Friday, August 29, 2014

Veterans and Parrots, Honor for All, Resume Engine, #GIBill Comparison Tool, Boots for Building


Here’s an interesting place where Veterans are volunteering to help parrots overcome abusive pasts, see: http://youtu.be/OF2W6tSSQGI   There are many organizations that can use your help with animals of all types: humane societies, wildlife and pet rescues, and fostering programs – why not help a furry (or feathered) friend along the way?

Alarmed by rising suicide rates, Vietnam Veteran Thomas Mahany started the Honor for All non-profit group to raise PTSD awareness and remove the stigma of seeking help.  See more about Honor for All at: http://www.honorforall.org/home/

Having trouble getting your resume just right?  Here’s a free tool to help you from Hiring our Heroes and ToyotaUSA at: https://www.resumeengine.org/

From Student Veterans of America: “The release of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' enhanced #GIBill Comparison Tool heralds continued progress for discerning student veterans seeking to capitalize upon their earned benefits and turn their education into a successful career: bit.ly/1qKRX4k

More from SVA: “We've joined with our friends at Team Depot, Habitat for Humanity, and Team Rubicon for 'Boots for Building', pairing vet volunteers with service opportunities nationwide. America's veterans are primed and capable to positively impact our communities, and we're here to help them do just that.  From September 19-21st, join us for an inaugural weekend of collaboration and camaraderie: bit.ly/1tfbFvo


Monday, August 25, 2014

Veterans Upward Bound Helps You Prepare for Success, #VetQ, Seats for Soldiers, Arizona Offers Benefits to Veterans

The new academic year is off to a fast start – if you’re feeling left behind, it’s the perfect time to prepare for the Spring semester beginning in January.  Veterans in Northern Arizona can get the best start by contacting Veterans Upward Bound (www.yc.edu/vub or call 928-717-7686) for free help with financial aid and Veterans Benefit forms, admissions, career choices, and college preparatory courses.

Do you want to learn more about veteran benefits or are you curious about adaptive sports? If you can ask your question in 140 characters or less, tweet it to #VetQ on Twitter. The new social media campaign is a collaborative effort between the Department of Veterans Affairs and seven Veteran Service Organizations.

Sanderson Ford is recognizing service men and women through their Seats for Soldiers program. Active military soldiers, or recent medically discharged soldiers are eligible to be selected to win four seats to select Arizona Cardinal games. If you or someone you know would like to enter to win 4 lower level seats, with pre-game on field passes, please submit an entry in 200 words or less of why you or a soldier would like to sit in the Seats For Soldiers at an upcoming Arizona Cardinals game.  See more at: http://bit.ly/sanderson_sfs

Curious about what Arizona offers Veterans?  Check out the Arizona Department of Veterans Services at https://dvs.az.gov or http://militaryandveteransdiscounts.com/location/arizona.html


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

IVMF Survey on Vet Ed, Veteran 'Nerds' Wanted, Pets for Patriots Success Stories, SVA Not-Recommended Schools, POW/MIA Family Survey, Federal Hiring Preference


The Institute for Veterans and Military Families wants to hear more about how education matters to you.  Military members, vets, and families -- Please complete the IVMF survey at: http://tinyurl.com/service2student and share your story with #VetEdMatters

Here’s a great article about how Veterans who are ‘nerds’ (adept at technology) are needed in many fields: http://taskandpurpose.com/emergency-management-field-needs-nerds/

If it is one of those days when you’d enjoy reading some good news about Veterans rescuing homeless pets, see the Pets for Patriots blog.  You’ll never lack a good story at: http://blog.petsforpatriots.org/

The Student Veterans of America (SVA) has taken another step in their advocacy role for Veterans seeking to attend college by creating a list of schools that engage in questionable practices that are not helpful to student success and/or target Veterans.  See more at: http://studentveterans.org/media-news/press-releases/250-sva-announces-not-recommended-list.html

Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel: To learn about recent recoveries or identification of lost servicemembers, much information can be found at: http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/news/news_releases/  An outside organization called ‘The Clearing’ is conducting a survey to learn more from family/friends of the missing about their experience/satisfaction/dissatisfaction with the many agencies involved with recovering missing servicemembers.  Families wishing to participate only, please email: voiceofthefamilies@theclearing.com

Veterans, transitioning servicemembers, and their families looking for jobs have special priority when it comes to federal jobs.  Check out the resources and listings at: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Art of Hooping, July 28 Deadline to Register to Vote, Think Before You Ink


This hooping genius combines art and athleticism, martial arts, dance, and a lot of balance at: http://youtu.be/GLlpi-0_lB0

Deadline to register/or re-register to vote in the upcoming election is July 28.  You can do this at your county election office, MVD, most public libraries, and online at: https://servicearizona.com/webapp/evoter/selectLanguage  Need some incentive to participate?  Then see Sandra Day O’Connor explaining the importance of every Arizonan voting in this PSA: http://youtu.be/rFPSFR0Vbrs

There are pros and cons to any body art that can’t easily be changed or removed, so it pays to be an informed consumer.  Some employers, like law enforcement and health care, won’t allow any visible tattoos for new employees.  But after several soldiers ended up in the hospital, this article from Military.com shows health concerns, and the questions to ask before you get a tattoo at: http://www.stripes.com/questions-to-ask-before-you-get-a-tattoo-1.292437 and the CDC discusses other health-related matters at: http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2012/08/the-hidden-dangers-of-getting-inked/  So, think (and research), before you ink!



