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As we approach Labor Day, it’s important to remember how many Americans, especially our separating military and Veterans, need and deserve excellent jobs. With great tax incentives in place, hiring these heroes makes financial sense, but moreover, it's the right thing to do. We're happy to report that the Military Connection newsletter was able to generate some great job leads for Valerie Brown. For those of you who don't know Valerie, she is an unemployed Veteran who went as far as an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman to try to find a job. Valerie was featured in our last newsletter, and we're pleased to say that we have been contacted by some wonderful employers interested in hiring her. Valerie is just the tip of the iceberg, and as more service members return home and separate, it is imperative for employers to step up and hire these men and women.

Warm regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


Deadline October 21st

Stop Loss

You've Earned It, DON'T LOSE IT!

We know it’s only September, but October will be here sooner than you know. Although the deadline to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay has been re-instated and extended to October 21, 2012, this may be the final deadline. Service members and veterans whose military service was involuntarily extended under the “Stop Loss” program between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Sept. 30, 2009, are eligible for special retroactive pay. The special pay is compensation for the hardships the involuntary extensions caused, officials said. Eligible members or their beneficiaries may submit a claim to their respective military service to receive $500 for each full or partial month served in a Stop Loss status. Because the majority of those eligible had separated from the military, many eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries are not aware of the benefit. For more information, click here.


Mortgage Rates Hit New Lows ! Refinance with No Closing Costs

Vets Can Save

Serving Those Who Serve

At Vets Can Save, "Vets serving Vets" is more than just an advertising slogan. Joseph Kelly and his team specialize in helping veterans increase their savings and reduce their debt through mortgage strategies. With mortgage rates at a 60 year low, it is time for a "mortgage checkup" if you're currently above 4.00%*
No Points, No Closing Costs, No Kidding BELOW 4% !!

  • New programs for FHA homeowners
  • No Closing Cost VA mortgages for Vets
  • HARP 2.0 for underwater homeowners *
You should consider refinancing with NO CLOSING COSTS! No other program is as simple to enroll in, or as easy to qualify for than the FHA and VA Streamline Refinance. Loans can close in less than 30 days. For more information, with no obligation, contact them on the web at VetsCanSave.com.
* Additional Mortgage Programs Available


Type "O" Kidney Needed

Kidney Needed

Can You Help?

A highly respected soldier, with decades of service to America, is in need of a kidney. Suffering from Polycystic Kidney Disease, the soldier, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, has been placed on the national donor waiting list. Unfortunately, for his blood type, the wait time is more than 5 years, and he needs the transplant in the near future. During his military career, he received dozens of awards including a Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, three Army Commendation Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal and Combat Action Badge. If you are interested in becoming a donor, please contact [email protected]. For Facebook updates, click here. If you would like to make a financial contribution, click here.


Cal-Vet Woman Veteran Leader of the Year

Calvet Women Veterans

Deadline is September 17th for Nominations

The California Woman Veteran Leader of the Year Awards recognize women veterans who have displayed a record of exemplary service and leadership while either serving in the military, as a veteran, or in their community. These awards are part of CalVet’s ongoing efforts and commitment to respond to women veterans’ issues where women veterans live, work and enjoy the freedoms of our great country, and encourage greater participation throughout the state. If you are a California resident and would like to nominate a woman Veteran, click here.


 

Free Membership

Free Membership

Membership in ASMBA is open to all persons under age 65, who are currently serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserve (including IRR), or who are military retirees. Membership is FREE and comes with $5,000 FREE Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage and a FREE copy of "What If Something Should Happen", a comprehensive financial planning guide, along with many other benefits! Join today!


Off to a Great Start

Joining Forces

125,000 Veterans Hired!

Through the combined efforts of Joining Forces and recent legislation giving tax incentives to employers who hire Veterans, we are seeing a 20 percent decrease in veteran unemployment, compared to this time last year. Although it is good start, there are still 80% of unemployed Veterans who need jobs. We know America’s post 9/11 veterans have the skills to lead America’s economic recovery, they just need the opportunity. 2,000 companies have also recognized this by pledging jobs through Joining Forces. In the last year, 125,000 Veterans and Military Spouses have been trained or hired through the program. First Lady Michelle Obama has announced that these 2,000 have upped the ante by pledging an additional 250,000 jobs, including 50,000 for military spouses. To read more about the progress of Joining Forces, click here.


HIRE THIS AMAZING IRAQ WAR VET!

Valerie Brown

Meet Valerie Brown

Valerie Brown is an outstanding Veteran and job candidate. With a degree in Communications from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Valerie is willing to relocate for a good job. Ideally, she would like to work in Marketing/Communications for a company that serves or supports Veterans, but she is open to all legitimate offers.

