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Newsletter - August 2015

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Recently, I had the honor of being a guest of the U.S. Navy aboard the USS John C. Stennis through the Navy’s Distinguished Visitor program. This was a once in a lifetime, amazing experience. I had an upfront and personal view of flight operations, providing me with a better understanding of the extraordinary leadership, work and commitment it takes to run an aircraft carrier with a crew of over 5,000. What impressed me the most is the caliber and dedication of the young men and women who serve. They strive to be the very best, and train constantly to improve. I look forward to sharing some of what I learned through an upcoming series of articles. The most important thing I came away with is the knowledge that we are in the very best hands. America’s Navy absolutely is a global force for good.

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Sullivan University


Proud Yellow Ribbon School

Louisville-based Sullivan University System can proudly state that educating military members and their families is one of their top priorities. In addition to receiving the Military Connection Veteran School Salute, this Yellow Ribbon school has been included on the 2015 Military Friendly School List. Easing the transition for military and veteran students, Sullivan offers a single-point-of-contact for military admissions, a VA Certifying Official on campus, and a chapter of Student Veterans of America on campus. Additionally, Sullivan transfers military experience into college credit, awards military grants, and offers special active duty military tuition rates. All GI Bill benefits are welcome. If you have served in the United States Armed Forces, take advantage of the educational benefits offered to you. If you know of someone who has served, encourage him or her to go to college and use the benefits available to them.


Questions, Questions...

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Your GI Bill Benefits

The Post 9/11 GI Bill affords many great benefits, including tuition, a housing allowance, and a book/supplies stipend. But how do you choose a school that will best meet your needs? What is the best way to use your benefit? How do you connect with other Veterans and become part of that community? Military Connection Staff Writer Joe Silva shares his experiences as a Veteran student who has navigated these waters, having achieved his Bachelor's degree, and steaming full speed ahead (Navy puns intentional, Joe!) towards his Master's. We invite you to read his articles to find answers to your questions.


Ready for Some R&R?

Ready for Some R&R?

Free‡* 7 Night Select Space-A Stay When You Buy Any 7 Night Stay

Treat yourself with two vacations! Right now, when you buy any 7 night stay through Armed Forces Vacation Club, you can get a 7 night select space-a stay for free‡. Hurry, this offer ends Tuesday, August 18th. See website for full terms and conditions.


Special Discounts

Special Discounts

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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.


Featured Employer

guthrie RNs

Calling All Experienced RNs: Take Your Career to the Next Level!

Why do top healthcare professionals choose Guthrie? For many, it’s the opportunity to work within a nationally recognized integrated health care system. Add to that a generous loan repayment program and relocation assistance, all in a setting that is unmatched for its beauty and quality of life, and you have a winning combination. With a long history of excellence in health care, Guthrie provides a first class working environment which combines a love of nursing with excellent compensation and benefits. If you are looking for the medical sophistication of a metropolitan hospital with the advantages of living and working within a rural community, Guthrie may be the right choice for you. If you are an experienced RN interested in learning more, Guthrie wants to make it easy. Just email your resume to Recruiter Becky Frisbie or give Becky a call at (570) 887-5053.


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.


AFVW is Now Altavita

AFVW is Now Altavita

New Name, Same Great Community!

Air Force Village West may be changing their name to Altavita, but that won’t change its commitment to their residents to provide camaraderie, courtesy and loyalty. Altavita is spreading their wings to include a broader base of residents, all welcomed to feel at home and a part of the family. In order to meet the needs of a new generation of mature adults, Altavita’s master plan includes the best in housing, dining, amenities and wellness. If this is your time to soar, check out Altavita at


Featured Employer


Dedicated to Professionals Who Are Dedicated to Children

As one of the nation’s leading pediatric healthcare systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. Nemours offers integrated, family-centered care to more than 280,000 children each year in their pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Their dedicated professionals integrate medical care, research, health education, and prevention to help improve the lives of children every day. As a Nemours Associate, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate across disciplines, pursue your passion for excellence in children’s health care, and advance professionally as you work alongside some of the country’s top pediatric practitioners. To learn more about Nemours and view current opportunities, click here.


Mark Your Calendar

Mark Your Calendar

Ft. Meade, MD

If you are a transitioning or retired military professional, reStart would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming Interview Event on August 24th. This event will be open to men and women who are transitioning and AVAILABLE FOR HIRE NO LATER THAN December 1st, 2015, as well as any prior military service men and women.  We will be accepting resumes from candidates from ALL branches of the military.  If you cannot make it to the event,  you can still register and have your resume circulated amongst the sponsor companies. For more information or to register, click here.


