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Newsletter - November 2015

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In the United States, November is a most momentous month. We vote for our elected officials on the first Tuesday in November. The 11th is Veterans Day. The fourth Thursday is Thanksgiving, and the entire month is Military Family Awareness Month. We have so much to be grateful for. With that said, we all need to make an effort to remember our Veterans and active military, not only on specified holidays, but all year round. There are a number of great non-profit  organizations, many of them featured in this newsletter,  that could use your support. Please consider donating your time, energy or money to assist those who have contributed to your November.

For those of you who have served, we hope you will check out our “Deals” page that features veteran and military deals and discounts, including Veteran’s Day specials, year-round deals and senior discounts.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com

   
   

Exciting News!

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New Site Sale! Save $50 On Select 7-Night Resort Stays.

Armed Forces Vacation Club is excited to share their new website with you! The site's new enhanced search functions and crisp design will help to make your vacation planning fun and easy. Visit afvclub.com to explore the new site and take advantage of this limited-time offer to save $50 on select weeklong resort stays. Book by November 19, 2015.

   
   

Veterans Day Discounts

Veterans' Day

Thank You For Your Service

Don’t forget to check out the discounts and thank you freebies for Veterans Day. Remember, it is always a good idea to call ahead to make sure of participation, dates, times, and proof of service, if needed. Bon appetite!

   
   

Mark Your Calendar

Altavita

Time is “Running” Out

On Saturday, November 14th, Altavita, Southern California’s premier continuing care retirement community, will host a charity 5K run/walk benefitting non-profit Rebuilding America’s Warriors (R.A.W.). All proceeds raised by the 5K Run/Walk will go to support R.A.W.’s mission to prevent the wounds of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from permanently disfiguring young lives.  To register, sponsor, donate or for more information click here. MilitaryConnection.com is a proud media sponsor.

   
   

Taste You Can Trust

Smoke Juice

America’s most Trusted e-Liquid

Thank you for your service to our country! Now allow Johnson Creek to serve you. If you are of legal age and a current smoker or vaper, you are invited to try some of the finest e-liquid in the world! Johnson Creek Enterprises was the first company to bring the manufacturing of e-liquid to the U.S. Their award-winning American-made juice is Taste you can Trust™ because they use only the highest USP grade ingredients and craft their e liquid in their ISO 9001:2008 facility. The Johnson Creek™ Military Discount provides at least 25% off for active duty personnel and veterans. RIGHT NOW, enjoy their creamy spiced pumpkin flavor, Harvest Spice. JC’s world-class customer relations team is ready to assist you. Email support@smokejuice.com or call (800) 280-0775 M-Th: 9am-5pm CT and Fridays 9am -2pm CT.  Wholesale options also available. * Unfortunately, Arkansas does not allow us to ship product within their state.

   
   

Complimentary Subscription

News Wire

Access Any Time, Anywhere

NEWSWIRE.FM is a digital broadcast network that gives you access to shows and movies on any continent, in any time-zone. To thank you for your service, the great folks at NEWSWIRE.FM want to give you a free one year subscription! NEWSWIRE.FM connects you with fascinating stories, featuring pioneers and heroes like yourself.. so enjoy this gift! To activate your subscription, click here.

   
   

Turkey Time!

Homefront America

Share Your Good Fortune

Each year, the Homefront America "Giving Thanks to Heroes" program provides over 250 military families with all the necessary groceries and a Turkey Certificate for their Thanksgiving dinners.  You can help by sponsoring one or more Turkey Certificates for our military families this Thanksgiving holiday.  Each certificate is valued at $ 10.00 and can be redeemed at any grocery store or commissary. For more information, call 949-248-9468 or e-mail info@homefrontamerica.org

   
   

Celebrating Veterans Day

Veterans' Day

Redondo Beach, CA

Redondo Beach will observe Veterans Day at the Veterans Memorial in beautiful Veterans Park at the beach at 1 PM. The solemn observance will include reflection and remembrance, music, commentary and honors to all those members of the military who served their country. The keynote speaker will be Rear Admiral Sandra E. Adams, USNR, Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. Local elected officials and other military dignitaries will also participate.

   
   

Aviation History

Aviation History

Dallas, Texas

The Frontiers of Flight Museum proudly supports veterans and active duty U. S. military families with free admission for a number of special exhibits and programs throughout the year. They are a participating Blue Star Museum with free admission for military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. The Museum's exhibits and programs preserve important artifacts and tell the story of aviation and the role of air power in our country's wars and military conflicts. Preserving this history and passing it on to the next generation is an important part of our mission. In addition to major exhibits for WWI, WWII, and the Cold War era, special programs throughout the year commemorate important events in our nation's history. To learn more about upcoming events and those that provide free admission, please visit their website.

   
   

Thanking Our Servicemembers

For The Troops

Join our friends at For The Troops (FTT) as they host their  8th Annual Christmas Card Signing and Holiday Care Packages event on Saturday November 14th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The event will be at 2878 Cochran Avenue, Simi Valley, CA. To date, this grassroots non-profit has shipped more than 136,500 care packages.  All ages, especially children, are invited and encouraged to stop by and join in signing Holiday Cards to be included in the “We Care” packages being shipped to our Troops in Afghanistan, Korea, Syria and Iraq.  You are welcome to bring your own cards or blank ones to be included in each package.  Letter Writing Guidelines can be found on the FTT website.

   
   

Veteran Assistance

Veterans Assistance

They’re Here to Help

Veterans’ Corner is a group of volunteer veterans and spouses of veterans near Norman, OK, who have bonded together with the motto, “Veterans Helping Veterans.   Their goal is  to assist local veterans meet their needs, whether that involves a ride to the VA or a doctor’s appointment, food, help filling out a form for benefits, and more. They have more than 50 veteran volunteers who are expert in the finer points of VA paper work.  For more information, please visit them on the web. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, send it to: Veterans Corner, Inc, PO Box 722160, Norman, OK 73070.

