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Homeland 2019 Veterans Magazine
Normandy Jump 2019
Homeland Photo Journalist prepares for documentary & jump school
A Year In Review Inside The Issues of 2018
Wellness Coaching: Many Paths to Health Enlisted to Entrepreneur Careers In Law Enforcement
Higher Education Tips for Military Veterans
CEO & TWO NAVY VETS CREATE NEW BEGINNINGS AFTER SERVICE
Empowering Veterans in the New Year
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Inside This Issue 6 A Year In Review 2018 8 Empowering Veterans in the New Year 10 Wounded Warrior - Wellness Coaching 14 Resolutions Solutions 18 Normandy Jump 2019 (CJ Machado) 24 Boot Campaign - New Beginnings 33 DAV - Helping Veterans 35 Veterans - Homelessness 36 VANC - Happy New Year 38 ENLISTED TO ENTREPRENEUR 40 Higher Education Tips 38 Legal Eagle 39 Overcoming Financial Challenges 44 INFINITE HERO FOUNDATION 49 Careers in Law Enforcement
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A Year In Review INSIDE THE ISSUES OF 2018
7 Voices Of Women Veterans 8 New Chapter For Military Spouse 15 Century Club & ASYMCA 16 FREE Homes To Veterans 19 Pucks & Paws 20 2018 SMART Planning and HighTech Tools 24 Transitioning From Service To Civilian Life 30 The Three Paths Of Employment 32 Do You Have A Future In Cannabis 34 Network. Network. Network 37 Careers In Law Enforcement
9 United We Stand - Black History Month 10 U.S. Army Veteran Continues Military Path 16 Empowering Injured Athletes 22 Award-Winning Couple Delivers on Promise 26 Football In The Spring (Giving Back) 28 The Best Job In The Navy - Naval Special Warfare 32 Enlisted To Entrepreneur 34 From Idea To Business Start-Up 39 Careers In Law Enforcement
March 2018 9 We Can Do It - Women’s History Month 10 Linda Schwartz: A Women Making History 14 What Does A Woman Veteran Look Like 20 Teaching Patriotism, Safety & Survival Skills 26 Brenda Allen For Love of Country 32 Female Veterans Healing Through Programs 36 Benefiting Shelter Dogs & US Veterans 38 Enlisted To Entrepreneur 40 Military Spouses “Working From Home” 45 Careers In Law Enforcement 6
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April 2018 8 Military Service - Family Service 10 Strengthening Family Support 14 Wic - Women, Infants & Children 16 USMC SSgt now Striving to be Role Model 21 Month of the Military Child 22 Silver Star recipient receives Honor Salute 26 BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE 30 Military Appreciation Day 32 Benevolent Naval Veteran Inspires 34 ENLISTED TO ENTREPRENEUR 36 Evaluating New Technology 38 Promoting Youth Entrepreneurs 40 What is taking a bite out of your paycheck? 41 SIGNING A BUSINESS CONTRACT? 45 Careers in Law Enforcement
May 2018 7 2018 Military Child of the Year® Award 11 Women in the Military 12 Veterans Can Become Civic Assets 14 Former USMC EOD Still Helping Vets Relax 18 Living After Sacrifice 23 Memorial Day - Veterans Day: What’s The Difference? 24 Memorial Day: A Time For Heroes 27 Flanders Fields 30 Enlisted To Entrepreneur 32 Military and Veterans, What Does Transition Mean? 34 Veteran Leadership 36 The IRS Is Calling, Now What? 37 Questions On Starting A Business 39 Careers in Law Enforcement June 2018 9 Two Generations, One New Alternative 10 Mental Health Research Veterans and Families 12 Life After Injury: An Odyssey 16 PTSD Treatme 17 Digital, Spiritual and Cutting-Edge Medicine 22 Pictures for Heroes 26 Airborne All The Way 30 US Army Veteran Overcomes Combat Afflictions 32 Enlisted To Entrepreneur 34 Basic Business Plans 36 Retirement Planning – it is never too late 37 Employee Handbooks - 10 Common Mistakes 38 Careers in Law Enforcement
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8 Combatting Misconceptions 10 Operation Dress Code 12 Raley Road Trip 16 Warriors Find Independence in Recovery 21 Vietnam Vet honors with Music 22 48 STARS - Journeys Of A Generation 26 An Extraordinary Life 30 PURPLE FOXES World Premiere 32 Enlisted To Entrepreneur 34 The Know List 36 Beliefs and Values 39 Careers in Law Enforcement 48 Financial - Is it true love or a scam? 49 Legal - Can I get sued because I have a website?
8 Music As a Healing Method
44 USPCA National Field Trials
49 Business Email Compromise
6 On Why I Give: A Story of Perseverance 8 Invisible Wounds of War 13 Homeless to Congress 16 Veterans Day: A Small Gesture 20 The Giving Season with Veterans Day 23 Standing Up For Women Veterans 24 Honor Flight: The best weekend of my life 28 Got Ten Minutes For a Vet? 32 VANC - Our Graduates 34 ENLISTED TO ENTREPRENEUR 36 Serendipitous Moments 38 FINANCIAL READINESS 39 ECONOMIC IMPACT 40 FROM VETERAN TO BUSINESS OWNER 41 Yearly Financial Planning 43 Careers in Law Enforcement 44 Considering Law Enforcement? 52 Shelter to Soldier 55 Saved In America
16 One Team. Two Heroes
51 Careers In Law Enforcement
18 Two for One Play Dates
21 The Brotherhood
8 Climbing Back to Support Veterans
22 Service Dog Saves Veteran
12 Layers Of The Warrior Artist
26 Bonded In Service
16 From U.S. Marine to Artist, Singer...
30 Project “Go, Go Grow”
20 Leadership - Veterans in Transition
32 Integration Symposium
22 VANC - Veterans Come Together
34 Justice For Vets
24 ENLISTED TO ENTREPRENEUR
37 Veterans In Media
26 Overcoming Transition Stress
38 Honoree Ronne Froman-BlueBlue
27 What Was Your Moment?
40 Welcome To VANC
28 Protecting Your Assets
42 (25) Business Ideas for Pet Lovers
29 How much does your family know?
44 USPCA National Field Trials
32 So You Want To Be A Cop?
46 Legal Tips For Starting A Business
33 Military To Law Enforcement
48 The Power Of Fear
36 Military Spawning Careers
8 A Christmas Soldier 10 ‘Santa Boots” Outreach Project 14 Shelter to Soldier 16 Giving Stories 20 National Services Through Online Networks 24 Helping Loved Ones 27 Veteran Gets Hooked On Outdoors 29 Getting A VA Home Loan 30 Heart Recipient with Operation Homefront 32 VANC - Happy Holidays 34 ENLISTED TO ENTREPRENEUR 36 Transition = Change 38 End Of Year Checklist 39 Overcoming Financial Challenges 42 INFINITE HERO FOUNDATION 45 Careers in Law Enforcement
8 Music As a Healing Method 12 The Dog Days Of Summer 14 Veteran Partnered with Service Dog
12 The Dog Days Of Summer 14 Veteran Partnered with Service Dog 16 One Team. Two Heroes 18 Two for One Play Dates 21 The Brotherhood 22 Service Dog Saves Veteran 26 Bonded In Service 30 Project “Go, Go Grow” 32 Integration Symposium 34 Justice For Vets 37 Veterans In Media 38 Honoree Ronne Froman- BlueBlue 40 Welcome To VANC 42 25 Business Ideas for Pet Lovers 46 Legal Tips For Starting A Business 48 The Power Of Fear
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Empowering Veterans in the New Year By Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership As the New Year begins, I would like to take a moment to honor the veterans, family members, caregivers, service providers and volunteers who have overcome challenges and made a difference in their communities. These warriors are doing so much more than simply providing or receiving support services; they are coming together to build communities where veterans are empowered to achieve the quality of life they deserve.
