VetJobs Veteran Eagle – December 2016

VetJobs Veteran Eagle
Issue 17:12
Thursday, December 1, 2016

VetJobs – The Leading Military Job Board

The Veteran Eagle is a newsletter for veterans, transitioning military, their family members and friends and supporters of VetJobs. Feel free to forward the newsletter to veterans and friends and encourage them to subscribe.

This month’s Veteran Eagle is sponsored by: Bank of America, TECHEXPO Top Secret and Franchoice

Contents:

1. Message from the Top

2. Hot Jobs

3. Scholarship

4. Veterans in Congress

5. Air Force Announces New Top Enlisted Advisor

6. MyVA311

7. 10 Great Careers You Can Have with a Liberal Arts Degree

8. General Mattis Selected for SECDEF

9. President Obama Supports Requiring Women Registering for Selective Service

10. Work in the Trump Administration

11. Significant Events this Month in Military History

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1. Message from the Top – Editorial

At 11:00 AM on November 11, 2016, VetJobs started its eighteenth year of service to veterans and their family members.

It is exciting to see how VetJobs has grown and been recognized over the past seventeen years by the industry evaluators as THE leading military related job board on the Internet. VetJobs awards include: recipient of the WEDDLE’s prestigious User’s Choice Award; CareerXRoads Top Site; AIRS Top Recruiting Site; Workforce Management’s Top 10 Recruiting Site; AOL Hot Job Site Award; the US Chamber’s 1st Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award; and VetJobs was the only military job board selected by Reader’s Digest, Internet Inc. and BusinessWeek. Very importantly, VetJobs received the Recruiting Service Innovation Award (ReSI) for Innovator of the Year, Business Thought Leader, from the Association of Talent Acquisition Solutions, TAtech (www.tatech.org). No other military related site has received this level of recognition.

VetJobs traffic and job postings continue to grow. As I write this newsletter, there are 264,373 REAL jobs on the site representing thousands of companies.

The economic situation in the United States has caused many employers to be more selective as to where they advertise their jobs. Fortunately, many want to hire veterans and VetJobs is recognized as the leading military related job board. That is good for you as a candidate. So, tell your friends if they want a job with a military friendly company, VetJobs is the place to search!

It is you, the users of VetJobs, who have made VetJobs what it is today. Because of your service and commitment to our country, VetJobs, our endorsing veteran service organizations and alliance partners are committed to serving your needs in finding quality employment. We appreciate your using VetJobs to assist you in your career. As we go into 2017, the staff of VetJobs looks forward to growing VetJobs so transitioning military, National Guard & Reserve, veterans and their family members can continue to find quality jobs.

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December 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Let us never forget that 75 years ago Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor Naval Base and Hickam Air Field in Hawaii, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The following day President Franklin Roosevelt, addressing a joint session of Congress, called December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.” Declaring war against Japan, Congress ushered the United States into World War II and the United States abandoned isolationism.

Our parents and grandparents became the “greatest generation” for liberating the world from the threat of fascist domination which at that time was dominant in Germany, Italy and Japan. Today our youth defend us from a new threat of tyranny from Islamic zealots and terrorists whose sole goal is world domination and the murder of anyone who disagrees with their fanatical interpretation of Islamic religious beliefs. Keep our military personnel who fight for our freedoms in your prayers this holiday season as well as every day. The conflicts that America faces are not over.

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On December 13 we celebrate the 380th birthday of the National Guard! The National Guard traces its origin to an event in 1636 when the first muster of three militia regiments took place in Salem, MA. The National Guard is an integral part of today’s military and is active in nearly 100 countries around the world. The National Guard has been called up for combat more times in the last decade than in its entire history! If you meet a member of the National Guard, say Happy Birthday and THANK YOU for defending our freedoms!

Other celebrations in December include Christmas (December 25), Hanukkah (December 24 – January 1), Kwanzaa (December 26 – January 1) and New Year’s Eve (December 31).

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For four years VetJobs has been publishing the Veterans Employment Situation Report (VESR) when DOL releases the unemployment rate and the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the veteran data on the first Friday of each month. The VESR has gained a strong reputation and followers nationally including press and government agencies. If you would like to subscribe to the VESR, please send an email to info@vetjobs.com with Subscribe VESR in the subject line.

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As December is a travel month for many, please remember to take donations to your local USO. The demands of the holiday season will be great and the USO needs your support and donations. Excellent items to donate include store bought (meaning packaged) cookies, bread, sandwich meats, paper towels, magazines, etc. And the USO is always looking for volunteers to help staff the centers. Any assistance you can provide would be appreciated.

