Showing posts with label Veteran. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Veteran. Show all posts

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Microsoft Hearts Veterans - "Microsoft focuses on employing and training our nation’s veterans"

Microsoft on the Issues - Microsoft focuses on employing and training our nation’s veterans

How can the private sector best help our nation’s veterans successfully transition from the military to civilian employment? On Tuesday, leading experts and veterans gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. to focus on answering these questions and to explore best practices. The engaging and interactive discussion examined how government and industry can work together to help our returning soldiers transition to civilian careers.

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) delivered opening remarks and provided an overview of the challenges facing veterans as they enter the workforce and the importance of bipartisan collaboration with industry to help our nation’s heroes find post-military employment.


Chairman Miller’s remarks were followed by a lively discussion moderated by former Congressman and MSNBC Host Patrick Murphy, and featured the following panelists: Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr., Commander, Joint Base Lewis-McChord; Sean Kelley, Senior Staffing Director, Cloud + Enterprise, Microsoft; Bernard Bergan, SDET, Developer Division, Microsoft; Rick Nelson, CEO, Direct Technology; and Thomas Dawkins, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Learning.

The conversation focused on new partnerships to help provide opportunities to our veterans, such as our Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), a 16-week course launched last year to help transitioning service members obtain the skills required for careers such as a developer, applications engineer and IT project manager. Inspired by the 2011 “VOW to Hire Heroes Act,” this program leverages public-private partnerships to create a simplified military-to-employment transition at no cost to the service member. Each panelist provided a unique and personal perspective on his experience with the challenges and opportunities facing veterans as they enter the civilian workforce.

Tuesday’s conversation helped engage the community on ways to best support our veterans’ career transitions. Moving forward, as the pilot program expands to other bases, we look forward to continuing to prepare program graduates with the skills they need to compete in this vibrant, growing sector of the economy.


To learn more about these issues, please check out Sean Kelley’s recent testimony before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Additional details on the MSSA program and Microsoft’s veterans’ initiatives can be found on The Official Microsoft Blog. We also encourage you to read about Bernard Bergan’s experience in the MSSA program via his “Combat to Coding” blog post.


As a veteran, a son-in-law in the Navy and my son in the Army Reserves and days away from deploying to Afghanistan, you can say veteran affairs are important to me... Kudo's to those corporations that support our country by supporting our vet's! :)


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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV, USO Greater Los Angeles Area and you at the BBQ! "BBQ for Our Troops," Nov 9th

BBQ for Our Troops


Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV and USO Greater Los Angeles Area

Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

Santa Clarita, CA

Military/Veteran Admission FREE with proof of service!

(in partnership with USO Greater Los Angeles Area)

Join us and USO Greater Los Angeles Area in celebration of Veteran’s Day weekend when leading like-minded organizations fuse resources and unify their efforts to support active duty troops, veterans, and their families! Watch caring corporations break ground on the new community and enjoy kids carnival games, a chili cook-off, USO style show, and of course a delicious BBQ.  This community event will be held at our newest 87-home Habitat Enriched Neighborhood ™ for veterans at Centre Pointe Parkway in the Santa Clarita Valley.  Joining us is the USO Greater Los Angeles, known for lifting the spirits of American troops and their families from throughout Southern California.


Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV


God love our Vet's! :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

SAPIEN says thank you, Veterans. To those who serve, or have served, they are offering a 30% discount on everything they offer...

SAPIEN Is Proud to Support Our Veterans  (via email)

The recent news of veterans returning home has hopefully reminded everyone of all the contributions veterans have made to our country. Whether by land, sea, or air, our soldiers have always served our country with honor and distinction. After their service finished, many of our warriors have returned to civilian life and have gone on to be entrepreneurs, employees, students, and other contributing members of society, quite often with new and interesting ideas.  As we speak (well, type...), many of our soldiers are returning from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, as well as from other conflicts. We can all do our part in showing appreciation and respect for our returning veterans and, here at SAPIEN Technologies, we are doing our part. Thanks to an internal initiative sponsored by veterans who work at SAPIEN, we now offer a discount to U.S. veterans and active duty soldiers. We are pleased to announce a 30% discount on all our offerings--software, books, ebooks, training videos, and support--to all members of the U.S. military, present and past.  So whether you have already been discharged or are preparing for it, we'd like to help you out.

Help us get the word out. These are typically highly-trained, highly-motivated, well-disciplined individuals who are assets to their employers and we look forward to helping them achieve their maximum post-service potential. We are doing our part--what are you doing to help re-integrate these veterans into civilian life?

Feel free to contact us with questions or comments. Proof of status or a military ID is required and this offer is not available through resellers. The Sales team can be reached at and (707) 252-8700  x117.


SAPIEN Technologies Inc.


As a veteran myself, and a son in the Army, a little thanks can go a long way.


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Friday, November 11, 2011

Google rolls out tools and tech for Veterans

Google Blog - Bringing the very best of what we do to the veteran community


Today, on Veterans Day, I am proud to share a few Google tools and platforms for the military veteran community. They can be accessed on our website, Google for Veterans and Families, which was created by veterans and their family and friends, who work at Google. This single interface brings together Google products and platforms for servicemembers and their families. We believe it will be useful to all veterans, whether still in the service, transitioning out, or on a new path in their civilian lives. Here are some examples of what you’ll find on the site:

  • VetConnect - This tool helps servicemembers connect, communicate and share their experiences with others who have served using the Google+ platform.
  • Google Veterans Channel - A YouTube channel for discussion about military service for veterans, their families and the public. Veterans can share their experiences with each other as well as with civilians to help shed light on the importance and complexity of service. If you have not served, this is a great place to offer your thanks by uploading a tribute video.
  • Resume Builder powered by Google Docs - We found that Docs can be a particularly helpful tool to transitioning servicemembers seeking employment. Resume Builder generates an auto-formatted resume that can be easily edited, saved and downloaded to share with potential employers.
  • Tour Builder powered by Google Earth (coming soon). A new way to tell your military story. Today, you can view some sample “tours”— 3D maps of veterans’ service histories, complete with photos and videos. Stay tuned for more details and updates on the Google Lat Long Blog.

