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Veterans Hiring Preferences

Senate Bill 245, Veterans Hiring Preferences – Spouses, became law on October 1st.  Senate Bill 245  authorizes an employer to grant a hiring and promotion preference to an eligible veteran, the spouse of an eligible veteran who has service-connected disability, or the surviving spouse of a deceased eligible veteran.

All states grant some form of employment preference to veterans in the public sector, but private employers have been hesitant to favor veterans because of provisions in federal law that prohibit discrimination in hiring. An exception to the federal law, however, allows preferences for veterans if they are authorized under federal, state, or local law. An eligible veteran is a veteran of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and the military reserves, who has received an honorable discharge or a certificate of satisfactory completion of military service.

A copy of the legislation may be found by clicking here.

 

Enterprise Car Sales is honoring Military Appreciation Month

During the month of November, Enterprise Car Sales is honoring Military Appreciation Month with a very special offer!

In honor of Veterans Day this November, all active United States military members, veterans and dependents, will have a FIRESTONE PREPAID MAINTENANCE PACKAGE VALUED AT $300 included in their used vehicle purchase from Enterprise Car Sales. Redeemable at any Firestone, Tires Plus, and affiliate locations.

This offer is valid nationwide at more than 120 Enterprise Car Sales dealerships. In the Washington, DC area, we have dealerships located in Rockville, Woodbridge, New Carrollton, and Marlow Heights. Search pricing, inventory, and locations at www.enterprisecarsales.com. See offer details below or at www.enterprisecarsales.com/thankyou.

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1: 1Offer applies to all active United States military members, veterans and dependents. Prepaid Maintenance Package will be in the form of a $300 Firestone Complete Auto CareTM gift card, which will be issued within 60 business days after purchase of vehicle. Offer valid only on Enterprise vehicles purchased 11/1/16 – 11/30/16. To receive the offer, active and veteran military personnel must present one of the following: Common Access Card, Uniformed Services ID Card, DD Form 214 / Report of Separation papers, or state-issued ID reflecting military status. Dependents of active military personnel must present a valid Uniformed Services ID Card. Offer void when 7-Day Repurchase Agreement is activated. No cash advances. Not valid on previous purchases. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

2: Gift card will be honored at all Firestone Complete Auto CareTM, Tires PlusTM and Hibdon Tires PlusTM locations. Not valid in CA and OR. Gift card expires 12/31/18. No card expiration in WA. Used vehicles were previously part of Enterprise short-term rental and/or lease fleet or purchased by Enterprise from other sources including auto auctions, with previous use possibly short term rental, lease or other.

Photo for illustration purposes only. The “e” logo, Enterprise and “Haggle-free buying. Worry-free ownership.” are trademarks of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Firestone and Firestone Complete Auto Care are registered trademarks of Bridgestone Brands, LLC. Tires Plus and Hibdon Tires Plus are trademarks of Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2016 Enterprise Car Sales. Visit enterprisecarsales.com for more details.

Stars, Stripes, and Snowflakes Holiday Party

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Blue Star Families invites you to attend
the Stars, Stripes, and Snowflakes Holiday Party!

Sunday, December 4, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 PM

Spates Community Club
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
214 McNair Road, Bldg. 407
Fort Myer, VA


Stars, Stripes, and Snowflakes is a special time for us to recognize and celebrate our military families with a special visit with Santa, activities for the whole family, raffle prizes for the adults, and gifts for the children.

This event is for Wounded Warriors and service members
(E-6 and below) and their family members.

We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

This event is brought to you by Blue Star Families and is one of the numerous benefits you receive as a member. Please use the forward option below to share with anyone you know that would enjoy these benefits as well. 

8th Annual Tribute to America’s Veterans Concert

The Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs is in collaboration with the Silver Spring Towne Center in sponsoring this event.  Once again this year, the Walter Reed Society is significantly supporting this event. We hope that there will be a great turnout.  Please see in email below more information about the event.  Morton Davis, Korean War Veteran will be keynote speaker.  There will be a tribute in memory of Fred Cherry, POW, Vietnam War.

Join us for the 8th Annual Tribute to America’s Veterans Concert Thursday, November 10th at 6pm in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building. Along with saluting our Vets, this year’s event celebrates music and dance of the Korean War Era. You will not want to miss this evening of 50’s swing music and dance with the Natty Beaux!

The Natty Beaux (pronounced nat-tee bohs) are a swingin’ jump-blues/rockabilly band and 10-time winners of  Washington Area Music (WAMMIE) Awards. This fun-lovin’, finger-snappin’, hoppin’ and boppin’ combo featuring musicians from some of the Mid-Atlantic region’s finest groups including: Billy Coulter BandThe Junkyard SaintsAlexandria Kleztet and more. Folks just can’t sit still when they hear ’em play toe-tappin’ mid-century classics from Louis Prima, Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Bobby Darin, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Gene Vincent, Nat King Cole, Jerry Lee Lewis and other greats.
This event is not to be missed! Free and everyone welcome!
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Help NC Veterans after Hurricane Matthew

Looking for a way to help veterans and families in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew?? America Legion Post 41, Silver Spring, MD has coordinated with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of NC and is launching “Operation Lumberton Vet Support” to assist.