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Finally, each December I like to close with A Different Christmas Poem. Snopes.com cites the origin being from the International War Veterans Poetry Archive (IWVPA) saying the identity of the author is Michael Marks who wrote the poem in December 2000 as the first in a series of patriotic writings (http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/glurge/different.asp). As fellow veterans, I know you will understand the meaning and importance of this poem. Enjoy and have a great 2017!

A Different Christmas Poem
-Michael Marks

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light.
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest.
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white.
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep.
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood; his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me and my wife and my child.

“What are you doing?” I asked without fear,
“Come in this moment, it’s freezing out there!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.
To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light,
Then he sighed and he said “It’s really all right,

I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.
It is my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,

I’m proud to stand here like my father’s before me.
My Gramps died at Pearl on a day in December,”
Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas Gram always remembers.
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of Nam,

And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures. He’s sure got her smile.”
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,

The red, white, and blue… an American flag.
“I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,

I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother
Who stand at the front against any and all

To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.
So go back inside,” he said. ”Harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.”
“But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,

Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
For being away from your wife and your son. ”
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,

“Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,

To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you, as you mattered to us.”

The poem is a reflection of how great our current military really are in today’s world. Remember them and fight for their rights.

From the staff at VetJobs we wish you a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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As always, if there is anything we at VetJobs can do for you, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Remember, Freedom Is Never Free – Support Our Armed Forces and Veterans

Best regards,

Ted Daywalt
President

/—December Veteran Eagle sponsor is Bank of America–\

At Bank of America, we honor and respect where you’ve been, and want to help you get to where you want to go. We’re connecting our nation’s service members, veterans and their families to the training, education and resources that put you on the path to financial stability and career opportunities. That includes a commitment to hire 10,000 active duty, guard and reservists, as well as veterans over the next few years, and tools and resources to assist with a successful transition to civilian life.

Working with our partners at Degreed.com, we created a series of courses designed just for military members seeking to enhance their business and communications skills as they enter the job search, or change their career. Known as “Military Learning Pathways,“ the courses are relevant, timely, and built based on feedback from our own employees who recently made the transition.

Best of all, the Military Learning Pathways can be accessed day or night, from around the world, without any sign-up requirement or fee. To access the Pathways, go to our Military Transition and Careers web site (http://militarytransition.bankofamerica.com/) and select “Transition Resources.” From there you’ll be directed to our Military Learning Pathways on Degreed.com:
• Entry Level- Communication and Business Skills
• Entry Level- Personal Development
• Advanced- Communication and Business Skills
• Advanced-Personal development
• Finances: Manage Your Money

Also available on our Military transition and careers site is a Military Transition Action Timeline (http://militarytransition.bankofamerica.com/military-transition-action-timeline/index.html) which puts in one place the critical items to consider starting at 18 months prior to your transition. The timeline offers details for securing a civilian or government job, starting your own business and going back to school. We have Self-Study Guides to help develop your workplace and business knowledge, including tips on resumes, interviews, office etiquette — and much more. Also available is information on our great military and veteran service organization partner which offer additional resources for transitioning military and their families.

Working together, protecting your fellow soldiers was your way of life. Returning to civilian life can be difficult without a team to support you. With thousands of veteran employees among us, you can find the support you need with our team. In addition to our transition resources, our Military Support and Assistance Group is a nationwide community of veterans, employees with family members serving in the military, and supporters which offers mentoring, networking, as well as volunteer events to give back.
Learn more about joining us at Bank of America at our Military transition and careers web site. We thank you for your service and our entire company stands behind you!

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2. Hot Jobs

The following are jobs that employers are seeking veterans to fill immediately. To apply, go to www.vetjobs.com, then to Search Jobs and search on the company name.

-Carnegie Hall of NYC has a variety of open positions
-The Washington Center located in D.C. needs a Development Manager for Veteran Initiatives
-Quest Diagnostics has hundreds of great jobs located throughout the U.S.
-Kelso-Burnett needs a Project Manager – Security Systems in the Chicago IL area
-Merchant & Gould seeks a junior attorney for its NYC office
-PTI Technologies, Facility Tech and Sr. Contracts Administrator, Oxnard, CA
-NetMotion Software, IT/Lab Systems Engineer, Seattle, WA
-Textainer Equipment Management, HR Junior Generalist, San Francisco, CA
-McLane, Warehouse Specialists, Cincinnati, OH
-Morristown Express, Truck Drivers, Indianapolis, IN
-Consolidated Doors Inc, Warehouse person, Milwaukee, WI
-Black and Veatch, Consultant –Transitioning Junior Military Officer, Kansas City, MO
-Portland General Electric has multiple jobs in Portland, OR

/—December Veteran Eagle sponsor is TECHEXPO Top Secret–\

TECHEXPO Top Secret’s next career fairs are:

IMPORTANT: one or several specific types of clearances are required for these events. If your profile does not meet the requirement, you will not be able to register for the event. You are invited to make sure your Profile is updated before you register.

