Military Mom Talk Radio with Sandra Beck and Robin Boyd welcome author Thomas van Hees and Debbie Gregory of Military Connection

Thomas Van Hees is a veterans' advocate helping veterans obtain compensation from the VA for their service-connected health issues. Thomas has been doing this for nearly nine years and enjoys every minute of it. He has gone through the compensation process many years ago filing some fifteen claims for his own disabilities, and with each award and denial of claims learned valuable information especially through the claim denials.

These awards and denials led to writing a book specifically targeted towards veterans who may be seeking compensation from the VA mainly because Thomas did not want veterans having to go through what he did when seeking compensation from the VA. "Disability Compensation The Veterans Guide" was the outcome of his first book in a series of three books. "Disability Compensation The Veterans Guide" was submitted to the Military Writers' Society of America for review and was entered in their awards contest in 2011. It took the Gold Medal award in the reference category for that year.  Additionally, his book "Life Interrupted by War" took first runner-up in the memoirs category. "Life Interrupted By War" tells of Thomas' experiences in Vietnam as an M60 machine gunner serving with the 7th Marines in 1966-67.

Thomas currently has six books published, two of which were released this last November. "Unheralded Heroes" has been submitted to MWSA for review and is also entered in the coming awards contest. "The Gulf Wars Veterans Guide to Disability Compensation" has not yet been submitted but may be in the immediate future.  All of Thomas' books appear on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Publish America, Blue water Press and the MWSA websites.

debbiegregoryMilitary Connection is one of the most comprehensive online directories for military, veterans and their family members. The organization's president, Debbie Gregory, returns to Military Mom Talk Radio to talk about initiatives and resources available to veterans. offers something for everyone, with thousands of pages of resources and information. Some of the areas of focus include employment and job resources, education and Post-9/11 GI Bill information, scholarships, benefits, pay charts, news and more.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association, VAMBOA, is a non-profit veteran business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. We know that you possess special skills including leadership abilities and a work ethic second to none. Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners are highly qualified to build successful businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation.

"People from the military have wonderful qualities that lend themselves to entrepreneurship," said Debbie Gregory, one of the co-chairs and founders of  VAMBOA. She said veterans and active military personnel who own businesses needed an organization that could help them get information, collaborate with each other, and grow through connections with government agencies and private businesses that want to use their goods and services.

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