Successful Delivery of Presents to the Children of Paradise


Paradise crew makes  time for one final thank you to Family Giving Tree.
Photo credit: Dean McCully

We put out a call, five days before Christmas, to help the Family Giving Tree sort and wrap thousands of gifts for the children of Paradise/Butte County.  Without hesitation, Veterans and community members answered the call and showed up by the hundreds.  Because of this, Family Giving Tree was able to meet the deadline and successfully delivered presents to the children of Paradise.

Here’s a comment from our Board Secretary, Dean McCully; who helped coordinate this massive project.

Once the word went out, literally hundreds of volunteers started showing up at Family Giving Tree warehouse in north San Jose.   In fact, there were so many volunteers that everybody was getting a little nervous about unqualified people hanging around, maybe messing things up, or even getting hurt.

In fact, by Friday morning, it did start crossing our minds that we might actually have to turn away volunteers.  But nope, Jennifer the director of Family Giving Tree realized that she had enough volunteers to actually pull back thousands of unwrapped gifts, and have volunteers wrapping them.  So tons of unwrapped gifts got wrapped, thanks to an immense surge of volunteers.  Wow what an operation!   Wrapping was going so fast and furious that I think if anybody stood still for more than a few seconds, they would have gotten wrapped.   But nobody was standing still, and everybody was moving at lightning speed, and thousands of gifts were wrapped as well as sorted and ready for distribution.

The Paradise wildfire sucked.  50,000 homeless, 14,000 structures burned, almost 90 people known dead and 150+ still missing, lives put on hold or even destroyed.  But once volunteers engaged, thousands of kids had a little brighter Christmas…

You can read Dean’s accounts and see the results here.

Thank you to all who paused from their holiday preparations and celebrations; and made time to make a dismal holiday for others so much brighter – to give hope and joy. 

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A Look Back at 2018

As an up and coming nonprofit organization, we hit the ground running and learned new things along the way.  As we end 2018, here’s a look back at what we have done over the past year. 

  • Launched our core service and presented our mission and vision to the United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County.
  • Visited and hosted events at colleges to share our services and educate students about their benefits and options, as Veterans.
Pizza and chat at San Jose State University
Resource fairs at West Valley College and Evergreen Valley College
  • New partnerships with companies who are Veteran-centered; offering services in education, employment search, and entrepreneurship.
    • Work for Warriors (WFW) is a State and Federally funded FREE Job Placement Program in California. The intent of the employment initiative branded “Work for Warriors” is aimed at assisting Post 9/11 Veterans, Active National Guard, Active Reserve members, Spouses, and Gold Star Families in finding civilian employment in their region of California.
    • NPower is creating pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.
    • ZipRecruiter created a Veterans resource page to help find veteran-friendly jobs and career help such as career advice or interview tips.
  • Connected and partnered with organizations to raise awareness on the difficulties Veterans face while transitioning to their civilian lives..

Milpitas Rotary hosted an auction dinner to raise funds to support our mission.
Kiwanis of San Jose and Know A Vet put a picnic together for San Jose Vet Center clients and their families.
Vet-Net Summer Summit in Santa Cruz, Second Harvest Social Safety Net Group, Silicon Valley Veterans Summit, Spoke at Saratoga Rotary Club, San Jose Vet Center Christmas lunch for Veterans and their families.
  • Our core team attended training events to help propel us forward.
    • Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
    • Nonprofit Marketing with Social Media
    • Customer Relations Management (CRM)
  • Outreach events to the community

Military Appreciation at the ScoutORama, Memorial Day at Oak Hill Cemetery, Spirit of ‘45, Viva Calle, Day on the Bay, Family Fall Festival at Lake Cunningham, Senior Research and Wellness Fair, Veterans’ Day Parade, Honor on the Row
  • Launched our Facebook page
    • Real-time information on topics about Veteran resources, benefits, employment, education, events, and more.
    • Share our photos of activities we do and participate in.
    • Share information from our community partners.
  • Know A Vet News
    • Our weekly newsletter engages with those who are not on social media.
    • Share resources and benefits news curated from community partners and online sources.
  • Thanks to a fantastic set of donors and volunteers, we were able to provide a hot lunch to the 297th ASMC team who were mobilized to assist the Butte County/Paradise fire citizens.  You can view the album here.

We are looking forward to what 2019 will bring.

