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Military Connection: Paving the Way to a College Education

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By Debbie Gregory.

The Regents of the UC education system if California have decided that military veterans and their dependents who are UC students will be able to pay lower in-state tuition, even if they were previously ineligible.

The change in policy came in response to a federal law that was enacted last year.  Aimed primarily at improving Veterans’ access to health care, the law allows any Veteran who has served at least 90 days of active service to pay resident tuition rates in any state within three years of leaving the military. It also covers spouses and dependent children of Veterans meeting certain criteria.

The federal law applies to any public college or university receiving federal funding through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.   The 10-campus UC system received at least $30 million in those federal grants for the education of about 1,400 veterans and family members in the 2013-14 school year, officials said.

UC regents said they wanted to accommodate military families whose duties often move them so frequently that they do not have the chance to establish residency long enough to qualify for in-state discounted tuition. And they said they wanted to honor the service of military veterans.

UC officials said they did not know exactly how many students will directly benefit from the more lenient policy, but they hope it encourages more of them to attend UC.

While in-state undergraduates pay about $12,200 for tuition (excluding room, board and other costs), out of state, including international students, pay approximately $23,000 on top of that.

Financially independent adult students usually need to have lived in California more than a year, and show intent to become permanent residents to qualify for the lower tuition. Younger students face higher thresholds of proving they have been living on their own income for several years.

Student Veterans have spent their military careers defending the United States, so it’s important to welcome them back to the United States with the American dream: decent housing, a top quality education, wherever they would like to study, and ultimately, a great career.

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: Paving the Way to a College Education: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Haircut Ruling Lands School in Hot Water

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By Debbie Gregory.

For his selfless devotion to duty, Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class David Robert “Bobby” Ray posthumously earned the Medal of Honor. His actions during a 1969 battle near An Hoa, Vietnam included ignoring incoming fire, moving from casualty to casualty, rendering aid to as many Marines as possible, while taking up arms to defend his patients. Despite suffering severe wounds while treating members of his unit, Ray continued administering aid. His final act came when he threw himself onto the body of a patient to save him from a nearby grenade blast.

Now, the school that honored him as a namesake is in hot water.

Seven year old Adam Stinnett attends Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, TN. Stinnett went to school on March 9th sporting a new haircut, the military’s signature “high and tight.” The haircut was requested by the young man so that he could be more like his active duty stepbrother, Justin Bloodworth. The haircut was not well received, as Adam was written up by the principal, who thought the haircut was against school policy banning “Mohawk haircuts or other extreme cuts.”

Adam’s mother, Amy Stinnett, saw no issue with the haircut and sent him to school the next day unchanged. The school’s principal sent Amy an email stating that Adam would have to change his hairstyle before he was able to return to school.

With so much hair already gone, his mother had no choice but to shave his head.

Adam was left heartbroken, and his dreams to follow Bloodworth’s path were crushed.

“They made him feel upset. They broke his heart. He didn’t deserve that,” Amy said.

Could a social media firestorm be far off? Stinnett contacted the local newspaper, whose article gained a lot of attention on Facebook, along with a later piece from a local Fox TV affiliate. Sinnett was then contacted by regional and national news outlets looking to spread the story.

The Warren County Board of Education put out a statement in response, saying that neither “Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary, nor any school in Warren County School District, prohibits military haircuts.” But they refused to discuss Adam’s case.

The school district was forced to take down its Facebook page due to the increased volume of comments from people expressing their opinions on the matter.

Cox says the haircut policy is under review.

Adam’s mother said, “All I really want is for the school and the school district to do a public apology. Not just for my son, but for the fallen war heroes … and the veterans, and the active military personnel that are in the Army now.”

Cox is insistent that the school is not anti-military or anti-patriot. But in light of their actions, this might be a hard concept for a seven year old to grasp.

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: Haircut Ruling Lands School in Hot Water: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Canine Connection Therapy Helps Wounded Warriors

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By Debbie Gregory.

Dogs have always been called “man’s best friend” as they are known for their loyalty and companionship. Voltaire wrote, “It seems that nature has given the dog to man for his defense and for his pleasure. Of all the animals it is the most faithful: it is the best friend man can have.”

Walter Reed National Medical Center is currently using dogs as companion therapists for Veterans needing help adjusting to civilian life. A three-year-old yellow Labrador retriever named Ron is one of their dogs.

Dressed in a Navy camo harness, Ron is one of the first service dogs to graduate from the training program of Warrior Canine Connection. While not all of the dogs make it through the training and graduate, the ones that do get placed with a permanent companion, or “career,” as the trainers refer to it. They are placed as service dogs for mobility-impaired Veterans, therapy dogs at medical centers, and even as military family support dogs, where their job is to help the family adjust to their service member’s PTSD. The dogs that don’t graduate still make great pets.

Ron, who was in Warrior Canine Connection’s first graduating class, can sense when his companions need soothing.  He will fulfill their needs by lying at their feet, putting his head in their laps, or doing some tricks to lighten the mood.

