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Newsletter - August 2013 #2

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I recently read an opinion piece on the New York Times’ website by Karl Eikenberry, where the writer said he thought that Americans and their military were drifting apart. Eikenberry, a retired Army lieutenant general, was the United States commander in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007 and the ambassador there from 2009 to 2011. So you would think that he would be in a good position to judge of this relationship, right? But I think I am also in a unique position to judge the relationship as well. At Military Connection, we constantly field phone calls and emails from those who want to do something, anything, to help our active duty military, Veterans, and their families. I see it in my own community, every time I drive past the military banners placed on the street light poles throughout the city, to honor and recognize our city’s military personnel. I see it on a national level, as so many wonderful non-profits are working to better the lives for those who serve, past and present, and their families. So let’s prove Eikenberry wrong, and step up to the plate in support of those who sacrifice so much. Please feel free to email us and let us know what you or your communities are doing to help, and we’ll post it so that we can share ideas and learn from each other.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Care to Cruise for a Cause?

Cruise

A Little R&R with Admiral Mullen & General Casey

Our friends at Government Vacation Rewards invite you to support our nation’s Veterans while “getting away from it all”! Princess Cruises is launching their first fundraising sailing, Cruise for a Cause, benefitting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and Operation Homefront. The four day cruise departs November 5th from Houston, TX and sails to the Western Caribbean. For more information, call 866 691-5109 or visit them on the web.


Featured Employer
Nursing Opportunities in GA

DeKalb Medical

Where Opportunity Meets Future

DeKalb Medical values your military service, and invites you to serve your community through your nursing career. Recognized by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a Top Workplace, and voted by their employees and Atlanta Magazine as a Best Place to Work, DeKalb Medical offers excellent orientation programs and mentoring opportunities. They excel at matching nurses to roles that showcase their strengths while highlighting their expertise. “My experiences in the military shaped me into the nurse I am today. Once I left the military, there was only one hospital I wanted: DeKalb Medical. I chose DeKalb Medical because of the great nursing environment, and the competitive salary and benefits…this is a stable work environment, and my manager has been here over 12 years. Everyone is willing to help”. –Katie, RNC. To learn more and apply online, visit them on the web. EOE


Benefitting Give an Hour

Shop for a Cause

A Good Excuse to go Shopping!

Since 2006, Macy’s Shop For A Cause Event has partnered with non-profit organizations nationwide to raise more than $45 million for their ongoing charitable efforts. This is your chance to be part of this monumental event on Saturday, August 24, 2013. Shop For A Cause gives you the opportunity to give back to your community and to help Give an Hour. Purchase a $5 Shopping Pass for exclusive savings in every Macy’s store on Saturday, August 24, and 100% of the proceeds will be given to Give an Hour. Plus, you can enter to win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card. Find the magic of giving back, as Macy’s celebrates a national day of support for our community. MilitaryConnection.com is a proud supporter of Give an Hour.


Homes for Veterans

Habitat for Humanity

Live in Southern CA

Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys, in collaboration with the California Department of Veterans Affairs, is offering an affordable homeownership program for veterans and their families. Veterans earning $52,000 combined family income annually or more, and wishing to live in Santa Clarita,CA. will pay no more than 30-35% of their monthly income for mortgage, tax, HOA, insurance and water. To apply, contact Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV at (818) 884-8808 or visit HumanityCA.org to download an application.


BEWARE!

Scam Alert

Army Scam Warning

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) continues to warn both the Army community and the American public to be aware of internet scams and impersonation fraud, especially within social networking and dating websites. The CID frequently receives reports of various scams involving criminals pretending to be U.S. Soldiers, who prey on the victim's emotions, leading to an empty bank account for their victims. Cyber criminals also create profiles of senior Army officers in an attempt to have the victim reveal personal, banking or financial information. Report any theft to the Federal Trade Commission or by telephone at 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338) or TTY, 1-866-653-4261. Also, report any theft or fraud to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.


Did You Know?

