Military veterans – 20th CVETSMEM http://20thcvetsmem.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 17:02:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://20thcvetsmem.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1.png Military veterans – 20th CVETSMEM http://20thcvetsmem.org/ 32 32 New Legal Powers to Support Armed Forces Families and Veterans https://20thcvetsmem.org/new-legal-powers-to-support-armed-forces-families-and-veterans/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 17:02:41 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/new-legal-powers-to-support-armed-forces-families-and-veterans/ Defense ministers backed a new legal obligation that supports Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans. The duty, introduced today, gives local services the legal responsibility to embody the Armed Forces Covenant, a key mechanism that helps the armed forces and veterans of the UK. The Compact itself has been in existence for more than […]]]>
  • Defense ministers backed a new legal obligation that supports Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans.
  • The duty, introduced today, gives local services the legal responsibility to embody the Armed Forces Covenant, a key mechanism that helps the armed forces and veterans of the UK.
  • The Compact itself has been in existence for more than a decade, has nearly 10,000 signatories and helps ensure a wide range of support for those who serve their country.

Defense Ministers backed a stronger legal requirement on local services to support Armed Forces personnel, their families and the veteran community.

From today (22 November), councils, NHS Trusts and other local bodies across the UK providing services to the Forces community, will be required to adhere to a new legal obligation which reflects the key values ​​of the Armed Forces Pact.

This means that authorities must now consider the impact of their decision-making on members of the Armed Forces community. For example, schools should determine whether a parent is a member of the Forces community and give due consideration to their requirement for flexible leave based on the demands of their military career.

Services covered include health, housing and education, and the new Defense Personnel Support Minister has provided personal support.

Minister of Defence, Veterans Affairs and Military Families, Dr Andrew Murrison, said:

The men and women of the Armed Forces do extraordinary things and put themselves in danger. We must always do the right thing for them and their families.

Today, we are building on the progress made over the past decade in integrating the Armed Forces Compact, strengthening its legal force and compelling service providers to make it work.

The introduction of the Duty to Respect Pact further reinforces Defense’s unwavering commitment to supporting our world-class armed forces, and their families, as well as those who have served their country before.

The duty, which also honors the Government’s wider commitment to the British Forces community, has been included in the Armed Forces Bill 2021, making it into law.

As well as staff and veterans living in England, the duty will also apply to those in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, ensuring that all are supported and not disadvantaged, wherever they are. choose to live.

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Hawks and Georgia Power team up for “Veterans Appreciation Night” on Nov. 9 https://20thcvetsmem.org/hawks-and-georgia-power-team-up-for-veterans-appreciation-night-on-nov-9/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 19:16:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/hawks-and-georgia-power-team-up-for-veterans-appreciation-night-on-nov-9/ Hawks to recognize the sacrifice and service of those who served in the military during the game against Utah ATLANTE – The The Atlanta Hawks today announced their plans for the “Veterans Appreciation Night presented by Georgia Power” during the game against Utah on Wednesday, November 9. The night will recognize the sacrifice and service […]]]>

Hawks to recognize the sacrifice and service of those who served in the military during the game against Utah

ATLANTE – The The Atlanta Hawks today announced their plans for the “Veterans Appreciation Night presented by Georgia Power” during the game against Utah on Wednesday, November 9. The night will recognize the sacrifice and service of those who served in the military with various giveaways and interactive activations. . A special ticket offer for Wednesday night’s game includes a $10 food and beverage credit and a green Hawks “Veterans Appreciation” shirt while supplies last. Fans can secure this offer by visiting Hawks.com/promotions.

During the week leading up to the game, the Hawks and Georgia Power will host “Career Readiness and SMILE” training through the True To You Career Center for U.S. military veterans at State Farm Arena on Friday, November 4. This training event will be aimed at instructing and informing attendees on career readiness tactics through an interactive discussion-based session featuring veterans currently employed by both companies.

“We are honored to partner with Georgia Power to recognize and celebrate the service and sacrifice of this country’s heroes, said Andrew Saltzman, executive vice president and chief revenue officer of Hawks. “We hope that Friday’s career preparation event and Wednesday’s match program will show our gratitude to these men and women who have bravely served our country.”

Before the game on Wednesday, November 9, U.S. Army veteran Jayme Alilaw will perform the national anthem. Two veterans, who are also employees of Georgia Power, will also serve as honorary co-captains for the game.