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Ride Allegheny Sets Off to Raise Money for Veterans

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For Immediate Release                                     September 29, 2016

Contacts: Clark Wagner (301.512.5337) and Tim Sanders (949.391.0132)

Ride Allegheny celebrates $2 million in funds raised for veterans’ charity

Helping Operation Second Chance to provide emergency assistance to wounded, injured, and ill combat veterans.

PITTSBURGH, PA- On September, 29th over 100 bicyclists will begin a 4 day, 310 mile, journey from Pittsburgh, PA to Gaithersburg, MD, raising money for wounded veterans.  The group is Ride Allegheny, and their mission for the past 12 years has been to fundraise for the non-profit organization Operation Second Chance and to help our nation’s wounded heroes.  This year, however, marks a milestone for these dedicated cyclists, having brought in over $2 million dollars for the veteran service organization since 2005.

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Cindy McGrew (second from right), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance, and Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny (right) discuss this year’s ride on WUSA9, Great Day.

Because of Ride Allegheny’s continued support, Operation Second Chance has been able to provide emergency financial assistance to thousands of wounded veterans throughout the United States.  During a time of great strain within the Department of Veteran Affairs, it’s organizations like Operation Second Chance who bridge the gap for these brave veterans until they are able to receive their retirement benefits.  “Some of these wounded heroes are waiting up to 9 months before they receive their first retirement check,” says Cindy McGrew, President and Founder of Operation Second Chance.  “While they are waiting, unable to work because of their injuries, many veterans find themselves facing eviction or utility cut off.  That is where Operation Second Chance comes in – and we wouldn’t be able to provide for them without great partners like Ride Allegheny.

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Cindy McGrew (left), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance and Ride Allegheny’s Marketing Coordinator, Peter Hinz (right) cross the finish line in 2015 at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, MD.

“We ride because of the [veteran’s] sacrifices,” Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny said.  “When we heard about this non-profit supporting veterans in our area, we knew we had to partner with them and raise money for their cause; twelve years, and $2 million later, we couldn’t be happier with all that we have accomplished together,” he continued.

On September 29, 2016 the riders will meet in Pittsburgh to start the first 69 mile leg of their journey to Ohiopyle, PA; the four day ride will eventually lead them through 23 towns and cities until they reach the finish line in Gaithersburg, MD.

 

To learn more about Ride Allegheny, you can view their website at RideAllegheny.org or contact Clark Wagner at clarkwags@gmail.com for additional information. If you are interested in learning more about the non-profit they support, or ways that you can help our nation’s wounded heroes, go to OperationSecondChance.org.

Ride Allegheny Crosses the Finish Line with $2 Million Donated to Veterans

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For Immediate Release                                     October 2, 2016

Contacts: Clark Wagner (301.512.5337) and Tim Sanders (949.391.0132)

Ride Allegheny celebrates $2 million in funds raised for veterans’ charity

Helping Operation Second Chance to provide emergency assistance to wounded, injured, and ill combat veterans.

GAITHERSBURG, MD        – On October 2, 2016 over 100 bicyclists will cross the finish line after a 4 day, 310 mile, bicycle ride from Pittsburgh, PA to Gaithersburg, MD raising money for wounded veterans.  The group is Ride Allegheny, and their mission for the past 12 years has been to fundraise for the non-profit organization Operation Second Chance and to help our nation’s wounded heroes.  This year, however, marks a milestone for these dedicated cyclists, having brought in over $2 million dollars for the veteran service organization since 2005.

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Cindy McGrew (second from right), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance, and Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny (right) discuss this year’s ride on WUSA9, Great Day.

Because of Ride Allegheny’s continued support, Operation Second Chance has been able to provide emergency financial assistance to thousands of wounded veterans throughout the United States.  During a time of great strain within the Department of Veteran Affairs, it’s organizations like Operation Second Chance who bridge the gap for these brave veterans until they are able to receive their retirement benefits.  “Some of these wounded heroes are waiting up to 9 months before they receive their first retirement check,” says Cindy McGrew, President and Founder of Operation Second Chance.  “While they are waiting, unable to work because of their injuries, many veterans find themselves facing eviction or utility cut off.  That is where Operation Second Chance comes in – and we wouldn’t be able to provide for them without great partners like Ride Allegheny.

“We ride because of the [veteran’s] sacrifices,” Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny said.  “When we heard about this non-profit supporting veterans in our area, we knew we had to partner with them and raise money for their cause; twelve years, and $2 million later, we couldn’t be happier with all that we have accomplished together,” he continued.

RA15_Day 04:  Cindy + Pete cross the finish line @ Smokey Glen Farms
Cindy McGrew (left), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance and Ride Allegheny’s Marketing Coordinator, Peter Hinz (right) cross the finish line in 2015 at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, MD.

On September 29, 2016 the riders will meet in Pittsburgh to start the first 69 mile leg of their journey to Ohiopyle, PA; the four day ride will eventually lead them through 23 towns and cities until they reach the finish line in Gaithersburg, MD.

To learn more about Ride Allegheny, you can view their website at RideAllegheny.org or contact Clark Wagner at clarkwags@gmail.com for additional information.   If you are interested in learning more about the non-profit they support, or ways that you can help our nation’s wounded heroes, go to OperationSecondChance.org.

 

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