In Jason’s case, the program team learned that he did not have shoes and clothing appropriate for job interviews. In addition, he did not have his own transportation; instead, he shared a car with several family members. Understanding how these items can make a critical difference in a person’s outlook, the Palmetto Warrior Connection collaborated with its partners in the community to provide him with access to additional services that would help him achieve a strong start to a new career.
Empowered is the key word here. We all should strive to do more than simply help veterans survive. They should be in a position where they can proactively find the services or support they need, which will in turn help them feel in charge of the direction of their lives. This outcome is the ultimate goal of our work at America’s Warrior Partnership, and I am proud to see many of our partners successfully empowering veterans every day.
Voucher programs and financial assistance services enabled Jason to get new shoes and a suit jacket within a day for his interviews, and he soon accepted a position with a local manufacturing company. Shortly after starting his job, the Palmetto Warrior Connection and the Goodwill selected Jason to receive a donated car, which was a huge milestone in helping him achieve independence. The Palmetto Warrior Connection remained in contact with Jason, and he continues to do well at his new job.
One story that I would like to share comes from the Palmetto Warrior Connection, one of our affiliates that serves veterans living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The team recently worked with a Navy veteran named Jason, who served as an aviation machinist specializing in jet engines. A few years after leaving the Navy, Jason was in a terrible car accident and lost his job while undergoing recovery. Finding new employment was difficult, and he needed an opportunity to get back on his feet after the accident.
Jason’s story is a great example of how community organizations can truly empower local veterans through providing holistic support. Rather than focusing on one challenge that he faced, the team proactively guided him to a range of services that enabled him to acquire the education, clothing, transportation and networking he needed to find employment and ultimately become selfsufficient.
That opportunity came in the form of Veterans for Manufacturing, a two-week training program conducted in partnership between the Palmetto Warrior Connection, the Goodwill and Palmetto Training Inc. along with support through a grant from Boeing. The program provides local veterans with opportunities to gain handson training, take employment readiness courses and receive job placement assistance for a career in the manufacturing industry. Jason applied for the program and successfully completed it. While Jason and his fellow veterans participating in the program received practical insights to assist in the development of their careers, the Palmetto Warrior Connection and its partners went above and beyond to ensure each participant was empowered to succeed upon finishing the program. This included one-on-one consultations with participants to help them improve their interview skills, as well as holding a job fair on the final day of the program to connect veterans with entrylevel positions at local manufacturing companies. 8
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I am confident that we will hear many more stories like Jason’s in the months to come. Veteran-serving organizations and community groups across the country are keeping close tabs on the latest insights to ensure they are positioned to best serve veterans. Such resources include reports from the VA and our own annual Community Integration Survey Report. Our team at America’s Warrior Partnership will continue to celebrate and share stories of empowered veterans throughout the year, and we welcome everyone to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #EmpoweredVeteran in their posts. We look forward to hearing everyone’s stories as we continue to work together in creating communities where veterans are empowered to thrive during and after their transition to civilian life. About the Author Jim Lorraine is President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership, a national non-profit that helps veteran service organizations connect with veterans, military members and families in need. Learn more about the organization at www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.
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Wounded Warrior Project’s Wellness Coaching: Many Paths to Health By Tracy Farrell – Engagement and Physical Health & Wellness Vice President, Wounded Warrior Project
WWP’s wellness coaching is: 1. Free to warriors 2. Adapted to fit individual needs 3. A chance to bond with other warriors at kick-off health clinic 4. Personalized via one-on-one coaching calls 5. Long-term and consistent over 12 weeks
It all started with a ride on a pontoon boat, but warrior Rachelle Dygowski got more than she expected. A Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event in Tallahassee, Florida, was her introduction to the vast resources available to warriors at no cost to them. After attending that event, Rachelle found the camaraderie and support she needed to begin a journey of healing her body and mind. With help from WWP’s wellness coaching program, Rachelle got the tools to make lasting changes in her health. “I found people at Wounded Warrior Project who aren’t just there for weight loss, but for my whole well-being,” Rachelle said. “Whenever I needed something that was either for fitness, nutrition, or mental health, my personal coach was able to get me the help I needed.” Rachelle tapped into the resources of WWP’s wellness coaching program, which is designed to address the needs of warriors. It begins with a request from a warrior, followed by a weekend health clinic, and then one-on-one coaching sessions via phone. Rachelle had started doing taekwondo a year ago, in part looking for the discipline she missed since her time in the Navy. “I weighed 276 pounds and felt there is no way I am going to be able to do this,” Rachelle said. She had a hurt knee among other physical challenges, but she made a decision to take control of her health. 10
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“I started to feel like I needed something to give me a boost,” Rachelle said. She heard about an upcoming health clinic through WWP’s email newsletter. “I went to the health clinic wanting to learn new things and get myself pumped up again. I learned to use the suspension training equipment in a modified way to protect my knee. All the people involved were eager to help each one of us without judgment.” Rachelle took it all in. She made time to practice what she learned when she returned home. The health clinic exposes warriors to lifestyle changes in fitness and nutrition. They get to see what is possible when they dedicate themselves to their well-being. WWP wellness coaches give each warrior a scale, TRX (suspension equipment) instruction, elastic bands, and other equipment to help them continue exercising at home. No gym membership is required. The most important ingredients each warrior contributes are a commitment to attending a weekend health clinic, and a resolve to stick with a 12-week coaching program afterward. Warriors receive a 30-minute phone call from their personal coach every other week. “I asked my coach to please continue checking on me, and she has,” Rachelle said. “She has been there for me every step of the way.
“When I looked at the challenges I faced, my first thought was, ‘I don’t want to let her down,’” Rachelle said. “That turned into not wanting to let myself down. Each time I spoke with my coach, I knew she was doing this for me. It was a motivating factor in my losing 17 pounds over the course of 12 weeks. She gave me the tools to take care of me and to keep me motivated.”
So, when my progress slowed, or I gained weight, I did not panic because I knew that it was normal. Without this program and my coach, I would be terrified to imagine where I would be health-wise.”
During the initial health clinic, warriors set attainable goals in three areas: nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle. The follow-up coaching phone calls focus on how to reach those goals. It’s about the unique needs of each individual warrior. The coaching is adaptable to each warrior to ensure they can progress toward a healthier life through education and support. Individual Attention at No Cost (Yes, It’s Free to Warriors) For Jared Hansen, a Marine veteran who lives in Utah, the health clinic was the beginning of a life-changing experience. Like most people, Jared is skeptical of too-good-to-betrue deals. Naturally, the question of cost came up. “Going down to a health clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, and learning the basics of health and nutrition has essentially changed my perspective on eating,” Jared said. To be honest, I was completely skeptical of going to Phoenix. During the event, I was waiting for them to say, ‘Now that we have given you all the tools it only costs $300 a month to continue this awesome program.’ But that never came, and for once, I realized that I was prepared to get a hold of my diet.” “Starting off, I weighed 263 pounds when I was first weighed in Phoenix,” Jared said. “I’ve lost 40 pounds, and I’m still losing weight slowly but surely.” “I have traumatic brain injury and a low back injury,” Jared said. “Doing rigorous workouts are not that easy for me. So, stretching and walking are my primary outlets for exercise. “My preconceived beliefs when it came to food were holding me back. I learned so much that it completely changed my views on food. My goals went from focusing on my exercise routine, to what I put into my body – and learning what works for me when it comes to my diet.” “Wounded Warrior Project’s wellness coaching program taught me that I can take charge of my life, even when other things are affecting my health. My coach gave me the knowledge and tools to get back where I wanted to be. Another good thing was that the program is realistic and honest about your health and weight loss. Never once did they offer quick fixes or products, just information and suggestions for us to try.
