. Military-Civilian: Hot Jobs, Events, and Helpful Information for Veterans Seeking Civilian Careers: October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Donate your Extra Halloween Candy to the Troops

A Sweet Way to Make Everyone Smile:
The Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program!

Every kid loves Halloween! So do adults.

As responsible dentists, community members, and US citizens, Halloween Candy Buy Back dentists have found a way to keep the fun, while helping kids and our  troops deployed overseas.

How does the program work?

  • Participating dentists "buy" back kids' Halloween candy at a scheduled event
  • "Buy" with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges - They can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc.  They can give away the Hygiene Kits, they can set up an Opportunity Prize--each kid gets a ticket per pound of candy for an opportunity drawing to win special prizes, etc.
  • Dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
  • Operation Gratitude sends the candy  to U.S. Military deployed in harm's way

Why Join Halloween Candy Buy Back?

  • You'll enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re making kids, parents, and Service Members smile!
  • You'll set a great example for the next generation to give back!
  • You'll also enjoy some great publicity!

100,000 Toothbrush Challenge

Help us send a toothbrush in every troop's care package! For every pound of candy you send to the troops, we hope you will also send a toothbrush! Let's see how quickly we can collect 100,000 toothbrushes!

Visit the Halloween Candy Buyback page for more info: http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/index.html

Click to Support Our Soldiers with AOL and Hire Heroes USA

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Testimonial October 28

 Good Morning,

 I am the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Marine liaison located in New Orleans, with Marine Forces Reserve Headquarter element, We assist 40,000 Selected Marine Reserve and 60,000 Individual Ready Reserves as a whole with 183 sites abroad, we focus to enable the service member with Reemployment, Underemployment and Employment. ESGR is a Department of Defense agency that seeks to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.  We recognize outstanding support, increase awareness of the law, and resolve conflicts through mediation.

I find your resource and information very helpful and in most cases fantastic resources for our service members abroad. Is it possible to receive this information in Formal easy to read format as to format listed below, this will enable our readers as to more polished version for need know events throughout the country.

I appreciate your support, and any solution as to enable the reader with this much needed resources.


R.J. "Toby" Tobin, CTR, IIF Data Solution

20 Ways For Civilians to Support & Thank Our Veterans & Military Families

1% of Americans serve in our military. Don’t just go to the mall this Veterans’ Day. Please be part of the 99% of Americans who actively give something back.

(Listed in order of least to most involved ways to participate)

1 Put out an American flag on 11/11/11.
2 Go to ( www.Americasupportsyou.org ) to see lists of organizations who support vets
3 Help wounded warriors and put the veterans back in Veterans’ Day through the Wounded Warrior Believe In Heroes” campaign ( www.wounderwarriorproject.org ).
4 Say “thank you for your service” to people you know are veterans or soldiers.
5 Say “thank you” to military family members for their service as well.
6 If you’re not sure if someone is a vet, risk asking them: “Are you a veteran, ma’am/sir?” and then thanking them if they say yes. Keep in mind that some vets do not want to make a big deal about their service, to be called a “hero” or to talk at length to someone they don’t know.
7 Use social media such as Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter to express your thanks.
8 Use social media to ask vets in your life what they need.
9 Visit a veterans’ cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery, or a Veterans’ Memorial site.
10 Visit or donate to a veterans’ museum. A wide array of museums are devoted to different populations (Special Ops/Women/Vietnam). Use a search engine to find them.
11 If you’re near DC on 11/11/11, attend the “Women Veterans Rock!” Rally at the ARC Performing Arts Theater, 1901 Mississippi Ave, @ noon (www.womenvetsrock.org ).
12 If you’re a season ticket holder/sports fan, donate tickets to local recruiting offices to be distributed between vets & active soldiers (to find them, pick a search engine & enter your city name, one of the Armed forces branches (ex: Army), & “recruiting office”).
13 If you love music/play music, support what other musicians are doing for our troops by joining or donating to the USO ( www.uso.org ). Also check out ( www.ltdanband.com ), (www.cammomusic.org ), and ( www.4troopsmusic.com ) and consider becoming an active supporter of bringing hope and support into the lives of soldiers through music.
14 If you’re an artist, support the Graffiti of War Project ( www.graffitiofwar.com ) and the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago ( www.nvvam.org ).
15 If you’re a writer or want to support veterans who are sharing their stories online, read some military blogs ( www.milblogging.com ) and some poetry by vets (www.iwvpa.net ).
16 Follow and/or “Like” the Veterans Writing Project on Facebook & give them money.
17 Help veterans have their stories and service permanently honored and recorded in the Library of Congress through the Veterans History Project ( www.loc.gov/vets ).
18 Donate blood for injured troops ( http://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/default.aspx ) and support disabled vets ( www.qolfoundation.org ), ( www.independencefund.org ) & (www.ambucs.org ).
19 To help disabled vets near Fort Bragg, NC, email James Howard @ howard82nd@yahoo.com.
20 Help vets find a job – add job openings & opportunities at: ( www.hirepatriots.com ), ( www.military-civilian.com ), ( www.milicruit.com ), or ( www.fedshirevets.com ).

Please pass these suggestions along and consider supporting these projects, organizations, & veterans after Veterans’ day has ended. Thank you.

Compiled by L.R. Goodson, Words for Warriors (reedtome@yahoo.com)
*Many thanks to all of the veterans & advocates who responded with suggestions.

Friday, October 28, 2011

ManTech International - Mechanical Technicians for Southwest /South Central Asia (Secret Security Clearance needed)

ManTech International Corporation is seeking Mechanical Technicians for Southwest Asia and South Central Asia with a Secret Security Clearance

Job Description:

Researches, plans, designs and develops new applications for electro-mechanical equipment and systems. Reviews contractor's standards, specifications and other documentation to determine mechanical engineering requirements. Designs or reviews simple mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, ventilation and/or instrumentation systems using analytical and investigative methods and techniques to ensure systems meet required specifications. Gathers and correlates basic data and performs routine engineering research and development assignments involving calculations and relatively simple tests in order to develop new applications or upgrade existing hardware. Guides and assists technicians in fabrication and installation of simple mechanical and related equipment and routine systems in order to ensure conformance of product and systems with engineering design and customer specifications. May evaluate field installations and recommend design modifications to eliminate malfunctions or improve equipment or system function. May review and correct drawings to ensure that products are in accordance with proper engineering techniques and specifications. Tasks may require physical abilities

Position Requirements:

