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July 27, 2013 at 2:49pm

Today In Giant Checks: USO Northwest receives big love

The USO Northwest is so happy it doesn't mind sending out press releases on a beautiful sunny Pacific Northwest Saturday:

The USO Northwest was granted $335 thousand from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound. The funds are directed toward the construction of a new USONW Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Center. The new 7,000 square-foot center, designed to accommodate the 10,000 local and traveling military personnel, will cost $1.7 million.


Filed under: Benefit, Business,

June 24, 2013 at 2:57pm

State attorneys general against predatory lenders to military

Thirteen state attorneys general have something to say to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel concerning storefront predatory lenders and their evil triple digit annual percentage rates. Below is a letter co-signed by 13 state attorneys general - including Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson - to Hagel warning against predatory lenders who evade the interest rate cap on loans to military servicemembers. The letter calls for strengthening consumer protections under the Military Lending Act.


Filed under: Policy/Politics, Business,

April 3, 2012 at 2:42pm

Overcome spouse job search fears in 5 easy steps

From Every day I work with military spouses just like you who are looking for a job.  Over time,  I've come to think that spouse job search fears really have something to do with how often you have to look for work.  If you were not a military spouse, looking for a job would be less frequent and it would be on your own terms.  Yet when it comes to a military spouse's career, everything is on everyone else's terms.  It's like the world is saying, "Do it again.  Do it in a different area.  You need to learn something else new.  And, oh, by the way, we need to pay the bills, too.  So hurry up."

No wonder we all have some spouse job search fears.  I know that military spouses do have challenges.   Just like any other challenge in your life, a few specific strategies will help you get over it and get on with it.  Here are some tips that work for my clients:

  1.  Set an "At This Base" goal.  Your long-term goal may be to have a master's degree.  But your reality is that you won't be at an installation long enough to complete that degree.  If you know you will live there for two years, two years is long enough to complete an associate's degree.  Completing an associate's degree at this base now becomes the "at this base goal".  The same thing works for your career.  You may have a goal to be the supervisor of all counselors in county schools.  Two years isn't long enough to reach that goal.  So set a goal of being the most innovative school counselor in the county for the next two years.

For the rest of the steps, click here.

April 8, 2011 at 2:50pm

RecruitMilitary to host job fair in Tacoma May 5

RecruitMilitary, a military-to-civilian recruiting firm, will present a free civilian employment, business-opportunity, and education event for job seekers who have military backgrounds at Hotel Murano in Tacoma on Thursday, May 5.

U.S. Bank will sponsor the event. RecruitMilitary is inviting veterans who already have civilian work experience, men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, members of the National Guard and reserves, military spouses, and other military family members. The event, called the RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo, will take place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

RecruitMilitary and U.S. Bank expect more than 35 employers, franchisors, and educational institutions to reserve exhibitor booths at the Expo. Already signed up are Argosy University, the Army National Guard, Army ROTC-Pacific Lutheran University, AutoNation, CruiseOne/Cruises Inc., DeVry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, First Command Financial Planning, G4S Secure Solutions (USA), General Dynamics Information Technology, Grand Canyon University, ICDC College, ITTTechnical Institute, Kaplan University, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Military Sealift Command, MultiCare Health System, the National Veterans Employment Program (NVEP) of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, New York Life, Northrop Grumman, Schnitzer Steel, The Art Institutes, The Home Depot, 20/20 Companies,USAA, VA Puget Sound Health Care Systems, Verizon Wireless, the Washington Army National Guard, Waste Management Inc., and Zones.

RecruitMilitary ( will produce the Expo in cooperation with The American Legion (, an association of veterans who served during times of war. The Legion has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts throughout the world. Congress chartered and incorporated the association in 1919.

Filed under: Business, Veterans, Tacoma,

March 28, 2011 at 8:04am

JBLM's AUSA wins many awards for 6th Region

It's a big year for the Capt. Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army.  In the upcoming awards for AUSA's 6th Region, which covers AUSA chapters in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and North and Central California, the JBLM chapter took nine awards, including one for CSM Matt Barnes, JBLM's garrison sergeant major.

