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Newsletter - August 2017

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We are so pleased  that the “Forever GI Bill” has been passed by the House and the Senate, and is heading to the Oval Office, where it is expected to be signed.   One highlight of this new GI Bill is the removal of the 15 year time limit to use the education benefits.   Additionally, the Forever GI Bill expands the eligibility for Guard and Reserve troops, as well as Purple Heart recipients.

Those who serve  have sacrificed for our freedoms, and the benefits they earn are a way for the American people to express our gratitude and put them on the path to achieving the “American Dream.”  To read more about the changes in store, click here.

Best Regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com

   
   

Tricare Approved

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Only the Best for Baby

Need a breast pump + supplies through Tricare? Get them ALL through The Breastfeeding Shop. As a Tricare Approved Provider, they'll handle everything from start to finish. Simply fill out the form on their website, and they take care of the rest. Get all the details here.

   
   

Changes Are Coming

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The New GI Bill

The “Forever GI Bill,” a sweeping expansion of GI Bill education benefits, is on its way to the Oval Office. Passed by both houses of Congress, the bill will increase veteran’s benefits by more than $3 billion over the next decade. One important change, reserved for those who become eligible after January 1, 2018, is the removal of the 15-year limit on using their GI Bill benefits, which offers them more flexibility. Additionally, the Forever GI Bill boosts education assistance for National Guard and Reserve troops, Purple Heart recipients and for the dependents of fallen troops. To read the full article, click here. MilitaryConnection.com has a comprehensive education area, and we invite you to check out the numerous education resources here.

   
   

Yellow Ribbon, Veteran Friendly School

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Showing Strong Support for their Veteran Students

You could call Technical Sergeant Michelle Greene a bit of an overachiever. The  27-year-old has already completed nine years of military service, while taking on a full time course load to complete her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports Science at D’Youville College, a Veteran School Salute awardee and Yellow Ribbon Program Participant. Now Greene has volunteered for a 22 day bike ride to benefit Mission 22. To read the entire article, click here.

   
   

Featured Employer

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Hundreds of Transportation Jobs

As the largest private-sector provider of multiple modes of transportation in North America, Transdev North America is committed to improving quality of life for people in cities by providing enhanced options for mobility. Every year, from coast to coast, more than 400 million passengers travel with us to work, study, shop or play. In the U.S. and Canada, we operate public transit and other transportation services for 200 cities and communities. In every mode (bus, rail, paratransit, taxi and shuttle services), in both urban and regional areas, Transdev North America is committed to setting the standard for performance excellence. Our 20,000 transit professionals include employees with expertise in a variety of fields in our transit, rail and on-demand businesses. These include training, finance, commercial driving, human resources, facility management, customer service, environmental compliance, labor relations, business technology and IT, and many more.

   
   

A Win-Win

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Become A Veteran Friendly Employer

At MilitaryConnection.com, we are experts in reaching military and veteran candidates.  We can help you attract, hire and retain viable candidates who have served.  Additionally, we will assist branding you as a military/veteran friendly employer. If you would like to learn more about the various options we offer to place your company in front of viable candidates, please contact us

   
   

Featured Employer

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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 300,000 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.

   
   

The Go To Site

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Reach An Audience of Military and Veterans

MilitaryConnection.com, 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  can help to brand your organization as   “Military/Veteran Friendly.”   We have a significant reach with over 1,000,000 combined fans and followers on social media, a database of over 200,000 emails and robust traffic of more than 2,000,000 monthly page views.  We also work with hundreds of non-profit serving this community and can facilitate win/win partnerships. For more information, contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at (800) 817-3777.

   
   

Featured Employer

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Easy Application with the Olin App

Olin Corporation is committed to hiring the best people. We understand that our employees define our 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. At Olin, you’ll find a company large enough to make a real difference throughout the global chemical industry, but small enough to provide you an opportunity to be seen, appreciated, and supported in your career growth. Apply online at Olin.com/Careers or with our easy Olin Careers app (available on both Google and iTunes store). Olin is absolutely committed to diversity within its workforce and to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and job applicants.

   
   

Explore 7-Night Vacations Starting At Just $349!

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Armed Forces Vacation Club offers access to weeklong vacations in destinations worldwide starting at just $349. Choose from popular destinations including Orlando, Myrtle Beach, the Caribbean, Las Vegas & MORE! Spread out in family-sized resort accommodations, many of which include on-site recreational facilities, living room, and kitchen! Search now.

