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Newsletter - March 2017
Tell a Friend I am doing something special in this newsletter and dedicating it to one of our staff, Judi James, who is on medical leave. Without a doubt, Judi is one of the kindest people on the planet. Judi is a major part of the heart and soul of MilitaryConnection.com. Many members of the military and Veterans often call us when they are in need of help. Judi never hesitates for a moment to stop whatever she is doing and find resources for those in need. It might take time and perseverance but Judi always follows through to help our military and Veterans because she cares so much. Judi is also our newsletter diva and is on top of all kinds of important public service news and events to help those who serve. We miss you Judi and wish you a speedy recovery. We hope that all our users enjoy this newsletter and encourage you to share it and the multitude of resources on our website with friends and family. It has a lot of very valuable information for everyone. When the next tour is back home, it’s on MilitaryConnection.com, the Go To Site.
Debbie Gregory, CEO MilitaryConnection.com
• Best for Baby
• Military Achievement Scholarship
• GI Bill
• Yellow Ribbon School
• Double Down
• For Children of Fallen
• Scholars Wanted
• Education Benefits
• Home to Patriots
• Smart Bases
• Free Reconstructive Surgery
• Social Change Website
• Adopt A VA
• Female Dress Survey
• Hero Apparel
• Scam Alert
• $500,000 Prize
• Help Veterans
• 610 Fans + Followers
• The Go To Site
• Energy Internships
• Veterans Biz
• Must Read
• Kick off
• Financial Readiness
• Tax Refunds
• Save The Date
• More Mental Health
• Natl. Brain Injury Month
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.
Online Degree Scholarship
Gain the Skills and Knowledge You Need to Lead
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!
Check Out Your Benefits!
The Post 9/11 GI Bill
Did you know that MilitaryConnection.com 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.
Yellow Ribbon School
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 savings, which extends to immediate family
• Programs tailored to the military lifestyle
• Undergraduate credit for military learning
Veterans eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® may be able to attend Drexel at no cost through the Yellow Ribbon program.Drexel offers over 140 top-ranked degrees and certificates online, with programs available in cybersecurity, construction management, engineering, business, information technology, health care, nursing and more! Drexel University is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the Best Colleges for Veterans. Learn more today!
Matching Funds for Scholarships To Military Families
Make a donation to ThanksUSA before June 30, 2017, and The Kovner Foundation will match it up to a total of $400,000. Your donation to ThanksUSA will help our organization grow and support the mission of providing scholarships to military families.
ThanksUSA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2005, thanks the men and women of the United States Armed Forces by providing need-based college, technical and vocational school scholarships for their children and spouses.
Since 2006, ThanksUSA has awarded nearly 4,000 scholarships with a total value of $12 million to military spouses and kids from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our scholars come from all branches of military service, including the Guard and Reserves and, with the help of targeted grants, the families of those killed and wounded.
Visit www.ThanksUSA.org to learn more and donate.
Legacy Scholarship for Children of Fallen
For Children Of The Fallen
The American Legion Legacy Scholarship application for 2017 is online for new and returning applicants to fill out. The Legacy Scholarship is available for children whose parents lost their lives while honorably serving on active duty on or after 9/11, as well as for children of post-9/11 veterans with a combined 50 percent or higher VA disability rating. The renewable scholarship will award up to $20,000 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. The application deadline is April 20.
Navy Seeks Scholar Applicants
The Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) is currently accepting applications from regular or full-time support officers in the approved designators for the FY-19 Olmsted Scholar Program. Applicants should be available to start language training in summer/fall 2018. Applicants are required to meet a list of qualifications and prerequisites and submit a command-endorsed nomination package which must be received by NETPDC, Code N221B, Officer Special Education Program (OSEP)-Olmsted, no later than Aug. 25. All interested officers should visit the Olmsted Foundation website for details. Specific information on the Navy's application procedures can be found on the Navy College website.
Benefits For You
Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) offers education and training benefits to the spouses and children of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, veterans who died while on active duty, or who died as a result of a service-related condition. Children must generally use benefits between the ages of 18 and 26; and spouses generally have a 10 year period in which to use benefits, or a 20 year period for spouses of Service members who die on active duty or veterans that receive a permanent and total rating effective within 3 years of release from active duty. Benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeships, and/or on-the-job training. See our DEA pamphlet for more detailed information.
Tell Us Your Opinion!
Nude Photos of Female Marines are being shared without their knowledge or permission. This scandal may include other branches of service. Reporter Thomas James Brennan broke the story. We want to encourage any and all victims to come forward. Please tell us what you think. Here is a link to the story.
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!
Smarter Military Bases
Coming to A Base Near You
Smart City Technology is coming to Base Near You. The uses of artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, robotics and more will make bases more efficient and safer. We live in a technical world and technology allows us to do more with less. Tell us what technologies you think will make your base safer and what you think about smart bases. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a link to the story:http://www.militaryconnection.com/blog/8863/smarter-military-bases/
Armed Forces Vacation Club
Explore Affordable Weeklong Resort Stays!
