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Newsletter - May 2016

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Yesterday I had the honor of introducing Purple Heart recipient Lyvell Gipson as he was awarded the Courageous Citizen Award by the Kiwanis Club. Lyvell received a standing ovation, which I believe had less to do with my writing ability and more to do with the content of the introduction. As I watched Lyvell take the podium amongst all of the applause, what I realized in that moment was that we, as Americans, want to express our appreciation to those who serve, any way we can. Without knowing what Lyvell experienced, recovered from, and ultimately  succeeded in rebuilding, by virtue of his Purple Heart, it’s a given that he is a hero. A hero I am proud to call my friend.

As Gary Sinise said at the Invictus Games, “We can never do enough for our veterans, and if we just all pitch in and try to do a little bit more, we’ll get a lot done.” That’s why we always feature a number of great non-profit organizations in every newsletter. So during May, Military Appreciation month, I encourage everyone to pitch in, and make a difference.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Select 7 Night Vacations For $299


Happy Military Appreciation Month! As a way to thank and honor all the men and women serving our country, Armed Forces Vacation Club is offering select 7 night vacations for $299! Choose from destinations including Orlando, Branson, and Las Vegas…or search worldwide. Hurry though, this offer ends May 20th. Learn 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!



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.



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Featured Employer


Employees Define Olin’s Future-That’s Why We Want You!

Olin Corporation is committed to hiring the best people. We understand that our employees define our future. That’s why we want you! We value the skills you mastered while serving our country in the military and Olin offers a variety of jobs and career paths where you can apply those skills. Olin is always interested in hiring the best and most enthusiastic talent available, offering prospective employees exciting opportunities to grow and prosper within a dynamic company. Headquartered in the U.S., Olin has locations throughout the world, including Europe, Asia Pacific and South America. Olin is absolutely committed to diversity within its work force and to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and job applicants. This applies to every phase of the employment process - from hiring and training to compensation, promotion and disciplinary action.



Attention: Employers

Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans

Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans

Hiring Veterans is not only good for your business and bottom line, it’s the right thing to do. And now there is good news: the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), a federal tax credit available to employers for hiring veterans, has been renewed through August 31, 2018! There is no limit on the number of individuals an employer can hire to qualify to claim the tax credit. To read more about the credits, click here.



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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Check out our Education Area including our Veteran School Directory & thousands of scholarships.



Good Read

Be Safe, Love Mom

Be Safe, Love Mom

Elaine Lowry Brye thought she was well prepared for life as a military mom. After all, she grew up in the Army, married an Air Force pilot, and served in Air Force ROTC. But when all four of her children chose to serve, one each in a different branch, she realized this was a whole new daunting world.  In “Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom’s Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Homefront”, she weaves advice, anecdotes, wisdom, and encouragement for military moms and the community at large, as she battles to hold down the homefront. From “Letting Go” to “You Are Not Alone” to “No Guts No Glory” Lowry Brye provides a reassuring voice for anyone who loves someone in military service. For more about the author, click here.    



Complimentary Membership

Veteran Business Owners

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 is here to serve you and be your voice.



Military Fraternity

military fraternity

The First of its Kind

Kappa Lambda Chi Military Fraternity, Inc. (KLC) is the first military Greek-Letter organization. KLC was founded on July 4th of 2013 and while the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization is fairly new, they have tremendous growth potential. Membership is comprised of active duty, Reserves, National Guard, retirees, and veterans from all walks of life and all branches of the U.S. military. The men of KLC build a network of trust that is a bond beyond being called a “comrade.” Members are unified brothers who exhibit professionalism, diversity, and a high regard for education, which will remain paramount to the success of KLC for centuries to come. KLC provides members with a life-long brotherhood, involvement in military and community outreach, and education and mentoring programsApplications are accepted online.



Old Glory Relay

Old Glory Relay

62 Teams, 10 States, 1 Flag

Team Red, White and Blue is a great nonprofit dedicated to providing veterans with ways to connect with their communities through physical activities and social gatherings. They are doing great work for veterans around the country. Upcoming events include the 2016 Old Glory Relay. Starting on September 11th with a Reveille ceremony in Redmond, Washington, participants will move Old Glory south along the West Coast through the Cascade Range, before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and through San Francisco. Old Glory will connect Team RWB Eagles in Los Angeles and San Diego before heading eastward through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Following the Gulf Coast, participants will move Old Glory across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The final stretch will cross the Florida Panhandle, finishing in Tampa, home of Team Red, White and Blue, on November 11th with a fitting Retreat Celebration.



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Give A Soldier The Night Off

Thank You For Your Service

Looking For a Way to Say “Thank You For Your Service”?