Membership is open to active duty, guard, reserve, and retired members of the Armed Forces as well as civilian employees of the DOD. The best part? There is no cost to join! Become a member today

   
   

On the Blog

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Earth Defender

Planetary Protection Officer- Yes, this is a real position…and it pays really well! We got a chuckle out of this story, but if you want to check out the responsibilities and job requirements for this extraordinary extraterrestrial career, read the whole story on the MilitaryConnection.com Blog.

   
   

Congratulations!

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Another Overachiever

Cadet Simone Askew of Fairfax, Virginia, has been selected first captain of the Corps of Cadets for the upcoming academic year. She will be responsible for the overall performance of the roughly 4,400 cadets at West Point. She also will act as a liaison between the Corps and the administration when she assumes her duties on August 13th. Askew is a member of the Army West Point Crew team and developing leaders as the Cadet-in-Charge of the Elevation Initiative. She is a graduate of Air Assault School, an EXCEL Scholar, a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honorary National History Society, a recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Military Leadership, and holds the highest female Recondo score during Combat Field Training II for the class of 2018.

   
   

Veteran Caregivers

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Respite Care

Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of Veterans. Respite care is an occasional way to take a break from your caregiving duties and relax, renew your energy, and avoid caregiver burnout. Veterans who require a caregiver may be eligible for up to 30 days of respite care each year. This care can be offered in your home, at a VA community living center, at a VA-contracted community residential care facility, or at an adult day health care center. To see if you are eligible for respite care services, call the Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274. For more information, visit the VA Caregiver Support webpage

   
   

Registration Continues

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Air Force Marathon

Registration for the 21st annual U.S. Air Force Marathon is still open and runners, walkers and wheeled participants are encouraged to sign up quickly for the fun and exciting family friendly event scheduled Sept. 15-16. This year’s marathon will honor the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force. For more information and to register for the marathon, visit the U.S. Air Force Marathon website.

   
   

Milestone Reached

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United Services Military Apprenticeship Program

The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) has reached a milestone of 100,000 active participants. The USMAP team works closely with the Department of Labor (DOL) to provide nationally-recognized apprenticeship programs that result in journeyman-level certificates of completion for members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Any active duty Sailor, Marine, or Coast Guardsman can become a DOL-recognized apprentice as long as they have been designated in a rating, have sufficient time to complete the program while on active duty, and possess a high school diploma or GED. For more information or to register for an apprenticeship, click here.

   
   

“I Will Always be a Warrior”

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Creed of the Wounded Warrior

A paralyzed veteran who wrote the official Wounded Warrior Creed adopted by the Marine Corps has died. Retired Army Sgt. Joseph "Joey" Smith, a career military man who also served in the Marines, died Sunday following a massive stroke he suffered in May. Smith was 46. He penned the inspirational words that the Marine Corps later would adopt as its own "Creed of the Wounded Warrior." "Though I am wounded," he wrote, "I will always be a warrior. I will never give up, nor quit in the face of adversity. I will do my best in all that I do and achieve. I will not allow my injuries to limit me, and most of all, I will never forget my fallen comrades or leave a fellow injured warrior behind." Rest in peace and thank you for your service and sacrifice.

   
   

Great Non-Profit

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Rebuilding America’s Warriors

Rebuilding America's Warriors (R.A.W.) is an extraordinary non-profit foundation dedicated to providing free reconstructive surgery to wounded and disfigured active service and veteran status warriors from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Disfiguring scars can remain as a result of shrapnel, burn and artillery wounds. R.A.W. has formed a network of 390 Board  Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in 49 states, soliciting their services across the country to provide reconstructive surgeries on a national basis to our wounded and disfigured warriors. If you are a soldier or veteran who needs more information regarding R.A.W., please call 760 568-4039 or email [email protected] .

   
   

For Veteran Business Owners

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Connect With Corporations

VAMBOA, the Veterans and Military Business Owners Association, is a non-profit trade association with more than 7,000 members. The association works to ensure the development, growth and prosperity of Veteran Owned Businesses, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Businesses of all sizes. VAMBOA focuses on connecting you with corporations that want to work with a diverse supplier network. Join today, membership is complimentary. Be sure to take the survey so VAMBOA will know which issues are important to you.

   
   

Student Loans?

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Loan Forgiveness for Public Servants

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program goes into effect October 2017. The program offers forgiveness for remaining balances due on William D. Ford federal direct loans after employees have made at least 120 loan payments after Oct. 1, 2007, while employed full-time by certain public service employers. Loan forgiveness is available only for direct loans; however, loans made under other federal student loan programs may become eligible for the program if they are consolidated into a direct consolidation loan. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website.

