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Newsletter - April 2013 #2

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I would like to introduce you to the newest member of the team, Staff Writer Allison Perkins. As a military spouse, Allison brings a unique perspective to Military Connection. We know that Allison, an accomplished journalist, will be a great asset and we also demonstrate that we practice what we preach, and encourage others to hire Veterans and Military Spouses. Please take a minute to read more about Allison below. We hope you will visit our blog often to read some of the interesting and timely stories we have posted.

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Tour Sneak Peek

Toby Keith

Toby Keith Continues USO Tradition

From April 27th through May 7th, Toby Keith will continue his tradition of entertaining our troops and their families as he travels through the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii on his upcoming USO tour. Last year, Keith celebrated a decade of touring the globe with the USO, capping off the year with a return USO visit to the Middle East. Since his first USO tour in 2002, Keith has traveled to 15 countries and has also visited troops aboard the USS Enterprise, USS Leyte Gulf, USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Cape Saint George. In total, the star has lifted the spirits of 225,984 servicemen and women. The award-winning singer/songwriter will perform hits from his upcoming "Toby Keith Hammer Down Tour Presented by Ford F-Series" - which kicks off June 8th. Additionally, Keith will perform several USO shows for sailors, airmen, soldiers and Marines. The shows are private and open only to military ID holders. For more information on the USO tour, click here.

Fraud Alert

Fraud Alert

Warning From the VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently been notified that Veterans registered on the VetSuccess career website have been contacted by fraudulent companies requesting personally identifiable information (PII).If you are contacted by an individual or company that is requesting to communicate with you through a suspicious communication method, such as instant messaging, you should not communicate with the sender or click on any links in the email. Most importantly, DO NOT provide any personal information to the sender. If you suspect that you may be victim of these suspicious activities, please contact the team at 202-461-9600.

Honoring Service

American Legion

American Legion Remembrance Site

The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans service organization, places a high priority on honoring and remembering those who dedicated their lives to keeping our nation safe. A new American Legion web page is packed with stories, photos and videos, and offers visitors the ability to add their own words and images. The Honor and Remembrance web page is now available at The page features My Time in Uniform, where you can share your own story, Family Legacy, where you can take pride in a family member’s service, and the Sacred Places Database, a listing of more than 1,200 museums, memorials and cemeteries.

Paying Tribute

Tribute for Heroes

Nominate Your Military Hero

Welcome Back Veterans (WBV) was created by Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the McCormick Foundation, to inspire Americans to support and assist returning Veterans. Their main focus has been aiding in the development of treatment procedures for PTSD. Now WBV has partnered with People Magazine to present “Tribute for Heroes”, and they need your nomination. Nominees should be accomplished, and exemplify extraordinary military or community service. Thirty veterans, one to represent each MLB team, will be recognized at the 2013 All-Star Game, July 16th on FOX. For more information, click here.

Helping our Military Heroes

Give an Hour

A Celebration of Service

Give an Hour is joining forces with Got Your Six to produce A Celebration of Service, the kick-off to Give an Hour’s program to educate 100,000 mental healthcare graduate students on the unique issues of veterans and military families. In coordination with Got Your 6, Give an Hour has made a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative) to provide training, education, and resources to these future mental healthcare providers. If you would like more information, click here. has been working with Give an Hour for years and is a proud supporter.

Program Extended through 2013

Hire A Veteran

Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Work Opportunity Tax Credits

On January 1, 2013, Congress passed a bill that extended the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits through December 31, 2013. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities, to up to $9,600. There is no limit to the number of qualified veterans for whom you can claim this credit.. This program rewards employers who demonstrate they value hiring our nation’s Veterans. For more information, click here.

Jobs & More

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Visit our Job Area - Check out our Job Board with thousands of jobs in many occupational areas. Register as a Job Seeker and upload your resume so that Employers can find you. You should also check out our Virtual Job Fair of top jobs, and all the valuable employment resources we provide.

Featured Employer


CalVet is Hiring!

The Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles has at least 20 full-time positions available now – and more positions are anticipated! The new state-of-the-art facility has the capability to care for 396 Veterans in two levels of care, skilled nursing neighborhood with Memory Care and an assisted living neighborhood. CalVet offers a unique opportunity to serve those who have served their country through a rewarding civil service career path. Employment benefits include: family health care, dental and vision benefits and retirement plans, with 401K plans also available. Work in a beautiful environment with opportunities for advancement. For more information, click here. Veterans and disabled Veterans are encouraged to apply, and will receive preference points on all State of California examinations. Positions are also available at the Barstow, Chula Vista, Fresno, Lancaster, Redding, Ventura and Yountville Veterans Homes of California.

