May – National Military Appreciation Month

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May – National Military Appreciation Month

Join the celebration!  What are you doing for National Military Appreciation Month?

National Appreciation Month started as a simple idea; to gather America around its military family to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who serve and have served all while knowing its history. Legislated twice, this idea continues to evolve experiencing increased national attention & recognition!

In April of 2004, more comprehensive legislation was passed by unanimous consent of both Houses of Congress as H. Con. Res. 328 solidified May as National Military Appreciation Month.  It also reminds the President of the United States to issue annual proclamations calling Americans to recognize this special month through appropriate ceremonies and events.

Most intriguing to National Military Appreciation Month success is that it’s built from the ground up by a handful of volunteers with genuine desire to motivate public patriotism, awareness and support for our troops, veterans and their families.

Our military continues to play a major role in the development of our country chronicled through history of unbending honor, dedication to duty and genuine love of country. Alarming is younger generations who distance themselves by lacking awareness of, nor value the service given by our family Americans; many of whom are of the “Greatest Generation” that we see now.  Schools rarely teach crucial military events that turned the course of history evident as they continue to lose connection with our own American history.  Names like Pearl Harbor, San Juan Hill, Civil War, Continental Army, 38th Parallel, Berlin Airlift, Tet Offensive and Normandy continue to loose their significance within the general American population; particularly our future generations – our youth.  Because of this, we now combine American Military History Month into the month of May encouraging educators to develop lesson plans that will highlight the history of each military branch.

As most holidays commemorating historical military events become marketing avenues to distract our focus on its original purpose; this month is necessary to remind us of the sacrifices and the history we as Americans have been privileged to participate in throughout the past 237 years.

Due to military deployments worldwide protecting our national interests, Americans are asked to serve. And employers are asked to accommodate these lengthy absences adding demands on the employees. Our military represents the highest caliber of professionalism, patriotism and technology and all we ask to willingly risk their lives on a moments notice.  So family Americans; lets willingly and openly recognize their contributions and sacrifices of their families!  Thank you!

GOD BLESS AMERICAS ARMED FORCES – OUR FOUNDATION TO FREEDOM!

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Military Veterans and Active Duty Personnel – Check This Site Out

Social media is used by so many today that it has become a ubiquitous aspect of our 21st century reality. Businesses and individuals alike use a variety of social media platforms to connect to others. 

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There is a new social media site that Veterans and Active Duty Military personnel may want to check out. http://www.togetherweserved.com/ is a social media site set up for us, or to be more specific, those of us who served. The gives the user the ability to add a ton of information about you and your career (military and post military). While they have a very small subscription fee there is also a robust package for those who want a free service.

Not so long ago we published an article that will help you keep your social media pages and strategies professional and prevent them from becoming a liability in your career search or in your military career. Read that post here… 

Gaining Freedom – A Personal Journey in Surviving PTS and TBI

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Article by Author and Public Speaker James A. Kuiken

I’ve known I’ve had Post Traumatic Stress (some call it a “disorder”…but not me), and Traumatic Brain Injury (from blast / concussion injuries) for decades – but I was strong enough to manage it on my own – didn’t need any coddling or help from anyone else. I wasn’t one of those weak, attention seeking veterans whining about how tough they had it in “the war”, and how rough it was back here at home trying to “adjust”.

After all, I had been the Sergeant Major of Marine Forces Pacific, the highest Combatant Command in the Marines (overseeing 2/3 of the combat capabilities of the Marine Corps) – and was a highly decorated, combat wounded veteran of 30 years’ service in multiple wars / conflicts (both active and reserve).

I had also been a member of the federal Senior Executive Service, and a Director in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; a former Vice President and President/CEO in the corporate world; and a former candidate for United States Congress (TX-15).

Obviously, I didn’t have any problems…

Not that I was unsympathetic. With 22 Veterans / servicemembers a day committing suicide (that figures out to one killing themselves every 65 minutes), the toll is intolerable. Can you imagine if that many were dying in combat during the wars – the media and the public would go ballistic! But since its suicide, the numbers are shamefully underreported by media, and unrecognized by most of the public.

I became involved in trying to slow those numbers down, save lives, and reduce the unprecedented numbers of homeless veterans as the Vice-Chairman of the Board for Veterans 360 (www.vets360.org), an organization focused on saving lives by helping post-911 service members and Veterans with PTS and TBI issues. It wasn’t until Vets360 put out a survey to try and identify those with PTS, and I took it just for the heck of it, that I realized just how affected I was. When my survey came back, the Executive Director called me to ask if I was seeing anyone, concerned that I might be suicidal – because I “redlined” the survey (maxed out the results for PTS). I’ve never been suicidal, but that got me thinking.

