Blue Star Museums open their doors to military families

Blue Star Families recently launched a new program called Blue Star Museums, which provides free admission for military families to museums across the country.

So far nearly 600 museums have signed on to participate. You can view a map of participating museums and institutions here. Be sure to check this out, and we’ll see you at the museum this summer!

Read the full details from the organizers.

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US Chamber of Commerce Career Fair, Bethesda MD

June 4, 2010


Friday June 4, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), Bethesda
Uniformed Services University (USU) Bldg. 71
8901 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20889

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On June 4, 2010, the Fleet and Family Support Office, NNMC in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber Foundation will host a career fair at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. Our goal is to connect transitioning wounded, ill, and injured veterans with the best of employers. As a valued member of the Chamber, we invite you to participate in what will be an ideal place to meet and network with (and thank!) our country’s heroes.

The career fair will include a line-up of leading employers in various industries looking to fill a wide range of positions from entry-level to management. This would be an excellent opportunity for you to meet potential and well-deserving candidates for employment. Service members from Bethesda, Walter Reed, Ft. Belvoir, Ft. Meade, and Quantico will be participating in the event.

Learn more:

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Warrior Gateway teams up with New York City Council

The Warrior Gateway has a new partner: the City of New York. We are pleased to announce our partnership with the New York City Council.

We’re currently here at City Hall in NYC at a press conference with City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Veterans Committee Chair Dr. Mathieu Eugene. Our partnership with the City Council will involve service providers and members of the military community across the five boroughs of New York. Service providers will be encouraged to register and create listings for their organizations in the Warrior Gateway Directory, and the City Council will refer veterans and their families to the Warrior Gateway as a resource in locating service providers in New York City.

Thanks to Christine and Mathieu, and we look forward to a fruitful partnership!

Check out this article on Mashable on our partnership with the NYC City Council or see the New York City Council Partnership annoucement.

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Warrior Gateway in the News – AP article

The AP has written a nice article about how the Warrior Gateway is connecting the new generation of veterans with service providers online.

AP technology reporter Barbara Ortutay interviewed our Executive Director Devin Holmes and Tom Tarantino from IAVA. Here’s an excerpt:

“Our generation of vets exists within a social media landscape,” said Tom Tarantino, a former Army captain who now works as the legislative associate for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “We couldn’t navigate a city without Google Maps, without Yelp.”

The site lets veterans, their families, friends and caretakers search for services based on an extensive range of categories, including geography, eligibility and even user ratings inspired by Yelp, a restaurant and shopping review site.


Besides posting reviews, users can also add services not already listed, the same way Yelp users can post new restaurants on that site.

Veterans transitioning out of the military are generally given “a stack of paper, a binder, a book that says here are the organizations that can help you,” says Devin Holmes, executive director of Warrior Gateway.

With the site, veterans no longer have to pore through piles of papers or long alphabetized databases.

“If you’re searching for these resources you are already under a tremendous amount of stress,” Tarantino said. “You’re not going on Yelp to find a great sushi place. It needs to be intuitive; you don’t want to sift through pages and pages of links.”

Check out the full article on MSNBC (also posted on Forbes, ABC, and Businessweek, among others) or download a PDF of the article.

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Reflecting on the CIAV Conference

This week we’ve been at the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (CIAV) Conference, conveniently held just down the street from us. It’s been a great event, filled with a diverse group of speakers and attendees – veterans, non-profits, government programs, authors, filmmakers, members of the media, and more.

Devin presented on the Warrior Gateway on the opening day of the conference, and we received a number of good questions and feedback about the site. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat with us about the Warrior Gateway throughout the week – we always love to hear your thoughts and ideas and explain more about what the site does.

We also heard some excellent speakers and attended workshops that touched on topics ranging from job creation to fundraising to blogging. These sessions were all very informative; it was great to hear not only the expertise of the speakers but the thoughts and experiences of the attendees. We heard a lot about the current issues, challenges, and successes of service providers in the field.

Many of these issues and challenges were similar to feedback we’ve heard from service providers before — a need for a good database of organizations working with the military community; the desire to reach out more to one’s client base and attract new clients who would gain from your services; the difficulty (especially for small organizations) of maintaining an active, dynamic presence on the Internet.

And these are all ways in which the Warrior Gateway adds value to service providers, addressing these challenges and providing an easy interface for service providers to communicate with clients, and allow clients to easily find and connect with them.

This was the theme of our presentation at CIAV and, again, we were very pleased to talk with so many people about the Gateway. A special thanks to CIAV for your hard work in organization a wonderful event!

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