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Operation GSU Christmas Cards to Afghanistan

On November 28, the Directorate of Military Affairs at Georgia Southern kicked off Operation GSU Christmas Cards to Afghanistan. Colonel George Fredrick, Director of Military Affairs set a goal of two thousand cards and called upon Georgia Southern’s faculty, staff and students to support the mission.

To show Southern’s commitment to this cause, President Brooks Keel and Coach Jeff Monken signed the first round of cards along with a group of Coach Monken’s players. Over the next two days many faculty and staff members followed President Keel and Coach Monken, and by end of business on November 29, our goal was met and exceeded.

Our thanks to all who showed their support to our troops overseas and who joined us in spreading some Eagle Cheer for those in harm’s way this Holiday season.

Veterans Day Discounts for Service Members

Veterans Eat Free. Olive Garden Restaurants offer a free meal (with proof of service) from a list of several entrees on a special menu. This special is scheduled for Monday, November 12, 2012. Additionally, some Olive Garden restaurants will also give out a $10 gift card to veterans for a future visit.
Military Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members will be able to eat FREE at any Applebee’s across the U.S. on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2012. There will be six entrées available from the menu. Guests will be asked to show one ore more of the following as proof of Service: a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, a U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, a photograph in uniform, or wearing a uniform in person. For more information about Veterans Day at Applebee’s, visit the Applebee’s website
Golden Corral’s 9th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012, from 4 to 9 pm in all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide. The FREE dinner meal is a special “thank you tribute” to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to join us for Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.2 million free meals and contributed over $3.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.
FREE meal, Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov 11, 2012. Chili’s is offering all Military Veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 meals. This offer is available during business hours at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. All Desserts priced $5.oo for Veterans and active duty military. Simply show proof of military service. See flier for more information.
In recognition of Service, ALL Veterans and Active Duty personnel are invited to EAT FREE this Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, 2012. To get the free meal, service men and women will have to show proof of service. Proof of service includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, a U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, a photograph in uniform, or wearing a uniform in person.
Valid only at: 3555 S. 2700 W., West Valley City.
130 W. 10600 S., Sandy.
4029 S. Riverdale Rd., Riverdale
**Don’t forget T.G.I. Friday’s offer a 10% Discount for all Service men and women with proof of service all day everyday.
FREE Meal, Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov 11, 2012. Hooter’s is serving up 10 free boneless wings to military veterans all day on Veterans Day. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Offer valid at participating Hooters, Dine-in only; open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. Drink purchase required. For more information, visit,
FREE meal, Veterans Day, Monday, Nov 12, 2012. Offer varies by location; our local Texas Roadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4pm. Other locations may vary in offer, hours, or availability. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information. Visit the web site for locations and participation.
Free Six Inch Sub. Many Subway locations offer a free six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2010. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may only be available in select locations. Please contact your local Subway for more information regarding Veteran’s day specials.
Free doughnut. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on Veterans Day, Sunday November 11, 2012. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.
Denny’s Restaurants
All-you-can-eat Pancakes. Participating Denny’s restaurants will be offering an all-you-can-eat pancakes meal on Monday, Nov 12, 2012. Remember to call ahead and verify that your local Denny’s is participating.
SKYRIDGE INN Bed & Breakfast
Free night stay. The Sky Ridge Inn B&B in Torrey, Utah is offering a free night stay to a veteran and a single guest. This offer is limited by availability of rooms. Reserving ahead of time is recommended. For reservations call (435) 425-3222.
Veteran’s Day weekend, Cabela’s outdoor store is offering their employee discount to all veterans, active duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel on Nov. 11 and 12. Dubbed a “Hometown Heroes” event, eligible shoppers will need to check in at a table at the store to receive a coupon for the discount. The discount varies from 5% to 50%, depending on item. Some items may be excluded.
The 10% military discount is available to: Active-duty military members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, honorably discharged veterans and immediate family members of all those groups are eligible. Customers requesting a discount must be able to show a valid military ID card or other proof of military service (a DD Form 214 or VFW membership may qualify).
FREE haircut to active-duty military & veterans. Offer only available at select locations on Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, 2012. Additionally, offers 20% discount on all services and products to Military and Veterans everyday. Sports Clips is currently participating in the Help-A-Hero program which provides free call time to deployed or hospitalized military personnel. Please call to verify local participation.
This year Sleep number is offering a couple of discounts. Among these are $600.00 off on all I8 or M7 beds, 30% off all bedding items, and 0% interest on 24 months financing. This is only available to military and veterans. This special is going on now through Nov. 18. Contact your local store for more details.
FREE car wash to Veterans on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2012.
**The following companies offer discounts, but you may find that NOT all locations participate:
Restaurants Arby’s A&W Burger King Carl’s Jr. Chevy’s Fresh Mex Chick-Fil-A Chipotle Denny’s Dunkin’ Donuts IHOP KFC Long John Silver’s McDonald’s Panda Express Pizza Hut Quizno’s Red Robin Sonic Taco Bell Wendy’s
Travel AmTrak Best Western Choice Hotels Continental Airlines Cruise lines (most) Hyatt Hotels Marriott HotelsWyndham Hotels and Resorts
Car Care AutoZone Checker Auto Parts General Motors Jiffy Lube Kragen Auto Parts Meineke NAPA Auto Parts Super Sonic Car Wash
Cell Phone Service Discounts Alltel Cingular Sprint/NexTel T-Mobile Verizon
Clothing and Shoes Aeropostale The Children’s Place Dress Barn Fanzz (10%) The Finish Line Foot Action (15%) Foot Locker (20%) Hot Topic Jos. A. Bank Jockey Kohl’s Lerner New York & Company Pac Sun Reebok Timberland Outlets (active duty only) Wilson’s Leather

3rd Infantry Thanks Georgia Southern for Continued Support

Major General Robert B. Abrams thanks the Georgia Southern community for the Snacks for Soldiers program and the continued support of the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division.  Read the full thank you letter (PDF).

Military Resource Center Receives Gift from North Dakota National Guard

The Georgia Southern University Military Resource Center received a gift Tuesday morning that came from across the world.

A folded American flag and a framed certificate arrived from Task Force Talon of HQ, 1/112th Aviation Battalion, North Dakota Army National Guard.  Read the full story

Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Education Center to Participate in Veteran’s Mental Health Program

The MCAHEC will participate in a National AHEC Organization (NAO) program to educate clinical and behavioral health professionals in its service area in ways to provide better care to military veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). AHEC staff members nationwide are being trained to coordinate continuing education for health professionals in local communities that will impact the mental and behavioral health services provided to veterans and increase their access to culturally competent care.

Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the goal of this NAO program is to train 10,000 clinical professionals across the country to better serve the often unique needs of military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Although eligible for care through the Veterans’ Administration, veterans and their families living in rural areas may find it difficult to regularly visit a VA facility. This program is designed to provide clinical professionals across the country and particularly in rural areas with the tools they need to better treat veterans and their family members.

At the end of January, MCAHEC Center Director Mary Kate Pung and staff members Valerie Embry and Scott Denlinger, participated in a two-day workshop in Tampa, FL intended to familiarize AHEC staff in the goals of the program, and help them implement the training sessions in their local service areas. The MCAHEC service area is identified by HRSA and the NAO as an area in particular need of civilian clinicians versed in the behavioral health and physical health needs of veterans’ families. The MCAHEC is now planning for several continuing education sessions, including a web-based event.

Military Resource Center • Nessmith-Lane Conference Center • Georgia Southern University • (912) 478-0206