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Newsletter – December 2016

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday season. I would also like to invite you to watch the “America Salutes You” concert that aired over Thanksgiving weekend by clicking here. The concert was a labor of love to express to those who serve, past and present, our appreciation for their sacrifices and those made by their families. I would also like to express my gratitude to the numerous non-profits and associations I have had the honor of working with.  As always, I hope you find the information in the Military Connection newsletter valuable, and share it with those who can benefit from reading it. Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy, prosperous New Year.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO

There’s Still Time

America Salutes You
Express Your Gratitude

While the curtain has come down on the live performance of “America Salutes You,” don’t think you’ve missed your opportunity to view it and support the mission of the concert, which is to raise awareness and honor veterans, service members and their families. You can watch the concert, featuring Cyndi Lauper, Gavin DeGraw Wanda Jackson, Hoodie Allen, Ricky Skaggs and many others by clicking here. Also, you can show your support by making a donation here.

Armed Forces Vacation Club

Explore Resort Stays From $349/wk

Armed Forces Vacation Club offers access to 7-night vacation stays starting at just $349*. Choose from destinations worldwide including Orlando, Myrtle Beach, the Poconos, the Caribbean & MORE! Search now!

Armed Forces Vacation Club is a free membership club open to active duty, guard, reserve, and retired members of the Armed Forces as well as civilian employees of the DOD. Spread out in family-sized resort accommodations, many of which include on-site recreational facilities, living room, and kitchen! Join today – membership is free!

Online MPA

USC Price School of Public Policy
USC Price School of Public Policy

Just like military professionals, our graduates are unique because they don’t just want the world to be a better place – they roll up their sleeves and jump right in to help. USC’s online MPA teaches you to deal professionally in tough situations under pressure, and to think for yourself when designing solutions to those situations; not just take a prescribed methodology, but to be entrepreneurial – be a leader, think innovatively, take a risk and accept responsibility. University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy is ranked #4 for Public Affairs -U.S. News & World Report (2016). To build a reputation that lasts, follow our lead. Earn an MPA Online from the Top-Ranked USC Price School.

Yellow Ribbon School

Drexel University
Drexel University — Learn From the Best, Learn With the Best

At Drexel University, those who have served our country are honored through Drexel’s military student support services and programs. Drexel’s veteran student benefits include:

  • Advisement from a specialized military enrollment counselor
  • Military tuition reduction, which extends to immediate family
  • Programs tailored to the military lifestyle
  • Undergraduate credit for military learning

Drexel offers over 140 top-ranked degrees and certificates online, with programs available in cybersecurity, national security, construction management, engineering, business, information technology, health care, nursing and more. Register for an Online Learning Test Drive, for a limited time!

Scholarships for Mil Kids

Scholarships for Mil Kids
Newly Expanded Program

Children of 9-11 veterans with a VA disability rating of 50 percent or higher are now eligible to apply for a renewable scholarship, courtesy of the expanded American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund. The fund has previously ensured higher education for children whose parents lost their lives while honorably serving on active duty on or after 9-11. Recipients of the Legacy Scholarship may reapply up to six times for the expense of graduate or post-graduate tuition, books, room and board, meal plans, transportation and other supplies needed to achieve a higher education. For more information about this and other American Legion scholarships, click here.

Featured Employer

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.

The Go To Site

Advertise With Us
Advertise With Us

MilitaryConnection.com, the Go To Site, is your online connection to military service members, veterans and their supporters. If you are a corporation or educational institution looking to reach out to this audience, let us assist 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 and help brand you as “Military-Veteran Friendly.”  For more information, contact us by email at info@militaryconnection.com or call us at (800) 817-3777.

Jobs & More Jobs

Is Your Next Job Waiting to be Discovered?

