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Apr 9, 2014
Each year as our thoughts turn to spring and the boundless outdoor energy of our nation’s youth, the military community focuses its attention on the tireless efforts exemplified by military families. April is the "Month of the Military Child."
Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger in 1986 designated each April as the month to formerly recognize the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation.
Apr 8, 2014
Breaking the military "brass ceiling" once again, the Navy's Vice Admiral Michelle Howard will soon be taking charge as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the Navy's Number 2 post, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Following President Obama's ground-breaking nomination in December, she will soon become the first African-American woman to attain four stars, as well as become the first female four-star Admiral in the 238-year history of the U.S. Navy.
The momentum continues to build in support of military women. This will be the third such milestone in recent years for women -- two years after the Air Force's first woman four-star General, and six years after the Army's first woman four-star General.
Apr 3, 2014
By Roy Asfar
Editor's Note: About to enter his tenth year as Amtrak CEO, Joseph H. Boardman also continues to serve as one of Veterans Advantage's first benefit partners (2001). To commemorate this milestone, Veterans Advantage is offering this flashback coverage of when it first honored him as "HeroVet" in 2005.
A recurring theme in our Post-9/11 world is the concern that we maintain the country’s economic and homeland security at the highest possible level. There are few areas that reflect this concern more than our nation’s transportation system. The executive charged not only with keeping our nation’s freight and passenger rail system safe, but also with helping to breathe new life into Amtrak, is Joseph Boardman, an Air Force veteran and long-time public servant.
Jan 2, 2014
By Taylor Gordon
Drew Carey is a very funny man. With a successful career rifling for laughs, it might be hard to believe The Price is Right host and comedian is a Marine.
Carey, born in 1958 in Cleveland, OH, served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1980-1986. He told Time Magazine that being part of the military helped make him who he is. “It instilled a great sense of discipline that I can call on when I need to,” he explained.
He chose the military following expulsion from Kent State University. After battling depression for much of his youth, his decision to enlist gave him the confidence he needed. "If there was a fight, I would win it. If there was a problem, I could solve it," Carey said in an interview with ABC News. "I could do it because I was a Marine, and Marines can do anything."
The jokester’s poor academic success was not a problem; he would go on to a life in entertainment.“While in the Marine Reserves, I was looking for a way to make some more money,” he told Military.com. “It was suggested that I try using my jokes."
Gary Sinise's most famous military role may have been Lieutenant Dan Taylor in "Forest Gump," but these days he's playing his part in veteran's advocacy off screen.
Last month,the Emmy and Golden Globe winner joined the Get Skills to Work (GSTW) organization at Chicago Ideas Week to announce his home state of Illinois as the first to join the coalition. It brings together employers, industry leaders, educators, and the public sector to help veterans get the skills necessary for careers in advanced manufacturing.
"While playing Lieutenant Dan certainly helped me understand some of the challenges that returning veterans face, my concern for veterans predates 'Forrest Gump' by more than a decade," Sinise wrote in the Chicago Sun Times. He began supporting GSTW because its goals paralleled those of this own project: The Gary Sinise Foundation.
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – March 25, 2013 – CVS/pharmacy® and Veterans Advantage Inc. today announced an exclusive new 20% discount program both in-store and online for Veterans Advantage’s VetRewards Card members. Valid at any of CVS/pharmacy’s 7,600 stores nationwide, or at CVS.com, U.S. Active Duty Military, Veterans, National Guard & Reserve and their families can save 20% off purchases and receive free shipping for online orders.
"CVS/pharmacy is proud to honor military and veteran families with this new benefit for Veterans Advantage members, allowing them to access significant savings whether they shop with us in our stores or on CVS.com,” said Rob Price, Chief Marketing Officer of CVS/pharmacy. “This program demonstrates our continued commitment to those who have given so much in service to our country.”
To access these savings, Veterans Advantage members simply login to www.VeteransAdvantage.com with their VetRewards Card ID number and print the CVS savings coupon or link to the private CVS online store.
Apr 1, 2014
By VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
WASHINGTON – One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims peaked at over 611,000 in March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reduced that number by approximately 44 percent to 344,000 claims – a reduction of more than 267,000 – while at the same time improving the accuracy of the decisions being made on Veterans’ disability claims. Additionally, on average, Veterans are waiting 119 days less for a decision than they were at this time last year.
Apr 8, 2014
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On Sunday, April 13, 2014 the USO will host Operation: That’s My Dress! at Chelsea Piers in NYC. Just in time for the 2014 prom season, the USO, in partnership with celebrity fashion designer SHERRI HILL, will provide 400 new dresses to teenage girls of service members at this one-day event which will feature a private Fashion Show with professional models, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA state pageant title holders from across the country, entertainment by the USO Show Troupe, food and so much more. A Prom Expo prior to the dress giveaway will include TV celebrity hosts, hair and makeup demonstrations, consultations with beauty pageant contestants and celebrity stylists.
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