January 17, 2018

How to make the most of your experience at the New Year, New Career military job fair

Going to a career fair doesn’t have to be a daunting task if you prepare well for it. A military-focused career fair like New Year, New Career should be looked at as an opportunity and not a chore. If anything, it is good practice for interviews you will be participating in down the road. Even if you are happy where you are at professionally or you are in school, networking now could prove invaluable in the future. According to a report from ABC News, 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking. Also with more and more veterans getting out of the military than ever before, the competition for openings that military-friendly employers are offering is fierce. So, how do you stand out among all the other similarly-trained military veterans? You must learn how to sell yourself by crafting your own ‘brand’, and then selling that brand effectively using tools like creative resumes, video cover letters, stellar portfolios and impactful elevator pitches. A job fair purpose is not to land a job on the spot but to get your foot in the door. Getting an interview or some other type of follow-up action on behalf of the employer is a successful outcome from events such as this. Most jobs fairs publish a list of participating employers a week to a few days before the event. Our list can be found here. Try to do as much research as you can on the employers you are interested in. A good place to get […]
December 27, 2017

Healthy Habits – Just How Healthy is Your Salad?

By: Kelly Koons With the New Year approaching, many of us are re-evaluating our lifestyles and setting goals for a healthier year. One way you might go about this, is by your food choices. Many people opt for a salad when they are seeking a healthier option at a restaurant or drive-thru, but is that salad really that much healthier than the combo #5? Here are some tips for insuring you get the most nutrition out of your salad. Although a salad smothered in Caesar, Ranch, or Blue Cheese dressing may be delicious, they serve little to no purpose in the nutrition department- in fact they are filled with fat, calories, and are high in sodium. A great substitute for salad dressing is olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, or an avocado. If all else fails, ask for it on the side, and only eat a little. One salad topping that tops the list for most is, meat. When ordering a salad it’s important to assure the meat is lean and not deep fried or breaded. Fried chicken and bacon are poor choices, even though it may taste good, they can be filled with bad carbohydrates, fat, grease, multiple calories, and high in sodium. Instead substitute with a grilled meat or turkey bacon that is smoked. Caesar and western salads are infamous for croutons and tortilla strips which carry no nutritional value and pack extra calories, sodium, and carbohydrates. Try substituting chopped almonds, pumpkin seeds, or walnuts instead (be sure the nuts […]
December 21, 2017
Shoe drop off

Making a difference one pair of shoes at a time

There is nothing like the feeling you get when you put on a nice, comfortable pair of shoes. But what if you did not have the resources to keep good shoes on your feet, especially during the cold winter months? A good and sturdy pair of shoes are a means to living a better life.  Especially for veterans living without a means of transportation except their own two feet. Thanks to a new partnership with The Shoe Project, Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) will be able to provide sturdy shoes to hundreds of veterans and their families now and into the future. From what started as a failed business attempt, then later a hobby of sorts, blossomed into something special for the Hamilton teen who started the venture five years ago. John Ferguson, 17, a recent graduate of Lakota East High School in Hamilton, started collecting shoes and shipping or hand-delivering them to people around the world when he was 12-years old. The Shoe Project, which started in his family’s garage is now an international nonprofit with an army of over 500 volunteers in 50 countries that has helped more than 15,000 people around the world to date. John Ferguson handed off local operations to Lakota East High School’s AP Government class, taught by Tisha Grote. Outreach is being handled by his father, Andrew, as John is headed off to study at Harvard next fall after completing a year with the U.S. State Department in China. John Ferguson is backed […]
December 14, 2017

Thriving through the holidays

Ryan Sargent Warm homes, big dinners, reconnecting with friends and family. The holiday season has the potential to bring joy and heart-warming memories. While we were growing up, we were exposed to traditions and ways of celebration and connection. If those experiences were warm, loving, and supportive, then the holidays can be a wonderful time to deepen our gratitude for the selfless gifts of love we’ve received, to continue traditions, and create some of our own.   If those experiences weren’t all that great, this time of year can stand to be a stark reminder of what was missing in our past, and perhaps what’s still missing today. If we’ve experienced loss, our grief can be compounded during this time. If our family relationships are strained, our stress levels can skyrocket with the thought of seeing certain people.  Whether our holiday season is a scene from a Hallmark movie or a Stephen King novel (or somewhere in between), being intentional and prior planning can ensure that we not only survive the holidays but continue to thrive. Below are a few tips to practice healthy behaviors and decision making through the holiday season:   Not Everyone Will Be Happy: We can’t make everyone happy. Even our best efforts can leave someone upset. Define some personal boundaries and honor them. Pace yourself. Make a road map of events and activities you’ll be participating in – only do what you want to do, and be honest with others about your plan. What do you […]
December 7, 2017