The Sixth Region Annual Meeting and Symposium, hosted by the MG William F Dean Chapter, is April 28-30. Award recipients will be formally recognized at the banquet on April 30. The recipients of the awards include:

General of the Armies John J. Pershing Distinguished Service Award


Major General John A. Hemphill Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Region


Sergeant Patrick Gass Award for Excellence

   CSM Matthew Douglas Barnes, Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter

Sixth Region Exceptional Civilian Service Award

   Mr. Michael Hayes, Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter (Mr. Hayes will be Region's nominee for national award consideration)

   Mr. Richard L. Fielder, MG William F. Dean Chapter

1LT Erik S. McCrea Memorial Award

   CPT Brian Forester, Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter

WO1 Adrian B. Stump Memorial Award

   CW4 Jeffery Heil, Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter

Sixth Region President's Medal

   SFC(R) Thomas David Clanton, Stilwell Chapter

   MG(R) Kent H. Hillhouse, Silicon Valley Chapter

   Mrs. Linda Johnston, Columbia River Chapter

   LTC(R) Scott W. Maryott, General William C. Westmoreland Chapter

   CW5 Lorie E. Noble, Mission Trails Chapter

   Mr. Ken Swarner, Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter

Sixth Region Certificate of Commendation


Sixth Region Award for Outstanding Cooperative Success

   Columbia River Chapter

   PFC William Kenzo Nakamura Chapter

Sixth Region Award for Outstanding Recruiting Support

   Columbia River Chapter

Brigadier General Alex R. Cunningham Award


Sixth Region President's Award for Outstanding Chapter Achievement


Sixth Region Distinguished Unit Commendation

   3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd ID, Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter 

   4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd ID, Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter

   17th Field Artillery Brigade, Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter

Sixth Region Meritorious Unit Commendation

   Golden Bear ROTC Battalion, UC Berkeley, MG William F. Dean Chapter

   Sacramento Recruiting Battalion, MG William F. Dean Chapter

   Washington State Guard, PFC William Kenzo Nakamura Chapter

Sixth Region Exceptional Contributions Award

   Mr. Brice Barrett, Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, Columbia River Chapter

Sixth Region Public Service Award

   Ranger Newspaper, Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter

   Mrs. Mary Valderrama, Silicon Valley Chapter

Sixth Region Certificate of Commendation

CW3 Peter J.B. Lawrence, U.S. Army Retired, PFC William Kenzo Nakamura Chapter 

CDR Don Morris, Mission Trails Chapter

CSM Bruce E. Proctor,U.S. Army RetiredPFC William Kenzo Nakamura Chapter

LTC Alexander A. Thole, USAR Retired, PFC William Kenzo Nakamura Chapter 

COL Robert L. Windus, U.S. Army Retired, Columbia River Chapter

Sixth Region Certificate of Appreciation

Oakes Dental, Columbia River Chapter

Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, Columbia River Chapter

Portland Recruiting Battalion, Columbia River Chapter

Sheron Dental, Columbia River Chapter

Filed under: Business,

February 3, 2011 at 2:39pm

Veterans career day event is Saturday at Quest Field

Hire America's Heroes' Veterans Career Day is coming up Saturday, Feb 5. The event will be held at Qwest Field's West Club Lounge — a 15,000 sq ft, fully carpeted exhibit area with space for 60+ corporations and room for over 1,000 job-seeking veterans in attendance.

The morning program will provide value to corporations interested in hiring veterans. Representatives from military, government and corporate leadership - all committed to veteran employment - will participate.

The Career Day is differentiated from a typical job fair by its emphasis on networking and career preparation in addition to specific employment opportunities. Career Coaches at Resume Review Kiosks around the event area will help Job-Seeking veterans optimize their resumes for the corporate workforce. Many of these Career Coaches are former military service members themselves, now successfully employed in some of the Puget Sound Area's largest corporations.