4+ years of related experience
Proven maintenance, repair and technical experience and background in industrial manufacturing, commercial maintenance or military operations or maintenance.
Preferred areas of experience may be with light or heavy duty trucks, tractors, tactical vehicles, ground systems, generators, power plants, aircraft or any diesel or gasoline powered equipment or vehicle.
Maintenance support includes operations, system troubleshooting, engineering, design, installation, analysis, maintenance and repair of U.S. systems and subsystems to component level.
Proficient with a variety of hand tools, diagnostic tools, power tools, multi-meters.
Effectively applies industry and/or military standard troubleshooting procedures to isolate faulty system components.
Prior training and/or maintenance experience on MRAP/RCV systems preferable
Travel to hostile areas is required Must be able to meet all government CONUS Replacement Center (CRC) requirements for foreign travel into operational locations.
Candidates must be in top physical shape, meeting the government deployment requirements.
Position requires moderate to lengthy travel to various OCONUS locations. Appropriate bonuses and allowances are paid. We seek flexibility and willingness to deploy to all/any of these locations, including Southwest Asia and South Central Asia. Some OCONUS deployments may be too risky hostile ("war zone") environments which earn larger bonuses.
Qualify for a corporate VISA travel card.
Pre-Employment Drug Screening

Security Requirements: Secret Security Clearance

** Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. **

Please send resume to Roy.Davis@ManTech.com 

More information:

This job opening is just one of the many openings we have. For more information about ManTech, visit us at our website www.mantech.com and click on CAREERS.

ManTech is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V are urged to apply. We look forward to hearting from you.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Testimonial October 27th

We are getting a very good response to this posting. Thank you for all of the candidates.
Craig Murray, SPHR
Director, Recruiting and Retention

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CUDD Energy Services – Leadership Training Coordinator

CUDD Energy Services – Leadership Training Coordinator

Leadership Training Coordinator  - Houston, TX

Will be responsible for teaching leaders at all levels of the company fundamental and advanced leadership principles.  Will be an instrument of change, changing the corporate culture concerning their basic understanding of what it means to be a leader.
Oversee the development and administration of the corporate Leadership Training Program.
Leadership Trainer, Mentor & Facilitator.
Develop new leadership schools, training materials, and training techniques.
Up to 50% out of town travel.

Job Requirements:
Should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, equivalent combination's of education and experience will be considered.
Must have a minimum of 10 years of supervisory experience.
Must have a minimum of 3 years experience developing and delivering leadership training, prefer 5 years or more.
Military experience would also be considered a plus.
Ideally an E-7 and above or O-4 and above.
Experience teaching in a military leadership training program would also be considered a plus.
Unit or Command level experience would also be considered a plus.

Interested candidates please send resume via email at: cmurray@rpc.net. Visit our website at: www.cudd.com.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The 236th Anniversary of the U. S. Marine corps is on 10 November 2011.

Semper Fidelis (USMC Motto: Always Faithfull) shortened to Semper Fi

Monday, October 24, 2011

V1 Analytical Solutions – Information Technology Analysts at USSOCOM

V1 Analytical Solutions – Information Technology Analysts at USSOCOM

Information Technology Analysts at USSOCOM Sites across the U.S (Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and California)

V1 Analytical is seeking candidates for a range of Information Technology positions at U.S Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Positions include system engineers, software developers, web portal / Sharepoint designers, database managers and help desk support. 

Strongest candidates will have demonstrated IT experience, experience with U.S. Special Operations Forces and a Top Secret Security clearance. 

If you meet these requirements, please send your resume via email to: r.cacci@v1analytical.com.
For more information please visit our website at: www.v1analytical.com.

V1 Analytical Solutions – Operations/Intelligence Counter-Terrorism Support

V1 Analytical Solutions – Operations/Intelligence Counter-Terrorism Support

Operations/Intelligence Counter-Terrorism Support – Northern Virginia, with possible short deployments overseas

V1 Analytical is immediately accepting resumes for Operations and Intelligence support positions with a classified national agency.

Positions/skills include Operations, Trade-craft, Targeting, Counter-Intelligence, Collection Management, Reporting and Operational Support.

Active Full Scope Polygraph is an absolute hard requirement.

If you have an active full scope poly, understanding of specialized trade-craft and a desire to work at the cutting edge of U.S. national security, please send your resume via email at: r.cacci@v1analytical.com.

For more information please visit our website at: www.v1analytical.com.

Testimonial October 23rd, 2011

Hey Lucy,
I just wanted to follow up with you since we haven’t spoken in a while. We have been very pleased with your service so far. We have had success with the resumes you’ve sent and wanted to say keep up the good work. Let me know if there is any you need.

Zach Lynch
Recruiting Assistant

We invite you to share your story — safely

When veterans get home they bring back important stories to tell, of adventures and pain, of fear and courage, of lessons learned. But often friends and family do not want to listen or are uncomfortable talking about war. So, if veterans are going to open up at all, they often seek out another veteran to talk with. Unfortunately, when veterans talk together of the war, attempts at sharing the grief and pain often slip into a "That ain't nothing" or "Top this one" exchange of war stories.

So finding relief or closure through telling one's story is difficult to achieve and the deeper truths remain untold; the deeper pains remain unprocessed. Eventually, many veterans lock up their authentic stories deep inside their "inner vault" and stop talking.

Does this describe your experience?

It's time for veterans stories to be heard. The Journey offers a safe place where veterans and civilians want to hear you, offering empathy for your painful journey and total support for your healing.


The Military-Civilian Gap

America’s post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are unique. Never before has this nation been engaged in conflicts for so long. And never before has it waged sustained warfare with so small a share of its population carrying the fight.

This report sets out to explore a series of questions that arise from these historical anomalies. It does so on the strength of two nationwide surveys the Pew Research Center conducted in the late summer of 2011, as the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan approached.

Read more about the report here: http://militaryreporter.net/2011/10/24/the-military-civilian-gap

Returning women vets face a harder road finding work than men


When a job interviewer tells Donna Bachler, “Wow, you must’ve seen some crazy things over there,” she figures she won’t be hired.

If most of the interview is about Bachler’s service in the global war against terrorism, “it’s not a good sign,” she says.

Dozens of unanswered job applications grew to hundreds after her Army deployment to Kuwait ended more than four years ago. Hoping for better luck — she’s yet to draw a regular paycheck since coming home — the Lansing woman has chosen in some instances to keep her veteran status off the resumes.

