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Visalia, CA— "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Connected by an unbreakable bond, CEO of Halfaker and Associates, Retired Captain Dawn Halfaker and Sergeant First Class Norberto “Norbie” Lara reunited in Norbie’s hometown in Central Valley, California for an “Evening with the Stars.” Presented by the Sierra Post 785 American Legion, the dinner event honored military service personnel from Tulare, Kings, and Fresno Counties, who “Served with Valor.”

Fairfax, VA—CEO, Dawn Halfaker, has worked hard to position Halfaker as a technology-driven and agile organization. Her efforts are turning heads in the DC area and she was recently recognized as a finalist for the 13th Annual Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Awards. WIT is the premier organization contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington, DC area technology community.

Atlanta, Georgia– Halfaker has worked hard to establish systems and policies that strive to remove some of the barriers that all too often prevent Veterans from finding employment during their path of reintegration. Through outreach, support of organizations that offer assistance to transitioning service members, and a supportive company culture, Halfaker has found great success in offering meaningful work to Veterans.

Arlington, VA—With the American economy still recovering from the recession, our local communities need the economic boost small businesses provide and the jobs they create. Fueled with confidence and leadership skills, many Veterans are entrepreneurial. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), nearly a quarter of Veterans aspire to either start or buy a small business and almost ten percent of all businesses nationwide are Veteran owned.

Washington, DC—Some of the toughest barriers warriors face are associated with the invisible wounds of war. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other invisible wounds can negatively affect a warrior’s readjustment in many ways – impairing health and well-being, compounding the challenges of obtaining employment, and limiting earning capacity.

Washington, DC—Wounded Warriors are all too familiar with the hard fact of life that we must react to life events that are unplanned and unwanted. For many, the death of their dreams in the military has ultimately led to realizing their destiny in the civilian business world. Regaining a sense of purpose by finding meaningful employment is paramount for many healing from the wounds of combat. In March of 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative focused on one measure of success—jobs for the one million unemployed Veterans in America.

Washington, DC—With less than 1% of Americans serving in the military and only about 15% of the military force being comprised of women, transitioning out of the military is analogous to having lead a second life like a superhero. A unique population of Veterans that most civilians don’t fully understand, women Veterans often face difficulty reconciling their time in the military with life back home.

Detroit, MI—“Veterans are crucial to our economy, and we need to find them jobs,” declared President Obama during his recent State of the Union Address.

Committed to helping Veterans become successful entrepreneurs and finding fulfillment in self-employment in both the public and private sectors, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is set to host over 6,000 participants from June 26-29, 2012 at the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI. Are you going to join in the excitement of supporting the Veteran business community?

Virginia Beach, VA—Looking for an edge over the competition? The federal government has clicked into the social media scene and it’s reported that over 90% of federal government reps and contractors in the government contracting industry are using social media. Besides being a natural way to promote your business and find new partners and customers, social media and the Gov 2.0 movement present new business opportunities to sell social media services to the government.

Washington, D.C. – Did you know that companies less than five years old created 44 million jobs over the past three decades? Accounting for virtually all of the net growth in our country from 1980 to 2005, startups are undoubtedly the center of job creation in every part of our country. With so much focus on increasing job opportunities, the White House has made it a priority to help improve the small business environment through the Startup America Legislation Agenda.