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It is Veterans Day and time to show all of those out there who have served our country love. While many of us are still students with not that much money in our pockets, we thought that the least we could do is hook all of the veterans and military service people up with a list of all of the places they can go to get free stuff today.

Our guest writer, Alexz Chill over at DPTAUGHTME created this very useful list and wanted to sincerely wish all of our military men and women, specifically our proud members of NPHC, a happy Veterans Day. We love, honor and appreciate your sacrifice. Words can’t really express the gratefulness and gratitude that we owe our veterans.

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VETERANS DAY MILITARY DISCOUNTS: RESTAURANTS

Applebee’s — Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, onNovember 11.

Buffalo Wild Wings — Veterans and active duty military personnel receive one small order of wings and a side of fries for free on November 11 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm.

California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military receive a complimentary entrée from a special menu on November 11.

Carrabba’s — All veterans and active duty service members get a free appetizer November 9 through 15.

Chili’s — Veterans and active military service members get a free entrée from a limited menu onNovember 11.

Cracker Barrel — Veterans get a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert during lunch and dinner on November 11.

Denny’s — Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 11, from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.

Verizon — As part of their commitment to support all who have served our country, this program offers discounted wireless service to all active military personnel as well as veterans.

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VETERANS DAY MILITARY DISCOUNTS: TRAVEL

National Parks — On Veterans Day, November 11, veterans will have access to over 100 National Parks that require entrance fees for free.

Red Roof Inn Red Roof Inn is offering 15% off stays in the month of November to veterans, active duty military and their families.

9/11 Memorial and Museum — Veterans will receive free Museum admission from November 7 to November 11.

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VETERANS DAY: GIVING BACK TO THOSE SERVED

AARP — From November 2 to November 16, get up to 20% off AARP membership dues. AARP will make a donation to several State Veterans organizations whose missions are to provide support to Vets and their families.

Baskin-Robbins — On November 11, Baskin-Robbins will donate 11 cents from every ice cream scoop sold in its U.S. locations to the USO, in honor of U.S. troops, military families and veterans.

Denny’s — Denny’s is extending their support of America’s heroes with a $23,000 donation to Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit organization providing free accommodation for military and veterans’ families during medical  treatment. The donation, in the form of Denny’s gift cards, will help feed nearly 1,000 families during their stay at a Fisher House.

Starbucks — From November 1 through November 11, Starbucks will contribute $5 to the USO transition 360 Alliance for each newly activated special edition Veterans Starbucks Card. $5 minimum Card load required.

Uber — On November 11, riders will be able to donate $5 towards a ride for a veteran experiencing homelessness. Move the slider over to ‘VETS DAY’ in your Uber app. Your uberX pick you up. At the end of your trip, you’ll get an SMS text message from Uber. Reply YES to complete the donation. Click herefor details.

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SPECIAL VETERANS ASSISTANCE

Support Homeless Veterans:

Created in 2011 to combat the growing epidemic of homelessness among American Veterans, Support Homeless Veterans (SHV) is devoted to bringing quality of life to these forgotten heroes. We are committed to promoting purpose driven lives among our nation’s finest men and women, while increasing the awareness and involvement of our communities.

Veterans PTSD Program Locator:

The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. We work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.

Veterans Crisis Line:

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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Veterans Job Assistance:

VetJobs:

services makes it easy to reach transitioning military, National Guard, Reserve Component Members and veterans that have separated over the last several decades and, due to the services provided by VetJobs, are now productive members of the civilian work force in all disciplines as well as their family members.

Hire Heroes

Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Their mission is to be the Nation’s preferred veteran employment service organization through a relentless focus on personalized career coaching that improves clients’ quality of life and strengthens the US economy.

Hire Veterans

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Veteran Scholarships

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One of the many veterans benefits available to service men and women is greater access to a low-cost education. Much of this greater access is possible through veterans scholarships from a variety of sources.

U.S Veterans Magazine Scholarship Directory

A variety of scholarships are available to veterans and their spouses and families.  Visit the individual websites for more information on the various scholarships, complete eligibility requirements, and deadlines. Also check with your college or university to search for other available scholarships.

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Need Help Finding A Job? Check Out The Top 20 African American Professional Associations

While we all know that there are strong ties within our fraternities and sororities, you should never stop looking for ways to develop and grow your network.