“I don’t get it,” says the 30-year-old college graduate and former drill sergeant. “A lot of employers really have no idea what a military background brings to the table … especially for these women who were so driven to push themselves” and serve next to men.



“Operation Wedding Gown” from Brides Across America
NOV 9th -12th

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Brides Across America will honor military brides by saying thank you to our troops by giving away designer wedding gowns. Brides will be serviced on a first-come, first-serve basis. Brides are encouraged to come early and secure their place in line, as there is a limited supply. Each store will have a select number of gowns, sizes and designers.

In order to qualify, brides or their fiancé must be on active duty in the military, either currently deployed or deployed within the last five years to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Libya or Japan. Identification and deployment papers must be presented at the event to qualify.

For military brides who are interested in more information on how to qualify, dates and locations visit Brides Across America contact them at info@bridesacrossamerica.com.



Hello All, I am running the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon (My first marathon) and am asking for your help in supporting Fisher House. If you do not know who or what Fisher House does visit their website at www.fisherhouse.org. Being stationed in the National Capital Region I have seen first hand what Fisher House does for our wounded service members and have donated myself. I have joined Team Fisher House for this years MCM and am asking for anyone that wishes to donate to Fisher House please do so on this page. I would like to thank those who donate in advance for supporting the recovery of our wounded service members. Semper Fidelis, Damian S. Norris


Friday, October 21, 2011

RONCO Consulting Corporation


Operation Confidence's "United We Serve: Tribute to Our Disabled Veterans" (November 9 - Los Angeles, CA)


Town of Dumfries, Virginia - Oct 26, 2011

Town of Dumfries, Virginia - Oct 26, 2011

Opportunities for both job seekers and employers; informational workshops; refreshments.

Small business employer participation encouraged: table fee only $150.

For info and to sign up, contact Debi Sandlin, Economic Development Director, Town of Dumfries.

Please contact us at: (703) 221-3400 ext 140 and visit our website at: www.dumfriesva.gov.

RONCO Consulting Corporation – EDD Kennel Masters

RONCO Consulting Corporation – EDD Kennel Masters


The prospective KM will obtain, maintain and, upon request and be prepared to produce for inspection, complete and thorough records associated with canines working under this contract. Original records shall be maintained in a central location with appropriate duplicates accompanying the dog. Those shall include, but may not be limited to, records that address the following:
• Acquisition of the dog

• Health – from birth until the dog leaves WPS contract.
• Training – to include all records of when the dog was initially trained, to what standards, using what techniques, and by whom the dog was trained. Records shall include relevant names, addresses dates and materials used.
• Testing – to include where, by whom and when the dog was certified prior to acceptance on the program, what explosive odors the dog was tested on and the results of that (those) test(s) and any/all follow-on training as well as certification/re-certification and validation testing.
• Handlers – the names and appropriate identifiers of all EDD Handlers with whom the dog has worked while on the program.
• Acquisition, disposal, and storage records of all explosive training aids utilized during contract period.

The contractor shall be required to maintain small amounts of explosive material for testing and training of the canines. It is imperative that these samples be stored and handled in such manner as to ensure both safety and the integrity of the odor sample. To this end, each kennel shall have an appropriately sized, US Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) approved explosive storage magazine. That facility shall be secured and marked appropriately at all times. The EDDKM shall safely maintain controlled substances used as training aids in accordance with applicable US law. This shall include transportation, storage and handling and associated safety precautions.

All K9 Kennel Masters will have completed a minimum 3 hours block of instruction to include:
• Recognition of IED's and explosives materials - This block will be both generic and specific to their country of assignment.
• Safe explosive handling/ Explosives storage protocols/ Explosives transportation protocols
• Training in protocols to preclude cross contamination of explosive odors used in training and testing
• Testing procedures as required by WPPS Phase 1 and Phase 2 Testing

• Phase 1 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms Odor Recognition Test (NORT)
• Phase 2 North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) certification test

These records shall be maintained for a minimum of three years after the dog has left the program.
This position / labor category is staffed in accordance with the requirements described below:
1. The EDKM is designated as Support (S).
2. The EDKM is required to attend the non-PSS WPS training course, as outlined in this contract.
3 The EDKM handler is required to maintain weapons qualification, as outlined in this contract, with the Glock and the M4.

4. The EDKM vetted personnel are authorized to permanently fill the position / labor category of the EOD in case of shortages with the approval from HTP.
5. Manage and maintain kennel.

6. Conduct in-country training of K-9s.
7. Ensure quality control of K9 Teams.

8. Safely maintain controlled substances used as training aids
9. Detect explosive materials and devices.
10. Prevent the unauthorized introduction of explosive devices or matter.

11. Maintain K9 training records to meet contract requirements.
12. Perform other functions as directed by the Government.

Must meet all of the below qualifications:
1. U.S. Citizen/TCN, as specified in the Task Order.

2. Level 3 English proficiency (see Attachment 4).
3. Certified in accordance with North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), national/State/provincial military or law enforcement agency standards as a working K9 Handler.

Shall have a minimum of:
1. Two (2) years of service as an Explosives Detection Canine Trainer.
2. One (1) year of security related experience. (Experience can be gained in the employ of any national, State/Provincial, Local or commercial entities providing high threat protective services that require skills similar to those outlined in Exhibit E (Training Curriculum) of this contract)
3. Shall be able to recognize canine diseases, be familiar with hygiene requirements, and know the physical condition of the dog.
4. Note: Documentation of certification must accompany the resumes.

• Must be willing to accept requisite responsibilities for working with or around explosives in a training medium or in an operational environment
• Must be able to deploy overseas for extended periods
• Certification of completion and accreditation from military or law enforcement K-9 training facility is required.
• Fluency in English -both spoken and written- is required.

• U.S. citizenship is required

The successful candidate must pass criminal and credit background check.
Current Active DoS or DoD Secret security clearance is required.
If you meet all these requirements please send your resume.

Please submit resumes via email to: EELmore@roncoconsulting.com.

RONCO is an Equal opportunity employer | Drug free workplace

RONCO Consulting Corporation – EOD and IEDD Instructors

RONCO Consulting Corporation – EOD and IEDD Instructors

EOD and IEDD Instructors Cleared and Non Cleared Personnel – Oversea locations

• Analyze training requirements.
• Develop and modify training support material, to include lesson plans, training support packages, and POI (programs of instructions)
• Setting up practical EOD and IEDD problems for field training exercises
• Maintaining knowledge base in assigned course content including qualification as EOD/IEDD Operations Supervisor
• Improving curriculum and course materials through research, intelligence gathering, and training revision


• Minimum of active SECRET clearance.
• EOD or IEDD qualification as an EOD/IEDD operator (Minimum NATO STANAG 2389)
• 5 years of EOD or IEDD operational experience
• Prior U.S. Military Service
• Willing to work overseas

• Certified Instructor.
• In theatre experience within the past 5 years.
• Instructional experience with foreign militaries is preferred.
• Technical knowledge of C-IED operations and surface ordnance EOD response is preferred.
• Curriculum development experience.


