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Newsletter - July 2015 #2

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I don’t know about you, but to me, it seems like it was only a few weeks ago that the kids were getting out of school and summer was upon us. And now it’s the beginning of August, and back to school shopping is in full swing. In military families, that task usually falls to one parent, the one that isn’t deployed. It can be tough going for the custodial parent, and even harder on the parent that can’t partake of the day-to-day family activities. Please do your best to keep these families in mind. Remember that small acts of kindness go a long way in expressing your appreciation for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis.

Debbie Gregory, CEO



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.


Taste You Can Trust


America’s Most Trusted e-Liquid

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. Be sure to check out our newest flavors that are specially designed for use in higher-end devices.


Featured Employer


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 Rose Peguero or give Rose a call at (570) 887-5053.


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Is Your Next Job Waiting to be Discovered?

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 School


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

GI Bill

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.


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 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.


All Star Lineup!

Benefit Concert

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


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Mark Your Calendar

Elite SDVOB Conference

Elite SDVOB Conference in Long Beach, CA

If you’re a veteran, disabled veteran or servicemember interested in starting or expanding your business, you won’t want to miss the 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 on 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.


For Veterans Only

Veteran eMentor Program

Find your Best Fit Job Faster with a Career Mentor!

Why struggle alone through a job search when you can work with a volunteer mentor in your target career field?  The Veteran eMentor Program offers all veterans the opportunity to be paired with a mentor who will assist them with common job search issues ranging from resume help and mock interviews to networking and negotiating a salary.  The process is simple: veterans create a profile on the Veteran eMentor website and can immediately search for a mentor or ask to be paired with a mentor by the Program Manager.  Once matched, the veteran and mentor begin to work together. The two communicate primarily online, but may decide to talk on the phone or even meet in person.  Don’t wait…join today at! Many mentors are veterans but mentors need not have military experience. Contact the Program Manager, Erica Hemmy, for more information at [email protected]  .


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.


DEGREE® Donates to ThanksUSA


Deodorant Brand Supports Education Scholarships

In celebration of Stephen Curry’s MVP season, Degree® will donate $10,000 in Curry’s name to ThanksUSA, a non-profit that provides college, technical and vocational school need-based scholarships for the children and spouses of US military personnel. Curry has served as the national spokesperson for ThanksUSA since 2010. His work and advocacy for the organization have raised over $160,000 for a total of 56 scholarships benefiting military families. “Supporting military personnel and their families through ThanksUSA has been an amazing experience for me,” said Curry. “Family and education have played, and continue to play, a huge part in my life. I am so grateful for the sacrifices these honorable men and women make each day. This donation will benefit future students throughout the country and I am very appreciative that Degree would partner with me for such a worthwhile cause.”  For more about ThanksUSA, visit their website.


Attention: 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


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.


East Coast Golfers

Golf for a Cause

Golf for a Cause

Enjoy a great day of golf on October 6th  at the world-renowned Woodside Acres Golf & Country Club in Muttontown, NY . Your support will benefit Give an Hour, a national nonprofit providing free confidential mental health care to veterans, service members, and their families. Registration and breakfast will run from 9am-10:30am, with Shotgun starting at 10:30 am.  To register, click here. For more information, please contact Sally Charney at [email protected] or call 703-582-6672.


Train for a New Career


Complimentary Training for Veterans

Non-profit American Aerospace Technical Academy (AATA)  prepares  men and women for in-demand jobs in non-destructive testing (NDT),  the most important occupation you've never heard of! This career field has a high entry-level wage, excellent benefits, meaningful daily tasks and exceptional opportunities for advancement. Entry-level qualifications can be acquired through relatively brief, highly-focused technical training, followed by on-the-job experience, culminating in NDT certification. Through the generous support of private individuals and companies, AATA is the only non-profit organization providing NDT classroom training to veterans and economically disadvantaged individuals at no cost. For more information, click here.


Searching for Pictures


Putting a Face with a Hero’s Name

There are about 1,500 Hoosiers named in an online memorial called The Wall of Faces. However, about 65 veterans still do not have a picture. David Hine, from Greenfield, Indiana has created a Facebook page in an attempt to locate the missing pictures. A list of veterans whose pictures are sought is available on the website. If you have a picture of one of the veterans whose picture is not yet on The Wall of Faces, or know someone who does, contact Hine at [email protected]. For more information, visit the Wall of Faces webpage at


Make a Difference


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.


Looking for an Emcee

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.


Veteran Stand Downs

Stand Downs

Find Them on

Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to provide services to homeless veterans.  Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment.  Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless. We are pleased to bring you a listing of upcoming Stand Downs here. If you are aware of one that we do not have listed, please send the information to [email protected].


Attention: California Readers

Military Children

Help Make a Difference for Military Children

The impact upon a child whose parent or guardian is serving in the Armed Forces cannot be underestimated.  The mental and emotional toll as a result of the changed family dynamics may be far reaching, impacting school success, as well as overall child/family well-being.  CA  Senate Bill 369, also known as California Longitudinal Pupil Data System (CALPADS) is an important piece of legislation that will impact over 60,000 students from military families across the state. CALPADS will provide a uniform method for tracking their attendance and academic progress in our public schools. We urge all of our California readers to contact your State Legislators no later than September 1st in order to gain their support in passing SB 369. You can access a pre-written letter with the email addresses of your elected officials here


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