The law that enacted the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) was signed on November 21, 2011 giving up to 99,000 unemployed Veterans who do not have any VA educational benefits an additional 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill benefits ($1,564/month) for training towards a high demand occupation. We began accepting applications on May 15, 2012, less than 6 months after enactment. Every Veteran who is given a Certificate of Eligibility is contacted by our partners in the Department of Labor to assist them with their employment goals.
As of late this week, we have received over 94,000 applications, and have approved 77,000 Certificates of Eligibility – all good news. However, just over 27,000 of those eligible have begun using their benefit. I have two ‘asks’.
- Please continue to get the word out on this wonderful program, we continually update our website www.benefits.va.gov/VOW.
- Encourage those Veterans who have been accepted to use their benefit, or turn them in if they do not plan to use them.
Please help us get that word out. We do not want any of the 99,000 slots to go unused. The program is only two years long. By law we can only accept applications until September 30, 2013, and the last payment can be made through March 31, 2014. VRAP participants that do not enroll in school by March of this year will not be able to receive a full 12 months of training. The urgency should be conveyed- apply, use the benefit as soon as feasible, or, notify us to cancel the Certificate of Eligibility so that another Vet can potentially use the benefit.
Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
1800 G Street, NW, Suite 510 – Mail Stop 20E
Washington, DC 20420
|Events||07/26/2014 6th Annual Escort - VA Hospital to Gorgas Park - Warriors Watch Posting - It's almost time to escort the Veterans bus again !!!! The 21st Ward Veterans Association will be hosting the sixth annual “Hospitalized Veterans Tribute” on Saturday July 26, 2014. The event will run from 10 am until 3 pm and will be located in Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. 19128. Departure from the hospital will be 9:00 am. The veterans from Coatesville VA Medical Center will be arriving around 10:00 am and departing at 2 pm. Rally Time : 08:30 Rally Place : VA Hospital 1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd. Coatesville Pa 19320 KSU: 09:00 Posted at http://www.warriorswatch.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=528 Location: VA Hospital, 1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd, Coatesville, PA||07/26/2014 2nd Annual Vetstock Poker Run - Legion Riders - Sponsored by Hosted by Molly Pitcher post 434 American Legion Riders. The ride starts at Starts American Legion post 434, 11 Sanford Street in Manalapan. Registration is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The ride fee is $15.00 for the rider and $10.00 for a passenger. The 78 mile ride ends with a concert, bike show, and more. All proceeds go to The Brennan Foundation and local veterans. For more information call (908) 907-4427 Location: American Legion Manalapan, 11 Sanford Street , Manalapan, NJ||07/26/2014 American Heroes Poker Run, Bike Blessing & Party - Benefits Wounded Warrior Project - Cigar Alley's 1st Annual Poker Run and Party. Registration Cigar Alley, 17 S. Centre St., Merchantville, NJ. 10am. Bike Blessing 10:30am. KSU 11am. Stops include Hot Diggidy Dog, Pic-a-Lily, VFW Marlton, American Legion Cherry Hill and ends at Cigar Alley for Party! DJ Music, Food, Vendors, 50/50, Cigars, Cash Prize for best poker hand. $20 per rider, $10 per passenger. Non Poker Run participants are welcome to the after Party, $10 donation. Rain Date is Sunday, July 27th. To PRE-REGISTER call 856-663-9190 or email email@example.com Location: Cigar Alley, 17 S. Centre St, Merchantville, NJ||07/26/2014 Call of Duty ! Evolution of American Soldier over 200+ years - Call of Duty! Honoring the US Soldier throughout time. Come see how the American Soldier has evolved over the last 200+ years. See and talk with soldiers representing the Revolutionary War right up to those serving today. Saturday, July 26th. 10am - 5pm at Greate Egg harbour Township Historical Society Museum, 6647 W. Jersey Ave., Egg Harbor Township NJ. For more informaton firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-813-2002 Location: Greate Egg Harbor Historical Society, 6647 W. Jersey Ave, Egg harbor, NJ||07/26/2014 Semper Marine Detachment #205 6th Annual Poker Run - Event Name: Semper Marine Detachment #205 6th Annual Poker Run Date Start: July 26, 2014 Date End: Time: 10:00-12:00 registration Event Host: Semper Marine detachment Description: Poker Run. $20.00 per