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Newsletter - September 2015

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Patriot Day, the National Day of Service and Remembrance, is observed each September 11th in memory of all of those who perished in the 2001 attacks. In his proclamation, the president said, “As we remember all those we lost on that day and the Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the wars that followed, we must strive to carry forward their legacy.  On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, we take up their unfinished work and pay tribute to their lives with service and charity.  Through these acts and quiet gestures, we can honor their memory and reclaim our sense of togetherness.  I encourage all Americans to visit www.Serve.gov to learn more about service opportunities across our country.”

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com

   
   

ARMY MEDICAL TEAM: WHAT TO EXPECT JOINING THE ARMY MEDICAL TEAM

There are more benefits to being part of the U.S. Army health care team than you think. Benefits that can advance your skills and knowledge, shape your perspective, and provide you a comfortable and rewarding lifestyle.  

Whether you choose the U.S. Army as your career or serve in the U.S. Army Reserve while maintaining your existing practice, you'll enter as a commissioned Officer. The health care lifestyle will give you respect, responsibility and prestige that are afforded your rank.

Want to learn more? A recruiter can provide answers to your specific questions and discuss your individual qualifications, interests and objectives. If you wish, he or she can arrange for you to speak with an Army health care professional in your discipline or visit a U.S. Army medical facility.  Learn more.
 

   
   

Jobs & More Jobs

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.

   
   

Service for Peace

Service for Peace

Louisville, KY Pays Tribute

You can honor first responders and military heroes during the “9/11 Salute To Our Heroes” weekend. On Friday, 9/11, there will be daylong activities at Fourth Street Live!, Louisville’s premier dining and entertainment destination, culminating in a  benefit concert for Operation Helping Heroes (OHH).  OHH helps repair homes for disabled veterans, wounded soldiers and military families. On Saturday, join in  the 9/11 Salute to Our Heroes-Family Festival & Walk at the KY National Guard Amory from 8 am to noon, featuring a Kids Fun Zone, Food Court and a display of police, fire and military vehicles. For further details on how to contribute, volunteer or participate in the walk, email Peter Hayes or call (502) 290-3611.

   
   

It’s That Time Again!

It’s That Time Again!

Lt. Dan Weekend 6

LDW6 will consist of a fun filled weekend for Independence Fund Heroes and Caregivers, September 18-20 in Charleston, SC. It kicks off with a free concert on Friday, September 18 featuring Koa, guitar virtuoso Jonny Lang, and Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band. All donations benefit the leading national veterans nonprofit organization, The Independence Fund, whose mission is to bridge the efforts of governmental, private and corporate entities to provide our wounded soldiers with mobility, innovative treatments, rehab equipment and retreats for themselves and their caregivers. The Friday Night concert is FREE and open to the public. If you'd like to make a donation, you'll have the opportunity after you register for your concert ticket.

   
   

In the News Now

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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.

   
   

CA Ticket Amnesty

CA Ticket Amnesty

Unpaid Tickets Forgiven

California drivers who have unpaid tickets whose fines were originally due to be paid or had a court date on or before January 1, 2013, are eligible to have their driver's license reinstated and their debt reduced by 50 or 80 percent, depending on income. Those making payments for unpaid tickets both before and after January 1, 2013 are eligible to have their driver's license reinstated but are not eligible for a reduction in the amount they owe on their payment plan(s). The program begins October 1, 2015 and runs through March, 2017. For more information, click here.

   
   

Featured School

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Education Focused on High-Demand Civilian Careers

As you transition to civilian life, consider a career in the high-demand healthcare industry. Transformational leaders capable of solving critical issues are urgently needed. An advanced degree in nursing or healthcare management can open the door to a leadership opportunity in this fast growing industry. American Sentinel online degree programs are affordable and attainable. Flexible courses can be taken anywhere and anytime. Degree programs include: RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN, M.S Nursing (with 5 specializations), Doctor of Nursing Practice (2 specializations), MBA Healthcare, MS Business intelligence and Analytics, M.S. Information System Management and more. American Sentinel is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education. American Sentinel is a proud supporter of their military students, providing no-cost evaluation of military training, CLEP and DSST exams, ACE- evaluated and industry-certification training, as well as prior college credits. Learn more.

   
   

Benefits You’ve Earned

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Secure Your Future

The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers tuition and fees, a generous Housing Allowance based on the location of your school,  and  annual stipend for books and supplies. You can register for benefits here. Check out our Education Area including our Veteran School Directory You can also read about accredited universities for military distance learning here.

   
   

Warriors To The Workforce

Warriors To The Workforce

2015 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition

The American Freedom Foundation's 3rd annual Warriors To The Workforce (WTTW) hiring and training workshops event  at the Washington DC Convention Center will take place October 12 – 14 in conjunction with the 2015 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition. To help veterans find jobs, this event brings together major companies from throughout the country looking to hire veterans.  Attending veterans have the chance to talk with employers, submit qualifications and even participate in job interviews on the spot. In addition to the hiring event, WTTW will include workshops for veterans each day providing resources and information on subjects such as mental readiness, confidence building, networking and presentation skills, resume writing, interviewing techniques, job searching, career planning through goal setting, translating military skills and training into civilian life and corporate experience, among others. To register and learn more, click here

   
   

The “Go To Site”

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

MilitaryConnection.com, the Go To Site, is your online connection to the Veteran and Military communities. If you are 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.

