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Newsletter - April 2017 #2

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Every day, there are a lot of scary events taking place in our world, and the men and women who wear our nation’s uniform volunteer to be put in harm’s way. Our servicemembers and their loved ones make incredible sacrifices so that the rest of us can live safely and prosper. We know that there are a number of wonderful non-profits that support those who are deployed, because we are fortunate to work with many of them. We hope you will support them and help them express the gratitude of our nation. And I want to give a shout out to my favorite Admiral and his command. You know who you are; stay safe and be confident that America is forever in your debt, as we are for every man and woman who has donned our nation’s uniform.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


The Best For Baby


No Out-of-Pocket Breast Pump Expense for Tricare Members

As a Tricare provider, the Breastfeeding Shop provides top-of-the-line breast pumps to eligible moms with no out-of-pocket cost. Their goal is to provide high quality breast feeding products that allow infants to receive the best nutrition and antibodies, found only in breast milk. The Breastfeeding Shop also carries a wide range of postpartum and prenatal support products, including nursing pillows, nursing bras, milk storage, nursing cover-ups, and so much more. They will also provide assistance to help moms make educated decisions on which products best suit their needs. Friendly and knowledgeable associates are ready to answer any questions at 866-255-6779, Tues - Sat. 10-4 Eastern, or visit them online.


Online Degree Scholarship


Military & Veteran Friendly Online University

Earn your degree online for less with Touro University Worldwide (TUW). Get the relevant, practical knowledge you need to enrich or advance your career, all in a flexible online environment. TUW is now offering Military Achievement Scholarship of up to 40% off Tuition and 100 percent scholarship (free tuition) for up to three courses based on degree and credits completed at TUW. This scholarship program follows the long tradition of Touro’s appreciation of and unique relationship with service members, veterans, and their families. TUW focuses on quality education, affordability, a military friendly environment, and exemplary student services. Achieve more with your education. Request more information today!


The Post 9/11 GI Bill

GI Bill

You Earned These Benefits!

You served and sacrificed, so claim your rich education benefits. Did you know that has an entire section devoted to educational resources? If you’re looking for a college, university, trade or technical school, you’ll want to check out the Virtual School Directory. If you want to calculate your housing benefits while you’re in school, you can access the BAH Housing Calculator.


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.




Scholarships for Military Families

On April 1, ThanksUSA opened its scholarship application to the children and spouses of military service members for the 2017-2018 school year! The online application period will end on May 15, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. ThanksUSA will award up to 500 scholarships valued at up to $1.5 million for this application period, and this year ThanksUSA has received exciting news! In honor of the commitment and sacrifice made by our military families, Kaplan University is proud to offer 15 full-tuition scholarships and 10 partial-tuition scholarships through ThanksUSA for eligible military spouses and dependent children. This scholarship program is just one small way ThanksUSA and its supporters show their appreciation for the sacrifices service members make each and every day. For complete information about ThanksUSA’s Scholarship Program and to review the scholarship criteria, please click here.


Register Today!


U.C. Irvine Veteran Talent Reintegration

The Employer Veteran Networking Breakfast & UCI Career Fair is approaching quickly! Attend the morning breakfast and sit with  veteran seeking company managers and recruiters representing the industries you are interested in working for and review their open positions.  At the career fair, which runs from 10 am to 3 pm meet even more employers interested in hiring veterans and service personnel, as well as students – learn about their companies and types of jobs available. Attendance and parking in the Student Center Parking Structure are both complimentary. Register here.


Mental Health Summit


Beginning This Monday, May 1st – Register Today

Many well-respected organizations around the world are focusing on mental health in new and innovative ways. Give an Hour – the backbone organization behind the Campaign to Change Direction – created The Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change to showcase successful efforts, forge new alliances and create a strategic vision to eradicate the fear, shame and guilt that prevents those who are suffering from receiving the compassionate care they deserve. Culture change will bring lasting change. The summit will bring together thought leaders, stakeholders, policy makers, change agents and the entertainment industry to focus exclusively on addressing culture as a primary barrier to changing the way we think about, talk about and address emotional well-being and mental health. Register for the May 1-3 in Los Angeles, CA here.


Join the Mission


Honor and Celebrate Our Nation’s Heroes

Carry The Load is a non-profit dedicated to providing active, meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes — military, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders. What started as a mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day has broadened to include more than just our military heroes and more than just the one holiday. Carry The Load works to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day. To learn about how you can participate, click here.


