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Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy and Peter Sarsgaard as Bobby Kennedy in "Jackie."
(Photo by William Gray. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.)

Most know January as the time for football playoffs and the upcoming Super Bowl. Just as many Americans, however, view this month as the beginning of Oscar season. Destined to get a lot of Oscar hardware this season is the blockbuster film Jackie, featuring VetFamily Peter Sarsgaard. Peter lived the military brat lifestyle, brought military life to the silver screen, and now is co-starring in the role of a lifetime.

It was in Sarsgaard’s moving depiction of Gulf War I Marines in the 2005 film Jarhead that we caught our first glimpse of military life in the post-9/11 era. It set the stage, remarkably, for a lot of movies which came after it, and all the societal subjects and issues that we deal with today.

That first war in Iraq started 26 years ago this month. So many of Veterans Advantage's members are from that era. I want to take a moment to recognize these veterans and their families here today for their service and sacrifice. We are most grateful.

Just days after we recognized Fisher House Chairman Kenneth Fisher, here’s exciting news for the military and veteran community: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced 14 more Fisher Houses are on the way.

“Fisher House is simply one of those best-in-class organizations and we want to do everything that we can to support their important and noble mission,” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald said in a press release announcing its recommendation for new Fisher Houses around key VA medical sites. “Their goal is selfless: to serve the families of Veterans who served our nation.”

Fisher House Foundation President Dave Coker said he expects construction on the 14 to start as early as next year. The Fisher House Foundation has already built and donated 31 Fisher Houses to the VA and 40 Fisher Houses to the Department of Defense. 

And it gets better. Fisher House also announced its launch of a free search tool to help troops, veterans and families find educational scholarships created for them – an estimated 3,000 of them!

Click here to learn more about the Scholarships for Service search tool.

In an interview with the Military Times, Kenneth Fisher says the search tool’s launch comes thanks to feedback from the military and veteran community. “We routinely received calls asking if we knew of any other financial resources available to help service members, veterans, and their families with college funding. We did the best we could to pass on information about other scholarship programs, but we came to recognize that we were only scratching the surface and needed to do more.”

Veterans Advantage originally honored Kenneth Fisher with its VetFamily Award in 2010, and once again last year, after the U.K.’s Prince Harry asked Kenneth to chair the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida.

Happy Holidays from Veterans Advantage!

At our annual holiday party in Connecticut, we honored Ken Fisher, the Chairman of the Fisher House Foundation, and Chairman of the Invictus Games in Orlando. Working non-stop over the last year, Ken devoted himself to organizing the Games. It was an enormous effort. Ken provided the leadership that created an extraordinary experience for the veteran athletes of 15 countries and raised awareness of the urgent need to recognize the invisible wounds of our warriors.

Veterans Advantage's Scott Higgins and Fisher House's Ken FisherNo one has done more to serve our nation’s servicemen and women than Ken. We honored him with our VetFamily award. VetFamily honors those men and women of high achievement in the public or private sector, whose family includes a veteran or active duty serviceperson. In Ken’s case, his father Arnold served in Korea​.

As the year nears a close, we want to give special recognition to three of our longest serving partners for their dedication and support of the military and service members: United Airlines, Amtrak, and Dell. They lead the way for so many of our nation's great brands who have stepped up to honor you through Veterans Advantage.

Veterans Advantage wishes you the very best this holiday season, and a prosperous 2017.

With a focus on three new benefits for 2016 - Harry & David, Wolferman's and Extended Stay America - Veterans Advantage is delighted to provide timely discounts to help you this holiday season.

Harry & David is a legendary brand for the holiday season, and the latest addition to the 1800flowers.com family of leading giftgiving brands. Wolferman's is a leading baking retailer since 1888, so it's a brand you can trust. And Extended Stay, is a great place to stay when you take longer trips to visit family, students at college, or active duty personnel.

Finally, as I noted in a blog post last week, we also mark the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. With less than 900,000 WWII vets still alive, we are reminded of our "greatest generation" and their extraordinary contribution to preserving our freedoms. We express our profound respect and gratitude to all of them.  

This Wednesday, Dec. 7 marks the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941), which – until 9/11/2001 – was known as the greatest attack on U.S. soil. We lost 2403 brave Americans serving that day. An additional 1,178 were wounded. Eighteen ships were sunk or run aground, including five battleships. Our nation was stunned by the surprise attack, as we were completely unprepared. President Franklin Roosevelt declared Dec. 7, 1941 a "date which will live in infamy." Pearl Harbor pulled America immediately into World War II. 

Those who perished at Pearl Harbor remind us that the freedoms we enjoy today are not free. They come from the brave service and extraordinary sacrifice of those who serve and their families.

As the Colorado Springs Gazette just reported, the oldest living survivor of the attack, Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing, 103, is due to speak at the Pearl Harbor anniversary ceremonies. He continues to remind us of the price of freedom.

"Keep America so strong that no tyrant will ever be tempted to attack us," said Downing, speaking before Colorado Springs middle school students just last week.

