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Newsletter - June 2017

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June is such an eventful month. Tuesday was D-Day, the anniversary of the Allied Invasion in Normandy, giving us an opportunity to thank all of the WWII Veterans.  June 18th is Father’s Day, we celebrate our dads. For all of those dads who are away from their children because they are serving in the military, we thank you for your sacrifices. June 14th is Flag Day, the day we proudly fly the flag that our veterans fought and sacrificed for, and our servicemembers still fight to defend. June 14th is also the birthday of the U.S. Army.  Click here to see how you can sponsor a soldier to attend the Army Birthday Ball.  June 23rd  is the birthday of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  June 25th is the anniversary of the Korean War, and we salute all of our Korean War Veterans. And while June 27th is National PTSD Awareness Day, in 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness.  Visit our website to view PTSD articles and links.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


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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.


Check Out Your Benefits!


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

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, 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.

Learn more today!


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 workforce and to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and job applicants.


A Win-Win


Become A Veteran Friendly Employer

At, we are experts in reaching veteran candidates, and can help you hire and retain veteran employees. At the same time, we can assist you in improving your corporate brand to reflect your veteran friendly employer status. If you would like to learn more about the various options we offer to get your company in front of this valuable pool of employment candidates, please contact us.


The New App


Access Our Website Via Smart Phone and Tablet

Our newly released app accommodates our users who are accessing via cellular devices and tablets. The free app, available for both Apple and Android devices, was developed in-house, with the goal of making it extremely user friendly for the hundreds of thousands monthly unique visitors who rely on the website daily.


The Go To Site


Reach An Audience of Military and Veterans, the Go To Site, is your online connection to military service members, veterans and their supporters. If you are looking to hire or educate military and veterans or have an important product, service or message, allow us assist to 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 to help brand you as “Military/Veteran Friendly.” For more information, contact us by email at or call us at (800) 817-3777.


A Way to Say Thank You


Give A Soldier The Night Off

Soldiers and their dates will dance the night away at the 2017 Army Birthday Ball. The event will take place on Saturday, June 24th  at the Westin Hotel 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. Everyone is welcome to make a tax-deductible donation of one or more seats, or a set 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 here . For more information, visit them on the web.


Resources are Available


Not All Wounds Are Visible

June is PTSD Awareness Month, placing the national spotlight on a condition that affects so many of our servicemembers and veterans. The Campaign to Change Direction is helping to destigmatize mental health issues, especially as it relates to seeking help, further changing the culture of mental health. Our friends at Give an Hour are at the ready to provide free and confidential mental health resources for those who serve, past and present, and their loved ones. Another resource is the David Lynch Foundation’s Operation Warrior Wellness (OWW) program. OWW offers the Transcendental Meditation-based Resilient Warrior Program, a simple, easy-to-learn, evidence-based approach to relieving symptoms of PTSD and major depression and developing greater resilience to stress. The Veterans Crisis Line  (800-273-8255) connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline.


Navy To Commission New Ship


Former Arizona Congresswoman Honored

On June 10th, the Navy names its new 418 foot ship the USS Gabrielle Giffords.  Designed to handle mines and submarine threats, the ship honor former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who survived a close-range gunshot to the head in a 2011 assassination attempt.  This is the first Navy ship to be named after a living woman since 1776, and the 16th to be named for a woman.  Giffords inspired the nation with her remarkable resiliency and human spirit. For more Navy news and resources on, click here


Now Open


Complaint Line For Veterans

The hotline long-promised for Veteran complaint has launched.  The hotline, 855-948-2311, is designed to “collect, process and respond to the complaints of individual veterans in a responsive, timely and accountable manner”.   Secretary Shulkin promised that by August 15th, the hotline will have 24/7 coverage.   Calls to the hotline will be kept confidential but information will be shared by VA officials to respond to problems.


Base Access-Denied?

base access

Some State IDs No Longer Accepted

Driver's licenses and most other IDs issued by 12 states will no longer be accepted as official identification for accessing U.S. military bases. The states are:  Alaska, Kentucky, Maine , Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington. The IDs do not comply with federal identification standards and cannot be used to enter federal facilities, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Acceptable documents and other federal ID cards that are authorized and accepted for access include military ID cards, U.S. passports, Personal Identification Verification cards, Veterans Health ID cards issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Transportation Worker Identification Credential, driver's license issued by the U.S. Department of State; a U.S. certificate of naturalization or citizenship; a U.S. military or draft record; Department of Homeland Security Trustee Traveler ID card (Global Entry, NEXUS, Sentri, FAST) and native American tribal photo IDs.


Air Force Offers

Air Force

Extended Deployment Options

Airmen, both officers and enlisted, who volunteer for an extended 365-day deployment can apply for one of two assignment options: either an advanced assignment or a two-year deferment from a permanent change of station, if eligible. Officers who believe their duties qualify for joint credit have a year from their return to formally apply for credit. To volunteer for an extended deployment, enlisted Airmen should review EQUAL Plus and contact their functional assignment team. For more Air Force news and resources on, click here


News on Our Blog


How to Fly the Flag

If you want to know how to properly display the U.S. flag on Flag Day, there’s a blog article for that! The Blog contains news and information displayed each and every day. Check in with us on a regular basis so that you won’t miss our daily features.


