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Newsletter - May, 2015

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May is National Military Appreciation Month, a time when we can publically demonstrate our appreciation for the service and sacrifices made by those who defend our country, past and present. May, more than any other month, has a number of days set aside in celebration and remembrance of our military, including VE Day (8th), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (8th), Armed Forces Day (16th), and of course, Memorial Day (25th). We proudly recognize our country's military history and honor the commitment and sacrifices made by our armed forces, Veterans, and the incredible families who serve alongside them. We encourage you to perform at least one random act of kindness for a military member or Veteran this month.

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Attention: Military Spouses


Apple iPad Air & Amazon Fire Giveaway

MyCareerWorks is announcing the MyCAA Scholarship Awareness Campaign which features an Apple iPad Air and 3 Amazon Fire HD tablets giveaway! We know starting a new career path can be difficult, but MyCareerWorks has made it easy by providing all the tools you’ll need in its MyCAA approved university certificate online career programs. With just three easy steps you’re eligible to win an iPad Air or Fire HD tablet. As an added bonus, all entries will receive a complimentary online Career Prep Course designed exclusively for Military Spouses by an executive career coach military spouse. Click here to enter!


America’s Most Trusted e-Liquid

smoke juice

Taste You Can Trust

Thank you for your service to our country! Now, it’s Johnson Creek’s turn 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 production and 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 under the guidance of degreed chemists. The Johnson Creek™ Military Discount Program provides at least 25% off for active duty personnel and veterans. Their world-class customer relations team is ready to assist you with any questions you may have. Email them at [email protected] or call (800) 280-0775 M-Th: 9am-5pm CT and Fridays 9am -2pm CT. Wholesale options also available.


Veteran Business Owners

street shares

Start or Grow Your Business, the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) and StreetShares have joined forces to assist veteran business owners secure the capital they need to start and maintain successful companies. The majority of StreetShares loan recipients are small businesses owned by U.S. military veterans. StreetShares has formed the nation’s largest coalition of veteran-focused small business, entrepreneurship and service organizations. If you are a Veteran business owner, join VAMBOA, a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association, today! VAMBOA works to ensure the development, growth and prosperity of Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Membership is complimentary. And if you are in need of capital, contact StreetShares. On the StreetShares marketplace, small business owners can tell their story directly to investors. And don’t forget National Small Business Week, celebrated this year from May 4-8 all across the country, with the theme “Dream Big, Start Small.”


Featured Yellow Ribbon School

Stand Out. Achieve. Inspire.

Stand Out. Achieve. Inspire.

The University of Louisville is a military friendly school and a proud Yellow Ribbon program participant. UofL offers 100% online programs, so that no matter where you are in the world, you can complete your bachelor's or master's degree without ever having entered a “traditional” classroom. Among the highest in-demand online degrees are the Organizational Leadership and Learning, Nursing, Criminal Justice, HR & Organization Development, Civil Engineering, Higher Education Administration and Social Work. These degrees open the door to many fulfilling careers and opportunities for advancement. Through the education you'll receive at the University of Louisville, you're preparing for a smooth transition from your green-collar duty to your white-collar career success by adding tremendous value to your talent and experience. Because education is one of the main influencing factors for landing a better job as a civilian, it’s important to choose an online program that best fits your goals to start your future now. To learn more about UofL’s online programs, click here.


Education Resources

Charting Your Future

Charting Your Future

Did you know that 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!


Valuing Education

Valuing Education

Scholarship Opportunities

ThanksUSA is on a mission to provide college, technical and vocational school need-based scholarships for the children and spouses of US military personnel. The national nonprofit organization gives the gift of education to America’s troops. ThanksUSA provides need-based scholarships to the children and spouses of service members across all the armed forces, including the reserves. They also give special consideration to families of the fallen and wounded. Those looking to apply to the scholarship can apply via the organization’s website, by May 15, 2015. Additionally, military spouses should check out the courses available through MyCareerWorks.


Mental Health Campaign

Mental Health Campaign

A Shared Mission

The Campaign to Change Direction is a national initiative to create a new story in America about mental health, mental illness and wellness. As part of the collective effort led by Give an Hour, is proud to join 50 other partners in this effort. Change Direction is a response to the way society addresses mental health. With one in five Americans living with a diagnosable mental health condition, it is expected that more Americans will die this year due to suicide than in car accidents. Individuals, organizations and good corporate citizens are invited to help change the direction of mental health in our country by visiting


Colorado Technical University


Annual Call for Wounded Warrior Scholarship Applicants

Colorado Technical University (CTU) announced its call for applications for the 2016 Wounded Warrior Scholarship. CTU awards 50 scholarships annually, 25 to wounded service members and 25 to their spouses or caregivers. To date, CTU has awarded 350 scholarships to honor those who have put themselves on the front lines for this country every day. “CTU has always been a strong advocate for military families, and this scholarship is a testament to that,” said Bob Lally, retired naval captain and director of CTU's Wounded Warrior Scholarship Program. Together, with the Yellow Ribbon Fund, the program covers the full educational costs including tuition, books and fees for a single degree program, as well as a new laptop computer. CTU courses are available online to anyone, or at two campuses in Colorado. Applications are open at:


A Celebration of Our Veterans and Military Families


Aboard the USS Midway

The American Freedom Foundation is presenting the 6th American Freedom Festival Concert in San Diego on May 23rd . The annual charity event stars 5-time GRAMMY award winner and country music icon, Wynonna, and her band, The Big Noise! The concert, held annually aboard the historic USS MIDWAY MUSEUM, was a sell out last year. As a result, the Museum is moving planes around on the flight deck to accommodate an additional 400 seats for concertgoers! Over the past five years, American Freedom Festival San Diego has raised approximately 150,000 Dollars for local San Diego military charitable organizations and brought great awareness to the service, sacrifice and needs of our veterans, military service members and their families. This year the event will benefit San Diego Armed Service YMCA, Wounded Warrior Support Network, ReBoot Workshops, Nice Guys Victory Fund and Support The Enlisted Project (STEP). Click here for ticket information.


