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Newsletter - August 2016

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As we move ever closer to November, the excitement is building for the America Salutes You concert, a nationally televised event  that will benefit and honor those who serve, past and present, and their loved ones. The concert will raise awareness and funds for some of the extraordinary non-profits that assist our military and veterans. I’m proud to be a part of this team, and invite companies, corporations and foundations interested in sponsorship opportunities to contact me. Your participation provides an opportunity to express your pride and appreciation to and for the many who have served and sacrificed to make our country free.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


$349 Weeklong Resort Stays!


Do you need a vacation? Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) can help! AFVC is proud to offer 7 night resort vacation stays to members of the armed forces starting at just $349. Choose from destinations worldwide including Lake Tahoe, Orlando, Williamsburg, Las Vegas, the Bahamas & more. Explore now!

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. Join today – membership is free!



Featured Employer


Check Out the New App

Olin Corporation is committed to hiring the best people. The company understands that its employees define its future. Olin values the skills you mastered while serving our country in the military and offers a variety of jobs and career paths where you can apply those skills. Be sure to check out Olin Careers, a new app that allows job seekers easy access to information about the company’s open positions and links to its social media channels. Olin Careers also has a push notifications feature that allows users to passively stay up to date on the positions available in which they have interest. Interested employees and job seekers may go to either the Google or iTunes store and search Olin Careers. Job listings are also found at Olin is absolutely committed to diversity within its work force and to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and job applicants.



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.



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.



Calling all Veteran Healthcare Professionals


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 that is now a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. 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 Becky Frisbie  or give Becky a call at (570) 887-4906.



Give an Hour's Celebration of Service


Featuring an Evening With Chris Stapleton

Give an Hour's annual Celebration of Service, honoring those who wear the uniform and civilians who serve here at home, will begin this year on October 5th. The event will culminate with a benefit concert by Grammy Award-winning country artist Chris Stapleton at DAR Constitution Hall on October 9th, sponsored by LHI. Stapleton initially supported Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction through the creation of his first ever music video for the haunting song Fire Away. This powerful video draws attention to emotional suffering and closes with the Change Direction website to encourage those in need to seek the care they deserve. While general admission tickets have sold out, special VIP packages will be available on 8/22.



Top-Ranked Online MPA

USC Price

USC Price

You've shown a remarkable commitment to the greater good through your military service — now discover how that dedication can translate to a successful leadership career in public administration. The USC online Master of Public Administration can provide veterans and active military personnel with the advanced skills and social entrepreneurship abilities to thrive in public, private and nonprofit organizations. According to U.S. News & World Report, USC is ranked #23 among the best universities nationwide (2016).USC Price recently ranked 4th among 272 School of Public Affairs (2017). In addition, the Price School ranked: #3 in City Management/Urban Policy, #3 in Health Policy/Management, #4 in Public Management/Administration, and #6 in Nonprofit Management. To download a brochure, click here.



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.



Going the Extra Mile


D’Youville College-Award Winning Yellow Ribbon School

D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, a recipient of the Military Connection “Veteran School Salute” is a Yellow Ribbon School that has shown a dedicated commitment to their Veteran and military students. D’Youville is consistently developing innovative ways to serve those who have served. The Veteran School Salute recognizes Veteran-friendly colleges, universities and vocational schools that go above and beyond in their efforts to provide premium education services for their Military, Veteran and military-dependent students.



Yellow Ribbon School


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!



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.



Inspiring. Healing. Life Changing.


Get Involved!

Snowball Express started in 2006 with a simple idea; provide hope and new memories for the children of fallen military heroes who have died on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001. Each December, Snowball Express hosts a program that brings children and spouses of fallen military together for a few days of fun, friendship, healing, and happiness. The non-profit works to create hope and wonderful new memories for these children who have suffered a great loss. The Snowball Express volunteers, sponsors and team show them that they are not alone, make them feel special, and help them heal. If you would like to support this great non-profit, click here.



Runners, Take Your Marks!


And Mark Your Calendars

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. This November, 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



Scholarships for Military Families

ThanksUSA Scholarships

ThanksUSA Launches $100 Million Strong Campaign

ThanksUSA kicked off this past summer by launching $100 Million Strong, a campaign to grant more than 25,000 scholarships to military spouses and children in need over the next 10 years. To lead the campaign, ThanksUSA announced that the former executive director and founder of Hiring Our Heroes, retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel, has assumed the role of president. “The need to close the financial gap for military families seeking higher education is clear and compelling, and the $100 Million Strong campaign will help to do just that,” said Schmiegel. “While the post-9/11 G.I. Bill has supported many, it simply isn't enough for the hundreds of thousands of families serving on active duty with multiple children and only one source of income.”

Visit to learn more and donate.



MilVet Expo and Job Fair

MilVet Expo and Job Fair

Attention Ventura County Military, Veterans and Families

The MilVet Expo (MVE) is a free annual event to introduce Active Military, Veterans and their families to emergency services, benefits, VA, counseling, legal help and family friendly fun available in Ventura County. MVE will be held on Saturday, August 27th, 2016, from 10am to 2pm at the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District Community Center at 1605 Burnley Street in Camarillo. It  is open to all branches of the military and veterans and highlights the many free programs, opportunities, agencies and employers who assist the military and veteran community. There’s a free lunch available for those who have served by signing up here. Want to volunteer? You can do that here.