I realized that once I had retired, I had begun spending more and more time in my chair, sometimes days at a time, and only getting up once or twice a day for food when I couldn’t avoid it anymore. I also realized that starting with my return from the Gulf War (1991) I had been increasingly isolating myself from family and friends, and that had only gotten worse with my trips to Bosnia, Kosovo, my activation for Op Enduring Freedom in 2002, and my time in Iraq in 2005-2006. In retrospect…I realized I had actually been having significant problems since my return to the U.S. in the mid 70’s after my first deployment… I was in serious trouble, and needed help.

I had applied to the VA for benefits / treatment in 1977, 1986, 1991, 2001, 2011, and 2013…and to date, have never received any benefits or treatment from them. Even with my Purple Heart paperwork and combat related medical records, they classified my injuries as “not service connected”… It was up to me to find my own help.

Someone recommended a service dog, so I researched it online, looking for dogs specific to PTS and TBI, and that is how I found K9s For Warriors(www.k9sforwarriors.org), a fantastic organization who pairs rescue dogs with post-911 Warriors. I contacted them, and went through a very detailed application and vetting process, and was accepted into the January 2015 class. I had no idea what I had let myself in for.

As K9s says, “We rescue the dogs, they rescue their warriors.” They use mostly rescue dogs (mine came from a high-kill shelter in Kentucky), train them for several months, and then give them additional training to help with the specific issues that their future Warrior partner has listed on their application. Once the Warrior (K9s’ terminology for the human half of the K9 team) arrives, s/he begins the three week intensive, live-in, total immersion training, where the teams bond, are trained to work with each other, the human partner is trained to continue the K9 partner’s training and certification…and the magic happens.

I remember the moment I first met Freedom…my K9 partner. I can’t describe the overwhelming joy I felt when he came directly to me, licked my hand, and sat by my side. We quickly became inseparable, and a completely bonded team.

Many of these Warriors are early in their recovery, and have significant issues with crowds, noises, ambient movement, etc…and as happens in each class, most of them (myself included) have episodes or even melt-downs during the training evolution. K9s is well equipped to recognize the signs, pull the team aside and mitigate the issue, and then put them right back up in the saddle to continue to gain exposure and training. The biggest factor is the dog – your partner. Often they recognize the signs before you do yourself, and take action to get you focused, on track, and feeling safe and not isolated.

This does not come cheap. K9s, like all non-profit organizations, works at finding funding every single day to save these rescue dogs lives, and provide the training and service that can help save Veteran’s / servicemember’s lives. To put a single K9 Service Team through costs thousands of dollars. Luckily…my Team was sponsored by Petsmart (www.petsmart.com), one of the corporate sponsors that have stepped forward. Petsmart not only sponsored my Team, but continues to work with and help fund the K9s for Warriors program.

Since returning home, Freedom and I have continued to bond (I didn’t think it could get any deeper, but it does) and work, play, and go everywhere together. I’ve begun to re-establish the connections with family and friends that I had withdrawn from, and recapture the life I had let slip away. I now see with clear eyes just how far I had let it go – and how much trouble I was actually in. When he came into my life, I gained Freedom from a hard downhill slide, and now look forward to helping to “de-stigmatize” PTS and TBI, which as I mentioned in my earlier post (Lets Get Real about PTS and TBI), is “a normal reaction to an abnormal situation”.

Forward March Inc. is very proud to repost this article with permission from Mr. Kuiken. You can, and should, read more of Author and Speaker James Kuiken’s posts here

January 16th Weekly Roundup – JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!

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Its R.E.D. Friday so lets not forget that our country still has heroes far from home today. Learn more here…


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Forward March Inc. has an outstanding relationship with our customer Fred Astarie Dance Studios. You owe it to yourself to check out our previous post to learn more about the outstanding opportunities for employment and even franchise ownership with them.


If you are looking for a new career in the energy field then check out the jobs we have posted HERE.

  1. Transport Driver- Watford City, ND –
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  2. Supervisor Mechanical Engineering – Anacortes, WA – Click for more information…
  3. Project Support Administrator – Kenai, AK – 
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  4. Manager Project Engineering – Salt Lake City, UT – 
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  5. Welder – Mandan, ND
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  6. Instrument Technician – Mandan, ND
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  7. Operator – Mandan, ND
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  8. Administrative Assistant – Mandan, ND
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  9. Refinery Operations Scheduler – Salt Lake City, UTClick for more information…
  10. Associate Project Engineer – Multiple Locations
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  11. Machinist – Mandan, ND
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Forward March Inc. is working with a veteran owned small business in San Antonio who is in need of labor force positions. These positions are ideal for anyone who wants to work immediately for a solid veteran owned company that provides quick upward mobility (based on performance) as well as job growth. Ideal candidates will have the appropriate physical requirements to do this kind of work and enjoy working outdoors.