The program for the five-hour training event is based on the principles of SMILE (Southern Hospitality, Make a Moment, Individuals Matter, Listen and Learn, and Empowerment) and will conclude with a panel discussion with employees, who are also veterans, Hawks and Georgia Power. At the end of the event, each veteran in attendance will also receive a certificate that can be listed as professional development experience on their resume, indicating that the veteran is aware of and ready to display the basic people skills needed to paid employment. In addition, each participant will receive two tickets to the “Veterans Appreciation Night” on November 9th.

In September, the Hawks announced their full promotional schedule for the 2022-23 season, which includes 19 home games that will recognize and celebrate the diversity of Hawks fans and their interests with special promotions, exclusive ticket offers and giveaways. in limited edition.

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Recent Army of Alaska suicide deaths included three in the same brigade https://20thcvetsmem.org/recent-army-of-alaska-suicide-deaths-included-three-in-the-same-brigade/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 19:18:25 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/recent-army-of-alaska-suicide-deaths-included-three-in-the-same-brigade/ If you or someone close to you is having thoughts of harming or killing yourself, you can confidentially seek help through the Military/Veterans Crisis Line by calling 988 and dialing 1, texting 838255 or by chat at http://VeteransCrisisLine.net. You do not need to be a VA beneficiary to use the service. The army has spent […]]]>

If you or someone close to you is having thoughts of harming or killing yourself, you can confidentially seek help through the Military/Veterans Crisis Line by calling 988 and dialing 1, texting 838255 or by chat at http://VeteransCrisisLine.net. You do not need to be a VA beneficiary to use the service.

The army has spent the last few months focus on the mental health and quality of life of its troops in Alaska after a string of 17 suicide deaths among its 11,000 troops in 2021 has led lawmakers to demand action from service chiefs.

And it seemed to be working: The newly created 11th Airborne Division, which was created from the Army of Alaska and established as the main Arctic service headquarters in June, had seen only two deaths by suicide in the first nine months of 2022.

But in recent weeks, four soldiers assigned to units in Alaska committed suicide, division leaders acknowledged in a statement. open letter posted via social media on November 7.

Of the soldiers who died, three were assigned to the division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, which is stationed at Fort Wainwright, near the town of Fairbanks in the state’s rugged interior, confirmed the spokesman John Pennell in an email to Army Times. They bring the total number of deaths by suicide in 2022 to six.

  • Two soldiers were members of the brigade’s 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment.
  • One soldier was a member of the brigade’s 70th Engineer Battalion.
  • The fourth soldier was assigned to another unit at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage.

In the double-signed letter to the formation, Command Sgt. Major Vern Daley and Major General Brian Eifler lamented the loss of “four Arctic Angels in the last 30 days to the enemy of despair. We can never replace their loss or fill the void they left behind.

Alaska poses a unique suicide prevention challenge that the service is already struggling with at every level. The military saw a record number of active-duty suicide deaths after 9/11 in 2021 — though those numbers declined in 2022, top leaders say — but it has yet to issue long-awaited regulations to normalize and govern its suicide prevention program. .

An Army spokesperson confirmed that the regulations are still pending and were unable to provide an expected release date.

Commonly cited factors that make Alaska more difficult include the difficulty of recruiting mental health care providers to travel to remote areas of interior Alaska, the cold and prolonged darkness of the months of winter there, the increased expense and planning required to visit loved ones in the lower 48 states. and more.

An independent Defense Department-level commission is currently evaluating force-wide suicide prevention and visited three facilities in Alaska earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the 11th Airborne Division and Army leaders have been working to address the problem with the tools at their disposal — dispatching dozens of behavioral health providers and chaplains, mandating counseling appointments for all soldiers and increasing funding for community and recreational activities. The Army has also created new enlistment and posting options that allow troops who want to be in Alaska to go there, rather than sending soldiers who aren’t interested in the austere life up North. .

These efforts have “had a tremendous impact, Eifler and Daley wrote in their letter, while praising “the soldiers and leaders [who] bravely step in, bravely ask for help, and bravely step up to take care of a teammate.

But leaders say soldiers and the service “must double the progress made earlier this year” to prevent more deaths.

Davis Winkie is a senior reporter covering the military, specializing in accountability reports, personnel issues, and military justice. He joined Military Times in 2020. Davis studied history at Vanderbilt University and UNC-Chapel Hill, writing a master’s thesis on the influence of the Cold War-era Department of Defense. on Hollywood films of World War II.

