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.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Army & Happy Father's Day

Happy 239th birthday to the Army (June 14th) and Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!  Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Overcoming Adversity, Sharecare, Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build, WWII Remembrances

Here’s an inspiring story, especially for anyone facing a health challenge or overcoming a personal obstacle to their goals: http://youtu.be/bX32U_hfri4  It adds a different perspective to everyday problems.

Health Information: If you are interested in improving your health, or have some health questions, here’s a new site that might be worth looking into (even has a mobile app): http://doctoroz.sharecare.com/

Nationwide, more than 1.5 million Veterans’ households pay more than 50% of their income for housing. So, Houston-area veterans, including members of The Mission Continues 1st Platoon Houston are stepping up to assist their neighbors through Habitat for Humanity's "Heroes for Heroes Veterans Build."  Learn more about the project at: http://bit.ly/1uFpwZV  To learn more about volunteering for, or getting a home through Habitat for Humanity, check your local group. In Cottonwood: http://vvhabitat.org/ and in the Prescott area: http://prescotthabitat.org/ Don't forget to ask if they have a Heroes for Heroes program that builds homes for Veterans!

Over the 70th anniversary of D-Day this weekend, some amazing original footage was shared from WWII. To learn more about what really happened, see some at: http://youtu.be/PjCR9YrU2Q0  The National WWII Museum reports that 555 WWII Veterans die each day; these elders have so many important memories to share.  Among recent losses of WWII heroes were Navajo Code Talkers Chester Nez and Sydney Bedoni – condolences to their families.  We may never know which of our family members’ lives were saved in WWII battles by the Navajo Code...we all owe them a debt of gratitude.