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Body AND Mind Improvement Cory Begley is an active National Guard reservist who lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He and his wife have three children who are 10, 7 and 2. For him, finding time, motivation, and learning new skills provided the additional benefits of reducing chronic pain and anxiety. “You’ve got to be at that place where you want things to change,” Cory added. “For me, it was about moving things forward, so I can live healthy for my wife and children. They’re supporting and motivating me.” Preparing meals for the family can be a challenge for parents who are trying to watch their weight. Cory has incorporated portion control to his routine, eating the same food the kids eat, but controlling portions in colorcoded measuring cups provided at the WWP health clinic. He also uses tools learned during the health clinic to practice TRX exercises with the help of a booklet and a mobile app. His back pain has become more manageable since he started the program. “At the beginning, the pain was limiting, but I’ve used the system they showed us for modifying exercises, and it’s pretty much pain-free,” Cory said.
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“The lifestyle change has been helpful for my back,” Cory said. “It’s also helped my post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. Just seeing the progress so far, including the fact that I’m only eight pounds away from my weight loss goal before I finish the program – and already dropped a pant size – is motivating. Seeing those results makes me want to strive more.” Accessible and Individualized WWP wellness coaches are dedicated to changing people’s lives. Over 75 percent of WWP wellness coaches have a master’s degree in a health and wellness field such as exercise science, kinesiology, or nutrition. They have at least three years of professional experience. Wounded warriors are in good hands and receive quality services. The overall effects of physical wellness cannot be understated. It can lead to improvements in sleep, mobility, and mood while decreasing pain, medication use, and the prevalence of major diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury have a strong effect on both mental and physical health. Improving physical health can have immediate impacts on sleep and mood – and eventually body composition and disease prevention. The WWP wellness coaching program was developed with this knowledge in mind. It has shown tremendous value for warriors in their mental and physical journeys as well as additional gains in confidence, relationship quality, and family life. The program is accessible to those expressing need, and it’s individualized through goal-based one-on-one coaching. Warriors, and their families, are beginning to understand the links between physical and mental well-being. WWP strives to provide services in both physical and mental health to help warriors thrive in their families and communities. The coaching program is for any warrior who wants to improve their quality of life, fitness level, mood, body composition, or general well-being. The people who benefit the most are open-minded, motivated, and dedicated to the 90-day process – they’re not looking for a quick fix.
About the Author As vice president of engagement and physical health & wellness for WWP, Tracy Farrell develops and oversees programs designed to improve connections, reduce stress, relieve depression, and promote a healthy and active lifestyle Through these programs, Wounded Warrior Project helps warriors reach their goals and enjoy improved health. Prior to joining WWP, Tracy served for more than 22 years in the U.S. Army as a crisis and personnel manager and trainer – primarily in the military police. In her last assignment, she was chief of the congressional operations division in the Army’s legislative liaison office at the Pentagon. About Wounded Warrior Project Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), top rated by Charity Navigator, and holding a GuideStar Platinum rating. To get involved and learn how WWP connects, serves, and empowers, visit http:// newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us. Wounded Warrior Project’s 9th Annual Warrior Survey of the veterans it serves showed: • 62% have a VA disability rating of at least 80% (58% in 2017). • 87% are overweight or obese. • 75% report frequent sleep problems. According to a separate survey of warriors who participated in WWP’s wellness coaching in 2018, 47% reported improved sleep.
If you know a warrior who can benefit from a healthier outlook through education, support, and coaching resources, tell them about the WWP wellness coaching program. Let’s continue to work together to transform the way America’s injured veterans are empowered, employed, and engaged in our communities. Visit https:// wwp.news/WWP to learn more. View this video for more examples: https://wwp.news/CoachingVideo.
• 78% report post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the most common self-reported health problem among warriors. • 41% have traumatic brain injury (TBI). • 90% have three or more injuries or health problems related to their service to our country.
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The holidays are over, but the New Year’s resolutions have just begun, and Homeland is here to help you keep yours. If you’ve chosen to change your life this year, you’re not alone. Nearly half the United States – a stunning 150 million people – did the same.
Many of these aren’t plastic or paper decisions either but life-affirming, soul-quenching, I’m-the-captain-ofmy-destiny-and-I’m-finally-going-do-this variety.
If this sounds familiar, good for you! Recognition that change is necessary is the first step. Desire makes all things possible. Work well begun is half done.
High on most lists, losing weight or getting fit with many deciding the time to act is now.
You’re off and running, maybe literally.
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Now the bad news.
1. Set realistic goals. Losing a pound or two a month – and keeping it off -- is a reasonable. Anything more is, hmm, gravy.
Statistically speaking, most of you are doomed.
2. Start slow. Take it easy as you learn what your body can do. Hurting yourself or being too sore to workout defeats the purpose.
Nearly 90 percent who make New Year’s resolutions fail. That’s a crazy high bust rate. Who would ever bet those odds?
3. Then, ramp it up. You’re at the gym to work, so work. Push weights around, stretch, walk, peddle or paddle. Sweat a little so you can live a lot.
You would and you do. Let me explain. At the start of every year -- without fail -people flock to gyms. They’re recognizable by their new sneakers, stylish water bottles and eager looks. You can practically see their new gym bodies in the bubble dreams above their heads.
4. Just go. Just as possession is nine-tenths of the law, so too is getting to the gym is nine-tenths of the battle. Get there and you’ll figure out the rest. 5. No excuses. If you have five free minutes a day, you have time to workout. How? Do all the pushups and sit ups you can in oneminute increments. Follow that up with running as far you can for another minute – it will take you two minutes to walk back. Done.
Memberships are bought. Trainers hired. Classes enrolled. And so begins the brief lifecycle of the Resolution Set, a specimen of gym member whose chief function is giving money away for no apparent reason.
6. Find what works for you. Yoga, pilates, kettle ball, boxing, surfing, mixed martial arts, weights, running, kendo, fencing, cross-fit, judo, swimming, biking, walking, whatever. There are a lot of choices. Find one or three that work for you.
All gym vets know their ways well. They start January like shooting stars, their resolution glow bright and vibe positive and contagious. February finds them making strides.
7. Remember the big picture. Attaining your fitness goals takes effort and means pushing through adversity.
Cracks start showing in March as they realize that working out can be, well, work, and that maybe the miraculous transformations they envisioned might’ve been a skosh unrealistic. Then the wheels fly completely off.
8. Find your motivation. Whether you’re doing this for yourself, your family or some other reason, keep that reason in mind when you feel like quitting.
This typically happens by May, exactly when the neophytes should be prepping for the big beach season reveal.
9. Have fun. It’s hard to succeed at anything unless you enjoy it and make it part of your life.
They were so close to getting somewhere and then puff. Gone. Another statistic.