Bob Hope Patriotic Hall

Bob Hope Patriotic Hall

Assisting L.A.’s LGBT Veterans

Operation: Do Ask, Do Tell (Op: DADT 2015) is the first of its kind, where service providers and employers from all over Los Angeles County will come together to raise awareness and address the needs of Los Angeles’s LGBT  veterans. On September 21st , Op: DADT 2015 will provide assistance with employment, housing, VA Benefits and other resources. Doors open at 09:00 with scheduled programs going until 15:00. Employers open to hiring dedicated candidates, regardless of their sexual identity, and Service Providers, who work every day to provide services and resources to military and veterans, will be present. Nominations are open for AVER-GLA's "Miguel Contreras" Advocate of the Year and Veteran of the Year.


Join Team Fisher House’s Team

Join Team Fisher House’s Team

Find your Best Fit Job Faster with a Career Mentor!

Get a GUARANTEED RACE SLOT at the sold out ARMY TEN-MILER (Washington DC 10/11/15) by joining Team Fisher House!   Click here to become a CHAMPION FOR MILITARY FAMILIES by raising funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation at this great race.  Fisher House builds "comfort homes” at major military and VA medical centers to enable families to be together during a medical is a proud Champion of Team Fisher House.


August 19-21, 2015

Disabled Vet Conference

Time is Running Out

If you’re a veteran, disabled veteran or servicemember interested in starting or expanding your business, you won’t want to miss next week’s Elite SDVOB National Conference. Join hundreds of your brothers and sisters as you network with corporate and government agencies, attend workshops that will educate, and meet with mentors to help take your business to the next level. And new this year is a “Shark Tank” competition, with the winner awarded a $5,000 prize! The event kicks off next Wednesday, Aug. 19th with a welcome reception. Complimentary one day passes for the August 20th Tradeshow and Workshops are available with Military or Veteran ID. The evening culminates with an Award Banquet Dinner aboard the historic Queen Mary. For more information and full event pricing, click here.


Calling All Mil/Vet Spouses

Calling All Mil/Vet Spouses

Have You Checked Out This Great Read?

Our newest contributor, Liz Brown, writes from the prospective of a Navy Seal wife. As her husband has recently separated, Liz  has left her former career as a reporter and now writes with the hope of reaching and relating to other current and former military spouses. She covers broad and varied topics ranging from helping her spouse adjust to civilian life, to dealing with the VA, to honoring former Military Working Dogs. We hope you find her column as entertaining and informing as we do.


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


In the News Now

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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


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


Looking for an Emcee


How Well Connected Is Our Audience?

As a longtime media partner of Rebuilding America's Warriors (RAW) we want to help them in their search to find a celebrity to emcee their February 20th fundraiser, benefiting wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The emcee’s duties at the event consists of acknowledging and introducing the VIPs and veterans, including the evening’ honoree, triple amputee and Iraq War veteran Bryan Anderson. Entertainment will be provided by the GATLIN BROTHERS. The gala will be held in Indian Wells, CA, and accommodations and expenses will be covered. As a thank you for services, the emcee will be offered a game of golf with Dodger Ron Fairly and some of baseball’s finest! RAW is also looking for silent auction items. We know our audience in generous in their support the great non-profits we work with. Please email them or call 310-245-6775 for more information.


2015 Patriot Tour

The Patriot Tour

Southern California Stop Hosted by the Reagan Library

The Patriot Tour is an event like no other.  It brings together the best things in life…faith, family, service, sacrifice and community through music and speakers sharing their stories of perseverance.  The Patriot Tour is your chance to hear speakers including Marcus Luttrell (The Lone Survivor), Taya Kyle (American Wife), Navy SEAL David Goggins and many others as approachable as a best friend, but elite in lifestyle and as a result of their fights for freedom, team, and rich and vibrant lives.  The Southern California tour stop will take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. For additional tour dates and locations, click here.


West L.A. VA is Hiring

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Upcoming Job Fair on Aug. 26/27

If you are caring and compassionate and want to give back to those who have served, the West LA Veterans Home is expanding to accommodate Veterans needing long-term care and residential housing. CalVet will be hiring over 300 caregivers, food service workers, and other staff to take care of Veterans over the next two years. On August 26, exam testing and hiring interviews will take place for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). On August 27, exam testing and hiring interviews will take place for Food Service Technicians and Cook SpecialistsI. They are also recruiting for Nurses, LVNs, rehabilitation therapist, occupational therapist, recreational therapist, pharmacist, social workers, materials and stores workers and other administrative and clerical positions. On August 26, “How to Get a State Job” and “How to Maneuver the CalHR Website” workshops will be provided. Click here for more information or email [email protected]


Boulder, CO Volunteers Needed

United Way’s 2015 Day of Caring

United Way’s 2015 Day of Caring

Project: Return to Work Inc. (R2W) is seeking 25 volunteers to man its call bank during Foothills United Way’s 2015 Day of Caring on September 11th . R2W will train all volunteers, who will be assisting job seekers as they match up with potential employers and connect with professional counselors who will help them prepare for their interviews.  Volunteers can register here and then click on “Get Involved” or at Foothills United Way’s Volunteer Connections. R2W provides employment services to all active duty service members, veterans and their spouses at Military & Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE). R2W also provides vocational rehabilitation services to wounded warriors and disabled citizens.


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