rider $10.00 per passenger. $200.00 cash prize best hand. Door prizes. Raffles. Food included. Rain date July 27,2014 Location/Address: 2041 West Landis Ave City, State, Zip: Vineland , NJ 08360 Contact: Rusty Hughes Phone: 609-226-0038 Email: Hog1000@aol.com Location: Poker Run, 2041 West Landis Ave, Vineland, NJ||07/26/2014 AMVETS Post 101 Ladies Aux Hoagie Sale - Ladies Auxiliary Hoagie Sale American or Turkey $5.00 11 AM until they are gone. Location: AmVets Post 101, 519 June Road, Delair, NJ, 08110, NJ||07/26/2014 Ribs Cook-Out - VFW - Join us for our Ribs Cookout from 2pm - 6pm. DJ, Ribs, Draft Beer and Soda. Donation in advance $25. At door $30. Location: VFW 3020, 1125 Fairview St, Delran, NJ||07/27/2014 FOP Phila - Irish Pub Tour De Shore||07/27/2014 Christmas in July Toy Run - Centurions - Christmas in July Toy Run. Starts at the Phila. Police Academy, 8501 State Rd., Phila. $20 pp/ $30 per couple. Inclusdes breakfast 8:30am - 10:30am. KSU at 11am. Goes to Shriiners Hospital for Children. Your admission includes; Reception after the Run from 12nooon - 4pm. BBQ, Draft Beer, Cash bar/bike games, DJ Music at the Ukrainian Club, 847 N. Franklin St, Phila. More info call Frank at 267-228-0804. or visit website www.centurionsmc.org Location: Phila Police Academy, 8501 State Rd, Philadelphia, PA||07/28/2014 Hiring our Heroes at JB MDL - Join us Monday, July 28, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a job fair Job Fair proudly hosted in conjunction with the 316th Army Reserve Operation Warrior Program for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses at the Navy Hanger, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 64, 3370 Wonnacott Ave, Joint Base MDL, NJ 08641. Employment workshops aimed at helping veterans and transitioning service members leverage military experience to achieve civilian career goals will be held at 9 am, 11 am, and 1 pm. Event Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Hiring Fair 9:00 a.m. Employment Workshop 11:00 a.m. Employment Workshop 1:00 p.m. Employment Workshop Registration Job Seekers, Employers, and Service Organizations: Click here to register.. If you have any other questions, please visit our FAQ page or email us at email@example.com. University of Phoenix Employment Workshop The University of Phoenix employment workshop consists of a classroom session beginning an hour and a half prior to the hiring fair. This will be followed one-on-one mentoring sessions with all pre-registered and walk-in participants to be conducted throughout the day. Mentoring sessions focus on resume building, resume writing, and interviewing techniques for all job-seeking veterans and service member participants. Interested candidates must complete the FREE electronic pre-registration in order to participate. A maximum of 50 participants will be accepted for the full workshop. Once the pre-registered candidates have their coaching sessions, the opportunity may be available for “walk ins” to have a coaching session through the end of the Fair (depending on availability). Must register as a jobseeker above Location: Navy Hanger, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 64, 3370 Wonnacott Ave, Joint Base MDL, NJ||07/30/2014 Hiring our Heroes - Butler, PA - Join us July 30, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a job fair for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses at the VA Butler Health Care Center, 325 New Castle Road, Butler, PA 16001.Event Schedule:Hiring Fair: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Registration- Job Seekers, Employers, and Service Organizations: Click here to register. Hiring Our Heroes Federal Sector Employment Workshop The Hiring Our Heroes federal employment workshop will be conducted by a highly certified and accredited Federal Career Coach and Job Search Trainer. The workshop will begin with an overview of the federal job market, recent trends, and how the market lends itself to the military community. Following the introduction the workshop will cover how to successfully apply for federal employment options, how to navigate federal job sites, and cover how to properly draft a federal resume. This federal workshop is for full/partime, temporary/seasonal and contract federal job opportunities for all job-seeking veterans, service members, and military spouses looking to match their lifestyle and income expectations. Location: VA Butler Health Care Center, 325 New Castle Road, Butler, PA||08/01/2014 Hiring our Heroes at JB MDL - Join us Friday, August 1, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a job fair Job Fair proudly hosted in conjunction with the 316th Army Reserve Operation Warrior Program