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Chili’s Offers Restaurant Careers to Military Veterans Through a Smooth Transition Program https://20thcvetsmem.org/chilis-offers-restaurant-careers-to-military-veterans-through-a-smooth-transition-program/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 07:12:46 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/chilis-offers-restaurant-careers-to-military-veterans-through-a-smooth-transition-program/ Find out what clicks on FoxBusiness.com The popular restaurant brand Chili’s offers military veterans a convenient way to reintegrate into civilian life. A new Department of Defense-funded program called SkillBridge aims to promote a seamless transition for service members returning to the workforce. Veterans have the option to spend their last three months of service […]]]>

The popular restaurant brand Chili’s offers military veterans a convenient way to reintegrate into civilian life.

A new Department of Defense-funded program called SkillBridge aims to promote a seamless transition for service members returning to the workforce.

Veterans have the option to spend their last three months of service working in “real world” employment – with the option of jumping straight into employment once they leave the military.

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Chili’s is the first and so far only restaurant brand to adopt the new program – and the feedback has been overwhelming.

Air Force veteran Leslye Kinsey is someone to know, as she made the smooth transition to her new job managing the bar and take-out orders at Chili’s Grill & Bar in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Leslye Kinsey, an Air Force veteran, waves an American flag outside a Chili’s restaurant. (Chili’s Grill & Bar/Fox News)

Kinsey told Fox News Digital that the program set her up for success by connecting the skills she used while working in the Air Force services with her civilian position.

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“I have a lot of skills that were needed for this job,” she said.

“Most of my career has been [spent in] food service, so a lot of the training and the cooking and a lot of different hospitality and customer service things I did. »

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Air Force veteran Leslye Kinsey handles food orders in the kitchen at Chili’s in Hendersonville, Tennessee. (Chili’s Grill & Bar/Fox News)

“So when I came to Chili’s, it was kind of the same – I’m just learning to do things the Chili way.”

Kinsey, born in Washington, was active in the Air Force for 22 years. She completed seven deployments and was able to train others and learn about “a lot of different cultures”.

Prior to his retirement in June 2022, Kinsey received information about the Chili program from the grassroots education center.

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Air Force veteran Leslye Kinsey spent 22 years in the military. (Chili’s Grill & Bar/Fox News)

Kinsey said it’s been a “great experience” so far since being selected by Chili’s. She started her new job about five months ago.

“It’s good to see how my military career actually helps and how that translates into the civilian sector,” she said.

Aaron White, chief human resources officer for Chili’s, told Fox News Digital in an interview that the company is “extremely proud” to be the only restaurant brand involved in the program.

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“We are thrilled and honored to be the only restaurant to offer this fast track for transition, she said.

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Aaron White of Brinker International, owner of Chili’s, joined Fox News Digital for an interview Nov. 9, 2022. “It’s about being able to lead a team and being able to hold teams accountable,” she said of veteran skills. (Fox News Digital/Fox News)

Dallas-based Le White said veterans are “especially desirable” for leadership positions at Chili’s because most of them have strong leadership skills.

“It’s about being able to lead a team and being able to hold teams accountable,” she said.

Nine military veterans have succeeded to date in Chile sites across the country.

Veterans on board undergo “extensive hands-on training” to learn the skills needed to work alongside team members and restaurant customers.

White said feedback on the program so far has been “excellent,” as nine military veterans have been successful so far at Chile sites across the country.

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Air Force veteran and Chilean employee Leslye Kinsey of Tennessee works with a team member. (Chili’s Grill & Bar/Fox News)

Kinsey encouraged other service members leaving the military to look into the SkillBridge program to learn “valuable job skills” for future employment.

“It helped me because it gave me a location and it helped me establish myself,” she said.

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“Rather than just leaving the military with no plan, I had somewhere to go and I had something to do,” she said.

The veteran projected that she will continue to “grow and learn” in her career at Chili’s, and that she hopes to earn the rank of general manager in the future.

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Aaron White of Brinker International has worked for the Chili’s brand for 21 years. “Our passion is really to make everyone feel special,” she said. (Chili’s Grill & Bar/Fox News)

Chili’s has been involved with the program for nearly a year, and it’s proven to be “a great fit” for the brand, according to White.

“Our passion is really about making everyone feel special and this connection we’ve made with the military is close to our hearts,” she said.

“Being able to help them transition to civilian life has been amazing for our teams and also for them.”

White, who has worked at Chili’s for 21 years, said the program has helped the brand retain team members and attract desirable new talent.

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The Chili’s Grill and Bar logo is displayed on a table. (Chili’s Grill & Bar/Fox News)

Kinsey urged other companies to consider adopting a program like SkillBridge to help veterans find jobs.

