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Newsletter - October 2017

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It's no secret that I treasure my relationship with those who serve, past and present. I am a firm believer that those who don our nation's uniform and sacrifice for the freedoms we hold dear deserve the "American Dream."   Many join our military to better themselves, and education is a major component of this.  Education is a path to reaching goals, including good jobs and financial security.   But all too often, veteran students fall victim to predatory, for-profit schools.   They have risked their lives to earn education benefits, and some of these schools are not delivering.

Currently, there is a push to repeal Statute 38 U.S.C. 3683, an ethics law that prohibits Department of Veterans Affairs employees from receiving money or owning a stake in for-profit colleges. This is not about politics; it's about protecting GI Bill students from being exploited. The VA proposal is set to go into effect on October 16 unless the agency "receives a significant adverse comment" by or on that date. To read more about this, click here.  I urge you to call the VA at 800-827-1000 and let them know how you feel.

Debbie Gregory, CEO

Get Your Hero Rewards!


Helping Heroes Save

Hero Rewards are available to all current and former Military (Active, Reserves, Veterans), Law Enforcement, Healthcare workers, EMS, Firefighters and Education professionals.  Their mission is to provide extraordinary savings to heroes who provide extraordinary services to our nation and its communities everyday.  No Red Tape | No Fees | No Catch.  Free enrollment. Visit Heroes Come First to learn more. Heroes receive thousands when you buy, sell, or refinance a home.

The Best for Mom



 The Best for Baby

As a mother, you want only the best for baby. The Breastfeeding Shop wants the best for you and baby. That's why they only carry top-of-the-line breast pumps. And as a Tricare provider,  eligible moms have no out-of-pocket cost. Simply fill out the order form, choose your breast pump, upload your prescription, and The Breastfeeding Shop will take care of the rest! Don't have a prescription? No problem! The Breastfeeding Shop will contact your doctor for you to get a prescription. Call with any questions 866-255-6779.

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

Easy Application with the Olin App


Hundreds of Transportation Jobs

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 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.

A Win-Win


Become A Veteran Friendly Employer

At, 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

Turning Up the Heat!


 Hope. Healing. Laughter ... and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Stand Up for Heroes—New York's biggest night of hope, healing and laughter, honoring today's veterans—just got even bigger! The Red Hot Chili Peppers will join us to rock the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Nov. 7. Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and New York Comedy Festival, the 11th Annual Stand Up for Heroes is raising funds to benefit programs supporting post-9/11 impacted veterans, service members and their families. Also taking the stage this year to honor those who serve are: Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Conan O'Brien, John Oliver, Jon Stewart & special guests. For tickets, click here.

So. CA Veterans


 Mark Your Calendar

The 3rd Annual VA Greater Los Angeles Veteran Stand Down will take place on Friday, October 27th, from 6:00am to 5:00pm. The Stand Down is an all day event providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. For more information, click here,  or to volunteer, click here.


Tax Credits For Employers


 Be a Veteran Friendly Employer

Each year, employers claim over $1 Billion in tax credits under the Work Opportunity Tax Program (WOTC), also known as the Returning Heroes Tax Credit.  Hiring veterans is the right thing to do, and also makes good business sense. Veteran employees bring talent, discipline, skills and an above par work ethic. Businesses and some eligible tax-exempt organizations that hire unemployed veterans can take advantage of the WOTC, which provides incentives from $2,400 to $9,600 per hire, depending on the specifics.  The success and growth of this income tax credit for business is beneficial for all who participate, while increasing America's economic growth and productivity.  Please contact us for more information.

Veterans' Preference


  Another Tool to Help Veterans

Veterans' Preference gives those who are disabled, served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns preference over others in hiring for virtually all federal government jobs for veterans. While veterans' preference does not guarantee jobs for military veterans, it does show our nation's gratitude by giving them a leg up. Read more about it here.

Are You Missing Out?


 Free Tickets are Available

Each month, Veteran Tickets Foundation (VetTix), a national 501(c) 3 nonprofit founded by veterans, provides veterans, service members, caregivers and the family members of those killed in action with free tickets to major sports games, concerts and a diverse mix of other ticketed activities. And because they're a non-profit, individual ticket holders and businesses can receive tax deductions for their donated tickets. For more information, click here.