  • Eight year Army Veteran, served in Iraq, supervised maintenance on 28 Blackhawk Helicopters
  • Fellow of The Mission Continues
  • National Representative of Student Veterans of America
  • Intern for Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Director’s Advisory Board Liaison – Kanas City VA Hospital
  • Dedicated to supporting and advancing causes for Women Veterans
Those who serve are disciplined, have an incredible work ethic, and make outstanding employees. Employers hiring Veterans are eligible to receive tax credits of up to $9,600 from the VOW To Hire Heroes Act. Hiring Veterans is not only the right thing to do, but it makes good business sense. If you have a job opening and would like to review Valerie’s resume, please click here for additional information.


Jobs

Thousands of Jobs

Register Now

Visit our Job Area - Check out our Job Board with thousands of jobs in many occupational areas. Register as a Job Seeker and upload your resume so that Employers can find you. You should also check out our Virtual Job Fair of top jobs, and all the valuable employment resources we provide.


Featured Employer

General Dynamics

The best people. The most advanced technologies. Welcome to the incredible world of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

No one understands General Dynamics’ commitment better than someone who has served our nation in the military. That’s why at General Dynamics C4 Systems your experience is valued, to say the least. It’s your unique perspective and knowledge that will help them develop the next generation of technologies that will help protect our nation. General Dynamics invites you to continue your career with an organization that is as dedicated to excellence as you are. To view their job openings, please visit www.gdc4s.com/careers


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Get A Deal!
and $150 Credit

Gov Vacation Rewards

Ready to Get Away From It All?

One of the largest websites for travel discounts is Government Vacation Rewards. As a Military Connection subscriber, you will automatically receive a reward credit of $150.00 to use on your first cruise or resort stay. You and your family members not only have access to this free travel rewards program, but also to private fares and inventory, without the huge markup usually found on public sites. Additionally, you can earn rewards on travel. To find out more about Government Vacation Rewards, click here.


Support Team Fisher House

Team Fisher House
No endorsement by US Army is intended.

Race Slots Open

Race slots are still available for the sold-out Army Ten-Miler in Washington, DC on 10/21 (registration deadline 9/6). Visit www.TeamFisherHouse.org for more information and/or to register. MilitaryConnection.com is a proud sponsor of Team Fisher House. Fisher House Foundation's "comfort homes", located at major military and VA medical centers, enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center, providing the comforts of home in a supportive environment. No family ever pays to stay at any Fisher House! Go to TeamFisherHouse.org to join their team of Champions for Military Families.


Attention Entrepreneurs

Ready to Start a Business

Free Business Training for Veterans

If you’ve thought about starting a business or if you’ve already begun a new business venture that needs help, join Entrepreneurs4Change and VAMBOA.org for a free introductory entrepreneurial session as they present Are You Ready to Start a Business? The event will be held at the Ventura County Community Foundation in Camarillo, CA on Tuesday, September 11th. This 2-hour introductory event is specifically for those entrepreneurs who are:

  • Launching a new business effort.
  • In need of the education and training to start a business.
  • In need of access to the capital to make it happen.
The actual Creating Good Work Entrepreneurial Workshop, again free to all Vets, will be held the last week in September. Space is very limited, so RSVP today at [email protected].


Veteran Business Owners
Membership Is Free!

Vamboa

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 and be your voice.
Coming soon - Training for future veterans business owners. New program starting in California.


 

Taps

TAPS: Helping Grieving Military Families

With the media reporting increased rates of suicide among service members, the number of grieving military families turning to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for care and support is going up. TAPS will hold its fourth national gathering for people grieving a death by suicide in October 2012 in San Diego and offers year-round support services and programs to help grieving military families. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces, regardless of where or how the death occurred. Services are provided free of charge. To make a donation or learn more about TAPS, go to www.taps.org.


Mom Talk

Description: Military Mom Talk Radio

Military Mom Talk Radio, co-hosted by Sandra Beck and Robin Boyd, with contributions by Doris Rivas Brekke, provides a powerful platform for women to discuss their ideas, issues, and concerns with respect to the military lifestyle. It encourages women to share their experiences as a military wife and mother. The program has interviewed medical specialists, military brass, military charities, military contractors and providers along with military authors, educating military families on the resources that are available in both the public and private sectors. Topics range from coping with PTSD, navigating government programs, and dealing with family issues, to the struggles of deployment along with being a working mother both in and out of the home. Military Mom Talk Radio airs every Monday from 2-3 PST. The shows are also available on iTunes under Military Mom Talk Radio. Pod rebroadcasts are available here and also on the Rock Star Radio Network.


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Soldier Receives 800,000th Package

Operation Gratitue

Kudos to Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude's milestone 800,000th care package was handed out on August 15th, 2012. The lucky recipient is Spc. Samuel Mancilla, a motor transport operator assigned to the 1072nd Transportation Company, 378th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade. Among the goodies in this special package were a portable DVD player, a digital camera, a web cam, a week-long vacation, and keys to a custom-built Orange County Choppers' motorcycle that was donated in partnership with SJO Foundation for Hope and Torque Sports & Performance. Click here to learn more about Operation Gratitude.


Check Out Your Benefits!