Social Security Administration

Expedited Social Security Benefits

Benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and require a separate application. The good news is that military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. The expedited process is available to military service members who became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurred. Additionally, there are multiple types of benefits available for veterans through both SSA and Veterans Affairs. Some of those benefits do not look at your income level at all but look instead at your military service and type of disability. If you want answers to the most frequently asked questions, click here. Having the answers to these questions will help you understand the process.


Mark Your Calendar

Patriot Group

Patriot Job Fair

The Patriot Group, Inc., is presenting “HIRE A PATRIOT”, a Military/Veteran Career, Education and Resource Fair. The fair is open to the public, and especially welcomes Active Duty Military, Veterans & their Families. The event will take place on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 10am - 1pm at Camp Pendleton, CA. The Patriot Group, Inc. is a Certified CA Disabled Veteran Business (CA DVBE) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. To register, click here.


Benefits You Earned

Check out your benefits!

The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers

Check out our Education Area including our Veteran School Directory You can also read about accredited universities for military distance learning here.

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.


MyCAA Courses

MyCAA

New Career Funding For Military Spouses

If you are a military spouse and qualify for MyCAA funding, your tuition could be 100% covered! MyCareerSkill is a Distance Learning Initiative offering MyCAA approved, fully funded Career Training. The online learning portal and easy to use portable training allow military spouses to learn at home or remotely while tracking their progress. Students also have access to interactive learning support over the Internet featuring live online mentors and self-paced learning materials. The Medical Front Office Assistant & Administration Program and Pharmacy Technician Program train military spouses for exciting new careers in Health Information Systems Administration. These 100% online video-based distance learning programs not only prepare a student for a rewarding career, they validate a student's knowledge through nationally recognized industry certifications. All brought to you by Florida Gulf Coast University. To learn more, click here.


Featured Employer

Gwinnet County

Georgia On My Mind

As Georgia's second largest county, Gwinnett is a family of lively, growing communities and a great place to live. Known for its laid-back lifestyle and unique town centers, Gwinnett offers the best of all worlds: family-friendly communities and big city amenities the Atlanta region has to offer. If you are looking for a career in Law Enforcement, Public Administration or Technology, Gwinnett County is hiring. Click here to view job openings.


Featured Employer
Valuing Your Military Experience

Golden Living

Join the Golden Living Family

Golden Living is a family of companies that specializes in post-acute and long-term healthcare. Your passion for service, your ethics, your dedication to excellence, it’s all been proven by your service. Those are the qualities they look for at Golden Living because those are the qualities shared by every member of their team. With six companies – Golden Living, Golden LivingCenters, Aegis Therapies, Aseracare, AlixaRx and 360 Healthcare Staffing – they’re able to offer career opportunities that fit almost anyone’s background or level of experience. Opportunities include: Nursing Home Administrator, Hospice Agency Executive Director, Clinical/Nursing, Certified Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy, Therapy, Medical Billing Collections, Sales, and IT. At Golden Living, they’re honored to offer you the opportunity to join their family.


Jobs & More Jobs

Job Board

Register Today!

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.


Staffing New Facilities

Calvet is Hiring

Grand Openings in Northern CA

CalVet is Hiring, Making Room for Displaced Veterans, and Addressing the VA Claims Backlog. The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) will open the new Fresno and Redding Veterans Homes in mid-October and is currently hiring staff for both facilities. The CalVet West Los Angeles Veterans Home will soon convert 84 currently-vacant skilled nursing facility beds to independent living beds to temporarily accommodate displaced veterans. A majority of these veterans temporarily reside at the VA West Los Angeles Domiciliary and are receiving treatment there. Additionally, the recently signed Governor’s Budget authorized $3 million and 36 limited-term positions that will allow CalVet to work with VA in alleviating its massive veterans’ claims backlog. The money will be used to hire a “Strike Force” team of 12 Veterans Claims Representatives (VCR) for each of the VA regional offices in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego. The teams will focus on backlogged claims to ensure they are properly developed and ready for adjudication. To view all CalVet job openings, click here. To view the VCR job bulletin, click here.


Educating and Raising Awareness

The Honor Bowl

Are You Ready for Some Football?