In 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that less than 2 million of the original 16-million-plus Americans who served during WWII were alive. The number is now less than 900,000, including two we recently recognized, TopVet Norman Lear, who is 94, and HeroVet Sumner Redstone, who is 93. 

Please take a moment to remember all of our World War II veterans.

November is a time to give thanks, especially over Thanksgiving 2016. Take a moment to say a prayer for those in harm's way, serving and sacrificing away from a warm home and a loving family on behalf of our country. 

This holiday weekend is also a time to recognize those who stand proudly behind them. November is Military Family Month, the annual call to arms for our nation to support the families who serve with our servicemen and women. All of us can relate to the sadness not having a dear friend or family member attend Thanksgiving dinner. Those who have loved ones serving in harm's way feel a special loneliness at this time of year. 

Let's not forget that when one member of the family serves, the whole family serves. 

Finally, with the unofficial start of holiday shopping and the travel season, our newsletter is a reminder for you to "Think Veterans Advantage First" for all your gift and travel ideas. Gift giving is one way you can extend your gratitude, so be sure to log into Members Only this Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. 

From our military family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! 

Veterans Advantage once again honored the military and veteran community this month with events and new benefits as part of Veterans Week NYC 2016.

With three key events highlighting the week, Veterans Advantage and its 2016 sponsors treated VetRewards Card members, VIPs, and fellow veterans and their families to special memories celebrating service.

Veterans Advantage float Veterans Advantage float offers a special 
​"Thank You" from its sponsors and partners.

Sponsors this year include:

       Avis and Budget

    Northrop Grumman

          Verizon Fios

“We wanted to thank our sponsors for once again reminding us all that the freedoms we enjoy today come thanks to our nation’s veterans, and that every day should be Veterans Day,” said Scott Higgins, Veterans Advantage Founder and CEO, and a Vietnam Veteran.

Starting with the annual Veterans Day parade on 11/11, Veterans Advantage’s float traveled up New York’s historic Fifth Avenue amid the cheers of spectators showing their support of the 20,000+ participants.

After the parade, Veterans Advantage and IMAX hosted parade-goers to a free IMAX movie screening of “Sully,” starring Tom Hanks, about the heroic water landing of a US Airways jet by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and veteran.

Later that weekend, Veterans Advantage hosted its fifth-annual “Heroes Meet Heroes,”  event uniting U.S. Military Veterans with U.S. Olympians and World Championship athletes.

People can learn more about other events in New York City this month at the official Veterans Week NYC website.

Here are some photos from Veterans Day.

  • Veterans Advantage float offers a special Thank You from its sponsors.

Election Day 2016 has been described as one of the most critical votes in a generation. Maybe longer. And while millions of Americans are going to the polls today and whatever the outcome, it is a reminder to all of the freedoms we enjoy that allow a day like this to happen.

TopVet Norman Lear is a man with the perspective of modern American history, from the depression era to modern millennial society. A gunner with the Army's Air Force during World War II, he has fought for us to preserve our freedoms and preserve the American way of life. Be sure to read his profile in this week's newsletter.

Election Day and Veterans Day in the same week make for one busy week for us! Make sure your voice is heard, so America continues to learn the value of military service, both in the polling booth on November 8, and on the parade route across America on November 11.

For 23 years, America has recognized Military Family Month to honor military families through awareness, public and private initiatives and service programs. It's a month for all of us to acknowledge the special service and sacrifices of our military family members.

Veterans Advantage believes that when one member of the family serves, the whole family serves - that’s why family members have always been welcome to enroll in Veterans Advantage since we launched nearly 16 years ago. We created a member plan for family members – at a special 50% discount and it includes all the great benefits of our primary member plan. You may have seen some of our VetFamily awards published in our twice monthly newsletter to honor the family members of servicemen and women who have achieved significant accomplishments due in part to their family member's service to our country. Read some of these inspiring stories.

This month, we encourage you to take a minute to help military families – or acknowledge your own military family – in whatever way you can. Organize volunteer projects to help those with a family member stationed overseas, offer to babysit, or give to a family-oriented military charitable group like Fisher House that provides free accommodations to families visiting family members convalescing from the wounds of war.

We can all do our part to make sure military families get the recognition they deserve. While we have our sights set on recognizing military service this Veterans Day, November 11, let’s also remember the families who support those who serve every day.

As one of the founders of Veterans Week NYC, we are delighted to announce our fifth annual Veterans Week in the New York City area. The week is packed with events celebrating veteran service to our country, including three Veterans Advantage events:

Nov. 11: A free private movie screening of Sully at the Imax Theatre on 34th Street, sponsored by Verizon Fios.

Nov. 11: The Veterans Advantage float in the NYC Veterans Day parade, sponsored by AVIS/Budget.

Nov. 13: The fifth annual Heroes Meet Heroes at the New York Athletic Club, sponsored by Northrop Grumman.

Come join us for these great events! For more information and to RSVP, go here for Heroes Meet Heroes and here for the movie screening.  



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