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3 M2M graduates placed in jobs this week!

We want to share that we have 3 Military Spouses who were just hired as “Proofers” with a Medical Transcription Company working from their homes. This company is also one of Military to Medicine’s newest partners.

· 1 is from Ft Hood in Texas

· 1 is from Palm Dale, California

· 1 is from Ft Knox in Kentucky

Congratulations ladies!

If you are looking for employment and have not done so already please go to: http://healthcarecareers.militarytomedicine.org/jobseekers/profile/ and upload your resume.

If you need resume help please contact your nearest Installation Family Center. If you do not have an installation nearby and need resume help please e-mail us at: communityservices@militarytomedicine.org and we will have someone get back to you for help.

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The Military Spouse

I found this on a blog site today- To all my sister spouses- thank you for what you do!!

The Military Spouse
~author unknown~
There he stands in camouflage….yet he cannot hide from you.
You can pick him out in a crowd, and can eye his stride among a formation.
There he goes, away from you again, off to do his part and be his best,
leaving you in his wake – never “behind” yet always longing for his return.
There you are, amidst boxes and paper and confusion, creating a home, designing a household, transforming a building into a loving, nurturing, comfortable environment. Memories will be made here. Events will be celebrated. Children will be born, graduate, grow, change. Your family will evolve. Your love will increase. Your marriage will improve. And you will then be asked to leave it all…again.
There are those who do not understand… Who cannot comprehend, what it takes to fulfill your role, to fill your shoes, to be all that you need to be.
They marvel at times.Criticize at others.Seldom appreciate.Cannot imagine.
There are those moments, when you are where they are. When you marvel, criticize, lack comprehension, and are unable to muster understanding. And then he appears at the door, or on the phone, or through a rumpled letter addressed to “my love” and suddenly there is comprehension, and understanding, affirmation and conviction.
For by his presence, through his voice, in his message you KNOW that you’ve been beckoned to a noble calling, when asked to be a military spouse.
Invited to support a soldier who allows freedom, who guards democracy, who instills leadership. And in your role you see a slice of life that few others have the privilege to experience…
– flags appear more brilliant to you…- parades draw out more emotion for you…
– a patriotic song is a musical message played just for you…
– a hand-over-the-heart is as stirring as an embrace for you…
– a parting kiss can hold you for months…
– a welcome-back embrace can fill you up from lonely months…
– a gravemarker is a stark reminder of the meaning of devotion…
– a tear shared is a stark statement on the meaning of sacrifice…
– a duffle bag on a baggage claim gives you pause and connection…
– an eagle’s soar gives you inspiration.There you are…The military spouse.
The one asked to be strong.The one willing to belong.
The one who is often required to do it all.
The very one who is privileged to stand beside a true American – day in and day out.
How God has blessed us.How He has rewarded us.
There are military spouses around the world, beside soldiers, airmen, marines and sailors. They share a bond, a unity and a duty- to be there, always for their hero.
There.Said.Done.Deserved.There are no better…anywhere.

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Visit Military to Medicines Web Site and Join the Social Network

Greetings,

Last month, you were introduced to Military to Medicine, a program that provides online healthcare training and employment opportunities for military spouses, wounded warriors and their caregivers, Veterans, National Guard, Reserve and their spouses, and service members transitioning to civilian employment.

Today, Military to Medicine is excited to tell you that our new Web site – http://www.militarytomedicine.org – is up and running! On the site visitors can learn more about Military to Medicine, apply for courses online or even join the Talent Exchange, our social networking site – created especially for the military community that is interested in a healthcare career. As students who have experienced the online learning environment, we encourage you to join our network and stay connected to the instructors and contacts you have made. The link is directly on the home page under the word Ning.

To participate:

1. Visit http://www.militarytomedicine.org
2. Link to the social network found on the word Ning on the home page.
3. Sign up for Military to Medicine’s Talent Exchange social network in the top right corner of the Ning site.

With your participation, Military to Medicine’s Talent Exchange social networking site will be the one stop source for the military community to connect with other healthcare students, professionals, recruiters and healthcare employers. If you have any questions about Military to Medicine, please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Lastly, M2M is expanding our attendance at military events to include, yellow ribbon re-integration programs, career fairs, FRG meetings, Pre-deployment briefs, OMBUDSMAN conferences, spouse nights, TAPS, indoctrinations and much more.
Please feel free to contact the following team member below for any questions.