Soldiers and their dates will dance the night away at the 2016 Army Birthday Ball. The event will take place on Saturday, June 11th at the Queen Mary Grand Ballroom in Long Beach, CA. And now it’s your turn to be a hero. “Give a Soldier A Night Off" is an opportunity for you to treat a local Soldier and his/her date to the annual Army Birthday Ball. Tickets are $200 per person. Everyone is welcome to make a tax-deductible donations of one or more seats, or contributions of $25, $50, $100 or more to sponsor enlisted soldiers, non-commissioned officers and junior officers. The Army Birthday Ball is open to the public. Donations can be made or seats can be purchased online via a secure Pay Pal site. For more information, visit them on the web or email  Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Carl David or call him at (949) 351-6213.



A Meaningful Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Help Carry the Load

2016 marks the fifth consecutive year that Snowball Express has participated in the National "CARRY THE LOAD" Memorial Day relay event.  The relay is expanding this year to include both an East Coast and a West Coast Relay.  Carry The Load asks Americans to simply do something in the month of May and over Memorial Day weekend to honor those who paid the ultimate price defending our freedoms.  Participants are encouraged to form walking/biking teams and to fund raise among friends, families and colleagues.  Money raised is distributed to the sixteen non-profit partners of Carry The Load who support our military, veterans, first responders and their families.  Sign up and join the Snowball Express West Coast Relay Team or the East Coast Relay Team (there is no fee or requirement to donate or raise money to participate).



Knowledge is Power

Online Resources

Filing a claim for service connected disability compensation through Veterans Affairs can be a daunting task. But take heart; in 2016, it's much easier for veterans than it used to be. When Navy veteran Theresa Aldrich started the site Veteran To Veteran in 1997, there weren't many online resources for veterans trying to research their claims. It was up to each veteran to get a VSO and trust what they said, or try to go it alone and hope that they got it right. But now many resources are just a keyboard away. To learn more about the web site that has been Aldrich’s post-military life mission, visit



Saying Thank You

Remember, Honor, Teach

Remember, Honor, Teach

There’s still time to help Wreaths Across America acknowledge the one million plus veterans and members of the active military. Thank you cards are FREE to order — you only pay shipping and handling — and feature a scene of wreaths placed at Arlington National Cemetery during the holiday season, symbolic of the organization and the nation’s commitment to never forget. On the back of the card is the organization’s mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, as well as space for the card-giver to personalize it. Wreaths Across America is best known for its annual wreath-laying tradition at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 1,000 other locations nationwide. 2016 marks the 25th year that wreaths will be placed at Arlington. Request your FREE thank-you cards to distribute this May. Order here now.



Preserving the Joy of Live Theatre


Tickets are Going Fast!

The Moonlight Cultural Foundation is a wonderful non-profit, dedicated to sharing, supporting, and enhancing the theatrical experience in San Diego North County. The Foundation plans and presents its own Youth Theatre education program and supports educational and community arts outreach programs. Tickets to attend the June 4th Peter Pan themed Moonlight Over London Gala, a magical evening under the stars, celebrating 36 years of performances, education, and community outreach are going fast. If you want to enjoy a moonlit soirée with dinner on stage, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and special performances from Moonlight Stage Productions’ award-winning artists, act now; tickets are going fast!



The Benefits of TM

The Benefits of TM

The David Lynch Foundation

There is an epidemic of veterans who suffer from PTSD. The raw, brutal statistics of 23 suicides per day are just too horrible, too unconscionable to ignore. Published study after study in addition to testimonials confirms that 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation (TM) twice a day significantly decreases stress and anxiety and reduces the symptoms of PTSD and depression by approximately 50%. In fact, 80% of meditating veterans decrease or altogether cease use of psychotropic medication within months of beginning the practice. The David Lynch Foundation has a goal to raise $3 million to teach TM to 6,000 veterans and, literally, save lives by helping prevent the next veteran suicides. Just $500 will provide one veteran with the lifelong tool of TM. When a veteran learns to meditate, it also benefits his or her partner, children, friends, coworkers, and community. For more information, click here.



In the News


Check Out the Blog for the Latest News

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 keep current on the news you need to know.



Changing the Story

Change Direction

Join the National Campaign- You’ll be in Great Company

“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” about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. The UK’s Prince Harry and actor Richard Gere are now part of the movement, and their public service announcement will be running on the Times Square jumbotron. Gere has been an active spokesperson for combating the problem of homelessness. Prince Harry has been a steadfast supporter of members of the military, both in the UK and around the world. His Invictus Games, which just took place in Florida, is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick military service personnel. Everyone is encouraged to learn the Five Signs of emotional suffering and the importance of caring for one's emotional well-being. For more information, visit



Benefiting Vietnam Veterans

Benefiting Vietnam Veterans

Bravemind Vietnam: Virtual Reality Therapy

It’s been four decades since our last troops returned home from the war in Vietnam. Many who served still struggle to cope with undiagnosed and untreated Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms. In 2014 over 60,000 new Vietnam-era Veterans came forward to seek help, nearly as many as those who served in the Afghan and Iraq conflicts. Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, or VRET has proven successful  in treating survivors to cope years after the trauma occurred. We owe Vietnam Veterans access to this treatment. To help fund this non-profit effort, click here.



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