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Newsletter - October 2013

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The Halloween costumes hanging near the Christmas tree display are a jolting reminder that the holidays are fast approaching. While I love this time of year, it reminds me that there are many families who will be missing a family member at the holiday table. Our military and Veteran families make so many sacrifices, from frequent moves and post-deployment unemployment, to disability and post-traumatic stress, many obstacles loom as these families struggle just to make ends meet, let alone have a joyous celebration. At, we have the honor of working with a number of terrific non-profit organizations that do what they can to ease the burdens shouldered by these heroes. I hope that when you read about these charitable organizations, you will be moved to do what you can to support their good works, be it through volunteer work, a monetary donation, or just spreading the word.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Habitat for Heroes

Habitat for Humanity

Fun, Food and Breaking Ground!

Join Habitat for Heroes and the Greater Los Angeles Area USO in celebration of Veteran’s Day weekend on Saturday, November 9th, when they will be breaking ground on a new community. The day’s events will include carnival games, a chili cook-off, USO style show, and a delicious BBQ. The community event will be held at their newest 87-home Habitat Enriched Neighborhood ™ for Veterans at Centre Pointe Parkway in the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information about sponsorships click here. To purchase tickets, click here. Complimentary Military/Veterans Admission with proof of service!


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Gary Lends a Hand

Gary Sinise

Serving Heroes

Gary Sinise spent October 11th in San Diego, handing out food to the troops at the new San Diego International Airport USO. Gary hosted the “Serving Heroes” inaugural BBQ to launch the program, through the Gary Sinise Foundation, which will feed hundreds of servicemembers each month. Open 365 days a year, the new airport center will provide support for troops and their families, primarily Marine recruits headed to or coming from boot camp. Amenities include a luggage room, high-speed internet, complimentary snacks and refreshments. The center also has monitors that list airline departure and arrival times so troops can track changes to their flights. As most of our readers know, Gary started the Gary Sinise Foundation as a way to give back to active-duty military, Veterans and first responders. To see Gary’s upcoming dates with the Lt. Dan Band, click here.


Jobs & More Jobs

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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
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Sutter Health

Family Medicine Opportunities in Northern CA

Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region is part of Sutter Health, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit integrated health care systems serving Northern California. Sutter Health is currently seeking full-time and part-time Family Medicine physicians to join their medical groups. These opportunities offer the full support of quality physicians in a collaborative and collegial atmosphere. Benefits include income guarantee, generous compensation and benefits packages, shareholder track, advanced technology, and attractive call coverage. For more information, click here or call Camille Brooks at 1-800-650-0625.


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!


Located in Riverside, CA


Take a Tour and Get to Know AF Village West

AF Village West is an active community designed for those 60 or better, and dedicated to providing unparalleled services to those who have served their community or country. AF Village West is an oasis of lush green lawns, swaying palm trees, streets lined with pepper trees, and red tile roofs, allowing you to live an active lifestyle while enjoying the beautiful Southern California climate. Residents have the opportunity to continue enjoying a rewarding life with family and friends, firm in the knowledge that their long term well-being is secure. At AF Village West, they leave no stone unturned to provide the very best service and care. Come for a visit and you will surely want to stay to share great friends, delicious food and the healthy, active lifestyle you so richly deserve. You, too will believe that there is no place like home at AF Village West.


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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.


Give Thanks To Heroes

Homefront America

Thanksgiving Is Around The Corner

Each year, the Homefront America "Giving Thanks to Heroes" program provides military families with all the necessary side fixings for their Thanksgiving dinners. This all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization needs your support. You can help by sponsoring one or more Turkey Certificates for military families this Thanksgiving holiday. Each certificate is valued at $ 10.00, and can be redeemed at any grocery store or supermarket (even commissaries). For more information, call 949-248-9468, e-mail or visit them on the web.


Support Operation Gratitude

SoCal Golf

Enter for a Chance To Win - Odds are Good!

Armed Forces Vacation Club wants you to win one of two golf giveaways. The Celebrity Golf Classic, supporting Operation Gratitude, will take place on October 25th, 2013 and the prize package features a round of golf at the magnificent Calabasas Country Club for you and your guest, who will be joined by a celebrity golfer. There will be also be prizes, cocktails, a buffet and post tournament rock and roll show. To check eligibility and enter, visit them on the web. Good Luck!


