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​Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives. That's a suicide every 65 minutes. September is Suicide Prevention Month, and over the next few weeks, we hope you’ll take a moment to support Wounded Warrior Project efforts to help returned warriors suffering from invisible wounds to take advantage of mental health programs and find the support they need to leave the battlefield behind and readjust to civilian life.

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​Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. Puppies enter prison at the age of eight weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. PBB programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and independence and security to those they serve.

B3 Solutions has sponsored two dogs, Buddy and Victory, that have already completed the program. Buddy is working at the ATF while Victory is with the DEA. B3 has raised the funds through its own money and donations from its employees to sponsor another dog and is currently on the waiting list for a dog to sponsor. We have also begun fundraising to sponsor a fourth dog.

Please visit www.puppiesbehindbars.com to learn more, to donate, or to sponsor your own dog. If you would like to help B3 sponsor a dog, please go to the contact us page and fill out the form and we will get in touch with you.

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​Hope For The Warriors® is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual DMV Run For The Warriors® 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk/Run. This race is dedicated to the men and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, their families, and families of the fallen. It is a celebration of their strength and resolve and a promise to continue restoring self, family, and hope. By uniting the entire community, military and civilian alike, this unique event embraces wounded warriors and their families in the shared belief that there is hope beyond recovery. All proceeds from the race will benefit wounded warriors and their families through our many Hope For The Warriors® programs. To read more or to register to run, click here.

To volunteer for the run, click here.

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Lisa W. is a member of the Board of Directors for OAR (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources) Fairfax County in Fairfax, Virginia, which is a restorative justice organization providing human services to criminal offenders and their families.  OAR’s efforts are focused on rebuilding lives and breaking the cycle of crime.

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Jim W. serves as an officer on the Trustee Board at the Peoples Community Baptist Church, in Silver Spring, MD.  He also mentors middle school and high school age youth in the Men's Rights of Passage program sponsored by the church.  Additionally, Jim is on the board of directors for Hearts & Homes for Youth, in Maryland, which provides foster care for 150 youth who are in need of temporary housing, counseling and other social services. 

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Philip K. is a volunteer with the Pima County (Arizona) Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security as a Communications General Class amateur (HAM) radio operator providing Pima County and Southeast Arizona with emergency backup communications and interoperability.  He also is a Hospital Team Leader at Northwest Medical Center for backup hospital communications. Philip is also a Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer providing emergency radio communications and presently in training for other disaster services.

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On Sunday October 18, 2015, B3 Solutions sponsored the 2nd Annual DMV Run for the Warriors in support of Hope for the Warriors. In addition to sponsoring the run, a team of B3 employees participated in both the 5K Run and the 1 Mile Run/Walk. The team was able to raise more than $200 through the support of friends, family, and fellow B3 employees. This was B3 Solutions second year supporting the run and participating as a team in the run. Philip Taylor, Tim Lo, and Aresa Hatter along with their friends and family participated in the run. We look forward to continued support and participation in the DMV Run for the Warriors for years to come.


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​B3 Solutions is a company that is truly dedicated to hiring and retaining veterans and their family members, so much so that VetJobs has awarded B3 with their Outstanding Veteran Employer Award!

VetJobs is the leading military job board for reaching the 10.5 million military veterans currently in the work force, the 150 thousand active duty military personnel who transition each year, the over 200,000 members of the National Guard and Reserve who return to the United States each year from extended deployments, and their family members. Please visit www.vetjobs.com to learn more.

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​The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's Veterans for all of their sacrifices. They transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. from throughout the United States to visit and reflect at their memorials. Volunteers are always needed to serve as airport greeters when veterans arrive at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). You can visit http://honorflightdca.com/schedule-2/ anytime for an updated schedule of flights arriving at DCA. You are required to have a gate pass in order to greet the veterans as they arrive through the gate, which you can obtain at the link provided; you will need to provide your name, email address, and date of birth. If you are not interested in providing your personal information, you can greet our veterans outside of the gate, just be sure to check for the terminal that the flight will be arriving in on the day you plan to attend. Our mission is to ensure our Nation's Heroes receive the Heroes' Welcome they deserve, and to make their trip to the Nation's Capital an unforgettable day. As a greeter, you have the opportunity to not only meet our Veterans right at the gate, but if time allows in your schedule, you can meet them shortly thereafter directly at the WWII Memorial. In addition to greeting our Veterans with a cheer, a handshake or a hug, please feel free to bring with you signage that you create welcoming our Veterans and/or American Flags to wave as veterans arrive.

Please watch the Honor Flight video to see what the day is all about! If you are not in the DC area to meet our veterans as they arrive, you can visit the Honor Flight Network at www.honorflight.org to search for a list of their regional hubs. If you find a hub near you, there is a list of dates that you can meet veterans as they depart for Washington DC!