VA Whistleblower Protection

VA Whistleblower

Safe From Retaliation

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the establishment of the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within the VA. Serving as Senior Advisor and Executive Director of the Office will be Peter O'Rourke. O’Rourke will (1) assist the Secretary in using all available authorities to discipline or terminate any VA manager or employee who has failed to carry out his or her duties on behalf of veterans; (2) assist the Secretary in recruiting, rewarding, and retaining high-performing employees; (3) ensure swift and effective resolution of veterans' complaints of wrongdoing at VA; and (4) protect employees who lawfully disclose wrongdoing from retaliation.


Help is Available

Military Families Impacted by Autism

Military Families Impacted by Autism

TeleConsult is a pilot research program from Penn State that provides military families with guidance and information regarding their child's autism diagnosis. Advanced doctoral students serve as consultants and hold virtual sessions with families on a weekly basis. For more details go to:


Coming Soon

Navy Fitness Suit

Navy Fitness Suit & Service Dress

The U.S. Navy has announced the manner of wear and availability for the new Navy Fitness Suit and women's choker style Service Dress White (SDW) jacket for chief petty officers and officers. The new fitness suit will be a sea bag requirement for Sailors beginning Sept. 30, 2021. The fitness suit will be available fleet-wide by October 2017. The jacket should be worn over the PTU shirt, zipped at least three quarters up and sleeve cuffs should extend beyond the wrist, but not beyond the lower knuckle of the thumb. The pants will be worn over the PTU shorts and should extend down between the shoe top and heel but not beyond the heel. To help determine the best fit, review the sizing chart available online before purchasing the suit.


By the Numbers


We’re Growing by Leaps and Bounds!

We are proud to announce that our website for active duty military, Guard and Reserve members, veterans, retirees and their families and supporters surpassed 1.4 million monthly page views for the month of May, 2017. To read the press release in its entirety, click here.


All Summer Long


Kids Bowl Free

This summer, select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for two free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations. The nationwide program offers coupons to children ages 15 years and younger for two free games of bowling per day for the duration of the program. Members can use the coupon on any electronic device or print it for presentation to the center. An optional family pass can be purchased for $28.95 that allows up to four additional family members to bowl two games per day, all summer with the Kids Bowl Free member. Visit the Kids Bowl Free website to see which bowling centers are participating in the program.


Online Access

VA App

Veteran Appointment Request App

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has created a web-based app that allows veterans using its medical system to request or schedule certain appointments online. The Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) app is available to use at select locations and can be used with any compatible Web browser, whether on a desktop or mobile device. Currently, veterans can use VAR at 100 VA medical centers across the nation; more are coming online every few weeks. To see where VAR is available, visit the VA website. Download the app on your smartphone or tablet from the VA App Store.


Sharing Information


Air Force Launches “Idea” Website

The U.S. Air Force has launched a crowdsourcing/idea website to gain knowledge and expertise from Airmen in the field. At the CAC-enabled Revitalizing Air Force Squadrons Idea website, Airmen can offer ideas on how to revitalize Air Force Squadrons. Airmen are encouraged to address specific topics presented in the form of challenges and to help identify the best ideas by voting, commenting and sharing. The website will be refreshed with new challenges on a periodic basis. The ideas that garner the most votes will be presented to Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Davis, the Revitalizing Air Force Squadrons team lead.


Veterinary Benefits

Guide Dog

Guide/Service Dogs

The VA provides veterinary benefits to veterans diagnosed with visual, hearing or substantial mobility impairments and whose care will be enhanced through a guide or service dog.  Veterans must enroll in VA healthcare to receive any type of medical service through VA. Once a Veteran is enrolled, VA will perform a complete clinical evaluation to determine how best to assist. Each service dog request is reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and veterans approved for guide or service dogs are then referred to accredited organizations to obtain their dog.


DoD Travelers

Guide Dog

Restrictions on the Usage of Online Booking Sites

The Joint Travel Regulation restricts Department of Defense (DoD) travelers in the use of online booking tools designed to rent private residences for short-term lodging. Travelers are required to make commercial lodging arrangements through the Defense Travel System/Travel Management Company, unless exceptions apply. If a traveler fails to use DTS/TMC, the traveler is still authorized the actual and necessary costs of lodging but is personally responsible for any excess costs. Also, travelers who elect to use tools such as AirBnB can face disciplinary action from their commander for failure to follow regulatory guidance. For more information, contact the IMA Travel Office.


Offering Alternatives

Treatment Courts

Veteran Treatment Courts

Many military veterans have experienced a vast array of physical, emotional and psychological injuries. Untreated, unhealed emotional and psychological injuries lead to further veteran illnesses, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. These illnesses can lead to substance abuse, the commission of crimes, and even suicide. Special Veterans Treatment Courts seek to provide veterans suffering from these issues assistance that will help keep them from slipping into real legal problems.       Click here   to read the articles in its entirety.


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