   
   

The Greatest Generation

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Giving Back to Those Who Served

Last month, 27 World War II veterans made the trip from Los Angeles to New Orleans as part of the Gary Sinise Foundation's "Soaring Valor" trip. The Gary Sinise Foundation partnered with the World War II Museum and American Airlines to honor these veterans and preserve their stories for future generations. “We have these living, breathing libraries of history.  We want to spend as much time with them as we can," Sinise said. For more information about The Gary Sinise Foundation and the Soaring Valor program, click HERE.

   
   

Available to Soldiers

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Free Legal Assistance

Free legal assistance services can be some of the most valuable benefits available to Soldiers and their families on post. The legal assistance office assists clients with wills, powers of attorney, notarizations, income tax preparation, certain landlord/tenant issues, Servicemember's Civil Relief Act issues, uncontested divorce, Army Regulation 608-99 Family Support, assistance with rebuttals for military administrative actions, debt collection, and claims assistance (household goods shipments, etc.). Assistance is also provided through the Special Victim Counsel Program, which provides advocacy for the victims of sexual assaults. Find your local legal assistance office through the U.S. Armed Forces Legal Assistance website.

   
   

TAPS

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For Survivors of the Fallen

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in the Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. TAPS also conducts regional survivor seminars for adults and youth programs at locations across the country, as well as retreats and expeditions around the world. For more information, visit the TAPS website or call the TAPS 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline toll free at 800-959-TAPS (8277).

   
   

Use Your Smart Phone or Tablet

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The New MilitaryConnection.com App

Our newly released app accommodates our users who are accessing MilitaryConnection.com 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.

   
   

Vet Centers

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Readjustment Counseling

Life isn't always easy after a deployment. That's where Vet Centers can help. Vet Centers across the country provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to combat Veterans and their families. The VA provides outreach and readjustment counseling services at 300 community based Vet centers in all 50 states.  Counseling is available to any veteran, active duty service member including Guard or Reserve and their family members.  Services for a Veteran may include individual and group counseling in areas such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), alcohol and drug assessment, and suicide prevention referrals. All services are free of cost and are strictly confidential. For more information:  https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/.

   
   

Like Us & Follow Us

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Join Us on Social Media

We are pleased to share that this month Military Connection and VAMBOA, the Veterans and Military Business Owners exceed 1,100,000 combined fans and followers on social media. To keep current between newsletters or to find the latest news that affects Veteran Business Owners, "Like" Military Connection and VAMBOA on Facebook, Military Connection and VAMBOA on Twitter and Military Connection  and VAMBOA on Instagram

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Health Transparency

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How Does Your Facility Measure Up?

Patients who use military hospitals and clinics can better see how their facility is performing due to changes by the Military Health System to its transparency website. The website improvements include: (1) each military hospital and clinic now has a landing page; and (2) users can compare up to three nearby hospitals or clinics on one custom report. For more information, visit the MHS Quality, Patient Safety, and Access Information (for Patients) webpage.

   
   

Addressing Important Issues

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TRICARE Adds Important New Benefits

TRICARE, the insurance provider for service members and their families, has announced it will offer expanded options to help members with substance abuse and mental health issues. This includes both inpatient and outpatient care. The insurance company has also taken steps to expand its network of health providers by easing certification requirements. TRICARE will now cover emergency and non-emergency hospitalization, pediatric psychological care, inpatient and residential care for substance-use disorders, as well as hospitalization or outpatient care for substance-use disorder treatment. For more information click here.

   
   

Drink Responsibly

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Pier Pressure Mobile App

As Alcohol Awareness Month comes to an end, the U.S. Navy's Pier Pressure mobile application (app) makes it easy for Sailors to take a closer look at their drinking habits and explore the potential health and career impacts that just one night of excessive drinking can have. In addition to Pier Pressure's tools section, which includes a blood alcohol content calculator and an alcohol content calculator for popular drinks, the app's game allows users to create their own Sailor avatar and earn rank based on real-life situations that are true to the Navy experience. Pier Pressure is available on the iTunes and Google Play stores. More resources for Alcohol Awareness Month and to promote responsible drinking throughout the year are available on the Navy Personnel Command website.

   
   

Veterans Legacy Program

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Connect With Our History

The Veterans Legacy Program is offering a new way for Americans connect with their history. Through the program, the Department of Veterans' Affairs' (VA’s) National Cemetery Administration is forging partnerships with academic institutions to engage students and professors alike in discovering the stories of service and sacrifice found in VA’s national cemeteries. The Veterans Legacy Program is partnering with three universities: University of Central Florida, Black Hills State University and San Francisco State University. Visit the Veterans Legacy Program webpage.