• EOD or IEDD qualification as an EOD/IEDD operator (Minimum NATO STANAG 2389)
• 5 years of EOD or IEDD operational experience
• Prior Military Service
• Willing to work overseas

• Certified Instructor.
• In theatre experience within the past 5 years.
• Instructional experience with foreign militaries is preferred.
• Technical knowledge of C-IED operations and surface ordnance EOD response is preferred.
• Curriculum development experience

Please send resume via email at the Quick Links below.

Please Contact us Via the Quick Links Below.

RONCO is an Equal opportunity employer | Drug free workplace

Thursday, October 20, 2011

RONCO Consulting Corporation – Technology Integration Manager

RONCO Consulting Corporation – Technology Integration Manager

Technology Integration Manager/Instructor Training  - Oconus


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1. Instructor shall have basic soldiering knowledge and meets the following current and valid professional qualifications and certifications in his/hers area of expertise prior to performance under this contract.
Surveillance Skills.

Contract instructors shall be skilled as subject matter experts in surveillance. They shall also be skilled in technical surveillance, close target reconnaissance, offensive/defensive driving, patrolling, map reading, land navigation, air land and water infiltration/ex-filtration, communications planning, biometrics, computer forensics, covert methods of entry, and report writing. Each instructor shall have real world experience and operational currency as a surveillance operator and be a graduate of an advanced surveillance course.

Close Target Reconnaissance Skills.
Contract instructors shall be skilled as subject matter experts in Close Target Reconnaissance. They shall also be skilled in personal surveillance, technical surveillance, offensive/defensive driving, patrolling, map reading, land navigation, air land and water infiltration/ex-filtration, communications planning, biometrics, computer forensics, covert methods of entry, and report writing. Each instructor shall have real world experience and operational currency in Close Target Reconnaissance operations and be a graduate of an advanced Close Target Reconnaissance course.

Technical Surveillance Skills.
Contract instructors shall be skilled as subject matter experts in technical surveillance and personal surveillance. They shall also be skilled in personal surveillance, close target reconnaissance, offensive/defensive driving, patrolling, map reading, land navigation, air land and water infiltration/ex-filtration, communications planning, biometrics, computer forensics, covert methods of entry, and report writing. Each instructor shall have real world experience and operational currency as both a surveillance operator and technical surveillance operator.

Training Skills.
They shall be able to review and comment on lesson plans, write personal lesson outlines in support of existing Programs of Instruction (POI) and lesson plans, and create training materials (handouts, PowerPoint Slides, outlines, study sheets, etc.) in support of lesson plans, outlines and practical exercises. They shall also be able to perform all instructor tasks in accordance with SAT Implementation. All unqualified contract instructors shall receive a comprehensive evaluation on their platform teaching abilities, and receive extensive training on practical exercise grading criteria standards to help ensure all students are kept to the standards that are set forth by the POI.

Contract instructors shall write English well enough to provide written evaluations and feedback, and to successfully provide written After Action Reviews (AAR), lesson outlines, graded materials, and course material.

Contract instructors shall have a minimum of six years of Special Operations experience or had been a USG appointed subject matter expert in his/her area of instruction.

Contract instructors shall be able to walk up to six-mile cross-country over varying terrain carrying varying equipment in a rural environment. The contractor shall be responsible for the physical fitness of employees to meet these requirements.

• Active Security Clearance (Top secret)
• Familiar with HUMINT operations
• Former Instructor US Military
• Familiar with Special Operations Procedures
• Self reliant and able to work independently or as a part of a multi-cultural team
• Computer literate
• Physically fit and in good health
Prior service experience US Military

Additional Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
• Experience working in remote locations and challenging environments
• Must be willing to accept requisite responsibilities for working with or around dangerous environments in a training or in an operational medium
• Must be willing to deploy for extended periods
• May be subject to undergo US Government background investigation.

Interested candidates please send your resume to: EELmore@roncoconsulting.com.

RONCO is an Equal opportunity employer | Drug free workplace

Transition Benefits: Military Experience Equals Civilian Career Opportunities (Article from navy.mil)

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Men and women leaving military service bring a breadth of skills, experience and knowledge in civilian careers.

"Many of the skills gained in their military service relates to civilian jobs so it is important to capture that information on their resumes for civilian careers," said Jean Mercer, director, DON's Office of Civilian Human Resources, HR Systems and Business Transformation Department.

Learning how to translate military experiences and occupations will help hone the search for civilian jobs best suited for the veterans, said Mercer. The Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) website, https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/vmet/index.jsp helps veterans identify job skills, experience, training and certifications gained while on active duty that may have application to employment in the civilian sector. VMET information may be used in building a civilian resume and includes various resource links. The Mil2Feds website, http://mil2fedjobs.com sponsored by the State of Maryland serves as a military-to-civilian job translator, providing information to both applicants and hiring managers.

Once veterans have identified the equivalent civilian occupations, they can begin to search for openings on USAJOBS. USAJOBS allows applicants to save up to 20 different job searches tailored to their interests and skills. Additionally, USAJOBS allows applicants to save up to five distinct resumes. The Department of the Navy (DON) webpage for veterans interested in pursuing civilian careers www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/Vets/Pages/Default.asp not only contains information on the application process, but also provides tip sheets and links to additional resources.

Veterans should first pursue the resources and support provided through their local Fleet and Family Service Centers (FFSC). Resources and information also are available through www.fedshirevets.gov/ or, for information on veterans hiring eligibilities and tip sheets to help with the application process, visit the DON Civilian Human Resources website, www.donhr.navy.mil or the Department of Labor Veterans Preference Advisory website www.dol.gov/elaws/vetspref.htm.

The DON remains committed to improving the applicant's experience, reducing the time to fill vacancies and securing quality candidates for DON positions. Civilian careers in the Department of the Navy offer real world challenges with real life rewards - careers where purpose and patriotism unite. Additional questions on DON civilian employment and the application process may be directed to DON Employment Information Center at DONeic@navy.mil.