“That way we can reduce our homeless population and give our veterans a chance when they’re out – and show them they’re not forgotten,” she said.

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Kinsey shared a message to former American heroes in honor of Veterans Day.

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Leslye Kinsey’s US Air Force uniform. She also thanks other veterans for their service to our country. (Chili’s Grill & Bar/Fox News)

“You are not forgotten – and your sacrifices are worthwhile,” she said.

“We appreciate all you have done and all the sacrifices you have made to establish our freedoms – and we thank you for that.”

Chili’s continues to give back to American men and women in uniform by maintaining its tradition of feeding veterans free on Veterans Day.

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“Thank you for standing up for our nation and our freedom,” White said.

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$1 Million Donation Helps Mines Veterans https://20thcvetsmem.org/1-million-donation-helps-mines-veterans/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 01:16:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/1-million-donation-helps-mines-veterans/ RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) – South Dakota Mines is listed as a military friendly school and in November they host events for veterans and get upgrades to the Rich and Trudy Wells Veteran Resource Center. The center gives veteran students tools to help ensure their success. The Wells’ $1 million donation will help fund improvements […]]]>

RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) – South Dakota Mines is listed as a military friendly school and in November they host events for veterans and get upgrades to the Rich and Trudy Wells Veteran Resource Center.

The center gives veteran students tools to help ensure their success. The Wells’ $1 million donation will help fund improvements to the center located in the lower part of the Surbeck Center.

“It will really help to give space to veterans. Right now it’s full, it’s well used. Sometimes there are no open seats for someone else to use, so it’s just going to be able to provide a lot more students who will benefit.

The resource center offers many benefits such as: veteran-to-veteran tutoring, a mentorship program, referral services, and VA health care assistance.

“Coming back to school after being away for so long, the group of veterans there really help and help me with daily activities, struggling with homework, and we’re all doing the same each other,” said South Dakota Mines student Wesley Quigley.

“Being able to come in and have a group that understands me and have a support network is one of the only reasons I’m here today as a senior,” said South Dakota Mines student Cody Marshall. .

As part of the Veterans Resource Center, the Veterans Club held its annual chili contest on Tuesday. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to South Dakota Service Dogs. This charity helps veterans be matched with trained service animals.

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List of free meals and discounts https://20thcvetsmem.org/list-of-free-meals-and-discounts/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 00:34:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/list-of-free-meals-and-discounts/ * This post may contain affiliate links and we may earn a small commission if you use them. To thank veterans and current military for their service, many companies are offering free meals, dining deals, grocery store discounts and more for Veterans Day this year! The majority of these offers take place on Veterans Day, […]]]>

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To thank veterans and current military for their service, many companies are offering free meals, dining deals, grocery store discounts and more for Veterans Day this year!

The majority of these offers take place on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2022 but some offers take place on other days. As always, with offers like these, they are valid at participating locations. Not every restaurant or retailer will participate, so you might want to call your local store before heading out.

Most stores and restaurants require you to show military ID or proof of service. Restaurants generally only offer meals on site.

Read on for the growing list of offers. We’ll continue to update this list through November 11 as more restaurants and stores confirm their offers.

My deepest thanks to everyone who has served and is currently serving, including my favorite veteran, my father!

