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Newsletter - March 2016

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I had originally planned to open with Women’s History Month, a celebration of the women whose contributions to this nation and its military deserve praise. But as I attended the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan, I wanted to share my thoughts on her contributions. Although she was best known for her “just say no” campaign against drugs, Mrs. Reagan also focused on women’s health issues, especially the importance of routine mammograms, stemming from her own 1987 breast cancer diagnosis which was discovered during a routine screening. When Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California in 1967, Mrs. Reagan turned her focus to projects involving POWs and servicemen missing in action. And when President Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994, Mrs. Reagan was instrumental in getting the conversation regarding the disease out in the open.

All of us at were honored to work with the Reagan Library for a number years as we co-produced the 9/11 Freedom Walk together. The Reagans leave behind a great legacy, and in lieu of flowers, the former first lady asked donations be made to the Reagan Foundation.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Buy One Vacation, Get One Free* Sale!

Beat Those Winter Blues!

Limited time offer!

Now through March 17th buy one vacation, and get one free*! Choose from destinations around the world including Orlando, Las Vegas, Branson & more! Armed Forces Vacation Club is a free membership club open to active duty, guard, reserve, and retired members of the Armed Forces as well as civilian employees of the DOD. Forget cramped quarters. Spread out in family-sized resort accommodations, many of which include on-site recreational facilities, living rooms, full kitchen, washer and dryer, kids’ activities and on-site pools!   *Book by March 17, 2016. Applies to select stays and select dates. Subject to restrictions.


We Know Our Audience is Great

Navy Vet

Navy Veteran Needs Your Help

They say it takes a village. And we know our audience will close ranks to help a veteran in need. Navy veteran Aaron Robinson is combatting Glioblastoma Multiform, the most malignant and aggressive form of glial brain tumors. The 40 year old husband and father needs help as he wages this personal battle. Aaron’s wife Jennifer has set up a crowdfunding account to help with medical treatment and living expenses. For more information, please visit our blog.


Tax Tips for Military


Tax Deadline Approaching

Although the date to file income taxes has been extended to April 18th due to the normal deadline of April 15th falling on a D.C. holiday, tax day will be here before you know it. But the government does offer some special tax perks so that those who serve don’t have to add income taxes to their list of worries. To see the some of the types of military income that is excluded from income tax, click here. Also, free tax preparation is available through MyFreeTaxes for qualified Veterans, active-duty military, and their families.


Save the Date

Vets360 Carry the Challenge Gala

Vets360 Carry the Challenge Gala

Vets 360 and Carry the Challenge are working to provide a safety net for young combat veterans who need help readjusting to civilian life, especially those dealing with PTS. Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg will be the keynote speaker at the Breaking Silence – Carry the Challenge gala, which will take place on April 16th in San Diego, CA. The gala will be followed by a concert with headliners Madison Rising, America’s number one patriotic rock band. For ticket information, click here.


Special Discounts

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Reach Active Duty Military, Guard and Reservists, Veterans and Military Spouses with jobs, educational opportunities, and excellent products and services. For more information, click here.


Featured VAMBOA Business

Baja Air Duct Cleaning

Veterans Helping Veterans

Heating and cooling systems are the “lungs” of your environment. Baja Air Duct Cleaning guarantees a quality of service provided by their U.S. Veteran workforce. They are eager to show you that their level of commitment will always surpass your expectations as they ensure your home or business’s Air Ventilation System will be safe from unwanted waste such as dust, dander and chemicals. In addition to hiring veterans and being Vet-Owned, Baja Air donates a portion of revenues to several Veteran charities within the greater Los Angeles area. If you are a military or veteran business owner, membership in the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is complimentary.


For Children of the Fallen

Legion Legacy Scholarship

Legion Legacy Scholarship

The American Legion supports the children of parents who died while on active duty military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001 through its renewable scholarship, the Legacy Scholarship. This includes legally adopted children or children of a spouse by a prior marriage. The Legacy Scholarship helps high school seniors preparing to attend college, or graduates working toward an undergraduate degree, with the expense of tuition, books, room and board, and other supplies needed to achieve a higher education. Download a 2016 application from the American Legion website, and make sure the completed application is postmarked by April 1. For more information, email [email protected].


Sisters Who Serve

Womens Veterans Alliance

Not Your Typical Conference

The California Women Veterans “Unconference”  April 15th-17th is open to women that are currently serving, have served, national guard and reserves, and their spouses and caregivers.  Invest in yourself today and invest in your future! Registration includes connecting with the women veterans and resources to take your professional and personal life to the next level, workshops, inspirational speakers, health & wellness center, entertainment, community give back activity, and more. For more information, click here.


Adopt a Hero

Adopt a Hero

Do You Have a Forever Home?

The Department of Defense (DoD) Military Working Dog Adoption Program (MWD) has several categories of dogs available for adoption: (1) dogs that served in the field, (2) dogs used for training new handlers, and (3) younger dogs that have failed to meet training criteria and may have little to no training. While they have various breeds available for adoption, the majority are usually German shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Labrador Retrievers or other sporting dog breeds. The dogs range in age from 1 to 13 years and include both males and females. Older dogs may have medical issues (like hip and back problems) that prevent them from continuing their work for the DoD, but make them ideal couch companions. The process of adopting an MWD begins when you complete and submit an adoption application.

For additional details and information about completing an adoption packet, visit the DoD Military Working Dog Adoption website.


Must Watch!