A civilian career with the Navy is one of the opportunities that should be considered by separating Sailors including those affected by the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB).

For the latest ERB information, visit Navy Personnel Command's ERB website www.public.navy.mil/bupers-nps/boards/ERB/Pages/default2/aspx.

For more news, visit www.navy.mil.

Testimonial October 20th

Hi Lucy!

Thank you so much!

I was in contact with PMG this morning, I sent a copy of resume to TSS yesterday.....haven't heard from them yet, but hoping.

Thanks for hooking up with me on FB and providing this opportunity.

You are doing some real good here and I appreciate it!

All the Best!

If not for the existence of the impossible,
there would be no miracles!


Testimonial October 20th

News Letter
   Dear Lucy your news letter is very helpful and appreciated !

The FT. Carson Job Fair was great but they do need a larger center. I may have landed a job. 
                                                                                    Thank You Very Much


For those of you that may be interested, below is information regarding Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies from Restaurants and Retail Establishments across the country.
Thanks to our friend Ernie C. Padilla, US Army Retired


Abuelo’s Mexican Food - Abuelo’s offerings vary by region, be sure to call ahead to see what the discounts or freebies are included.

Applebees - All veterans and active duty military eat free from a limited menu at Applebee’s on Veterans Day.

Chili’s - Veterans and active duty dine for free from a special limited six item menu on Veterans Day.

Golden Corral — Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on November 15, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

Hooters — All Veterans and active duty eat free. The free entrees must be selected from a special Veterans Day menu.

Krispy Kreme – All active-duty, retirees & veterans get a free doughnut on Veterans Day. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is par-ticipating.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — Participating McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants offer a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu on a space available basis, online reservations are highly recommended.

Outback Steakhouse — Veterans and active-duty military get a complimen-tary Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage on Veterans Day.

UNO Chicago Grill — UNO is offering a Buy One Get One free offer to Service members or Veterans with a military or veteran I.D. or in uniform or with a photo of themselves in uniform. The Veterans Day BOGO offer includes a free entree or individual pizza, with the purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater value.

Texas Roadhouse – Free meal from opening until 4pm. on Veterans Day. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information. T.G.I. Friday’s – Veterans and Service members Buy one get one free from Nov 11–14. Contact your nearest location for more details on their Veterans Day BOGO offer.


The Dollar General — Veterans, Service members (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate families will receive a 10-percent discount with a Veterans Day coupon. The coupon may be found in store circular ads or by asking a sales associate.

Home Depot — Offers a 10 percent discount to all Veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Lowe’s — All veterans receive the 10-percent discount on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The offer is available in stores only and is limited to in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000.

Sam’s Club — Sam’s give away 36,000 collapsible Hugo Canes on Veterans Day to military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Sam’s Club will require membership for this offer, but proof of service may be necessary.

Amazon.com – Free "Veterans Day Honor" MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Cabela’s Outdoor Store – Offers their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel November 11-12. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item.

Build-a-Bear Workshop – Members of the armed services including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps, will receive a 20% discount November 11-15 on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Fashion Bug – 20% off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse’s military ID.

Sports Clips Haircuts - The men’s hair salon chain is offering a free haircut to active military and veterans on Veterans Day.

Foot Locker — Veterans, Service members (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate families with a Foot Locker Veterans Advantage Card receive a 20 percent discount every day of the year. That offer is good both online and at any store location, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports — even on sale items.


Donations are still needed for the November 11th and December 24th homeless veterans "Brown Bag" lunch giveaway.  For donations please use the PayPal icon on the front page of our website at http://www.kitchentablegang.org or send your check to The Kitchen Table Gang Trust, 42922 Avenue 12, Madera, CA 93636-8866.  Thank you very much!

Charlie Taliaferro, Director
42922 Avenue 12
Madera, CA  93636-8866     (U.S.A.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ArmorGroup North America – Designated Defensive Marksman

ArmorGroup North America – Designated Defensive Marksman

Job Description -  Designated Defensive Marksman
ArmorGroup North America is looking for Embassy Guard Force personnel, to work in a high threat, austere environment.  These Designated Defensive Marksmen will provide a range of security services, which may include functioning as a tactical member of the Emergency Response Team, performing as an expert rifleman in the capacity of a Defensive Marksman, detecting hostile observation activities special event security and static security.  This Embassy Guard Force contract requires security professionals who can meet strict professional and ethical standards and professionally represent the United States abroad.

What is the AmorGroup Protective Services Program?
ArmorGroup North America is recruiting Embassy Guard Force personnel to provide security to the U.S. Embassy in, Kabul, Afghanistan.  ArmorGroup is looking for people who possess a sense of pride in what they do.  The security program is an opportunity to advance your career and join a professional security force which supports the diplomatic mission of the United States Government.

Life in remote austere environments can be challenging and not for everyone; however, for those who have what it takes to operate in a combat region, it can be one of the most personal and professionally rewarding experiences in a lifetime.

What do we offer?
Professional Workforce
Comprehensive Training
Career Advancement
Competitive salaries and Bonuses
Lodging and meals
Complete uniform, weapons, and personal protective gear
Pre-deployment training
Duty and housing on secure compounds
9 week on / 3 week off rotations with Roundtrip R&R ticket provided
Incumbent first right of refusal
Being a part of history

Designated Defensive Marksman Requirements:
Possess a minimum of 4 years military, similar police, or local guard force experience of which, 1 year must be in a tactical unit consisting of CQB type training and employment
Advanced proficiency in military type weapons and close quarters battle tactics
Certified expert with a designated military type sniper rifle
Additional Requirements:
Background investigation, pre-employment drug screening, and physical agility tests are conducted
Secret clearance required
Will be subject to medical physicals
Valid passport and Driver’s License
Must be a U.S. Citizen

Please submit your resume to: agnaresumes@g4sgs.com

ArmorGroup North America – Emergency Medical Technician

ArmorGroup North America – Emergency Medical Technician

What is the ArmorGroup Kabul Embassy Security Force?
ArmorGroup North America is recruiting EMT-I's for the US Embassy contract in Kabul Afghanistan.  ArmorGroup is looking for people who possess a sense of pride in what they do.  The Kabul Embassy Security Force program is an opportunity to advance your career and to join an elite group of those who have taken the next steps in supporting the mission of the United States Government.

Life in these remote austere environments can be challenging and not for everyone; however, for those who have what it takes to operate in a combat region, it can be one of the most personal and professionally rewarding experiences in a lifetime.

