Military Community

October 2017-Ashford University Newsletter

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Military Development and Engagement

The Military Community Newsletter at Ashford University was created for you to learn about and share community events, resources, and key topics relevant to service members, veterans, and their families nationwide. Please contact Ashford's Military Development and Engagement Specialist if you have questions or additional resources you would like to share with your fellow military community.


  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Vets Fighting Breast Cancer
  • Military Education Outreach Team and Events
  • Navigating Military Transition with Service-Connected Disabilities Webinar
  • Ashford University Homefront Heroes Scholarship
  • Council of College and Military Educators: Scholarships
  • Happy 242nd Birthday United States Navy
  • Why Veterans Need to Build Their Personal Brand: Now

  • Bob Evans Farms’ New Entrepreneur Grant Program Is Like ‘Shark Tank’ For Veterans

  • Nationwide Conference Calendar by Month: US Veterans Magazine

  • Previous Editions

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

My name is Lupita Lance. I joined the Office of Student Access and Wellness back in January of 2012. During my tenure with the Office of Student Access and Wellness, I have served students from their initial disclosure of disability through coordination of academic accommodations. Additionally, having direct experience and expertise in providing case management and clinical services, I have continually provided support to the HELPline function of our office. I have recently transitioned to the role of Student Advocate within the Office of Student Access and Wellness. As a Student Advocate, my role is to assist students by providing brief interpersonal counseling, academic advising, and by facilitating referrals to appropriate community resources based on student need and resource availability. This often includes discussing interpersonal concerns, shelters/transitional housing programs, utility assistance programs, food programs, medical services, mental health/counseling options, etc.

Throughout this time, I have continued to engage in professional development opportunities focused on trauma informed care and crisis intervention. I have completed training on Suicide Prevention, Suicide & Self-Harm: Stopping the Pain, 504 Coordinator and Certification, Case Management, and Domestic Violence Counseling Training. Both my experience and ongoing professional development training have provided me with the opportunity to continue to provide support to students who are or have been impacted by different life circumstances. I can provide a space for the student to share what is going on in their life right now and work with students to identify or assess the level of impact and the need for resources, develop a plan of action, and connect with additional resources, including internal supports provided by the University.

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I have included some resources for your reference.

Military Specific

  • Family Advocacy Programs (FAPs) provide education and awareness programs for all members of the military on the subjects of domestic violence and child abuse. They also provide support through victim advocates who work with victims confidentially to help victims get the care they need while deciding what to do next. To find the closest FAP near you please, visit DoD Military Instillations Service Locator. You can also visit the Family Advocacy Program for a complete list of prevention programs and victim advocate services.
  • DoD Safe Helpline provides sexual assault support for the Department of Defense community. Operated by RAINN, this service is confidential, anonymous, secure, and available worldwide, 24/7 by click, call (877-995-5247), or text—providing victims with the help they need anytime, anywhere.
  • Stateside Legal provides information and resources for individuals affected by MST.

Other Resources:

  • Family Justice Center Alliance – The Family Justice Center Alliance, a program of Alliance for HOPE International, focuses on developing and supporting multi-agency collaboratives and multi-disciplinary models where victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, human trafficking, and other forms of violence can come.
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - NCADV is the voice for victims and survivors. It is the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. They do this by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline - Highly-trained advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
  • provides legal information and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Vets Fighting Breast Cancer

October is known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Vets Fighting Breast Cancer is dedicated to the education. prevention, and treatment of breast cancer in US veterans and research for a vaccine. Programs include education, grants for screening, mammography, surgery, chemotherapy, and follow up care not covered by the VA.

Walter Reed Army Medical Center Doctors found that breast cancer rates among military women are “significantly higher” — that military women are 20% to 40% more likely to get the disease than other women in the same age groups.

“Military women are more likely to be engaged in industrial jobs than females in the general population and more likely to be exposed to chemicals that may be related to breast cancer,” researchers wrote in the 2009 study.

Radio emissions. Breast cancer is linked to men and women working as radio operators, electricians, telephone repair people and other jobs involving exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

Chemicals. Army enlisted women who worked regularly with at least one volatile organic compound — such as solvents, paints and exhaust — were 48% more likely to develop breast cancer than those who didn’t, according to a 2005 military study of those under 35.

Aircrew work. Female civilian aircrew members have higher rates of breast cancer, likely due to repeated and prolonged exposure to solar radiation. Research on male Air Force crew members, though not on female, has found similar spikes in other cancer rates.

Toxic bases. Many of the worst Superfund toxic cleanup sites, often linked to all kinds of cancer clusters, are located on current or former military bases. Camp Lejeune, N.C., for example, has witnessed a shocking number of male breast cancer cases!

Shift work. A 2012 study of Danish military women correlates night-shift workers with breast cancer — for both those in uniform and their families. Researchers found those working the swing shift were 40% more likely to face breast cancer diagnoses. Suspected is the suppression of melatonin, produced by the pineal gland, from sleepless nights which may also inhibit the body’s ability to fight off cancer-causing cells! Lower levels of melatonin have been found in women with breast cancer than in those without.

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Military Education Outreach Team and Events

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The Military Education Outreach (MEO) Team acts as a liaison between the military education community at Department of Defense (DoD) installations worldwide and the university. The team visits installations to meet with current students, attend education fairs and base graduation recognition ceremonies, and meet with education staff to ensure Ashford students have the support and resources they need to be successful. The general email for the team is
Click For Military Education Outreach Team and Events

Meet the Ashford Military Outreach Team and find out when they will be on a base near you!