   
   

Austin, TX Fundraiser

Advertise With Us

Veteran Outdoors

The 3rd Annual Veteran Outdoors Fundraiser is almost here! With the theme “Giving Back to Those Who Gave” the event will be held on Saturday October 17th from 5:00pm to 11:00pm. Due to the growth and popularity of the event, this year it will take place at The University of Texas Golf Club in Steiner Ranch, in Austin, TX. Live music will be provided by Drew Womack and Emily Cousins. There are more than 100 live auction and silent auction items up for grabs. In addition, Veteran Outdoors will be drawing the winning ticket to the South Texas Outfitters custom Toyota Forerunner that one lucky person may be driving home! To purchase tables or tickets, please visit: www.veteranoutdoors3rd.eventbee.com. To become a Sponsor or for additional information, please contact Autumn Willman or Toby Nunn.

   
   

Entrepreneurial Transition

Entrepreneurial Transition

An Alternative Use of Benefits

Congress has introduced and passed many bills that focus on increased services and benefits for veterans. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced S.1870, the Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition Act of 2015, which would launch a 3-year pilot program enabling up to 250 GI Bill benefit-eligible veterans who apply to the program to start a new business or purchase an existing business or franchise. When veterans are seeking more options and want the choice to use their GI Bill benefit to start their own business, it makes sense to offer veterans a choice in accessing resources, training, and support to pursue the American dream to start a small business, create jobs, and generate growth in our economy. For more information, click here.

   
   

All Star Lineup!

Benefit Concert in New York

Benefit Concert in New York

Katy Perry, Sting, and Jerry Seinfeld will headline the David Lynch Foundation's annual "Change Begins Within" benefit concert and gala on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. All funds raised will help bring the evidence-based, stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique to 10,000 adults and children across the country. Purchase your tickets at http://davidlynchfoundation.org/concert

   
   

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Become a MilitaryConnection.com User

Become a MilitaryConnection.com User

MilitaryConnection.com offers thousands of pages of resources and information for our users. There is something for everyone, including our newsletter, which you now know is full of valuable and timely information, the Job Board, our Directory of Scholarships, our Employer Directory and more. Sign Up Now.

   
   

Attention: Student Veterans

Student Veterans

Mark Your Calendars for the Leadership Institute

Would you like to take your SVA chapter to the next level? Want to meet top chapter leaders from across the country? Ready to empower your SVA chapter members to make an impact on your campus and in your local community?  If you answered 'yes' to these questions, you won't want to miss the SVA Leadership Institute!  Join Student Veterans of America (SVA) and General Dynamics at Gulfstream Aereospace in Savannah, Georgia from October 16-18, 2015. This all-expense-paid program will give attendees the unique opportunity to experience hands-on, personalized leadership development, learn chapter operational concepts and network with their peers around the nation. Space is limited and by invitation only. Invitees will be selected from a competitive pool of applicants to build a well-rounded group. For more information and to apply, click here

   
   

Non-profit Trade Association

VAMBOA

Veteran & Military Business Owners Association

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.

   
   

Prepping for College

SAT/ACT Donation Project

SAT/ACT Donation Project

Summer is a great time to get a jump on the fall testing season, and our partnership with the eKnowledge Donation Project has been assisting families, students and educators for over nine years. The Project waives the complete $250 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 $50 Million have been donated. Request your donated program here.

   
   

Make a Difference

Change Direction

The Campaign to Change Direction

On July 21st , President Obama drew attention to the Campaign to Change Direction during his remarks at the 116th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Pittsburgh, PA.  During his speech, President Obama encouraged all Americans to do their part and learn the five signs that someone may be in emotional pain, and may need help. A PSA featuring First Lady Michelle Obama began running across the country in Westfield Mall locations,  including Bethesda, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. The PSA has been running on the Times Square jumbotron since May. If you would like to learn more, click here.

   
   

D.C. Gala

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Happy Anniversary!

Join ThanksUSA and Keynote Speaker Admiral Michelle J. Howard as they celebrate ThanksUSA’s 10th anniversary at the Treasure our Troops Gala in Washington, D.C. on October 6th . ThanksUSA was established in 2005 as a national non-profit organization that THANKS the men and women in the U.S. military by providing scholarships to a two-year, four-year and vocational education, based upon financial need, for their spouses and children. With these scholarships, they can pursue educational and job opportunities otherwise out of reach. ThanksUSA has awarded nearly 3,700 scholarships with a total value over $11 million to military families in all 50 states and every branch of the military. For event, sponsorship and ticket details, visit them online or contact Michele Stork by email or by calling 703-855-4108.

   
   

Benefit 5K

Benefit 5K

Walk/Run for America’s Warriors

On Saturday, November 14th, Altavita will host a charity 5K walk/run benefitting non-profit Rebuilding America’s Warriors (R.A.W.). Altavita, Southern California’s premier continuing care retirement community for those 60 years of age and better, generously supports RAW's mission to prevent the wounds of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from permanently disfiguring young lives.  R.A.W.’s network of 357 surgeons in 47 states provide free reconstructive surgery for those bearing scars from shrapnel, burn and artillery wounds. Join former MLB player Ron Fairly for a great day out, for a great cause. To register, sponsor or donate, you can call Altavita at 800.729.2999, email them at [email protected], or visit LiveAltavita.org.

   
   

Scam Protection

Scam Protection

Senate Bill 386

Hats off to CA Governor Jerry Brown who signed Senate Bill (SB) 386 into law. Authored by Sen. Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) the bill protects veterans from falling prey to investment schemes in which they are promised a lump-sum cash payment in exchange for their monthly retirement income. Once a veteran signs away his or her benefits, the company sells interests in the revenue stream generated by those future benefits to investors.  This practice is illegal under federal and state law, but several companies continue to advertise the transactions in publications targeting veterans.  SB 386 makes the act of advertising these pension poaching scams illegal, and allows prosecutors to file suit against the companies responsible for the advertisement. Is your state doing all it can to watch out for those who have served?

   
   

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