Restaurant offers

Applebee: All active military, veterans, reserves, and National Guard receive a full-sized entrée of an exclusive menu on Nov. 11 for dinner only. They will also receive a $5 cashback card to redeem for dinner, takeout or delivery within three weeks. See the details on their website.
Restaurant and brasserie BJ’s: On 11/11, current and former military members can enjoy free entree from a select menu and a free Dr Pepper drink. The offer is only valid on site. Must present military ID or other proof of service. See the details on their website.
Bob Evans: On November 11, 2022, veterans and active duty military. receive a complimentary meal from a special menu of seven home-style favorites at participating establishments for dinner only (drinks not included). Proof of military service required. See the details on their website.
Bone Fish Grills: Bonefish Grill is offering a free order of their Bang Bang Shrimp (crispy shrimp tossed in a signature creamy and spicy sauce) with a soft drink to service members, veterans and first responders with presentation of ID on the 11th November 2022. Offer available all day, no purchase necessary. All year, Grilled bone fish offers a 10% discount on heroes to service members, veterans and first responders.
Bubba’s 33 in Fayetteville: Bubba’s 33 welcomes veterans and active U.S. military members to enjoy a free lunch on Friday, November 11, 2022 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For veterans and active military members who are unable to attend this year’s event, the restaurant will be handing out rain check coupons on Veterans Day, through May 30, 2023. Offer is valid for military members active, retired, or former Americans with proof of service including a military or VA card, or discharge papers. You can choose one of six main courses: Classic Cheese Burger, Bubba’s Bacon Burger, Bacon Chicken Mac-n-Cheese, Grilled Chicken Salad, Chicken Salad or any 12 inch plus pizza a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/ice tea or coffee during lunch. They are located at 500 Westwood Shopping Ctr., Fayetteville, NC 28314.
Italian grills from Carrabba: Veterans Day (11/11), Carrabba’s Italian Grill offers a complimentary appetizer or dessert with non-alcoholic beverage for veterans and active duty military personnel with presentation of proper identification. No purchase necessary. Throughout the year, Carrabba’s offers a Heroes discount offering 10% off to all military, veterans and first responders.
Chili’s Grill & Bar: All veterans and active military members receive a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day on November 11, 2022 at participating Chili’s Grill & Bar restaurants. The offer is only available in restaurants. Drink not included. See details and menu on their website.
Chuck E. Cheese: On Friday 11/11, Chuck E. Cheese is offering a free personal 1-topping pizza to any active duty, National Guard, retired service member, or veteran with a valid military ID or proof of military service at participating locations. Promo code: #5970; No purchase necessary. Limit 1 per person. Not available for delivery.
Golden Corral: The Military Appreciation Night will take place on Monday, November 14, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to closing. U.S. Army Retirees, Veterans, Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserves will receive a free Thank You Meal on Monday, November 14, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. – closing. See the details on their website.
I JUMP: On Veterans Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., IHOP is offering veterans and active-duty military members a free order of red, white, and blueberry pancakes for dinner only at participating restaurants. There is a limit of 1 per guest and military ID or proof of service is required. Offers may vary by location, so check with your local IHOP for details. See the offer on the IHOP website.
Logan Truck Stop: On November 11, military members eat free from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with proof of service. The offer includes a free meal from their special Veterans Day menu and is valid only for on-site dining at participating establishments. See the details on their website.
Menchie: Veterans and active military personnel get their first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt free Nov. 11 at participating locations. Must present valid military ID or proof of service. See the details on their website.
Subway dinner: Tribute to Veterans Day on Friday, November 11 Subway dinner offers 50% off serving and retired military with a valid military ID card, and 10% discount all year round.
Backcountry Steakhouse: Veterans and active military members receive a 10% discount each day with a valid ID. See the details on their website.
Red lobster: November 11, 2022 from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. local time, red lobster offers active duty military and reservists free shrimp, fries and coleslaw from Walt. Offer is available for dine-in and take-out orders placed at restaurants with valid military ID or proof of service. See the details on their website.
Robin: Veterans and active duty military will receive a free Red’s Tavern Double and free Bottomless Steak Fries® refills when dining on 11/11/22. Offer valid at participating locations with proof of service. See the details on their website.
from Schlotzsky: From Veterans Day (11/11) to 11/30, by Schlotzsky will be offering free fries and a small beverage with an admission purchase to veterans and active duty members with a valid military ID. This offer is valid at participating locations, in-store only, from 11/11/22 to 11/30/22. One small drink and free fries with the purchase of a main dish (sandwich, salad, pizza, flatbread, calzone or choice 2) per military ID per transaction. Not combinable with any other offer or reward. Not valid in app or online.
Western Sizzlin Steakhouse in Dunn, North Carolina: Veterans will receive complimentary drinks all day Friday, Nov. 11 at Western Sizzlin Steakhouse in Dunn, NC, and the first 150 veterans will receive a free hamburger steak meal. See the details on their Facebook page.

Discounts at the grocery store and pharmacy

Target: Military personnel and veterans get 10% off two separate purchases when you verify your military status beginning October 30 and redeemable through November 12 using the Target Circle offer. See the details on the Target website HERE.
Walgreens: Veterans, military members and their families get 20% off eligible regular-priced items in stores 11/11/22 through 11/14/22 with myWalgreens® membership and proof of service. See the details on their website.