12/31/201510/28/2015 5:00 PMhttp://honorflightdca.com/schedule-2/Veterans Outreach
  

​Pam H, is a member of the  Steadman Keenan American Legion Post 96 in Brunswick, MD.  On October 18th, the Post held a "Warming Our Vets" blanket making party ( a local Post initiative). Members of the Legion, the Sons of the Legion, the Auxiliary and the American Legion Riders as well as local church members, community members and Community Living clients participated in building No Sew Blankets that will be given to each of the Wounded Warriors that will be attending the Brunswick Veterans Day Parade on November 8th. (NOTE OF INTEREST: The Brunswick Veterans Day Parade is the longest running Veterans Day Parade in the US with this year being their 83rd year!)

Pam and other fellow volunteers  managed to build 36  "no sew" blankets to add to the roughly 35 crocheted/knitted/quilted and sewn blankets that have already been completed. Pam completed 2 No Sew blankets that day and is crocheting 2 more. Each blanket has a tag sewn on it stating "Hand made by the members of Post 96". Any blankets that are left over after the parade will be taken to the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg in late November. From there, the plan is to give each home bound Veteran in Frederick County, MD a blanket of their own, so no Vet goes cold this winter. To read more about this great day to "Warm our Vets", please visit: http://cqrcengage.com/blc/app/document/9887976

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​In a continuing effort to stay involved and give back to our community, B3 Solutions makes donations to our local YMCA. This past Summer the YMCA celebrated their 21st Annual Thingamajic Convention, an event that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). More than 4000 children and 400 volunteers participated in the festivities where kids design their experience, and are offered numerous opportunities to learn, play and be inspired through STEM. You can learn more about this annual event at http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=25.

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Please join as we landscape SGT Doug Harris' future home in Romney, West Virginia! We begin at 10 a.m. and go until the work is done that day. Please bring small garden tools and garden gloves.

Click here to read more and to volunteer.

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On Sunday, November 22, 2015, Heart Strings for Heroes will be hosting its ‘Third Annual Purple Heart Honors’ Cruise’ in the Gulf of Mexico honoring five Florida Purple Heart Heroes and the family of one of our fallen Heroes. Nominated by Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting’s WEDU Arts Plus and WEDU-TV  for the 2015’s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 39th Annual Suncoast Emmy Awards, the goal for the Heart Strings for Heroes’ guitars is to help improve our Purple Heart Heroes overall quality of life with the miracle of music.  Clinical research has proven that music helps individuals cope socially, cognitively, physically, and emotionally.

The day’s events will begin with a Military Motorcycle Honors’ Ride poker run in Clearwater, FL and conclude at Coachman Park’s Marina where registrants will go on a 3 hour cruise in the Gulf of Mexico.  During the cruise, our Purple Heart Heroes and the family of one of our fallen Heroes will each receive a guitar. 

B3 Solutions is proud to be one of the sponsors for this meaningful cause.  

Please visit this website for details: www.heartstringsforheroes.com

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If you are interested in helping with the placement of Remembrance Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 12, 2015, there is no other sign-up or registration required. Just show up at McClellan Arch located on McClellan Drive between Sections 33 and 12 on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. The public will be allowed entry to the cemetery at 8:00 a.m. There is also no age limit to participate - families are encouraged to come together. The details can be found on the Wreaths Across America web page at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and on the Arlington Wreath’s Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/ArlingtonWreaths  and www.facebook.com/WAAHQ.

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​If you live in the MD, DC, or VA area and are looking for something fun and exciting to do, check out our very own Terri M. (Proposal Coordinator and Graphic Designer at B3 HQ) and her adorable son Mikey in A Christmas Carol! Mikey plays the role of Tiny Tim, while Terri completely steps out of character to play Fezziwig, the smart, happy, businessman that Scrooge apprenticed to as a young man, and is part of the famous Ghost of Christmas Past scenes. Playing at the Boys and Girls Club in North Beach, MD, there are 6 shows left! For ticket information and more details please visit: https://www.twinbeachplayers.com/ - please also be sure to check out their first review, where Terri and Mickey are both mentioned: http://www.theatrebloom.com/2015/11/review-a-christmas-carol-at-twin-beach-players/

12/14/201512/8/2015 4:00 PMhttps://www.twinbeachplayers.com/Community Involvement
  

With the help of our “One Team” employees, B3 was able to participate in the Salvation Army’s toy drive for the 3rd year in a row. B3 team members donated toys for boys and girls ranging from toddler to pre-teen. And with a higher demand for children from 10-12, we were also able to overfill a duffle bag with clothes full of pants, shirts, and jackets for both boys and girls.