for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses at the Navy Hanger, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 64, 3370 Wonnacott Ave, Joint Base MDL, NJ 08641. Employment workshops aimed at helping veterans and transitioning service members leverage military experience to achieve civilian career goals will be held at 9 am, 11 am, and 1 pm. Event Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Hiring Fair 9:00 a.m. Employment Workshop 11:00 a.m. Employment Workshop 1:00 p.m. Employment Workshop Registration Job Seekers, Employers, and Service Organizations: Click here to register. Hiring Our Heroes Employment Workshop The Hiring Our Heroes employment workshop consists of a classroom session beginning an hour and a half prior to the hiring fair. This will be followed one-on-one mentoring sessions with all pre-registered and walk-in participants to be conducted throughout the day. Mentoring sessions focus on resume building, resume writing, and interviewing techniques for all job-seeking veterans and service member participants. Interested candidates must complete the FREE electronic pre-registration in order to participate. A maximum of 50 participants will be accepted for the full workshop. Once the pre-registered candidates have their coaching sessions, the opportunity may be available for “walk ins” to have a coaching session through the end of the Fair (depending on availability). ► Must register as a jobseeker above. Location: Navy Hanger, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 64, 3370 Wonnacott Ave, Joint Base MDL, NJ||08/02/2014 Riversharks vs Patriots - Fireworks - benefits MCLEF - Join Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation at Campbells Field! Riversharks vs. Patriot, Saturday, August 2nd 2014. 7:05pm. Come out to Campbell's Field to support Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation and see the Sharks take on the Patriots. Enjoy a fun night out with family and friends including post-game fireworks and kids run the bases on Philadelphia Night at Campbells Field! Tickets only $11 ($1.25 processing fee per ticket). $5 of each ticket will be donated to Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. Ticket sales end at 5pm on August 1st. Questions? Contact Chuck Keller 856-963-2600 ext 108. firstname.lastname@example.org . www.riversharks.com Log onto www.riversharks.com and select "Riversharks Fundraising Log-In" on the right hand side. 2. Enter your groups unique code "MarineCorpsLaw" 3. Select "Buy" 4. Choose your seats and complete your order. 5. Root for the Riversharks To download / view / print flyer click here Location: Riversharks Stadium, 401 Delaware Avenue , Camden, NJ||08/04/2014 South Jersey Vietnam Veterans Blood Drive! - Please come out to donate at the South Jersey Vietnam Veterans Blood Drive! Monday, August 4, 2014 2pm-7pm Glassboro VFW Click Here to schedule an appointment http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-sponsor?field_sponsor_code_value=SJ%20veterans&date%5Bmin%5D%5Bdate%5D=&date%5Bmax%5D%5Bdate%5D= Location: VFW Glassboro, 275 Wilmer, Glassboro, NJ||08/09/2014 4th Annual Ride for Wishes and Make a Wish Carnival - Sponsored by Moyers Grove Campground -The ride meets at Moyers Grove Campground, 309 Moyers Grove Rd. in Wapwallopen. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the motorcycles go out at 11:30 am. The fee us $15.00 for a rider, $5.00 for a passenger and includes a food voucher. The ride is approximately 70 miles. The ride ends with a carnival, food, games, raffles, live bands and vendors. The ride is in memory of Robert Hippie Visakay, AF1. All the proceeds benefit Make A Wish. For more information call (570) 379-3375, or go to http://www.moyersgrovecg.com. Location: Moyers Grove Campground, 309 Moyers Grove Rd, Wapwallopen, PA||08/10/2014 Poker Run to Benefit Graduating EMT's, Firefighters and BRHS students - Start Time 9:00am-11:00am Hope Hose Humane Fire Company 150 West Burlington Street Bordentown, NJ 08505 End: 12:00pm-4:00pm Cool Cricket 216 4th Street Fieldsboro, NJ 08505 All modes of transportation $10 per hand $5. per passanger Best Hand Wins $100. Ride not required, play full hand at Cool Cricket Prized will be awarded at 3:00pm All Donations to Benefit Graduating EMT's, Firefighters and BRHS students Door Prizes, Food, Vendors, Band/DJ Location: Hope Hose Humane, 150 West Burlington Street, Bordentown, New Jersey, 08505||08/11/2014 - 08/18/2014 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games 2014 - Philadelphia, Moorestown, Maple Shade & Berlin - OVERVIEW, VOLUNTEER, SPONSORSHIP, FORMS - 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games 2014 August 12—17, 2014 Philadelphia * Moorestown * Maple