Congratulation to Gary Sinise

Congratulation to Gary Sinise

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, a spinoff of the hit series “Criminal Minds,” focuses on the International Division of the FBI tasked with aiding in the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad. These exceptional agents are dedicated to safely returning U.S. residents home by profiling and identifying criminals who are beyond our borders. Heading the International Response Unit is Unit Chief Jack Garrett, a seasoned 20-year veteran of the Bureau played by our friend Gary Sinise.  His team includes a multi-lingual cultural anthropologist,  a former military hero with split-second profiling skills, a brilliant tech analyst, and a fearless and fun medical examiner. The program airs on Wednesdays beginning March 16th on  CBS. Check your local listing for times.




VAMBOA Corporate Sponsor

Are you a Women Owned Small Business looking to network? If so, you have TWO big opportunities to network with IBM and many other large businesses and federal agencies. The US Women's Chamber of Commerce is hosting its spring summit March16-17th. The Women as Veteran's Entrepreneurs (WAVE) hosts its 6th Annual Summit on March 17th.



The Gift

The Gift - Casting

Now Casting

The Producers of "The Voice," "The Bachelor," and "Survivor," are putting their investigators to work to help you locate a person from your past that you thought you'd never be able to find or see again. This is your chance to reconnect with someone from your past that you want to thank or apologize to. This docu-series will help locate "the one" person you have never been able to forget and are incapable of finding on your own. Stories will be told with the utmost respect and consideration for all parties involved. Please email Torey at [email protected] or [email protected] / and include: - Name - City, State - Phone - Email - Recent Photo - Your Story.



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.



Military and Veteran Singers


CAMMO, The Center For Military Music Opportunities, is casting active duty, Reserve and National Guard service member singers, as well as veteran and retiree singers from all branches of the military to take part in the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Opening Ceremony on May 8, 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Volunteer performers will be a part of a chorus participating in a two-hour television broadcast. The Invictus Games take place over five days, and is an international multi-sport adaptive event that embraces respect for the world’s Armed Forces. Over 500 active duty service member athletes and veterans who became wounded, injured or sick during their service compete to promote sport as part of their recovery and rehabilitation. 



CalVet 2016 Trailblazers

CalVet 2016 Trailblazers

Celebrating Women Veterans

CalVet’s 2016 Trailblazer Awardees are Navy Veterans Kelly Carlisle and Nicole Heffel. Carlisle founded Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project in 2010, a non-profit urban farm located in East Oakland serving at-risk youth from kindergarten to eighth grade and their families. Heffel established Women Veterans Engaging the Nation and the landmark program “She’s Worth It” serving incarcerated women Veterans. She has also contributed countless hours of pro bono legal services to her fellow Veterans. CalVet honors both at a reception at the Mix Downtown in Sacramento from 5 to 8 p.m. The reception is free and is open to the public. Pre-registration for the reception is required at or by calling 916-653-1402.





Helping One Veteran Helps 100 More

A new program created by the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work, Salute4Vets, will provide free education to 120 veterans who qualify for the post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon scholarship. These scholarships are provided to allow veterans to come to USC to receive a free master's degree in social work with a military specialization. The program is funded between the scholarship initiative itself and the funds offered by the Yellow Ribbon scholarship from the Veterans Administration. The remaining funds for this program will be raised by donations. The program's motto is, "Helping one veteran helps 100 more." Graduates from the University of California School of Social Work with a Military Specialization have already helped over 235,000 veterans.



Your Benefits

Post 9/11 GI Bill

You’ve Earned Them

A new program created by the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work, Your Post 9/11 GI Bill covers:   

☑ Tuition & Fees  ☑ Monthly Tax Free Housing Allowance  ☑ Up to $1000 Annual Stipend for books & supplies  Check out our Education Area including our Veteran School Directory You can also read about accredited universities for military distance learning here.



Website for Childcare

Family Support Resources

Family Support Resources (MCC), a new website designed to simplify and improve the process for military families seeking child care launches on March 16th. The site provides one-stop access to comprehensive information on military-operated and military-subsidized child care options worldwide, across all branches of service. After creating an account and personal profile, families can search and request the child care that best fits their needs, including part day and full day options in facility-based and home-based programs for children from birth through age 12. For more information, or to learn about the types of child care programs offered, visit the Military Child Care website; contact the Help Desk toll-free at (855) 696-2934; or email [email protected]. For more military family support resources, visit the Spouse Center.



Calling All Artists

Calling All Artists

2016 National Veterans Day poster contest

The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking artists to submit their entries to the 2016 National Veterans Day poster contest. Submissions must: (1) be 18" x 24" at 300 dots per inch, scale down submissions to 9"x12"; (2) represent veterans from all branches of service; (3) reflect the diversity of our Veteran and military population in terms of race, gender and disability status; and (4) include sufficient information to demonstrate that the image is the work of the artist and is not copyrighted material. To enter, submit electronic versions as JPG images or PDF files by email to [email protected] or send copies of artwork on a CD with artwork files. The deadline for submissions is Apr. 15, 2016. For more information, contact the Veterans Day Coordinator at [email protected] or click here.



Charting Your Future

Charting Your Future

Check Out These Resources

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!



Changing the Story

Changing the Story

Join the National Campaign

“The Campaign to Change Direction” is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to “change the story” in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. Launched by Give an Hour, the movement aims to allow us to see mental health as having equal value to our physical health, encourage us to care for our mental well-being and the mental well-being of others, and allow us to recognize the signs of emotional suffering in ourselves and others. Give an Hour’s founder Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen wrote a great editorial piece for the Huffington Post that we hope you will read. For more information, visit



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