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Newsletter - November 2016

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While most people will be celebrating Veterans Day, I will be celebrating “Veterans Weekend.” On November 12th, the day after Veterans Day, I will be in Chicago honoring those who serve, past and present, at America Salutes You. This benefit concert will be raising funds and awareness for some of the extraordinary non-profits that assist our military and veterans. Scheduled performers include Cyndi Lauper, Gavin DeGraw, Wanda Jackson, Hoodie Allen, CeCe Winans, Ricky Skaggs, Anthony Kearns, Tegan Marie, Savannah Maddison, and many others. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. It’s not too late for companies, corporations and foundations interested in sponsorship opportunities to participate. Please visit the America Salutes You website for more information.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


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National Broadcast

America Salutes You

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

America Salutes You,” a concert benefiting those who serve in the military, will take place on Saturday, November 12th   at the Rosemont Theater in Chicago.  Performers include Cyndi Lauper, Gavin DeGraw, Wanda Jackson, Hoodie Allen, CeCe Winans, Anthony Kearns, Ricky Skaggs, Tegan Marie and Savannah Maddison. The concert will stream live over Livestream, and TV Worldwide, and will be available on radio through Westwood One. Television affiliates will air the show at various times over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Tribune and Sinclair stations throughout the country. If your company or foundation would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email Debbie Gregory.


America Salutes You

Cyndi Lauper

Featured Performer- Cyndi Lauper

A Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winning artist with 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million, Cyndi Lauper has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. Lauper recently became a New York Times Best Selling author with her autobiography – Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir – published by Simon & Schuster and wrote the original score for the Tony award winning best musical Kinky Boots.


Nursing Degree


Let Your Military Training Experience Work for You

Roseman University of Health Sciences has been rethinking education since its inception in 1999. Using the Six-Point Mastery Learning Model, the University trains a different kind of student to thrive and practice in today’s complex world of medicine and patient care. The Veteran to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) pathway is designed for prior service/veteran or reservists in the United States military. The VBSN pathway provides an opportunity for military students to earn credit in identified prerequisites and applicable nursing coursework. It is available at the Henderson, NV campus in the 18-month Bachelor of Science in Nursing and 16-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. Roseman University’s nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For more information about the VBSN program, email


Check Out Your Benefits!

The Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill

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.


Yellow Ribbon School

Drexel University

Drexel University — Learn From the Best, Learn With the Best

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

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. Register for an Online Learning Test Drive, for a limited time!


Time is “Running” Out

November 12th Run/Walk

November 12th Run/Walk to Benefit Rebuilding America’s Warriors

Altavita, a not-for-profit retirement community, provides the best in housing, dining, amenities and wellness. With an expanded focus on holistic wellness that will help you live better and longer, Altavita provides the highest quality retirement living at an outstanding value. On Saturday, November 12th, Altavita will host its second annual 5K Run Walk, benefitting Rebuilding America’s Warriors. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and raffle donations are welcome. To learn more, visit


America Salutes You

Gavin DeGraw

Featured Performer- Gavin DeGraw

Gavin DeGraw is a multi-platinum selling singer, performer and songwriter. He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over 1 million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Gavin was nominated for his first Grammy for “We Both Know,” the song he co-wrote with Colbie Calliat for the 2013 film, “Safe Haven.”  Since then he has been consistently touring around the world, including sold out dates with the legendary Billy Joel.  Gavin’s fifth studio album, Something Worth Saving, released in September of 2016 and features his latest hit single “She Sets The City On Fire.” In support of the album, DeGraw is currently out on a co-headlining Fall North American tour with Billboard chart topping recording artist Andy Grammer.


Veterans Day Discounts

veterans day

Thank You For Your Service

Don’t forget to check out the discounts and thank you freebies for Veterans Day. Remember, it is always a good idea to call ahead to make sure of participation, dates, times, and proof of service, if needed. Bon appetite!


Thanksgiving is Coming


They Deserve a Holiday with all the Trimmings

Each year, the Homefront America "Giving Thanks to Heroes" program provides military families with all the necessary groceries and a Turkey Certificate for their Thanksgiving dinners.  You can help Homefront America include a $ 10.00 Turkey Certificate with their groceries. The program will serve 250 plus families with groceries AND a turkey certificate.You can help by sponsoring one or more Turkey Certificates for our military families this Thanksgiving holiday.  Each certificate is valued at $ 10.00 and can be redeemed at any grocery store or commissary.Call 949-248-9468 or e-mail for more information.


America Salutes You

Wanda Jackson

Featured Performer- Wanda Jackson

Legendary singer Wanda Jackson began performing while still in high school, and had signed with Capitol Records by the time she was 20. Her hit songs, including 1959’s “Let’s Have a Party,” climbed both the country and rock charts, earning her the “Queen of Rockabilly” title. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.


Modern Day Band of Brothers

Citizen Soldier

Citizen Soldier Now Available on DVD

CITIZEN SOLDIER is a dramatic feature film, told from the point of view of a group of Soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry, known since World War II as the "Thunderbirds.” Set in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan at the height of the surge, it is a heart-pounding, heartfelt grunts' eye-view of the war. These Citizen Soldiers are patriotic men and women, one day working 9-to-5 jobs, the next day deploying to the front lines of war. One of them is Sgt. Eran Harrill - a born leader, devoted single father, and head of his local Chamber of Commerce. When Eran’s unit was called up, he deferred his education and deployed to fight for his country. This is his story, but it is also the story of Citizen Soldiers everywhere - fighting America's wars when called upon and protecting the homeland at all costs.