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.  We all need shots (vaccines) to help protect us from serious diseases. This protection is called immunization. To help keep our community safe, Know A Vet? is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month by providing you with resources to help you live your best life.

It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.  Shots can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and pneumonia.

Adults need vaccines, too!

Source: National Public Health Information Coalition

Everyone ages 6 months and older needs to get a flu vaccine every year. Other types of shots work best at specific ages or life stages.

Immunization Schedules

If you have a child age 6 or younger, learn which shots your child needs.
Find out which shots you need as an adult.
Use this chart for adults to see if you are up to date on your shots [PDF – 156 KB].
If you are pregnant, check out this recommended immunization schedule [PDF – 255 KB].

TRICARE covers age-appropriate doses of vaccines, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at no cost to you.  To avoid point-of-service fees, visit your network provider or your primary care manager.  If going to retail pharmacies, make sure the pharmacist gives you the vaccine and not a provider to avoid potential out-of-pocket costs.
Best practice is to call the pharmacy to set an appointment, to make sure that the vaccine you need is on hand, and to ask what proof of documentation they require for the service.

Explore travel health with the CDC Yellow Book if you are planning on traveling outside the country.

Where to get the shots:

To find your local VA, visit www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp.
To find a Tricare participating pharmacy, visit https://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/pharmacy/findpharmacy.shtml
To find a Military Hospital or Clinic, visit https://tricare.mil/mtf.aspx

Retail Pharmacies
Name Phone Number Pharmacy Locator
Walmart 1-800-Wal-Mart http://www.walmart.com/store/finder
http://www.samsclub.com/clublocator
Walgreens 1-800-WALGREENS https://www.walgreens.com/storelocator/find.jsp
Kroger’s 1-800-576-4377 https://www.kroger.com/storeLocator?selectedStoreFilters=Pharmacy&hash=Pharmacy
Rite Aid 1-800-748-3243 http://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy

Talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure that everyone in your family gets the shots they need.

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Career / Opportunities July 31, 2018

Curated Veteran Jobs Listing for July 31, 2018

 Work for Warriors:  Assisting Post 9/11 Veterans, Active National Guard, Active Reserve members, Spouses, and Gold Star Families in finding civilian employment in their region of California.

Applied Materials – Technical Project/Program Management IV – Software Integration
Service Champions Heating and Air Services – HVAC Technician
Allied Universal Security – Mall Security Director – South San Jose
Coca-Cola – Swing Rep – Odwalla (San Jose)
Herz Rentals – Truck Driver Class C

MadSkillsVirtual jobs for military spouses; creates virtual jobs for professionals that allow them to earn a living, where they are, wherever they are.

Contract – Back-End Developer
Contract – Front-End Developer
Full Time – Outbound Scheduler – Entry Level
Full time – Project Coordinator-Entry Level
Full Time – Customer Service/Tech Support – Entry Level

GI Jobs: Resource for civilian jobs and careers, schools, and transition.

Good Samaritan Hospital – Respiratory Therapist II PRN in San Jose
Wells Fargo – Lead Teller in San Jose
Hilton – Housekeeping Room Attendant – Doubletree San Jose
United Rentals – Class C Truck Driver in San Jose
Regional Medical Center of San Jose – Anesthesia Tech PRN

hirepurpose: Helping transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses find careers they love

Apple – NPI Capacity Program Manager – iPhone
Nike – Converse Lifestyle Store – Seasonal Associate – Livermore, CA
Accenture – SAP Supply Chain Consultant, Northeast – Remote
Oakley – Sunglass Hut – Sales Manager
Pfizer – Patient Affairs Liaison – Remote

 

 

Travis Air Force Base Transition Summit
Thursday, September 6, 2018 – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Delta Breeze Club
400 Winward Drive Travis AFB, CA 94535

Connect directly with HR experts and hiring managers via industry-specific employment briefs, attend our resume building and digital networking workshops to super-charge your transition to a civilian career, then network with dozens of companies at a free evening networking and hiring reception. This event is free and is open to active duty service members, Guard and Reserve, veterans, and military spouses. Please check back soon for the full event agenda.

REGISTER

 

 

The employment and entrepreneurial leads above were pulled from military-affiliated sites and organizations we are partnered with. While we are extremely careful about what leads we post, we do not guarantee employment or success in any enterprise. We ask that you do your due diligence and thoroughly research anything you’re interested in before submitting an application.