10. Forgive yourself. No one is 100 percent all the time. The best baseball hitters fail 70 percent of the time. The greatest quarterbacks throw interceptions. The most powerful tycoons make bad deals. When you backslide, pick yourself up and keep going.
But you can break this cycle of boom and bust, and here are some tips to do just that.
“Nearly 90 percent who make New Year’s resolutions fail.”
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That was the last thing I heard the Jump Master yell and seconds later I was at the door, terrified from the exit till the landing, wondering just why in the hell would anyone in their right mind jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m CJ Machado, photo journalist and veteran advocate with Homeland Magazine.
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The projects I’m most passionate about involve veterans, capturing their stories in hopes of reviving the American Spirit. The Spirit which holds our democracy together through selfless acts, the devotion to protecting our country and the dedication to defending our freedom. My most recent project is Normandy Jump 2019, a documentary that will memorialize the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. Vintage aircraft from around the world will cross the English Channel and fill the French skies with hundreds of paratroopers and parachutists, dressed in WWII uniform. It will be the largest parachute drop over Normandy since D-Day. Many organizations including the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), Round Canopy Parachuting Team (RCPT), the Pathfinder Parachute Group UK and the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team (ADT) along with many other parachute teams will commemorate one of the most significant events in our history, “Operation Overlord.” “Operation Overlord” was the code name for the “Invasion of Normandy,” the WWII allied invasion launched on June 6th, 1944 (D-Day) against Nazi Germany.
The first wave of attack began with paratroopers, followed by a 1,200-plane airborne assault and amphibious assault involving more than 5,000 vessels. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day and more than two million Allied troops were in France by the end of August, eventually resulting in the retreat of the German forces. Recently, I had the privilege of training with the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team (ADT), a parachute jump school based out of Frederick, Oklahoma. I was to train, document and experience what it would be like to jump out of an aircraft in a round parachute much like the WWII Airborne units did during the Invasion of Normandy. The mission of ADT is to: Remember - Honor - Serve. The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team’s Chief of Staff, Colonel Raymond Steeley, US Army, Special Forces, Retired, recruited me while I was covering the 2018 “Planes Of Fame” (POF) Airshow in Chino, CA. I became quite enthralled with ADT’s public presentation. There was a young boy who stood out in the crowd, Noah Comstock. He was dressed in full paratrooper gear from head to toe, including his distinctive wrist compass. I watched as Colonel Steeley invited the young enthusiast to take part in the preparation for their next jump. Steeley along with other ADT members gave Noah and his family the grand tour of the WWII veteran, C-53 D Sytrooper, “D-Day Doll.” At that time, I had no idea that Allied aircraft, parachutists and paratroopers from across the world planned on commemorating one of the most significant events of WWII.
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Colonel Steeley invited me to come out to document and possibly participate in their Jump School. Initially, I had absolutely no intention on jumping out of an airplane, especially with my fear of heights. Colonel Steeley proved to be just as convincing as a typical Army recruiter. He persuaded and eventually I reluctantly agreed.
Kat is the first female to ever jump out of this historic aircraft. A pivotal point that will be celebrated in the upcoming documentary. As I mentioned earlier, my first jump was terrifying. Before you actually jump out of the plane, there’s a set of commands we had to master to ensure a proper exit and safe landing.
Once the opportunity presented itself, I then summoned my counterpart and good friend, award winning Director, “Viz” Vizcarra, a former “Top Gun” fighter pilot in the Navy. We decided to collaborate and create Normandy Jump 2019 documentary to monumentalize the historical event. Cherished stories of the remaining WWII 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” including Dan McBride and Vincent Speranza will be one of the highlights of this project. We also thought it would be inspiring and relevant to document my jump training with ADT being a first-time jumper.
WWII Screaming Eagles, 101st Airborne veterans, Vincent Speranza and Dan McBride
We were fortunate, because in addition to my training at the ADT facility, five vintage aircraft including the Commemorative Air Force’s “D-Day Doll,” “That’s All Brother,” “Ready for Action” and ADT’s “Boogie Baby” and “Wild Kat” gathered at the historic Frederick Army Headquarters Hangar to practice flying formation and dropping Jumpers in preparation of the D-Day Memorial Airborne Operation. One of the most inspiring moments that occurred during the Normandy preparations was when ADT member, Kat Healey, dressed as an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Agent, jumped out of “That’s All Brother,” the lead aircraft during “Operation Overlord.” 20
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Our Jump School training was intense. However, the instructors at the WWII Airborne ADT were absolute experts at training students to be competent, confident and most importantly safe. From the classroom, to our Jump Master, emergency procedures to the Parachute Landing Fall (PLF) pits, the instructors were determined for us to succeed.
Our class ranged from WWII enthusiasts, bucket list achievers, prior military including a Vietnam War combat photographer, retired paratroopers to special forces from all over the world. Many of which were preparing to jump in Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. We had to learn a tremendous amount of information in very little time. Since I had never jumped before, the curriculum was completely foreign to me.
react to each one of them because our life depended on it. We needed to know when to pull our reserve and how to pull and remove our reserve effectively without delay, being that we were dropped at a low altitude of 1500 feet. Precise decision making had to be quickly executed to increase our odds of survival or not getting badly injured. It was an extreme amount of pressure to perform well in a limited amount of time. For me jumping was horrendous, especially the first jump. I was on the first stick, fourth or fifth in line, thank God. It was bad enough hearing the force of the winds engulfing the jumpers in front of me. If you’re on the second stick, you not only hear the jumpers being engulfed, you see it all happening. There’s an unforgettable sucking sound as each jumper is snatched into the open skies. Fffffttt…, fffffttt…, fffftt… like an agitated cat. That sound was all I heard until it became my turn. The main stressor for me was that my stride is short. When you give your static line to the Jump Master, you have to pivot in such a way that your right foot is at the front of the exit door in order to make an accurate exit, all of this without stalling. That was difficult for me to do accurately. Then you jump and count 1-1,000, 2-1,00--- Phew! You feel the tug and the relief of the parachute opening. On my first jump, my suspension lines were twisted and I was freaking out trying to remember what I was supposed to do. I had a brief second of complete panic and I wanted to pull that damn reserve. Funny how many thoughts travel across your mind in a split second when you’re in complete hysteria; then you quickly remember what your instructors told you to do with line twists. I could hear instructor Greg Humphrey’s voice blaring in my ear, “Cycle, cycle, cycle.” So, I cycled like I was competing in the “Tour de France,” causing further twists in the opposite direction until I calmed my panicked-self down. Once that was over with, I frantically looked for the arrow to guide my landing. I was dropping in a state of constant panic, practicing the fine art of hyperventilating.
First, we had to learn the many different parachute parts and their functions. Then we had to be proficient in emergency procedures, mainly when it came to pulling our reserve chute. We had to understand potentially dangerous situations (water, electrical wires, mislandings, parachute malfunctions, suspension line twists and entanglements, etc.) and know when and how to
I could hear my other classmates scream with excitement. I was envious. I finally found the arrow on my descent and worked very hard to avoid the jeep entourage that was to the side of our designated drop zone.
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The land came closer quickly and I could see the open muddy fields from the recent rains. My only concern besides dying was which PLF would I be performing? Front, back, right, left? Oh, geez when will this be over? It was to be a front PLF. As I came closer to land, my classmate, Joseph Campbell yelled in his distinctive Northern Irish accent, “Close your legs, close your legs!” Something very basic we learned in training to prevent injury. I hit the muddy ground and completed a fairly decent PLF then tried to rise when I felt the pull of my parachute. The chute was still open and it pulled at my harness, bringing me down on to my bottom every time I tried to get up. An open chute will do that.