Kristina Saul- Outreach Specialist- kristina.saul@militarytomedicine.org – 770-356-0086- Marketing Materials and Questions

Kristina Saul
Outreach Specialist
Military to Medicine
Kristina.Saul@militarytomedicine.org
770-445-5286- Desk
770-356-0086-Cell
http://www.militarytomedicine.org

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About Military to Medicine, video with Daniel Nichols – M2M CEO

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The Birth of Military to Medicine

Visit Military to Medicine’s blog site on Ning- www.militarytomedicine.org

Military to Medicine was born on a blistering evening in the barren desert lowlands that stretch between Kuwait and Iraq. The young Marine was not the first and would not be the last, but his story was symptomatic of more than a thousand shared with me in confidence during the days following the US’s initial military operations into Iraq in 2003.

He was a young Marine and this was his first experience of war. Thousands of miles away, his young wife had given birth to a new daughter whom he had never seen apart from a few photos sent in post. Unlike others in the area, he was part of a detachment in a remote landing zone that didn’t have satellite connection to the outside world, so calls were few and electronic communication nonexistent.
The Marine clasped his hands in his lap. I could see them shaking slightly out of the corner of my eye as I read the scrawled sentence on the page before me. We were sitting behind a screen in the medic’s tent. I’m not a physician, nor a psychiatrist, and though trained as a counselor, I’m a chaplain first and so I struggled with the decision that lay before me that night. “I cannot stop myself from committing harm to myself or others.” His signature followed.

The marine was one of perhaps a dozen of the most difficult situations with which I was confronted during that time in the desert. But I can say with certainty that as combat operations have progressed over the last decade, the stories and life challenges I am confronted with have only grown more abundant and more severe. I made a decision that night in the desert, a commitment to stand for those that cannot stand for themselves. And on that promise I will not waver; on that premise I founded my part in what is now called Military to Medicine.

The young marine had been exposed to the horrors of war. He shared his story with me that night, along with his fears for a new wife and child, for the tense relationship between his separated parents, a financial crisis that was only being held at bay by the fact that he was deployed . . . He bore the weight of worlds. And he was struggling to cope with it. He’d been getting in to fights with his platoon members and placed into discipline for the third time in as many weeks. He couldn’t solve the problems at home and couldn’t see his way forward, and didn’t know where to turn.

I’d been able to connect with our legal officers who were working with his wife and creditors to keep them from being evicted from their apartment. He had been activated from the individual ready reserve, and lived in southern Texas, away from any military base. One phrase he said sticks with me to this day, “I don’t see any light chaps, only darkness ahead. When I get home. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t have a job, I don’t have a way to take care of my family.” And then in a whisper, “but if I die out here at least she’ll get the insurance.”

I folded the paper in my hands, confirmed his permission one last time, and placed a hand on his shoulder for a moment before standing and walking out of the tent to the doctor and security detail waiting outside. They were going to drive him far south to the only available psychiatrist that could see him. It was the only thing I could think of at the time that might make a difference. I know better now.

Eight hours later, sleeping to troubled dreams in my tent I was awakened by a stern call from a familiar voice. “Chaplain, get up … we need you out here.” It was the Executive Officer of the unit making a personal call … never a good sign. We walked swiftly through the darkened camp, with the loud hum of generators, and the stench of burning diesel fumes. The ExO didn’t say much, only that the marine I’d seen earlier had been sent back that same evening. For a moment I thought he was furious with me for wasting the time and fuel of his drivers in making the trip. And then we walked through the flap of the tent.

He was being tended to. The cuts were everywhere, his uniform in tatters, and the medics were still trying to remove pieces of the metal wire still left in him. He’d broken down upon his return and thrown himself into the barbed concertina wire that ran along the perimeter of the camp.

Few things in life have stirred me to such fury and passion as the look in that young man’s eyes. Being a chaplain, I believe what came next was inspiration, though looking back on it I could see how I might have looked insane myself. The medics carried a satellite phone with them and I asked for it. In my civilian job I was working at the US Department of Labor, serving in an organization called the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. I kept some of their contact information with me in a little resource book I kept with me. It was 5 pm in Texas, and a live voice picked up the phone.

I told him briefly that I was calling from a long way off, but I had a veteran with me that needed some help. He’d be coming home soon and he would be unemployed. Could he talk to him for a minute and help connect him with someone that could help. That was all the warning the veteran on the other end of the line received, and then I handed the phone over to the young marine and told him that he mattered, that there were people that cared about him, that could help him get on his feet, and that there was hope.