It’s been a proud month for those of us here at Google who are veterans or family of veterans.


Finally, this week, we introduced the Veterans Job Bank in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Job Bank is a customized job search engine in the National Resource Directory (NRD), which is powered by Google Custom Search technology and crawls the web for JobPosting markup from to identify veteran-committed job openings.


Google Lat Long Blog - Map your military service for Veterans Day

"Today is Veterans Day in the U.S., and we’re honoring this community by sharing relevant Google tools for veterans and families all over the world--you can learn more on the Google for Veterans and Families site. I specifically wanted to highlight a couple of these tools that enable people to map and tell their stories using Google Earth and Google Maps.

Explore veteran tours in Google Earth
For Veterans Day we’re featuring several stories created by veterans that show how Google Earth can be used to create a 3D virtual tour of their service history, complete with photos and videos. Fly back to the 1940's to hear about six siblings who served in WWII and an Army nurse who worked in post-war Japan. Then see where a Marine Lieutenant spent four years during the Vietnam War. Watching these tours requires the Google Earth plug-in, which you can download here. We hope to make this story-telling tool available to everyone soon.


Make a Custom Map of your service
Google Maps makes it easy (and fun!) to create a simple Custom Map and also share with others. With our mapping tools, veterans can map their service and then share the personalized map with their families and friends. Stories, photos and videos can be geo-located so the complete story is recorded and marked on a map.

We hope our mapping tools can be useful to the veteran community for sharing and recording life stories. For more other relevant Google products, we invite you to explore the Google for Veterans and Families site,

The Tour Builder looks pretty cool...

Veterans Day 2011 ceremonies, information and video from the VA

Veterans Organization - Veterans Day - November 11

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

The Veterans Day National Committee also selects a number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country. From stirring parades and ceremonies to military exhibits and tributes to distinguished veterans, these events serve as models for other communities to follow in planning their own observances.


(via LAFD - The LAFD Asks You: What is a Vet?)

Military 2 Microsoft - Map your Branch and MOS to open positions with Microsoft

Military 2 Microsoft

Translate your experience to Microsoft by selecting your branch, and entering your military occupational code.

Sifting through 5000 jobs on our website, or any job board, is a daunting task for anyone. We get it. Our Military Job Decoder will link you directly to open jobs that we think will best leverage your military specialty. We know it's not perfect and we will keep working to improve it with your help.




While my old MOS isn't listed (cough... it's only been 20 years since I left the Army, so I don't see why... LOL ) looks like most are and there's open positions for many. Yes, there's even 104 open positions for 11B's at Microsoft...

(via Dr. Z's Blog - Microsoft Recruits Veterans through the Military 2 Microsoft Program)

Tools and Services for Veterans via - Tools and Services for Veterans

"...which gives us a chance to honor and remember those who have fought and served our country through their military service. Veterans can use these tools to get access to services and benefits they have earned.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a new mobile website created for use on all mobile devices. Here, service members, veterans and their dependants can find services and information, including facility locations, benefits and tips for returning service members.

The Veterans Affairs eBenefits page lets military members manage all their benefits online. Veterans can apply for benefits, view their current status, access records or browse benefits links to learn more about what is available.

The mobile app PTSD Coach is available for iPhone and Android users. PTSD Coach was designed for Veterans and military service members who have, or may have, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. ...This app provides users with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment guide, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help users manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD." - Veterans

Find links to Veteran benefits, health care, military history, memorials, monuments, national cemeteries, training and career transitions.

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To me fellow veterans, thank you. Served in wartime or peace, it's your, and your family's, blood, sweat and tears that is the down payment for our freedom.

Monster provides a monster series of job tips for Veterans

Monster blog - Cool Jobs of the Week: Veterans Day Edition

All this week, in honor of Veterans Day, we'll be highlighting career and job resources for veterans. To kick off the week, here are cool jobs -- currently posted on -- that'll be of interest to vets



Monster blog - Networking Tips for Veterans

These days, networking is a primary part of not only finding a job but also maintaining and growing a career. And this is as true for veterans as it is for any job seeker.

  • Find Your Community and Contacts
  • Get Involved Online
  • Stay Part of the Real World
  • Get Started Today


Monster blog - Getting Ready for the Veterans Virtual Career Fair

You may have been to a career fair before -- it's quite an experience: joining hundreds (or thousands) of job seekers, all in one place, to meet employers who have positions to fill. Great if you happen to be in the same neighborhood -- but not so convenient if you're a few hundred miles away. As part of our continuing efforts to help veterans manage their careers and find great jobs, Monster and are hosting a "virtual" job fair: an online version of the traditional career fair, with all the benefits of a live event (but without the long lines!).

The Veterans Virtual Career Fair will run from November 14 to 18. If you're a vet, register today. All you have to do is sign up, post your resume, and start visiting the virtual "booths" of employers. ...


Monster, as a veteran, thanks. (Sure as a job site, helping people get jobs is in your self interest, but still, thanks for the extra effort on help Veterans get jobs... :)