Three categories of Career Day participants are invited to register for the event at For more information please visit Hire America's Heroes website at

Exhibitors include Alaska Airlines, Allied Waste,, Amtrak, Boeing, Boots to Shoes, Comcast, Fluke Companies, Fred Meyer, IBM Global Services, Institute for Systems Biology, Microsoft, PATH (a catalyst in global health,) Port of Seattle, Puget Sound Energy, REI, Robert Half Finance & Accounting, Starbucks Coffee Company, TLG Learning, T-Mobile, Volt Workforce Solutions, Walgreens, WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, Weyerhaeuser Company, WorkSource King County and Zones.

Filed under: Business, Education,

November 29, 2010 at 11:26am

Pay freeze doesn't include military personnel

This from The Los Angeles Times: WASHINGTON - President Obama announced Monday that he wants to freeze pay for federal employees for the next two years, a move his team says would save more than $5 billion through 2012.

"The hard truth is, getting this budget under control is going to require some broad sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be shared by employees of the federal government," the president said. "After all, small businesses and families are tightening their belts.... Their government should, too."

The freeze would not apply to military personnel but to all other civilian employees on the federal payroll. Congress would have to approve the proposal in order for it to take effect.

The plan is part of Obama's effort to contain the $1.3-trillion federal deficit, and will be followed by more proposals for spending reductions over the next few months, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said Monday morning.

For more on the story, click here.

Filed under: Business, News To Us,

October 20, 2010 at 3:30pm

Goodwill hosts job fair for young adults

A job fair for young adults with employers such as Nordstrom, Safeway and Emerald Queen Casino will take place Oct. 21, 3-5:30 p.m. inside Tacoma Goodwill's new Milgard Work Opportunity Center, 714 S. 27th St., Tacoma.

The event is free and open to the public and focused on those age 16-24. REACH, a partnership of nearly two dozen local organizations, will host the event. For information, contact REACH Peer Advocate Becky Plant at (253)573-7592 or online at

Employers and agencies scheduled include: Nordstrom, city of Tacoma, Safeway, Emerald Queen Casino, Volt, TacomaCommunity College, Commercial Driver Services Inc., the National Guard, Continuant, Job Corps and JCS. As many as 20 employers and agencies are expected.

REACH, Resources for Education And Career Help, is a separate agency from Goodwill and provides workforce development services for young adults 16-24. REACH is located on the first two floors of the Milgard Center.

Filed under: Business, News To Us,

September 28, 2010 at 3:37pm

Fannie Mae offers aid to military families

WASHINGTON - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae plans to give military families a break on their home loan payments if they are struggling because of the death or injury of a servicemember.

The Washington-based company says it will reduce or suspend borrowers' monthly payments up to six months. Fannie Mae is the largest buyer and backer of U.S. home mortgages, owning or guaranteeing about $3.2 trillion in home loans.

Fannie Mae also says it would suspend reporting to credit bureaus for up to six months to minimize the impact on the borrower's credit score.

To determine whether they are eligible, military members or their surviving spouses should contact their mortgage company. Or, they can call a special military phone number: 1-877-MIL-4566.

Filed under: Business, News To Us,

April 12, 2010 at 10:51am

Guard hosts career expo Tuesday

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. — The Washington National Guard hosts a career expo and resource fair for veterans and family members from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Building 33 on Camp Murray on Tuesday, April 13.

The Washington National Guard is partnering with and the Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) to host this free event.  The goal is to put veterans and family members in contact with employers seeking applicants with military training and experience.

The career expo and resource fair will feature an Apprentice Corner, resume reviews and tips and a chance to brush up on interviewing skills with experts.  Attendees without military identification and tabs will need to show the Camp Murray gate guard their driver's license, proof of insurance and registration.  

The Washington National Guard strives to bring a broad range of services and support to our service members and their families.  Our "J9" Directorate is responsible for Deployment Cycle Support and Reintegration (Yellow Ribbon)Programs, Veterans Transition Assistance, the Family Programs Office, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Coordinator, Suicide Prevention,Chaplain, the Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) office, and the Director of Psychological Health.

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