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Newsletter - May 2017 #2

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As May is the month that has the most military-themed designations (National Military Appreciation Month, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, VE Day and Armed Forces Day) it seems fitting the month closes out with Memorial Day, the most solemn military observance. I hope you will join me in taking a moment to honor those who gave so much to make our country great. Additionally, let us be mindful of Gold Star families. While they more than likely remember their lost loved ones on a daily basis, Memorial Day is a day in which the nation joins them in recognizing their loss. Remember those who paid a heavy price, giving up all of their tomorrows so that we could live our lives in freedom.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


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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 .


Yellow Ribbon School


Meeting the Needs of Military-Aligned Students

Carrying on a long tradition of welcoming active duty service members, veterans, and their dependents, St. Bonaventure University strives to ease the transition from military to academic life. As a Yellow Ribbon school with two full-time directors in our Office of Veterans Services, we understand the needs of those who serve, providing an inclusive environment with specialized resources to support military/veteran students and their dependents. St. Bonaventure is proud to be ranked as a Gold Military Friendly School and named to the Military Advanced Education & Transition’s Top Colleges and Universities for 2017. St. Bonaventure offers: a Student Veteran of America chapter, a brand new Student Veterans Center—featuring a new lounge and academic support center, and recent outreach programs such as faculty training on veterans issues in the classroom, resilience workshop and counselor training on veterans issues. For more information or to arrange a campus tour, click here.


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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


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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 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.


A Win-Win

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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.


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.  


Caring for a Loved One

Caring for a Loved One

Help is Available

Caring for a family member or close friend is one of the most important and complicated roles you’ll play. Family Caregivers provide crucial support in caring for Veterans. The “Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010,” benefits the caregivers of post-9/11 Veterans who sustained or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty. Read the full article here.


TBI Caregiver


Study Needs Participants

Do you care for a servicemember or veteran who had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after October 2001 while serving in the military? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study requested by Congress. The study is currently recruiting family members, friends, or significant others who help a servicemember or veteran who had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after October 2001 while serving in the military. If you or someone you know may be interested, call (855) 821-1469, or email [email protected].


VA and TAPS Join Forces


Supporting the Families of the Fallen

Our friends at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the VA have worked together for many years on behalf of America’s surviving military families. On April 12th, TAPS and the VA signed a formal Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to assist surviving military and Veteran family members as they identify and secure the benefits available to them through the service of their loved ones. The new agreement formalizes what has been a long-standing, informal working relationship in areas beyond education, including grief counseling, burial benefits and more. Since 1994, TAPS has been providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes.


Attention: Enlisted Service Members


Join the NCOA

The Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) — the Voice of Today’s Enlisted — is retooling to improve their services for the enlisted and their families. After traveling around the country, meeting with enlisted, their families, and their leadership, NCOA has rolled out a completely new suite of services and programs focused on your future. They’ve even included free membership categories because it’s that important for you to be in touch with legislative, personnel, benefits, and retirement changes.  Most importantly, the nature of your job are changing.  The NCOA wants your readiness at 100 percent, whether it be for your next deployment or that transition to the private sector. Join today to learn more about how NCOA can help with your future. When you join NCOA you join "The Voice of Today's Enlisted.” And whether you join or not, you are welcome to attend their annual conference July 11-14, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV


Freedom Center Lounges


Military Travelers in Detroit

Annually, well over 60,000 military men and women, their family members and veterans enjoy the comforts and hospitality offered by the Freedom Center military lounges located in both passenger terminals at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.  In the McNamara (Delta) Terminal, the lounge is centrally located at Gate A-43.  In the North Terminal, which services all other carriers, Freedom Center is located at Gate D-17. Both lounges  are open 365 days a year.  Guests enjoy complimentary beverages, light meals and snacks, plus comfortable lounge furniture, free Wi-Fi and TV, children’s play area and other amenities.  The McNamara lounge includes a set of bunk beds for weary travelers.  Major sponsors, including Delta Air Lines, Masco Corporation Foundation, Meritor, The Petersen Companies, Oshkosh Defense and The American Legion, as well as individual donors and a team of dedicated volunteers, make Freedom Center operations possible. Click here for additional information.


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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.


Air Force Captains


PhD Program Deadline July 14th

The application window is open for active-duty Air Force captains interested in applying for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Captains Prestigious Ph.D. Program. The program offers the opportunity for captains to obtain their doctoral degrees in strategic studies at an elite civilian institution beginning in 2018. Interested officers should submit their packages and career field release approval through their chains of command. Packages are due to the AFPC Assignment and Workforce Development Support Branch by July 14, 2017. For more information, visit myPers.


A Way to Say Thank You

 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.


Armed Forces Day Weekend

Armed Forces Day Weekend

58 Years and Going Strong

This weekend, the City of Torrance, CA will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces with its 58th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade – the City’s longest standing tradition. Grand Marshal, General Ellen M. Pawlikowski, who serves as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, will lead the Parade on Saturday, May 20th, 2017, that will begin at 1:30 pm.. The weekend events also include a display of military vehicles and support equipment and a 5K honoring the late Louis Zamperini.