Joining an African-American professional association can provide education in your field, networking opportunities and advocacy — all with a focus on issues important to African Americans. With the help of the good old internet and Monster.com, we have made this list for you of 21 of the largest and oldest national groups for African-American professionals:

Business

  • BDPA: Organized in 1975. More than 40 chapters. Open to African Americans in data processing and related fields.
  • National Association of Black Accountants: Founded in 1969. Goal is to represent the than 200,000 African American professionals in accounting and finance.
  • National Association of African Americans in Human Resources: A national organization of human resource professionals with 36 local chapters; includes consultants and students.
  • National Black MBA Association: A 8,000-member professional organization made up of African American graduates with MBAs and advanced degrees. Established in 1970, its mission is to increase the number and diversity of African Americans in business.
  • National Sales Network: An association of African American sales and sales management professionals. Organized in 1992, with more than 2,000 members in 16 chapters.

Design

  • Organization of Black Designers: Comprised of 10,000 design professionals in visual communications, as well as graphic, interior, fashion and industrial design.

Engineering and Science

  • American Association of Blacks in Energy: Founded in 1977; 36 chapters. Specialties include energy policy, technology and the environment.
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers: Organized in 1972 to build a community of minority scientists and engineers; 39 professional and university chapters.
  • National Society of Black Engineers: Started in 1975, it now has more than 35,700 members, more than 390 college, precollege and technical professional chapters nationwide and overseas. The group’s mission is to increase the number of African American engineers, as well as help them succeed professionally and to give back to their communities.
  • National Society of Black Physicists: The largest organization of African American physicists; 16 sections ranging from astronomy, astrophysics and nuclear physics to technology transfer, business development and entrepreneurship. Its mission is to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists within the international scientific community.

Food Services

  • BCA: Incorporated as the Black Culinarian Alliance in 1998 and now known by its acronym. A national educational and networking organization that serves African American and other minority professionals working in hospitality and food services.

General

  • 100 Black Men of America: Founded in 1963; now 110-plus chapters with more than 10,000 members. Its mission includes leadership, mentoring, education, health and economic development.

Government

  • Blacks in Government: Members are civil servants at the federal, state, county and municipal levels. Founded in 1975; more than 50 chapters include the Departments of State and Homeland Security, the Coast Guard, and the National Institutes of Health.

Healthcare

  • National Black Nurses Association: Organized in 1971; 80 chapters represent more than 150,000 African American nurses in the US, Caribbean and Africa.
  • National Medical Association: The oldest (founded 1895) and largest national professional organization for African American physicians. A leading force for parity in medicine, it provides educational programs and conducts outreach efforts.
  • Student National Medical Association: The largest organization focused on the needs and concerns of African American medical students and residents.

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Get That Money! Six Grants For Black Women-Owned Small Businesses

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Do you have a business that would benefit greatly with some extra financial help from a grant?

Today, Black women own roughly 14 percent of all businesses in the country owned by women, which tallies to around 1.3 million businesses, according to Huffington Post which also says,

“While nationally African American women comprise 14% of all women-owned firms, African American women comprise a greater than average share of all women-owned firms in Georgia (35%), Maryland (33%), and Illinois (22%).”

There are a lot of grants out there that get overlooked and while finding a grant specifically targeted toward African-American women can be challenging, the best way to bring in start-up funds is to look for funds targeted to minorities and women.

We at WatchTheYard.com suggest that you also look for industry-specific grants.

To help all of you small business owning ladies out there, we have created a list of small business grants for women.

Do you know of any good business grants for women? Tell us about them in the comment section below and share this list with an entrepreneur.

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Watch The Yard’s Best Dressed Black Fraternity and Sorority Deans of Spring 2017

The outfit that a Dean of Pledges wears to the probate says a lot about the chapter, the line and themselves. The importance of their outfit is seldom highlighted because the bulk of the spotlight is put on the line of initiates but it is very important because the Dean and ADPs are the ones who are leading the ceremony/show and introducing these new brothers and sisters to the world.

Earlier this week we at Watch The Yard sent out a request for members of Black fraternities and sororities to send in their pictures of the best dressed and most stylish Deans of Spring 2017 lines. The response was overwhelming so we created a list of our favorites.

Check out the slideshow below to see who made the list. These brothers and sisters look amazing and represent their chapters, schools, organizations, and legacy to the fullest.

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