

Getting American Heroes Back “In Action”

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Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation, Inc. (WWIA) demonstrates to Purple Heart recipients that they can still accomplish milestones in their lives after returning home from combat, regardless of the severity of their injuries. The goal of WWIA is to encourage our American Heroes to get back “In Action” by providing them world-class outdoor sporting activities which connect them to nature, uniting them with other combat wounded veterans, and surrounding them with American sportsmen and women who genuinely care about their well-being and recovery efforts. Their activities improve self-reliance, bolster their self-confidence, and instill a sense of belonging to a group so as to promote mental and physical healing.

This mission is accomplished by pairing up small groups (3-8) of Wounded Warriors with American Sportsmen host groups for world-class sporting events lasting three to five days. These events are structured to enable the Heroes to discover what they can still accomplish despite their injuries, recreate the deployment camaraderie, group them with veterans in similar circumstances and experience the community’s recognition for what they sacrificed. Additionally, WWIA sends a proven, certified WWIA Associate as a mentor and guide for combat-wounded Heroes. These mentors are alumni of the program who share similar outdoor interests and have demonstrated that they can provide emotional support to the Heroes beyond the length of the project.

WWIA was established in 2007, granted 501c3 Non-Profit status in 2009, and has been changing the lives of both American Heroes and American Sportsmen across the country ever since. WWIA now serves approximately 150 Purple Heart recipients each year in 35 states as well as in Canada, and more recently, Mexico, through a strong network of volunteers across the country. Opportunities like hunting bear and elk, salmon fishing in Washington State, pheasant hunting in South Dakota, halibut fishing in Alaska, muskie fishing in Wisconsin and gator hunting in Florida provide Heroes with a wide variety of events that fulfill life-long dreams.

The WWIA is truly helping these wounded warriors through our programs. They receive hundreds of first-person testimonials from those they serve:

“Thank you for the amazing experience that you guys provided. I was really on the fence about going because of my issues and was terrified to be around people that I didn’t know or serve with. John and crew were amazing, caring, and understanding people. I left the camp feeling like John had earned my trust which is not an easy for me. I really am feeling a lot happier and motivated to make a change in my life. “ ~Andy C, US Army.  

“I don’t have the words to properly describe exactly what the trip meant to me during this stressful time in my life. I was facing medical retirement from the Military in which I have spent the majority of my adult life. At times, this period of my life seems dark and helpless, but this trip has brought light and hope to me. I was given the opportunity to build relationships with fellow Veterans who have also transitioned from the military and have done so successfully. They offered advice and insight for my journey into the unknown and have helped me to find comfort and see that there is always life and hope around every blind curve. This experience has proven to be one of the most invaluable ones of my life.”   ~C. Pedro, US Army.

For more information, please find them on the web at wwiaf.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wwia or on twitter, www.twitter.com/wwiaf.

Military Connection: Solar Training for Transitioning Service Members

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By Debbie Gregory.

On February 18, 2015, the first class of Marine trainees graduated from the Energy Department’s solar job training pilot program at Camp Pendleton. The program is intended to prepare service members for civilian careers in the solar industry, as part of the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.

This pilot program builds on the success of the DOE’s  SunShot Solar Instructor Training Network. The national collaborative consisted of nine regional centers supporting credentialed solar training at more than 400 community colleges in 49 states. The SunShot Solar Instructor Training Network has already trained nearly 1,100 certified solar instructors, and provided hands-on training to more than 30,000 students nationwide.

Camp Pendleton is one of three military installations that is partnering with the DOE pilot program. The program will train 200 transitioning military service members for careers in solar-related positions, including sales representatives, system inspectors and solar photovoltaic system installers. Service members who graduate from the solar training program will have the ability to size and install solar panels, safely connect electricity to the grid, and interpret and comply with local building codes. The other two participating bases are Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, and Fort Carson in Colorado.

The solar job training pilot program for transitioning service members is also working in conjunction with the Department of Defense’s SkillBridge initiative. Through the initiative, exiting military personnel can pursue civilian job training, employment skills training, apprenticeships and internships up to 6 months prior to their separation date.