Military to Medicine is not a business; it is a mission that makes good business sense. I have cared and continue to care for the needs of hundreds of our military families, war-wounded veterans and their care takers. And I have found that of all the resources that I can provide, there is nothing as powerful as helping a person find a job in an environment where they can thrive in a career that they can grow to love.

Military to Medicine is not interested in creating jobs that go nowhere. We are not interested in teaching information that has no practical use in the workplace. We are about creating a healthcare workforce at the ready, and being a driving force to transform the lives of military families and in so doing to build a network of talent and training powerful enough to reshape homes and communities around the world.

I watched. I looked into the eyes of that young marine as he listened to the voice on the other end of the phone. And though he had shed not a tear as strips of twisted razors were taken from his arms and legs and side, I saw him weep for the joy that a new hope had been given back to him. But he couldn’t get it from email. He couldn’t get it from a letter or a brochure or a website. Hope is best and most effectively transacted through living beings.

We have a powerful opportunity before us. The vast majority of the world does not have the healthcare it needs to face the challenges of today, let alone those of tomorrow. In the US alone, thousands of interested students are being turned away from career training in healthcare because there are not enough to teach them. Countries around the world are being stripped of what little talent they have as nurses have become a major export to developed nations like the US. There is a vast amount of confusion among people seeking entry into entry level healthcare jobs and high failure rates because the quality of education has eroded and become disengaged from hospitals and care providers. The US healthcare system is undergoing dramatic technological change while facing a future of tightening restrictions and demands for quality results.

We believe we can make a difference, to meet the talent demands of an industry in crisis while delivering hope and returning meaning to those whose sacrifices have proven their devotion to community and to their fellow human being.

Each day I awake with a story like that of this marine, for I carry a thousand stories with me. And each day I carry visions of what could be, of how a small village in a far off place could be transformed if we could bring healing skills to many hands, and how the mother of a wounded soldier could rebuild a shattered family after two years away from home while nursing her son through a thousand surgeries.

This is why I go to work each day. I want to welcome you to our growing community. Some of you are unfamiliar with our name, but have worked with many of our staff who created the heart of Military to Medicine by delivering career assistance services as Operation Life Transformed. To OLT Alumni and friends I give my warmest welcome, as i do to our Inova Health System staff who have labored long and hard to make this dream a reality.

One thing I ask, which was asked of me when I received help from a fellow member of the military community. Join our community, provide a helping hand, (and to steal from a recent movie) “pay forward” the good that is done to you that the heart of service will beat long and strong in this land and this world that we love.

Very Respectfully,
Daniel Nichols

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Operation Life Transformed Name Changing to Military to Medicine

Please visit:  www.militarytomedicine.org 

Operation Life Transformed (OLT) has joined forces with Inova Health System to form Military to Medicine, a program that provides online healthcare training and employment opportunities for military spouses, wounded warriors and their caregivers, Veterans, National Guard, Reserve and their spouses, and service members transitioning to civilian employment.

OLT has been working cooperatively on the pilot Military to Medicine program since February 2009. Our two organizations share a similar military family mission and found that working together the training and outreach opportunities were strengthened and military families were better served. Today, Military to Medicine provides  healthcare training and placement opportunities in portable healthcare careers that readily “fit” the military lifestyle.

Military to Medicine has seen tremendous growth and support from the military community including the Department of Defense, The Department of Labor and the U.S. Army and the Army Spouse Employment Partnership. It also has received support from other healthcare systems including the Cleveland Clinic, Sharp Healthcare, Wellstar Healthcare and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans’ Health Administration. As a not for profit organization, Military to Medicine has gained support from philanthropic entities like Cisco Systems Foundation, Elks Lodge, the Dallas and San Antonio TRIAD, and the Claude Moore Foundation.

Operation Life Transformed would like to thank you for your support in the past and we look forward to serving our military family communities under the new name Military to Medicine.

Please check out our new Web site at www.militarytomedicine.org and be sure to join our social networking site that is linked there, too. We look forward to hearing from you!