Shade * Berlin This event will require more than 2,500 volunteers. Please help where you can! WHAT YOU WILL FIND HERE: Overview / Sponsorship Info / Volunteer Info & Application / Schedule of Events & Games /Contact Info To download/print this posting, which includes forms, click here. The Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America are co-presenting the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Over 600 athletes from around the United States and Great Britain will be participating. The first National Veterans Wheelchair Games were held in 1981 at the VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA. That year, 74 veterans from 14 states competed in sports ranging from table tennis and billiards, to swimming and weightlifting. Those first games established an enduring trait that has characterized the event ever since. The now 600+ veterans who choose to compete demonstrate the continued popularity. Competitive events at the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games include air guns, archery, basketball, bowling, field events, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine-ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. This information has been gathered/condensed from the VA and PVA websites and Volunteer mtg handouts on 3/23.SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Click here to view Sponsorship Levels. If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor, click here to download/print the Sponsorship Commitment Form. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: This event will require more than 2,500 volunteers. There are many opportunities ranging from sporting events, greeters and assistance at the airport and dozens of other critical jobs to make the event run smoothly. The minimum volunteer age is 14 years old. However, individuals younger than 14 can join the “fans in the stands” and cheer on our athletes to victory. On the volunteer application, you can choose which games/events you wish to help with, different time slots, different duty choices and special skills. The following is an example of some of the choices you are given on the Volunteer application. To Fill Out the ONLINE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION, click here. To Download/Print the Volunteer Application, click here. You will need to send your application in via regular mail this way. Send it to PVAMC, Voluntary Service (135), 3900 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104 VOLUNTEER DEADLINE DATE is JUNE 15, 2014. CONTACTS: Host Coordinator: - Bethany Purdue - 215- 823-5200 or Bethany.Purdue@va.gov Volunteer Coordinator: - Melissa Heinlein - 215-823-7800 or NVWGPhillyVolunteer@va.gov Sponsorship/Fundraising - Amy Scarano, 215-823-5945 or Amy.Scarano@va.gov Schedule of Events/Games for 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games 2014 Philadelphia * Moorestown * Maple Shade * Berlin Marriott Hotel, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-625-2900 Philadelphia Convention Center, 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Moorestown High School, 350 Bridgeboro Rd, Moorestown, NJ 08057 Laurel Lanes Bowling, 2825 New Jersey 73, Maple Shade, NJ 08052 Pine Valley Gun Club, 166 New Freedom Rd, Berlin, NJ 08009 Monday, AUGUST 11, 2014 All... Location: Various Locations, Moorestown, Maple Shade, Berlin, Philadelphia, PA/NJ||08/14/2014 - 08/17/2014 America's 9-11 Ride - Gettysburg and Somerset, Pennsylvania - America's 9-11 Ride -Sponsored by America's 911 Foundation Inc. In Gettysburg the ride starts at Battlefield Harley-Davidson, 21 Cavalry Field Road at 12:45 on August 14th. Lunch will be included before the ride leaves. In Somerset the ride begins at Highland Harley-Davidson, 802 N. Center Avenue beginning at 7:00 am. Pre-registration is required. Riders my participate with sponsorships of $250.00 or more. Additional awards will be given to those that raise more than $250.00. The fee for non-sponsored riders is is $150.00 for the rider and $40.00 for the passenger. The fee also covers lunch and tolls for Friday and Saturday. The event includes guided rides to the Flight 93 Memorial on Thursday afternoon. Beginning on Friday the riders will participate in a fully police escorted commemorative motorcycle ride to all three of the September 11th crash sites in remembrance of those who served, protected, lost their lives and to the volunteers of that day. On Friday the ride will include stops in Cumberland, Maryland, Rocky Gap State Park, and Hagerstown, Maryland before ending in Arlington, Virginia. On Saturday the ride continues with a 7:00 am start from the Pentagon. The ride to New York City will include stops for fouel and