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Newsletter - January 2016

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Happy New Year!

It's 2016, a year that dawns with the promise of change. Later this year, Americans will elect a new president, and hopefully we, as a country, can find ways to work together, irrespective of party lines, to solve our nation’s problems. There are numerous individuals and non-profit organizations eager to deal with the issues that pertain to our service members, as they transition back to civilian life. These issues include employment and retention, education, housing and healthcare, including mental health.

Let's resolve to find ways to join forces to work together with a shared vision, to thank those who serve. Let’s make sure that we express our pride and appreciation to and for the many who have served and sacrificed to make our country free.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


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Top Secret Hiring Events January 12 & 13

Don’t miss the first hiring events of the year!  Register to interview with the defense industry’s leading employers on January 12 at the BWI Marriott, Baltimore, MD and on January 13 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, VA.  Security Clearance is Required to Attend. Arrive at 9am to attend a complimentary breakfast and career seminar discussing 10 Things You Need To Know About the 2016 Defense Job Market. Interview Face-to-Face with Employers from 10am-3pm Including: Deloitte, AT&T Government Solutions, Amazon Web Services, Lockheed Martin, Engility, ManTech International, Accenture, Parsons, Raytheon, Jacobs Federal Network Systems, Northrop Grumman and more. Kick off 2016 with an exciting new job! For details & registration visit


Sullivan University

Sullivan University

A Proud Yellow Ribbon Tradition

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.


Drexel University

Drexel University

A True Yellow Ribbon University

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

  • A specialized POC and military enrollment counselor
  • Military tuition reduction for online programs, which extends to immediate family
  • Undergraduate credit for military learning
  • 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. Try Online Learning…For Free!  Experience what it’s like to study online at Drexel, engage with fellow students, and interact with our Drexel Ambassadors in a complimentary test drive.  LEARN MORE


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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

Jobs & More Jobs

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.


February 20, 2016

Honoring Bryan Anderson

Honoring Bryan Anderson

On February 20, 2016, Rebuilding America's Warriors (RAW) is hosting A Night of Honor, acknowledging injured U.S. combat vets who courageously served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event at the Hyatt Regency, Indian Wells, CA,  will feature Army Veteran Bryan Anderson, a triple amputee injured in Iraq in 2007. Bryan, the author of “No Turning Back”, is an inspiration to everyone he meets. He serves as an Ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and speaks to veterans around the country via USA Cares. A 2015 Special Edition Trail Rated Willy's Jeep, custom-wrapped in a military theme depicting Army, Marines, Air Force, and Navy, will be auctioned at the event. Pre-event bids may be submitted by calling 760-568-4039. Injured vets that RAW has helped through free reconstructive services will be flown in from around the country for this special event, and you have the opportunity to sponsor a vet at your table. Entertainment will be provided by the Gatlin Brothers.


Gary Sinise Foundation

Gary Sinise Foundation

Your Donation Dollars at Work

If you have contributed to the Gary Sinise Foundation, you can see the remarkable impact that your donation has made in a new video on the foundation’s website. You'll see the faces and hear the stories of just a few of the many individuals and families whose lives you've helped change for the better. (Spoiler alert- have your hanky ready!) If you haven’t yet visited the Gary Sinise Foundation website, we urge you to do so. “We can always do a little more.”


Hats Off to Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude

Expanding in the New Year

In 2015, our friends at Operation Gratitude sent 214,453 care packages to deployed troops, new recruits, veterans, first responders and military families.  This is the largest number of packages they have ever sent in one year! And they were able to accomplish this through the efforts of 24,445 volunteers across the country who hosted collection drives, wrote letters, assembled care kits, and spent hours making handmade scarves, hats, and paracord bracelets. In 2016, celebrating their 13th year, Operation Gratitude will move, temporarily, to a larger facility from their current location at the Van Nuys Armory. Forward Operating Base Operation Gratitude will now be located at 21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Monetary donations should still be sent to P.O. Box 260257, Encino, CA 91426-0257.


