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Newsletter - October 2016

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I am proud to be a part of the America Salutes You team as we put the finishing touches on the November 12th concert at the Rosemont Theater in Chicago, IL. This nationally televised event 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. Scheduled performers include Cyndi Lauper, Wanda Jackson, Hoodie Allen, CeCe Winans, Ricky Skaggs, Anthony Kearns, Tegan Marie, and many others.  Tickets go on sale on October 25th. I 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 to let them know that we will never forget what they have sacrificed to keep our country free.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


Enter to Win

Enter to Win

A Mortgage-free Year!

What would you do if someone else paid your mortgage for a year?  Buy a car? Put money away for college?  Take a great vacation?  Well here's your chance.  BBMC Mortgage "We've Got Your Six Sweepstakes" aims to honor a veteran or military service member by paying their home mortgage for an entire year. Time to enter is running out. Enter now! See rules on entry page.


Armed Forces Vacation Club

Armed Forces Vacation Club

Explore vacations from $349/wk

Armed Forces Vacation Club is proud to offer 7 night resort stays to the military starting at just $349*. Choose from destinations worldwide including Branson, the Bahamas, Lake Tahoe, Orlando, Las Vegas & more. Search 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. 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!



Online MPA

Online MPA

Build a Reputation

Just like military professionals, our graduates are unique because they don’t just want the world to be a better place – they roll up their sleeves and jump right in to help. USC’s online MPA teaches you to deal professionally in tough situations under pressure, and to think for yourself when designing solutions to those situations; not just take a prescribed methodology, but to be entrepreneurial - be a leader, think innovatively, take a risk and accept responsibility. University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy is ranked #4 for Public Affairs -U.S. News & World Report (2016). 
To build a reputation that lasts, follow our lead. Earn an MPA Online from the Top-Ranked USC Price School



Check Out Your Benefits!

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 — 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!



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.



Tax Credits for Hiring Heroes

Hiring Heroes

Extended Through End of 2019

Now there’s another great reason to hire veterans! The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers who hire and retain veterans (and individuals from other target groups) with significant barriers to employment. Individual hires can save employers between $4,800 and $9,000. Employers claim about $1 billion in tax credits each year under the WOTC program. There is no limit on the number of individuals an employer can hire to qualify to claim the tax credit, and there are a few simple steps to follow to apply for WOTC. If you would like more information, please contact us.



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.



Runners: Mark Your Calendars


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. 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



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 [email protected] or call us at (800) 817-3777.



America Salutes You

America Salutes You

Our Chance to Say Thank You For Your Service

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 pop icon Cyndi Lauper, country music legend Wanda Jackson, rapper Hoodie Allen, Gospel Grammy winner CeCe Winans, world-renowned  tenor Anthony Kearns, bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, rising country star Tegan Marie and many others. Tickets will be available online beginning October 25th.  If you would like to make a tax deductible donation in advance of the broadcast, you can do so here. Checks can be made payable to America Salutes You Campaign and mailed to America Salutes You Campaign,  23912 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1239



Operation Comedy

Operation Comedy

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Free tickets for military and veterans (plus one) are still available for Operation Comedy on October 18th. Standing behind their slogan, "Our Vets Would Kill For Us. So We Kill For Them," Operation Comedy provides the best in entertainment for our troops, vets and their loved ones at no cost to them. The 10/18 show at the world-famous Comedy Club will feature the comedic talents of Joe Rogan, Ralphie May, Russell Peters and Jon Stites. But hurry, you don’t want to miss out, and most shows sell-out.



Service Dogs for Veterans

Service Dogs for Veterans

Changing Lives

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

Vet Centers

Help is Available

Vet Centers understand and appreciate the traumatic experiences of Veterans and Servicemembers, including war and military sexual assault, and are committed to assisting them and their families toward a successful adjustment in or near their communities. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as families members of combat Veterans. 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 877-WAR-VETS (877-927-8387.)  For more information, click here.



Be in the Audience


Southern California Servicemembers

The Talk is a nationally televised show.   One of the show’s hosts,  Sheryl Underwood, served in the U.S. Armed Forces. If you’ve never attended a taping of the show  and you’re in the military (any branch, on active or non-active duty) you can obtain tickets for the October 27th taping in Studio City, CA. You must attend in uniform. Please email [email protected] for more information or to book tickets!  Once tickets are confirmed a detailed information email will be sent.