What do we offer?
Comprehensive Training
Career Advancement
Salaries are very competitive
Lodging and meals provided
Complete uniform, weapons, and personal protective gear issued
Pre-deployment training
Duty and housing on secure compounds
9 week on / 3 week off rotations with Roundtrip R&R ticket provided

Requirements Embassy Security Force Requirements:
3 years experience as an EMT-I or equivalent
Proficient with the Glock 19 and able to pass the Department of State qualification shoot

Additional Requirements:
Background investigation, pre-employment drug screening, and physical agility tests are conducted
Ability to obtain a security clearance
Will be subject to medical physicals
Valid passport and Driver’s License
Must be a U.S. Citizen

Please submit your resume to: agnaresumes@g4sgs.com

10 Top Reasons to Hire Veterans: For Employers

Attn Employers!  Find out Why Hiring Veterans Makes Cents (10 Top Reasons to Hire Veterans)
by Capt. Benjamin Jones via VeteransToday.com

There is now doubt that hiring U.S. Veterans makes cents from many standpoints…..below, Veterans Today is proud to list the top 10 list………so here we go:

1.  Accelerated Learning Curve
Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real world situations. This background can enhance your organization’s productivity.

2.  Leadership
The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures. …..    

3.  Teamwork
Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one’s colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and an overarching objective.

4.  Diversity and Inclusion in Action
Veterans have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion and economic status as well as mental, physical and attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.

5.  Efficient performance under pressure
Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.

6.  Respect for procedures
Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates’ actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.

7.  Technology and globalization
Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.

8.  Integrity
Veterans know what it means to do “an honest day’s work.” Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.

9.  Conscious of health and safety standards
Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property and materials.

10. Triumph over adversity
In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strengths and determination.

Care Packages and shipping time frames for the 2011 Holiday Season

Sending care packages to our troops is a great idea... but did you know that every package or letter must be addressed to a named individual? A package addressed to "Any Marine in Unit X" will end up being discarded or even destroyed.

Jack McHugh's website http://www.usmcewc.com is a helpful tool to get your care packages and letters distributed among deserving service men and women.

Jack takes the time to obtain names and mailing addresses of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan who can serve as points of contact to distribute packages among their units. He ensures that units  receive the packages before the Holiday Season and prevents shipping to the units that are going to deploy home, so the unclaimed packages don't jam up the pipelines.

If you would like to send a care package to a soldier serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, please email Jack at usmcewc@ec.rr.com for more information.
APO/FPO AE ZIPs:   (EMMS) 1      First-Class       Priority      (PAL) 2       (SAM) 3       Parcel  Post
                      Dec-17          Dec-10            Dec-10        Dec-3         Nov-26        Nov-12
093                              N/A               Dec-3              Dec-3           Dec-1         Nov-26       Nov-12
094-098                      Dec-17          Dec-10            Dec-10        Dec-3         Nov-26         Nov-12
340                             Dec-17           Dec-10           Dec-10        Dec-3         Nov-26         Nov-12
962-966                      Dec-17           Dec-10            Dec-10       Dec-3         Nov-26         Nov-12
(EMMS)1 = Express Mail Military Service
First-Class = First-Class Mail Letters and Cards
Priority = Priority Mail
(PAL) 2 = Parcel Airlift Mail
(SAM) 3 = Space Available Mail
Parcel Post

Order free boxes, calculate shipping rates, print postage, and schedule a pickup at the USPS website: https://www.usps.com/ship/ship-a-package.htm

See a list of items requested by the troops and authorized by the MEFs to be shipped to them:

Visit http://www.usmcewc.com for even more information about how you can make a soldier's day.

Returning Combat Veterans: Enhanced Eligibility for VA Health Care

If you served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, and were discharged on or after January 28, 2003, you have special eligibility to enroll in the VA health care system for 5 years from your date of discharge or release.

You can receive cost-free medical care for any condition related to your service in theater and access to VA’s full Medical Benefits Package.

The 5-year eligibility period begins on your discharge or separation date from active duty military service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date. National Guard and Reserve personnel, who were activated and served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, may also be eligible for enhanced health care benefits.
>>> Apply Now for Enhanced Eligibility

For more information about Combat Veteran eligibility for VA health care:

Information from http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/gateway/combat_vets.asp

Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is hiring for multiple positions

The field of Law Enforcement is a natural fit for many veterans looking to enter the civilian work force. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is current hiring for many positions, including:

OPEN to the Public:
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Dental Specialist
  • Physician Specialist (Non-Megaflex)
  • Forensic Identification Specialist II
  • General Maintenance Worker
  • Head Food Service Worker/Diet Technician
  • Inmate Crew Leader
  • Nursing Assistant, Sheriff
  • Nursing Attendant II
  • Orthopedic Technician
  • Registered Nurse II, Sheriff
  • Senior Cook
  • Senior Criminalist
  • Sign Language Specialist
  • Supervising Crime Analyst, Sheriff

Promotional Exams (Sheriff’s Department Employees Only):
  • Automated Fingerprint Identification System Technician II
  • Court Records System Clerk II, Sheriff
  • Custody Records Clerk II, Sheriff
  • Public Response Dispatcher II, Sheriff
  • Records System Clerk II, Sheriff
  • Registered Nurse III, Sheriff
  • Sheriff Station Clerk II

We encourage you to check the LASD's career site at http://www.lasdhq.org/recruitment/index-civilian.html for the most up-to-date career listings.

Monday, October 17, 2011



Marcia called me this afternoon. I have a phone interview! Thanks so much for your kindness. I will name my first daughter after you.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Upcoming Homeless Veterans Stand Downs: Prince George's County seeks donations for 11/5

Prince George's County Homeless Veterans Stand Down and Resource Event: November 5, 2011
Hosted by John 14:2 Inc

9am - 4pm

Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Complex
8011 Sheriff Road
Landover, MD 20785

Free services for homeless veterans include:
Food * Haircuts, Showers, Clothing * Info on Veterans Benefits * Women Veteran Services & Support * Employment Services * Social Service Programs * County School Assistance * Legal Assistance * Info on Housing * Medical, Dental, Vision Services * Motor Vehicle ID Cards * And More!