Military Veterans Resource Center to host holiday appreciation event on Dec. 12

HAMILTON, Ohio (Dec. 6, 2017) – Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) will host an Holiday Appreciation event on Tuesday, Dec. 12 for MVRC veteran clients and community partners. The event is being held in appreciation of local veterans helped by the center and as a thank you to the Hamilton community partners for supporting MVRC this year. Veterans Services Specialist Dan Dunaway will have snacks, special treats, tours, festive entertainment and more. The event will be at the Hamilton resource center, located at 633 High St., Ste. 101 from noon until 4 p.m. Representatives of the East Lakota High School AP Government class who have donated more than 400 pairs of new shoes since October will be on hand as well. Their project was started by John Ferguson a few years ago. The shoes are worth from $50 to over $150. More details can be found at www.TheShoeProject.org. For more information about Military Veterans Resource Center or the open house, contact Dan Dunaway at 513-252-2395. Military Veterans Resource Center is a non-profit organization that helps veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage their lives. The organization is based in Columbus and operates four centers throughout Ohio. ###
December 7, 2017

Military Veterans Resource Center’s fifth annual career fair will feature Dayton’s top military friendly employers

DAYTON, Ohio (Dec. 8, 2017) – Military Veterans Resource Center invites all job seeking veterans to attend the fifth annual “New Year, New Career,” military career fair, on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. The career fair is free of charge for attendees and will feature more than 40 of Miami Valley’s top employers. The event will take place at the Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, located at 10823 Chidlaw Road adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Companies across industries will be looking for qualified veterans to fill immediate openings,” said Len Proper, executive director of Military Veterans Resource Center. “Last year, more than 100 military job seekers attended. “Many received interview invitations on the spot and were quickly hired.” Participants should bring their resume and be prepared to speak with potential employers about their skill sets and experiences. Professionals will also be on hand to review resumes and help attendees with their interview skills. Veterans interested in attending the career fair can pre-register by contacting Kelley Koons at 937-329-9559. Military Veterans Resource Center is a non-profit organization that helps veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage their lives. The organization is based in Columbus and operates four centers throughout Ohio. ###
December 6, 2017

Healthy Habits

By: Kelley Koons A few weeks ago a friend of mine said something that really resonated with me, which leads me into the first edition of Healthy Habits. We were talking about our health, wellness, and fitness when my friend said, “I’m starting my health and fitness journey now, so I can be ahead of the game and go into 2018 feeling great!” I realized at that moment how many people use the holidays as a scapegoat to put off health and wellness. November and December are filled with giving, so many of us become consumed with that tradition, that we forget about self care- mentally, physically, and nutritionally. When January rolls around, the gyms are so crowded, people get frustrated or discouraged waiting on a piece of equipment to become available. They almost set themselves up for failure, and the January rush can make a health journey all the more intimidating for a beginner or someone who wants to get back into it. Often times you’ll see the gym crowd or the supplement isle at the grocery store die down late January or early February. Much of this is due to crash dieting, over-training, or in general, over doing it. This can lead to quick burn out, fatigue, low energy, high blood pressure, and injury. By starting off slow, retraining yourself on fundamentals and gradually moving in the right direction with nutrition and workouts you’ll be much more likely to be successful. If you have a goal of improving […]
November 24, 2017

Help! My Loved One Might Need Help

Approaching delicate subjects with friends and loved ones can be awkward. It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s choosing a restaurant, who’s hosting Christmas dinner, or any number of everyday topics that we navigate with others. But, what happens when we notice a sudden change in mood or someone close to us starts making risky decisions, or begins to question their will to live? Discussing the mental health of those around us can seem like taboo for sure. Part of the stigma surrounding mental health can include our own comfort levels of approaching the topic, and maybe also questioning our skills or qualifications to even bring it up with others. Just like physical illness, mental illness can have warning signs and is just as treatable. We can support those who are suffering invisibly the same way we can support those trying to watch their diet. When approaching out of care and concern for the other, while offering appropriate support, we can serve as a catalyst that could result in a changed life – or could even save a life. Being the one to bring up the topic is tough, but the reward can be well worth the risk. There are books and articles that can help educate you on how to broach the topic, and how to support loved ones long-term. Here are a few signs and tools that can help with the conversation:  (from PsychCentral) Warning signs that a loved one might need help These would all include changes […]
November 17, 2017

Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to hold hearing in Columbus Nov. 21

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced today (Nov. 17) that he is bringing the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to Ohio for a special hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library starting at 1:15 p.m. Brown is asking for input from Ohio veterans on issues affecting them. “Ohio veterans served their nation honorably, and they deserve the highest quality of support in return,” Brown said. “By hearing from veterans in their own communities, the Committee can better understand what is working well and what challenges still confront our veterans today,” he added. Several representatives from the VA and other veteran organizations have been invited to participate to include:  Chip Tansill, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS), Keith Harman, commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Ronald Burke, assistant deputy under secretary for field operations, Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Robert Worley, director of education service, VBA,  Robert McDivitt, director of Veterans Integrated Service Network 10, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Dr. Kameron Matthews, deputy executive director, Provider Relations and Services, VHA. The Columbus Metropolitan Library is located at 96 South Grant Ave. in downtown Columbus.
November 13, 2017

More Transcendental Meditation information sessions coming up

David Kidd, a Vietnam Veteran and Transcendental Meditation (TM) facilitator with 43 years experience will be offering a free four-day TM workshop for veterans at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dublin. Don’t know what TM is or if it’s the right thing for you? Kidd will be hosting two more information sessions at the Four Points Sheraton Polaris from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 21 and Dec. 5. Meet in the meeting room at the hotel, located at 8505 Pulsar Place, Columbus. The information sessions are also free and registration is not necessary. The sessions will explain what TM is, the benefits of TM, and how it works. TM is the most scientific method of self-development available today, with more than 600 studies proving its benefits. More than 3 million Americans have learned TM to date. More about TM can be found at www.tm.org. This program is paid for by grants from the David Lynch Foundation and the Resurrecting Lives Foundation. The course normally costs about $720. Space is limited to 12 veterans for the October workshop. For more information, contact Kidd at dkidd@tm.org or 330-417-3888 (cell).
November 9, 2017

Veteran Arts Initiative presents: OSU Theater Department’s ‘Beyond All Recognition’

On November 17 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a special showing of an original play by veterans, Beyond All Recognition at the Drake Performance and Event Center. The play is about veterans who have to negotiate the military/civilian divide as the bonds of friendship and honor are tested. There are showings throughout November, with specific dates and times found at: theatre.osu.edu.  The play is about a TV star,  Andy Stark, who has skyrocketed to fame in a new hit television show. Back home in Ohio, his sister Denise is struggling to readjust after military service. Beyond All Recognition is new play about brothers- and sisters-in-arms who have to negotiate the military/civilian divide as the bonds of friendship and honor are tested. Since January 2017, the nine actors in the department’s Master of Fine Arts program have been creating this piece, inspired by their experiences working with local veterans, active military personnel and their family members, and professional caregivers. During the development and creative process they have explored the experiences of war and its aftermath through individual research and by facilitating Shakespeare-based acting workshops for community partners. Immediately following the performance on Friday, November 17, join the cast and invited guests for discussion that centers on the Shakespeare and Veterans initiative. Heather Seymour, Creative Arts Coordinator/Social Worker, Columbus Veterans Administration. Zack Star, founder, VetConnect. Mike Carrell, Assistant Vice Provost, Ohio State Office of Military and Veterans Services. Kevin McClatchy, Project Supervisor, MFA Outreach and Engagement Project. Discounted Tickets for Veterans […]
November 7, 2017

Veterans Day freebies and discounts

Arranged by date Whole month of November Pro Football Hall of Fame Free Admissions for Veterans and Active Military Nov. 1-30. Through the generous support of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will provide free museum admission to all veterans and active military plus one guest during the month of November. Eat’n Park — All active and former military personnel will receive a 10% discount for the entire month of November at all locations. COSI – Veterans Day Special – Free COSI Admission for Active-Duty Military and Veterans November 8-12, 2017. COSI wishes to say thank you and recognize those in active, reserved and retired military service with free general admission to COSI, November 8-12. Immediate family members will also receive 50% off general admission. Simply show your military ID or mention that you are a Veteran to receive the discount! Newport Aquarium and Humana are honoring all the men and women who’ve served our country by offering them free admission from November 4th to 12th. If you’re an active or retired member of the military, a disabled veterans, military reservist, or anyone who has ever served in the Armed Forces, just show your Military I.D.* at the Newport Aquarium ticket window to receive your free admission. Family members can receive our military discount of $3 off adult tickets and $2 off child tickets. *To receive discounts you can show a Military I.D. card, VA membership or healthcare card, a state verified veteran status […]