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Veterans Day: A Celebration to Honor America's Heroes

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918, WWI fighting ceased. One year later, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of “Armistice Day”. In 1938, Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday, to be observed on November 11th. In 1954, the Act was amended, replacing the word "Armistice" with the word "Veterans", and November 11th became the day we honor all American Veterans.

Happy 2010 Veterans Day! MilitaryConnection.com - The Go To Site honors and thanks America's Veterans. On this day we all come together to pay tribute to those who serve our nation, past and present. We appreciate all of the sacrifices that you have made for us to enjoy the freedoms we hold dear. We also want to acknowledge all of the First Responders who put their lives on the line for us. We recognize the many sacrifices by family members and appreciate them very much.

We have tried to find as many special offerings for those who serve and listed them in this Special Newsletter. MilitaryConnection.com is dedicated to serving military, veterans and their family members, 24/7. We invite you, your friends and family to take advantage of the multitude of resources and information provided free to our users. When the next tour is home, it's on MilitaryConnection.com, The Go To Site.

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com


DEADLINE DEC. 3, 2010

Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay

Are you entitled to the Stop-Loss bonus?

Time is running out to apply for retroactive bonus pay for 145,000 military personnel who were forced to remain on duty beyond their original discharge date, following the September 11th attacks. Congress has approved back pay of $500 for each month of involuntary service; the average lump-sum due is between $3,500 and $3,800. Applications must be submitted by December 3, 2010. The DoD is desperately trying to track down about 90,000 veterans. Congress ordered the military to dole out back pay to those affected by the policy dating to 2001. There are some exceptions. Soldiers who accepted re-enlistment bonuses, for instance, are ineligible. So far, the military had processed about 55,000 applications and approved $210 million in back pay, leaving $324 million left unclaimed. Submit your application online at www.defense.gov/stoploss.



Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers

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


Free SAT/ACT/LSAT Test Courses

MilitaryConnection.com has joined forces with eKnowledge.com to offer COMPLIMENTARY SAT/ACT/LSAT Test Courses. These tests will help you or your loved ones gain admittance to the college of your choice.

You can register here

The COMPLIMENTARY SAT/ACT sponsorship covers 100% of the total retail cost of the $200 program; there is a nominal charge of $13.84 (per standard program) for registration, licensure, order processing, distribution, customer service and technical support.


GI Film Festival

GI Film Festival this Weekend on the Military Channel

For the first time, you can watch some of the best of the GI Film Festival films at home. The GI Film Festival (GIFF) has partnered with the Discovery Military Channel to air “Shakey's Hill”, “The Surge”, “Triangle of Death”, “L-Bird”, and “God & Country” November 12th through November 14th. If you like this programming and want the Military Channel to continue to bring you great films from GIFF filmmakers, please contact them and let them know. Support the only film festival in the nation which honors the service and sacrifice of our great men and women in uniform—tune into the Discovery Military this Veterans Weekend.


VAMBOA - Veteran and Military Business Owners Association

Are you a Veteran or Military Business Owner?

If so, you should check out VAMBOA.org, the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association. This non-profit trade association's goals are 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.


Holiday Inn

The Holiday Inn Resort Aruba is saluting U.S. troops and civil servants by extending its exclusive discounts for military and government personnel on all-inclusive resort stays through the end of next year.  A Special rate of just $180 per night for double occupancy is now available on bookings made by December 21, 2011 for travel completed by December 23, 2011 (the previous end-date was December 23, 2010). 


ThanksUSA

ThanksUSA Scholarships Available

ThanksUSA is proud to announce that they have awarded 140 $3,000 scholarships this year. They will be awarding another 360 scholarships by the end of the year. Over the past five years, ThanksUSA has awarded over $6 million in scholarships to the families of the wounded and fallen, as well as the spouses and dependents of active-duty troops, from every state and the District of Columbia, representing all branches of the armed services including the National Guard and the Reserves. Please go to ThanksUSA for more information.


Military Connection.com Job Board

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.

If you are interested in advertising your Job Opportunities, contact us: [email protected]


Follow Military Connection on Twitter

We have reached a milestone on Twitter…over 58,000 followers! For lots of interesting tidbits, follow us at http://twitter.com/thegotosite.


Vet Vault

Special Identity Protection Pricing For MilitaryConnection.com Users

No one understands the importance of securing important documents and credentials more than the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform. Vet-Vault guarantees our users special discounted pricing on one of the most comprehensive identity theft programs available: ID CREDIT VAULT. Don’t be one of the estimated 10 million Americans nationwide who fall victim to identity theft. Sign up for Vet-Vault today!

