Friday, November 18, 2011

As We Remember

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In our last newsletter, we asked our readers to share their memories of where they were when they heard about the 9/11 attacks. We would like to thank all of you who have sent in your submissions, and we are featuring a number of them on our blog . We hope that on Sunday, you will take the opportunity to honor the memories of those who perished by flying the flag and participating in an event in your area that celebrates our freedoms. Although we may have different opinions and political views, 9/11 is a day to come together and remember that we live in the greatest nation in the world. Let's remember those who sacrifice to preserve these freedoms we hold dear.

Best regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO

Iraq Star Chopper
Armed Forces Vacation Club
ESGR, Support Those Who Serve
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Post 9/11 GI Bill Information
The Annual 9/11 Freedom Walk
The Lt. Dan Band
The 9/11 Memorial Concert
Operation Wheels & Warriors
MilitaryConnection's Job Board

HomeFront America
TechEXPO's Top Secret Hiring Events
Veterans Crisis Line
Pioneer Military Lending
Bid on a Piece of History
Prisoners of War - Stolen Freedom
Our Military Kids
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Deals & Discounts for Military
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Win a $100,000 Custom Motorcycle
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 400 tickets will be sold, your odds of winning are excellent. 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
$349 For a One Week Vacation Stay

Armed Forces Vacation Club

Armed Forces Vacation Club

The Armed Forces Vacation Club is a "space available" program that offers military and other Department of Defense-affiliated personnel the opportunity to enjoy vacations at popular destinations around the world – for the incredibly low price of just $349* USD per unit, per week.
Those eligible and their family and friends have access to spacious accommodations at more than 3,500 resorts, apartments, condominiums and homes in more than 80 countries. Stay with your loved ones at a beachfront resort in Mexico, a well-appointed cabin in the Canadian Rockies, or a centuries old home in the English countryside. Take your leave at a do-everything resort near Orlando's theme parks, Greece's ancient ruins or Tuscany's rolling hills.
With Armed Forces Vacation Club, your vacation options span the globe.

Military Connection Salutes ESGR


Supporting Those Who Serve

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

Featured School

Colorado Technical University - Dept. of Military Education

Colorado Technical University

Whether you are focused on advancing your career in the military, or seeking career opportunities in the civilian job market, Colorado Technical University’s Department of Military Education is ready to assist you. CTU is committed to providing support and advice about your education and career goals, and making quality college degrees flexible, accessible and rewarding to those who serve in the military, veterans and their spouses. For more information click here
CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary.

Featured School

American InterContinental University

American InterContinental University strongly supports the commitment, dedication and bravery exhibited by members of the U.S. Military. By designing education that is flexible and convenient, AIU makes it possible for you to earn an industry-current degree while you serve your country. Whether you are focused on continuing your career in the military or expanding your options in the civilian job market, AIU is uniquely positioned to serve you. For more information, click here

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The Freedom Walk 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. The Annual 9/11 Freedom Walk Program is one of thousands that will be held nationwide to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks against our nation. Let us memorialize those who died and thank those who serve in the military, law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals.

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 . 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, and on Sunday, September 25th at the 2011 Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City. Click here
9/11 Concert Live
from Afghanistan

Zac Charles Live: The 9/11 Memorial Concert

Zac Charles has written numerous songs that display his singing and writing abilities. “Until I Get Home ,” Zac’s current hit, has swept across the military community and social media. This song speaks straight to the heart of soldiers and their commitment to duty and family. Charles said, “I’ve always been into music. You could say it was something I was born with. From the time I was three years old and on, I’ve always had a guitar in my hand. It’s where I feel most comfortable and most alive.” To watch the concert online beginning at 5:00 pm Eastern time, click here
Support the USO

Operation Wheels & Warriors

On Saturday, October 15, 2011, celebrate the history and mission of the USO through the decades with an up-close and personal look at vehicles dating from World Wars I and II through the Vietnam War and today. The Agoura, CA event will feature classic and luxury civilian automobiles from these decades, surrounded by their military vehicle contemporaries. Bring the whole family and help the Bob Hope USO at LAX support our military men and women. For more information, visit their Facebook page

Military 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.

Featured Charity

Homefront America

Homefront America Needs Your Vote!

Homefront America, an all-volunteer 501c3 military outreach and support organization, has been named one of ten finalists in the 2011 Cox Cares community grant program. The winning organization will receive a $ 10,000 grant. If named the winner, Homefront America will use the grant to launch Dress for Success, aprogram for military children. This new program will complement their existing program, Pack for Success, which provides quality name brand backpacks filled with grade specific school supplies for military children each fall. Dress for Success will provide military children with a new outfit or a new pair of shoes to go with their new backpacks and school supplies when they return to school in the fall. By casting your vote for Homefront America, you will be helping to make a difference in the lives of the smallest “Unsung Heroes”. Click here

Tech EXPO Explore new career opportunities this September! TECHEXPO Top Secret brings Security-Cleared professionals together with the nation’s leading employers from the defense & government sectors. Interview for the many opportunities available in cyber security, information technology, engineering, aerospace, telecom, project management, intelligence, operations, homeland security, research & more at TECHEXPO Top Secret's September hiring events! You may also submit a resume online & apply to thousands of available positions!

Important Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line
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
Fast Turnaround Loans

Pioneer Military Lending

Pioneer Services - serving the military for over 20 years

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.

Bid on a Piece of History

Spirit of Liberty Jeeps

The Crossing of America, a cross country tour of two Spirit of Liberty Jeeps, began on May 27, 2011 aboard the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego Harbor, and concluded on Thursday, September 8, 2011, on the deck of the USS Intrepid in New York Harbor. The tour traveled over 12,700 miles through 43 states and the District of Columbia during its 105-day trip. Along the route, the Spirit of Liberty Jeeps were driven by celebrities, sports figures, government officials, Veterans, POWs, Medal of Honor recipients, and family members of Fallen Heroes. Now is your chance to own a piece of history. To participate in the Celebrity Charity Auction on Ebay and bid on one of the Jeeps, or for more information, click here

Preserving Their Stories

Prisoners of War - Stolen Freedom

PRISONERS OF WAR: Stolen Freedom

This documentary film, executive produced by Florida Veterans Programs & Projects, Inc. and directed by Eric Flagg and Michael Rothfeld is a collection of stories from four former American POWs from three of the major conflicts of the 20th century: WWII, The Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict. Each of their experiences are different, but the film centers on how each of these men found a way to survive harsh incarcerations that lasted from two to six years. The stories of WWII CPO William Ingram, Korean War Cpl. Richard Bassett, , Viet Nam Conflict Col. Hal Kushner and Capt. Giles Norrington are told in this moving documentary film. To view the trailer, click here
For National Guard and Reserve Families

Our Military Kids

Grants for Activities

Our Military Kids wants to help your family through your deployment. If you have a child age 3 to 18 with a parent currently deployed overseas with the National Guard or Reserves, your child is eligible for a grant. The grants, which can be up to $500, will pay for up to six months of an extracurricular activity of your choice. The process is simple. Visit their website and select the appropriate one-page application . Once the application is complete, send it with supporting documentation. That’s it. If you have any questions, you can visit their FAQ page or call (703) 734-6654. They can only provide grants to children with a parent who is currently deployed – if your service member has yet to deploy, or has already returned home, unfortunately, the child is not eligible.

Free Membership

VAMBOA - Veteran and Military Business Owners Association

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.

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