Orange County Golfers


Golf for a Great Cause!

Tickets are now on sale for the OC Black Chamber golf tournament which will benefit Veterans Legal Institute and the Black Chamber Education Fund! Join them on November 7, 2016 at the Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton. Shotgun Start is at 11:00am. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, contact Bobby McDonald at (714) 547-2646 or


America Salutes You

Hoodie Allen

Featured Performer- Hoodie Allen

An independent American rapper, Hoodie Allen began his career by releasing several mixtapes, which garnered moderate success in the underground music scene. His first official EP was titled All American, and debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. A follow-up mixtape, Crew Cuts, was released the next year along with an acoustic version of All American. In October 2014, Hoodie officially released his debut studio album, People Keep Talking which was successful with first week sales of over 30,000 along with a debut position of No. 8 on the Billboard 200. Hoodie followed up on his success in January 2016 and released his second studio album, Happy Camper.


Now Hear This!

VA care

No Referral Needed

Veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Medical Centers will now be able to schedule routine ear and eye appointments at local VA Audiology and Optometry clinics without a primary care referral – a move that eliminates multiple steps and gets Veterans into appointments more quickly. The Audiology and Optometry Direct Scheduling Initiative is expected to be fully operational within all VA Medical Centers by the end of 2016.


America Salutes You

CeCe Winans

Featured Performer-CeCe Winans

The eighth of ten siblings in the musical Winans family, CeCe Winans is the best-selling female gospel artist of all time. She has sold twelve million records worldwide, and has won numerous awards, including ten Grammy Awards and seven Stellar Awards.


Dogs For Veterans

Dogs For Veterans

Service/Companion Dogs

The nonprofit organization Rebuilding Warriors provides highly trained and socialized Service/companion Dogs to honorably discharged veterans diagnosed as amputees as well as those with PTSD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). The organization has given dozens of dogs to veterans in seven states. The organization also needs people willing to raise puppies that will eventually become service dogs. For more information, visit the Rebuilding Warriors website.


Vet Centers

Help for Veterans and their Families

Help for Veterans and their Families

Life isn't always easy after a deployment. With 71 percent of staff members comprised of veterans, Vet centers are committed to assisting veterans and their families achieve successful adjustment in or near their communities. Vet Centers provide all readjustment counseling services at no charge. Those using vet centers are not required to enroll in the VA Health Care System or to have received a service connection for conditions caused by military service. Vet centers provide services regardless of the nature of a veteran's discharge. The vet center program also has a Veterans Call Center staffed with qualified counselors who will answer your calls after duty hours; the phone number is 1-877-927-8387. For more information, read the VA VAntage Point Blog.


America Salutes You

Ricky Skaggs

Featured Performer- Ricky Skaggs

By age 21, Ricky Skaggs was already considered a “recognized master” of one of America’s most demanding art forms, striking his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago. This 14-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music.  With 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated classics behind him, the diverse and masterful tones made by the gifted Skaggs come from a life dedicated to playing music that is both fed by the soul and felt by the heart. His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys while still leaving his musical roots intact.


Vet Caregivers

Resources and Support

Resources and Support

Military caregivers don’t often ask for help, but they deserve our support. If you’re caring for an injured service member or veteran, or want to help those that who do, a new national public awareness campaign seeks to leverage celebrity appearances to raise public support for veteran caregivers. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation's Hidden Heroes campaign includes a series of televised and print public service announcements featuring actor and campaign chair Tom Hanks, partnerships with cities nationwide, and the launch of the website


Vietnam War Commemoration

Vietnam Vets

Honoring Our Vietnam Vets

By presidential proclamation, the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration began with the Presidential inaugural event at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. On Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 and concludes on Veterans Day, November 11, 2025. The Commemoration honors all United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time between November 1, 1955 to and May 15, 1975, regardless of location. For more information, visit the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration website at and follow the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration on Facebook at


America Salutes You

Anthony Kearns

Featured Performer-Anthony Kearns

Anthony Kearns, considered Ireland’s Foremost Tenor, is recognized around the globe for over a decade of extraordinary collaborative work with the PBS super-group, The Irish Tenors.  Their CDs have gone Gold, Platinum, and Double Platinum. Performing a concert repertoire which spans the spectrum brilliantly from Ireland to Broadway, from well-loved melodies to popular classics, and from light hearted comedy to the greatest tenor arias ever written, Anthony does it all with class, style, assurance, and perfection.


Righting a Wrong


Granting Relief to CA National Guardsmen

Calling the situation “unacceptable,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the Pentagon to suspend efforts to recover enlistment bonuses improperly given to thousands of California National Guard members during the height of the Iraq war. The demand would have affected some 9,700 California Guard members who had received enlistment bonuses, student loans or other payments, mostly between 2006 and 2008. Read the full story here.




Complimentary Training is Available

LA Trade Tech College in Los Angeles is rolling out a 36 hour Customer Service training course, starting November 14, 2016 at their WorkSource Center. Every industry needs employees with strong abilities to communicate with diverse customers, especially during this holiday season and beyond. All eligible Veterans are welcome to participate at no cost to them. For more information, call (213) 763-5939. Enrollment will be on November 7th and November 9th.  RSVP to


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