   
   

Vegas in November

LT. DAN BAND

Honor. Gratitude. Rock & Roll

To express gratitude to those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, The Gary Sinise Foundation has teamed up with American Airlines, MGM Resorts International and the USO to send a group of wounded service members from around the country to the 7th annual “A Salute to the Troops” weekend in Las Vegas.  Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band will perform a free concert during this year’s Military weekend at Fremont Street in Las Vegas on November 14th at 7:30 PM

   
   

Attention: Tennis Clubs

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Tennis Thanks the Troops

As part of Tennis Thanks the Troops, the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and ThanksUSA have teamed up to encourage USPTA professionals to raise money for scholarships given to the families of military men and women. Game: Choose a fundraising event. Already have an existing event? Add Tennis Thanks the Troops as the beneficiary. Hosting Lessons? Add a small fee one day and donate the profits. Too busy? Just put out a donation jar one weekend! Set: These events ideally take place on Memorial Day Weekend, but events may take place at any time. Just register your event, and promotional materials will be sent to you to use and give credibility to the fundraiser. Give: Donate the proceeds of your event! The fundraiser raising the most money by July 15, 2016* will win 2 tickets to the US Open (includes airfare and hotel accommodations). *Events held after July 15, 2016 will not be eligible for the grand prize.

   
   

Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound

Preparation for Success

Veterans Upward Bound is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs. If you want to go back to school, but it has been a few years since you've been in a classroom setting, or if you could use a free refresher program to help knock the rust off of your skills, contact the veteran-friendly staff at a VUB program near you.

   
   

A Belated Thank You

Veterans Upward Bound

Honoring Their Service

During World War II, the Merchant Marine had over 200.000 seamen manning the ships that kept the military supplied throughout the world, enabling the U.S. victories. Mariners died at a rate of 1 in 24, which was the highest rate of casualties of any service. Unfortunately, many of the benefits given to other servicemembers were not extended to the Merchant Marine. HR 563, Honoring Our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2015, would establish a fund that would provide for a one-time payment to those who served between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946. Please let your elected officials know that you support this effort to thank these brave veterans.

   
   

In the News Now

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Check Out Our Blog - Latest and Greatest

The MilitaryConnection.com blog tackles some of the stories that are in the forefront of military news. With the top stories found on our homepage, the blog gives you the opportunity to state your opinion and interact with other users. We hope you will feel that the blog is provided as a service to our users, and participate by commenting on

   
   

Complimentary Membership

VAMBOA

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 is here to serve

   
   

Education Resources

Education Resources

Charting Your Future

Did you know that MilitaryConnection.com has an entire section devoted to educational resources? If you’re looking for a college, university, trade or technical college or university, you’ll want to check out the Virtual School Directory. If you want to calculate your housing benefits while you’re in school, we have the BAH Housing Calculator. There are many, many more resources available, so check it out!

   
   

Military Mentors

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Making a Connection

Through the TAPS Military Mentor Program, TAPS connects grieving military children with individual military mentors - service members from every branch of the Armed Forces who volunteer their time to provide individual support. Children connect to their mentors at the TAPS Good Grief Camps, which are held throughout the year all across the country. When a need arises for a connection beyond the relationship established at the TAPS Good Grief Camp or in a location around the country where a TAPS camp isn't convenient for the family, TAPS will soon begin partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) to find the right connection through the BBBS Military Mentor Program (MMP). BBBS has expanded their extraordinary network of care to include children of the fallen and provide tailored support to these children. To learn more or request a mentor for your child, please call TAPS at 202-588-TAPS (8277) or email mentor@taps.org

   
   

The “Go To Site”

MilitaryConnection.com

Spreading the News

In our last newsletter, we invited non-profit groups and organizations to send us information about who they are, what they do, and any upcoming events they are having, for review and possible inclusion in our newsletter and/or on our social media. Well, many of the responses we received are featured in this newsletter, with more to follow. So once again we invite non-profits to contact us. MilitaryConnection.com is known as the “Go To Site” because of the multitude of resources and information contained on the website. Check us out!

   
   

Saving for Retirement

Retirement

Build Up Your Savings

The U.S. Treasury yesterday officially launched its myRA program, a new simple, safe, no-fee retirement savings option for the millions of Americans without access to a retirement savings plan at work. myRA makes saving simple, safe, and affordable for individuals to start saving, and is a good option for employers who do not offer a retirement savings plan to any portion of their staff, such as part-time, seasonal, or other employees.  With myRA, there are no costs to open an account, no fees, and no complicated investment options. Plus, people can choose how much to contribute – any amount that fits their budget – and they can access the money they put into their account if they need it. Also, at tax time, individuals can direct all or part of their federal tax refund to their myRA account. To learn more or sign up for an account, visit myRA.gov.

   
   

The Go To Site

Retirement

Advertise With Us

MilitaryConnection.com, the Go To Site, is your online connection to the Veteran and Military communities. If you are a corporation or educational institution looking to reach out to these communities, let us assist you with a customized advertising program. For more information, contact us by email at info@militaryconnection.com or call us at (800) 817-3777.

   
   

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Between Military Connection followers and VAMBOA followers on Twitter, we now have over 439,000 followers on Twitter and over 90,000 on Facebook! So if you want to keep current in-between newsletters or find out the latest on news that affects Veteran Business Owners, "Like" us on Facebook and join Military Connection and VAMBOA on Twitter!

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