There I stood, shaking, holding on to those dreaded suspension lines covered in mud. I tried to “Daisy Chain” the suspension lines, but I couldn’t, because I was shaking so bad from all the adrenaline rushing through my body. An ADT member from the medic jeep entourage came over and calmy re-trained me on how to properly weave the lines around my hands to create the “Daisy Chain.” Once the chute was packed and on my shoulders, I finally remembered what Instructor Brian Wiswell worked so hard on teaching us when a chute drags you. Instructor Wiswell had kind eyes and a humble disposition, so I paid attention. “Release the Capewell,” I finally remembered. I was incredibly frustrated with my performance as a first- time jumper. My frustration soon turned into anger. Questioning myself on just why in the hell did I agree to do this? More importantly, why in the hell would anyone in their right mind agree to do this? I cursed that damn Colonel Steeley and his southern charm that got me into this muddy mess. I wanted to cry but couldn’t, because in the state of my angry mental rant, I remembered the ADT motto. Remember-HonorServe those that came before us. Those words silenced my rant with embarrassment.
Each attempt I made to stand, the chute would drag me further into the muddy terrain. After the third attempt, I was exhausted. I could see my classmate, Joe Coyle to my left. I screamed out for help. “Joe, what do I do? What do I do?” Poor Joe, you could see his immediate reaction in wanting to come over to help me, but he was ankle deep in mud as well with a parachute attached to his back. He yelled back at me, “I’ll be right there… Run to the side CJ, run to the side.” I ran to the side and finally, the battle was done. The chute collapsed and I managed to stand there gripping those suspension lines as if I took down a mighty beast from one of Harry Potter’s novels.
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It was an exhausting trek to the rally point. Carrying a heavy chute was difficult to steady one’s pace as each step sunk my boot six inches deep in mud. By the time everyone reached the Deuce and a half truck, our boots had a thick 3-inch ring of mud around them and hence our class name was deemed, “Mud on the Risers.” As expected, I was the last jumper to reach the truck. The instructors greeted us with praise and excitement, some yelling Airborne! The usual response would have been “Airborne!” or “All The Way!” They received no such commentary from me, but I was sure to give each and every one of those instructors a personalized look of disdain due to my momentary displaced anger. As we drove back to the hangar, one of the more experienced jumpers well into his seventies, Charles “Chuck” Hannah, sang “Blood on the Risers (Gory, Gory What a Helluva Way to Die)” song.
I was always partial to “Chuck.” Had he been twenty years younger, I would have considered proposing. He was prior special forces, part of the Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). A gentle and calm man who always wore an “Up to no good, half-hearted smile.” That was the first time since my first jump I felt my lips creep upward toward a smile. When we got back to the hangar, someone must have snitched that my first jump was not an enjoyable experience. One of the instructors approached me and asked, “One and done?” I remember cringing my forehead and making certain I made distinct eye contact with him before answering. “Look, I think you’re all a bunch of crazy bastards. I sincerely mean that, but I’d rather die than not earn my wings.” After all I had a job to do, a powerful message to convey and the task at hand to document Normandy Jump 2019. And what better way to do that than to Jump out of an airplane on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. We needed five jumps to earn our wings and there wasn’t one jump I made where I didn’t get twisted in those damn suspension lines. I’m sure my poor exits and light weight attributed to that. Everyone at ADT was so supportive and personally invested in our success. The camaraderie is like no other, not just with your classmates but with other members of their organization. ADT member, Ryan Kergides graduated from Jump School in October 2016. He took part in the Normandy Jump preparation with many of the other ADT members that will be crossing the channel and jumping in Normandy next year. He brought a set of wings to jump with and present to his cousin’s newborn child. One of his jumps was cancelled due to rain and on my last jump he asked me if I would jump with them. Wow! What a blessing he gave me that day. The most gratifying part of completing Jump school was being pinned by 93 year-old WWII 101st Paratrooper, Vincent Speranza. It was an honor to have one of our “Greatest Generation” acknowledging my accomplishment. As terrifying as jumping was for me, earning my wings gave me the opportunity to experience a glimpse of what our WWII airborne veterans went through on that infamous day. Except they had to be dropped at lower altitudes with additional gear, in an unknown drop zone and with the enemy constantly shooting at them. Talk about pressure and the fear they incurred. Those men were the essence of the American Spirit. They were courageous and devoted to God, country and family. They understood the value of freedom and gave their life to defend it. Those men were AIRBORNE! ALL THE WAY!!!
I am grateful to have earned my wings and a proud member of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team. An organization that is worthy of our support to continue their mission to REMEMBER - HONOR - SERVE.
CJ earns her wings, pinned by WWII Airborne Paratrooper Vincent Speranza
For those of you who can not make the D-Day Memorial Airborne Operation event in France this June, join us as we follow and document “D-Day Doll” and the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team in celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the world famous “Planes Of Fame” Airshow in Chino, CA, May 4-5, 2019. May God Bless America and her Allied forces. Normandy Jump 2019! AIRBORNE! ALL THE WAY!!! For more information on Normandy Jump 2019 documentary, please visit: NormandyJump2019.com These great organizations need our support for the upcoming 75th Anniversary of D-Day: D-Day Doll, Help Us Get Her There! Commemorative Air Force‘s Inland Empire Wing: www.inlandempirecaf.com WWII Airborne Demonstration Team: www.wwiiadt.org Round Canopy Parachuting Team (RCPT): www.rcpt.eu Pathfinder Parachute Group Europe: www.jumpwith.pathfindergroupuk.com With Passion and Patriotism, -CJ Machado, photo journalist and veteran advocate, Homeland Magazine Special thanks to: • Photo’s by: Gina Lee • “Mud on the Risers” patch by © 2018 Geoff Ahmann
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CEO & TWO NAVY VETS HELP OTHERS WITH PTSD AND TBI CREATE NEW BEGINNINGS AFTER SERVICE By Barry Smith, Boot Campaign
Shelly Kirkland, Morgan Luttrell, Alex Oliver Former Navy SEAL Morgan Luttrell is the founder of a revolutionary health and wellness program for veterans with invisible wounds. He also happens to be the twin brother of Marcus Luttrell, fellow Navy SEAL and best-selling author of Lone Survivor - the book that became a box office hit and inspired five Texas women to start the national nonprofit Boot Campaign. The organization had been serving veterans and military families since 2011. So, when Morgan began working on a graduate degree in cognitive neuroscience and came up with a multi-directional plan of attack for treating invisible wounds of war, he brought it to Boot Campaign. The year 2019 marks the fourth consecutive year that helping veterans and military families struggling with debilitating wounds that cannot be seen, like traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, self-medication and insomnia, is top priority for the organization. 24
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Understanding that no one organization can address all of the complex issues that compound invisible wounds, Boot Campaign cultivates partnerships with top-tier providers across the U.S. and provides access and funding to individualized and comprehensive roadmaps to recovery. Funding not only covers services, but also gap funding needed to support time away from work and family in order to complete the program. To comment on where Boot Campaign is and where it is headed in 2019 and beyond, Boot Campaign CEO Shelly Kirkland and U.S. Navy SEAL veterans Morgan Luttrell and Alex Oliver got together recently to provide Homeland Magazine with the latest SITREP. Kirkland is entering her third year at the Boot Campaign helm after previously serving as a senior executive with the Center for BrainHealth at UT-Dallas, a partner in the health and wellness program.