Water Meter Digger – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…

Field Manager – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…

Meter Installation Technician – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…


Come Meet Us at these Events!

January 27, 2014 – CPS Energy 3rd Annual BUSINESS BOOTCAMP – Veteran Symposium & EXPO

When: January 27, 2015
Where:  The new Norris Conference Center – 618 NW Loop 410, Ste. 207In appreciation for their military commitment to service, CPS Energy, along with our major sponsors, is proud to offer FREE admission to all veterans and their spouses.
Our Veteran Symposium & Expo provides an open forum for interaction, communications, and education from a broad spectrum of local businesses, associations, city and governmental agencies, and those with a special interest in veteran business growth in San Antonio. Participants will have the opportunity to hear fresh perspectives, learn about current trends and discover new opportunities to grow and expand their business.

To register or get more information, click here.


Forward March Inc. has other positions available in a wide variety of fields listed on our website.

How to Hire the Best of the Best!

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Do you want a vibrant and more productive workforce?

Do you want higher caliber employees with skills, training, and leadership experience?

Are you looking for “the best of the best”?

Look no further than today’s military veterans.

Did you know that todays transitioning military men and women are of the highest caliber in US history with regards to their training, their leadership development, and their varied skill sets? Its true, and Forward March Inc (FMI) has been helping organizations find, attract, hire, and retain the perfect veterans for their employment needs. Today’s veterans bring a wealth of experience, talent, and energy to your company.

FMI can help train your organization how to find, attract, and retain high quality military talent or we can manage your military talent pipeline for you. We offer complete training that can get your organization staffing military talent very quickly. Our services are completely scalable to your organization’s needs.

If your company already has a veteran population that you would like to increase FMI stands ready to help you meet your hiring needs. We can also help your organization build a closer more vibrant veteran community. We have helped organizations realize real benefits to building vibrant veteran communities within their organizations.

Check out our website to learn more about what we can do for your organization today!

Don’t forget to check out our Camouflage to Corporate Conference, November 17th, in San Antonio. This is an outstanding opportunity for your company to get started with hiring high quality military talent! Space is limited so register today! Click here to learn more…

Also, check out our Military Hiring 101 Event. This event will give you an introduction to how to get started with hiring high quality military talent.

~ Article by Tobin Pilotte, Directer of Marketing and Technology for Forward March Inc. 

The Forward March Weekly Roundup for January 9th 2015

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Its R.E.D. Friday so lets not forget that our country still has heroes far from home today.


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If you are looking for a new career in the energy field then check out the jobs we have posted HERE.


They say that the early bird gets the worm. We thought we would give you all a heads-up on some IT positions that we could be posting as soon as next week.

  • Network Administrator Tier I
  • Network Administrator Tier II
  • Network Control Technician Tier I
  • Network Control Technician Tier II
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Administrator, Sr.
  • (IT Services) Sales Representative

Contact Jason if you are interested in these positions.Jason Caswell – Send Email

Come back next week to get all the details on these positions as we will post that info here and on our website. 


Forward March Inc. is working with a veteran owned small business in San Antonio who is in need of labor force positions. These positions are ideal for anyone who wants to work immediately for a solid veteran owned company that provides quick upward mobility (based on performance) as well as job growth. Ideal candidates will have the appropriate physical requirements to do this kind of work and enjoy working outdoors.

Water Meter Digger – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…

Field Manager – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…

Meter Installation Technician – SAWS Meter Replacement Project – Click here to learn more…


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If you did not catch our post yesterday make sure you read it. There is valuable information on entrepreneurial opportunities as well as job training opportunities that can place you in a new career in just weeks!


Come Meet Us at these Events!

January 14, 2014 – Look for the Forward March Inc. table at the Joint Base San Antonio Career and Volunteer Fair. Wednesday 10:00am to 1:00pm. This event is free and open to all ID Card Holders. More information – Phone 210.221.2040 / Fax 210.221.2040. E-mail cynthia.m.lamb.civ@mail.mil or alma.r.guivas.civ@mail.mil

January 27, 2014 – CPS Energy 3rd Annual BUSINESS BOOTCAMP – Veteran Symposium & EXPO

When: January 27, 2015
Where:  The new Norris Conference Center – 618 NW Loop 410, Ste. 207

In appreciation for their military commitment to service, CPS Energy, along with our major sponsors, is proud to offer FREE admission to all veterans and their spouses.
Our Veteran Symposium & Expo provides an open forum for interaction, communications, and education from a broad spectrum of local businesses, associations, city and governmental agencies, and those with a special interest in veteran business growth in San Antonio. Participants will have the opportunity to hear fresh perspectives, learn about current trends and discover new opportunities to grow and expand their business.

To register or get more information, click here.

Forward March Inc. has other positions available in a wide variety of fields listed on our website.

Jason Caswell – Send Email