Featured Employer


Dedicated to Professionals who are Dedicated to Children

Nemours is a pediatric health system of hospitals and specialty clinics serving children and families throughout the Delaware Valley and Florida. Our dedicated professionals integrate medical care, research, health education, and prevention to help improve the lives of children every day. Our team of more than 4,600 Associates has cared for millions of kids and their families in our world-class pediatric health system of hospitals and specialty clinics. Nemours began more than 70 years ago with the vision of Alfred I. duPont to improve the lives of children and to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions. As a Nemours Associate, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate across disciplines, pursue your passion for excellence in children’s health care, and advance professionally as you work alongside some of the country’s top pediatric practitioners. To view current opportunities or learn more, click here. EOE

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American Story Book

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

For forty years, Bob Dotson has been traveling the country, searching for ordinary Americans who have achieved something extraordinary in their lives. Dotson has brought their inspiring stories to millions of viewers who tune in to NBC’s “Today”. But some stories just don’t fit in a five minute television segment. It’s those stories that are brought together in AMERICAN STORY: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things. Bob highlights Americans with thoughtful solutions to problems we all face, incredible ideas that work, a blueprint for our own dreams and a way to make this country better. For more information, click here.

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Check Out Our Blog - Latest and Greatest

The 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 the stories you feel strongly about.

Welcome, Allison!

Allison Perkins

Our New Staff Writer

Allison Perkins has been writing about the military for publications around the globe since 1996. After graduating from Northeastern University, she became the bureau chief in Taegu, South Korea, for Pacific Stars and Stripes. There, she traveled with troops as they trained throughout Asia. She later covered military news and other topics as a staff writer for the Greensboro News & Record. In 2005, she was embedded with North Carolina troops as they traveled to Iraq. Allison left battlefield reporting to write about military families with several web-based publications. Allison, who is an Army wife, currently lives in Honolulu, HI, with her husband, an active duty soldier, and their five children.

Tell Us Your Passion

Writers Circle

Join Our Writers’ Circle Today!

Do you have something you’re passionate about, or want to let others know about your program or how you are making a difference? If you love to write, we invite you to participate in the Writers’ Circle. The Writers’ Circle features guest writers who want to share their thoughts, deeds and ideas with our audience. To be included, your article must be 300-600 words of original content, not copy written, and non-political. We will put articles in the Writers’ Circle on our web site, as well as featuring some of them in upcoming newsletters. For admission consideration, email your article to

Dental Help for Veterans

Rebuilding Americas Warriors

Pro Bono Dental Surgeries

A number of Iraq War Veterans are experiencing major dental problems since returning home. The problem for these veterans is that the VA doesn’t pay for dental care unless a soldier is 100 percent disabled. That means they have to pay huge dental bills without any government help. One non-profit that is stepping up to the plate is Rebuilding America’s Warriors (R.A.W). Dedicated to providing reconstructive surgeries to American war veterans who have recently been wounded and/or disfigured while on active duty, R.A.W has enlisted the help of a dozen dentists nationwide. For more information, click here.

We Like Kris!

Kris Allen

Spring Tour on Now

Since skyrocketing to stardom as the 2009 winner of American Idol, Kris Allen has taken his impressive talent and warm-hearted charm on the road with the likes of Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Barenaked Ladies and Lifehouse, as well as headlining club tours across the country. When he’s not on the road, Kris can be found lending his talent and time to organizations like World Vision, Little Kids Rock and or spending time with his family in Arkansas. When the USO asked Allen and his band to take on an overseas tour to play for service members and their families in Europe, he said it was a “no-brainer.” He also called it an honor. Kris is on the road through May with his latest album, "Thank You Camellia.". For more information, click here.

Programs and Services

National Resource Directory

Support for Active Duty Military, Veterans and Their Supporters

The National Resource Directory is a federal government website connecting wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, families and caregivers to almost 15,000 services and programs at the national, state and local levels. Visitors can find information on topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder, benefits, health care, education, homeless assistance, employment and more. The Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs have made significant improvements to the NRD to increase the site’s ease of use and functionality as a central place online to obtain comprehensive, up-to-date information regarding services and programs available. Stay up to date on programs and services for wounded warriors, Veterans, Service Members and their families by subscribing to NRD email updates. For more information on the NRD, click here or email Military Connection is a proud supporter of the National Resource Directory and the excellent work they provide.