Oliver, a 21-year Navy veteran, is the co-founder and CEO of Virginia High Performance (VHP), a facility with over 12,000 square feet of training, recovery and evaluation space based in Virginia Beach, Va. VHP also is partner in Boot Campaign’s health and wellness pipeline where participants work with educated and experienced coaches to attain new levels of fitness and the tools to maintain it.
Kirkland: Boot Campaign has always been flexible and adapts to the most pressing need of the military community. Invisible or hidden wounds were identified as one of the biggest obstacles to overcome, so we stepped in to fill the gap, get to the root cause of the issues, provide holistic, individualized and comprehensive care to return warriors to their families, their communities and their careers healthier and happier. Morgan and Alex were the inspiration, and in typical fashion, former Navy SEALs take action to make things happen. Oliver: My inspiration was the need to continue to serve. I may not be on the battlefield anymore, but I knew I could contribute to helping those who are still fighting or have finished their time on the frontline and hung up their combat boots. What are the biggest challenges you see veterans facing post-service? Oliver: There’s addiction to prescription pills that can lead to illegal drugs. There’s alcoholism related to lifestyle and coping and depression. There are major sleep issues which is one of the most important subjects to tackle because if you aren’t sleeping, more issues arise. Sleep is the key to performance both physically and mentally.
Indiana Army National Guard Specialist (Ret.) Ricky Raley and VHP trainer Tim Riley What was the inspiration for the Boot Campaign’s health and wellness program? Luttrell: In 2009, I was involved in a helicopter crash during a training exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach. The injuries I received were both physical and mental (TBI). Because of the community I was a part of, I was sent across the country to find and discover the leading physical and cognitive treatment and training programs to get back into fighting form. Through that journey, the brain and its health became a passion – so much so that I pursued an advanced degree in applied cognition and neuroscience. I wanted to make sure that every veteran and active duty service member Pamela Hughes Lisa Cupp had access to the same comprehensive care that I received while also furthering research that will change treatment and training for future military members. At Boot Campaign we recognized that there was a lack of effort to properly diagnose and treat and train veterans with various symptomatic issues and problems for both physical and cognitive injuries.
Luttrell: For me, brain and mental health is the root of so many of the issues. If you’re struggling with TBI and can’t think clearly, it’s going to be hard to hold down a job. If you are emotionally reacting to everything because of PTSD, you will struggle in your family relationships. The brain is unique to every individual and the center of all. Identifying, treating and solving brain health challenges will determine our country’s future success. Through Boot Campaign we are able to help veterans distinguish the symptoms they are facing and find the proper facilities and medical institutes to address specific issues. Kirkland: Since I’m not a veteran or military spouse, the biggest challenge I see is the stigma associated with seeking help. Matters of the mind are not veteran only issues. They are human issues. Getting our military community to seek treatment is also a challenge. Less than 50 percent of military personnel and veterans with invisible wounds receive care, compared to 83 percent of warriors with visible wounds who do. Until we shatter the stigma associated with seeking brain health and mental health care, there will always be warriors suffering in silence and that breaks my heart. But it also fuels our team to inspire others to reach out their hand and ask for help. Continued on next page >
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How is Boot Campaign filling the gap to ease the transition and get after the top five challenges of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, addiction and insomnia? Kirkland: Treatment costs are seven times higher for veterans with complex needs such as TBI and PTSD than those who suffer from physical wounds alone. Boot Campaign acts as a wellness agent getting veterans to the best care in the country for the “big five” issues. And we do it with care, compassion and comprehensive care so that the veteran does not have to worry about paying out of pocket for travel costs or meals or room and board. We want to eliminate any barrier that may prevent warriors from getting the help they need and so rightly deserve. Luttrell: Collaboration is the key and Boot Campaign and Virginia High Performance are taking a dynamic and strategic effort to extensively baseline both the body and the brain to create a personalized, precision treatment and training program for individual veterans. Oliver: Through a combined effort with our recovery pipeline, we can touch all key aspects affecting the health and wellness of a veteran. Each veteran is different, and each may need a different recovery program. Our success stems from our focus on customized care.
Luttrell: My hope for the future is that one day what we have created at Boot Campaign through research and programmatic efforts will be scaled and adopted by government entities to make it accessible to all.
Founded by five savvy and patriotic Texas women in 2011, Boot Campaign was created to support and give back to those who risk their lives to provide Americans with the freedoms we enjoy every day. Since its inception, Boot Campaign has been a trailblazer in the nonprofit world, raising more than $20 million and giving more than $2 million annually to help service members, veterans and their families from every generation. Learn more about Boot Campaign and its health and wellness program at www.BootCampaign.org.
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What is your hope for the future as 2019 begins? Oliver: There is no end in sight to the war on terror. We are only scratching the surface when it comes to the number of veterans who need help; we just need funding, resources and more collaboration to grow and scale our efforts to reach more who are suffering. Kirkland: Like Alex said, we are a nation still at war – the longest to date in modern times — and for the foreseeable future, that war will continue. That means there will be more and more Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, Reservists and National Guardsmen who will return from service needing our help to fully come home. According to the U.S. Census bureau, the post-9/11 veteran population is expected to increase 46 percent between 2014 and 2019. Individualized, precision medicine, treatment and training is what will be needed to help warriors kickstart their road to recovery. My hope for the future is that brain science continues to be a focus of significant funding and that more of us come together to get after and solve the public health crisis of veteran suicide and invisible wounds of war.
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National Commander Dennis Nixon (left) and Army veteran Ray Jones share a laugh during the 2018 DAV Homeless Veterans Stand Down in Cold Spring, Ky.
By Janice M. Hagar
ore than 200 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in the Greater Cincinnati area received a helping hand during the annual DAV Homeless Veterans Stand Down Oct. 5 at the national headquarters in Cold Spring, Ky. “These men and women have served their country and defended our way of life,” said National Commander Dennis Nixon, who assisted in serving meals at the stand down. “Now it’s our turn to give back to them and help them get back on good footing so they can live the American dream.” More than 40 agencies and organizations were on hand providing no-cost services and access to resources to address immediate and long-term needs. Veterans received free flu shots and other immunizations, haircuts, legal assistance, social services, benefits support, employment counseling, health care screenings
and care bags. Several community organizations were also at the event and distributed blankets, cold-weather items and clothes. “These types of events are extremely important,” said Vivian Hutson, former director of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. “It’s important for the veterans to see we are here to support, and it’s important to share our community resources for all of their needs, from health care to employment counseling and other services they may need.” “We are honored to host this event at DAV’s national headquarters,” said National Voluntary Services Director John Kleindienst. “The lifetime of support we provide at no cost to veterans and their families begins right here, and we want to make sure those who have the greatest need are able to access the critical services we offer. We have seen these events change lives in the past, and it’s our goal to positively impact more lives and families this year.” ■
DAV and community organizations partnered to distribute care bags, clothing and cold-weather items to local veterans and their families, including (from left) Linda Sims, Navy veteran Stacy Throckmorton and Marine veteran Brian Mages.
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Grant joined the Navy after graduating from high school in 2015. He developed into a strong and effective leader while training at the Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School. At UVA, Grant hopes to study physics and international relations while actively engaging with the university and surrounding communities. Grant says, “the Posse Foundation is investing in groups of driven individuals with incredible leadership potential to have an impact on conversations, campuses, communities, and the world."