food. On Sunday morning riders may go on a police escorted ride to the World Trade Center Memorial. For more information call 1-877-771-0118, or go to http://americas911ride.org. Location: Americas 9-11 Ride, ., Gettysburg/Somerset, PA||08/17/2014 11th Annual American Legion Riders Poker Run - The ride starts at American Legion, 1256 River Road in Lakewood. Registration is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, rain or shine. The ride fee is $25.00 per person. Only 500 tickets for this 100 mile ride will be sold. The ride ends in Brick with music, vendors, food and more. Cash prizes will be awarded for the 3 highest hands. Proceeds will benefit Veteran Affairs. For more information call Dave (732) 278-3952 Location: American Legion Lakewood, 1256 River Road, Lakewood, NJ||08/17/2014 Law Ride NJ - The ride has two starting locations: Rockaway River Barn, 11 Greenpond Rd., Rockaway, NJ 07866 and Autoland 170 US Highway 22E, Springfield, NJ 07081. End destination is Newark. Registration at both sites is from 9am to 10:30am. Ride departs promptly following registration. This police escorted ride will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. The two ride groups will merge enroute arriving together in Newark to enjoy vendors, music and food. Come early for limited edition pin & event T-shirt. The cost is $20.00 per person. Location: Rocakway & Springfeild, x, x, NJ||08/24/2014 4th Annual Memorial Softball Tournament - Billy Walker - Save the Date – 4th Annual Memorial Softball Tournament – August 24th, 2014. Batter up – dust off your baseball bat and gloves, the fourth annual Billy Walker Jr. Memorial Softball Tournament will take place Sunday August 24th, 2014. The tournament celebrates Billy Jr.’s legacy with his friends, family and community. We aim to have some fun while raising funds to assist First Responders. Laurel Acres Park – 1033 Union Mill Road, Mount Laurel, NJFood and refreshments will be available for purchase at the club house. Players can expect a fun day of competition and bragging rights. More info http://www.thebillywalkerjrfoundation.org/save-the-date-4th-annual-memorial-softball-tournament-august-24th-2013/ Location: Laurel Acres Park, 1033 Union Mill Road, Mt Laurel, NJ||08/24/2014 American Legion Riders - Jerset Devil Chapter - Post 371 - Riversharks Game - August 24th. - Riversharks vs. York Revolution Sunday, August 24th, 2014 - 1:35pm Tickets $11 plus $1.12 processing fee 1. logon to www.riversharks.com and select "Riversharks Fundraising Log-In" on the right-hand side. 2. Enter our group's unique code - JDALR 2. Select 'Buy" 4. Choose your seats and complete your order 5. Root for the Riversharks while supporting our veterans! Location: Campbell’s Field, 401 N. Delaware Avenue, Camden, NJ, 08102||08/27/2014 - 08/28/2014 Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge - Monthly Meeting - Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge meets the last Wednesday of every month at the US Coast Guard Station in Philadelphia. ALL Veterans, family, friends, and anyone interested in military history are invited to attend. Lunch is available for $6 in the Galley starting at 11 A.M. and the meeting begins at 12:30 P.M. We usually have a guest speaker, and just hosted 2 VVA Chapters from Bordentown and Philadelphia, Location: US Coast Guard Station Philadelphia, 1 Washington Ave, philadelphia, pa, 19147||09/04/2014 - 09/07/2014 Wildwood Bike Week - Roar to the Shore Location: Wildwood Roar to the Shore, .., Wildwood, NJ||09/05/2014 - 09/11/2014 Path of Honor, Patriot Day Ride and 9/11 Candlelight Vigil - Join us WE continue to KEEP the PROMISE to Never Forget 9/11. On Saturday September 5th we will create the Path of Honor which 2,977 American along Putty Hill Ave in Parkville MD beginning at 7:30am. Each flags represents 1 life lost on 9/11. Volunteers needed. FREE Saturday September 6th we will host the 3rd annual 9/11 Patriot Day Ride at Chesapeake Harley Davidson in Darlington MD beginning at 8am. The event includes 6 moments of silence, Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the National Anthem, reading of the names of the 40 Heroes of United Flight 93, Standing Tall 9/11 Memorial trailer, introduction of special guests. Fees: $15.00 for driver $10 for passenger. KSUP at 10:45am. Ride ends at McAvoy's. Proceeds benefit the Flight 93 National Memorial and the Catch A Lift Fund. Thursday September 11th we host our annual Candlelight Vigil at McAvoy's 2531 Putty Hill Ave, Parkville MD 21234. Event includes, Patriotic music, VFW Honor Guard, Pledge of Allegiance, singing the National Anthem, introduction of special guests, presentation of donation to Catch A Lift, tolling of the Remembrance