Use promo code: 3214 when signing up.


FREE Knott's Berry Farm Admission

FREE Knott's Berry Farm Admission

November 1st kicks off Knott's Berry Farms’ Military Tribute Days. The annual event offers FREE admission for Veterans and current Military personnel along with a guest, with additional tickets (up to 6) available for just $15.99 each. DD214, Veterans Administration Hospital ID or Active Military Service ID must be presented at the turnstile. Eligible person must be present. (Sorry, Dependent I.D.s not accepted.) Ends Thanksgiving Day.


IAVA Joins Forces With JCPenney to Announce "Welcome Home Joe"

IAVA Joins Forces With JCPenney to Announce "Welcome Home Joe"

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) have teamed up with JCPenney and Joseph Abboud to launch "Welcome Home Joe," a program that is giving away $1 million in professional attire to Iraq and Afghanistan vets transitioning from combat to career. If you are a veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan, or know someone who is, please go to The Rucksack to receive a $200 certificate for professional attire. Time is limited, so do it today!


Hugo Canes

Free Hugo Canes for Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, Sam’s Club® locations nationwide will distribute 36,000 Hugo® canes free of charge on November 10th, 11th and 12th, 2010 to U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance. This is their way of saluting our nation’s veterans for all the incredible contributions they have made to our country. They say, “To all who have served... Thank You!”

Limited quantities available only while supplies last. Sam’s Club® Membership is not required. Proof of military service may be required.


CAMMO Don’t miss “Home for the Holidays”, a holiday musical variety presentation featuring some of our finest Veteran and Military Artists. The free concert, honoring those who defend our freedoms, as well as the families that support them, will take place at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Gateway, Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 4, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public. To request free tickets email [email protected] .

Free Meals for Military and Veterans

McCormick & Schmick's. For the 11th year in a row, the 87 locations in 25 states are offering free entrees to veterans on Sunday, Nov. 7th. The chain also requests military ID and highly recommends reservations. The promotion is on Sunday instead of Veterans Day, "because it allows vets to bring their families who might not be available during the week," CEO Bill Freeman says.

Golden Corral is offering free buffet meals - including beverage and dessert - to current military and veterans on Monday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. No military ID is required for its ninth annual Military Appreciation Monday, according to Dolly Mercer, national events manager. The event is held on this date, she says, "so we don't interfere with Veterans Day activities."

Applebee's is offering a free entree on Thursday, Nov. 11th to veterans and all active-duty military from 11 a.m. to midnight at all 1,900 locations. Although Applebee's requests some kind of military ID, "We're not going to argue with folks who might forget to bring it," says Sam Rothschild, senior vice president of operations.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is offering free doughnuts to all Veterans and active military personnel. Just visit any participating Krispy Kreme to redeem your free doughnuts. No identification required but keep it available anyway.

Chili’s salutes Veterans and Active Duty Military with a free meal on Veterans Day. Choose an entrée from a special menu that they promise will not be served in a vacuum-sealed plastic bag, or even require hydration! Some restrictions apply.


Brides for America

Nationwide Military 2010 Wedding Gown Giveaway Event

Brides Across America is giving away wedding dresses! Check out the dates and locations here. To qualify, you must be engaged, or had a civil ceremony and are planning a wedding within the next 18 months. You or your fiance were deployed within the past 5 years to Iraq or Afghanistan and have not had a formal wedding. You or your fiance is on active duty and will be deploying to Afghanistan or to a war zone territory. All military brides must bring drivers license or military ID.


Free Resource Fair by Veterans Upward Bound & Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University to Host Veterans Resource Fair

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is inviting all veterans in the Chicago area to attend a free resource fair on November 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair, held at Roosevelt University’s Chicago campus, 430 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, will focus on information and resources concerning job training, health, education, and housing.

For more details visit: http://www.vetfair.blogspot.com/


Veterans Outdoors

Wounded Veterans to Benefit from Hangar Dance/Fundraiser

Veteran Outdoors, a nonprofit organization that honors wounded veterans by providing quality hunting, fishing and outdoor related activities, will host a Hangar Dance fundraiser on November 19th. The event will be held at the Georgetown Jet Center, Georgetown Airport (160 Terminal Road, Georgetown, TX 78628) For tickets, information and sponsorship opportunities, go to www.veteranoutdoors.com.


