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Newsletter - June 2017 #2

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From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to casual family gatherings and barbecues. However, Independence Day signifies so much more. It not only honors the birthday of our country, but the adoption of the Declaration of Independence which proclaims that we are all created equal. Regardless of how you plan on celebrating the 4th of July this year, we hope that you'll take some time to reflect on the positive aspects of what makes the United States so great, among them our guaranteed rights and freedoms. We owe a debt to all of the  servicemembers who have donned their uniforms and made sacrifices to protect our country.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


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Armed Forces Vacation Club

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Yellow Ribbon School

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.


You Earned These Benefits!

gi bill

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.


Featured Employer


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 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 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.


Great Non-Profit


Rebuilding America’s Warriors

Rebuilding America's Warriors (R.A.W.) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing free reconstructive surgery to recently wounded and disfigured active service and veteran status warriors. 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] .


Warrior Games Sponsor


Fisher House Foundation

This year, Fisher House Foundation is co-sponsoring the Department of Defense’s Warrior Games, held June 30 – July 8 in Chicago. Fisher House is best known for providing a network of comfort homes where families of wounded, injured or ill service members and veterans can stay at no cost while their loved one is receiving treatment. These homes serve as a lifeline for families when local long-term lodging is an obstacle because of cost.  Fisher House is honored to support all stages of recovery for our nation’s service members and veterans, and especially proud to be a part of their triumphs at the Warrior Games. The games are not only important for the athletes, but also for their families. For many competitors, this is the first time their family is seeing them after rehabilitation and recognizing that there is life after injury. Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation, will be offering remarks at the opening ceremony on Saturday, July 1.


Help is Available


Veterans Crisis Line

The Department of Veterans Affairs is proud to announce that over 99 percent of all calls to the Crisis Line are being answered instead of rolling over to voicemail. If you are in crisis, or know someone who is, call the National Suicide Prevention hotline number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Veterans should choose option 1. Or you can text 838255, or chat online on the Veterans Crisis Line website.  Additional confidential mental health counseling is available at no charge through Give An Hour or  The Soldiers Project.


Emerging Therapies


VA Center for Compassionate Innovation (CCI)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to providing Veterans with personalized, proactive, patient-driven health care that supports life-long health and well-being. The mission of the Center for Compassionate Innovation (CCI) is to explore emerging therapies that are safe and ethical to enhance Veteran physical and mental well-being when other treatments have not been successful. CCI creates an entry point for sharing new treatments or therapies with VA and focuses on cutting edge treatments and therapies emerging in the healthcare industry. CCI is facilitating an initiative to extend veterinary health benefits in support of service dogs approved for Veterans with substantial mobility limitations associated with mental health disorders


Health Professionals

Air Force Opportunities

Air Force Opportunities

Active-duty officers wishing to be competitively considered for health profession education programs have from mid-summer to early fall 2017 to apply under the 2018 call for candidates. The Biomedical Sciences Corps, Dental Corps, Medical Service Corps and Nurse Corps career fields will convene their respective selection boards during 2017. The selected officers will attend such programs as Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant fellowships, Master of Science in health physics, combat operations and aviation psychology, and more. Interested officers should review the eligibility and application procedures on myPers as deadlines vary from July 7 to Sept. 18. Select 'Any' from the dropdown menu and search 'HPERB.'




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).


Veterans Legacy Program


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.


United Way Mission United


Assisting Veterans and Families

United Way's Mission United program assists military veterans and their families in acclimating back to civilian life. Veterans can face challenges transitioning from active duty, and too many find themselves homeless, jobless, or unable to access treatment for substance abuse, brain injury, or other physical and mental health issues. Mission United is a free program that coordinates community services for veterans and their families, connecting them to affordable housing, job training, health care and other resources. For more details, visit the United Way site.


New Cash Cards Coming

Cash Cards

Sailors and Marines will begin receiving new Navy Cash® cards starting summer 2017 as the afloat cashless program transitions to the new partners. The cards will have a different look, but will still work the same way. Until the new cards are received, Sailors and Marines should continue to use their current cards. Cards will be distributed in phases aboard ship. The only difference Sailors will notice is the new artwork and that the new cards are issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (FRBB) and PNC Bank. The customer service phone numbers, email address, and the website address will remain unchanged. For more information, visit the Navy Cash® webpage on the U.S. Department of Treasury, Bureau of Fiscal Service website.