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For the 4th year in a row, B3 purchased turkeys and all the trimmings that go into a Thanksgiving feast for 50 families within the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority (ARHA). With the help of our team at B3 Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, we were able to bag all of the items and get all of the food out to the families in time for Thanksgiving!

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In honor of "Greenlight A Vet," we have placed green lights in the reception area of our Alexandria, VA office. By changing one light to green in a visible location-on your porch, in your home, or at your office, you also can support this effort. Don't forget to keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans. To learn more visit www.greenlightavet.com.

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​Please join us on February 8th for the 12th Annual Operation Jumpstart event, featuring hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and the music of the Bank Street Band. It’s a great place to network, have fun and give back to service members making a transition from a military career to a civilian career. We anticipate a full house, so registration is required!

Read more here.

2/9/20161/5/2016 1:00 PMhttp://custom.1105govinfo.com/events/operation-jump-start/home.aspxVeterans Outreach
  

B3 Solutions is a proud sponsor of the 3rd Annual Boulder Crest Retreat Golf Tournament!

Boulder Crest Retreat (BCR) is the nation's first privately-funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to combat veterans and their families. BCR is committed to improving the physical, emotional, spiritual and economic wellbeing of this remarkable community of heroes so they can prepare for their new mission - a life of passion, purpose and service - here at home. Boulder Crest Retreat achieves their mission by delivering free, short-duration, high-impact combat stress recovery retreats for combat veterans, couples, families, caregivers and gold star families. Everything that BCR does at the Retreat is free to combat veterans and their families, and is made possible by the generosity of private individuals, corporations and foundations. Join us on June 27th at Dominion Valley Country Club for the 3rd Annual Boulder Crest Retreat Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by Veterans Management Services, Inc. All proceeds directly benefit Boulder Crest and their vision to Heal Heroes. One Family at a Time. For more information about the tournament please email BCRGolf@vetms.com and to learn more about this incredible organization, visit www.bouldercrestretreat.org

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​Three months into his first deployment, Army Sergeant Kevin Jaye, an Infantryman with the 1-64 AR 3rd Infantry Division, stepped on a pressure plate improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol in the Panjway District of Afghanistan on June 24, 2012. The blast resulted in the loss of his right leg and extensive damage to the left leg and ankle.

Click here to read more.

2/7/20161/27/2016 2:00 PMhttp://www.hfotusa.org/jayeVeterans Outreach
  

​The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA), in partnership with the Recreation Department and Alexandria City Public Schools will be putting on their 4th annual theatrical production starting this evening at 7pm at the Richard Kauffman Auditorium (Lee Center).
This years production, "U-Street The Musical" is focused on homelessness in America and was inspried by the 3 panel art piece that ARHA owns. All information about the show, including show times, dates, and how to purchase tickets can be found at https://ustreetmusical.wordpress.com/
Individuals who are unable to attend but would like to sponsor a public housing resident to attend can do so on their Gofundme campaign page at https://www.gofundme.com/ustreetmusical
Proceeds will benefit ARHA's Summer performing arts program and other social service initiatives.
Please come out and help us support our local community!


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This Saturday, you are invited to join us in volunteering for the Wreath Across America Clean Up at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC).

All ANC pedestrian gates will open at 8:00am.  Clockwise from north these gates include the Ord-Weitzel gate (near the Iwo Jima Memorial and Rosslyn Metro), the main cemetery and the Welcome Center gates (nearest Arlington Cemetery Metro), the south Maintenance Complex gate (nearest Pentagon and Pentagon City Metro, and the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel gate.  PLEASE NOTE – the maintenance gate will close at 2:00pm on Saturday; so if you want to exit via the maintenance gate, please make sure you do so before 2:00pm.

At 8:30am  there will be a short Volunteer Instructional Briefing at the McClellan Arch Gate located just off Eisenhower Drive between Section 33 and 12, on McClellan Drive.  Wreath clean-up will start at approximately 8:45am. Volunteers are asked to pick up ONLY those WAA wreaths placed in December leaving any other wreaths or decorations in place.  There will be several dumpsters placed throughout the cemetery to dispose of the wreaths.  We have a very limited number of dumpsters available so we ask the volunteers to pack the wreaths as tight as possible in the dumpsters and to stay available at least until 12:00 Noon, if possible, to help with any extra wreath disposal needed at locations throughout the cemetery.

Read more here.

2/14/20162/9/2016 10:00 AMhttp://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/events/arlington/#sthash.aFkXodgk.dpufVeterans Outreach
  

With the support of our B3 “One Team” we were able to send a holiday care package to deployed soldiers of Charlie Company. Last week we received a thank you letter that we are very excited to share!

