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Univ. of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarship

2015 Recipients Announced!

AMVETS Scholarships

Scholarship program provides 20 full-tuition scholarships to active-duty service members, eligible family members and veterans

PHOENIX, Feb. 10, 2015 – University of Phoenix and AMVETS, an advocate for veterans’ education, awarded 20 full-tuition scholarships to active-duty service members, eligible family members and veterans to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree from University of Phoenix. AMVETS has teamed with University of Phoenix since 2007, offering 325 scholarships to demonstrate the appreciation of the sacrifice active-duty service members, their families and veterans make for the country and to help them transition from the military to the civilian sector.

University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarship recipients are:

  • Ronald Camacho of Oceanside, Calif.
  • Marie Cooper of Tinley Park, Ill.
  • Brittany Diaz of Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Kathryn Jones of Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
  • Trent Maxwell of Kings Bay, Ga.
  • Sheila Morrow of E. Saint Louis, Ill.
  • Shelia Palmer of Felton, Del.
  • Rebecca Parks of Salem, Va.
  • Karen Ramirez of Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Ethan Ramsey of Yuma, Ariz.
  • Tiffany Rupp of Hope Mills, N.C.
  • Wanda Shires of Chesterfield, Va.
  • Jill Slate of Camarillo, Calif.
  • James Stephens of Middletown, Del.
  • Ashley Stimac of Stafford, Va.
  • Edward Stimac of Stafford, Va.
  • Kevin Thieme of Delia, Kan.
  • Jimmy Tidwell of Lawrence, Tenn.
  • Jamie Train of Derby, Kan.
  • Michael Wainwright of Brockport, N.Y.

“We are so very grateful for our long standing education partnership with University of Phoenix. This is truly a commitment that changes the lives of the recipients,” said AMVETS National Commander Larry E. Via. “These scholarships are an important part of our mission to help all veterans. In particular, our post-9/11 recipients can attain their educational goals as they strive to make a successful reintegration back into the civilian world.”

“We have a responsibility to help educate America’s transitioning service members, their families and veterans for career opportunities in both the military and civilian sectors,” said University of Phoenix Military Relations Vice President retired Army Col. Garland Williams. “The 2014 University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarships provides the 20 recipients an access to education opportunities to help increase their professional skill sets to secure future career opportunities.”

Even though the post-9/11 veterans unemployment rate is improving compared to a year ago1, there is still an urgent need to provide education and career services for transitioning active-duty service members, their families and veterans. University of Phoenix and AMVETS understand the critical need for America’s military to educationally distinguish themselves among job seekers in today’s competitive employment landscape.

Applications for the 2015 University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarships will be accepted May 5, 2015, through Sept. 8, 2015, and scholarship recipients will be announced on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015.

For more information on how to apply for the 2015 University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarships and for scholarship requirements, please visit www.phoenix.edu/amvetscholar when the scholarship application period opens on May 5, 2015.

About AMVETS
A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America’s armed forces, AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s citizens and veterans alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organizations in the United States, and includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserve. To learn more, visit www.amvets.org.

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.

Eddie Ozzie Awards

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2014 Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Award Honorable Mention

The annual Folio: magazine Eddie and Ozzie Award — is the largest and most inclusive awards program of its kind in the magazine publishing industry. The Eddies recognize excellence in magazine editorial and the Ozzies recognize excellence in magazine design. The Folio: team, along with a prestigious panel of 300+ judges recognized the redesign of our national magazine, American Veteran, as one of the very best in design from the more than 2,800 overall entries received this year.

