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Newsletter - August 2013 #3

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I would like to congratulate Navy dependent and newly commissioned Air Force officer, Allia Grace Martinez, recipient of the first Military Connection/ ThanksUSA Scholarship! A major area of focus on is education, and to that end, we work with a number of colleges and universities, many of them Yellow Ribbon schools as well as excellent vocational schools, all of which value the service and sacrifices made by our nation’s military, past and present.

We offer some excellent options to reach military, veterans and their family members seeking to further their education and training. has a multitude of resources and information on the GI Bill, MyCAA, tuition, housing allowances, scholarships and more, and is the Go To Site for these resources and information.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Graduation Day!

Allia Grace Martinez

Bright Future for this College Grad

Allia Grace Martinez, recipient of the first Military Connection/ ThanksUSA Scholarship was also commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Allia Grace will now begin training for her Air Force career in Space and Missiles. We are honored to partner with Thanks USA, who has just reached a milestone: they’ve awarded over $9 million in scholarships for post-secondary school to the children and spouses of U.S. troops! This milestone includes almost 300 new scholarships awarded this week, totaling close to $1 million. Since ThanksUSA was created in 2005, the charity has awarded more than 3,000 scholarships to military families in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, go to


Wins for Warriors

Just Verlander

High Five to Justin Verlander!

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has committed $1 million to launch “Wins for Warriors” in support of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and their families. The program will provide funds to two outstanding non-profits, The Mission Continues and Give an Hour, to work in Detroit, MI and Richmond/Norfolk, VA, to coordinate care and services to the military communities there. Growing up in Richmond, attending Old Dominion University in Norfolk, and playing for Detroit, explains Verlander’s ties to those areas. Give an Hour founder and president, Barbara Van Dahlen, said, "We are grateful to Justin for recognizing the needs of our military and Veteran communities and using his celebrity to ensure that these men, women and families have access to the care they need and deserve. We are excited to work with him to create an integrated system of care for those who serve.” Read more about Wins for Warriors here.


Featured Employer
Work for the Federal Government


Marketing & Regulatory Programs Business Services

Your future career could be with the USDA's Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP). MRP provides resource management and administrative services to support the three MRP agencies--the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). MRP employees provide administrative support services in the areas of budget, finance, human resources, information technology, procurement, property management, and related administrative services. As a Federal employee, you will be eligible for a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family.. Preference is given to Veterans, and federal service is a great way to continue your service to our country. To learn more, click here.


Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Calvet is hiring

CalVet is Hiring!

The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) is hiring! In addition to the 36 Veterans Claims Representatives (VCR) being hired to speed up the processing of benefits claims filed by California veterans, CalVet has openings that run the gamut from analysts to cooks to engineers, and more! If you want to check out all of the openings, click here if you are already registered as a user or click here if you need to register. Once you are logged in, click on the CalVet link in the alphabetized listings to see what fantastic job opportunities await!


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.


Good Grief Camp

Good Grief Camp

Support TAPS & Help Families

Coping with the death of a loved one can be a lonesome and difficult journey. This weekend, more than 200 people coping with the death of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Forces will attend the TAPS Regional Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp at Camp Pendleton. Organized by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the seminar provides a supportive environment where the families of our fallen troops come together to share their grief and meet others who have experienced similar losses, and help each other cope with the changes to their lives. In addition to seminars, camps and retreats, TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person care groups, and a 24/7 helpline. To volunteer or donate, go to


Disappearing Act

Veterans 360

Are Young Veterans Turning Into Ground Squirrels?

One of the biggest challenges Vets360 has, as a veterans support organization, is outreach. While they knew there would be challenges when they developed their program, they underestimated how hard it would be to engage/find/talk to these young combat veterans. The second they exit those gates, they are gone. Hence the ground squirrel analogy. And all too often, they don’t come back until civilian life has gone sour on them. Vets360 aims to proactively engage them, before “cure” options like homeless shelters, veterans courts, substance abuse programs and suicide prevention teams kick in. If you know a Veteran who could benefit from the program, click here. If you have an interest is setting up a Vets 360 in your community, click here.


