Dixon Family Wreath Laying

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On Saturday September 28th, members of the Dixon family traveled to Washington, D.C. to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of SSG Donnie Dixon who was killed in action while serving in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We remember and honor SSG Dixon and his family. We will never forget him, our fallen and their familie...
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How One Man’s Desire to Help Impacted 1.4 Million Veterans

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It seems prescient that Ross Perot's death this past Tuesday coincides the week of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services' seventh anniversary. Perot was one of the first champions of a center for excellence that would  connect the dots between organizations and individuals who wanted to assist veterans with those in the community who...
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All Gave Some. Some Gave All.

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Memorial Day is a day for reflection, dedicated to the memory of those who have died in service for our country. In my opinion, it is our obligation as a country – and as United States citizens – to never forget their achievements or sacrifice. And we should also remember the sacrifices of their families. I will carry the memory of those who died w...
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A War Widow Reflects on Memorial Day

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Saturday morning I got up early to take our son to football practice. At 9:15 there was a knock on the door, and I figured it was a neighbor. But it wasn't. The 29 th of September. 9:15 that morning. That's when I learned my husband had died in Iraq. ________________________ No matter how many years pass, it's never easy. Memorial Day, a day of rem...
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Prepping Vets for Jobs – Before They Leave the Military

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Even with record-low unemployment, it's a myth that service members who get out of the military will find employment right away. That's where the Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) comes in. TMAP has been engaged in the transition of military soldiers into civilian sector careers since 2008. What differentiates this program from others is...
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Three Ideas to Advance in 2019

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This column original ran on InsideSources.com on December 26, 2018.   I disagree with the statement that our country has never been more divided. The United States has weathered serious divisions previously, the Civil War and the challenges of the 1960's being just two. President George Washington was actively undermined by his Secretary of St...
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Living a Life of Service

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Last night Dixon Center was honored to recognize two people pivotal to our organization's success through the presentation of the first annual Herbert Metzger Service Award, named for Herbert R. (Herb) Metzger (June 9, 1923 -October 7, 2013). Herb was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he trained on and flew a PT22 Steerman biplane during ...
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Making Connections From the Front Lines to the Front Office

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Thanksgiving is a very meaningful day for the Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services family. Having spent several Thanksgivings in a combat zone in Iraq, I am grateful for every day I have with my family, both at home and at work. It's also important for me to thank my fellow veterans, nearly 20 million strong, who have proudly served our ...
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Thought Leadership: A Legacy of Service

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​ With an estimated 240,000 service members separating from military service each year, according to the Department of Defense 1 , American employers are faced with the challenge and desire to cultivate the talents of these capable men and women. Now is a critical time for American collaboration in reintegration programming like workforce developme...
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Moving Past The Thanks

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Veterans Day is a very special day in my family. We take time to remember the men and women with whom I have served, many of whom have eaten dinner with us, played with the kids and crashed on our couch. In the military, everyone is family. My military family now numbers 21 million — the number of veterans we commemorate today. These heroes deserve...
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Meet Colonel Duncan S. Milne, USMC (Ret.): 5 Questions for Dixon Center's President

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Why Dixon Center? I joined Dixon Center in June 2015 because of a shared belief with Colonel David Sutherland that the answer to veteran and military family struggles are really in the communities. Community-based solutions are the way this nation can address the shortfalls and gaps that often occur after government and state organizations do their...
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Workforce Development: Partnership and Pathways to Civilian Careers

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One of the most critical times for military service members is the reintegration from active service to veteran status. The transition from the military to a civilian career can be particularly challenging. That's why Dixon Center puts an emphasis on Workforce Development for these transitioning veterans, as well as their spouses struggling to find...
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A New Normal: Workforce Development Transitions in Action

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Army Sergeant Tiffany, Chicago When it comes time to hang up one's uniform, the transition to civilian life can be difficult. For Army Sergeant Tiffany, finding stability and fulfillment in her new roles was challenging and exhausting. Sometimes working four jobs at a time while trying to attend school to further her education, Tiffany sought help ...
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Meet Sara Heidenheimer: 5 Questions for Dixon Center's Administrative and Program Manager

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How long have you been with Dixon Center? I have been with Dixon Center about five years as Administrative and Program Manager. We had just moved to Maryland from Hawaii [where my husband had been stationed with the Navy], and I was trying to find a job. I had been out of work for three years while we were in in Hawaii; , I stayed with the kids. Be...
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Dixon Center Female Veterans Program: Hope

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According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, women made up 15% of the active-duty military force in 2015. Women are the fastest growing group among military and veteran populations. As more women serve in and eventually separate from the military, like all veterans, they seek continued opportunities to serve in successful careers, build comm...
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Dixon Center is Reaching America

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​ Dixon Center constantly strives to provide timely support to and through our partners to best serve our nation's veterans and their families. With over one million active duty military returning to their communities from service in the next few years, there is no time to waste. This fall, Dixon Center embarked on our first ever multi-media fundra...
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Today We Remember: Army Staff Sergeant Donnie Dixon

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Donnie Dixon talked about joining the military practically from the time he said his first words. At 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and set off for boot camp. From his first days in boot camp until his untimely death at 37, Staff Sergeant Dixon was the epitome of a soldier's hero. All combat veterans display bravery on a daily basis. But Staff Se...
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The Muster: Dixon Center Blog

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A muster in the military is an assembly of troops, particularly for inspection. Here at Dixon Center we have weekly musters to gather our team together to discuss important projects, generate new ideas, and check in. This "muster" mentality is also at the very heart of our mission; engaging organizations and communities together to better connect w...
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