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Military Transition-Career Management: American Job Centers

 

Military transition is difficult enough when returning to civilian life.  Imagine what that translates to when it comes to employment search.  Do you know what your Military Occupation Specialty/Military Occupation Code (MOS/MOC) translate to in a civilian job?  Have you gone through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) before you left the military?  Have you ever talked to a civilian recruiter or an HR manager and get that deer in the headlights look?

Life after the military gets a little overwhelming in the first year or two, but transition to a civilian job shouldn’t be one of them.  There are many veteran friendly agencies that can help, beyond the Transition Assistance Program (TAP).  They understand the difficulties of translating your MOS to a resume that any headhunter can understand.

Career One Stop is a great source for career exploration, training, and jobs.  Here, you can find how to match your MOS/MOC with a comparable civilian job.  Just click on the Veterans Job Finder, enter your military job title and your location and it will find a match for you.

Nearly 2,500 nationwide American Job Centers (AJCs), maintained by Career One Stop, can help you look for work, provide you with career development training opportunities, computer access, help your resume shine and find answers to other employment-related questions.  You can find your local center by visiting their American Job Center Finder and entering your location or a zip code.

California has 121 job centers stating that they have veteran representatives on site.  18 are within the heart of Silicon Valley.  Here are the 13 of the 18 that have contacts for you to connect with:

North San Jose America`s Job Center of California
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   408-216-6053 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:      [email protected]
Veterans Representative #2 Phone:   408-216-6115 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #2 E-mail Address:      [email protected]

AJCC – Oakland (Oakland Airport Corporation Center)
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   510-564-0516 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:      [email protected]
Veterans Representative #2 Phone:   510-564-0509 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #2 E-mail Address:      [email protected]
Veterans Representative #3 Phone:   510-564-0510 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #3 E-mail Address:      [email protected]

America`s Job Center of California – EASTBAY Works
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   (925) 602-3993 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:     [email protected]

San Benito County One-Stop Career Center
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   408-216-6115 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:      [email protected]
Veterans Representative #2 Phone:   408-216-6041 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #2 E-mail Address:      [email protected]

EASTBAY Works RichmondWORKS
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   510-970-7337 (direct line)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:      [email protected]

America`s Job Center of California – Fremont
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   510-794-3669 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:      [email protected]
Veterans Representative #2 Phone:   510-794-3669 (office)
Veterans Rep. #2 E-mail Address:      [email protected]
Veterans Representative #3 Phone:   510-794-3669 (office)
Veterans Rep. #3 E-mail Address:      [email protected]

Menlo Park Workforce Services Office – AJCC
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:  650-688-6335 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:    [email protected]

Work 2 Future San Jose Job Center
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:  408-794-1100 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:    [email protected]

Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center-Dublin
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   925-560-9431 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:     [email protected]

Capitola Career Center – America`s Job Center of California
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:  831-464-6286 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:     [email protected]
Veterans Representative #2 Phone:  831-464-6286 (office)
Veterans Rep. #2 E-mail Address:     [email protected]

Goodwill Central Coast Career Center
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:  831-423-8611 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:     [email protected]

Alameda One Stop Career Center / America’s Job Center of California
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:   510-748-2208 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:     [email protected]

EDD Workforce Services – San Francisco Civic Center
Veterans Representative #1 Phone:  415-749-7503 (office)
Veterans Rep. #1 E-mail Address:    [email protected]
Veterans Representative #2 Phone:  415-749-7503 (office)
Veterans Rep. #2 E-mail Address:    [email protected]

If you prefer to do things on your own, here are 3 that offer self-help resources.

Career OneStop Veteran and Military Transition Center Veteran and Military Transition Center is a one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service.

Personal Branding Resume Engine Translate your military experience for employers, so they can translate it into success.
Help potential employers understand how the skills and experience you’ve gained as a service member make you a great employee. The Personal Branding Resume Engine™ will translate your military record into a strong resume that civilian employers can understand. Once you complete your resume, you can make it viewable by thousands of employers using the Resume Engine to look for qualified job candidates.

Careerspark is for military spouses, by military spouses.
Your experience matters. Discover all the skills you have and put them to work.
Maximize your work and volunteer experience with Career Spark and make your resume searchable to thousands of military-friendly employers in our database.

Everyone has preferences when it comes to job/career management.  The choice is yours.  Take that next step towards living your best life.

Your Turn:

Did you find the nearest Job Center for you?

Have you visited any of these locations?  What did you or didn’t you like about it?