Resources Available


Get All of Your Benefits

Aging In Place connects seniors, families, and caretakers with the information and professional support they need to make the best decision for their physical, emotional, and financial well-being. Their resources and network of experts help ensure your home evolves to best accommodate your changing budget, mobility, and health. They also have a guide completely dedicated to veterans.


News on Our Blog


USS Gerald R. Ford

The U.S. Navy took delivery of its newest and costliest U.S. aircraft carrier on May 31st , which should be great news. But it turns out that the system used to launch and capture jets to and from the USS Gerald R. Ford is having issue doing both. Read the entire article here:


Base Access


Air Force Introduces Gold Star ID Card

Immediate family members of fallen troops now can receive long-term access cards for Air Force bases. These cards are part of an Air Force initiative allowing Gold Star family members unescorted access to Air Force installations to visit buried loved ones, attend base events, and stop by Airmen and Family Readiness Centers for support. The ID cards allow only base access and are not good for entrance into Morale, Welfare, Recreation (MWR) activities, medical facilities, exchange or commissary services, officials said.

Card applicants are run through a background check before they are issued the ID.


Mark Your Calendar


America’s Adopt A Soldier’s Golf Tourney

Please join former World Series winner,  current Miami Marlins Batting Coach Michael Pagliarulo “Pags” and “ SPECIAL GUESTS” as he hosts  America’s Adopt A Soldier®  7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the beautiful and challenging Fort Belvoir Golf Course in Fort Belvoir, VA on  August 21st .   America’s Adopt A Soldier ® , an established nonprofit organization who has through grass roots volunteerism, donations, and partnerships; provides a positive impacted to our Nations Wounded,  Deployed Service Members, Hospitalized Military Kids, Homeless Veterans, Veterans and their Families.  To register, click here


White House Social Aides

White House

Opportunities for Navy Officers

U.S. Navy junior officers interested in serving as a White House Social Aide can now apply through July 31. White House Social Aides help manage guests who attend social functions at the White House. Unmarried naval officers in the pay grades of O2 through O4 who are currently stationed in the National Capital Region may apply. Applicants must have at least 24 months remaining in their present tour if currently holding a secret clearance, and at least 18 months remaining if currently holding a top secret clearance. This collateral duty requires a command endorsement. Applications must be requested via email. Scanned applications must be emailed no later than July 31.


News on Our Blog


Getting Your Commercial Driving License?

A bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts that would streamline the process of applying for a commercial driver’s license for active duty, reservists and veterans. Read the whole story here.


America the Beautiful


National Parks Free Annual Passes

Service members (including activated members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their dependents can obtain the National Park's annual Pass for free. The pass must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173). Special discounted passes are available for Seniors and those with a permanent disability. Click here for more information.


The Decision is Yours


New PTSD Treatment Comparison Tool

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a new online tool that will help Veterans compare various treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid is a free, interactive online tool that helps educate patients about effective treatment options for PTSD and encourages them to participate actively in decisions about their care. The tool includes information about evidence-based PTSD treatments, such as talk therapy and prescription medication options. Users can watch videos of providers explaining different treatment options and what to expect with those treatments, and hear from Veterans who have benefited from them. To learn more about PTSD visit the National Center for PTSD website.


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.


Access to VA Mental Health Care


Veterans With Other Than Honorable Discharges

Under new rules, beginning July 5th veterans with other-than-honorable discharges will be able to access Veteran Affairs emergency rooms for urgent mental health. The care may include inpatient services, residential or outpatient options for up to 90 days. The Veterans Crisis Line is also open to all veterans in need of immediate mental health assistance. To access the program, call 800-273-8255 and press 1, text 838255, or visit


How to Fly the Flag


Don’t Get Caught Out!

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.




Retention Bonus Amounts for Pilots

Air Force pilots who are eligible will receive an extra $10,000 to $35,000 annually for staying in the service. Bonuses will be determined using a tier system, with fighter pilots receiving the highest amounts. Air Force leadership hopes the additional pay will help persuade pilots to remain in the service. The Air Force has said it needsmore than 1,200 fighter pilots. More so, Air Mobility Command, which flies military tanker and cargo aircraft, is short 300 pilots, its commander said earlier this year.


We’re So Close


Help Us Reach a Milestone!

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