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Certifications, Licensing and Education easier for Connecticut Vets



The American Veterans Alliance highlights Governor Malloy’s announcement that he has signed an executive order streamlining the process for veterans of the looking to get occupational certifications and licenses, and simplifying the process for awarding college credit to veterans for military education.

According to Governor Malloy and reported on the StamfordPlus website, “Connecticut has nearly a quarter of a million military veterans residing in our state and another 9,000 residents currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. These are people with special training, skills, and education who, upon returning to civilian life, are ready, willing and more than qualified to enter our workforce,” Governor Malloy said. “We must make it as easy as possible for these accomplished men and women to apply their skills to the goals they seek to accomplish after having served in our military so admirably.”

For additional information on how the government of Connecticut is serving America’s military veterans, visit


Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness


The American Veterans Alliance observes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


We’ve gone pink to promote and support Breast Cancer Awareness!

Throughout the month of October, be on the lookout for interesting articles and resources regarding breast cancer prevention, treatment options and statistics.

Our affiliate organization, The Society of Hispanic Veterans, shares interesting facts about Latina women and breast cancer in a recent post.

Keep checking back!

More Money for Vets to Retrain

Veterans VRAP VOW Program


If you are an unemployed veteran looking to increase or adapt your skills and training so you and re-enter the workforce, the Veteran’s Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) may be for you. As a part of the administration’s efforts to decrease the number of unemployed veterans, the VRAP program enters its second year.

According to the Veterans Administration, as part of the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, qualifying Veterans can receive up to 12 months of education assistance equal to the current full-time Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty rate, which increases to $1546 on October 1, 2012.

If you are unsure if you qualify or if you need help completing your application, be sure to contact the AVA.

There are several factors that qualify you for participation:

  1. The VRAP program covers 1 year (12 months) of re-training.
  2. You must be unemployed as of the date of your application.
  3. You must have received an other than dishonorable discharge from service.
  4. You cannot be eligible for any other VA educational benefit program (for example,  the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance).
  5. You are currently not receiving VA compensation for unemployability.
  6. You are not enrolled in another state or federal job training program.
  7. You must be between the ages of 35-60.

If you want to apply but are unsure if you qualify, contact us and let us help you. If the VRAP program doesn’t work for you, we may be able to direct you to other options.

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Have you applied? Are you currently in training? Share your stories and comments!




Help Us End Homelessness!

Veterans Home for Christmas CampaignIn these uncertain times, words and phrases like ‘terror’ and ‘violent protest’ flash across our television screens and create alerts on our phones, tablets and laptops. Yet, we sleep soundly in our beds knowing there are strong, brave men and women working to protect our nation and our freedom.

Americans who sacrifice everything to guard the comfort we feel and experience in our lives and homes. They deserve our sincerest thank you.

Yet, while we rest in our comfortable beds, there are over 60,000 homeless veterans in our country.

The Society of Hispanic Veterans and the American Veterans Alliance is working to ensure that during this holiday season we honor the sacrifices of all those who served…whether they served in a World War or are just returning from Operation Enduring Freedom.

None of our veterans should live unsheltered from the cold.

Would you help us provide a veteran a Home for Christmas?

We are asking partners to provide rooms for one or two nights for homeless veterans across America during the December holiday season.

In return for your tax-deductible donation, we will list you as a sponsor of the “Home for Christmas” campaign on all of our web based and print media, radio advertisements and the flyer inserted in the package of health and beauty goods we provide each veteran. Further, the Guide to Vet-Friendly Companies published by our organization will include your commitment and earn a higher rating – reaching the tens of thousands of veterans we represent.

Helping is easy! You can email promotional or discount codes and a letter expressing your company’s commitment on letterhead to You can also mail gift cards or vouchers along with a letter to the American Veterans Alliance.

We thank you in advance for providing shelter to those who served…