How can Know A Vet help simplify your military career transition?

 

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Career / Opportunities July 24, 2018

Career / Opportunities July 24, 2018

Here is your military-friendly job listing for the week.
Open to military service members, veterans, and spouses.

Work for Warriors:  Assisting Post 9/11 Veterans, Active National Guard, Active Reserve members, Spouses, and Gold Star Families in finding civilian employment in their region of California.

East Bay Municipal Utility District – Maintenance Machinist
East Bay Municipal Utility District – Customer Service Manager
Eagle Eye Int’l Protective Services – Residential Security Guard
CarMax – Vehicle Condition Assessor
CINTAS – New Account Coordinator (Hayward)

Hire A Hero:  Online job board for veterans and their families

SUPERVALU Holdings Inc. – Manager Product Development I- Livermore, CA
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. – Senior Mechanical Engineer, Instruments
Best Buy – Geek Squad Double Agent, PC (Union City Market)
Illumina, Inc. – Clinical Laboratory Technician 2 – 3rd shift
KinderCare Education LLC – Lead Teacher

MadSkillsVirtual jobs for military spouses; creates virtual jobs for professionals that allow them to earn a living, where they are, wherever they are.

Contract – Back-End Developer
Contract – Front-End Developer
Part-Time – Rich media Designer/Developer
Full Time – Outbound Scheduler – Entry Level
Full time – Project Coordinator-Entry Level

GI Jobs: Resource for civilian jobs and careers, schools, and transition.

Wells Fargo – San Jose – Teller Bilingual Spanish
IBM – Security Intelligence Client Executive San Jose
Oracle – Sr. Member of Technical Staff San Jose
PwC – Technology, Media & Telecomm Delivering Deal Value Director
Deloitte – Hybris Architect/Specialist Senior

hirepurpose: Helping transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses find careers they love

Hertz San Francisco – Counter Sales Representative
Apple San Jose – NPI Capacity Program Manager – iPhone
Spectrum Anaheim – Spectrum Business Account Executive
Nike Livermore – Converse Lifestyle Store – Seasonal Associate
Accenture Remote – SAP Supply Chain Consultant, Northeast

Travis Air Force Base Transition Summit
Thursday, September 6, 2018 – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Delta Breeze Club
400 Winward Drive Travis AFB, CA 94535

At our Travis Air Force Base Transition Summit, you’re invited to connect directly with HR experts and hiring managers via industry-specific employment briefs, attend our resume building and digital networking workshops to super-charge your transition to a civilian career, then network with dozens of companies at a free evening networking and hiring reception. This event is free and is open to active duty service members, Guard and Reserve, veterans, and military spouses. Please check back soon for the full event agenda.   REGISTER

 

 

The employment and entrepreneurial leads above were pulled from military-affiliated sites and organizations we are partnered with. While we are extremely careful about what leads we post, we do not guarantee employment or success on any enterprise. We ask that you do your due diligence and thoroughly research anything you’re interested in before submitting an application.

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Career / Opportunities July 17, 2018

Work for Warriors:  Assisting Post 9/11 Veterans, Active National Guard, Active Reserve members, Spouses, and Gold Star Families in finding civilian employment in their region of California.

Palo Alto Networks – All Positions (Tech, IT, HR, Sales, Admin, Eng.)
Academy of Art University – Veteran Benefits Administrator
Auto Nation – Service Advisor
Wiser Solutions – DevOps Engineer
East Bay Municipal Utility District – Customer Services Supervisor

Hire A Hero:  Online job board for veterans and their families

EA – EAX Developer
Best Buy – Geek Squad Appliances
Sodexo Atherton – Unit Marketing Coordinator
Sodexo Palo Alto – Food Operations Manager 3
Sodexo San Jose – General Manager 3
Sodexo Sunnyvale – Director 2-Facilities Operations

MadSkillsVirtual jobs for military spouses; creates virtual jobs for professionals that allow them to earn a living, where they are, wherever they are.

Contract – Back-End Developer
Contract – Front-End Developer
Part-Time – Rich media Designer/Developer
Full Time – Outbound Scheduler – Entry Level
Full time – Project Coordinator – Entry Level

GI Jobs: Resource for civilian jobs and careers, schools, and transition.

