Print & Post: Week of November 07, 2011 Spouse Summit on Dec. 2-3

The Spouse Summit will empower and inform military spouses. The Summit will be held Friday, December 2nd to Saturday December 3rd in Arlington, VA. Subject Matter Experts will address the most pressing issues facing military families today -- spouse careers, education, finances, benefits and more. ( Register Today.

VA Encourages Small Businesses

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) in conjunction with the General Services Administration (GSA), encourages veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) to consider participating in the Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) Program. The FSS Program is the primary vehicle the Federal Government uses in making purchases for commercially available products and services: medically related products and services at VA, and other products and services through GSA.  Both agencies' FSS Programs are multiple award contracting programs that are open for potential new contractors on a continuing basis. The ( FSS website and ( GSA Schedules website can assist potential contractors in determining if this program is right for them.

For more civilian job resources and military friendly openings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Military Tribute at Knott's Berry Farm

Knott's Berry Farm holds an annual Military Tribute offering servicemembers and veterans, and a guest, free park admission. The 2011 Military Tribute Days run through 24 November (Thanksgiving Day). Free admission requires proper Military ID, Veterans may use their DD214 or Dept. of Veterans Affairs ID. In addition, members and veterans can purchase up to six additional tickets for just $17 each. ( Visit the KBF website for more information.

For more discounts for military families, servicemembers and veterans, visit the ( Discount Center.

Veterans Virtual Career Fair: Land a Job
The Veterans Virtual Career Fair will be held from November 14-18th and is free to our veteran community. Connect with over 22 employers to help move your career to the next level -- USAA, Amazon, Cisco Systems, Department of Veterans Affairs, and more. ( Register now.

Job Hunting? Look Beyond The Pay

When considering adding a non-military job to a family's income, be sure to look beyond the pay to see how the job's benefits can complement a family's complete financial picture. For example, a generous 401(k) match or great vision insurance can be worth more than a slightly higher salary.  For hourly jobs, benefits such as employee discounts can make a huge difference in spending costs. Get more information atthe ( Paycheck Chronicles.

New VA Record Sharing Rule

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it is amending an agency rule in the Code of Federal Register (C.F.R.) to remove an inappropriate restriction on sharing of information about treatment for certain types of medical conditions with the Department of Defense (DOD).  This confidentiality statute was enacted before other privacy laws were in place to protect against the unauthorized disclosure of VA medical records relating to treatment for drug abuse, alcoholism or alcohol abuse, infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and sickle cell anemia.  The interim final rule is (!documentDetail;D=VA-2011-VHA-0025-0001) available online. Written comments may be submitted through ( or faxed to (202) 273-9026.

For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Check Out the New Military Base Guides
Looking for the best tacos in town or the perfect spot for a romantic dinner? Did you find a business that you think other servicemembers should visit -- or avoid?  Our ( new Base Guides, sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union, is your one-stop source for what you need to know about life on base and around  your area.

VA PTSD App Wins Award

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Coach smartphone application, jointly developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), was recently honored as one of seven recipients of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility, which encourages technological innovation in communication-related areas. Information on the PTSD Coach app is on the VA's ( National Center for PTSD Website.

For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Deal of the Week: Eat Free at Applebee's

Each year, Veterans Day turns into a military reunion at Applebee's in neighborhoods across the country. Enjoy great food and share stories this Veteran's Day. ( Get your free meal from Applebee's.

( See all Military Discounts (

The 12 Most Underrated Jobs in America

In the current economy, are there jobs out there that fly under the radar yet give you good bang for the buck? seems to think so -- they've come out with a list of the top 12 most underrated jobs in the nation -- Paralegal, Accountant, Loan Officer, Market Research Analysis, Software Engineer and more. ( Get the full list.

Narrow your job search -- Apply for ( military friendly openings listed on

VA Approves New Emblem of Belief

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved the Armenian Cross as an emblem of belief that can be placed on the government headstones or marker of a deceased American veteran. To date, 38 denominations have had their "Emblem of Belief" accepted by the Veterans Administration for use on government headstones or markers. The grave markers and tombstones are free of charge. The marker will be sent directly to the cemetery where the veteran is buried; the cemetery staff will install the marker on the grave site. For more information, e-mail ( or contact National Cemetery Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 5109 Russell Road, Quantico, VA 22134-3903.

For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Free Admission to Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg will be offering free weekend-long admission tickets to active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their immediate dependents, including families of deployed servicemembers, from Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13th. The admission includes the Colonial Williamsburg exhibition sites, art museums, and most daytime programs. It also includes free parking and use of the shuttle bus system. Tickets may be picked up only at the on-site ticket sales locations. ( Get more information.

For more discounts for military families, servicemembers and veterans, visit the ( Discount Center.

Top Discounts on Cars for Veterans Day

TrueCar has determined the biggest discounts available on a mix of new cars and trucks. These discounts represent the average savings consumers received off of the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) including incentives. For more on these discounts and other savings available to servicemembers and veterans buying new cars this holiday season, see the ( Auto Center.

2011 Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies

Visit the ( Military Advantage Blog for a list of nationally offered discounts and freebies for Veterans Day. The list includes national chain retailers and restaurants. In addition, you can visit the Discount Center to access a virtually endless list of veterans discount opportunities.

For more discounts for military families, servicemembers and veterans, visit the ( Discount Center.

Visit the Football Hall of Fame Free

The Pro-Football Hall of Fame's annual Veterans Day Salute, will be held on Saturday, November 05, 2011, from  09:00 AM -- 05:00 PM. Veterans, Servicemembers and their spouse or a guest will be admitted free of charge to the Hall of Fame for a day-long recognition of  US Military veterans. Members of the Blue and Gold Star Mothers will also be eligible for free admission. There will be a special ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Hall of Fame's NFL Films Theater. ( More information.

For more discounts for military families, servicemembers and veterans, visit the ( Discount Center.

$100k of Protection for $6.80 a Month

What if you could give your family peace of mind that comes knowing you're protected by life insurance without hidden clauses or fine print? Get 100k worth of coverage for only $6.80 a month. Keep your family protected. ( Contact Navy Mutual Today.

A Look at Vet Centers

Vet Centers were established after the Vietnam War to provide readjustment counseling to war Vets. Now they are expanding to meet new demands for mental health care. Learn more at the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) ( VAntage Point Blog.  

For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Official Veterans Day Video

On this Veterans Day, we are celebrating those who have served our country. VA is reaching out to explain the meaning of Veterans Day, and the fact that our gratitude reaches far beyond just one day out of the year -- see and share the ( official Veterans Day video.

For more on Veterans Day, including news on special events and discounts for military families, visit the ( Veterans Day page.