Navigating Military Transition with Service-Connected Disabilities Webinar

Are you a Servicemember who has recently transitioned from the military, or are you considering your transition? Join us as we explore how to:

  • Dispel myths about service-connected disabilities
  • Make the most of the Vocational Rehabilitation program
  • Identify military-friendly employers
  • Know when and how to disclose your service-connected disability

Event Registration

  1. Log into your Ashford University Student Portal
  2. Locate the Career and Alumni Services section
  3. Click the My Career link
  4. Upcoming events are featured on your My Career home page. You may also click the Events tile to view a listing of upcoming events
  5. Click the Register link for the event

Webinar Login Instructions

1. Access the webinar at the scheduled time. You can also copy and paste this URL into your web browser:

2. Click Enter as Guest and type in your first name last initial

3. If audio is not available through your computer,
dial in by telephone:

US/CAN Toll Free: 866.410.1443

International Toll: 513.360.6851

Access code: 380-453-4739

Homefront Heroes Scholarship

For the eighth consecutive year, Ashford University is offering five Homefront Heroes scholarships to military spouses in San Diego County. Recipients can use the full-tuition scholarship for either an Associate's or Bachelor's degree at Ashford University. "As Americans, we owe a debt of gratitude to our military community and we honor the sacrifices they have made to preserve our freedom," said Dr. Craig Swenson, president and CEO of Ashford University. "No military member stands alone of course. The unwavering support of military spouses and families is critical. The Homefront Heroes scholarship serves to recognize the incredible spouses of our service members for their own sacrifices by giving them an opportunity to pursue their college online degree."

Military spouses interested in applying for this scholarship should submit two short essays about their education and career goals. Essays will be accepted between September 11 and November 5, 2017.

For more information on the Homefront Heroes Scholarship, visit

Council of College and Military Educators: Scholarships

Because of our membership with the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), our United States Service members (active duty/veterans) and spouses of Service members who are working toward the completion of higher education degrees have an opportunity to apply for CCME scholarships. Please see the below information for details about each scholarship. For questions, please review the Frequently Asked Questions or send an email to

To learn more about the scholarship opportunities please click HERE.

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Happy 242nd Birthday United States Navy

The U.S. Navy traces its roots back to the privateers that were employed to attack British commerce in the early days of the revolution. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress established a naval force, hoping that a small fleet would be able to offset the uncontested exercise of British sea power.

Some important firsts in Naval history:

  1. First use of Submarines: While the Navy's first commissioned designs for a submarine were handed over in 1875, it wasn't until 1898 that the first Holland submarine launched successfully.
  2. First use of modern battleships: While America had battleships before the 1908 South Carolina class dreadnought, which started with the USS Michigan and was based on Brittish ships, these were the first in the new era of battleships.
  3. First use of Naval aircraft: In 1911, the U.S. Navy bought its first airplane, the Curtiss A-1 Triad.
  4. First aircraft carrier: The first flight from the deck of a U.S. Navy cruiser in 1910 led to the 1927 Lexington-class aircraft carriers, the first operational aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy.
  5. First use of Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat: Introduced in 1992, these rubber boats were originally meant for life boats in the 1960s, but the Navy now uses them for SEALs due to their lightweight, high speed, all-weather specifications.


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Bernard Edwards: Keynote Speaker and Consultant wrote an amazing article that will be part of a series that he shares with his audience. Talking about why veterans need to start building their personal brand NOW! In the first article he dives into the first two topics.

  1. Understand that building a personal brand is a long game, not a short one.
  2. Clearly define your objective.

Read the full article HERE. He encourages readers to give their input in the comments box on the site, and states this is just the beginning to this series, so if you are interested be sure to connect with him on LinkedIn and be the first to see what his next steps are in building your personal brand.

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Bob Evans Farms’ New Entrepreneur Grant Program Is Like ‘Shark Tank’ For Veterans

Are you a veteran entrepreneur with a million-dollar idea? Get ready to step into the “Shark Tank” — sort of.

As part of the “Our Farm Salutes” program established to support active-duty service members, veterans, and military families in 2016,the top brand of refrigerated sides Bob Evans Farms announced on June 27 the establishment of the largest veterans-only grant program available to all vets.

“Veterans come from a world that’s very structured, with strict lines about how things are done,” Mike Townsley, CEO and president of Bob Evans Farms. “Being an entrepreneur, those lines tend to get blurred, requiring business owners to figure out things on their own. This can be extremely overwhelming to veterans new to the business world. But, because we know that there are veterans out there with innovative business ideas, we launched this program to help bring their ideas to life and to help them get some of the business coaching they’ll need to ultimately be successful.”

Read the full article HERE.

Nationwide Conference Calendar

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Nationwide Conference Calendar by Month

Stay up to date on nationwide events that could impact you. Career expos, transition workshops, and everything in between. Presented by US Veterans Magazine.

Previous Editions

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Previous Military Community Newsletter Editions

Click here to view the Military Community Newsletter Archives in case you missed a past edition.

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About the Editor

Stephanie Kinman is the Military Development and Engagement Specialist at Ashford. She served six years as a Navy Corpsman with two of those years attached to a Marine unit. She is well versed in understanding the unique challenges military students face. She achieved her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Phoenix and her MSW with a focus on Military and Veteran Populations from University of Southern California.

Stephanie is dedicated to the military student population and brings her education, social work background and personal experience, both in the military and in the classroom, to provide resources, community events, and pathways for students to connect outside of the classroom.