Check out your benefits!

The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers

Check out our Education Area including our Veteran School Directory & thousands of scholarships.

Proud Yellow Ribbon College

D'Youville College

Veterans & Military
D'Youville College is a proud Yellow Ribbon School located in Buffalo, New York, easily accessible from NYC, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Rochester and Syracuse. D'Youville offers various degree healthcare programs including:
International Business - Accounting - Information Technology - Childhood Education - Adolescence Education - Nursing - Physical Therapy - Chiropractic - Pharmacy & More...

For more information: 1-800-777-3921

Legacy Run Benefits Children of the Fallen

Legacy Run

 

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund is more than $668,000 richer, thanks to the 7th Annual Legacy Run. Money was donated prior to and during the National Commander’s Ride – an American Legion Riders motorcycle run that started in New York on August 21st, traveled through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, ending on August 23rd in Indianapolis. Additional donations came on the convention floor, bringing the final total to $668,421 to go toward funding college scholarships for the children of U.S. servicemembers killed on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001. For more information, visit them on the web.


My Service Impact

ADRP

Research Study

There’s a lot of confusion about the unique concerns and experiences of active duty service members and veterans who deployed as part of Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and/or Enduring Freedom (OEF). My Service Impact is a brief, online, non-intrusive, and completely anonymous study to work with veterans and service members on their own terms. If you are an OIF/OEF active duty service member or veteran, and have 60 – 90 minutes to spare, you can volunteer to participate in this research. Participation involves completing an online and an anonymous questionnaire battery that asks about your work in the military, exposure to combat, emotions, and behavior. If you are interested in participating or would like additional information, please click here.


Military Families United

Military Families United

Gold Star Family Registry

Military Families United has unveiled the new and improved National Gold Star Family Registry. As the only comprehensive database and online monument of its kind, the National Gold Star Family Registry holds information on each of America’s fallen Heroes dating back to WWII. The new site has additional features for Gold Star families, integrated social media sharing capabilities, and learning tools for all Americans. The Registry ensures that the legacy of the brave men and women who have given their lives in defense of this Nation will live on forever. For Gold Star families the new site and additional functionality creates a lasting monument to their loved ones To create your tribute or search for your hero, click here.


VeteransAid Foundation

Vets Aid

Military Connection is a Proud Supporter

VeteransAid Foundation is a not for profit foundation that aims to support our veterans for the long haul. By supporting and recognizing their valued and heroic service to our country, we are able to express our gratitude to these amazing men and women. It is our responsibility to help them return to and continue with the lives they left behind before their service. To help now, you can text your donation - text "VETS" to 80888 and you can automatically donate $10. Stay tuned for information regarding a star-studded benefit on November 10th, featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment. To find out more, please click here.


Share Your Thoughts

Writers Circle

The Military Connection Writers’ Circle

Do you have something you’re passionate about, or want to let others know about your program or how you are making a difference? If you love to write, we invite you to participate in the MilitaryConnection.com Writers’ Circle. The Writers’ Circle features guest writers who want to share their thoughts, deeds and ideas with our audience. To be included, your article must be 400-500 words of original content, not copy written, and non-political. We will put articles in the Writers’ Circle on our web site, as well as featuring some of them in upcoming newsletters. For admission consideration, email your article to [email protected]


Free Lt. Dan Band Concert Ticket!

Gary Sinise

LDW3....Be a part of it!

Register for the Lt Dan Bike Ride or 5K taking place on Sept 15th at MCAS, Beaufort and we will give you a free concert ticket to that evenings Lt. Dan Band concert when you check in for the run or ride. What a great way to show your support for these men and women who are overcoming great physical difficulties suffered in their sacrifice for all of our freedoms. Click here to register: Bike ride/5K.


Upcoming Benefit Ride

Bikers Helping Veterans

2nd Annual Bikers Helping Veterans

The 2nd Annual "BIKERS HELPING VETERANS" Motorcycle Charity Ride to benefit the residents of the Veterans Home of California-West Los Angeles will be held on Sunday, September 23rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $25 entry fee for ride-ins or walk-ins is a donation to the West Los Angeles Veterans Home. All motorcycles and the general public welcome! There will be LIVE MUSIC, VENDORS, A BBQ LUNCH, CELEBRITIES, RAFFLES, A BIKE SHOW AND CONTEST -- AND MORE! For more information, please log on to Barger Harley-Davidson or you can call (818) 999-3355 or email [email protected].


Open Invitation to OIF/OEF Combat Veterans

Warrior Sail

Warrior Sail Through September 9th

The mission of The Unseen Wound is to provide recently separated combat veterans with a carefully managed program that will help them develop the professional, psychological and inter-personal skills needed to succeed in civilian life. If you would like to participate in some “Ocean Healing” and join them as they sail the southern coast of California, click here. If you will be in the San Diego Bay on September 4th, the Unseen Wound is offering a free sail around the bay for active duty military, Veterans and their families. Click here to register.


 

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