Do You Meditate?


The Reasons Why You Should

As featured on CBS Sunday Morning, The Quiet Power of Meditation explains the advantages of  meditation.  The  act of focused, quiet thought has benefits for all practitioners, and has been especially helpful to at-risk students in underserved schools, veterans suffering from PTSD, and women and children coping with domestic violence. About 18 million Americans meditate, including director David Lynch, who formed the David Lynch Foundation to teach meditation. To watch the Quiet Power of Meditation, click here, or learn more about the David Lynch Foundation here.


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Let’s Get Cookin’!


For Veterans and Their Family Members

Do you have a passion for cooking? Would you like to get Serv-Safe Certified? Would you like a job in the Hospitality Industry? Are you a veteran or an immediate family member? Then you don’t want to miss an Introduction to Culinary Arts. Provided at no cost, orientation will be held on January 13th at 12:30pm. Report to the Basement Level of Patriotic Hall, 1816 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015. Make sure to bring your ID, DD-214 and Social Security Card. If you need more information, contact Tatiana Rosas at the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.


In the News Now


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 the stories you feel strongly about.


The Soldiers Project

The Soldiers Project

Healing the Hidden Wounds of War

The Soldiers Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing free, confidential and ongoing psychological services to post 9/11 U.S. military veterans of every branch of the armed forces, and their loved ones. Since 2004, The Soldiers Project has helped veterans and their loved ones work through the psychological trauma that war leaves behind. This is done by providing a wide range of counseling and therapy services which are matched to the unique needs of each client, and are provided in the comfort of the therapist’s private office.  All of our volunteer therapists are required to take educational courses in military culture, PTSD and/or other classes to familiarize themselves with the unique needs of our military clients. Individual, couples and family therapy services are available by calling toll free (877) 576-5343. For more information or to make a donation, please visit


Great Read

Great Read

A Dusty Boot Soldier Remembers

This book is much more than a memoir.  It is a fast-paced, hard to put down account of the service of Larry Redmond, the places he went and the people he met along with the history he experienced and witnessed are all recorded.  It traces his adventures from college graduation as a second Lieutenant of Infantry to his retirement as a colonel.  His service and travels took him to some out of the way places in addition to the norm for any infantryman.   He served overseas in Panama, two tours in Vietnam, one tour in Thailand (assigned to a little known unit, the Joint Casualty Resolution Center looking for our Missing in Action and POWs), a five month TDY in Israel on the Golan Heights as a UN Observer during the 1973-1974 “war of attrition,” and his final overseas assignment as a student at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London England. To read more about it, click here.


Purple Star Veterans and Families

Purple Star Veterans and Families

Assisting the Families and Friends of the Fallen

Purple Star Veterans and Families was founded to honor the fallen, raise awareness, and provide support to those who are struggling with the complex challenges of transitioning from military to civilian life. This includes active duty service members preparing for separation, Veterans in transition, as well as their families and friends. As a means of prevention, the 501 (c) 3 non-profit offers strengths-based programming designed to support transition and reintegration. To learn more about their programs, visit them online.




Scholarships for Military Families

Ten years ago, 10-year-old Rachel Okun and her sister Kelsi, 8, told their parents they had a big idea -- they wanted to say thank you to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by offering scholarships to their spouses and children. ThanksUSA was born, and ten years and $10 million later, they are still going strong. ThanksUSA has awarded thousands of need-based scholarships to military family members, including spouses and children, giving them a chance to pursue a college education and their dreams. The sisters were recently featured on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. To see the feature story, click here.


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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 and be


For Sacramento Veterans


Assistance from Seasoned Veterans

The Retiree Activities Office is comprised of a group of volunteers who assist veterans and retirees and their families when they have issues with benefit pay, medical insurance, prescriptions, ID cards, casualty assistance,  veteran disability claims, and any other concerns. If you would like to find out more about this great grass-roots group, or if you would like to find out how you can help them out, please email Chief Moses at [email protected].


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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.


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