  Sincerely,

 The Military to Medicine Team

www.militarytomedicine.org

 info@militarytomedicine.org

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Imprisoned In Body, But Not In Spirit……

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Hello everyone!  It is Saturday, July 25, Day 34, I can’t believe it.  We traveled from Wisconsin Dells to Fond du Lac, WI.  I guess that means “the foot of the lake.”  It was truly a beautiful ride today.  We had our breakfast at 6, loaded by 6:45 and got on the road.  I got on the road fairly early this morning, I was really ready to go.  I knew that we had 83 miles, and from all the other mileage I just kind of wanted to give myself enough time to not get in too late today.  I thought I’d ride a little slower today, just because I was really kind of tiring out.  But to my great surprise, I really didn’t ride slow today at all.  I had a really great ride, I had great strength.  We did have some tailwind today, which was really helpful, and we had rolling acres of mileage and it was really, really beautiful.  The sun was out, it was really a perfect weather day, and we didn’t have any difficult climbs today.  The 83 miles turned out to be a really nice 83 miles to travel.  It was really fun.

One of the things I was thinking as I was rolling out this morning, just down the road, kind of starting off.  We all kind of start off and I really just love to start off with people and kind of see if we can ride the same pace and talk a little while and have a good morning out.  I was really struck by something that might sound kind of strange to say, but it’s what I was thinking.  I was thinking that on this ride, it’s kind of turned out to be like I feel like I’m kind of imprisoned, if I could put it that way.  I’m imprisoned by the way that my body operates, and I really can’t change the way my body operates as a bike rider, as a cyclist.  In other words, sometimes I’d really like to go slower so that I could visit with some of the people who ride a little bit slower.  And sometimes I wish I could just ride faster so that I could ride with some of the people who ride faster.  But I find that on any given day when I get out, I never know how I’m really going to ride, how my body’s going to feel once I get going, and a person really has to pace themselves at what they’re able to do for that day, or what they normally do.  If it’s kind of what your body needs to do to go faster, you need to just go faster.  So you can’t really pick and choose like I thought, talking to people and/or being with people that you want to.  I like everybody on the team for this ride of America By Bicycle, but it’s just kind of nice if you haven’t seen certain people, you might want to ride with them because you just haven’t seen them or talked to them much in a while.  It just doesn’t work out that way.  You have to kind of do what your body is telling you to do.  Sometimes it means that I’m riding alone.  I always like who I’m riding with, it’s not that I feel like I’m stuck with anybody that I’m riding with.  But I guess what I’m trying to say is that sometimes I feel badly that I just have to ride the way my body wants me to ride.  Because if I ride too slow when my muscles kind of want me to go faster, it makes my muscles more tired to not go fast, if that makes any sense. 

So it made me think today about that’s how I feel with my body, here I am being a cyclist and having a great adventure of being strong enough to be able to ride my bike across America, which is a real privilege and really special and a dream come true for me.  But it did make me think about people who are in wheelchairs or are handicapped or imprisoned in their body in some way when they wish that they could be freer, or wishing they could do something they just can’t seem to achieve because of where they’re at in life or what is going on with their body that there’s really nothing they can do about.  It’s just something they have to live with or it has to be.  I just want to say I was thinking about you, whoever you might be out there, whether you’ve been wounded as a soldier for our country and what you’ve done for us, God bless you.  Whether you’ve had an illness or an accident or something that has really changed your life where you just have to do what you have to do or you can’t do what you want to do because of your limitations or because of who you are.  I guess what I realized today is, whether I like it or not, and there are a lot of things that I am thankful for for who I am, there are still things I don’t like about who I am and about what some of my limitations are, whether they’re physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual.  I have limitations too, and I have real flat spots to my life.  It’s encumbering and it’s disappointing and it can be very, very discouraging.  But the interesting thing about riding mileage on a bike that I can relate so many things to is that one thing can be happening at one point, or I could be possibly riding alone because I needed to ride faster than the people I was riding with in the beginning that I’d like to stay with, but my body just wanted me to go faster, so I needed to just kind of do it and end up having to pull out and not be with them.  Or I might not be able to ride with some other people who can go so much faster that I can’t even ride with them ever.  But the truth of it is, it changes up.  As I was just riding along, I ended up meeting up with some other people down the way who I was able to ride with, and before you know it, it’s enjoyable and all of a sudden I found that I just had energy to really roll.  Some of the country roads, just out there like riding with the wind, like being on a horse.  My legs would just go and I could just fly and I could just ride and it was just such a freedom.  Just up and down those hills with no effort and everything’s just kind of going like a locomotion, it’s just a well-oiled machine, so to speak.  It’s thrilling to be in the fresh air and it’s thrilling to be out on those country roads with the freedom of no traffic and seeing the horses on the side and the beautiful cornfields still, and all the life that’s out there, and just going.  It’s like that’s how life is sometimes, it’s just going so well, it’s going so perfectly.  Then we tire and have to stop and we have to refuel and get food.  It’s just such an example, I guess, of how life is for us on this journey.   I’ve just been thinking about a lot of different things.   Now that a lot of my fears are gone, with kind of the way the roads are with the huge mountains and the really narrow shoulders, which there are some, but not as often as before, it gives a lot more time to reflect and just enjoy different things.  I guess it’s made me think a lot more of different analogies of things in life. 