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

Check Out the New App

Olin Corporation is committed to hiring the best people. The company understands that its employees define its 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. Be sure to check out Olin Careers, a new app that allows job seekers easy access to information about the company’s open positions and links to its social media channels. Olin Careers also has a push notifications feature that allows users to passively stay up to date on the positions available in which they have interest. Interested employees and job seekers may go to either the Google or iTunes store and search Olin Careers. Job listings are also found at www.olin.com. Olin is absolutely committed to diversity within its work force and to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and job applicants.

Premier Living

Retire in Style!

Altavita,  formerly known as Air Force Village West, has spread its wings, developing a master plan that reinforces a commitment to meeting the needs of a new generation of mature adults. In addition to providing camaraderie, courtesy and loyalty, Altavita, a not-for-profit retirement community, provides the best in housing, dining, amenities and wellness. With an expanded focus on holistic wellness that will help you live better and longer, Altavita provides the highest quality retirement living at an outstanding value. To learn more, visit www.LiveAltavita.org.

Recovery Support

Face-to-Face or via TeleHealth

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Amputee Peer Mentorship Program pairs a new veteran amputee with a peer mentor that has the same level and type of amputation as well as the same gender and age. The success of a peer mentor visit often lies in the ability to match amputees. Currently, the VA has 157 certified amputee peer mentors. Discussions and support cover topics including relationships, use of prosthetics, and leisure engagements. For more information, click here.

Confidential Support

Confidential Support
Program Protects Victim’s Rights

The U.S. Army has developed the Special Victim Counsel Program to protect the rights of sexual assault victims. Special victims’ counsels are specially trained military attorneys, duty-bound to work for no one but the victim. The military now requires that victims reporting an assault be notified of their right to consult with a special victims’ counsel and of the availability of other legal assistance at the time they report a sexual assault. Also, no one in a victim’s chain of command or the accused’s chain of command may influence a special victims’ counsel in providing legal support to a victim. Members who have been affected by sexual assault can access 24/7, confidential, anonymous support through the DOD Safe Helpline by calling 877-995-5247.

Nevada Leads the Way

Pro Bono Legal Aid to Troops, Veterans

Nevada’s @EASE program provides access to pro bono civil legal services for qualified service members, veterans and their families.. In practice, the program pairs military servicemembers in need of legal assistance with pro bono private legal counsel for civil matters including consumer fraud, military rights, immigration, landlord/tenant, predatory lending and creditor/debtor issues. The @EASE program strives to bolster military readiness by providing servicemembers with the knowledge that the program has the capacity to manage legal affairs in their absence—putting them “@EASE.” Contact your state’s attorney general to initiate a similar program. For more information, visit nvagomla.nv.gov .

Go Fish!

Take A Vet Fishing
Take A Vet Fishing

Non-profit organization Take a Vet Fishing is open to all Veterans, and is 100% completely free. Single day events take place in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. The first 150 veterans who apply will board one of 75 guide boats and fish for four hours. They are then presented with a flag, and after singing  the national anthem, are fed a complimentary meal. To top it off, over $10,000 worth of “give aways” are handed out at each event. To register or check out upcoming events, visit www.TakeaVetFishing.org. If you know of Veterans who would like to participate, please let them know and they will provide more information.

Check Out These Apps!

IG Locator and DAIG Bookshelf

Two new mobile applications provide quick and easy access to more than 500 Army reference materials and a worldwide database of Army Inspector General Offices. The IG Locator and DAIG Bookshelf apps are both available for free downloading via the iTunes App Store. The IG Locator app is a digital directory that contains phone numbers and street addresses for Army IG offices both in the U.S. and overseas. The DAIG Bookshelf is a searchable database that offers users quick access to more than 500 publicly available Army materials that are often referenced by inspectors general as part of their duties. To download these apps, search ‘IG Locator’ and ‘IG Bookshelf’ in the iTunes App Store.

A Special Ornament

Honoring the Fallen

Honor our fallen heroes and support the families they left behind this holiday season by ordering a limited edition TAPS Christmas ornament. Choose from two custom ornament designs, a gold wreath or a folded flag, created by the designers of the White House annual holiday ornaments. Each ornament comes in a special gift box. Proceeds from the ornaments will benefit the TAPS mission. Buy your ornament today at the TAPS Store.