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Comcast Newsmakers

AMVETS’ Executive Director Stewart Hickey discusses resources for Gulf War veterans on Comcast Newsmakers

2015 Spring NEC/Silver Helmet Banquet

2015 Spring NEC

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – Saturday, March 7, 2015 (EST)

Hotel Information:
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
5000 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22311

Phone: (800) 445-8997 or (703) 845-1010
Website: hiltonalexandriamc.com
Room Rate: $117.00
Cut-off Date: February 9, 2015
Parking: $8.00/night


Congressional Reception/Commander’s Testimony

Thursday, March 5, 2015 (EST)

Buses will depart from the hotel at 7:00 am. Seating is limited to 110 individuals. To reserve seating, please contact Chateau Mangaroo at cmangaroo@amvets.org


2015 Silver Helmet Banquet

Friday, March 6, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)

The Silver Helmet Awards Banquet is held annually in conjunction with the AMVETS Spring National Executive Committee meeting. In addition to AMVETS members, the audience includes cabinet members‚ members of Congress and military officials who come to pay tribute to the recipients of the award and AMVETS.

AMVETS Post 4 in Tampa Bay Helps Feed the Hungry

TAMPA BAY, FL – Feeding America is the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the country, and their Tampa Bay chapter is the largest food distribution center in the area. Feeding America Tampa Bay moved over 43 million pounds of food last year alone. Food is donated by wholesalers, grocery stores and local farmers, picked up every morning and distributed at places like AMVETS Post 4 on Skipper Road.

AMVETS Announces Thanksgiving Sweepstakes Winners

LANHAM, Md., November 25, 2014—AMVETS leaders this week congratulated AMVETS 2014 Thanksgiving Sweepstakes grand prize winner George Wittrock. AMVETS National Executive Director Stewart M. Hickey personally called George Wittrock to congratulate him on winning the $10,000 sweepstakes grand prize.

AMVETS selected the 10 lucky sweepstakes winners from approximately 115,000 entries from around the country for prizes ranging from $500 to the $10,000 grand prize. The drawing took place today at the AMVETS National Headquarters in Lanham, MD.

Proceeds from the sweepstakes will help support AMVETS’ continuing mission to deliver quality of life programs for veterans and their families. Be sure to look for the next AMVETS Sweepstakes entry form in the mail in February 2015.

2014 Thanksgiving Sweepstakes winners:

$10,000.00 – George Wittrock, Seattle, WA
$5,000.00 – Cindy Klima, Cedar Rapids, IA
$2,500.00 – Cindy Klima, Cedar Rapids, IA
$1,000.00 – William C. O’Connell, Randolph, MA
$500.00 – David S. Wirkala, Yarmouth, ME
$500.00 – Charles Hickson, Suffolk, VA
$500.00 – Leonard Malczewski, Neenah, WI
$500.00 – Billie Cook, Killeen, TX
$500.00 – Cheryl E. Papp, Columbus, OH
$500.00 – J. Wallington, Spartanburg, SC

About AMVETS:
A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America’s armed forces, AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s citizens and veterans alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organizations in the United States, and includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves. To learn more visit www.amvets.org.

AMVETS Army Ten Miler

Sunday’s 30th Annual Army Ten-Miler hosted nearly 35,000 participants hitting the road throughout Arlington, Va and Washington D.C.

The race is the Army’s premiere running event, beginning and ending in front of the Pentagon, after guiding runners past some of the nation’s most iconic monuments. In addition to Sunday’s race, the “Ten-Miler” weekend began with an expo at the D.C. Armory.

Each year the ATM Expo brings great deals on clothing, shoes, accessories and numerous other items to not just race participants, but anyone looking to stop by to show support.

At their booth, AMVETS takes part in the Expo by promoting the organization’s mission and services to the runners, troops, families, and supporters in attendance. AMVETS’ also collects gently worn running shoes, which are donated to the AMVETS Thrift Stores across the country. This year over 600 pairs of shoes were collected!

The 2014 race had fantastic competition, and this year’s standouts proved once again to be amazing athletes finishing with great times. The first place finisher from the men’s division was Solonei R. DaSilva from Brazil, crossing the line at 48:28; and from the women’s division, Kerri A. Gallagher of Arlington, Va. with a time of 54:50.

For more information about this year’s event, or to learn about future plans for the Army Ten-Miler, visit www.armytenmiler.com.