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December 31st, 2008

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Launched on Veterans Day 2008, VeteranOwnedBusiness.com is the leading free, comprehensive, user-friendly directory of businesses owned by military veterans, active duty military, reservists and service disabled veterans of the United States Army, Air Force (USAF), Marines (USMC), Navy (USN), Coast Guard (USCG) and National Guard.

Americans in the United States and abroad have an easy way to proudly search for products and services that are unique in the fact that they are all made by, sold by or serviced by United States military veterans!

More information about VeteranOwnedBusiness.com can be found by visiting http://www.VeteranOwnedBusiness.com or by calling our toll free number at (877) VOB-List. You can also like VeteranOwnedBusiness.com on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/VeteranOwnedBusiness and follow VeteranOwnedBusiness.com on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/VeteranOwned.

Is your business a Veteran Owned Business?  If so, get your company seen by government agencies, corporate purchasing departments, contractors, consumers and fellow veterans looking for your products and services. Click here to add your listing. It’s free!

Looking for more information about the Veteran Owned Business Directory?  Be sure to search through the VeteranOwnedBusiness.com Blog.  Here you will find important information on new Veteran Owned Business Directory member, site updates, future plans, news and other notable information and achievements including event information specifically for SDVOSBs and VOBs.

From one veteran owned business to another… thank you for your service to our country!

Brian K. St.Ours, Founder
VeteranOwnedBusiness.com
The Free Directory Of Businesses Owned By U.S. Military Veterans

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November 20th is the Great American Smokeout!

November 20th, 2014

Quit Smoking for Your Health and Breathe Easier

Great American Smoke-Out!

If you smoke, this year breathe easier. Make a plan to quit for your health.

By Christina Beckerman, VA Office of Public Health
Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 20th is the Great American Smokeout. If you smoke, this year breathe easier. Make a plan to quit for your health and to quit for good! The benefits of quitting smoking are immediate and last a lifetime.

Here are some helpful tips and encouragement to help you kick your habit from Dr. Timothy P. Carmody, a clinical psychologist and smoking cessation specialist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and University of California San Francisco. For the past several decades, Carmody has been helping Veterans quit smoking and stay quit.

You Can Do It!

As the old adage goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” For many Veterans, the idea of quitting smoking is overwhelming and mustering up the confidence to quit can be hard. It is often difficult to picture yourself successfully quitting, imagining a life without cigarettes, or dealing with cravings or other effects such as increased appetite and anxiety.

Be confident. You can quit and keep your confidence through every stage of the quit process.


Find Your Motivation and Support

Veterans quit for many different reasons – a spouse or partner, parents, friends or health. Many want to set a good example for children or grandchildren. Find your own motivation for quitting and lean on it through the quit process. Your motivation may also lend you support, such as family who can cheer you on or help lift you up. If you don’t have family or friends who can offer support, lean on your community, learn from former smokers or join a VA support group.

You May Relapse (and that’s OK)!

Throughout your journey to quit smoking, you may experience setbacks. In fact, most Veterans who successfully quit have relapsed at one point or another in the past. Your ultimate success in quitting will be built on the lessons learned from these setbacks. Do not get discouraged or feel like you have failed.

The only failure is to stop trying.

Get Complete Care

Veterans who smoke may also be in treatment for other health conditions such as mental health or substance use disorders. When seeking treatment for other health conditions, consider quitting smoking as part of your overall treatment or recovery.

Make a Quit Plan: VA Can Help!

Call 1-855-QUIT-VET to get started on your quit plan. Combine smoking cessation medication with counseling for the best chance of quitting. Talk with your health care provider about getting a prescription or recommendation for nicotine replacement therapy such as gum, patch, lozenge and other medications. VA offers counseling and several types of support:

  • One-on-one counseling by your primary health provider or a smoking cessation specialist.
  • Smoking cessation groups to help you provide and gain support from other Veterans navigating the quit process.
  • 1-855-QUIT-VET: VA’s smoking quitline that offers phone counseling in English or Spanish.
  • Text messaging support through SmokefreeVET and SmokefreeEspanol. Text the word VET to 47848 sign up.

Remember, it’s never too late to quit! Learn more about available smoking cessation resources.

– See more at: http://www.va.gov/HEALTH/NewsFeatures/2014/November/Quit-Smoking-for-Your-Health-and-Breathe-Easier.asp#sthash.KrTw74Bo.dpuf


Veterans Health Administration: Thousands Sign Up for Dental Insurance

November 19th, 2014
VA Dental Insurance

VA creating partnerships with the private sector for high-quality care.

By Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Thursday, November 13, 2014

More than 64,000 eligible Veterans and Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) beneficiaries have taken advantage of the discounted dental insurance plans offered through the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP).

The program is a partnership between VA, Delta Dental and MetLife.

VADIP, which launched Nov. 15, 2013, is a three-year pilot program designed for Veterans with no dental coverage and those eligible for VA dental care who would like to purchase additional coverage. Participation does not affect individuals’ entitlement to VA dental services and treatment.

There are no eligibility limitations based on service-connected disability rating or enrollment priority assignment. People interested in participating can complete an application online through either Delta Dental or MetLife. Coverage is available throughout the United States and its territories. The program provides another example of VA creating partnerships with the private sector for high-quality care.

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“Participation does not affect individuals’ entitlement to VA dental services and treatment.

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94 Percent Plan to Renew Their Coverage


VA Dental Program Insurance

Dental services under the new program vary by plan and include diagnostic, preventive, surgical, emergency and endodontic/restorative treatment. Enrollment in VADIP is voluntary. Participants are responsible for all premiums, which range from $11.67 to $63.48 per month for individual plans. Copayments and other charges may apply.

A recent survey of VADIP participants reflect overall satisfaction with the program is 80 percent; 93 percent would recommend the program and 94 percent plan to renew their coverage.

For more information on VADIP, visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vadip or call Delta Dental at 1-855-370-3303 or MetLife at 1-888-310-1681.

Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system can apply at any time by visiting www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility.

– See more at: http://www.va.gov/HEALTH/NewsFeatures/2014/November/Thousands-Sign-Up-for-Dental-Insurance.asp#sthash.qbk3RpKG.dpuf


VOB IS Proud To Be A Drop Off Point For AVET’s Christmas Toys 4 Military Kids Drive

November 13th, 2014

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Veteran Owned Business Project National HQ is a Drop Off Point for the 2014 AVET “Christmas Toys 4 Military Kids” Drive

When: Now Through December 1st.

Where: Veteran Owned Business Project’s National HQ
1900 S. Harbor City Blvd., Suite 122
Melbourne, FL 32901

What: Unwrapped Toys for Military kids of ALL AGES
Babies to Teenagers

AVET Toys 4 Military Kids

Between now and December 1st, 2014 you can donate new, unwrapped toys or gift cards for our military kids by dropping them off at The Veteran Owned Business Project’s National Headquarters located in Downtown Melbourne, Florida.

Help spread some Christmas Cheer to our Military Families this year! Donate unwrapped toys for kids of ALL AGES (babies to teenagers) at the Veteran Owned Business Project’s National HQ in Downtown Melbourne. Can’t make it in person or shop for a toy, and want to help? You can always make a donation online at AVET Project’s Website, be sure to Note “Toys 4 Military Kids”.

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This Veteran Owned Business Event Public Service Announcement (PSA) was brought to you by Veteran Owned Business. Veteran Owned Business is in no way affiliated with the above organization(s). We do not in any way endorse the above business/organization or guarantee any offers made above.  VeteranOwnedBusiness.com and the Veteran Owned Business Directory are simply providing information we feel is of interest to veterans, active duty military, reservists, service disabled veterans, veteran owned businesses, service disabled veteran owned businesses, families of veterans, families of our armed forces and any other person or persons directly or indirectly involved with the United States military.

If your business is (or you know of another business) owned by a veteran (VOB), active duty military, reservist, service disabled  veteran (SDVOSB) or military spouse of the United States, Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard or National Guard, please be sure to visit the VeteranOwnedBusiness.com sign up page to get your free listing.

The objective of our FREE Veteran Owned Business Directory is to continue to offer a growing list of products and services that are unique in the fact that they are all owned by, sold by and/or serviced by past and present military members.

Veteran Owned Business Project Celebrates its Sixth Anniversary

November 10th, 2014
Veteran Owned Business Project's 6th Anniversary!

Thanks to all our veterans, active duty military and military families for your sacrifice and duty to the greatest nation on this planet. It is because of our military heroes that the United States continues to be a beacon of light for hope and freedom around the globe!

Happy Veterans Day!
And A Big “Thank You” For Your Continued Support!

We are very proud to announce the 6th Anniversary of the launch of the Veteran Owned Business Project!   It seems like it was only yesterday when we launched the Veteran Owned Business Project as an online communication tool and resource hub for veterans, active duty military, reservists, service disabled veterans and their respective military families.  As we enter our 7th year, we would like to take a moment to reflect on our past and to send a very warm and heartfelt “thank you” to all our Veteran Owned Business Project members and to all our supporters.

