By unitedweroll on Nov 9, 2011 | In Military News and Support
November 8, 2011
VA Announces Virtual On-Line Career Fair
Collaboration with Milicruit Increases Job Opportunities for Veterans
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a partnership with Milicruit.com to sponsor a nationwide, virtual online job fair on Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST.
“As we work to help Veterans find good paying jobs, it is important that we take advantage of online resources that connect our Veterans with employers around the Nation who want to hire these highly qualified and experienced men and women,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
To date, more than 60 military-friendly national employers from both the private and federal sectors and more than 36,000 Veterans have registered to participate in the all day online event.
Veterans can pre-register at http://www.veteranscareerfair.com for this event. On the day of the event, Veterans can log in and visit employer booths, view job openings, apply for jobs, watch employer videos and presentations, chat live with recruiters, and complete on-the-spot video interviews.
They can also interact with VetSuccess counselors to learn more about VA benefits, as well as additional resources and tools for transitioning Servicemembers and family members regarding training, employment, and independent living.
VA’s VetSuccess.gov website offers services by providing access to a job board of more than 8 million job openings, as well as tools for Veterans to build or upload resumes and for employers to search for Veterans who match their recruiting needs.
“Using technology allows us to connect excellent Veteran job seekers with businesses in need of the leadership, discipline, skills, and training that Veterans bring to the workplace,” said Under Secretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey.
The job fair not only connects employers with Veterans who are a match for their staffing needs, but also allows Veterans to visit the VA’s virtual help desk to obtain information about VA benefits.
Benefits include the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess program, which provides job training and placement skills for transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans.
Veterans filing claims may file online through eBenefits, a joint project between the Department of Defense and VA, at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal. They can check the status of their claim with a Premium account, and use a growing number of online services.
Veterans may enroll in eBenefits and obtain a Premium account in-person or online depending on their status. Information on how to register is available on the eBenefits Registration web page at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal?_nfpb=true&_portlet.async=false&_pageLabel=RegistrationOverview.
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By unitedweroll on Nov 8, 2011 | In Military News and Support
New Registry Identifies, Rates Online Learning Materials
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2011 – With the growing popularity of online learning materials, how is one to know what’s available and whether it’s any good?
A new Learning Registry launched yesterday by the Department of Defense and Department of Education will help make it easier for students and educators alike to identify source materials tailored to their needs, Frank C. DiGiovanni, director of training readiness and strategy in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Readiness, told American Forces Press Service.
But equally valuable, he said, will be user ratings about how effective those materials are.
“This is a place that educators and individuals can go to look at online learning content,” DiGiovanni said. “And what’s different about this particular registry is that it uses networking techniques to … populate it from authoritative sources and … to for people to be able to rate how good they think the content is.”
Unlike most traditional search engines that are limited by what particular crawlers they use and draw up long lists of information regardless of its usefulness, the new registry will help users pinpoint resources that meet their exact needs.
If, for example, someone wanted to find online classes in beginning French, the registry would not only provide an exhaustive list of sources, but also the top-rated offerings on that list.
“This is definitely an educator’s resource,” DiGiovanni said.
He also noted its value to the DOD training community and individual military members and DOD employees who frequently turn to web-based distance learning to replace or augment traditional education programs.
“When you look at the people we are accessing into the military, it’s a wired society, particularly in the younger generation,” he said. “By providing learning capabilities in a format that these young and men are used to, we really think we can target our learning capabilities in the Defense Department for that kind of audience.”
But the registry won’t be limited to federal government users. Anyone will be able to access it and take advantage of its services.
“The Learning Registry will serve as a center repository for learning content across the nation to become visible to the common user,” DiGiovanni said. “This is the nation’s resource.”
He described the version rolled out yesterday at a State Educational Technology Directors Association Leadership Summit here as a “beta capability” that will be improved on over time. “This is a very early prototype, and we are in the process of providing it to the user community for them to help us vet it, validate it and of course, mature it,” he said.
DOD, which has served as the federal government’s executive agent for online learning technologies since the late 1990s, will be the primary architect behind those improvements, in partnership with the Education Department.
“DOD was seen as a leader, and I think to this day remains a leader in really looking at groundbreaking technologies – not only for the Department of Defense, but for the entire country,” DiGiovanni said.