Deadline 9/4/13

Champions of Change

Nominate Those Who Continue to Serve

In early October, which the President designated “Energy Action Month”, the White House will recognize “Champions of Change” – Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are leading communities to prepare for the impacts of climate change and transition to a clean energy economy. Upon returning home from service, many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have continued to serve, using their specialized skills and experiences to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy, make communities more resilient to the effects of climate change, and improve our nation’s energy security. Help us recognize these veterans. To nominate a Champion of Change click here and select "Veterans in Clean Energy and Climate Security" as your nomination category. Please submit nominations by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, September 4th.


Featured School

College of Construction

Colleges of Construction Accept VA Benefits

Yellow metal. Massive machines. High intensity. For military veterans, the start of a rewarding civilian career in heavy equipment operation can begin in as little as three short weeks. The Colleges of Construction in Georgia, Northern California and Oklahoma offer nationally recognized ADEPT certification through the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Services (NAHETS) in loaders, backhoes, dozers, excavators, and cranes. The Colleges of Construction accept your VA benefits and cover most of your expenses! Did you know that we accept the Post 9/11 GI Bill, your VA Benefits are payable for 15 years following your release, and benefits pay for 1) Tuition and fees 2) Housing 3) Books and supplies? Your service has protected America, now you can help build it. To learn more visit


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.

Attention: DC/VA Residents

Team Fisher House

Join Team Fisher House

Team Fisher House is recruiting volunteers to support their fundraising teams at the Army Ten-Miler (10/20 - Washington, DC) and Marine Corps Marathon (10/27 - Arlington, VA). Volunteers truly are the heart and soul of Team Fisher House. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to join their team of Champions for Military Families - Register as a volunteer TODAY and claim your volunteer shirt, cow hat and cowbell! is a proud sponsor of Team Fisher House.


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Donate Your Delta SkyMiles

Luke's Wings

Bringing Loved Ones to the Bedsides of the Wounded

Luke’s Wings was founded by a group of young people who observed the struggles of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Luke’s Wings is a non-profit organization that helps transport the families of wounded warriors to be by their bedsides during their long, difficult recoveries. Named for Luke Shirley, a wounded warrior at Walter Reed, and Sarah Wingfield, a Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador who met Luke when she was visiting the troops at Walter Reed, Luke’s Wings aims to raise the spirits of those who have sacrificed so much. They know that the presence of a support system helps alleviate depression and reduce the risk of suicide. As of 2013, Luke’s Wings has raised more than $2 million and assisted more than 1200 wounded warrior families. Luke’s Wings is a Delta SkyWish partner, and Delta Frequent Flyers can contribute a minimum of just 1,000 airline miles by clicking here.


Care to Cruise for a Cause?


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, benefiting 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.


Scholarships Available

Reboot Six Week Workshop

6 Week Workshop Begins September 23rd

Do you know a Veteran in need of support? Harvesting Happiness 4 Heroes’ (HH4H)“R.E.B.O.O.T” is a 6-week online applied positive psychology coaching and integrated psychosocial education. HH4H, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to the transformation of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) into Post-Traumatic Growth, has 20 full scholarships available for the next workshop. This non-clinical approach facilitates understanding and healing of the mental, emotional and moral wounds of war. The program features coaching that is focused on stress reduction and mindfulness training. There is also emphasis on identifying strengths, strengthening weaknesses, creating goals, setting intentions and executing an action plan to make ideal visions of life a reality. R.E.B.O.O.T is not therapy, but rather a unique virtual experience that teaches new life tools to help adapt warrior skills to civilian life while more effectively managing stress symptoms. To apply for the scholarship for the September 23rd workshop, click here.


Complimentary Membership


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.


Help a Little Boy

Houston Nation Golf Club

Tee’d Off At Cancer

If you need a good excuse for a round of golf or just want to make a donation to help a little boy battle cancer, read on. Six-year-old Ayden Stroud, the grandson of Houston Fire Department Captain Buddy Russell (Ret.) and the nephew of Houston Firefighter Scott Blackmon, is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Ayden has been going to Texas Children's Hospital to receive chemotherapy, which will continue for the next 3 to 4 years. While the prognosis is good, this has caused a financial burden that can’t be carried alone. And that’s where you generous Texas golfers come in. “Tee’d Off At Cancer” will help Ayden’s family make sure his bills are paid so that he can continue to get the life-saving treatment he needs. For more information, please email Dusty Henson. Entry deadline in September 19th for the September 28th tourney. Sponsorships and donations are also greatly appreciated.