12/7, Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Top Secret Clearance or Above REQUIRED. For more information and to register visit www.techexpousa.com

12/8, BWI Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Top Secret Clearance or Above REQUIRED. For more information and to register visit www.techexpousa.com

For a 2017 events schedule, visit http://www.TechExpoUSA.com

\–Please visit your Veteran Eagle sponsor TECHEXPO Top Secret at www.techexpousa.com –/

3. Scholarship

Scholarship America has worked with Wells Fargo, who committed $1 million over the next four years, to establish a scholarship program for people with disabilities. Applications for the new program have just launched and we want to make sure this information gets to the right people.

The Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities is designed to help people with disabilities obtain the education or training necessary to succeed in the career path of their choice.

To apply, applicants must:
· Have an identified disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major life activity).
· Be high school seniors or graduates who are planning to enroll (or who are already enrolled) in full- or half-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States for the 2017-2018 academic year.
· Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.

The deadline to apply is January 17, 2017 or until 700 applications are submitted, whichever comes first.

/—December Veteran Eagle sponsor is Franchoice–\

FREE One-on-One Veteran Franchise Consultations

Have you thought about owning your own franchise business but don’t know where to start? Have you thought about owning your own franchise but need help with funding? Would you like to know which franchises offer discounts for veterans?

Laurie Burge, Sr. Franchise Consultant, offers free one-on-one consultations to any veteran interested in learning about franchise ownership. Mrs. Burge has 13 years’ experience as a Franchise Consultant and her son is a Naval Officer and MH-60R pilot onboard the USS Ronald Regan stationed in Japan. This unique combination of familiarity with the military as well as experience in the franchise world means she can relate to our former, active, and transitioning service men and women. Those with military experience often excel as franchise owners but there is a lot to know before heading down this path; Mrs. Burge can coach you every step of the way. You can reach her at laurieburge@franchoice.com or 847-634-8976

\–Please visit your Veteran Eagle sponsor Franchoice at www.franchoice.com –/

4. Veterans in Congress

The following comes from Patriot Post, 11/17/2016. Veterans once filled the overwhelming majority of congressional seats. In fact, according to the American Enterprise Institute’s GarySchmitt and Rebecca Burgess, “In 1971, veterans made up 72 percent of the House of Representatives and 78 percent of the Senate. In 1991, the Congress that approved the use of force against Iraq in Operation Desert Storm had only slightly more veterans than non-veterans.” Fast forward to now, however, and the statistics are reversed: “In today’s Congress, veterans hold 20 percent of Senate seats, while 18 percent of House members are veterans.”

Schmitt and Burgess contend that today’s proportional number of veterans to general population doesn’t provide an adequate reason for the drop. “The decline of veterans in public office has been sharper than the decline of veterans within the general population,” they write. “Why? Perhaps the most significant reason is the current cost of running for Congress. The price tag for a Senate campaign stands near $10.5 million, the House near $1.6 million.”

Which makes the relatively recent electoral wins by veterans Joni Ernst, Tom Cotton and even Democrat Tammy Duckworth all the more remarkable, if not inspiring. Last week, another veteran was added to American governance — Republican and decorated ex-Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, who will succeed Jay Nixon as governor of Missouri. Do these gains portend even broader wins for veterans down the road?

There’s at least reason for optimism.

“Any reversal of the declining trend in veterans in the halls of Congress,” write Schmitt and Burgess, “will probably begin with the one tried-and-true way to gain legislative experience, build name recognition, and increase access to a fundraising network — election to a state legislature. State legislative office is a traditional steppingstone to federal office, with 50 percent of the 114th Congress, for example, composed of former state legislators. From this perspective, the good news is that no fewer than 1,039 out of 7,383 state legislators have military experience — 14 percent.”

The authors note that, because of military evolution and other circumstances, “veterans in American legislatures will not reach again the high levels of the 1970s.” In any case, a growing number of Patriots are taking up an important new endeavor — taking the fight from the battlefields to legislatures locally and on Capitol Hill.

5. Air Force Announces New Top Enlisted Advisor

Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth Wright has been selected to become the next chief master sergeant of the Air Force. He will succeed current CMSAF James Cody, who is retiring in February. Chief Wright is currently the senior enlisted advisor to U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa. The 27-year Desert Storm veteran previously served as the command chief of the 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Read more at https://www.airforcetimes.com/articles/meet-the-next-chief-master-sergeant-of-the-air-force?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Mil%20EBB%2011.17.16&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Military%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

6. MyVA311

VA has launched 1-844-MyVA311 (1-844-698-2311) as a 24/7 one-stop information service platform for all VA services. Veterans, families and caregivers who call MyVA311 can be connected to disability, pension, health care eligibility, enrollment, and burial benefits, the veterans crisis line, the homeless veterans helpline and to a self-service locator to find the nearest VA facility. This is an effort to ensure veterans no longer have to know what number to call for specific programs and services, instead, veterans can call MyVA311 and be connected to the correct call center. If you know what number you’re calling – keep calling it. None of the existing VA numbers will go away.