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.


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


Coping with Trauma


Warrior Wives Conference

Veterans 360 is hosting a conference for the wives of our combat Veterans. This short conference is designed to educate military spouses, who are often the leaders of the family unit, on the impact that combat trauma can have at home. This October 24th educational conference will empower spouses to take back their family from the damaging effects of PTS/combat trauma. Education can be key in reducing the epidemic levels of domestic violence, divorce, suicide and the negative effects of combat trauma on children. To pre-register for the event, to be held in San Marcos, CA, click here. Space is limited, so register now.


Armed Forces Vacation Club


Vacations for Heroes

Due to the government shutdown, Armed Forces Vacation Club have adjusted its cancellation policy, offering a full refund to those affected by the Government Shutdown, regardless of inventory type or travel date. They are also offering special rates on their 7 night Space-A stays, priced to help you have the vacation you deserve.


Swag Bags for Heroes

Soldier Network

American Soldier Network

You can help bring a little holiday cheer to a hospitalized combat wounded/combat injured hero. American Soldier Network is filling 500 “Swag Bags” and they need your help. You can either send a monetary donation or pick something from the list of needed items, such as small games, books, iTunes gift cards, snacks, etc. For more information, call (949) 355-3061 or email them at Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available.


Benefits You Earned

Check out your benefits!

Your 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.

Featured School

Heavy Equipment

Growing Job Outlook-Heavy Equipment Operator

Through 2020 and beyond, the job outlook for heavy equipment operators is expected to grow significantly faster than the national average. The Colleges of Construction in Georgia, Northern California and Oklahoma offer training and certification that will prepare military veterans for these high-paying jobs. The Colleges are approved to accept your VA Benefits and they offer nationally recognized ADEPT certification through the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Services. The schools offer 3 three-week courses that teach the necessary skills for the operation of heavy construction equipment such as bulldozers, skid steers, front loaders, excavators, backhoes and cranes. For military Veterans, certification from an approved heavy equipment training center can be the start of a rewarding and expanding civilian career. You have served and protected America, now is your opportunity to help build it - learn more at


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Affordable Prep Help for Our Users

The test prep company eKnowledge, supported by professional athletes from the NFL, are donating $250 PowerPrep Programs for just the cost of providing the programs, under $20. These programs will help students’ master SAT & ACT college entrance exams and receive more scholarship opportunities. The PowerPrep material includes 11 hours of classroom video taught by professional instructors, 3000 files of supplemental test prep material, and strategies for maximizing scores. Sample questions and practice tests are included. Performing well on these practice tests is a top priority for students who want to maximize their future SAT and ACT scores and their scholarship opportunities. The fee covers everything, including materials, shipping, student support, and streaming. You may request your programs at: or telephone 951-256-4076.


Great Non-profit

Wreaths Across America

Remember, Honor and Teach

The Bar Harbor, Maine city council has recently decided to remove the lights from the perpetually lit tree memorial that honored those who served. On Sunday, October 13th, Wreaths Across America (WAA) will hold a patriotic salute to the veterans and their families that the lighted tree paid tribute to. The day’s events will include a luncheon, performance by Lee Greenwood, and a fireworks display. To find out more about the lights new home, or to learn more about sponsoring a wreath, please visit WAA online.


Attention: So. CA Vets

Operation Comedy

Free Comedy Show

Jon Stites is an Army veteran, comedian, and the founder of OPERATION COMEDY. This five year old national comedy troupe tours the country, providing free entertainment for Veterans. Their next show will be on Saturday, November 2nd, at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. The line-up of comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, and Showtime, also happen to be veterans themselves. The show will be taped for TV. Show starts at 8 pm doors open at 7 pm. Veterans and 1 guest can reserve seats at:


Helping the Community

Military Outreach

Referrals and Resources

Military Outreach USA is a "connector" between the various veteran programs and agencies that serve our military/Veteran community and local churches. Military Outreach USA provides vetted referral and resource materials to churches so they can help the members of their congregations who are part of the military community. Through monthly newsletters, Military Outreach USA also provides information on issues that affect all within the military community. Among key topics, they focus on the internal conflict created by actions taken while on military service. Monthly updates, training and webinars are conducted to keep churches aware of changes to benefit programs and issues affecting the military community. All services are provided free of charge. For more information, click here.


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