Check Out These Jobs


Multiple Openings, Nationwide

Corning is hiring, and they have openings in numerous disciplines, from engineering to administration to scientist, from New York to Texas to California, and many locations in-between. Corning has been developing and commercializing revolutionary innovations since 1851, and is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Please visit them online or contact Stephanie Weigel at [email protected].


Jobs & More Jobs


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.


History Channel Casting


Military and Law Enforcement Marksmen

Do you have a story of an amazing shot made in the line of duty? History Channel and the producers of “Top Shot” are looking for military, police, sheriff, SWAT and other agency marksmen and snipers with compelling stories of shots that they’ve taken while in service. If you have a memorable tale of marksmanship that served your community or country, then the History Channel wants to know your story. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a precision or sniper-related challenge to win a prize! Email [email protected] with your Name, City/State, Phone Number, a Recent Photo, and a Brief Explanation of why you are right for this show. All former/current law-enforcement and military personnel are encouraged to apply. This is your opportunity to share your story with America! For more info, visit


Opt In Opportunity


Army Reserve Colonels & Promotable Lt. Colonels.

The application window has opened for Army Reserve colonels and promotable lieutenant colonels who want to compete for assignment to brigade-level command assignments that become available in 2016 with the Active Guard and Reserve and Troop Program Units. Interested officers must opt in by June 5 to be considered by boards that meet Aug. 12-21. The boards will compile order of merit lists to be used to fill command positions that become vacant in October this year and later. Most officers who are slated for command will serve 24-month tours. Extensions to 36 months must be approved by the chief of the Army Reserve. The normal tenure for garrison commanders and overseas commanders is 36 months, with the option to request curtailment to 24 months. For more information, click here.


Tune In

Tune In

Amazing Event - May 8th

The USVets.TV channel has joined forces with and Friends of the National World War II Memorial, Inc., to present a live webcast of the upcoming V-E Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration and “Arsenal of Democracy WWII Victory Capital Flyover on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10:30 am (ET). To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, one of the most diverse arrays of World War II aircraft ever assembled will fly above the skies of Washington, D.C. as part of the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover. USVets.TV is pleased to serve the support groups that provide assistance to our troops and Veterans, with dedicated, community-based, interactive content that truly addresses their needs and interests. For more information or to learn about available sponsorship opportunities, click here.


Voices of Service


Continuing Their Service Through Music

C*A*M*M*O, the Center for American Military Music Opportunities, is pleased to announce the making of "The Living Proof," the first album by Voices of Service, a talented group of American veterans and active duty service personnel who are dedicated to continuing their service through music. Combining every genre of music, from R&B to rock and roll, gospel, hip hop, choirs and dance, the Voices of Service come together to say ‘thank you’ to the nation for their support of military personnel. The album is available for pre-purchase at the Voices of Services web site before its official release date. Sales will help support the working musicians on the album, and Voices of Service will donate a large part of the proceeds back to C*A*M*M*O, which will continue to support veterans and active service members.


Grants Available

Grants Available

Apply July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016

The Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program is offering grants to help an estimated 2,000 veterans successfully transition from homelessness to sustainable housing and good civilian jobs. Homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services. Funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, and tribal governments, including faith-based and community organizations. The solicitation for grant applications (SGA-15-01) is available at the website. More information on the Department of Labor's (DoL) unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans is available at the DoL VETS webpage at For questions about this grant announcement, email Cassandra Mitchell or call her at 202-693-4589.


In the News Now

Check out our 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.


Scam Alert


Don’t Be A Victim

Numerous reports have been received from TRICARE beneficiaries regarding bogus "call center" representatives who are encouraging beneficiaries to provide personal identifying information and health information so that TRICARE can allegedly provide prescribed cream medications to the beneficiary. Be wary of unsolicited attempts by any entity asking for personal or health information, either by phone or in person. TRICARE beneficiaries receiving calls asking for personal information should immediately submit a fraud report to the pharmacy benefit contractor, ESI, via email to [email protected] or call toll free 866-759-6139. ESI staff can also flag profiles and reject attempts to bill for these medications. People receiving unsolicited medication in the mail should refuse delivery.


The Go To Site

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us, 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 [email protected] or call us at (800) 817-3777.


The Competitive Spirit

The Competitive Spirit

Getting Ready For All of the Games

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently accepting applications from Veterans interested in competing in the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games. The 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games take place in Omaha, Nebraska, Aug. 8-12. Applications can be completed online here, and will be accepted through May 15. Veterans ages 55 and older who are enrolled for VA care are eligible to participate. Veterans interested in participating in the 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. Additionally, the 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic will be held Sept.13-18 at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in San Diego, CA. The annual event is expected to attract Veterans from all over the country who have sustained a variety of injuries ranging from traumatic brain injury and polytrauma, to spinal cord injury or loss of limb. For more information or for an application, visit


Are You Ready?

Are you ready?

SAT/ACT Test Prep

Our partnership with the eKnowledge Donation Project has been assisting families, students and educators for over nine years. The Project waives the complete 250 Dollar course price for the SAT or ACT Test Preparation Programs, so the student only pays for the cost of delivering the program: DVD student fee of 17.55 for the cost of materials, support and shipping, Online Cloud student fee of 19.99 for student support and streaming. Pretty awesome! More than 220,000 programs valued over Fifty Million have been donated. Request your donated program here.


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