Retail and other discounts

* Grace for veterinarians: Veterans receive a free car wash at select locations on Nov. 11. See their website for more details and to find a participating car wash near you.
* Great excerpts: On November 11, 2022, veterans and active service members can travel to any U.S. state Great snippets salon and get a free haircut or a free haircut card to use later. Additionally, non-military customers who get their hair cut on Veterans Day at Great Clips salons have the option to prepay when they receive a free haircut card they can donate. to an active service member or veteran as a token of appreciation. Cards can be redeemed for a free haircut from November 12 through December 9, 2022 at any Great Clips salon in the United States. See the details on their website.
* North Carolina Zoo: The North Carolina Zoo is offering free admission for military personnel and veterans and free admission for one accompanying guest November 7-13, 2022 for Military Appreciation Week. There will be a military appreciation table at the admission desks where you can present your valid ID and collect your vouchers. This offer is valid for all active duty, reserve, veteran and retired military members when admission is purchased locally. See details and acceptable IDs on their website.
Target: Military personnel and veterans get 10% off two separate purchases when you verify your military status beginning October 30 and redeemable through November 12 using the Target Circle offer. See the details on the Target website HERE.
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Local veterans are honored with banners in Independence Square https://20thcvetsmem.org/local-veterans-are-honored-with-banners-in-independence-square/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 00:24:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/local-veterans-are-honored-with-banners-in-independence-square/ As November begins, the Kansas City area prepares for Veterans Day. Work is underway in Independence Square to show support for several local heroes. Independence, Missouri firefighter Chad Sappenfield served his country as well as his community. “Chad has always been on a mission to help others. His quote was, ‘It’s okay not to be […]]]>

As November begins, the Kansas City area prepares for Veterans Day. Work is underway in Independence Square to show support for several local heroes. Independence, Missouri firefighter Chad Sappenfield served his country as well as his community. “Chad has always been on a mission to help others. His quote was, ‘It’s okay not to be well,'” said Michael Veit of the Independence Fire Department. Sadly, Chad is one of thousands of American veterans to take their own lives. On Tuesday, his former fire station showed up to pay their respects. “It was a great honor to be able to hang a banner honoring Chad,” Veit said. Chad, along with 17 other local veterans, are honored by the Jackson County Historical Society with banners around Independence Square. It’s part of a program called Hometown Heroes. “A moment to reflect and take some relevance in the fact of how lucky we are as Americans and who have served and what they have given us in the service, said Christian Shuster of the Jackson County. Historical Society. The banners will remain in Independence Square throughout the month of November. Each hero’s family will also be able to take the banner home. “Veterans, even though they’re still going home, are still hurting, and suicide is a huge problem among our veterans, and we have to find a way to help take care of them,” Veit said. A total of 18 banners honor KC area veterans. This also includes one for President Harry Truman.

As November begins, the Kansas City area prepares for Veterans Day. Work is underway in Independence Square to show support for several local heroes.

Independence, Missouri firefighter Chad Sappenfield served his country as well as his community.

“Chad has always been on a mission to help others. His quote was, ‘It’s okay not to be well,'” said Michael Veit of the Independence Fire Department.

Sadly, Chad is one of thousands of American veterans to take his own life. On Tuesday, his former fire station showed up to pay their respects.

“It was a great honor to be able to hang a banner honoring Chad,” Veit said.

Chad, along with 17 other local veterans, are honored by the Jackson County Historical Society with banners around Independence Square.

It’s part of a program called Hometown Heroes.

“A moment to reflect and take some relevance in the fact of how lucky we are as Americans and who have served and what they have given us in the service,” said Christian Shuster of the Jackson County. Historical Society.

The banners will remain in Independence Square throughout the month of November. Each hero’s family will also be able to take the banner home.

“Veterans, even though they’re still going home, are still hurting, and suicide is a huge problem among our veterans, and we have to find a way to help take care of them,” Veit said.

A total of 18 banners honor KC area veterans. This also includes one for President Harry Truman.

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Meet Savion Pollard: Micron’s First Hire in Central New York https://20thcvetsmem.org/meet-savion-pollard-microns-first-hire-in-central-new-york/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 12:25:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/meet-savion-pollard-microns-first-hire-in-central-new-york/ Syracuse, NY — Syracuse University Vice Chancellor Michael Haynie recently wanted to impress visiting Micron senior executives with the stories of talented military veterans attending the university whom they might one day hire. He told them about Savion Pollard, a 30-year-old student who worked as an engineer on the Navy’s nuclear submarines. He is now […]]]>

Syracuse, NY — Syracuse University Vice Chancellor Michael Haynie recently wanted to impress visiting Micron senior executives with the stories of talented military veterans attending the university whom they might one day hire.