The Honor Group knows football! With a mission to educate communities about the needs of our military veterans, they sponsor the Honor Bowl Football Invitation and Military Expo, the largest high school football showcase on the West Coast. Since 2010, this event has played out at 70 schools, communities and an estimated 70,000 sport fans. On Friday, August 30th, the NorCal event features the rematch between Del Oro and James Logan, in Loomis, CA. The SoCal event, presented by the U-T San Diego, takes place September 6-7 at Oceanside High School. Friday has a stellar matchup between #13 Oceanside and #1 Serra Gardena. On Saturday, six more elite California high school teams play. A US Marine Corps full contact game is first at 9am. Saturday night will be a highly anticipated rematch between #3 Corona Centennial and #13 Saint Bonaventure. Veterans tickets half price. For more information, click here.


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 MilitaryConnection.com 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 [email protected].


Run, Run, Run!

Team Fisher House

Be Part of a Winning Team

Team Fisher House places equal emphasis on raising awareness as it does on raising funds. Become a Champion for Military Families by raising funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation. Fundraising is easy, fun, and rewarding with Team Fisher House. Not only will you raise funds and awareness for a 4-star rated military charity, you'll also get your own personal cheering squad along the race course! Go to http://www.teamfisherhouse.org/ATM to register to run the 2013 Army Ten-Miler as a Champion for Military Families! MilitaryConnection.com is a proud supporter.


Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Coping With Stress

Moving Forward is a free, on-line life coaching program that teaches problem solving skills. Whether you need help with a relationship issue, a health issue, or just need some guidance to better handle life's challenges in general, then check out this educational program. Although it is especially helpful for active duty military, Veterans, and their families, Moving Forward teaches skills that can be useful to anyone with stressful problems. If you’re ready to Move Forward, click here for more information. http://www.startmovingforward.org/#sthash.keeIhIlG.dpuf


In the News Now

MC Blog

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 the stories you feel strongly about.


Awe Inspiring!

Troops holding Gary Sinise

The Gary Sinise Foundation Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

On June 30th, the Gary Sinise Foundation celebrated its second anniversary. In their short history, they’ve already accomplished so much. With the help of their generous donors, the foundation has been able to bring real change to the lives of so many grateful heroes and their families in meaningful, tangible ways. We’d like to share a few of them with you: * Began construction preparation, broke ground or completed 26 Smart Homes for severely wounded heroes * Performed 80 Lt. Dan Band military support and benefit concerts * Hosted 3 Invincible Spirit Festivals attended by 16,000+ guests *Provided financial aid to more than 60 veterans and their families. We could continue, as the list goes on and on. For more information on the Gary Sinise Foundation, click here. To check out the Lt. Dan Band tour dates, click here.


Starting Civilian Life

Veterans 360

Finding The Way to a Successful Transition

At Veterans 360, a San Diego 501c3 non-profit, they know that nothing rubs a veteran the wrong way more than having to ask for help. But if your weapon were damaged, you would ask an armorer to help, right? Why should civilian life be any different? You have the tools to be hugely successful in civilian life, but it never hurts to have support and guidance as you enter the next phase of your life. The Vets 360 Immersion Program will do just that, at no cost to participants, by making sure that newly separated combat veterans don’t misuse and misspend their resources. For more information or to request an application, click here or email [email protected].


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 serves 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 us know what issues are important to you. Membership is Free! You have honorably served our nation. VAMBOA is here to serve you and be your voice.


Share Our Resources

Shour Our Resources

Link To MilitaryConnection.com

If you have a website or a blog, and you would like to share the multitude of resources on MilitaryConnection.com with your audience, we invite you to do so. Please feel free to contact us and we will send you any information you need.


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.


5k-10k Fun Run

Americas Adopt a Soldier

Run in Reston, VA

Join America's Adopt a Soldier for their Challenge America 2013 Care Package campaign. The Fun Run will be held on September 22nd at Lake Fairfax Park, with 100% of race registration going to support their care package program. You can also bring an item to be included in a care package, or a letter to a service person. Let’s show our deployed servicemembers that their separation and sacrifices are not theirs alone, but rather shared by a grateful nation. To learn more, visit them on the web.


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