Frank C. DiGiovanni
By unitedweroll on Nov 8, 2011 | In Military News and Support
Welcome Stardust Listeners! Thank you for joining us on United We Roll
Tuesday, the 8th day of November, 2011.
We are going to start our show right off with a visit with one of our deployed Heroes of Freedom who is currently on duty in Afghanistan where it will be about 12:30am there and 2:00pm Central Standard Time here at home. We are truly looking forward to this opportunity and hope that conditions will allow us to get in a good visit.
Our guest will be C.J. Grisham, who many of you may know as the author of the award winning blog called "A Soldier's Perspective". CJ is an opinionated soldier who tells it like he sees it. He has been in the active duty Army more than 17 years. His assignments include such tropical paradises as Ft. Hood, Fort Irwin, CA, Fort Stewart, GA, Fort
Meade, MD, and Redstone Arsenal, AL. He has been deployed to Panama, Ecuador, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He has been awarded the Bronze Star with V device, Meritorious Service Medal (3 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge and many
other pieces of flair he doesn’t want to brag about.
After our live visit, we will resume with our show.....
We have a couple of big dates coming up. the Marine Corps will celebrate their 236th birthday on Thursday, November 10th. To all who serve in the USMC and to all the family members, we salute you and we thank you! Happy Birthday!
Then, on Saturday, November 12th, it is the 10th anniversary for this show and for Stardust Radio Network to have been providing military support. It has been an interesting journey, but the main focus has remained ever steady and we hope to keep it that way as long as are needed. I would like to salute Jeff & Linda Showalter who have given the
most during this effort that has been supported by volunteers as they keep the lights on at the station and so much more. We also want to thank all of you who have been tuning in to our shows and keeping our spirits lifted by your support.
For the rest of this week's United We Roll show, we will check in with two more deployed members, one in the Army and one serving with the Air Force. Each of our guests will
share a variety of information with us about their military service and lifestyles. This show will end at 4:00pm Central. Remember, if you are not able to stay with us through the
afternoon today, this show will repeat again tomorrow evening, that is Wednesday (Nov 9th) at 6:30pm Central.
(2:37pm appr) Our second visit takes us to Transit Center Manas in the Kyrgyz Republic where we visit with SMS Colleen Blake-Harris, who is deployed with the 376th AEW as
the Law Office Superintendent and the Wing Staff Agency Superintendent. Perhaps, the most rewarding part of being a Law Office Superintendent is assisting TCM members
both military and US Contractors with the legal needs. "Our clients .. thankful and relieved that they are able to get some of the legal issues resolved while they are away from
home." SMS Blake-Harris has also been able to participate and learn from some of the local community women's events. This is the second deployment for SMS Blake-Harris,
whose active duty husband is also on deployment although to another area. (appr 38 min)
(3:20pm appr) Our third and final visit for today takes us to Iraq for our last visit with the Army's 2-1 Advise and Assist Brigade (2nd BCT,1st ID from Fort Riley) and a special
guest, SFC Christopher J Roberts. SFC Roberts is a member of the 2-1 Public Affairs Office and has been a key player in bringing us the weekly visits with members of the various
units from this Brigade over the past year. Our conversation will include several aspects of this last deployment to Iraq and much more about the members and their families. As
always, it is hard to end a year long relationship that has developed into much more than weekly appointments to share stories. But knowing that these men and women are coming
home makes saying "So Long For Now" so easy to do. (appr 45 min)
Our deepest appreciation goes to SFC Christopher Roberts, SGT Daniel Stoutamire and CPT Selina Tolonen for a year of incredible visits with the men and women of the 2-1AAB
(2nd BCT, 1st ID).
Once again we are very grateful to have the opportunity to bring you these beautiful visits with our Heroes of Freedom today and every Tuesday. We hope that you have enjoyed
them and will join us again next week, Tuesday, November 15th as we bring you more visits.
We wish to thank our guests and their PA members who helped us to setup these visits. Our hearts and our prayers go out to all of our military members and Veterans, our first
responders and to all their families, who also serve.
Of course, to all of our Stardust Listeners, we thank you for tuning in to United We Roll, for your support today and each time you join us for our programs and music.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL & MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!
"It is not a job, it's a lifestyle!"
