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We hope you are getting ready for back-to-school season like we are. With deals from Apple, Office Depot & OfficeMax, Sears, CVS/pharmacy, Veterans Advantage is your source to stock up and save.

Speaking of school, our VetFamily this week features actress Reese Witherspoon, who grew up in an Army family, the daughter of LTC John Witherspoon, a surgeon in Cold War Europe. Reese first reached public fame playing your atypical law school student in the 2001 comedy “Legally Blonde. We’ve been fans of her ever since, including her Oscar-award winning performance playing the spouse of veteran and country music star Johnny Cash in 2007’s “Walk the Line,” and her inspiring portrayal of Cheryl Strayed in “Wild” just a couple of years ago. Her latest release, "Home Again," is due for release in September.

Her dedication to inspiring young girls while achieving personal success remains one of her crowning achievements. We honor Reese for all she has done, and for her dedication to important and worthwhile causes.


With the Independence Day weekend, we mark our 241st birthday. As we celebrate the founding of this great nation, we give thanks and honor our military and veterans, expressed so well in this poem:

 

IT IS THE SOLDIER

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

©Copyright 1970, 2005 by Charles M. Province

 

On behalf of all of us at Veterans Advantage, I wish you and your family a happy 4th of July! Thank you for your service to our country!


June is a busy time of year for so many of our members. This week, in particular, is a double-feature week. For starters, this week marks the 242nd anniversary of the United States Army which was established June 14, 1775. I am reminded of my own Army service during the Vietnam War, memories that rekindle the pride I felt serving our country. To our active duty currently in uniform and all the veterans who have served in the Army, we salute you. Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army! 

For All Americans, June 14th also represents the 240th Birthday of our flag, celebrated as Flag Day. Remember to always show your colors proudly - Old Glory is going strong! 

Finally, if you are shopping for graduates and dads - Veterans Advantage wants to help you this week with special offers: travel, computers, sporting goods, and special gifts to recognize all the special people in your life. Check us out today.


If you are like me, you may have at least one WWII Veteran in your family tree. Because of this legacy of service, as well as my own service in the Vietnam War, D-Day week serves as a welcome reminder of the willing sacrifices American soldiers made for our freedom so many years ago on June 6, 1944.

This is a subject near and dear to us, as Lin and I attended a special D-Day commemoration in France three years ago. So many Americans and other Allied Forces gave their lives to liberate millions from Hitler’s Nazi Party. Though 73 years have passed, D-Day is frozen in history as one of the greatest military triumphs America has ever known.

A sampling of our Facebook fans says it all:


Saundra Lambert

Betty Eisenberg

Linda Thomas

Amy Jo Rodziewics

Linda Thomas

Jan Halvorson

John Trimpin

For those who served during that pivotal time in American history, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we give our sincere thanks.


As the bombing in Manchester, England proved earlier this week, the peace and safety of a nation is precious and, many times, underappreciated... until they are gone. This Memorial Day weekend, we call on all our members to recognize and acknowledge those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.  Take time this holiday weekend to reach out to the families you know who have lost loved ones in service to our country. They need to know that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten and that we are eternally grateful to them.

And remind others that these lives were not lost in vain.

Finally, as we do each year, let's all remember to show our support by setting an example. At 3 pm your local time on Memorial Day Monday, pause for one minute, alone or with friends, to honor those who died in service to the United States This National Moment of Remembrance is an act of national unity and we urge everyone to participate. Whether you are at a ballgame, beach, or backyard BBQ, set an alarm on your watch or smartphone and take that moment. You will be glad you did. Thank you.


We have a great new feature for our benefit with Verizon Fios. Called “Fios Gigabit Connection” – it’s the nation’s largest deployment of gigabit Internet connection services and it’s super-fast. If you’re like us, it’s perfect for those who stream video services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime in addition to your regular television channels. Fios Gigabit Connection provides downloads as fast as 940 Mbps and uploads as fast as 880 Mbps.

Read more about it here, and remember our special benefit includes annual savings of up to $120 on Double and Triple Play packages for new Verizon Fios customers.