Tempered Steel Organization

Tempered Steel Photo Introspective to be Unveiled

On Veteran's Day, the Tempered Steel Photo Introspective, "Honoring the Wounds of War" by Micaela Bensko and Amanda Cherry-Haus, will be unveiled at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. Featuring the stories behind the scars of war through imagery and interviews, the project was made possible by The Tempered Steel Organization, founded by Iraq veteran and wounded soldier Sgt. Scott Stephenson and his mother Luana Schneider. Tempered Steel is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness, education and support for severely injured military members The wounded warriors of the Tempered Steel Photo Introspective are all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have bravely unveiled their private scars. The exhibit is open to the public and admission to the Library on Veterans Day is free. Comedian and Wounded Warrior Robert Henline will be the Keynote speaker, with additional events on-going throughout the day to honor our country's veterans.


Smartphone App - Mood Tracker

Smart Phone App Helps Track Post-Deployment Emotional Health

The Department of Defense announced the release of a free smart phone mobile application that will make it easier for servicemembers and veterans to track their emotional health after deployments. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) developed the T2 Mood Tracker to help users monitor trends of emotions and behaviors. It can be downloaded through http://www.t2health.org/apps/t2-mood-tracker. The application is now available for smart phones using the Android operating system. It is expected to be available for iPhone users early next year. More information about the T2 Mood Tracker is available at http://www.t2health.org/apps.


Iraq Star Motorcycle

Win a Custom $100K Motorcycle & Help Wounded Warriors

Custom built for Iraq Star by Paul Teutul and American Chopper, this one of a kind motorcycle will be part of a year-long campaign to raise awareness and donations so that Iraq Star can assist our Wounded Warriors. Your minimum $100 donation will get you in the running, and the winning entry will be announced on September 11, 2011. Iraq Star provides reconstructive surgery to American Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.


Added to our growing list of Veterans Day offerings:

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants
All veterans and active-duty military receive a free entree.

Hooters
All Active and Retired Military Personnel Eat Free All Day Thursday, November 11.

MarketPlace Grill & Express
Veterans and active-duty military receive free entrees.

Masala Wok
The Northern Virginian restaurant is offering a free entree to veterans.

Subway
Free six-inch subs to veterans or active-duty members on Veterans Day. Make sure you call ahead, however, as not all franchises are participating in this event.

T.G.I. Friday’s
Buy one get one free Nov 11-14. At participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID.

Texas Roadhouse
Free meal, Thursday, Nov. 11. Offer varies by location. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.

Uno Chicago Grill
Show up on Veterans Day in uniform, with a photo of yourself in uniform or with a military or veteran’s I.D. and receive a free entree or individual pizza, with an entree or pizza purchase of equal or greater value.

Anheuser-Busch Parks
(SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place, Adventure Island, Water Country USA)
Single Day Complimentary Admission

Battleship Cove
Fall River, Massachusetts
Free admission and a special ceremony for veterans, active duty and reservists.

Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham, Alabama
Free admission to the ticketed event “Life and Liberty” on Nov. 10-11 for veterans and active military.

Central Florida Zoo
Sanford, Florida
Free admission with proper ID.

Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Virginia
Free admission Nov. 6-11 for active-duty military, guard and reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents.

Greenbay (WI) New Zoo
Greenbay, Wisconsin
Free admission to veterans and their families.

Historic Jamestown
Jamestown, Virginia
Free admission to veterans, current Armed Forces members and their family members.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Offers free admission to veterans and five guests from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day.

Natural Elements Salon & Spa
Chesapeake, Virginia
Providing free services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to both active duty and retired military.

San Jacinto Museum of History
Katy, Texas
Free visits to the Observation Deck, theatre, and special exhibit for veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families.

Strategic Air and Space Museum
Ashland, Nebraska
Free admission for veterans Nov. 11-14 to the Ashland, Neb. museum.

Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Free admission for all.

Vulcan Park and Museum
Birmingham, Alabama
Offering discounted admission through November to the park and museum.

Amazon.com
Free “Veterans Day Honor” MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Build-A-Bear Workshop
Receive a 20% discount Nov. 11-15 on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Cabela’s Outdoor Store
Offers their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel Nov. 11-12. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item.

Dollar General
10% discount for all veterans, active-duty military, National Guard and reserve and their immediate families.

Fashion Bug
20% off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse’s military ID.

Home Depot
Extra 10% off to active-duty military members, National Guard and reserve members, retirees, honorably discharged veterans and immediate family members.

Lowes
Extra 10% off to active-duty military members, National Guard and reserve members, retirees, honorably discharged veterans and immediate family members.

Sears
Nov 11-12 Receive an Extra 10% off regular, sale and clearance prices for police, military, veterans, firefighters, teachers and hospital staff

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