As to why the dogs have such a positive impact on those they work with, Capt. Bob Koffman (Ret.), chief medical consultant at the nonprofit said, “It possibly has to do with their incredibly keen sense of smell and whatever neurotransmitters or hormones we release. We’re looking at the biomarkers that are released and the chemical reactions that they’re cuing from.”

Since 2011, when Warrior Canine Connection was founded, 57 dogs have participated in the program, with 11 being placed in careers. Their third and largest class will be graduating come September.

Their efforts have helped 3,000 service members, and they aren’t slowing down, with most of the dogs in the first class having found success.

A black lab named Birdie was lucky enough to keep his foster parent. During his training, Birdie stayed with Marine Veteran Jon Gordon. Gordon, who suffers from PTSD and TBI, had driven over three roadside bombs in six weeks during a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. The two bonded so strongly that Gordon was able to keep Birdie as his placement dog. They live in Michigan, and teach classes about service dogs at the local VA.

Birdie comforts Gordon in his sleep, and has been able to help Gordon better himself as a father to his 8-year-old daughter.

“Before him, I was in a stalemate, a pity party, thinking. ‘Why did this happen? Why did I get blown up?’ ’’Gordon said. “Now I see that I need to move forward.”

As with other service dogs, Birdie has made Gordon’s life more tolerable.

We often thank servicemen for their sacrifices for the country, and now we would like to thank the dogs for their services in assisting our wounded warriors back to a comfortable civilian life.

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: Canine Connection Therapy Helps Wounded Warriors: By Debbie Gregory

 

Military Connection: Joint Army-Air Force EMT Training

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By Debbie Gregory.

The Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), located at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston is home to the Joint Emergency Medical Technician Sustainment Training (JEST) program. The JEST program is responsible for delivering refresher Emergency Medical training to more than 550 Army and Air Force personnel each year, through a combination of classroom instruction and field training.

Through the JEST program, healthcare specialists and medical service techs from both branches train together to meet the annual training requirements, established by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Department of Transportation for EMTs. As part of the service members’ occupational functions for their MOS’s, the sustainment training also meets respective Army and Air Force regulations.

This one of a kind joint training operation offers benefits to personnel from both branches. It promotes inter-branch camaraderie, as well as the sharing of educational information. It also provides service members with 48 college credit hours for the training.

The JEST training is five days of instruction and hands-on classroom exercises at BAMC, followed by one day of field validation at nearby Camp Bullis.

At Camp Bullis, the service members are divided into teams of either four or five members. Each team must move tactically through a wooded area, while encountering simulated artillery fire. Once the team reaches the casualties, they must provide tactical field care, call for an evacuation, move the casualties to a safe evacuation site, and brief the ambulance team on the status of each patient. The goal of the exercise is to utilize the “golden hour of care,” where all of the above is completed and the patient gets delivered to definitive care within an hour. Following the exercise, instructors brief the students on how they performed.

Graduates of the JEST program hail it as great training for both branches, and vital to success of their mission as lifesavers when they are deployed.

“The benefit of training jointly is that the different forces will always be on the same page, train on the same equipment and follow the same procedures when we are in a combat zone in theater,” said Army Staff Sgt. Juan Leyva, graduate of the JEST course.

Versions of the joint EMT training have been conducted at BAMC since August, 2013. The leaders of BAMC and the JEST program would love to see their curriculum serve as a model for other programs across the U.S. military.

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: Joint Army-Air Force EMT Training: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Helmet for F-35 Provides X-Ray Vision

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By Debbie Gregory.

While most helmets offer protection to the wearer’s head, the helmet designed for the F-35 Lightning II is far from that. Pilots who climb into the cockpit of the stealth fighter to fly the costliest military plane ever built, will be wearing a helmet straight out of a science fiction movie.The capabilities of this piece of equipment may be bringing sci-fi to reality through the technology behind it.

Placed strategically throughout the F-35 are cameras and sensors programmed to display data through the helmet. The information pilots need to complete their mission is viewed on the helmet’s visor; airspeed, heading, altitude, targeting information and warnings all at the pilot’s glance. The device allows pilots to see the plane’s environment as if the plane itself had eyes, simply by the pilot tipping his head.

As one would expect, this advanced system has not been a simple project in development.  To date, the cost of the helmet has exceeded $400,000. And as the third iteration of the helmet goes into testing, there are still some challenges and fixes ahead.  Lockheed Martin has served as the prime contractor, and has overcome many of the early issues, such as a jittery display when flying through turbulence and challenges with night-vision accuracy.

Amid the difficulties, the situational awareness the helmet provides the pilot is unprecedented. To address the challenges in the original designs, Rockwell Collins was brought into the project and is providing the third generation helmet. Still troubling the complex system is the interruption of data when flying 3-4 aircraft together. Pilots are reporting improvements, but still experience issues with the software.

The F-35 combines state-of-the art stealth technology with highly advanced avionics and maneuverability

“Testing is an ongoing process,” said program executive officer Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan. “If you find problems, we try to fix them and look ahead.”

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: Helmet for F-35 Provides X-Ray Vision: by Debbie Gregory

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