Brief History of The Veteran Owned Business Project:

Veteran Owned Business (.com) got its start on Veteran’s Day 2008. VOB was created to provide veterans with useful information on business, marketing, contracting, financing, hiring and many other relevant topics.  Since its inception, the number of verified and approved Veteran Owned Business members has grown from just a handful to over 20,000 members.  We’ve had over 10,000,000 visitors to our Veteran Owned Business website viewing over 50,000,000 pages.  Facebook Fans are big supporters of the Veteran Owned Business Project.  As of Veterans Day 2014, our Facebook Supporter number is over 270,000 (that’s over 170,000 new supporters since last year).  We have received over 70,000 direct requests for VOBs/SDVOSBs that have come from government contractors, government procurement personnel, sub contractor and every day consumers.

We’ve received direct contact from some of our nation’s most respected companies including Dow Jones, AT&T, American Red Cross and Boeing just to name a few.  We have also been working closely with numerous government agencies to help our members grow their respective businesses including the Department of Homeland Security, The White House, NASA, Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  These agencies are just a small sampling of the government agencies and prime contractors looking to do business with VOBs and SDVOSBs.  It’s our pleasure to continue to share RFPs, RFIs, Intent to Bid and more with our members and supporters.

We have numerous things (both minor and major) planned for the future. Besides increasing the amount of visitors, pages viewed and sign ups, we have a plethora of updates that will help VOB continue to grow in a way that helps empower military veterans who own businesses to grow, hire fellow veterans and give back to military veteran organizations that directly impact the service men and women (and their respective families) who proudly serve(d) our great nation (read VOB’s Mission Statement).  We will provide additional details at a further date.

We would like to send out a very special “thank you” to everyone for your support and dedication in helping make the Veteran Owned Business Project and our community of veteran business owners such a huge, continued success.

We give thanks to all our veterans, active duty military and military families for your sacrifice and duty to the greatest nation on this planet. It is because of our military heroes that the United States continues to be a beacon of light for hope and freedom around the globe!

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“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.”George Washington


November 10th, 2014 The United States Marine Corps Celebrates 239 Years!

November 10th, 2014

USMC Birthday!

We say a special “thank you” for our brothers and sisters who have and continue to serve in the USMC. Thank you for your service! Please be sure to “Follow VOB” on Twitter and “Like VOB” on Facebook for news, updates, events, bids and more.

A Tribute To The USMC

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection from the sea, using the mobility of the United States Navy to deliver combined-arms task forces rapidly. It is one of seven uniformed services of the United States. In the civilian leadership structure of the United States military, the Marine Corps is a component of the United States Department of the Navy, often working closely with U.S. naval forces for training, transportation, and logistic purposes; however, in the military leadership structure the Marine Corps is a separate branch.


Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia as naval infantry. Since then, the mission of the Marine Corps has evolved with changing military doctrine and American foreign policy. The Marine Corps has served in every American armed conflict and attained prominence in the 20th century when its theories and practices of amphibious warfare proved prescient and ultimately formed the cornerstone of the Pacific campaign of World War II. By the mid-20th century, the Marine Corps had become the dominant theorist and practitioner of amphibious warfare. Its ability to rapidly respond on short notice to expeditionary crises gives it a strong role in the implementation and execution of American foreign policy.

As of 2010 the United States Marine Corps included just under 203,000 active duty marines and just under 40,000 reserve marines. It is the smallest of the United States’ armed forces in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The United States Coast Guard is smaller, about one-fifth the size of the Marine Corps, but it does not normally operate under the DoD. The Marine Corps is nonetheless larger than the armed forces of many significant military powers; it is larger than the active duty Israel Defense Forces and the active duty British Army for example.

Mission

The USMC serves as an expeditionary force-in-readiness. As outlined in 10 U.S.C. § 5063 and as originally introduced under the National Security Act of 1947, it has three primary areas of responsibility:

  • The seizure or defense of advanced naval bases and other land operations to support naval campaigns;
  • The development of tactics, technique, and equipment used by amphibious landing forces in coordination with the Army and Air Force; and
  • Such other duties as the President may direct.