7. 10 Great Careers You Can Have with a Liberal Arts Degree

From http://www.kiplinger.com/article/business/T012-C000-S015-great-careers-to-land-with-a-liberal-arts-degree.html?rid=SOC-twitter

-Public Relations Director, Annual salary: $88,169-$161,449
-Archaeologist, Annual salary: $29,965-$71,266
-Senior Copywriter, Annual salary: $56,992-$95,357
-Sales Director, Annual salary: $111,721-$207,227
-Economist, Annual salary: $80,978-$174,300
-Sociologist, Annual salary: $43,280-$129,760
-Real Estate Broker, Annual salary: $29,333-$147,741
-Psychologist, Annual salary: $69,953-$111,703
-Executive Assistant, Annual salary: $47,717-$75,320
-Actor, Annual salary: $20,040-$209,525…and way beyond!

8. General Mattis Selected for SECDEF

Military Times reports that President Elect Donald Trump has announced retired Marine Corps General
James Mattis as his pick for secretary of defense, tasking the popular military leader with carrying out the president-elect’s planned overhaul of Pentagon operations and a shift in national security priorities. Speaking at a rally Thursday night in Cincinnati, Trump confirmed media reports published earlier in the day indicating the president-elect intended to nominate Mattis for the key Cabinet post.

The 66-year-old retired general, who left active duty in 2013 after reportedly falling from favor with the Obama administration over disagreements about Iran, last served as the head of U.S. Central Command. The post afforded him oversight of all military activity in the Middle East, to include the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He will require a waiver from Congress to hold the Pentagon’s top post because law mandates a seven-year wait between active-duty service and working as defense secretary, a rule is designed to reinforce the concept of civilian control of the military.

Mattis is widely respected on Capitol Hill, and likely won’t encounter any difficulty getting confirmed. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., has praised Mattis as “one of the finest military officers of his generation and an extraordinary leader,” and has signaled Senate support for Trump’s choice, saying it won’t be a problem for Mattis to obtain the waiver he’ll need to serve as secretary.

9. President Obama Supports Requiring Women Registering for Selective Service

The Military Times reports that President Obama supports requiring women to register for Selective Service when they turn 18, becoming the first president to endorse universal draft registration since Jimmy Carter. The White House had previously expressed neutrality on the controversy, but took a position in a statement to USA TODAY. But the timing of Obama’s support makes it mostly symbolic, coming in the final weeks of his presidency and the day before the House will vote on a defense policy bill that strips a Senate-passed provision to add women to Selective Service. Instead, the compromise version now calls only for a commission to study two related issues: Whether women should be included in Selective Service, and whether the Selective Service system itself should be abolished. Obama believes adding women to the draft would serve two purposes: showing a commitment to gender equality throughout the armed services, and fostering a sense of public service that comes from requiring draft registration as a ritual of adulthood. The Pentagon also expressed its support for a universal draft.

10. Work in the Trump Administration

Interested in serving in the Trump Administration? Apply at https://apply.ptt.gov/

11. Significant Events this Month in Military History

1775 – The first official American flag (not the Stars and Stripes) was raised for the first time over the Navy flagship Alfred.

1778 – British troops under COL Archibald Campbell occupied Savannah, GA (American Revolution).

1812 – The US frigate Constitution defeats the British frigate Java (War of 1812).

1814 – Treaty of Ghent (Belgium) signed, ending the War of 1812 between the United States and England.

1846 – American troops occupied Ciudad Victoria in northeastern Mexico (Mexican War).

1860 – South Carolina secedes from the Union and South Carolina troops seize the Federal arsenal in Charleston (Civil War).

1898 – The Treaty of Paris was signed by American and Spanish representatives, ending the Spanish-American War.

1921 – The first helium-filled balloon, a U.S. Navy dirigible, flew from Hampton Roads, VA to Washington, D.C.

1941 – Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. The United States declared war on Germany, Japan and Italy (World War II).

1944 – Battle of the Bulge began (World War II).

1946 – The official end of World War II.

1972 – The Paris Peace talks temporarily fail and President Nixon orders a resumption of full-scale bombing of targets in North Vietnam (Vietnam War).

1989 – Operation Just Cause, the invasion of Panama, begins.

1991 – The USSR went out of existence after 74 years.

1992 – Operation Restore Hope – America’s intervention in Somalia began.

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