When I got in to Fond du Lac, I ended up being with one of my teammates, Ken, and we were really, really hungry, so we went around the side of where the park was around here, and over to the side there was a kind of a seafood restaurant where we could sit outside.  We ended up grabbing a crab croissant, which was really good, enjoying that and just kind of talking about the bike ride and the day and the fun that it is to be a cyclist, just fun things about the areas we go to.  We got back in and there were four of us that went over to the 4 o’clock Sacred Heart Catholic Church that’s nearby here.  I wanted to make sure to go to church because tonight being Saturday night, tomorrow’s Sunday, I’d usually go to church on Sunday morning at a Protestant church, but I also have Catholic upbringing and I also love going to Roman Catholic church sometimes too.  We had a cab ride over and we went to the Sacred Heart Church, and it was a real blessing to hear the singing and the message.  The message was for us to take what we’ve been given and use what we have to glorify God and bless others, that that’s what we offer up to God.  He tied in with different Scripture, and it was just a real reminder and really appropriate.  When I put the money in the basket, I also put an OLT card in the basket, because I feel that my riding for Operation Life Transformed and for all of you military families out there, it’s what I’m offering up to God for you and for our country.  I hope that the priest will take a look at it and share it within the congregation.  I did talk to him after church to let him know that I did put it in with my money that I offered.  So that is our offering.

I know all of you have a lot to offer, all of you as family and friends and loved ones and people out there who are in our military.  As long as we all just do our part and share what we have to offer, the Lord is smiling, He’s pleased, He really doesn’t want any more or any less from us than who we are.  It was a reminder for me on my day as I thought about that kind of imprisonment to what my body can offer.  It might be more to offer than what some people can, but it’s a lot less than other people can too.  Like I could never do a marathon, I could never run 26 miles.  My knees, my body just really can’t do running.  I can do cycling but I couldn’t do running.  I could never do an Iron Man, I know people who do Iron Man and it’s amazing.  It’s amazing to me that I’m able to ride across America, I’m thrilled and I’m privileged and honored, but at the same time it’s very humbling, because there are always people in the Olympics and people who do all kinds of amazing things that I couldn’t even imagine being able to do.  Some of you out there are doing amazing things too in going to Iraq and Afghanistan and all these different places and fighting for our country.  Other people out there are doing different jobs that I couldn’t even imagine being able to have the intellect to be able to do.  We all do our part, God creates us in a special way, He gives us all gifts and He doesn’t leave any of us out.  I just want to say that He blesses all of us with something, and as long as we all just keep doing our part, that’s what it’s all about.

I just want to say that I am thrilled about tomorrow, tomorrow is a very special day because not only is it Day 35, but it’s also a day from Fond du Lac to Manitowoc, WI where some very special friends of mine, Madonna and Harry and children and also Doug and Sandy, also some very special friends of mine, along with different family members of theirs are going to pick me, because they live in Green Bay, only half an hour away.  I only have a short 57-mile ride tomorrow, so they’re going to pick me up in the early afternoon and whisk me away to Green Bay and host a barbecue for me in Green Bay.  I can be with family members of theirs, which I have vacationed with them in the past, and they’re very dear friends to me.  I’ll be able to hang out with them and just have a special time with them.  I can stay into the evening, because the next day is the day that we take a ferry across the waters and we don’t have to ride that day, we just have to ride three miles to get to the ferry.  We’ll have the ferry ride and the whole rest of the day off.  So it will be considered a rest day, so I don’t have to worry about staying up late.  I’m very much looking forward to that and it will be really, really special. 

I love you all, hope that you’re enjoying your summer and finding the gifts and talents that you have as you offer those up to give them to God and to your friends and your loved ones around you and doing your part.  Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

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