Bell, reading of the names of the 68 Marylanders killed on 9/11. FREE Sponsorships are available by contacting Chuck at 443.281.8381 Visit, www.thehopeandpeacefoundation.com for event information Location: McAvoy’s, 2531 Putty Hill Ave, Parkville , Maryland , 21234||09/06/2014 Break A Guinness World Record Event - “Largest Group Stop, Drop & Roll Demonstration” - WTES’ Break A Guinness World Record Event - “Largest Group Stop, Drop & Roll Demonstration” Location: Westampton Sports Complex - 315 Bridge Street Westampton, NJ. Time: Family Fun 12:00pm-4:00pm / Record Attempt 2:00pm. Preregister: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1620083-3fccSex24W Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/wtes27 Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/231480650345067/ This was intended to be a fun event at WTES’ 2014 Fire & Life Safety Open House. Unknown to us there was already a Guinness World Record for “Largest Group Stop, Drop & Roll”. We were excited to get 500-1000 people to do it. After applying for the opportunity, they informed us that the current record is held by the Indianapolis Fire Department in 2011 with 1,719 people. It has been a friendly back and forth between Iowa State Fire Marshal and Indianapolis Fire Department breaking each others records through past years. Here is a video of a record breaking attempt in Iowa back in 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfotog9Gpwo . We have an awesome community as well as surrounding communities. We believe that we can jump in front of Iowa and Indiana and show them what its like to be Jersey Strong! Also, how neat it would be to be a part of history as well as a part of a Guinness World Record. If the record is broken each participant will be able to order a Guinness World Record Certificate! Location: Westampton Sports Complex, 315 Bridge Street, Westampton, NJ||09/12/2014 - 09/14/2014 NJ Firemen's Convention - New Jersey Firemen's Convention and Expo - Wildwood, NJ - September 12, 2014 September 13, 2014. More information Website: www.njfireexpo.com Location: Wildwood, ., Wildwood, NJ||09/17/2014 1st Annual Veteran Tournment - Golf tournament for Berlin VFW Post # 6253 and Vietnam Veterans of America South Jersey Chapter # 1068 Location: Ramblewood Country Club, 200 Country Club Parkway, Mt. Laurel , New Jersey, 08054||09/19/2014 POW/MIA Recognition Day Annual Breakfast - Breakfast at the Merion in Cinnaminson to honor all our POW/MIAs on POW/MIA Recognition Day. If interested in attending, contact Sue at email@example.com . (Limited seating, so you must sign up). Missing Man Ceremony and special guests include POW/MIA families and Ex-POW's. If you are a POW/MIA, or family of one, and would like to attend, please contact Sue. Location: Merion, Rt 130, Cinnaminson, NJ||09/20/2014 NEW JERSEY STATEWIDE RECOVERY RALLY - NEW JERSEY RECOVERY RALLY 2014 September 20, 2014 RUTGERS ATHLETIC CENTER 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854 September is National Recovery Month. In keeping with that directive and forging ahead in our collective vision to celebrate the reality of recovery, New Jersey’s grassroots recovery support community are pleased to announce a family friendly statewide Recovery Rally event at the Rutgers Athletic Center (83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, New Jersey) on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The prevention, treatment and recovering communities are uniting to raise awareness, create synergies and serve as the “tipping point” for effectively addressing the disease of addiction. We anticipate this event will go far to offer hope to the suffering, demonstrate the reality of recovery from addiction and serve to eliminate the discrimination and stigma attached to this prevalent disease. As a socially conscious member of the community, you understand the positive impact an event like this can have on the lives of those in need. And we embrace your interest in making New Jersey a state where its people can live healthy and full lives, including freedom from the bondage of substance abuse. This event is not designed as a fundraiser and all donations are tax deductible through our event fiduciary, NCADD-NJ. Towards that end, we are inviting you to attend, participate as a donor, sponsor and/or exhibitor/educator at our event. This is true GRASSROOTS: of the people and for the people. We welcome you and hope you choose to join with us in making this a successful celebration for all! Thank you for your efforts in supporting the community. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Lisa E. Gladwell Recovery Advocate See you on September 20th! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Questions? Please contact Lisa Gladwell at NJRecoveryRally@aol.com or 201-599-9514 Location: Rutgers Athletic Center, 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, NJ, 08854||09/20/2014 NJ Wounded Warrior Ride & Blues & BBQ Festival - Please join us for our 4th annual NJ Wounded Warrior Ride & Blues & BBQ Festival. This year's ride will take place on 9/20/2014 (Rain date: 9/27/2014). All proceeds for this event & the Blues & BBQ festival goes to benefit our Veterans and our Wounded Warriors. This is a police escorted ride that is about 75 miles in total. Registration will be in the front parking lot of Marlboro High School (95 North Main Street, Marlboro, NJ 07746). Registration starts at 8:30 and goes until 10:30, when we are KSU. We will ride the back roads of Monmouth, Ocean & Burlington counties with a special event along the way. It will be announced during the safety briefing where the special event will take place. The ride ends in Monmouth County at the Marlboro Blues & BBQ festival. There will be a total of 8 bands playing the finest blues music, BBQ food vendors, a beer & wine garden, 50/50 raffles, kids games/rides and lots more. For more information, please visit www.marlboroblues.com Hope to see you there!!! Location: Marlboro High School, 95 North Main Street, Marlboro, NJ||09/20/2014 Hero Thrill Show 2014 - Hero Thrill Show 2014 - Wells Fargo Center, 12Noon-5PM Location: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19148||09/20/2014 Beef & Beer - Legion Riders Williamstown - LEGION RIDERS POST 252 WILL HOST A BEEF & BEER @ OUR POST 20 Sicklerville Rd Williamstown Nj 08094 SEPTEMBER 20,2014 FROM 2:00PM TO 6:00PM COST IS $20.00PP INCLUDES BEEF, BEER, SALADS, SODA, LIVE MUSIC BY "AFTERIMAGE, "& "HEADSTONE 118" ,WE WILL ALSO HAVE 50/50 & A BASKET OF CHEER BENEFITS A LOCAL FAMILY. Thank You to K&B Promotions & Booking Agency LLC Location: American Legion Williamstown, 20 Sicklerville Rd, Williamstown, NJ||09/21/2014 Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom XVIIII||09/22/2014 Hiring Our Heroes - Philadelphia - PHILADELPHIA, PA - Hiring Our Heroes - We look forward to hosting a hiring fair and employment workshop in Philadelphia on September 22, 2014 - please check back for details or sign up here to receive updates on this event. http://www.hiringourheroes.org/all-events Location: Newtown Square, ., Philadelphia, PA||09/26/2014 - 09/28/2014 NJ Run for the Fallen - The New Jersey Run for the Fallen is a compilation of active-duty military runners and support crew whose mission is clear and simple: To run one mile for every New Jersey service member killed as a result of serving during the War on Terror including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Each mile of sweat and pain and each flag saluted, is to pay homage to one service member’s life and their family. The last weekend of September we run across New Jersey to raise awareness for the lives of those who fought and died, to rejuvenate their memories, keep their spirits alive, to aid in the healing process of the New Jersey Gold Star families and to bring attention to New Jersey residents of the high cost of freedom. More information visit http://www.njrunforthefallen.org/home.html Location: NJ Run for the Fallen, Cape May, Holmdel, NJ||09/26/2014 Operation Stand Down of SJ - Operation Stand Down of South Jersey – at Cherry Hill Armory, Cherry Hill, NJ. Serving homeless veterans. Federal, State, Public and Private support agencis offer a broad array of FREE services and assistance such as, VA Benefit Counseling, PTSd Counseling, Mental Health, Welfare, Social Secutiry, Food Stamps, Legal Services, Addiction Serviceds, Housing Medical Employment Unemployment, Haircuts and clothing provisiions. Pre registration and transportation arrangments are encourage. Call 800-464-8387. visit www.standdownofsouthjersey.com Location: Cherry Hill Armory, Grove St, Cherry Hill, NJ||09/27/2014 7th Anual Aviation Celebration - This annual Air Event features Warbirds, military aircraft, classic cars, military vehicles, and much more. It is held by the Millville Army Air Field Museum located at the airport. For more info, call the museum at: 1-856-327-2347 or their website: p47millville.org. Location: Millville Airport, 1 Leddon St., Millville, New Jersey, 08332, Cumberland County, NJ||09/28/2014 8th Annual Poker Run & Fall Bash - Nam Knights/Barbs HD - September 28, 2014. (Rain Date OCt 5th). POKER RUN: Registration 10:30am. KSU 11am. Registration at American Legion Post 372, 1532 Martin Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. FALL BASH: 1pm - 5pm at Barbs HD, 926 Black Horse Pike, W. Collingswood, NJ DJ Mike "Chuckles" May (www.cmphilly.com), Lots of Food, Draft Beer, Soda, Water, 50/50, Chinese Auction, Tattoo Contest, Bike Contest, $20 Donation. For tickets contact Chainsaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-929-5134. Location: Barbs Harley Davidson, 926 Black Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ||10/04/2014 - 10/05/2014 IRON and STEEL-NYC to Quantico - On 4 Oct, 2014, the Fire Department New York-Marine Corps Association presents; "IRON and STEEL-NYC to Quantico". The Iron and Steel Team will transport, under escort, 2 sections of World Trade Center Steel from Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. 