Requested items:
  • Prescription Assistance
  • Toiletry Items
  • Gift Cards
    • $10 Meal  Vouchers
    • Manicure/Pedicure Vouchers
    • Hotel Vouchers 
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • New Toys, Coloring Books, & Crayons
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Cloth Grocery Bags 
  • Bottled Water
  • New Clothing (Men, Women, & Children)
    • Hats & Gloves
    • Coats
    • Socks
    • Scarves, etc.
  • Laundry Supplies
  • Free Wheelchair/Bicycle Repairs
  • Soap, Shampoo, and Shower Supplies for On-Site Showers
  • Snack Food Items for anytime lunch bags
Please contact Corae Young at 301-404-1551 or vahrd@dhr.state.md.us for information on donating and volunteering.

 Further Information on Homeless Veterans Stand Downs across the Nation

What is a Stand Down?

In times of war, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety. At secure base camp areas, 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 in a safe environment.

Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 107,000 homeless veterans on any given night “combat” life on the streets. Homeless veterans are brought together in a single location for one to three days and are provided access to the community resources needed to begin addressing their individual problems and rebuilding their lives. In the military, Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being. Today’s Stand Down affords the same opportunity to homeless veterans.

What happens at a Stand Down?

Hundreds of homeless veterans are provided with a broad range of necessities including food, clothing, medical, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling and referral, and most importantly, companionship and camaraderie. It is a time for the community to connect with the homeless veteran population and address this crisis that affects each and every town, city and state in this country. The hand up -- not a handout -- philosophy of Stand Down is carried out through the work of hundreds of volunteers and organizations throughout the nation.

Who organizes and delivers theses services?

Hundreds of caring volunteers and professionals give of their time and expertise to address the unique needs of homeless veterans. Committees formed specifically to put on the event stage most Stand Downs. Veteran service organizations, National Guard and Reserve units, homeless shelter programs, health care providers, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Labor staffs, veteran-helping-veteran programs, and concerned citizens from the community organize and stage the events.

Upcoming Stand Downs

Oct 20 - Redding, CA  CONTACT: Jim Richards 530-356-0342
Oct 21 - Ft. Walton Beach, FL  CONTACT: Cathy Magnuson 850-862-9215
Oct 21 - Huntsville, AL  CONTACT: Sandra Childress 256-715-0556
Oct 24 - Longview, WA  CONTACT: Sheri Stommel 360-636-4004
Oct 26 - Arlington, VA  CONTACT: Harvetta Spann
Oct 28 - Kokomo, IN  CONTACT: Lisa Chiavolo 765-457-0571 x3019
Oct 28 - St. Cloud, MN  CONTACT: Michelle Lemke 320-310-2725
Oct 29 - Yakima, WA  CONTACT: Brian McCloud 509-457-1822
Nov 03 - Knoxville, TN  CONTACT: Clyde Vincent 865-546-4813
Nov 03 - Nashville, TN  CONTACT: Bill Burleigh 615-248-1981
Nov 04 - Kansas City, KS  CONTACT: Jennifer Gould 816-519-8805
Nov 05 - Lafayette, IN  CONTACT: Martina Sternberg 765-496-3469
Nov 05 - Prince George's County, MD  CONTACT: Ginger Miller 301-283-5268
Nov 08 - Mankato, MN  CONTACT: Susan Worlds 507-345-8258
Nov 09 - Flint, MI  CONTACT: Loma Harris 810-336-8612
Nov 09 - Las Vegas, NV  CONTACT: Gregory Abernathy 702-636-3000 x6054
Nov 11 - Osceola County, FL  CONTACT: Christie Bhageloe 407-742-7041
Nov 12 - Memphis, TN  CONTACT: William Jones 901-864-9516
Nov 12 - Dublin, GA  CONTACT: Elder Max M. Simmons

Information from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

From Boots to Briefcase: Article on Aiding Transitioning Veterans in the Workplace

Making the transition from military service to civilian employment can be a harrowing journey for veterans. Learning teams are central to helping these new hires find success.

Training and development professionals are uniquely suited to ease transitions and help veterans to become engaged, productive, and growing  professionals in the workplace. This article from the American Society for Training & Development contains tips for employers and managers on how to help make a measurable impact on the productivity and retention of veterans.

See the article here: http://www.astd.org/TD/Archives/2011/Apr/Free/April11_From+Boots%20to%20Briefcase.htm

Campaign aims to collect photos of every American who died in Vietnam

The National Call for Photos is a campaign by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to collect a photograph for each of the more than 58,000 men and women whose names are inscribed on The Wall.  Collected pictures will be used in the Education Center at The Wall and can also be found on The Virtual Wall.  (Visit www.buildthecenter.org to learn more about the Education Center and the proposed Wall of Faces exhibit shown above.)

How to Locate Photos and Raise Awareness:

Research the Fallen:
·  Go to www.vvmf.org/thewall and research the Vietnam casualties from your hometown and/or state.  Explore the remembrances in hopes of finding contact information for family, friends and fellow veterans. Contact these individuals and request photographs or further information.
·  Visit local libraries to research high school yearbooks and archives, which may contain newspaper obituaries with photographs.

Community Outreach:
·  Contact state and local veterans' organizations and request assistance in locating photographs of the casualties from your local area.  Examples include local Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Legion Posts and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Posts.  Also, we encourage you to enlist the support of your local county leadership.  The National Association of Counties has recently partnered with VVMF in the Call for Photos.  Thanks to NACO's efforts, you can now search The Virtual Wall by county.  NACO's website also offers great research tools and can provide the contact information for your local county officials.  Please click on the logo below to research your county.

·  Ask local veterans' organizations to announce the “Call for Photos” project in their newsletters, websites, magazines or at their conventions.
·  Petition local and national media to help publicize the Call for Photos.
·  Request assistance from elected officials, state legislators, state associations of counties, state leagues of zoning officials, city clerks' associations and municipal leagues.
·  Engage local schools, military academies and high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). 

How to Submit a Photo:

Using the Virtual Wall
Obtain a scan of the photograph (this can be done at many different locations such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, etc.) with the highest quality setting possible. From the VVMF.org website, click on the Search The Wall tab and then search for the individuals name. Once you locate the individual, click on his or her profile, then post a remembrance. Fill out the necessary information and make sure to select "Attach an Image from My Computer."  Locate the scanned file on your computer and submit the remembrance. If you chose to do so, an e-mail will be sent that notifies you when the image has been posted to the individual's profile page.
Click here to track your state's progress in the Call for Photos

Scan and upload the photograph from home 
On The Virtual Wall, find the service member's profile page and click on "Post a Remembrance." Complete the required information and choose "Attach an Image from My Computer." Click on "Next Step" to review the remembrance before submitting it for approval.