Wells Fargo – Personal Banker 1
Wells Fargo – Teller
Hilton – General Manager
Verizon – Part-Time Sales Associate
IBM – CICD Engineer

The employment and entrepreneurial leads above were pulled from military-affiliated sites and organizations we are partnered with. While we are extremely careful about what leads we post, we do not guarantee employment or success in any enterprise. We ask that you do your due diligence and thoroughly research anything you’re interested in before submitting an application.

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Career / Opportunities July 10, 2018

Goodwill of Silicon Valley:  Local community partner

Main Plant – Mission Services Administrative Liaison
Willow Glen Store – CDP PT Retail Customer Service Specialist
Main Plant – FTR E-Commerce Associate I
Morgan Hill Store – CDP PT Retail Donor Greeter
Main Plant – PTT Good Labor General Worker

Work for Warriors:  Assisting Post 9/11 Veterans, Active National Guard, Active Reserve members, Spouses, and Gold Star Families in finding civilian employment in their region of California.

Palo Alto Networks – All Positions (Tech, IT, HR, Sales, Admin, Eng.)
Academy of Art University – Veteran Benefits Administrator
Technical Safety Services – Field Service Coordinator
CVS Health – Logistics Supervisor
Western Digital – Electronics Calibration/Metrology Tech

Hire A Hero job postings:  Online job board for veterans and their families

F5 Networks – Technical Program Manager
10x Genomix – Associate Product Manager Instrumentation
Best Buy – Major Appliance Customer Service Specialist
A10 Networks – Network Engineer
Sodexo – Executive Chef 3

MadSkills Virtual Job BoardVirtual jobs for military spouses; creates virtual jobs for professionals that allow them to earn a living, where they are, wherever they are.

Full Time – Project Coordinator-Entry Level
Full Time – Customer Service/Tech Support – Entry Level
Contract – WordPress Developer
Contract – Tech Support
Contract – QA Tester

GI Jobs Employment: Resource for civilian jobs and careers, schools, and transition.

Wells Fargo – Personal Banker 1
Wells Fargo – Region Bank President – Silicon Valley
Hilton – Assistant Chief Engineer – DoubleTree San Jose
Wells Fargo – Personal Banker 1
Wells Fargo – Personal Banker Registered 2

CAREER FAIR

work2future – July 11, 2018, 11 am – 1 pm, 1601 Foxworthy Ave., SJ, CA 95118
Competitive wages; direct hire
Employers include: California’s Great Adventure, Chase Bank, FedEx Express, Homecare California, Kelly Services, SJSU Research Foundation, Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions, Universal Site Services, Walters & Wolf

 

The employment and entrepreneurial leads above were pulled from military-affiliated sites and organizations we are partnered with. While we are extremely careful about what leads we post, we do not guarantee employment or success in any enterprise. We ask that you do your due diligence and thoroughly research anything you’re interested in before submitting an application.

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Career / Opportunities July 3, 2018

Work for Warriors:  Assisting Post 9/11 Veterans, Active National Guard, Active Reserve members, Spouses, and Gold Star Families in finding civilian employment in their region of California.

Palo Alto Networks – All Positions (Tech, IT, HR, Sales, Admin, Eng.)
Academy of Art University – Veteran Benefits Administrator
Saint John’s Programs – Bookkeeper
Saint John’s Programs – Grant Writer
S&J Services, Inc. – Window Washers and Laborer

Hire A Hero have job postings:  Online job board for veterans and their families

Kinder Care Education, LLC – School-age Teacher
Best Buy – Phone Operator
Swinerton Incorporated – MEP Coordinator
Illumina, Inc. – Associate Director, Marketing Development
Informatica – Sr. Executive Asst., Sales

 MadSkills Virtual Job BoardVirtual jobs for military spouses; creates virtual jobs for professionals that allow them to earn a living, where they are, wherever they are.

Contract – Rich Media Project Manager
Contract – Back End Developer
Contract – Front End Developer
Part-Time – Rich Media Designer/Developer
Full Time – Outbound Scheduler – Entry Level

GI Jobs Employment: Resource for jobs, schools, and transition.

Verizon Wireless – Business Operations Senior Manager
Farmers Insurance – Claims Adjuster Liability
Wells Fargo – Personal Banker 1
Wells Fargo – Teller
Wells Fargo – Teller

 

 

 

The employment and entrepreneurial leads above were pulled from military affiliated sites and organizations we are partnered with. While we are extremely careful about what leads we post, we do not guarantee employment or success on any enterprise. We ask that you do your due diligence and thoroughly research anything you’re interested in before submitting an application.

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