He told them about Savion Pollard, a 30-year-old student who worked as an engineer on the Navy’s nuclear submarines. He is now studying electrical engineering. In his spare time, he is a big brother to a boy through a Syracuse organization.

Haynie, founder of SU’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families, thought the meeting — along with other local leaders — was just a chance to get the attention of Micron executives. . But when they asked to see Pollard’s resume, he proudly agreed.

Pollard is now Micron’s first hire for its massive computer chip complex to be built in Clay. Micron has pledged to invest $100 billion over 20 years in the project which would eventually employ 9,000 people at its plants and create another 40,000 jobs in Onondaga County.

Pollard and hundreds of others gathered Thursday at Onondaga Community College to celebrate the historic deal with top Micron officials and President Joe Biden. Pollard was honored by a Micron executive as the first of thousands of hires to come.

Pollard, who currently lives with his wife Enesa in Camillus, is a sophomore at Syracuse University. He brought his “little brother” and the boy’s twin to meet the president on Thursday.

Savion Pollard’s little brother, Kenorie, and his twin Kenare take a selfie with President Joe Biden during the Micron event at the OCC on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. Pollard, a Syracuse University veteran and student, is Micron’s first local hire. Provided by Savion Pollard

Pollard and Haynie already had a strong relationship before the SU administrator brought his name to Micron. The two men had met earlier at the SU veteran student lounge and Pollard reached out to him to continue fostering their relationship, Haynie said.

Haynie told Pollard he wanted to see his resume but didn’t mention what it was for. Before he knew it, Pollard had been contacted by Micron’s head recruiter in North America.

When Haynie and Pollard met in SU’s football game against North Carolina State, Pollard shared the good news that they offered him a paid intern position as an electrical engineer, Haynie said.

While in the Navy, Pollard’s work as an engineer on nuclear submarines gave him years of experience with the skills Micron says he needs in his new workforce.

Pollard also represents the type of candidate Micron has committed to hire for their massive effort. They plan to hire more than 1,500 military veterans by working with the D’Aniello Institute for SU Military Veterans and Families.

Pollard grew up in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens. For much of his life he said he felt like a “little fish in a big pond”.

When he was in high school, Pollard said he actually dreamed of studying in the SU architecture program, but ended up studying accounting at CUNY City College.

He reached his first year but still couldn’t get rid of the feeling that he wanted to do something bigger with his life.

“I had no real work experience and nothing up to that point in my life had really set me apart from the 8.3 million other people residing in the city at the time,” Pollard said. “I wanted a change, I wanted to feel like I was doing something with my life and contributing positively to the world.”

His father suggested he join the navy, and Pollard never looked back.

Once enlisted, Pollard said he was encouraged to become a nuclear engineer after performing strongly on a standardized placement test.

He trained in South Carolina for two years, then moved to Upstate New York for his first stint as a marine engineer. He spent two years there before going to Virginia to work on submarines.

Pollard left the Navy in 2021. He considers his time in the military to be one of the best things that has happened in his life.

“I think it really changed the trajectory I was on,” Pollard said.

When he decided to return to school, Pollard was drawn to the League because of the programs in place for veterans.

He was incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to study again and said being a student gave him time to give back to the community he was now part of.

He achieved this in particular by becoming a big brother thanks to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of PEACE Inc. in Syracuse.

Pollard said he had a very happy childhood and was extremely lucky to come from a family with two loving parents and an older sister.

“I realize now that a lot of kids aren’t as lucky as me,” Pollard said. “Many grow up in broken homes with no role model of what is possible for their lives. I want to be that role model.

Latasha Wilson, senior community mentor manager for the PEACE program, said Pollard was a much-needed addition to the program. Currently, there is a huge shortage of men applying to be big brothers and a long waiting list of kids looking for mentors.

Pollard became the “big brother” to a fourth-grader from Baldwinsville named Kenorie. Wilson said that in just four months of mentorship, Pollard was an outstanding role model and asked to take on Kenorie’s twin brother, Kenare, as his second “little brother”. Kenare has her own mentor, but as a student Pollard has more time, she said.

Wilson said it’s unusual for mentors to be approved to take on another mentee before they’ve been with the program for more than six months, but they can make an exception for Pollard.

There is also a dearth of people of color applying to be mentors for the PEACE program. Pollard works to recruit people and help find mentors for boys who were expecting one, Wilson said.

Although currently only mentoring one of the brothers, Pollard asked Wilson if he could get the two brothers to meet with the OCC president. She happily accepted.

The two brothers had the opportunity to take a selfie and talk to the president. Pollard said he didn’t even get a chance to take a photo with Biden, but he was so excited the boys got the chance.

