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Newsletter - October 2015 #2

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I would like to take this opportunity to salute all of the wonderful organizations and groups that work on both the national level as well as the local level to support active duty military, Guard and Reserve troops, veterans and their families. This wonderful sea of goodwill requires countless hours of dedication, and a lot of energy. Many of these non-profits operate on very limited budgets, so we do what we can, pro bono, to support and assist them. This is the reason you will often see large events at well-known venues next to a local golf tournament, 5K Run/Walk, benefit concert, etc. on our social media and in our newsletters. We also take pride in facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships between good corporate citizens and many of these groups and organizations, which is a win/win for all. If you know of a worthy non-profit that should be considered for inclusion, please email the details to [email protected].

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Mark Your Calendar


5K Run/Walk Benefits R.A.W.

On Saturday, November 14th, Altavita, Southern California’s premier continuing care retirement community, will host a charity 5K run/walk benefitting non-profit Rebuilding America’s Warriors (R.A.W.). All proceeds raised by the 5K Run/Walk will go to support R.A.W.’s mission to prevent the wounds of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from permanently disfiguring young lives.  To register, sponsor, donate or for more information click here. is a proud media sponsor.


Featured School


Drexel University – An Unmatched Commitment to the Military

At Drexel University, those who have served our country are honored through Drexel’s military student support services and programs.  Drexel’s veteran student benefits include:

  • Advisement from a specialized military enrollment counselor
  • Military tuition reduction, which extends to immediate family
  • Programs tailored to the military lifestyle
  • Undergraduate credit for military learning
  • MySTEPs skills translator: translate your JST, create a resume, identify a degree, connect with employers

Veterans eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® may be able to attend Drexel at no cost through the Yellow Ribbon program.  Drexel offers over 140 top-ranked degrees and certificates online, with programs available in cybersecurity, national security, construction management, engineering, business, information technology, health care, nursing and more!  Drexel University is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the Top 20 Best Colleges for Veterans. Learn more today!


Education Resources

Education Resources

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!


Getting Ready for College

Academic Bootcamps

Academic Bootcamps

The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) is now accepting applications for its 2016 academic boot camps. These donor-funded programs are held during the summer at top universities nationwide and aim to facilitate enlisted veterans' transition from the military to college. The programs are open to enlisted veterans and transitioning current service members who plan to enroll in or transfer into a four-year undergraduate program. With the exception of transportation, WSP’s generous donors cover all program costs for accepted students. If you would like to apply online, click here. Applications will be accepted until March 14, 2016, and all students will receive responses by early April, 2016. Course dates and locations will be determined by January, 2016.


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.


Jobs & More Jobs

Virtual Job Fair

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


Save the Date

Los Angeles Small Business Event

Los Angeles Small Business Event

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) have teamed up to present an SBA Veterans Small Business Event in Los Angeles. The November 2nd conference is complimentary, and will cover topics such as •How to apply for Veteran-related set asides •How to seek financing •How to create a business plan •How to find business mentors and business management training •How to engage the aerospace and defense industry. To register, visit


Help a Veteran-Owned Business Win Big

Vote for StreetShares

Vote for StreetShares

Our friends at StreetShares have been nominated for two Tech In Motion  (Timmy) awards. Award winners will be determined by public voting, which is open until Wednesday, October 28. If you’re not familiar with the company, StreetShares provides small business owners with a platform to tell their story directly to investors. They pitch their business and retail and institutional investors place bids to fund a portion of their loan. This is a great way for Veteran Business Owners to get up and running. We hope you will take 30 seconds (seriously, that’s all the time it takes!) to click on the link, scroll down to almost the bottom of the page, and vote for StreeShares. No personal info or email is required!


Military Winter Sports Camp

Military Winter Sports Camp

It’s More Than Just Skiing

Participation in high challenge sports is a powerful catalyst for overcoming challenges experienced by those with life altering injuries. That is why Disabled Sports USA Far West is offering a complimentary ski and snowboard camp at Lake Tahoe for severely injured service members and a guest.   All transportation, accommodations, meals, lift tickets and equipment rentals are paid for by generous sponsors. Eligible participants include active duty military and veterans with permanent physical disabilities such as amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and vision loss. Private adaptive ski or snowboard lessons with disabled sports instructors using the best adaptive equipment and teaching techniques will maximize success at beginner through expert levels. To request an application for the February 23-28th camp, or for more information, email Cindy Smith.


Attention: So. CA Vets

Heal Vets

The Wall That Heals

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands as a symbol of America's honor and recognition of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War. The Memorial is dedicated to honor the "courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country" of all who answered the call to serve during the longest war in U.S. history. Inscribed are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing. The Wall That Heals is a traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, and will be on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, round the clock, from 10:00 November 19th to 17:00 November 22nd . If you are a Veteran and would like to sign up for a one hour timeslot of "Ask a Veteran", please email [email protected] for more information.