Armed Forces Vacation Club offers access to 7-night vacation stays in destinations worldwide starting at $349. Choose from popular destinations including Orlando, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas & MORE! Spread out in family-sized resort accommodations, many of which include on-site recreational facilities, living room, and kitchen! Membership is open to active duty, guard, reserve, and retired members of the Armed Forces as well as civilian employees of the DOD. The best part? There is no cost to join! Become a member today.
R.A.W. Great Non-profit
Free Reconstructive Surgery & Support
We are proud to partner with Rebuilding America's Warriors' (R.A.W.) a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing free reconstructive surgery and support services to recently wounded and disfigured active servicemembers and veteran warriors. R.A.W.’s mission is to help heal the wounds and scars of those who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The non-profit raises funds that go directly towards an injured service member’s transportation, hotel accommodations, food, surgical costs, medical supplies, hospitalization, anesthesia, medications, and aftercare. R.A.W.’s network of 388 of the best surgeons and dentists in 49 states provide free reconstructive surgery for those warriors in need of their services, as well as free dental services for those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
One Website at a Time
Engineering Social Change
Our friends at CueOps are a team of social and economic justice minded individuals who have worked extensively toward the goal of social change. Their mission is to help non-profits, organizations and individuals who are working on limited budgets get their message out and achieve their goals. CueOps’ websites are built to get results, loaded with powerful yet easy to use tools, as well an arsenal of powerful marketing tools. Whether you’re just starting out and need the basics, or are well established but need help getting to the next level, CueOps can help get you there. For more information, click here.
Help Provide Support To Veterans
The Military Outreach USA Adopt-a-VA program connects community organizations and residents with a local VA medical center (VAMC) or community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC). These local adopters commit to helping VA provide support to homeless area Veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. Under the Adopt-a-VA program, adopters are contacted by their local VA facility to donate services, support local events, or participate in other efforts to help vulnerable Veterans as needs arise. To learn more, visit the Adopt-a-VA website
Female Dress Uniform
The U.S. Navy is asking female Sailors to provide their opinion in an online female dress uniform and cover survey. Approximately 8,000 randomly selected female officers and enlisted personnel from various commands across the Fleet were notified of their participation via their command triads and provided instructions on accessing and completing the survey. The online survey will be open for approximately 30 days. This survey is designed to obtain women's preference in type and design of various uniforms and components. For information on uniforms and uniform policy, visit the Navy Uniform Matters website.
Patriotic Apparel & More
Great Patriotic Apparel
We don’t make recommendations often but want to recommend this site that offers excellent and unique apparel for military, veterans and those who support them. Check out https://ourheroapparel.com/ You will find some outstanding options and a portion of every sale is donated to the Soldiers Angels Foundation.
Bogus Exchange Ads
An individual or individuals using the "Exchange Inc." name to handle vehicle purchases has once again been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they are purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense (DoD) retailer. Military exchanges do not have the authority to sell vehicles. While the Exchange does have mail order and Internet offerings, the Exchange does not advertise in civilian outlets such as metropolitan newspapers or automobile sales magazines. Shoppers who believe that they may have been taken advantage of can file a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Female Survivalist Veterans - $500,000 prize
Ready for the ultimate survival experience? Can you make fire, source and find water, build a shelter? But can you do it while dragging along a privileged novice?
Fox, Lionsgate, and the executive producer of Wipeout and Fear Factor want to consider sending you on the race of your lives! You and your partner will be dropped into the wilderness where you must survive for one month to win the competition and $500,000. You will have to drag your privileged partner kicking and screaming across the finish line.
We are seeking all types of Survivalists especially Military Veterans.
Please email email@example.com with name, age, phone, email, photo, occupation, city and state, some background and skills to win including your expertise and survival skills and what branch of military you served and in what capacity.
Become A Veteran Friendly Employer
At MilitaryConnection.com, 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 place your company in front of this valuable pool of employment candidates, please contact us.
Show Your Support
I am proud to serve as the Director of Employer Engagement for California’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense Agency. The ESGR recognizes those employers who go above and beyond in outstanding support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. The ESGR also promotes awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between employers and service members. If you are an employer interested in a Statement of Support signing ceremony or wish to learn more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The ESGR motto says it all, "WE ALL SERVE!"
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Over 610,000 Combined Fans & Followers!
Between Military Connection and VAMBOA (Veterans and Military Business Owners Association), we have over 610,000 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 affects Veteran Business Owners, "Like" us onFacebook and join Military Connection and VAMBOA on Twitter!
The Go To Site
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 to help brand you as “Military-Veteran Friendly.” For more information, contact us by email at email@example.com or call us at (800) 817-3777.
Jobs & More Jobs
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.