Attention: Legionnaires

The Spirit of Giving

The annual American Legion Holiday Donor Blood Drive runs until Dec. 31. Legionnaires everywhere are encouraged to give blood and host blood drives at posts as part of The American Legion Blood Donor Program, an organizational effort that has existed since 1946. For information on how to donate blood, visit the American Red Cross website, the American Association of Blood Banks website, and the Council of Community Blood Centers. Posts interested in hosting blood drives can set one up by visiting the Red Cross’ blood drive registration page.

DoD’s Be There

Call and Outreach Center

The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a new call and outreach center that offers confidential peer support to active duty servicemembers, National Guardsmen, reservists and family members through 24/7 chat, phone and text. The Department of Defense “BeThere” Call and Outreach Center is staffed by peers who are veteran servicemembers and family members of veterans. The center aims to provide support for the everyday problem solving of career and general life challenges. The TriWest Healthcare Alliance administers the BeThere Call and Outreach Center. For more information, visit the Be There Peer Support website or call 844-357-PEER (7337).

Thanks NEXCOM & AT&T!

Free Holiday Calls Home

Navy Exchange Service (NEXCOM) will be handing  out free phone cards to sailors and Marines who are away from home over the holidays. The AT&T cards, worth $10 each, will be given to almost 33,000 sailors and Marines on 62 ships and submarines, NEXCOM officials said in a release. The cards can be used with the Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service system, the Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) system or ashore anywhere in the U.S. or overseas where AT&T has a presence. For a list of the ships and subs receiving the cards, click here.

Hack the Army… What?

Hack the Army?
Are You Up For a Challenge?

The Army has launched the “Hack the Army” Bug Bounty challenge, paying out cash rewards to hackers who find vulnerabilities in select, public-facing Army websites. Up to 500 eligible applicants will be invited to participate in the challenge, which ends on December 21st . The program is open to properly-registered members of the public, but U.S. Government civilians and active duty military personnel will also be authorized to participate. Register for the challenge here. The full list of Army websites and databases that bug hunters will be permitted to hack will be provided to registered and invited participants.

Accepting Nominations

Air Force
Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award

The Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) is accepting nominations for the Air Force Association Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award, which honors significant contributions made by non-military spouses of Air Force military members. The nominee’s spouse must be an active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve member. Organization and base-level personnel must contact their major command, field operating agency or direct reporting unit for applicable suspense dates and additional information regarding nomination procedures. Nominations are due no later than Feb. 1, 2017.

Habitat Orange County, CA

Home for a Veteran Family

Habitat OC is seeking a family to purchase an affordable new home in Fullerton, CA. The family must be a low-income and military/veteran family, and currently live or work in Orange County. A multi-generational family is preferred. If you would like more information or an application, please email FamilyServices@HabitatOC.org or call (714) 434-6200 ext. 227.

Submit Now

Call for Artwork by Women Veterans

VA’s Center for Women Veterans is partnering with Veteran Artist Program to showcase art by 10 women Veterans at 10 VA medical centers around the United States in March 2017, to coincide with Women’s History Month. The exhibit will include digital still prints of paintings, photography, and mixed media. The call for submissions is open until December 31st, 2016 via email and must include: high resolution, digital image of the artwork, a 100 word bio, including military experience, creative background, and current professional goals, a picture of your time in the military, and a current “after” photo, representing who you are now as a veteran.

Happy 380th !

National Guard 380th Birthday
Celebrating the National Guard

While much has changed since 1636, one thing has not: our country’s National Guard still consists of Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen who provide protection from natural disasters, training regularly to uphold high standards of readiness, and also deploying to far-away countries to protect our nation’s interests abroad. The National Guard remains a community cornerstone, as it has since its inception on December 13, 1636. We thank and appreciate the dedication of the National Guard, and wish them a very happy birthday!

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