DECEMBER 27, 2015

Dear B3 Solutions,

On behalf of Charlie Company, I would like to extend to you our heartfelt appreciation for your generous care packages to our Soldiers. It goes without measure the positive impact a kind gesture can have on the morale and spirit of the
men and women serving in our unit. The holiday season for Soldiers can be a lonely time but your care packages have really brought the Holiday Spirit to all the Soldiers!
The knowledge that someone back home, recognizes and appreciates our Soldiers sacrifice to our great nation inspires confidence each and every day. So on behalf of Charlie Company, we would like to wish you and your organization a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Charlie Company

5/9/20162/9/2016 10:00 AMVeterans Outreach
  

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program funds to provide employment assistance for approximately 6,000 vets

The U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) has announced the availability of Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program funding of $13 million to provide an estimated 6,000 veterans with job-driven training for in-demand jobs to help them successfully transition from homelessness to sustainable housing and good civilian jobs. Homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom, and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services.

 

Funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, and tribal governments, including faith-based and community organizations.


The full solicitation for grant applications
can be found here. Applications are due March 23, 2016.


“Finding gainful employment can change the life of a homeless veteran,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The men and women who have served our country with distinction should not have to struggle to find and keep good jobs. We are committed to helping homeless veterans, as well as those who are incarcerated or recently incarcerated, find jobs that can lead to stable housing and improved quality of life.”
5/24/20162/23/2016 1:00 PMhttp://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/hvrp/Veterans Outreach
  

Call for Abstracts: NCHV Seeks Presenters for 2016 NCHV Annual Conference

Seeking leading experts to showcase proven strategies June 1-3 in Washington, D.C.

Do you want to share what your community is doing to end veteran homelessness? Do you have a service structure in your community that has had a profound impact and is scalable to other communities? Apply to be a presenter at this year’s Annual Conference! We are looking for innovative, effective models grounded in research and experience.

Suggested session topics include: Affordable Housing Development, Transitional/Emergency Housing, Medical Services, Data and Research, Rapid Re-Housing, Special Populations, Income Supports, Employment Services, Local Coordination, Coordinated Intake/Assessment, Legal Services, Mental Health Services, and Prevention. Other topics will also be considered. 

In order to be considered, all abstract submissions must be completed by March 4, 2016.

To submit your session abstract online, complete this form. If you have any issues with the form, please email akaminski@nchv.org.
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Early-bird registration is open!

Thanks to your support, the 4 the Wounded 5k has has grown to become one of the top 5 largest foot races in the region, and raised over $500,000 for wounded warriors, veterans, and their families. This year 's race will take place on Saturday, June 4 at the UVA Research Park where we hope to raise an additional $100,000!

Race participants and sponsors can now choose to donate their funds to either Wounded Warrior Project or nonprofits serving local warriors! A full list of this year's race beneficiaries will be announced in April.
Click here to register.
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The YMCA engages more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. As the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, the YMCA’s contributions are both far-reaching and intimate—from influencing our nation’s culture during times of profound social change to the individual support we provide an adult learning to read.  By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the YMCA ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.

David and his wife Carolyn, members of our family in Arizona, are helping to raise funds for their local YMCA. If you are interested in supporting David and Carolyn in this cause, please contact Katie in our HQ office at 571-384-1400.


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Did you know March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? At Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), we know this subject all too well. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) affect so many of our wounded heroes every day of their lives—48% of our warriors, to be exact.

TBI is an invisible wound of war that occurs as the result of powerful explosive blasts experienced in combat. Many people are unfamiliar with the specific physical and mental challenges TBI can cause for our veterans.

Here are just four areas impacted by TBI and some alarming symptoms that further disrupt the lives of injured heroes:

Thinking: TBI can cause problems with memory and reasoning skills.
Sensation: The senses of touch, taste and smell can be altered by TBI.
Language: TBI can inhibit communication, expression and understanding.
Emotion: Depression, anxiety, personality changes and aggression are a few of the emotional effects of TBI
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WWP is committed to helping warriors suffering from TBI to heal. These service members have sacrificed so much already—it's our duty to help them overcome these ongoing struggles. Please make a generous, tax-deductible gift to WWP today so we can continue our work in the fight against the invisible wounds of war.
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As part of our community outreach and volunteering and charitable engagement with Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority (ARHA), B3 Solutions again this year donated 75 Easter Baskets to children living in local public housing communities to help brighten up their day. 

ARHA will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on:
Friday, March 25, 2016    1– 3 pm
The Ruby Tucker Family Center
322 Tancil Ct., Old Town, Alexandria, VA 22314 

If you are interested in volunteering some time during their event please contact Gaynelle Diaz at gdiaz@arha.us.  

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