Calling All VSO’s


Attention VSOs, Transition Officers, DVOPs & LVERS

A big shout out to all of you who work with transitioning military and veterans.  We understand the important job that you do every day helping those who serve find jobs, secure their education, disability and other benefits.  We also want to invite you to tell your clients to register as job seekers on and also to use the thousands of pages of resources and the website provides. If we can assist you, do not hesitate to contact us by emailing to [email protected]. We also recognize that veterans and military and veterans also make the most successful entrepreneurs.  Check out our sister organization VAMBOA, the Veterans and Military Business Owners Association that is 7,000 strong.  Membership is free.


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Thanking Those Who Serve

There is no way we can ever properly thank those who serve and have served in the U.S. Military for all that they have done. They and their families and loved ones have made many sacrifices for their fellow citizens. As a way of saying thank you for your service, there are a number of goods and services providers who offer a military/veteran discount. Please visit our Deals page to see if we can help you save some money.


Tune In


Premiering on Netflix

War Machine, based on Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings’ book The Operators and starring Brad Pitt  premiers Friday May 26th on Netflix.  The movie, an absurdist war story for our times, recreates a U.S. General's roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody - raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. Australian writer/director David Michôd and Pitt were aiming for something along the lines of M*A*S*H (the movie) or Catch-22 (the novel). We can all find out if they succeeded over Memorial Day weekend.


Online VA Tools


Online PTSD Decision Aid

For many Veterans, deciding when, where and how to receive medical care is often one of the most complex and challenging decisions. To help, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) its new Access and Quality in VA Healthcare website with an access and quality tool to help Veterans make more informed choices. The website provides easy-to-use data related to: (1) how long patients are waiting to be seen in their VA facility; (2) how Veterans describe their experiences scheduling primary and specialty care: and (3) timeliness of appointments for care needed right away. The VA has also released a new post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment decision aid. The online tool will help you learn about and compare effective treatments. Try the new PTSD Decision Aid on VA's National Center for PTSD website.


Honor Flight Trips


WWII/Korean War Veterans Have Priority

The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program in southeastern Wisconsin has announced that it is now accepting applications from veterans from the Vietnam War. An online application is available at the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight website. WWII and Korean War veterans who apply will be given priority. Flight dates are September 16, October 14, and November 4, 2017. A Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is a one day, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for a WWII veteran, Korean War veteran, Vietnam War veteran or terminally ill veteran of any conflict to see the memorials that were built in their honor and to experience a full day of honor and appreciation for their service. The flights originate from and return to Mitchell International Airport. All chaperones must apply at the same time as their veteran. For other Honor Flights, click here.


Birthday Brunch


Be Ringo Starr's Special Guest

Donate as little as $10 for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to join Ringo Starr at his "Peace & Love Birthday Brunch" in Los Angeles this July 7 (Ringo turns 77!)—and when you do, your contribution will help inner-city school kids learn to meditate through the David Lynch Foundation. If you (and your guest) are the winners you will receive free airfare to Los Angeles, 4-star hotel accommodations, and an incredibly memorable experience with the one-and-only Ringo. To learn more and enter to win, click here.


Scam Alert

Scam Alert

Beware of Imposter Veterans Choice Phone Line

An unknown party has set up a phone line that may be intended to deceptively reach veterans trying to contact the Veterans Choice Program (VCP), according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans attempting to reach the VA program that allows them to receive health care in their own communities, may be mistakenly calling a "mimic" phone line, which is an 800 number, rather than the correct toll free line, which features an 866 area code. For information about the Veterans Choice Program, visit the official Veterans Choice Program website or call 1-866-606-8198.


The Color of Duty


Stories of Latinos in the American Military

A Colorado veteran is sharing the stories of more than 30 of his fellow veterans in a new book, The Color of Duty: Stories of Latinos in the American Military. Jose Aguayo talked to veterans of World War II, and wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East and Afghanistan in all branches of the military. "It really illustrates a really long, longstanding tradition among Hispanic or Latino families of loyalty and patriotism and service to our country," Dr. Aguayo said. You can acquire a copy by Emailing Jose Aguayo at [email protected] or by calling 303-433-1825. For more information, read the La Voz Colorado article.


We Salute Innovation


Cadet’s Invention Will Save Lives

A senior Air Force cadet, Hayley Weir, has come up with a special recipe.   Cadet Weir has invented a very special gravy.  This gravy would stop Dirty Harry’s .44 caliber magnum.  It is also flexible and can be used to bullet proof critical areas of the body. Read the entire story here.


Further Innovation


Cutting-edge Technology

Four patients at Naval Medical Center San Diego's (NMCSD) Navy Refractive Surgery Center San Diego recently underwent a new type of refractive surgery called SMILE, the first ever performed at a Navy medical facility. SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticular Extraction, and is the newest option for treating myopia, which is also known as nearsightedness. SMILE is a procedure employing the same laser used in Lasik, but instead of cutting a flap the surgeon cuts a much smaller tunnel incision. Some of the benefits are less dry eye and a short healing time. The Army, Navy and Air Force are evaluating the new surgical technique together.


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