Arrange a Signing Ceremony


 Supporting Your Guard and Reserve Employees

Military Connection CEO Debbie Gregory fills the volunteer position of Director of Employer Outreach for  Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service.  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.  The Statement of Support encourages employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. If you are an employer interested in arranging a signing ceremony to complete a Statement of Support for your Guard and Reserve employees, please click here.

Work for the VA


Topeka Job Opportunities

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is opening a new crisis call center this fall in Topeka, Kansas, and officials expect to hire 100 employees to staff the center. This is the third such center nationwide, joining two centers in Canandaigua, New York, and Atlanta, Georgia. For more information or to apply for openings at the new call center, visit The positions are open to applicants with prior comparable experience or a master's degree in a health science, such as mental health, social work or psychology. If you are in crisis, or know a veteran who is, call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at 800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or text to 838255.

Like Us & Follow Us


Join Us on Social Media

Military Connection and VAMBOA, the Veterans and Military Business Owners Association, have exceeded 1,223,000 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.

New Exchange Benefit


Coming this Veterans Day!

A 30-second Army and Air Force Exchange Service video has gone viral among service members and veterans. Why? Because Mark Wahlberg and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell are in it. The duo teamed up to spread the word about a new Exchange benefit that will allow active duty, retired, reserve, Guard veterans and their family members to shop online, a move that marks the  Exchange's decision to join the 21st century. The benefit goes live on Veterans Day, but you should sign up early through to be ready to shop on November 11th . "All honorably discharged veterans are encouraged to visit to confirm eligibility for their lifetime exchange online benefit today," Luttrell says in the video.

Are You Ready?


Free Vaccinations for Veterans

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 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 locate a Walgreens store near you, call 800-WALGREENs (800-925-4733) or visit the Walgreens website. To learn more about the flu and flu vaccine, visit the VA Influenza webpage or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

For Female Veterans


Time is Running Out

The Mindset Program is a comprehensive two-day (10/21-22) course for female veterans to change their outlook and their lives. Makeovers that Matter arms them with the skills they need to get a job and get a career on track. The goal is to provide a body, mind and spirit approach to their own empowerment. The program is in So. CA at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood. To apply, click here.

Help, Instead of Punishment


Getting Veterans Back on Track

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 more serious legal problems. The court offers alternatives to case proceedings that address underlying problems which contribute to criminal activity or other court involvement. Veteran Treatment Courts lead to the placement of veterans in VA counseling and treatment programs. For more information, click here.

Statistical Information


VA Releases Suicide Data VA Releases Suicide Data

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released findings from its analysis of veteran suicide data for 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The release is part of the Veteran Administration's comprehensive examination of   more than 55 million records, dated 1979 to 2014, which will be used to develop and evaluate suicide prevention programs across every state. The new data includes veteran suicide rates and overall suicide rates by state, age group and gender.  To see the National Suicide Among Veterans report, the State Suicide Data report, the Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet , or the Suicide Among Women Veterans Fact Sheet, click here.  Also, check out "Be There" part of the VA's suicide prevention campaign.

Army News


Expanding Bases for Female Soldiers

The Army will expand the number of installations where it assigns female soldiers serving in previously all-male, front-line combat jobs as more women enter the infantry and armor fields. To date, more than 500 female soldiers have completed training to serve in infantry and armor jobs that only became opened to them in December 2015 when the Pentagon eliminated rules barring women from serving in certain military jobs. So far, the Army has assigned about 100 of those female soldiers to units at two posts-Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Hood in Texas.

Use Your Smart Phone or Tablet


The New App

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.

Run Free Run


Follow Maggie's Journey

Maggie Seymour, U.S. Marine Corps Captain transitioning to the Reserves, is an avid ultra-runner on a mission. She's running across the country to raise awareness and support for those who have supported her during her military career. Her mission, Run Free Run, began at the Women's Museum of California in San Diego. Her first stop was Phoenix, followed by Albuquerque, Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and finally, Virginia Beach on October 28th. On October 22nd, Maggie will stop in Washington, D.C. to run her 9th Marine Corps Marathon, where she will complete the race alongside a special needs athlete. She will then run to Virginia Beach to end the 100 day journey. To follow Maggie's run, click here. If she stops by your town, be sure to grab this carb-lover a slice of pizza!

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 is here to serve you and be your voice.

Veterinary Benefits


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.

Educational Assistance


Survivors and Dependents

The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers up to 45 months of education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or of servicemembers who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. Benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. For more information, click here.

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