SMS Colleen Blake-Harris
USAF - 376th AEW, T C Manas, Kyrgyzstan
Congratulations to TSG Tammie Moore
Warrior of the Week
USAF - 376th AEW, T C Manas
NOVEMBER 10, 2011 - HAPPY 236TH BIRTHDAY, USMC!
NOVEMBER 11, 2011 VETERANS DAY
OUR DEEPEST APPRECIATION TO ALL WHO HAVE SERVED
AND TO THEIR FAMILIES.
THANK YOU FOR OUR FREEDOM!
NOVEMBER 12, 2011 - HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY
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Sadly, we know that more injured Veterans who are waiting on slow claims will also be needing help for utilities, groceries, and some for help with rent. We are talking about Veterans who served one to four tours in Iraq and/or Afghanistan and came home with serious, life changing injuries, but whose claims still have not cleared the VA.
Until these claims are settled on a timely basis and until our Vets who are trying to recover from amputations and worse are able to focus on healing without worrying about keeping a roof over their heads, we must be ready to help. Veterans For Change is great about locating organizations and churches to help, talking to landlords to work out payments, etc. But each week, there is still help needed to see that injured Vets have shelter, food and power. Please help whenever you can. THANK YOU!
And a reminder to all - Will you please contact your elected officials and ask them to expedite the claims of the wounded from your state so they do not suffer the additional stress of worrying about losing their homes while they also try to heal?
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By unitedweroll on Nov 3, 2011 | In Military News and Support
November is the month of the Military Family. Their very lifestyle is defined by the needs of our country and where the military member of the family needs to be at any given time or for any length of time. As we are all too familiar nowadays, the families must hold down the home front and cover all the chores included. They must also be ready to pack up and move hundreds or thousands of miles away from where they have been living, leaving behind friends and possibly other family members.
Military life may mean long periods of not being able to go back to one's hometown to visit relatives or childhood friends. Thank goodness for the technology that we have nowadays so most loved ones can keep in touch on a regular basis with email and even Skype. Most, but not all. Some are still separated by half a world away or more with no frequent contact.
The children learn early on that life can be pretty serious and times can be laced with anxiety. But military moms are pretty amazing at tucking away their own fears so they can bring the smiles back out on their children's faces. For some, the smiles are frozen when a staff car pulls up in front to deliver some devastating news. Or others, who learn how to help with therapy for their injured parent.
That is where we come in, folks. These families live the life they do so that their military member can protect our freedom. It is not a nice thing for us to give back - it is the right thing for us to give back, to be there and to help as much as we can and as much as we are needed. If these members did not have the support of their families, most could not do what they do.
If the military members did not do what they do, guess what - we could not do what we do! We would not have the freedom and liberty to live the way we do, to meet with families for BBQ's and holiday dinners, to meet friends at the mall, to go to a show on Broadway or watch the celebs parade on red carpet in Hollywood. Simply put, if it were not for those who accept the challenges - and, yes the opportunities also, though I fear the others would weigh more - the "American Way of Life" would be a dream from the past.
So, let's do what we know we can do well. Let's put a little bit of "me time" back on the calendar and set it aside for the Military Families who could use our support. There are so many ways to help that anyone should be able to find something that is right up their alley. Just look up Military Families in Google or Bing or whatever search engine you use and you will see several great organizations who specialize in this area. There are also several terrific articles located at http://militaryfamily.about.com.
Military families are some of the strongest that I know. But then aren't many Americans? Look at our farmers, our small business owners and the folks who make their world happen every day by what they do or not do. Let's get back to looking out for each other and for our country again.
As for those military kids, many grow up to become members themselves - and not always with the same branch of the military as their dad or mom. That must be a pretty good hint that the military life is not that bad. In fact, from this "military brat", I would gladly live it all over again.
By unitedweroll on Nov 3, 2011 | In Military News and Support
The amount of talent that lives within our military men and women is amazing. Perhaps that is yet another element that goes into the makeup of these very special people who also have a heart that wants to help others, a mind that is set on accepting the training to accomplish missions and the dedication to keep our country free.
Face of Defense: Creative Marine Loves Music
By Marine Corps Cpl. John Robbart III
15th Marine Expeditionary Unit
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Nov. 3, 2011 - A desire to serve his country and his love of music influenced Lance Cpl. Richard B. Orellana to join the Marine Corps.