Veterans - Homelessness The VA and other government organizations are trying to minimize the impact but appears that there is often if not always, a lack of resources/beds for our heroes. Many non-profits help Veterans with providing housing/ beds like Interfaith a nonprofit organization that helps Veterans with housing needs.
By Joe Molina www.vccsd.org Veterans Chamber of Commerce
In an Ideal world, one would think Homeless and Veterans are two words that should never be side by side. But unfortunately, this is not the reality.
But, what if individual Veterans could help provide fellow Veterans with a place to stay? What if we were to find a win-win solution that will help everyone involved in the process? What if we had a way for Veterans to directly help fellow Veterans with housing?
How Can We Help?
When one thinks of the fact that these Veterans sacrificed themselves to protect our freedom, it’s only fair that they get safe and reliable shelter and care. Regardless of the sad reality, there’s no doubt that the United States is not only proud of her Veterans but also cares deeply about them. And this is made evident by the significant impact of the tremendous efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and other organizations, on the situation of the homeless Veterans. Several statistical data providers show the number of Veterans who are Homeless. These statistics are demonstrating the high number of Veterans that find themselves with a lack of a basic shelter. Statista.com shows the states that have a real problem in the number of Veterans facing homelessness. The states with high number of homeless Veterans are California Florida, Texas and New York. According to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, in 2017 over 40,000 Veterans were experiencing homelessness in the US. 40, 000 of our fellow Veterans did not have a basic shelter or roof over their heads. If you were to think about this with a little more perspective, imagine This number represents about 714 busses filled with passengers. Now that we have identified the problem, is there what can we do?
If we were to find this solution, it will dramatically decrease the number of homeless Veterans. One program that appears to have found a solution that could greatly positively impact this issue is; The Housing for Heroes™ and the Income Properties for Veterans™ great example of how Veterans will be able to help fellow Veterans who are in need of a place to stay. Briefly on how it works. The program helps individual Veterans and active duty find a home, secure financing and provides the necessary guidance through the approval process on securing the property, applying for the funding and obtaining VA approval on the property to become a Rental Property (Income generating property). This program could work across the US and it appears to be a win-win for everyone involve in the venture. This is a great way for Veterans to secure ongoing income, and for Veterans to secure a place to stay. Properties are secured using VA benefits and these properties are pre-selected and inspected to make sure they receive approval as Rental Property / income generating property. I feel that this is a great solution for all of us who are Veterans and want to help our brothers and sisters who are having difficulties. The Housing for Heroes program is a nonprofit organization under the Veterans Foundation. I think together we can positively impact and help reduce the number of Veterans Homeless. I would like to encourage every veteran interested in home ownership, to consider this option as it creates a positive domino effect and a great way to help our Veterans. For information on this program: Housing for Heroes/ Income Properties for Veterans or email me directly at: Veteransccsd@gmail.com I will be happy to help and refer you to the right resources.
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“The men and women who serve our Nation deserve our support — Today, Tomorrow, Always —” www.vancnorthcounty.org
Happy New Year! As 2019 begins it seems like the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to think about the New Year around the Corner. The Veterans Association of North County has a great many reasons to be thankful. First and foremost, I must say that I am most thankful for our team. The people at VANC sure do work hard to make it all happen. Our addition of Lori Boody as Executive Director has meant so much to the energy and the vibrancy of this organization. Her fresh ideas as well as her ability to seek out the issues and solve them has been a great help to me and taken a great deal of pressure off of Chuck Atkinson our founder who has, with Scott Wolf, been running every aspect of this organization until Lori’s arrival. Our Board has changed and grown in a most positive way. Everyone is ready to pitch in and do something to move the organization forward. If you visit us on Saturdays, you will have an opportunity to meet us at the volunteer desk. We serve each Saturday to fill in for Chuck who used to be here 7 days a week (another Lori driven idea). We have spent many hours developing programs for veterans, looking for ways to raise funding to pay for the overhead, the services and at the same time doing our best to make sure that we can do more for active duty and veterans each year. We look forward to offering our Military Transition Services (MTS) program after a successful pilot in 2018 and we will be adding a Hunter Safety Class that is open to the entire community starting in January. Outside of our changes and growth this year, I so enjoyed working with the Hospice of the North Coast to put on the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event. The team should be proud of that achievement; getting so many Vietnam era Veterans together and finally thanking them for faithfully serving their country at a time when they took the brunt of people’s frustrations about the war. The months of planning and preparation and the positive interactions between VANC and Hospice team members was amazing and the end result was fantastic. 36
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Special Thanks to our Musical Act: One Foot in. The other big event we hope to continue in 2019 was the Master Chef Dinner event. The event was very fun, very well attended and provided an opportunity for our community to meet Master Chef Television Show Champion Dino Luciano. Dino, who won the event in 2017, provided opportunities for Active Duty cooks at Pendleton to share the kitchen and cook with him and many in our community sponsored tables so that active duty military could attend the event. Special thanks to Dino for cooking, hosting and bringing enough energy to light up the town of Oceanside! From 4pm to 6pm each week, a group of Veterans get together to talk. Yup, just talk. No homework, no rules, no challenges. No need to participate each time and no need to stop if you are on a roll. It is funny how easy it is to blend in to a group of veterans. Our Vet to Vet Program continues to grow, as more people find out about the unique group. Veterans and family members are invited to meet on Wednesday’s from 4-6pm to discuss issues they may be having, work out some frustrations they have had, and receive advice and support from fellow veterans. We will be continuing this every week with the exception of some holidays. Feel free to call VANC to learn more. This New Year we will be starting a regular activity intended to be fun and build awareness in our community. We will be hosting Tap Takeovers featuring local breweries beer on our taps. We will have these events throughout the year. So be sure to check out our web site from time to time to see what is going on. Expect there to be food, movies or sports events, local beers brought to you by the breweries themselves as well as information on upcoming events and activities at VANC or in the Community. We look forward to serving the Oceanside and Military communities in the New Year. See you at VANC!
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ENLISTED TO ENTREPRENEUR By Vicki Garcia
Personal Branding and YOU Back in the day you would visit your favorite retailer or service provider in person. Transactions were personal, and you knew the seller well. Your parents may even have done business with this person. Much of that has changed, although not entirely. You may still know your grocer, hairdresser, or family attorney. Fast forward to today. Many companies are vying for your business. The locus of control has shifted from the seller to the buyer (an important transformation). Your buyer has infinite options both near and far. How are you going to break through the clutter and get noticed? Personal Branding!
Personal Branding is a Strategy. Personal Branding rests on the fact that people do business with people, not companies. People buy from people they trust and like. PB can be done affordably, no matter how small your business. Personal Branding causes buyers to arrive at your door pre-sold on you and whatever you’re selling. So, if you don’t like selling, Personal Branding could be for you. If people like you, they infer that they can trust you. As the marketer for your business it’s your job to control perception and make sure you and your company are trusted. The number one way to do that is to get out front and be the face of your business...the owner, the boss, the decision maker.