The solar industry is a great fit for transitioning service members looking for civilian careers. Solar companies have a reputation for hiring military Veterans. The industry employs nearly 17,000 Veterans, which make up approximately 10 percent of the 174,000 solar jobs nationwide.

Five of the largest U.S. solar companies have committed to interviewing the military trainees graduating from the solar job training pilot program, a step that will help place qualified trainees in well-paying jobs.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: Solar Training for Transitioning Service Members: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Guilty Verdict in “American Sniper” Murder Trial

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By Debbie Gregory.

The American public, and in particular, the Veteran community, has watched the murder trial of Marine Veteran Eddie Ray Routh. Charged with the 2013 killing of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and Veteran advocate Chad Littlefield, Routh’s trial has been playing out in Stephenville, Texas.

Kyle, who many consider to be the U.S. military’s most famous hero of the Global War on Terror, is now a household name because of the film “American Sniper.”  Kyle’s friend, Chad Littlefield, spent much of his free time working with Veterans.

Routh,  also a Veteran who was honorably discharged, claims to have PTSD. While in the Marine Corps, Routh was deployed to Iraq, but apparently was not involved in combat. Those close to Routh claimed that he seemed fine when he came home from Iraq in 2008. But after he returned from Haiti, following participation in the relief efforts from the 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation, Routh seemed “changed.”

Routh shot and killed both Kyle and Littlefield at a shooting range, as the two men were attempting to help Routh with his mental state.  Routh’s mother had reached out to request help for her son. While he did not deny the action, Routh pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The most damning evidence against Routh were recorded phone conversations from within the Erath County Jail, with Routh acknowledging that he knew what he was doing when he killed the two men, and that he knew it was wrong.

“It tore my heart out. I guess you live and you learn, you know,” Routh said during a May 31, 2013 recorded conversation.

The trial lasted just nine days. Jurors found Routh “Guilty,” and not insane.

Routh was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The slayings were very much a crime of brother against brother. And while most of the American public had reached a guilty verdict punishable to the fullest extent, many in the Veteran community felt that  Routh’s mental state, especially if it was a result of his honorable military service, should be considered.

While the jury felt that he was not suffering from PTSD, there is little doubt that Routh the Veteran is much different from Routh the Marine who served his country.

If a Veteran that you know is in crisis, or is “changed” in an alarming way, you are urged to have them contact the crisis line, or do so on their behalf.

To contact the Veteran Crisis Line:

Call: 1-800-273-8255 [then press 1]

Text: 838255

Online Chat: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx?account=Veterans%20Chat

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Military Connection: Guilty Verdict for “American Sniper” Murder Trial: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Two Service Members Candidates for Mars Mission

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By Debbie Gregory.

Often times, we see advancements in exploration and technology during and following long periods of war and conflict. For example, the first pilotless drone was developed for the U.S. Navy in 1916 and 1917 by two inventors, Elmer Sperry and Peter Hewitt. WWII played a critical role in the industrialization of many of the nations around the world on which every military greatly relied.

Now, in 2015, after  a period of war that has spanned thirteen years, and counting, two service members are in the running to participate in the next monumental piece of  history.

A not-for profit foundation called Mars One is seeking to establish a permanent settlement on Mars by the year 2025. As part of the mission, six teams of four astronauts will be assembled for expeditions to Mars. Mars One received more than 200,000 applications from potential candidates from all around the world. The short-list now stands at 100 candidates, and among them are two American service members.

Tech Sergeant Carmen Paul has been in the Air Force and the Air National Guard for a combined total of fourteen years. Tech Sgt. Paul has received extensive training in communications and computer systems, and believes that her military experience will make her a fitting candidate.

The other candidate is Lieutenant Commander Oscar Matthews of the U.S. Naval Reserves. LCDR Matthews is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and has a Master’s degree in Aerospace. He is currently a civilian nuclear engineer on Navy nuclear reactors, and a Flight Test Engineer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Matthews said that he has always dreamed of being an astronaut.

Members selected for Mars One missions are signing on for one-way trips to the “Red Planet.” The men and women who are chosen will emulate earlier pioneers who have said good-bye to their homes and their loved-ones forever. These brave souls will rely on technology for every aspect of their lives. If anything should go wrong, assistance from home will be an unfathomable 50 million miles away.