Express Yourself


Support Those Who Have Served

Our Hero Apparel offer a great selection of quality military apparel, accessories, and gifts for those who are currently serving, veterans, and those who support them. Whether you want to display your patriotism and national pride on a shirt, backpack, watch or wall, Our Hero Apparel has got your six. Satisfaction is 100% guaranteed, shipping is fast, and a portion of every sale is donated to help those with PTSD. Be sure to check out the best sellers and sale items.


Country Club Lifestyle


The Place Patriots Call Home

Indian River Colony Club is an active adult, private country club community. Residents enjoy a generous maintenance program (inside and outside), 24-hour gated security and a full complement of country club amenities, including an 18-hole, par 72 golf course. IRCC offers individually owned single-family, two- to four- bedroom homes, nestled on a lush 453 acres with 28 lakes, most golf and water view, minutes from Space Coast beaches and only an hour from Orlando International airport. Ideally located, the community is close to Patrick Air Force Base, shopping, Viera medical facilities, King Center for Performing Arts, Port Canaveral, and Eastern Florida State College. Home to over 600 military veterans, the community takes pride in accommodating all those who served and those devoted to the traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces. Check them out on Facebook too!


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.


Introducing PsychArmor 2.0:


Free Online Training

Our friends at PsychArmor have launched a new and improved website and Learning Portal this week! Whether you’re an employer, educator, caregiver, healthcare provider, volunteeror community member, PsychArmor 2.0 has the perfect courses for you. Check out the complete FREE course library! The “15 Things Veterans Want You to Know” is the cornerstone course for PsychArmor and was created to educate anyone who works with, lives with or cares for our military. PsychArmor asked hundreds of Veterans what they wanted others to know about them. These comments were used to create this course, including five Questions You Should Always Ask Veterans, one Question You Should Never Ask Veterans, and 15 Facts that promote greater understanding of our Veterans.  The simplified registration process and 24/7 course access make it easy for you to take these invaluable courses at your convenience.  Register today and take the “15 Things…” course. We bet you will learn something.


Gary Sinise & Friends

Gary Sinise

Concert for Military, Veterans & First Responders

The Gary Sinise Foundation is hosting a FREE event, Concerts for Defenders, on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Jackie Robinson Stadium Parking Lot (100 Constitution Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095). The evening will honor America’s military and first responder communities. Food trucks will open at 5 pm. At 6:30 pm Five for Fighting will perform with special guest, Katharine McPhee. Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band will take the stage at 8:00 pm. Join the Gary Sinise Foundation for an FREE evening of music, fun, and celebrating America’s defenders. RSVP today at


Time is Running Out!


Application Deadline is May 1st

Application Deadline is May 1st

The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) will award up to ten $2500 scholarships to students pursuing courses of study leading to certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees for the 2017-18 academic year. But hurry, applications are due by 11:59 pm PDT May 1, 2017. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Must be a graduate student
  • Must attend a university
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must not be attending high school currently
  • Military service in any armed service branch is required
  • Must be affiliated with Reserve Officers Association

Scholarships are funded by the Henry J. Reilly Memorial Library and Scholarship Fund, part of the ROA’s STARs Foundation to honor Reilly’s love of education.  Applicants can click here for the online scholarship portal.


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.


Mark Your Calendar- June 5th


Benefit in Washington, D.C.

Don't miss out on an extraordinary evening featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Katie Couric, Hugh Jackman, Kesha, Ben Folds, and more at The David Lynch Foundation's “National Night of Laughter & Song.” The benefit concert will be held on Monday, June 5th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  Tickets start at just $69 and can be purchased through the Kennedy Center box office. Premier concert and dinner packages are also available. All proceeds from the event will help support veterans and at-risk youth in the Washington, D.C. area. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.


Birthday Brunch

Ringo Starr

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.


Lights, Camera, Hooah!


“Sundance” for the Troops

The GI Film Festival (GIFF) does a great job of ensuring that movies portray the U. S. Armed Forces in a positive light are recognized and honored. They say behind every act of courage, there is an untold story. See the stories at the 11th Annual GI Film Festival, May 24-28 in Washington, D.C.  Spend a  minute with Tom Berenger here while he shares his views on the why this festival and these movies are so great. GIFF transcends the world of film festivals by creating a true community where passionate filmmakers, our veterans and those who support them can gather for a few magical days to educate, heal and preserve the legacies of our veterans. For tickets, visit


For Veteran Business Owners


Connect With Corporations

VAMBOA 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.


