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Student Veterans of America Scholarships

Jan 17 2014

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CapandBooksStudent Veterans of America (SVA) announced the launch of three new scholarships made possible through partnerships with premier national and global corporations. As part of their commitment to veteran success, these leading companies have teamed up with SVA to help alleviate the financial burden shouldered by many veterans in higher education.

Find out if you’re eligible to apply, and start reaching for your educational goals:

  • The Rockwell Collins-SVA Wounded Veteran Scholarship will award five (5) scholarships to wounded student veterans in the amount of $5,000 each.Deadline is February 28, 2014.  
  • The SVA-NBCUniversal Scholarship will award two (2) $12,000 scholarships to veterans pursuing degrees in film, television, media, or communications. Deadline is March 14, 2014.
  • The Disney-SVA Scholarship will award three (3) scholarships at $10,000 each to student veterans pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).  Deadline is April 01, 2014.

And for another educational assistance option, check out You’ll find information on MOAA’s interest-free loans and grants. But hurry, the deadline to apply for the 2014-2015 school year is March 3 at noon EST!


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National Veterans Retention Work Survey Launched

Jan 15 2014

Red pencil and questionnaireThe fact that many veterans ultimately leave their initial post-military job is well known, but the reasons behind this attrition and the ways employers can best increase retention have yet to be quantified. In order to gather the necessary data, VetAdvisor® and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) today launched a nationwide Veterans Job Retention Survey.

The Veterans Job Retention Survey focuses on determining the reasons why veterans leave their initial post-military jobs. Because this data has not been previously captured, the survey will provide insight into how organizations can best structure their veteran-centric employee programs. All interested veterans and service members are encouraged to participate in the survey.

The Veterans Job Retention Work Survey will be conducted online at with a goal of recruiting 5,000 participants.

Read the full press release, “National Veterans Retention Work Survey Launched; IVMF and VetAdvisor® Partner to Gather Retention Data” for more information on the survey and partnership.

MOAA partnered with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) to conduct a study last fall on military spouse employment issues. The results of that study are set to be announced at the end of February. Visit for more information and survey results as they’re released.


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GWOT vets, significant others sought for study

Dec 20 2013

Warren Ponder, a combat infantryman who deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) from July 3, 2006 to Sept. 18, 2007, seeks participants in a study that examines how couples communicate during a combat separation and the impact on stateside readjustment. Results from Ponder’s study will be published in his dissertation.

If you are a GWOT vet with deployment experience who is currently in the same relationship as you were in during deployment, he would appreciate your participation. (Currently deployed service members are not eligible.)

Both veterans and significant others are encouraged to participate.

This study has been approved by the University of Texas at Arlington Institutional Review Board.

Please complete the survey by January 1st in order to have your responses included.

If you wish to participate the links are below and if you have any questions please contact the researcher at




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Friday Fun: Returning Troops Meet Their New Babies

Nov 22 2013

Because it’s Friday, and because we love homecoming videos, we thought we’d share this one of troops returning home and meeting their newborns for the first time.

While ideally no parent would miss the birth of their child, the resilience that these troops and their spouses embody is so beautiful we just had to post. Enjoy!

Video via HoopLa:

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Real Warriors: Psychological Strength is Just as Important as Physical Strength

Oct 30 2013

Real WarriorsOur friends at the Real Warriors campaign have been doing great work creating resources for servicemembers, veterans, and their families to use when dealing with emotional or psychological issues.

Now they’re making sure our warriors know that these tools exist and that they have access to them any time of day – and that it’s just as important to be psychologically strong as it is to be physically strong.

Warriors train their bodies to build physical strength and resilience. To be at peak performance, though, it is equally important to use available tools and resources to build and maintain psychological strength, as warriors and their family members explain in this profile.

If you are a Real Warrior and would like to share your story with the Real Warriors Campaign, please e-mail:

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