Run in Honor of Our Fallen Heroes



Are you an avid runner looking for motivation to push through those long races? Or are you new to running and need an inspiring reason to hit the trail? Make every mile worth it when you run for Team TAPS.  Team TAPS pays tribute to the sacrifices made by our fallen service members while raising funds to create awareness and support TAPS programs through races and sports endurance events. You can find Team TAPS at races all across the country, and you can also run in your local community races on behalf of Team TAPS. When you sign up to run for Team TAPS, you receive a branded TAPS running singlet and your own fundraising website to promote your cause. Visit to sign up for an upcoming Team TAPS race, such as the Disney Princess Half Marathon or Windy25 Memorial 5K.



Support for Vet Caregivers Campaign


Hidden Heroes

Military caregivers don’t often ask for help, but they deserve our support. And now, 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 The non-profit  brings vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and seeks solutions for the tremendous challenges and long-term needs they face.



Honoring Those Who Served

Honoring Those Who Served

Remembering Their Sacrifices

On Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration began with the Presidential inaugural event at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The commemoration runs through Veterans Day, 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 and May 15, 1975, regardless of location. For more information and a listing of events, visit the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration website.



Vets Needed


SBA Task Force

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) seeks nominations from two veterans' service or military organizations to serve on the Interagency Task Force for Veterans Small Business Development (IATF). The deadline for submitting a nomination is Oct. 14, 2016. Nominations of eligible representatives of veterans' service or military organizations must be sent via email to [email protected]. Submissions should include: (1) name and contact information of the individual, (2) Name and contact information of represented organization with an endorsement letter from the organization, (3) a description of how the organization supports veteran and service-disabled owned small business issues. For information about SBA resources for veteran businesses, visit the SBA website at



Here Come the Robots


A New Clean-up Crew

The Phoenix VA Health Care System is the first hospital in Arizona to deploy Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots to destroy deadly germs and bacteria lurking on hospital surfaces that can cause hospital acquired infections. The portable room disinfection system utilizes pulsed xenon UV light and is effective against even the most dangerous superbugs. The room, bed and equipment are first disinfected by hospital Environmental Management Service staff. Once the room is visually clean, the robot comes in and destroys anything left behind -- it kills all the dangerous bacteria the naked eye cannot see. The future is here!



For Vets Only


Walgreens Offer Free Flu Shots

Walgreens has teamed up with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to provide free flu vaccinations for enrolled veterans. All veterans who are currently enrolled in VA care may walk into any of the over 8,000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost. After presenting a Veterans Identification Card and a photo ID, a Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine and transmits that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient's electronic medical record. To learn more about the partnership, call 1-877-771-8537. To locate a Walgreens store near you, call 800-WALGREENs (800-925-4733) or visit the Walgreens website at



The Great Outdoors


For Disabled Vets

Heroes New Hope Foundation is an organization that hosts outdoor retreats for blinded and/or otherwise disabled veterans. Events include turkey hunting, fishing, boating, deer hunting, camping and more on nearly 600 acres of woodlands/wetlands. Group size is small and includes veterans from Indiana and across the nation. Veteran mentors are available to help every step of the way. They utilize adaptive equipment and the expertise and personal experience of the disabled veterans within the organization to the very fullest. This combination allows men and women who have lost their vision due to TBI as an example, to successfully fish and hunt again just like they once did. Events are free for veterans to attend, last 3-5 days, include transportation +1, housing, food, and more. For more information including testimonials, registration, and volunteer opportunities visit them on the web.



Military Teens

Teen App

App Workshop

The University of Pittsburgh and Military Childrens Collaborative Group have partnered together to facilitate and present a workshop for teens on October 22nd. Here is your chance to help create the first App for military teens, focused on tips for coping with deployment and connecting teens with one another for support. If you are in the San Diego area, have a teen aged 13 - 18 years old who has experienced a deployment, register today! Food and beverages will be served, they will earn a gift card and earn community service hours.



Complimentary Membership


Interested in Corporate Sponsorship?

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. Free to join, VAMBOA serves the needs of the Veteran and military business communities.  For companies interested in corporate sponsorship, there is a limited time opportunity to receive the benefits of two years of sponsorship for the cost of one year. This opportunity is also available to current corporate sponsors who renew. For more information, please contact [email protected].



Voting 101 for Military Members


Make Sure Your Vote is Counted

The upcoming election on November 8th may be one of the most important elections in recent years. 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.



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