Q-Signals- QST and QTH


Roger That!

Since 1952, Hamvention has been sponsored by Dayton Amateur Radio Association. The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) will again have a presence at the annual gathering, which will take place May 19 - 21, 2017 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. National Headquarters staff will be on hand, manning a booth during the three-day event. The TALARC booth is number 6609. If you can spare a couple of hours during that weekend, email club vice president Bill Sloan at and let him know your availability. Read about Hamvention 2017 on the Hamvention website.


Care for the Caregiver


Taking Care of your Veteran?

With the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Caregiver Support Line, assistance is just a quick phone call away. Whether you are in need of immediate assistance or have questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring licensed professionals who answer the support line can: (1) tell you about the assistance available from VA; (2) help you access services; (3) connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you; or (4) just listen, if that is what you need right now. If you are just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that's available to you. For more information, call the Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 and visit the VA website.


Tee Up and Support Vets!


World’s Largest Golf Outing

On May 1, golf enthusiasts around the U.S. will hit the links as part of the seventh annual World’s Largest Golf Outing (WLGO). The outing aims to be the largest golf event held on one day that benefits a good cause. This year, Fisher House Foundation and Arnie’s Army will benefit from the event. There are more than 150 participating courses throughout the country, and golfers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to play. If you can’t play, there are three easy ways to show your support: donate to a participating golf course, support a local team or visit the website to make a direct donation.

Fisher House recently announced that they will be opening nine new homes, free of cost, for veterans’ families this year. As Fisher House continues to grow and support families, the support from the community is crucial. To register, visit


Attention AAFES Employees

claim form

Settlement on Shift Differential

Current and former Army and Air Force Exchange Service employees could be entitled to a cash payout thanks to a class-action lawsuit recently settled between the company and two former workers. The $4 million settlement, reached in early December, affects AAFES employees who worked or were scheduled for non-overtime shifts primarily between 3 p.m. and 8 a.m. from Nov. 1, 2008, to April 22, 2016, but did not receive correct pay, according to court documents. Workers who qualify for the settlement were notified by mail, and have until May 30 to file a claim. If an employee thinks they may qualify but did not receive the notice, they can apply on the settlement website.


Like Us & Follow Us

Like Us & Follow Us

WOW - OVER 725,000 Combined Fans & Followers

Military Connection and VAMBOA (Veterans and Military Business Owners Association), have over 725,000 combined fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter. So if you want to keep current in-between newsletters or find out the latest on news that impacts Military and Veterans including Veteran Business Owners, please "Like" us on Facebook and follow Military Connection and VAMBOA on Twitter!


Drink Responsibly


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.


Washington D.C. Event


Vet/Mil Spouse Enterpreneur Resource Event

The American Legion, the GCO Consulting Group and the Veteran Market will host 'The DC Metro Veteran and Military Spouse Entrepreneur & Resource Event' for veterans and military spouses on May 24 from 4-7 p.m. The event will be held at the American Legion's Washington office, at 1608 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20006. The event will feature networking opportunities, entrepreneur and veteran benefit workshops, and the official launch of The Veteran Market, a new online marketplace for veterans and their spouses to sell goods and services. Admission is free for all veterans, National Guard, active duty, military spouses, caregivers and additional family members upon registration. For more information, e-mail


Ready to Represent?

Air Force

Calling Track and Field Athletes

The Air Force is looking for track and field athletes to attend a training camp June 19-20, 2017, with the potential to compete at the Air Command Track and Field Championships June 21-23 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. U.S. Air Forces in Europe Airmen have priority. However, Airmen stationed outside of the command may be selected to fill the team if slots are available. For more information, visit the Air Force Sports webpage and download an Air Force Form 303, then submit it via myPers no later than May 8. Athletes must have their leadership's approval to apply.


Air Reserve Cautions Using AirBnB

Air Force

Avoid Non-reimbursable Lodging Charges

The Air Reserve Personnel Center has recommended Individual Reservists no longer utilize AirBnB (and similar lodging options) when traveling on orders as those properties are not available to book through the Defense Travel System or Travel Management Company. Forthcoming Air Force policy will likely disallow, or limit to the on-base rate, lodging reimbursement to members who opt to utilize that service. The new policy will likely not contain a grace period. As a reminder, all travelers are required to utilize DTS or TMC (formerly CTO) when making lodging arrangements. Not utilizing DTS or TMC may make lodging charges non-reimbursable. For more information, contact the IMA Travel Office.