Energy Internship for Veterans
Advanced Interships for Navy & Marines
Navy and Marine Corps veterans are being connected to advanced internships in energy fields through a program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The Energy System Technology Evaluation Program (ESTEP) trains veteran Sailors and Marines in energy careers while helping meet warfighter energy demands. Veterans work in paid internships while developing career skills. A new video from ONR illustrates the program and features project highlights, as well as personal perspectives from some of the veteran students.
Calling All 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 focuses on connecting you with corporations that want to work with a diverse supplier network. Join today and take the survey with the issues that are important to you. Membership is Free! You have honorably served our nation. VAMBOA is here to serve you is here to serve you and be your voice.
You Will Not Be Able to Put This Book Down
John Huebusch is the Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, a patriot and a very gifted writer. His novel is a must read. A forensic anthropologist sets out to prove that the Shroud of Turin is a fake, but quickly discovers the opposite—and must race to stop the evil forces who want to use traces of blood in the fabric to clone Jesus Christ and bring on the second coming of their own design. Debbie Gregory said “I predict that The Shroud Conspiracy, will soon be on the New York Times Best Seller List”.
The novel is available at Barnes and Noble for purchase or you can order it from Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Shroud-Conspiracy-Novel-John-Heubusch/dp/1501155709
For those who would like the book signed with a personalized message and mailed to them, the link is www.reaganfoundation.org/shroud.
Army Emergency Relief Kickoff
Support Those Who Serve
Army leaders recently held an Army Emergency Relief Area II kickoff event at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. Army Emergency Relief (AEF) is a non-profit charity, operated under Army regulations, that provides financial assistance to Soldiers, active and retired, and their families. Since it was founded in 1942 and through 2015, AER has provided more than $1.7 billion to more than 3.7 million Soldiers and families. The current AER campaign runs from March 1st through May 15th. If you wish to donate to AER, or utilize its services, contact your unit AER representative and visit the AER website.
It’s That Time of Year
Financial Readiness Available
Tax season is a good time to look at your finances and see what you’ve done right and what can be improved upon for the upcoming year. National Guard members who find they need assistance with financial matters can visit personal financial counselors, available at many military installations. The services are offered at no cost to Guard members and their families. Personal financial counselors offer tax planning, debt repayment options and general consumer awareness, as well as referrals if more specialized assistance is needed. For more information on resources in your area, including free tax preparation, contact Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647 or visit the Military OneSource website. Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard, and Reserve service members (regardless of activation status), and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services.
Tracking Your Refund
Tax Refunds May Come Late This Year
If you’re expecting an income tax refund, the refund may take longer than in previous years. Signed into law at the end of 2015, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act requires the IRS to hold tax refunds for people claiming Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit until at least Feb. 15, 2017. Also, new identity theft and refund fraud safeguards by both the IRS and individual states mean some tax returns and refunds may face additional review. After Feb. 15, most refunds will be issued within the normal timeframe: less than 21 days after being accepted for processing by the IRS. The best ways to check the status of a refund? Go to "Where's My Refund?" tool on IRS.gov or the IRS2Go phone app
Save The Date
You Can Change the Conversation on Mental Health!
Give an Hour, a nonprofit 501(c)(3)m providing free mental health services to military members, veterans, and their families will be hosting a series of Events and Discussion concerning Mental Health in our Culture in Los Angeles, CA.Save the Date to join us in Los Angeles in May!
May 1st – Red Carpet Preemie of The Dinner
May 2nd – A Day to Change Direction: Get Engaged
May 3rd – Global Summit / Conversation
We are proud supporters of Give An Hour and Change Direction
Important Mental Health Services
VA To Provide Mental Health Care to Vets Without Honorable Discharges
VA Secretary Shulkin wants to begin to provide mental health services to Veterans who received less than honorable discharges. This could include more than 500,000 Veterans. The VA also plans to hire 1,000 more mental health professionals. Tell us what you think and email firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the article on our blog here click here.
National Brain Injury Awareness Month
Many who have served in the military suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury. March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury which disrupts the normal function of the brain. Physical signs and symptoms of TBI can include loss of consciousness, state of being dazed, headache, fuzzy or blurry vision, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light, balance problems, or feeling tired or having no energy. To learn more about brain injury awareness, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, the Defense Centers of Excellence website, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.
Calling Women Veterans
Million Veteran Program Needs Women Veterans
It has been difficult for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers to recruit enough women to get statistically valid results in biological and medical research. Women veterans are needed to participate in the Million Veteran Program (MVP). The goal of MVP is to enable genomic discoveries that can translate to improvements in the healthcare of Veterans. So far, only 8 percent of MVP enrollees are women. The goal is to increase the number to at least 11 percent in order to have enough women involved for the results to be statistically valid. Enrolling is simple. Visit the interactive map of all VA sites that are currently enrolling and then either schedule an appointment by calling 866-441-6075 or just walk in to a local MVP clinic to participate. For more information, read the VA VAntage Point Blog and visit the MVP webpage.