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Congressional Gold Medals, Hiring Heroes Job Fair in Tucson, Free Legal Help, Expanded Access to Exchanges, Addiction Recovery, College Planning

Today, July 9, a Congressional Gold Medal will be presented to Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving countless lives in WWII.  See more about Wallenberg at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-brzezinski/honoring-raoul-wallenberg_b_5561725.html and recent recipients, such as the Doolittle Raiders and Monuments Men at: http://history.house.gov/Institution/Gold-Medal/Gold-Medal-Recipients/

July 17 is a Hiring our Heroes Job Fair in Tucson, AZ – see the full list of their Veterans Job Fairs at: http://www.hiringourheroes.org/hiringourheroes/events

Low-income individuals may be able to get low-cost or free legal help.  Check out http://www.americanbar.org/portals/public_resources/aba_home_front/directory_programs/arizona.html or contact Community Legal Services at 928-445-9240.  Community Legal Services has several July workshops and open-intake events in Prescott and Prescott Valley.

A potential benefit for 22 million more Veterans: A recent proposal would allow all honorably discharged Vets to shop at the exchange online, a savings of up to 25% on many items.  Read more at: http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2014/06/aafes-chief-let-22-million-vets-shop-exchanges-online/

An interesting article about addiction on Dr. Oz’s blog is at: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/addicts-anonymous-people#cmpid=em070214  The article promotes a national conversation, bringing addiction out in the open, so more people will seek treatment and join the 23.5 million Americans in recovery.

Thinking of going to college?  Check out http://www.fastweb.com/ to learn more about financial help available – or if you are a Northern Arizona Veteran, contact www.yc.edu/vub for free services to assist you with financial aid, college applications, career decisions, and more.
Need an incentive to get a degree?  Check out this chart, showing the effect of a parent's education level on their children's lifetime income level.
Parents with Bachelor's Degrees Impact their Children's Earning Level too.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Independence Day Celebrations, Army Veteran Saves Beagle, Job Resources, Brewery Helps Vets, Wounded Warrior Softball


As we approach Independence Day, here’s a list of military & Veteran discounts: http://www.military.com/independence-day/4th-of-july-discounts.html and a gentle reminder that not all Veterans appreciate the loud sounds of fireworks.  ABC News shared a story and video above last July at: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/4th-july-fireworks-nightmare-shell-shocked-war-veterans/story?id=19554318.  Wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday – celebrate however you please.

Good deed: An Army Veteran’s emergency medical training kicked into overdrive, when Aaron Schneider ran across a busy highway to save the life of an injured Beagle.  See more at:  http://goo.gl/xrQgrm

Highlighting this career resource again, for those seeking employment: http://veteranjobs.stripes.com/

Red, White, and Brew is just in time for Independence Day - a micro-brewery business that hires Veterans and donates to Veterans rehabilitation programs!  See more at: http://goo.gl/zZjrZv

How about a nice summer softball game, mentoring youth?  Now, make it a softball game pairing wounded warriors and children who’ve lost limbs…check out this great match at: http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/making-a-difference/home-run-kid-amputees-play-ball-wounded-warriors-n138481

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Virtual Vacation, Verde Valley Archaeology Free Event, Educational Resources for Veterans, Money Tips for Students


Need a virtual vacation?  Tour the Grand Canyon at: http://youtu.be/p2X4U1mQzoE

Local Free Event for Families: The Verde Valley Archaeology Center presents the free Grand Opening of their Children's Discovery Area on Saturday June 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Center is located at 385 S. Main St, Camp Verde. The Children's Discovery Area will provide kids of all ages the opportunity to learn about the prehistoric past of the Verde Valley in fun and interactive ways. The first 100 kids will receive a Junior Archaeologist badge and a copy of the Center's Kid's Guide to Archaeology.  There will be free face painting starting at 11 a.m. Uqualla, a member of the Havasupai Tribe in the Grand Canyon, will perform storytelling. For additional information, contact the Center at (928) 567-0066 or see: http://www.verdevalleyarchaeology.org/

Are you wondering what educational resources may be available to you or your family?  The National Council of Higher Education Resources provides a list for service members/Veterans/families at: http://www.ncher.us/?page=e2149 and the Federal Student Aid site has more at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/military

Show Me the Money: There are lots of money-related blogs, but this one is especially for college students!  Check it out at: http://blog.saltmoney.org/ Recent posts include tips for buying a car, what to do at a career fair, a primer on student loan changes, and a list of scholarships due in July.