Show Your Support

I am proud to serve as the Director of Employer Engagement for California’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office. The ESGR recognizes those employers who go above and beyond in outstanding support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserves. The ESGR also promotes awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between employers and service members.  If you are an employer interested in a Statement of Support signing ceremony or wish to learn more, please email The ESGR motto says it all, "WE ALL SERVE!"


Attention: Parents

Sesame Street

Sesame Street for Military/Veteran Families

Sesame Street debuted in 1969 and was designed to use television to teach preschoolers and assist a successful transition from home to school. The show gave kids the confidence to learn the alphabet, numbers, and social skills. In 2006, recognizing the need for resources to support military families, Sesame Workshop launched Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment (TLC). TLC helped military families and their young children cope with the challenges of deployment and build resilience in times of separation and change. Sesame Workshop followed up with Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes (TLC 2) and Talk, Listen, Connect: When Families Grieve (TLC 3). Since its initial launch, Talk, Listen, Connect has expanded to include a free Sesame Street/USO family tour; three PBS primetime specials; Sesame Rooms, bringing toys and furniture to military spaces; and the Military Families Near and Far website. You can learn more about these programs here.


Mobility Assistance

Mobility Assistance

New Program for Veterans

Do you or a family member need a wheelchair accessible van? The MagicMobility Wheelchair Van Assistance Program is a nationwide program that receives donated adapted vehicles and distributes them, free of charge, to needy individuals. MagicMobility is focused on helping disabled veterans, as a small token of appreciation for their dedicated service and sacrifices for our country. If you would like to donate a van, MagicMobility van donation program provides a wonderful legacy for the donor, as well as the best IRS tax deduction for a vehicle donation, since the vans are not sold, but are instead transferred to a needy recipient. MagicMobility also has a site for donations to disability programs and individual campaigns. If you know someone who has a wheelchair or scooter adapted van to donate, or is in need of one, please click here to learn more. A project of 501c3 Special Kids Fund.


Voting 101 for Military Members

Voting 101

Make Sure Your Vote is Counted

If you are a new voter, have recently moved, or are deployed overseas, there are steps you can take to make sure your vote is counted. Many states have residency requirements, and if you sign up for an absentee ballot, most states will only accept them by mail. That means that overseas voters must get their ballots in the mail weeks before an election. We have covered some of the basic in a blog article that you can read here.


Did You Know?

Disabled Veteran Compensation

Increase in Disabled Veteran Compensation

Disabled veterans are eligible to receive an increase in their benefits for 2017. As directed by the Veterans' Compensation COLA Act of 2016, the change affects the annual rates of VA disability compensation, dependency compensation for surviving children and spouses, and medical clothing allowances for veterans, among other benefits. It will not affect adjustments for military retirement pay, which are calculated through other methods. The amount of the increase will be in line with the increase provided under Title II of the Social Security Act. The precise amount of the adjustment, which will take effect on December 1st has not yet been announced.


Navy Legal Services


The Naval Legal Service Command recently unveiled new online legal resources for those eligible for military legal assistance. The Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps provides commanders, Sailors, and Navy families with targeted legal solutions wherever and whenever required to enable effective naval and joint operations. The Navy JAG Legal Services Locator webpage has links to brochures on legal assistance topics that commonly affect military members. The newly added content provides access 24/7 to commonly-needed legal information and special powers of attorney forms. If you need the assistance of an attorney or a paralegal, visit your nearest military legal assistance office.


Interested in Cybersecurity?


Complimentary Classes in Oceanside

A complimentary course to prepare for jobs in cybersecurity will be offered to veterans and transitioning military by the Veterans Association of North County in Oceanside, CA. The classes, which meet two evenings and one Saturday each week, prepare participants for the Security+ Certification Examination, which is typically required for anyone working in cybersecurity. But hurry, classes begin on August 29th .  There is no fee for veterans, current military and their families, and is open to all levels of experience. The Veterans Association also offers other courses for veterans and current military. For more information and to sign up,  visit them online or call (760) 722-1277.


Complimentary Membership


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 your voice.


Tee Off

Adopt A Soldier

America's Adopt A Soldier Golf Tournament

On August 19th, join former World Series winner,  former  MLB player  Michael Pagliarulo “Pags” and several of his past MLB teammates for  America’s Adopt A Soldier®  6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament  at the beautiful and challenging Fort Belvoir Golf Course.  America’s Adopt A Soldier ® , an established nonprofit organization who has through grass roots volunteerism, donations, and partnerships; provided a positive impacted to our Nations Wounded,  Deployed Service Members, Homeless Veterans, Veterans and their Families.   For more information, click here.


The Go To Site

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us, the Go To Site, is your online connection to military service members, veterans and their supporters. If you are a corporation or educational institution looking to reach out to this audience, let us assist you with a customized advertising program. We work with hundreds of non-profits serving the military and veteran communities, and can facilitate win/win partnerships and help brand you as “Military-Veteran Friendly.”  For more information, contact us by email at or call us at (800) 817-3777.


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