Warrior Gateway Supporting Student Veterans of America at National Conference

Members of the Warrior Gateway team will be attending “The 4th Annual National Conference presented by Student Veterans of America,” December 8-10, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV.  This will be a great opportunity to connect with student veterans, their families, and the organizations and institutions assisting them.  To see the event schedule, register, and learn more information, click here.

Opening remarks and guest speakers include: Eric Shinseki, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Col. David Sutherland, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Kevin Schmiegel, Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The conference theme is “Combating Veteran Unemployment,” which is a predominant issue right now for veterans nationwide.  One of the conference highlights will be the career fair on Friday, which will involve Student Veterans of America partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and RecruitMilitary to bring employers from across many different sectors together that want to hire veterans.  Top tier employers will be in attendance, such as veteran friendly employers Booz Allen Hamilton and General Electric.  Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume and employers are asked to bring national and local job opportunities.

We will provide a live feed from the event through social media, so stay in touch!  If you are attending, or know someone who is, please connect with us. We are excited to network with as many student veterans, military families, and other organizations as we can.

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Warrior Gateway Featured Resource At “2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference”

The Warrior Gateway team is proud to be a featured resource at the “2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference” on November 9-10, 2011, in Vienna, Virginia.  As we approach Veterans Day, we are reminded of our commitment to those who have served our Nation and are looking for employment opportunities in both the public and private sector. In recognizing this, the Department of the Navy is hosting the 2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference “Hiring our Nation’s Heroes.”


To convene prominent government, military, and industry leaders and their human resource professionals who are committed to hiring and supporting Wounded Warriors. Conference attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn best practices from many successful organizations on how to recruit, hire, train and retain Wounded Warriors.

On the Agenda:
There is an AMAZING line-up of distinguished guest speakers including senior leadership in the federal government, private industry, Wounded Warrior care agencies, and hiring programs that will share their best practices. Our conference will boast OVER 20 BREAK-OUT SESSIONS to offer you their TOOLS and RESOURCES on how to hire and support Wounded Warriors. There will also be EXHIBITORS from various agencies and organizations that support our Wounded Warriors.

THE CONFERENCE IS ENTIRELY FREE.  Plenty of free parking is available. You may purchase food and beverages on-site.

To register, please go to the following website and received the latest conference updates: http://www.public.navy.mil/donaa/Pages/woundedwarrior.aspx

November 9 – 10, 2011

Sheraton Premiere at Tyson’s Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA.

More Information:
Please contact the Conference Management Team at nssc_wwarriorhiring@navy.mil

Please forward this email to anyone who may interested in attending our event.

Group Therapy Sessions Help Veterans Ease Back Into Society

Today marks the 220th year, of the Coast Guard—Happy Birthday!  Since its creation on August 4, 1790, the Coast Guard has continued its mission of safeguarding our nation’s shores.

Coast Guard veterans, like many other service men and women protecting our nation, have faced hardships after returning from service.  Ginger Davis, a veteran of the Coast Guard and the Army National Guard, admits that her return to civilian life after deployment to Iraq was not easy.  To cope and ease this transition, she meets with other female veterans for a regular group therapy in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Iraq War Veteran Elizabeth Jackson also attends these group sessions. She shared her biggest concern during her transition: finding a job. She eventually found a job at the local Veterans Affairs Clinic in Daytona Beach and is continuing her employment there.

If you or a military community member is having trouble finding a job or would like to join a veteran support group, the Warrior Gateway can help you. Click here to access the directory and find a local organization that best fits your needs.

Do you have recommendations for service providers in Florida or want to provide feedback on your service provider experience? We want to hear from you—email us at the Warrior Gateway team!

For Audrey Parente’s original article, Group Therapy Helps Iraq Veteran Ease Back into Life, click here.

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Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade Gives Military Kids a Great Start to the School Year

Back-to-School Brigade

As calendar turns to August, many families are starting to think about going back to school — and for some military families the cost of school supplies is a growing concern.  Jim Knotts, CEO of Operation Homefront (OH) which is a national nonprofit assisting the military community (veteran, active duty, National Guard, Reserve, and their families), has watched this need grow over the years.

Knotts states, “With a 191% increase last year in requests for food assistance, we know our military families are struggling to meet the most basic of needs [and] without donations from the community, military families are forced to spend hundreds of dollars to provide their children with basic items needed for a quality education.” Fortunately, OH has a program that can help address this need: Back-to-School Brigade.

Every year, OH collects the supplies and donations needed to make backpacks for children in military families nationwide. Last year Back-to-School Brigade distributed 19,000 backpacks, saving military families an estimated $1.2 million dollars.

For more about this program, read the press release here. Registration started July 1, 2010 for families. Donations can be made any time through OH chapter websites. If you are interested in learning more about OH or other programs that help the children of military families, please visit the Warrior Gateway directory.

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Were You “Stop-Lossed”? Don’t Forget to Claim Your Special Pay Benefit

Time is running out for service members and veteran to claim their Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP).   With an average benefit of $3,700, there is good reason for veterans and their families to take action.

The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established RSLSP, and provides $500 for each month/partial month served in stop loss status. Those eligible for RSLP include service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009.

If you or someone you know may be eligible, visit http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0710_stoploss/ This Department of Defense webpage links to service-specific sites with more information on the RSLSP claims process.

Looking for help navigating the Federal claims process? Visit the Warrior Gateway Directory.  We currently have 1,274 organizations that offer assistance with federal benefits.

Have experience with a claims organization? Write about your experience so others may share your insights. You can also add organizations that are not yet part of the Directory.

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