This last clause, while seemingly redundant given the President’s position as Commander-in-chief, is a codification of the expeditionary duties of the Marine Corps. It derives from similar language in the Congressional acts “For the Better Organization of the Marine Corps” of 1834, and “Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps” of 1798. In 1951, the House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee called the clause “one of the most important statutory – and traditional – functions of the Marine Corps.” It noted that the corps has more often than not performed actions of a non-naval nature, including its famous actions in Tripoli, the War of 1812, Chapultepec, and numerous counter-insurgency and occupational duties (such as those in Central America), World War I, and the Korean War. While these actions are not accurately described as support of naval campaigns nor as amphibious warfare, their common thread is that they are of an expeditionary nature, using the mobility of the Navy to provide timely intervention in foreign affairs on behalf of American interests.


In addition to its primary duties, the Marine Corps has missions in direct support of the White House and the State Department. The Marine Band, dubbed the “President’s Own” by Thomas Jefferson, provides music for state functions at the White House. Marines from Ceremonial Companies A & B, quartered in Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., guard presidential retreats, including Camp David, and the Marines of the Executive Flight Detachment of HMX-1 provide helicopter transport to the President and Vice President, with the call signs “Marine One” and “Marine Two,” respectively. By authority of the 1946 Foreign Service Act, the Marine Security Guards of the Marine Embassy Security Command provide security for American embassies, legations, and consulates at more than 140 posts worldwide.

Capabilities

The Marine Corps fulfills a vital role in national security as an amphibious, expeditionary, air-ground combined arms task force, capable of forcible entry from the air, land, and sea. It is capable of asymmetric warfare with conventional, irregular, and hybrid forces.

While the Marine Corps does not employ any unique combat arms, as a force it can rapidly deploy a combined-arms task force to almost anywhere in the world within days. The basic structure for all deployed units is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) that integrates a ground combat element, an aviation combat element and a logistics combat element under a common command element. While the creation of joint commands under the Goldwater–Nichols Act has improved inter-service coordination between each branch, the Corps’ ability to permanently maintain integrated multi-element task forces under a single command provides a smoother implementation of combined-arms warfare principles.

The close integration of disparate Marine units stems from an organizational culture centered around the infantry. Every other Marine capability exists to support the infantry. Unlike some Western militaries, the Corps remained conservative against theories proclaiming the ability of new weapons to win wars independently. For example, Marine aviation has always been focused on close air support and has remained largely uninfluenced by air power theories proclaiming that strategic bombing can single-handedly win wars.

This focus on the infantry is matched with the doctrine that “Every Marine is a rifleman”, a focus of Commandant Alfred M. Gray, Jr., emphasizing the infantry combat abilities of every Marine. All Marines, regardless of military specialization, receive training as a rifleman; and all officers receive additional training as infantry platoon commanders. For example, at Wake Island, when all of the Marine aircraft were shot down, pilots continued the fight as ground officers, leading supply clerks and cooks in a final defensive effort. As a result, a large degree of initiative and autonomy is expected of junior Marines, particularly the NCOs (corporals and sergeants), as compared with many other military organizations. The Marine Corps emphasizes authority and responsibility downward to a greater degree than the other military services. Flexibility of execution is implemented via an emphasis on “commander’s intent” as a guiding principle for carrying out orders; specifying the end state but leaving open the method of execution. The amphibious assault techniques developed for World War II evolved, with the addition of air assault and maneuver warfare doctrine, into the current “Operational Maneuver from the Sea” doctrine of power projection from the seas. The Marines are credited with the development of helicopter insertion doctrine and were the earliest in the American military to widely adopt maneuver-warfare principles which emphasize low-level initiative and flexible execution. In light of recent warfare that has strayed from the Corps’ traditional missions, it has renewed an emphasis on amphibious capabilities.

The Marine Corps relies on the Navy for sealift to provide its rapid deployment capabilities. In addition to basing a third of the Fleet Marine Force in Japan, Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) are typically stationed at sea. This allows the ability to function as first responders to international incidents. The United States Army now maintains light infantry units capable of rapid worldwide deployment, but those units do not match the combined-arms integration of a MAGTF and lack the logistics that the Navy provides. For this reason, the Marine Corps is often assigned to non-combat missions such as the evacuation of Americans from unstable countries and providing humanitarian relief during natural disasters. In larger conflicts, Marines act as a stopgap, to get into and hold an area until larger units can be mobilized. The Corps performed this role in World War I and the Korean War, where Marines were the first significant combat units deployed from the United States and held the line until the country could mobilize for war. To aid rapid deployment, the Maritime Pre-Positioning System was developed: fleets of container ships are positioned throughout the world with enough equipment and supplies for a Marine Expeditionary Force to deploy for 30 days.

The USMC is planning to reduce its logistical requirements and by 2025 eliminate all liquid fuel use for Marine Expeditionary Forces, except for highly efficient vehicles.