Gary Sinise

Lt Dan Band Rocks the Citadel!

Bad news if you wanted to buy VIP tickets to Lt. Dan Weekend 4-they’re all sold out. The Good News is that there are still general admission tickets available for the September 14th concert at the historic Citadel in Charleston, SC. And if you register for the 5K or The Warrior Ride, your concert ticket is free! For more information, visit them on the web. For additional Lt. Dan Band dates, click here.


Lucky Dog

Lucky Dog

You’ll Both Be Lucky

If you are dynamic and engaging, and looking to adopt a dog, there’s a new television series that is looking for you! Perhaps you are a Veteran who needs a service dog, or just desire the companionship of a dog to complete your family. Or perhaps you have a special needs child who could benefit from having a new best friend. If you think you are a good match to share your home and a whole lot of love with a four-legged addition to your family, email us at Dogs will be rescued from local shelters and fully trained by renowned dog trainer Brandon McMillan before being placed. Grooming, vet services and food will be provided for one year.


September 25-27, 2013

Women Veterans Lead the Way

CalVet Women Veterans Leadership Conference

Congratulations go out to our friend Mary Ellen Salzano, who along with Kate Weber and Victoria Hudson, will be honored at the upcoming CalVet Women Veterans Leadership Conference. The California Outstanding Volunteer Award will be awarded to Mary Ellen at the conference opening evening reception, which will be held at the Mission Valley Marriott Hotel in San Diego, September 25-27, 2013 The conference will provide information and resources that will encourage and empower women veterans to become self-sufficient, active members of their communities through a series of “How To” workshops. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about their veteran benefits, file disability claims and speak with veteran service organizations and service providers at more than 40 information tables. To view the accomplishments of these inspirational women, click here. For more information about the conference, contact or call (916) 653-1402. To register, go to


In the News Now

MC Blog

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.


Benefit Tournament

2LT Mark Daily

Chino Hills, CA

The 2013 Greater Los Angeles Chapter, Association of the United States Army will again be hosting Southern California's premier Liberty Mutual Invitational Tournament on October 11th, 2013 at Los Serranos Golf Club, Chino Hills, CA. The tournament will honor the memory of Army 2LT Mark Daily. Daily was a UCLA ROTC Graduate and Southern California resident who lost his life on January 15th, 2007, while serving in Mosul, Iraq. Proceeds will be benefiting Fisher House Southern California. More information is available here.


Adaptive Home Needed

Operation First Response

Serving Wounded Heroes

Lance Corporal Jeremiah Arbogast served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1998 until he was formally retired in April 2006. Featured in the 2012 Oscar Nominated Film "The Invisible War" and most recently the documentary "Justice Denied", Jeremiah was a victim of Military Sexual Trauma and suffered PTSD, which led to a suicide attempt. Now a paraplegic, Jeremiah is need of a home where he and his wife and daughter can live, worry free from the obstacles of being in a wheelchair. Operation First Response, a 501(c)3 non-profit, supports our nation’s Wounded Heroes and their families with personal and financial needs, and has launched a fundraising campaign to with the purchase. Another veterans non-profit, Purple Heart Homes, will be renovating the entire home to meet Jeremiah’s needs. To make a donation, click here.


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Support Military Spouses

Military Spouses Choir

America’s Got Patriots!

The American Military Spouses Choir represents all four branches of the United States Military Service - Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. All the spouses have partners who are currently serving in the military. They were brought together by the non-profit Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO). The American Military Spouses Choir wish to inspire and support, not only their fellow military family and service members, but the nation as a whole.The Spouses Choir is preparing for the Semi-Finals on America's Got Talent, and they need your votes. Mark your calendars for September 3rdand VOTE!


CA Voters

Voter Registration

Online Voter Registration

California Voters- Check out the California Online Voter Registration Website. If you are overseas resident who is a US citizen and member of the Uniformed Services (on active duty), an eligible dependent, member of the Merchant Marine, eligible dependent, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or United States citizens residing outside the United States- you can register to vote, receive your elections materials, and vote by applying for a special absentee ballot. You must fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).


Share Your Thoughts

Writers Circle

The Military Connection Writers’ Circle

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 feature some of them in upcoming newsletters. For admission consideration, email your article to


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