Orellana said he started playing the drums when he was 5 years old. At age 13, he taught himself the guitar. At 19, he picked up the trombone.
"There's always something I can learn. I try to keep pushing myself creatively," he said.
Orellana's devotion to music paid off when he auditioned for and was accepted into the Los Angeles Unified School District All-City Honor Marching Band as a junior in high school.
"Richard was the best drummer to ever come through Chatsworth High School, which is why I recommended him for the all-city band," said Larry O. Williams, Chatsworth High School's band director. "I remember him as a freshman -- he was so talented, but controlling his energy was the real challenge."
Orellana's talent doesn't end with being an exceptional musician. He also found that he could draw. His high school art teacher, he said, saw his sketches and challenged him to take advanced-level courses.
During his junior year, Orellana competed in a nationwide art competition, which earned him a scholarship to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. He recalled he was surprised at how comfortable he felt with a pen and sketchpad. "I took courses in design and illustration -- I had found my niche," he said.
However, Orellana's scholarship ran out after he'd attended a trimester at the school, and his family could not afford to pay for his art classes or music lessons.
"I was crushed, devastated, you name it," he said. "I couldn't believe that my dreams couldn't be fulfilled because of my economic background."
Orellana said he found himself making bad decisions and heading toward trouble.
"I needed to get away from that trouble back home and get set on a straight and narrow path," he said, speaking of a time when he needed discipline in his life. Orellana decided he would join the Marine Corps and audition for the Marine Corps Band.
Before his final audition for the Marine band, Orellana injured his finger skateboarding and was unable to complete the audition. He needed to depart for recruit training and had to reclassify for training in an administration job.
"Orellana is very good at what he does," said Marine Corps Cpl. Michael A. Travis, Orlellana's supervisor at the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit here. Orellana, he said, is considering becoming a combat illustrator so that he can use his creative talents.
"He needs a specialty where he can be more free," Travis said. "Being creative is his 'thing.' ... He has made creative cover pages, unit symbols and designed different things for our section."
Meanwhile, Orellana is still making music. He has a drum set in his barracks room, and sometimes plays at local venues.
Orellana said he also makes time to help out his fellow Marines.
"If there's one thing I'll always take from my time in the Marine Corps, it's to look out for others," Orellana said. "I want to be that person who can help, not only artistically, but also morally, to make sure [other Marines] have that role model who will keep them out of trouble."
By unitedweroll on Nov 2, 2011 | In Military News and Support
While Marine CPL Is Deployed in Afghanistan, his wife and child need our help!
Please reach out so this soldier can focus on his mission & staying alive with
the knowledge that his family is safe and well.
Marine Wife and Daughter need Help!
Dear VFC Friend:
First I want to thank all who listened into the radio show last night on Stardust Radio we had an excellent show on homeless Veterans and the West Los Angeles VA facility.
I also want to give special thanks to the thirteen people who donated to help this past weekends Veterans.
As you noticed we did scale back and we will maintain it to no more than two individuals or families and see how this works.
I do regret having to come and ask again, but this is a situation we can turn around with your help.
Below is listed the information about this active duty Marine and his family, and while I had been working on this for the past 48 hours, I did get one donor who owns a small business here in Irvine, California who has committed to match dollar for dollar up to the amount needed.
Time is of the essence and we don’t have much of it, but please take a look below, and consider a small donation to VFC today.
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The Active Duty Family who needs:
• Marine CPL Steven Tate, 29 of Alaska is currently serving on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Steven had to leave behind his wife Andrea of six years and their four year old daughter Kimberly.
Kimberly does work part time, and also was surviving on her allotment check from the Marine Corps to help her pay rent, food, etc. and had been doing fairly well on a rather tight budget up until the allotment payments got messed up and stopped being deposited into their joint account two months ago.
Their landlord already filed for eviction and they did appear in court on Thursday this past weekend, but the landlord has agreed to work with us and allow us until Wednesday to resolve the matter before having his court order enforced.
We have contacted their Congressman’s office to help expedite the reinstatement of her husbands allotment payments to her and help pull them out of trouble.
Our goal deadline is Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 8:00am PST.
11/02/11 @ 8:00pm PST
Donation Goal: $ 750.00
Donation Match: $ -375.00
Donations Received: $ -245.00
New Goal: $ 130.00
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