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Think of all the brands on the market where you think you know the face of the business, which, by the way, can be fictional • The Energizer Bunny (Watch how his personality is changing with the times) • Tony the Tiger (“They’re grrrrrreat!” hasn’t changed since 1952) • Colonel Sanders (No longer fried...or old) • Jack-in-the-Box (Walking around with an attitude and memorable voice) • Mr. Clean (Your mom trusted him, why not you? He has changed too) • Flo (From Progressive Insurance, uses humor which lowers objections and makes them likeable) • Oprah Winfrey (The all-time queen of Personal Branding) •Martha Stewart (a jailbird who knows how to cook and decorate)
Stop Hiding Behind Your Business. It’s actually pretty easy to create your own Personal Brand. It doesn’t happen overnight (unless you have a big budget to throw at it), but if you’re consistent, it builds over time. I don’t necessarily mean for you to become “famous.” There are many people you’ve never heard of who are “outstanding in their field,” which is where you want to be. Here are a few of the steps to get you started– 1. Get A Great Personal Photo Taken. This is where many business owners stumble. Be shy and lose. This should not be a head in a box (which we in marketing call a tombstone). It should be staged with props if they apply to make you seem active. Have the background dropped out so you look more “real.” Cost: Under $200 and it will last you for many years. 2. Get Out There & Network. All things being equal, the most visible competitor wins. Visibility builds credibility. The more people who know you, the better. 3. Make Friends in High Places. Get known for your leadership qualities. Chair a committee. Look for opportunities to raise your profile. 4. Think Narrow. Who makes the most money? Specialists. You can’t be everything to everyone. The more you concentrate, the more potent you become. 5. Publish & Speak. Educating your target market will pay off. Publish through a blog, online articles via social media, and even a self-published book (which makes you an “author”). Speaking will open doors and result in referrals. 6. Create a Mind-Blowing Website. Your internet presence is the center of your business marketing. Visitors will judge you by the quality of your site and make assumptions about your competence. Be sure and pepper it with images, including that Personal Branding photo of you. For the best book I know of, read Harry Beckwith’s You Inc. Articles on Personal Branding abound on the internet.
I suggest you take a look at the fiollowing: • https://blog.rebrandly.com/personal-brandingexamples/ • https://www.kyliegarner.com/personal-brandingexamples/, • https://www.milesanthonysmith.com/blog/personalbrand-statement-examples. There are many more... google it.
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Higher Education Financial Planning Tips for Military Veterans
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There is extraordinary excitement for military veterans to return to institutions of higher learning to get an undergraduate or a graduate degree. For many veterans, successfully completing an undergraduate degree marks the very reason why they began their military journey in the first place. For decades, the promise of military service followed by an undergraduate education has inspired thousands to join the military and complete their service. The promise of an education also leads to high levels of financial peril for military veterans. The financial peril in higher education comes when we spend too much vs. what the degree and the following career can financially deliver for us. Higher education is a wonderful experience and ensuring that you remain on a sound and sensible footing during your education is an essential component of educational success. Follow these five tips to remain on a sensible and financially wise path during your education. #1 – Am I Getting What I Pay For –Determining the true value of your education while you are getting your education used to be extraordinarily difficult. Today, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has created a higher education research tool that helps compare major education outcomes of schools. There are ten key measures to look at when comparing a school against other choices: 1. Total Undergraduate Enrollment 2. Retention Rate of All Students 3. Graduation Rate of All Students 4. Average Salary of All Students 5. Loan Repayment Rate of All Students 6. Average Student Loan Debt 7. Total Instate Tuition + Books 8. Military Training Credit Offered? 9. Any Department of Veteran Affairs Caution Flags? 10. Total Complaints Against Institution The goal of these metrics is to have the highest level in retention rate and graduation rate while having the lowest loan debt and the lowest caution flags and total complaints. You want to choose a school that has high student success, high loan repayment rates, and low debt to have a maximized educational outcome.
#2 – Maximize Your Military / Veteran Benefits – Once you chose 4-5 schools to look at, the next step is to develop very detailed financial estimates that look at the best use of ALL of your available military veteran benefits compared against the best educational outcomes. Remember, less expensive is not always better, if the institution you choose has a lower graduation rate and higher student debt levels. The goal of this step is to maximize your military veteran educational benefits and align those benefits to the educational institutions that offer the best outcomes. #3 – Avoid Any Debt As Much As Possible – Avoiding any debt is a good rule for life. For education, debt can come quickly and in the form of loans for tuition, books, and also in the form of credit card debt for living expenses. A small amount of educational debt is acceptable if the payoff in income and graduation from your education is worth the tradeoff. In general, high levels of education debt lead to incredibly high living challenges after graduation. The best case is to avoid high levels of education debt right from the start. #4 – Work & Have Paid Internships –Working while going to school at an employer or in an industry that you want to work at after graduation is the best case for students. This not only earns money for school expenses, it also creates a network and valuable experience for post-graduation hiring. Internships should focus on being paid, gaining valuable experience, and building a network. #5 – Select a Degree with a Clear Profession (s) – This is instrumental to help military veterans have a good military service to higher education to purposeful employment transition. Selecting a good educational institution with a major that is in demand and that you are also interested in is the best way to maximize your education. The STEM degrees (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are very popular. If your interests are not in STEM, then do not choose them. Instead, look at Business, Healthcare, and Education for other degrees. In general, a four year degree will be the most preferred degree among employers. Choosing a good school, choosing an in demand degree, and minimizing debt while also working a job or internship while in school will offer the best chances of post-degree success.
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By Kelly Bagla. Esq.
WHERE SHOULD I INCORPORATE MY BUSINESS IN 2019? As an entrepreneur, you know that incorporating your business can be a wise move to minimize your liability, protect your personal assets, even provide tax savings in come cases. However, navigating the various logistical and legal requirements isn’t always easy, particularly when you don’t want to spend countless hours buried deep in legal fine print. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard entrepreneurs wonder where they should incorporate their business and their questions normally boil down to a debate between two states: Delaware and Nevada. Delaware and Nevada are both popular states for incorporation for good reason. Many larger corporations choose Delaware because it offers some of the most developed, flexible and pro-business statutes in the country. Nevada is increasingly becoming a popular choice for businesses due to its low filing fees, as well as the lack of state corporate income tax, franchise tax and personal income tax. Because the benefits of incorporating in Delaware or Nevada may seem attractive, it is not always beneficial for your business. When a business incorporates “out of state” such as in Delaware or Nevada, they may be responsible for additional filings and fees in both the state of incorporation as well as the state where they live and run their business. These can include: For the State where a business incorporates: • The appointment of a Registered Agent in that state • The fees of the Registered Agent in that state • Paying filing fees in that state • Filing annual reports in that state For the State of residence: • The appointment of a Registered Agent in this state • The fees of the Registered Agent in this state • Paying filing fees in this state • Filing annual reports in this state • Qualifying as a Foreign Corporation to do business in this state • Paying taxes in this state
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Just because you incorporate your business in Delaware or Nevada does not mean those are the only state tax laws that apply to your business. Nevada may not charge state income taxes for your corporation, but the state where your business is physically located will come after you for those taxes sooner or later. Pretty soon, any benefits for incorporating in Delaware or Nevada are quickly washed away with the added fees and added paperwork of operating out of state. There is certainly truth behind the hype of these business-friendly states, however, those benefits are really limited to larger businesses.
Most small businesses never see these benefits and end up with a lot more headaches and costs than they ever anticipated. As a general rule of thumb, I like to say that if your corporation or LLC has less then five shareholders or members, it’s best o incorporate in whatever state your business has a physical presence. So, unless your company has a physical office in Delaware or Nevada, it’s going to be much easier and less expensive in the long run to incorporate or form an LLC in your home state. If you are a small business owner, you will have more than your share of paperwork and fees as it is and there is no reason to complicate your workload by trying to operate out of state. While you do want to take full advantage of all potential tax breaks, in this case, the simplest route of incorporating in your own state turns out to be best.
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