Military Community

November 2015-Ashford University Newsletter

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Military Development and Engagement

The Military Community Newsletter at Ashford University was designed as a way for you to learn 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.


  • Upcoming Events
  • Hire Heroes USA
  • Military VS College Academics
  • Understanding You VA Benefits Webinar
  • Call to Action Military Mentors
  • Ashford AMW 5K Team: Join or Support
  • Previous Editions
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Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, veterans, and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Hire Heroes USA has built a national reputation of excellence for helping veterans find jobs.

How Hire Heroes USA has been helping veterans transition from combat to careers:

Be sure to visit the Hire Heroes USA website to find out more about the good work that they do!

Military VS College Academics

Military vs College Academics

Understanding your VA Benefits

Ashford University recently brought in guest speaker Beth M. Juachon to share information about how military students might best manage their educational journey. Beth serves as the Military Services Coordinator Outreach Event/Calendar Coordinator at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Topics of discussion included:

  • VA Benefits – who is eligible?
  • How to apply and manage benefits
  • VA Health Care and Life Insurance
  • Education Benefits
  • Pension Benefits
  • Disability Compensation

If you would like to know more about any of these topics, feel free to request a copy of the presentation by contacting .

For more information regarding the GI Bill or other military benefits, check out the contacts below!

Education (GI Bill) 1.888.442.4551 or
All Other VA Benefits: 1.800.827.1000 or

311VET: New app answers general VA benefits questions

311VET is VBA’s new benefits app, and it provides a ton of helpful information about veterans benefits, including: what benefits you may be entitled to, how to apply for benefits, how different benefits are defined, and where to go to get more information about VA services. 311VET can provide information about most VA benefits, including pension, education, health, disability, loan, burial and career benefits.

While 311VET can’t answer questions about the status of specific claims (use IRIS for that) or other questions that require personally identifying information (PII) or protected health information (PHI,) you can learn more about VA benefits by visiting the 311VET website.

5 Scariest Military/Spouse Job Search Myths-Amy Dodson

Amy Dodson specializes in Military Transitions and Veteran Resources in San Diego. Amy took the time to debunk some of the most common myths for military community members looking for employment. She covers these top 5 myths:

  • No one wants to hire Veterans.
  • Gaps in employment are impossible to overcome.
  • There is no good way to translate military experience.
  • You will never be able to change career fields.
  • Recruiters and Hiring Managers are clueless as to what military experience means.

For more information on these myths, be sure to Read the full article on LinkedIn!

Call to Action: CHAMPS is looking for Military Affiliated Mentors

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CHAMPS Peer Mentoring

Champs Peer Mentoring Mission Statement:

The mission of the CHAMPS Peer Mentoring Program is to promote success by providing support and guidance and being positive role models for new students. The program will also provide leadership development opportunities and transferable skills to high-achieving, upper-division students serving as student mentors.

How does Peer Mentoring work?

The CHAMPS Program matches high achieving, upper-division students (Mentors) with new students (Mentees) to Ashford University. Each mentor and mentee will meet at least once per week through the method they choose to discuss the transition into Ashford University. The program will last 7 weeks, but it is our hope that our mentors and mentees build relationships that last well beyond the end of the program!


By becoming a CHAMPS peer mentor, you can:

  • Serve a new online learner as they acclimate to the demands of returning to school.
  • Share your experience and how you achieved academic success at Ashford University.
  • Inspire new students as they overcome the adjustments of studying online.
  • Contribute to the academic success of new students in Ashford’s online programs.
  • Enhance your own career marketability through leadership experience.
  • Create a stronger overall sense of connection and belonging amongst Ashford’s online community and future alumni.

Join or Support the Ashford AMW 5K Team

Sunday, Nov. 15th 2015 at 7am

San Diego, CA, United States

San Diego, CA

You are invited to participate in the Silver Strand Veterans Day 5K on Sunday, November 15! The Student Development and Engagement Department at Ashford University has their own team (Ashford AMW) raising funds for America’s Mighty Warriors; a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that honors troops, the fallen, and their families with programs that improve quality of life, resiliency, and recovery.

America’s Mighty Warriors is funded by individual donations; the proceeds from this event will fund the Helping Heroes Heal program, which provides financial assistance for those diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) to receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This therapy is too expensive for most and is not currently covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs or Military Treatment Facilities.

If you are not in the San Diego area and still want to show your support, you have options: commit to a virtual run, support the Ashford AMW team, or make a donation. For more information about this event, please visit the Ashford AMW page.

Please note, the Silver Strand Veterans Day 5K is not an Ashford University sponsored event. All registration fees are the responsibility of the participant and academic credit/office hours will not be given to those who participate. Participation in this event is voluntary.

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* The newsletter may contain now or in the future links to other websites, such as links to military charities, discounts or offers, or other third parties that may provide services or products to you. These links and this information is being provided to you for your convenience and as a resource. We are not responsible for the privacy practices, the content of, or any other actions of such other websites or their owners or operators, information they may collect or information they may share. Further, the inclusion of an organization on this newsletter does not indicate an endorsement of such organization (or of any religious or political point of view promoted by such organization) by Ashford University or its affiliates.

Stephanie Kinman: Military Development and Engagement Specialist

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