Starting with our 15% off monthly plan discount with Verizon Wireless six years ago, the Verizon partnership is going strong. Verizon Fios has also been a proud supporter of Veterans Advantage in our work with Veterans Week NYC.


Phil Mickelson Masters Veterans AdvantageScott Higgins (left) CEO & Founder of Veterans Advantage getting a warm hand on his shoulder from Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE (who is quite tall…)

As a member of The Wings Club, the premier society of aviation professionals, I frequently have the opportunity to meet the top leaders in the global aviation industry.

At a recent Wings Club lunch, I connected with Jeffrey Immelt who is Chief Executive Officer of GE. I congratulated Jeff on the special recognition the Wings Club awarded his top-ranked Fortune 500 company for its innovations in jet engine technology, but I especially wished to thank him for his company’s support of Veterans Advantage.

Five years ago, GE served as our Presenting Sponsor for our inaugural launch of Veterans Week NYC and helped us produce our first full week of events to honor our nation’s veterans. I was proud to tell Jeff that this is now an annual New York gathering and has become one of our country’s largest and most significant events recognizing and thanking veterans for their service. We will be celebrating our 6th year on November 5th-12th.

In addition, I let Jeff know that we greatly appreciate GE’s engagement with our Veterans Advantage Jobs & Career Network, where his company posts open positions it seeks to fill with veterans. GE is one the most military-friendly employers in the world, with more than 10,000 veterans in its workforce. If you are a veteran looking to enhance your career with a position at GE, you can check out GE job posts here.

Our planning for Veterans Week NYC 2017 is well underway, and this important week of veteran events promises to be bigger than ever. You can learn more here, and patriotic companies interested in becoming a sponsor can reach out to our event marketing team here at VeteransAdvantage.com/partnerships.


Highlighting the passing of comedian and Navy vet Don Rickles and several of his old pals from the famed "Rat Pack" no doubt will prompt a "Wow, I did not know they were vets!" reaction from our readers. As many from my generation will remember, service was so pervasive at a time when the country was knee deep in international conflict - between WWII, Korea, and Vietnam - over the course of three decades.

Others from the Rat Pack who served were Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop, all three of whom served in the Army during World War II.

But Rickles's sharp wit had a remarkable ability to stand the test of time. He was beloved by generations, and became a bit of a cult hero in his later years, appearing on late night talk shows. The way news of his passing spread on social media is a testament to how influential he was for so many Americans.


Phil Mickelson Masters Veterans AdvantagePhil Mickelson

If you're a golf fanatic like I am, you are probably glued to the TV watching the Masters this weekend. One of the stars I always keep my eye on is Phil Mickelson, who also happens to be the son of a Navy veteran. Dad first put the club in Phil Jr.'s hands when he was only 18 months old, and it has been a wonderful ride ever since.

Phil Senior’s Navy background, no doubt, is where Phil Mickelson gets his world-class discipline - he has had an illustrious career, winning three Masters titles.

We recognized Phil with our “VetFamily” award soon after he received his third Master's title, profiling the recovery of his wife and mother from cancer. They both, thankfully, prevailed, and Phil continues to withstand the test of time competing at the highest level – sometimes against kids nearly half his age.

 Win or lose this weekend, he will always be a fan-favorite at Veterans Advantage. 


As an avid golfer, I have always been an admirer of Arnold Palmer both as a world-class golfer and fellow veteran. He is sorely missed at this year's Masters golf tournament in Augusta, GA.

For the first time since 2006, The Masters will not be kicked off by golf legend and Coast Guard Veteran Arnold Palmer. Palmer passed away in September of 2016, leaving behind a legacy of remarkable sportsmanship. He touched the world not only through his mastery of golf, but also through The Arnold Palmer Foundation and Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.

Chairman Billy Payne and Palmer’s widow, Kit Palmer, laid Arnold’s folded green jacket on an empty white lawn chair the opening of the 81st Masters at Augusta, a reminder of his absence. The crowd observed a moment of silence to honor the golf legend before Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus tearfully hit the ceremonial tee shots.

Veterans Advantage awarded Arnold Palmer our TopVet Award in 2014 for his accomplishments in business, and HeroVet in 2016 for his excellence in business and contributions to society, especially for the health of women and children. The “King” will be greatly missed.

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