There are still numerous obstacles that our two candidates must overcome, including whether or not any of the Mars One missions ever get off the ground. Mars One is still looking for funding and sponsorship. If you would like to make a private or corporate donation, please visit the Mars One Donation Page.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: Two Service Members Candidates for Mars Mission: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Race on the Base at Los Alamitos

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By Debbie Gregory.

It is NOT TOO LATE to register for the Los Alamitos Race on the Base 2015, taking place at the Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, CA, on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Whether you are a serious competitor, a casual enthusiast, or still working on your New Year’s resolution, there is an event just for you.  Events include: 5K Run, 5K Walk, 10K Run/Wheelchair/Handcycle, and a Reverse Triathlon,one for individuals and one for teams. There is also a 1K mission for kids 10 and under, and a Jr. Reverse Triathlon for kids 7 to 12.

Late registration for each event can be completed online until noon on Friday, February 27th. Registration fees vary by event. All registered participants receive a free breakfast or lunch, a long-sleeve moisture wicking event T-shirt, finishing medals styled after military dog tags, and the chance to race over the perfectly flat surface of an actual runway with a terrific view of military aircraft and ground vehicles along the way.

Service members, law enforcement and fire personnel are being offered a $5.00 discount on their registration when they enter coupon code HERO2015 during online registration.

But even if you aren’t interested in participating in one of the races, the Race on the Base is still an event worth coming out for. There are opportunities to volunteer at registration tables, aid stations, and item drop-offs. You can serve as course monitors, finish line staff, or in other positions as part of the Race Crew.  All volunteers receive breakfast or lunch, snacks, a long-sleeve moisture wicking “Race Crew” T-shirt, a backpack, and access to the volunteer lounge.

The Race on the Base also offers a two-day expo, beginning on Friday and continuing through the duration of the race on Saturday. If you’re not racing or volunteering, come out as a spectator and cheer the racers on, see the military aircraft and vehicles, and enjoy the food and entertainment.

“….The City of Los Alamitos used to run in the community, around the neighborhood.
In 2000, the base opened up the airfield to the local race and Race on the Base has become a very popular regional event and great community outreach for the California National Guard. Running on the Runways at Los Al has been drawing thousands of runners and spectators ever since…..” said Lt. Colonel Tom Lasser, U.S. Army (Retired). Lasser has been involved with and supported Race on the Base for years, and is a good friend to everyone at MilitaryConnection.com.

Please note that because the event is taking place on a U.S. military base, security will be tight. All adults, including racers, volunteers and spectators, must bring a valid driver’s license, ID card or passport. There are  no RVs or pets allowed on base. Refunds will not be given if you are not allowed on base.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: Race on the Base at Los Alamitos: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: New Director of DOD Suicide Prevention Office

New DSPO director

By Debbie Gregory.

The Department of Defense recently named Dr. Keita M. Franklin the new director of the DOD Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO).

The DSPO was established in 2011 and falls under the authority of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness. According to the DSPO website, the office “oversees all strategic development, implementation, centralization, standardization, communication and evaluation of DOD suicide and risk reduction programs, policies and surveillance activities.”

The DSPO works with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard Bureau to reduce the occurrences of suicides amongst service members and Veterans. The office strives to create a climate that encourages service members to seek help for their mental health issues.

Dr. Franklin’s appointment to director marks an elevation of DSPO leadership to a career Senior Executive Service (SES) position, reinforcing the department’s commitment to increasing resiliency across the armed forces.

Dr. Franklin has fourteen years of experience working with service members and their families in various capacities. She was Behavioral Health Branch Head at Headquarters Marine Corps, tasked with leading five behavioral health programs, including suicide prevention. Before that, Dr. Franklin supervised family programs at the installation and regional levels for both the Army and the Air Force. But she says that her main area of interest is post traumatic stress symptoms and how they impact the ways military families function.

Dr. Franklin has a PhD in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a licensed clinical social worker. Her post-doctoral research explored the impact of deployment and psychological well-being on family relationships.

“I am very pleased to have Dr. Franklin take the lead in this very important mission,” said Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness Jessica Wright.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: New Director of DOD Suicide Prevention Office: By Debbie Gregory