E-mail your scanned image to VVMF
If you have a scanner at home, you can e-mail it as an attachment (jpg, jpeg or gif preferred) to vvmf@vvmf.org with the subject "Call for Photos." In the body of the e-mail, be sure to include the service member's name, your name, a password and any other information you would like included in the remembrance.

Mail a copy of your photograph to VVMF
Make a copy of your photo. VVMF does not want original photos and cannot be responsible for returning photos to donors.  When having the photo copied, ask the photo professional to make it the highest quality possible, use a glossy finish and reproduce the photo at an 8 x 10 size, if possible.  Fill out the photo submission form and package it up for mailing with the copy of the photo. When mailing, please indicate on the front of the envelope that a photo is enclosed. Mail to:

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Attn: Call for Photos
2600 Virginia Avenue, NW Suite 104
Washington, D.C. 20037

For more information about how to add a photograph to the collection, please contact
Martin Kobylarczyk at (202) 393-0090 or via email at vvmf@vvmf.org.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

MN Warrior Ice Hockey Program

The Mission
The MN Warriors Ice Hockey Program has been organized for charitable and educational purposes, for United States Military personnel wounded, injured or otherwise disabled veterans of the United States Military in conjunction with the USA Disabled Hockey Program, in order to assist our veterans with reintegration into civilian life.

The Vision
The program educates, trains, motivates and encourages individuals who have physical or mental disabilities incurred during service to the United States, to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of the ability of the participating athlete, as well as assist veterans with disabilities and to promote awareness of challenges our veterans face and to encourage team building.

The program uses the game of hockey to build camaraderie and a sense of community, as well as a connection to the community that supports them. In addition it assists veterans with disabilities in developing self-confidence, and to assist in helping participants back into mainstream lifestyles they were accustomed to prior to their disabilities, that will help the individual be more successful both within and outside a hockey environment.

This is more then just hockey, this is home. From the moment the players walk through the doors of the Vadnais Heights Sports Complex they are part of the team. Part of something more. They are able to step away from daily life and play a game. Being part of this team means knowing they can depend on each other. There is a level of camaraderie that goes without parallel in civilian life. The Warriors hope is to help each other and other Veterans get through the rough times with the bond that is built on and off the ice.

The Team
The Warriors are building teams and have no cap on the number of players. There are two teams within the Warriors scope: Stand up and Sled.

If you are a Veteran and you fit one or more of the criteria below please contact us (A Purple Heart is not a requirement. However, documented disability related to service is.)
  • Purple Heart Recipients

  • Service Connected Disabled Veterans

  • Veterans with Documented Injuries incurred while on duty

  • Veterans with documented mental health issues to include but not limited to: 
 PTSD and/or MDD
Also, if you fit the criteria above, this team welcomes:

  • Veterans from all branches of the military
  • Male and Female 
  • No hockey experience required.

What do you need?
The Warriors supplies all players with the following items free: Ice Time (from the Vadnais Heights Sports Complex)
Gear: Helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, breezers, shin pads, socks and jerseys.
Sleds and sticks for our sled players.

You supply: Skates, stick, mouth guard.


You need to fill out our registration and once accepted you register with USA Hockey (this is a $40 fee you pay) and supply your own stick and skates. Most of all you supply your commitment and passion.


RONCO Consulting Corporation – Robotics Technicians

RONCO Consulting Corporation – Robotics Technicians

Individual technicians work to ensure all robotic systems are fully operational and maintained to meet operational needs of U.S. military forces. Technicians will maintain records of all maintenance and supply actions utilizing the COLTS system and will maintain accountability of all support equipment that is used. Place of duty includes CONUS and OCONUS locations to include Afghanistan and Iraq.
The qualified candidate will provide technical and operational support on Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Man Transportable Robot Systems (MTRS). The candidate will perform all troubleshooting, repairs and maintenance on the FasTac, MARCbot, Talon, Mini EOD, and other robotic platforms. The candidate will be required to travel as needed to perform maintenance at field locations.

Robotic Technicians must be knowledgeable in the electrical, electronic, mechanical, and hydraulic operation, maintenance, and repair actions of militarized robotic platforms, including but not limited to FasTac, MARCbot, TALON, Mini EOD, and other robotic platforms.
The qualified candidate will possess a minimum of six (6) years knowledge in operational checkout, operations, maintenance and repair of robotics systems listed above. Candidate must prove to have operational robotics background with experience using and maintaining robots under operational/field conditions, such as EOD.
Candidate must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret level Security Clearance, as needed. If prior military, applicant must have a copy of DD Form 214 with an Honorable Discharge.
The successful individual will be knowledgeable in all aspects of robots and be comfortable speaking in front of small groups.

Please send resume via email to: EElmore@roncowash.com.
Visit our website at: www.roncoconsulting.com.

RONCO is an Equal opportunity employer | Drug free workplace.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Project Evergreen

Project Evergreen

Project Evergreen is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance green space in our communities for today and future generations.


> GreenCare for Troops

Project EverGreen’s signature program is GreenCare for Troops, a national program that provides free lawn and landscape service to military families where the major breadwinner is serving overseas. It is three years old, helping 8,000 military families through a national network of 2,200 volunteers. 

GreenCare is in the process of helping hundreds of volunteers provide free lawn and landscape services for thousands of military families nationwide. The cost to manage the GreenCare for Troops Program is underwritten by Cub Cadet.

Military families with loved ones currently deployed in the armed forces are invited to participate in Project EverGreen's GreenCare for Troops program. Please complete this registration form and submit to Project EverGreen. All information asked of you is kept confidential with us for record keeping purposes only. If a volunteer is found in your area, you are notified first and given the contact information of the volunteer. 

Get GreenCare: Military families can register here to receive free home green-space maintenance. Follow this link:
VolunteerGreenCare relies on the good will of businesses and individuals to help families in need. Follow these links to find out more about how you can help:  

GreenCare for Troops homepage: www.projectevergreen.com/gcft/

> SnowCare for Troops 

SnowCare for Troops is an outreach program coordinated by Project EverGreen and The BOSS Snowplow that connects local snow removal professionals with men and women serving our country in the armed forces away from home.

SnowCare is in the process of helping volunteers provide snow removal services for military families nationwide. The cost to manage the SnowCare for Troops Program is underwritten by The BOSS Snowplow.

Volunteer: SnowCare relies on the good will of businesses and individuals to help families in need.  

Project SnowCare homepage: www.projectevergreen.com/scft