4 Oct will be the escort, with a parade/ceremony and reception on 5 Oct. Times on Sunday TBA. Registration begins at 0530hrs at the Ryan Visitors Center, Floyd Bennett Field on 4 October, or pre-register online. For details regarding this historic event, or to register online, please go to our website. You may also register at the Molly Pitcher Service Area in NJ or the Maryland House Service Area in MD. Arrival times for these stops are on the website. Hope to see you at Floyd Bennett Field!! The Iron and Steel Team www.IronandSteelUSMC.org Location: Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY, 50 Aviation Road, Brooklyn, New York, 11234, Northeast||10/05/2014 9th Annual Ride for Autism Speaks, Philadelphia||10/05/2014 Wantage Township 2014 7th Annual Veterans Memorial Car, Truck & Bike Show - The Wantage Township 2014 7th Annual Veterans Memorial Car, Truck & Bike Show will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 (Rain Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014) from 11am to 4pm at Woodbourne Veterans Memorial Park, 145 Sherman Ridge Road, Wantage, NJ 07461. The 2014 Show proceeds will be donated to The American Legion Charles Auberger NJ Post 213, Wantage, NJ. Come spend the day! Free spectator admission, but donations of non-perishable items for local food pantry would be greatly appreciated. Food & cold refreshments available all day, live music, door prizes, 50/50, tricky tray. Trophies awarded in multiple classes for cars, motorcycles & trucks. $15 pre-registration by 9/29/14, $20 day of show, registration from 11am to 1pm, goodie bags to first 100 registrants. Vendors wanted, registration $20, must be set up by 10:00am, no power available. Flyer/Registration/Vendor form available at http://wantagerec.com/veterans_memorial/images/2014CarShowFlyer.pdf. For more information visit http://wantagerec.com/veterans_memorial/car_show/car_show.htm or email email@example.com or call Chris at 973-352-9203. Location: Woodbourne Veterans Memorial Park, 145 Sherman Ridge Road, Wantage, New Jersey, 07461, Sussex County||10/25/2014 10th Annual MCLEF Phila Gala - Mark your calendars! Details to follow Location: Crystal Tea Room, 100 S. Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA, 19107||11/10/2014 USMC Birthday at Cookies Tavern - Cookies Tavern - USMC Birthday - Tuns Tavern - Annual USMC Birthday Party at Cookies Tavern, Philadelphia, PA. Party all day long. Join the fun !! Marine Corps 238 Birthday at Cookies Tavern, 2654 South Alder St., Philadelphia, PA. Location: Cookies Tavern, 2654 S Alder St, Philadelphia, PA||11/15/2014 Rutgers Military Appreciation Day Football Game - All current military personnel and Veterans,as well as their families and friends, are invited to attend the Rutgers Football Military Appreciation Day football game against Indiana on November 15 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway.Discount tickets are available for $30. As of July 1, Rutgers became a member of the Big Ten Conference. For more information, contact Andrew Granozio at Rutgers at 732-907-1583 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Rutgers Stadium, Route 18/River Road, Piscataway, NJ/Middlesex||12/06/2014 7th Annual Cpt Greg Dalessio 5K Run/Walk - Save the Date. More details to follow. On Monday June 23rd 2008, Greg gave his life serving his country during combat operations in Salman Pak, Iraq. Always with a smile on his face, Greg touched the lives of others through his everyday actions and genuine kindness. Whether with family, friends, or co workers, Greg always found a way to make people feel special and important. Greg has always been a hero to his family, demonstrating how others are supposed to be treated and how to love unconditionally. Join us for the 7th Annual Cpt Greg Dalessio 5K Run/Walk. It starts at Catholic Community of Christ our Light, 402 North Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Registratioin starts at 6:45am. Race starts at 8am. Rain or Shine Location: Catholic Community of Christ Our Light, 402 N. Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, NJ|