Healing Energy

Guided Meditation for Veterans

Guided Meditation for Veterans

It has been shown that guided meditation/imagery, coupled with energy healing, has many benefits, including relaxation, stress reduction, improved sleep patterns and improved quality of life. International Healer Roger Ford, Co-Founder of Ojai based Healing in America, will be offering a complimentary meditation session to Veterans and their families on Tuesday, May7th , at the Ventura County Community Foundation, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo from 9:15am to 10:30am. These sessions are specifically for Veterans and their families seeking help on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. Channel healing energy to help relax, re-energize and allow your body to come back into balance and help the healing process. Several certified healing practitioners will be joining Roger at this event, held monthly in Camarillo and Ojai. There is no charge for this session. For more information call 805 640-0211 or simply turn up on the day.

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Proud Yellow Ribbon School

Dyouville College

Achieve Your Educational Goals

D’Youville College is extremely veteran friendly. In addition to the educational benefits provided through the VA, state VTAP, and tuition-assistance via the military, D’Youville goes above and beyond with both a 50% veterans waiver and a 20% veterans dependent waiver. This proud Yellow Ribbon School also provides deferred billing, book vouchers, and a Veteran-Student Emergency Fund to assist student- veterans/dependents who face an unexpected financial crisis. Their Veterans Affairs Office sponsors a chapter of the Student Veterans of America Association on campus. Additionally, D’Youville provides not only a dedicated computer room, but also a lounge, complete with free coffee, tea and hot cocoa, for their student-veterans/dependents. They have mentoring and tutoring services for student-veterans, and operate a VA Work Study Program on campus for student-veterans and their dependents. For more information on how D’Youville can help you achieve your educational goals, click here.

Scholarships for Military Dependents

Thanks USA

Accepting Applications From April 1st to May 15th

Now starting its eighth year, ThanksUSA has awarded 2,800 scholarships worth almost $8.5 million and plans to award 500 scholarships at $3,000 each in 2013. ThanksUSA provides financial need-based scholarships to children and spouses of US military personnel. Awards granted to dependent children are for full-time first-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. Spouses may also attend part-time (a minimum of six credits per term) at any university, college or vocational school. Spouses may also use the award for non-degree licensure/certification programs. Kaplan University is proud to offer a full undergraduate scholarship through ThanksUSA for an eligible military spouse. In addition, 50 Educational Support Scholarships, which provide for reduced tuition of up to 55 percent, are also available to eligible military spouses. For eligibility requirements and application, visit them on the web.

Featured School
Gunsmithing Careers

Sonoran Desert

School of Firearms Technology

Fired-up about firearms? Veteran Jason Pfannenstiel is! Jason, who served three tours in Iraq, is turning firearms into a career. And like Jason, you too can earn your Gunsmithing Certificate at Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI). Learn ballistics, troubleshooting, engraving, stock fitting, customizations and more. You can earn either an Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree or a Gunsmithing certificate, even while deployed. You’ll begin with comprehensive lessons and tools from SDI, one of the nation’s most comprehensive distance-learning Gunsmithing colleges. Enrollment is easy with V.A. approval for using your G.I. Bill. Jason’s experience with SDI’s self-paced study prompted him to say, “Self-paced distance learning can sometimes drag on. But the way SDI's course is set up the information grabbed my attention. For anyone looking into SDI as an option for school, I can tell you this......DO IT!” Give your career an edge. For more information, click here or call 480 314-2102.

Adaptive Sport Programs

Mission Redefined

Find a Sport, Get Involved

For the third year in a row, the VA Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and U.S. Paralympics have joined forces. Together, they provide opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces to plug into sport programming to improve their health and fitness. In communities around the country, programs that serve our veterans and servicemembers are being expanded and enhanced. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, 20 Veterans and service members helped make up the U.S. team; they accounted for a total of 12 U.S. medals. To find out about programs near you, click here.

Rock With Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

The Lt. Dan Band Is Hitting the Road

Dates and Locations for the summer/fall concert dates for the Lt. Dan Band are now available. Many of the concerts are fund raisers for “Building for America’s Bravest”, a joint effort of the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to the Tower Foundation. Through this strategic partnership, Building for America’s Bravest builds Smart Homes for severely injured military personnel, giving them the opportunity to lead full and independent lives in spite of their injuries. To see the tour schedule, click here.

Your Discount

Senior Discount

Because Getting Older Has a Few Perks

Making ends meet in a tough economy can be challenging, especially as we get older, so we need to take advantage of every discount we can. While merchants don’t always agree on what age we become a “senior”, most of them agree that having us as customers is to their advantage. To see a list of merchants who offer discounts, click here. And because you are smart consumers, we do recommend that you verify the discount in advance. Check out all special discounts for Veterans, too!

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