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Last weekend, I had the honor of attending the Ventura County Stand Down, organized by the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans. In war time, Stand Down allowed exhausted combat units time to rest and recover away from the battlefields, in a place of relative security and safety. Troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends. The modern day Stand Down is a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to bring together homeless veterans in a single location, for one to three days. The brainchild of Vietnam Veterans Robert Van Keuren and Dr. Jon Nachison, the modern Stand Down provides homeless veterans with access to the community resources they need to begin addressing their individual problems so that they can start rebuilding their lives. A very special “thank you” to Cal Farmer and Claire Hope-Farmer; Claire is the glue that has held the Ventura County Stand Down together since 1993. For more information, please visit the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
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Iraq Star Motorcycle
Field Trip program with Virginia's NAUS
American Home Inspection Training
Missouri Heroes Welcome Home Program
Advice from Peter Weddle
Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band
Free Gov't Resource Websites
Indie Film - Homecoming
Illinois Warrior Summit
Discounts for Seniors
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Post 9/11 GI Bill Information
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Indian Health Service
Nationwide Health Care Careers with the Indian Health Service
When you finish your tour of duty, transition to the Indian Health Service and switch from your armed forces uniform to a US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps uniform. You’ll serve a population that needs your skills while keeping your career benefits and avoiding the hassle and expense of private practice. Best of all, your years of service will count toward federal retirement. We’re hiring Physicians, Pharmacists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and other health care professionals - get all the details now at http://www.ihs.gov/corps .
The Odds Are In Your Favor
Iraq Star Chopper
Time is Running Out for your chance to win this one of a kind motorcycle. Since a maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold, the odds of winning are very good. Valued at over $100,000, the proceeds from the auction of the custom Iraq Star Chopper will benefit our wounded warriors through the Iraq Star Foundation. But time is running out…the winner will be announced on 9/11 at the Reagan Presidential Library during the Simi Valley Freedom Walk. If you’re in Southern California, you can see the motorcycle on display at the Library. To get your ticket, click here
Virginia National Association for Uniformed Services
HATS OFF TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA NAUS
In an effort to help our wounded warriors make it through each day emotionally, the NOVA chapter of NAUS (the National Association for Uniformed Services) has instituted a program to take some of our nation’s heroes out for unique field trips. In June, a group of Wounded Warriors from Dewitt Army Community Hospital were escorted on a private tour of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC by LTC (Ret) Steven Chucala, Esq., the Vice President of the Virginia Chapter of NAUS. We want to commend them for their good works, and hope that their “out of the box” planning inspires others throughout the country to do the same. The NAUS is a non-profit organization that promotes the legislative interests of the military community before Congress and state governments.
American Home Inspection Training
American Home Inspection Training at No Cost to Service Members. If you're currently in the military, there is no out of pocket cost for you to get started. If you happen to be a veteran, we have a substantial Vet discount for you.
HOUSE HUNTING IN MISSOURI?
The Missouri Association of Realtors
The Missouri Association of Realtors® will be presenting "Missouri Heroes Welcome Home", a program to educate Veterans, spouses, families, and Realtors about the Veteran benefits and programs for housing. Upcoming dates are
August 25th in the St Charles/St. Louis area
October 13th in the Branson/Springfield area
The program includes speakers, vendors, and networking covering Veteran entitlements/eligibility, housing options, the home buying process, lending programs, grants and funding. They will also cover topics such as adapting homes to accommodate disabilities , family challenges, community veteran services and available resources. The programs are free but REGISTRATION is REQUIRED at www.MissouriRealtor.org .
Advice from Peter Weddle
Work Strong - Your Personal Career Fitness System
Peter Weddle is a veteran as well as the author or editor of over two dozen books. You can get Peter’s book, Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System, at Amazon.com and in many bookstores around the country. Question: Do I need to be on LinkedIn or Facebook to get a job in the private sector? For Peter’s Answer, click here .
Gary Sinise Foundation & the Lt. Dan Band
Gary Sinise Foundation
July 4th, 2011, saw the launch of the Gary Sinise Foundation to honor the Nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. The foundation provides and supports unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. The launch coincided with the release of Jonathan Flora’s documentary “Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good”. All purchases of the film stream at www.LtDanBandMovie.com , will generate a 25% donation to the Gary Sinise Foundation through August 3rd. And don’t miss the opportunity to see Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band on Friday, September 16th, a fundraising concert for The Independence Fund, Beautfort, SC. Click here
Veteran Government Resource Sites
Attention All Veterans!
There are a large number of websites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file and/or ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Most of this information is free and available to all veterans, but you have to ask for it. We invite you to look over the list of websites in the event that one or more of them will be advantageous to you. We also recommend that you bookmark the page for future use.
Check out our Veteran Government Resource Sites Directory
The Freedom Walk
MilitaryConnection.com is proud to once again join forces with the Ronald Reagan Library to remember the victims of September 11th and honor our troops and first responders at the Annual 9/11 Freedom Walk. The Freedom Walk is a positive way for Americans with different opinions to come together and remember that we are "the greatest nation in the world". We live in a nation where we are able to think and state our different points of view. Let's remember those who sacrifice to preserve the freedoms we hold dear.
Not the Usual Military Story
"Homecoming" shows a rare glimpse of a female soldiers story - a view one seldom finds in cinema. Writer/director Sean Hackett focuses on what today's military sacrifice - their 20s. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this authentic and acute portrait shows Estelle, home on leave, trying to reconnect with her loved ones, all the while redefining "home. "Homecoming" is a story about family, friendship, and love. For more information, click here
Illinois Warrior Summit
Warrior Summit 2011 - Chicago IL
Midwest Vets-Plan to Attend
The goal of the Illinois Warrior Summit and Welcome Home Celebration is to assist veterans and service members with obtaining information about benefits, employment, education, housing and legal services. The event, to be held at Soldier Field on August 23rd, will feature a free concert, food, sporting event ticket vouchers and entertainments for the kids. For more information, visit their website at www.illinoiswarriorsummit.com
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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.
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When you need a simple, affordable military loan, Pioneer Services is here to help. Their online application is fast, easy, and confidential. They offer personal installment loans with manageable payments and no hidden fees. Fast, affordable military loans from $500 to $10,000 are available for all ranks and branches and retired military.
Hundreds of Deals & Discounts for Military
Thanks to BradsDeals.com, we have a list from "A" to "Z" of stores and businesses that offer year-round discounts to Active Duty Military and Veterans. To see the entire list that includes offers from Retail stores, Restaurants, Lodging and more, click here
Suicude Prevention Hotline
As more and more men and women in uniform return from Iraq and Afghanistan, there is an increasing need for mental health care. The VA is reaching out to Veterans in crisis and their families to raise awareness about suicide prevention resources, such as the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The PSA encourages Veterans in crisis to call the crisis hotline number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a trained VA mental health professional, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An online Veterans Chat program, which provides the ability to communicate anonymously online in real-time with a trained VA mental health professional, can be accessed through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s web page
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