Honor A Hero Hire a Veteran

Heal Vets

Northern CA Job and Resource Fair

“Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair” will take place on November 12th  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Robert Livermore Community Center in Livermore, CA. The job fair is open to all veterans, National Guard members, reservists returning from active duty, and the public. Over 75 employers, government agencies and community organizations will be on hand with information on employment, benefits, training, education and apprenticeships. For details, call Dan Kennerk at (510) 794-3681 or Shawn Hansen at (925) 602-0115.


Attention: EANGUS Members


Put Your Leadership Skills to Work

The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) is currently looking for an Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for daily operations, asset protection and marketing/public relations for EANGUS, a 501(c)(19) non-profit military service organization and its related entities, as well as a Charitable Organization, providing membership and legislative services to the association. If you like to travel and have leadership and communications skills, this might be a great fit. Resumes must be postmarked or hand delivered to the National Office no later than the close of business December 1, 2015. Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, Attn: Interim Executive Director, 3133 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, 22305




New App Puts Info at Your Fingertips

311VET is the Veterans Benefits Administration’s (VBA) new benefits app, and it answers a wide range of questions about Veterans benefits, including what benefits you may be entitled to, how to apply for benefits, how different benefits are defined, and where to go to get more information about VA services. 311VET can provide information about most VA benefits, including pension, education, health, disability, loan, burial and career benefits. While the app can’t answer questions about the status of specific claims or any questions that require identifying information, it does a good job of answering general benefits questions. 311VET is available for both iOS devices and Android devices. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can text your question to 311838.


Golden Boot Awards

Golden Boot Awards

Honoring Our Fallen

When was the last time you attended  a Masquerade Ball? Well, now’s your chance to have some fun while contributing to programs and services that benefit the families of our nation's fallen.   Hosted by Honoring Our Fallen, guests at the Masquerade themed/Black Tie in Long Beach, CA will enjoy an elegant evening of dinner, live entertainment, and special "Golden Boot Award" presentation. The award is given to businesses and organizations that have gone above and beyond to assist Honoring Our Fallen in their service to the children and families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. You can purchase tickets or "Sponsor A Seat" for a Gold Star Family Member on the waiting list.                       


Consolidated Information

VA To Launch

VA To Launch

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will launch a new website,, on Veterans Day, November 11. The new website will consolidate the approximately 1,000 websites the department manages now. The portal is designed to help veterans find and apply for benefits and services on one website rather than go through the maze of VA-managed websites that exist now. The new website will have content but not the single, secure sign-on function that veterans will need to provide access to all other departmental sites. That capability is expected to take another year. For more information, click here.


Peer Support

Peer Support

Help for the “Hidden Heroes”

Almost 6 million American parents, spouses, children, other family members and friends care for  military servicemembers and veterans who have been wounded, injured, or are ill. Many of these “hidden heroes” find that their role as a caregiver can impose a substantial physical, emotional and financial toll. The Military and Veteran Caregiver Peer Support Network (MVCN) offers peer-based support and services to connect caregivers with their peers for support and help accessing the resources of partner organizations. This support helps increase their wellness, knowledge and skills. For more information, click here.


Agent Orange Exposure

Agent Orange

Check for Your Vessel

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) maintains a list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships associated with military service in Vietnam and possible exposure to Agent Orange based on military records. Recently added were 22 additional U.S. Navy ships to this evolving list, in order to help veterans who served aboard ships find out if they may qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure. For more information, including a link to the Alphabetized Agent Orange Ship List, click here.


The Go To Site


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.


Wow, What a Show!


Stand Up For Heroes

Bruce Springsteen... Jon Stewart... John Oliver.... Ray Romano..... This event is almost sold out! It’s time to remember our veterans at the annual Stand Up for Heroes event on November 10, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in NY. So if you already bought your tickets- thank you. If you can't be there but want to make a donation, thank you. Need to buy tickets? Click here. You can do your part to assist those who have raised their hands to serve and come home injured, needing


The “Go To Site”

Spreading the News is known as the “Go To Site” because of the multitude of resources and information contained on the website. Need to find a Commissary? We’ve got that! Need to access the Military Alphabet? We’ve got that too! Want to find a military Golf Course? Yup, we’ve even got that covered! So it makes sense to visit and access all that the website has to offer. We invite non-profit groups and organizations to send us information about who they are, what they do, and any upcoming events they are having, and we will be happy to review for possible inclusion in our newsletter and/or on our social media.


An Evening With Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

The Campaign to Change Direction is proud to partner with Give An Hour’s Campaign to Change Direction, a national initiative to create a new story in America about mental health, mental illness and wellness. As we congratulate Give an Hour on reaching their milestone ten year anniversary, we’re dusting off our dancing shoes and getting ready to rock out with Brian Wilson, who will be performing at a benefit concert on November 4th with fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine. There will be a special guest appearance by Paul Dano, who plays the young Brian Wilson in the film Love and Mercy. Proceeds from the event in Tyson’s Corner, VA will benefit Give an Hour.


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