Biden approached Pollard, shook his hand, and said he owed the boys ice cream for behaving so well.

Soap Pollard

Savion Pollard’s little brother, Kenorie, and his twin Kenare speak to President Joe Biden during the Micron event at the OCC on Thursday, October 27, 2022. Pollard is Micron’s first local hire. Provided by Savion Pollard

Pollard and Wilson both stressed how important it is for black kids to see people like them succeed and be celebrated by the president.

Pollard said he sees his opportunity with Micron and his big brother role as hope.

As Micron builds his “megafab” in Clay, Pollard will spend his summers interning at his Virginia factories learning the ropes, but he sees his future in central New York.

He and his wife, who works for Chase, have just purchased a duplex in Eastwood and will be moving there in about a month, he said. His wife’s family is from Watertown but lives in the Syracuse area, which was another factor that drew them to Syracuse.

He said the house is a huge commitment for them and he is excited to start their life here.

“I think I’ll definitely be here long term,” Pollard said. “I am happy to be able to start early and to be able to work with them for the next two years and progress in the company while I am still in training at school.”

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Editor Anne Hayes covers breaking news, crime and public safety. Any advice, an idea for an article, a question or a comment? You can reach her at ahayes@syracuse.com.

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Veterans receive new VA Primary Care, outpatient clinic closer to home https://20thcvetsmem.org/veterans-receive-new-va-primary-care-outpatient-clinic-closer-to-home/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 02:11:36 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/veterans-receive-new-va-primary-care-outpatient-clinic-closer-to-home/ TWP of GENOA. – Military veterans in and around Livingston County in need of routine medical care or procedures will soon have a new option closer to home to obtain these services through the VA. The VA Ann Arbor Health Care System is preparing to open a new approximately 7,100 square foot community outpatient clinic […]]]>

TWP of GENOA. – Military veterans in and around Livingston County in need of routine medical care or procedures will soon have a new option closer to home to obtain these services through the VA.

The VA Ann Arbor Health Care System is preparing to open a new approximately 7,100 square foot community outpatient clinic in part of an existing medical office building at 3399 E. Grand River Ave. near Howell.

Veteran Mark Kovach, commander of Livingston County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 125 and the Livingston County Veterans Council, said county veterans are excited about the new clinic.

“All these veterans I talk to and see think this is a good thing,” he said. “They won’t have to run all the way to Ann Arbor to do simple procedures and blood work. I think that’s a long time coming.”

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Students pay tribute to Beirut veterans and their fallen comrades https://20thcvetsmem.org/students-pay-tribute-to-beirut-veterans-and-their-fallen-comrades/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 21:49:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/students-pay-tribute-to-beirut-veterans-and-their-fallen-comrades/ JACKSONVILLE, North Carolina (WITN) – Middle school students in an East Carolina town pay their respects to military veterans and their fallen comrades. Students from Northwoods Park Middle School in Jacksonville, members of the Beirut Advisory Council and Beirut bombing survivors gathered Thursday morning for a ribbon unfurling, tying hundreds of yellow ribbons at the […]]]>

JACKSONVILLE, North Carolina (WITN) – Middle school students in an East Carolina town pay their respects to military veterans and their fallen comrades.

Students from Northwoods Park Middle School in Jacksonville, members of the Beirut Advisory Council and Beirut bombing survivors gathered Thursday morning for a ribbon unfurling, tying hundreds of yellow ribbons at the Beirut Memorial Grove across from Camp Geiger and the New River Air Station.

The tribute was made for the more than 220 Marines who lost their lives in the Beirut bombing on October 23, 1983.

Students teamed up with veterans to tie the symbolic ribbons around more than 200 saplings in the memorial grove near Highway 17.

Veterans expressed the importance of honoring those who lost their lives while passing on stories to the next generation so their memories will live on.

“It’s all living history. All of us here call it that, but we really want to see it as our brothers we lost there will never be forgotten and it’s something we all hold dear, said Rickey Williams.

Harry Manzer is grateful for the children who honor the memory of fallen Marines. “There are so many phenomenal kids doing what they are doing to help us and to keep this alive.”

Several events will take place this weekend in honor of the victims of the Beirut bombing, including a 241-mile race at the Beirut Memorial Grounds in Jacksonville on Friday, a motorcycle race by the Strength & Honor motorcycle club in the New River Harley-Davidson, and a special memorial service at the Beirut Memorial Grounds on Sunday.

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